Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

We as a family express our love and gratitude to our family and friends. We celebrate the birth of our Savior!

The boys have been excited to make Christmas cookies, see the lights at Temple Square, the zoo, and neighborhood Winter Wonderlands:), and visit Santa.  We also started a new tradition this year of having a morning devotional before placing a star on our countdown to Christmas tree.

Enjoy this wonderful season!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

In November

To all my dear family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I love children's books. While hoping to find our children I found joy in collecting children's books.
One of my favorite fall books is In November by Cynthia Rylant

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.

“In November, the trees are all standing sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” (p. 8)

I love the prose of this book and the thoughts of Thanksgiving

"In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year. In November people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other's homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings-for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms."

My heart always skips a beat at - "for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms"
I am so grateful for my blessings!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Angels of Christmas
I love Christmas!!

It's apparent by the fact that I already have my 6 Christmas trees setup and decorated in my home and the nativity sets grace my mantle.  I love the peace and feeling it brings to our home.  For "when we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit" (President Thomas Monson, December 2012).

At this time of year I also share special Christmas books with my children.  The most wonderful Christmas story to share is of course, the account of the birth of our Savior in the scriptures.

I'm excited to tell you about a newly published book from Cedar Fort Publishing.  Angels of Christmas Heralds of the Newborn King by Shersta Chabot
This pamphlet book of 16 pages is perfect for the holiday season. Angels of Christmas tells the story of the many angels that foretold, announced, and celebrated the long-awaited birth of Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful book that weaves the story of our Savior's birth with accounts from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  

A unique aspect of the book is the scriptural verses with the references and the author's original poetry.
"Fear not I bring you tidings of the very greatest joy! He's here, He's here! Our Savior! The long-awaited boy! Go see, go seek and find Him in His infant swaddling clothes and listen as the heavens ring with song from joyous host!" (Luke 2: 8-14)

I hope you enjoy this beautiful book!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Childrens Books - Celebrate Adoption

I LOVE children's books.  I love helping children discover through books.  Before we had children I collected books and shared them with my nephews. I am so grateful to share with my boys now.

I have an adoption book for each of my boys.  Let me share with you C's adoption book.

The title: Love From My Heart: To A Snuggly Cuddly Little Boy

A darling book intended as a love letter to a child has beautiful relevance to adoption.

I always felt I had to search for my children but specifically search for children....after all I finally found him through an internet search :)
If you weren't my little boy, there'd be a hole in our home. A piece would be gone we just couldn't go on own Our family's no fun without you!
 For God gave you to me, you're special you see. There's no hole in my heart you filled up that part.

C loves to look through the heart on the book and play the heart music box while he read to the song. Such a tender sweet book to share with him.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Fall

Fall is my favorite season. I love cooler air, sweaters, and fall colors. I love the apples, the pumpkins, the start of decorating :) It also means more fieldtrips and adventures outside.

We had a good time visiting the Natural History Museum (again).

Baby J is my good helper. He likes to help gather the apples in our yard.  We have a very old apple tree that produces just a little bit of fruit and the birds usually get to the apples before we do. However we enjoy the weather and our yard together :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Consitution Day Founding Father

Happy Constitution Day

September 17, 2013
BAJA is learning about the Constitution. He and his class had an opportunity to go on a field trip to the state capitol.  They were also given permission to dress as a Founding Father. I love how this historical moment "cam alive" for BAJA. The children were given a name of a founding father and each had a turn to sign the constitution in character. Saying the pledge of allegiance and posing for historic pictures.

BAJA wasn't sure about wearing a lacing tie but once I showed them pictures of founding fathers he was completely in character. I think he looks pretty handsome :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Day of Music

We are a family that loves music. We believe music education enhances all education. We are also blessed to have amazing teachers. The boys are continuing the music tradition.

BAJA has graduated from Kindermusik so he is ready for private piano lessons. He can choose another instrument but I believe a piano education is important.  We are so blessed to have an incredible talented teacher. My sister Barbara.  BAJA is excited to play on her grand piano in her new studio (they just moved into their new house this summer).  My sister loves teaching BAJA not only cause they are related :) but because he has the Kindermusik background (great pitch training, rhythm, musicianship).

Christian is excited for the big boy Kindermusik class with Ms Carol the director. It's also the class where he gets to go all by himself and Mommy attends the last 10 minutes of class. He loves using his imagination along with musical concepts. The perfect opportunity.  He loves to line up for a stamp at the end of class.
Baby J is enjoying class with Mommy and his other friends. This curriculum is about emotions. He can explore instruments, have music socialization, and story time. We love Kindermusik!!