Build a Bear

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I don't watch the news. 

I am often left up to whatever it looks like outside to make decisions on what to do considering going outside.

Two out of three children had swimsuits on this morning at 9 a.m. 

We were going to go down to Sebastian Inlet.

Then I walked into the boys room and heard all about tornado watches, warnings and bad weather and I changed our plans to the mall.  There was some weeping and gnashing of teeth by a little girl set on swimming.  Staying close to home sounded good though.


So this morning we went to the mall, played in the play area, threw pennies in the fountain, checked out Build a Bear which was having a good sale!  So we built and adopted Crackie the blue bear, Spidy the brown Spiderman bear, and Ellie the Elephant.




Get Fired Up

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Today we went downtown and painted some ceramics. 

Maggie Beth chose to paint a dolphin many colors.

Eli chose to paint a robot.

Hezekiah chose to paint a motorcycle.

They all did a really wonderful job, since you have to paint 3 coats.

It took us about an hour and a half to complete.

We get to pick up their creations Tuesday.  Be prepared to see the big reveal after they are fired.



Protecting his right to PRETEND!

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I found myself yesterday protecting Eli's right to pretend.

See, we were traveling Northward toward World Market on I-95.

All children were in the backseat, nicely buckled in their car seats.

The boys were playing spaceships and pretending there were cars with ghost drivers, they were making odd sounds with their mouths, and pretending they had computers that had "special" information regarding their secret space missions.

Eli spoke up saying, "My computer has.............(I forget what certain capabilities it had.....but certainly by his voice it was important.)"

Hezekiah says, "No it doesn't."

I say, "Eli, don't let Hezekiah tell you what your computer has or doesn't have.......it's your right to pretend whatever you want to."

So there, I am protecting my children's right to pretend and not even be told by their sibling what they may or may not pretend.

Pretend! Pretend! Pretend! 

Because really, in reality, there will be days boys that you will have to live in REALITY.

So Pretend and

LOVE IT & ENJOY IT & MAKE BELIEVE WHATEVER YOUR MINDS DESIRE!

 




Rockledge Gardens

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Today I took the kids up to Rockledge Gardens for their "Little Bug Club".

We learned about butterfly gardening and the boys got to bring home a caterpillar as well as a nectar bowl that they made.

They also got a plant to bring home and plant for the butterflies.

We went on a scavenger hunt for eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies. 

We found all stages.

The caterpillars we brought home are called Buckeye.





"I love my Mommy!"

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 11:18 AM

A little girl I know sings a song that I love to hear.  She sings, "I love my Mommy, I love my Mommy, I love my Mommy." 

I sing back to her, "I love my Maggie."

Yesterday we stopped by and had a picnic with Page. 

The location had lots of acorns.

Maggie Beth gathered the acorns for future throwing of them into a pond.

Last evening we took her to the pond to throw her acorns.

While looking at the pictures Hezekiah said, "Maggie Beth sure looks a lot like Mommy."

I guess I am getting that more often these days that her hairs are longer.  It use to be she looked like Page. 

Anyhow, even if she looks like me......I know she is adorable! ;)




Marble Attack

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Game created......Marble Attack.

Items needed track from Hot Wheels, a shoe box, marbles, and chairs to serve as tunnels.

Object to get your marble to roll across and beat opponent's marbles from crossing.  Whose marble will cross first?  Points awarded to those whose marble crossed first. 

Names of marbles: Fire Blast, Water Blast, Ultimate Heat Blast, Thunder Bolt, these are just a few that compete.



This is what it looks like......this is why I do it!

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On at 10:49 AM

Teaching my little Eli looks like this.

He has been reading for awhile now. This is him doing one of his lessons.

This is him moving over into my lap to read some more.  All in his own doing.


He gives hugs and kisses on his own doing.  Oh I so adore it!

So if this is what teaching your child to read looks like.......it's plenty worth it.  What a sweet pea.

Page happened to be sitting at the same table as we were working and just so happened to have caught this all on "film" for us.  So precious.  I am so thankful that God prepared my heart (even though I was scared and did not think I could do it) to  teach them. 

Most of all I pray that Page and I will train up our children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6





TOOLS

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Friday, March 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Project # 538

Get items from Home Depot or Lowes and build them with your children.

That's what Page has begun.  Wednesday night when I was out on the town....uhhh teaching. (Yeah, not that exciting).

He had the kids work on Eli's project, making a tool box.

The kids put it all together with Page's help of course and painted it red.

When I got home Project #538 was complete.

Now on to the next project # 705 which is a bug house -- Maggie Beth.

And project # 555 -- Hezekiah's statue of a skateboard. Original idea, yet to be designed. 




The Progression of Cleaning with Wipes

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Yesterday this is what I found after Maggie Beth awoke.

Lovely huh?  The boys could not believe it either.

I had just put a whole new thing of wipes in a container.

Apparently, someone decided she would clean with her wipes.

 A lot of wipes.

It was a mess.

She was cleaning her bed posts and sides of her bed.


Today the little cleaning lady had this block pail in her bed. 

She had placed very neatly the used wipes that she used today to clean her bed again in her waste receptacle.

I like the progression to placing them in a "trash can" and not all over the room. 

So.....I got the hint and placed the wipes up out of reach.