Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

♥ "If a woman doesn't look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn't treating her right." -Ina May Gaskin

Friday, February 24, 2012

Change is in the air...

It's been a rough two weeks around here.  Worse than that, I'm pretty sure it was all due to me.

Some of the issues:

- We really, really, really, REALLY want to move.  When we built this house 7 or so years ago our thoughts on what we wanted and needed were much different than they are now.  We do not need a house this big - half of this would be ideal.  We definitely do not need a mortgage this big - again, half or less would be nice!  We really want to use more of our money to further God's work than pay a large bill.  As the kids get bigger and involved in more activities, it gets really old really fast driving at least 30 minutes to get anywhere - we would love to be closer to the Lacey area where Zac works.  All the driving lately (Keanan is in swimming lessons twice a week and BSF in Oly. once a week) has been very trying on home-bodied me.  SOLUTION - we are working on listing our house!  So if you or someone you know would like a great 4 bedroom 3 bath w/office on 10 very private acres in Yelm - let us know!  We are also praying about being content with where God has us right now.

- There's a whole lot of self going on around here (by that I mean me).  Selfishness, self-pity, self-absorbed.  Yep, it's been all about me, pretty much all the time - horrible attitude problem.  This makes it hard to handle the "stuff" thrown at me daily by a pre-schooler and a toddler.  So hard in fact, that Zac had to come home one day last week to save me / them.  We even skipped a week of swim lessons and BSF.  Yikes!  SOLUTION - JESUS!  Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit to come and kick me in the butt!  He also is good at using my husband and bible study for this.  Most definitely still a work in progress

- Facebook.  I have a love/hate relationship with this thing.  It is great for staying in contact with others and for my business.  I am in a few birth related groups where I can get some great information.  However, I get sucked in and end up losing large quantites of time.  Then I stress over all the other things that I did not get done or my kids start acting out because I am not engaging them.  SOLUTION: Zac blocked it!  Seriously, I can't get on it from my computer at all!  I deleted the apps on the tablet and on my phone.  I asked him to do this.  The greatest form of self control is to remove the temptation completely (this is why there is no junk food or sweets in our house).  I did not want to close my account because of the business connection, so Zac will remove the block on weekends.  I have been so much more productive, engaged and peaceful since this happened.  However, this means all my blog posts and interesting articles that I used to link to my wall will be put up on the weekend.

- Fatigue.  I have been really tired lately, even after getting 8 hours of sleep.  I don't want to rely on coffee to get me going through the day either.  I know that attending births all night (which I did last week) doesn't help this, but even when I haven't been at a birth, I just feel wiped.  It's making me grumpy and sucking up my motivation.  My body also feels sore, especially my back.  I want to get up early and exercise, which I know in my head will help, but I am just so tired I can't get out of bed!  SOLUTION:  I have a doctor's appointment in the next 2 weeks (with a ND!), so we will see what she says.  I have been making myself be in bed by 11pm, which is hard since Zac and I are night owls.

So there you go, a little view into the crazy mind of Jen.  Prayers are appreciated =)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

This is a new feature I will be sharing every Wednesday.  I am constantly coming across amazing quotes, verses, and tidbits of info that I believe is worth sharing.  I am not on my Facebook page anymore (sucking up too much time), so this will be my new venue =)

"Accept each step God puts before me as my temporary assignment, fulfill that part of it, and leave the rest for Him." - Lysa TerKeurst

Saturday, February 18, 2012

School this Week: Valentines!

We had fun celebrating Valentine's Day all week in the school room!  Most of the printables came from Home School Creations and the activities are from all over the web (or my head).

Our Shelves:
On this shelf: Keanan's workbox, heart punching with a nail (Keanna LOVED this), cutting hearts (another favorite), Kyla's workboxes, beading onto pipe cleaners (that we then bent into hearts), loving animals heart match

On this shelf: love letter writing with our heart crayons, heart letter matching, heart lacing, valentine's (red with glitter) playdough

Look at all the things we learned!  This is a combination of Keanan and Kyla's work from their workboxes:

Action Shots:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Some Great Reading For All Expecting Parents

Over at Keeper of the Home there has been a great series relating to pregnancy, birth, newborns and postpartum.  There were some great insights that I wanted to make sure were passed on, so here are links to the posts:

Exercise During Pregnancy - so important!  I am a big supporter of prenatal pilates and belly dancing!

Birth Settings - great comparison of home, birth center, and hospital birth.

Preparing For Labor - some great ideas, but they forgot "hire a doula" =)

How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital - more great ideas (and this time they do talk about doulas!)

Newborns - some really important questions you need to ask BEFORE your baby is born

Newborns - part 2

Breastfeeding Basket - a great way to keep things together and make your time easier

Postpartum Recovery - most moms, especially first time moms do not plan for this stage, and it is SOOO important!

As a childbirth educator and birth doula I would love to answer any questions you have about any of this info =)  Happy reading!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Knights and Princesses in School!

In celebration of Kyla's birthday on Monday, we had a Knights and Princesses theme in school this week!  Everything in the workboxes was related to the theme (printables found at 1+1+1=1), and the shelves were random activities that I put out.

Some of Kyla's princess work.  Except for writing her name, she did the rest of this all on her own!

Our shelves this week:
On this shelf: Keanan's workboxes, God's Big World magazine & MAF coloring books, paper cutting with fun scissors, spelling puzzles, bead transfer with tongs, dry erase maze book

On this shelf: hand puzzle, BOB books, foam letter match, sandpaper letters, magnetic pattern builders, pencil sharpening, number beads, new valentine playdough

Action Shots!

Linked up at: I Can Teach My Child

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Kyla!!!

Two years ago today our baby girl was born (here's her birth story!).  What a blessing she is to our lives - so full of laughter, love, and spunk!  We praise you God for the gift of Kyla!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Catching Up: What's on our shelves

This was our school room shelves 2 or so weeks ago (before the crazy snow) when we were working on letter O.
On this shelf: Keanan's work boxes, God's Big World magazine, I Spy game, water transfer with a sponge (they both LOVED this!), letter disk and card match, geometric shape mystery bag

On this shelf: jungle puzzle (a Keanan favorite), BOB books, Noah animal card matching (a Kyla Favorite), sandpaper letters, playdough, shape cookie jar, numeral beads and number cards, straw lacing

And here are our shelves for last week (when I had no camera) when we were working on the letter P.
On this shelf: wooden farm puzzle (Keanan is really into these and did this multiple times a day), BOB books, foam letter and card matching, sandpaper letters, stickers, shape sorting, numeral beads and cards, dino lacing.

On this shelf: Keanan's work boxes, God's Big World magazine and MAF coloring books, Candy Land travel game (a favorite this week), wooden tic tac toe, coin sorting, v-tech laptop

I promise to have some action shots for this coming week! =)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Princess Kyla's 2nd Birthday Party!

Thank you to all of our family and friends that made it out tonight to help us celebrate Kyla!  We had a wonderful crazy time with lots of kiddos running around, I think I counted 13 ranging from 1 month to 5 years old!!  It is hard to believe that our baby girl is 2 (well almost, officially on Monday!) - where did that time go?!

Opening Presents:

Singing "Happy Birthday!"

The aftermath!  Kyla's clothes are gone, toys are everywhere, the castle is beautifully colored - we had a blast!

A tired and mostly naked princess surveying her kingdom!