Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fourth Day of Christmas

Zander and I began the day with an hour of reading. He is currently reading with Michael. It's a read-a-thon. ::wink:: 

He did take a break to join the other kids outside. They've begun the sled hills....This one is right outside our door. 

Arielle had to get creative

And if Arielle can do it....

Yuuki is a SMART dog...she stays warm! 

Akikosan came over for lunch. We made Yakisoba together. 

This was a new treat for us. Ice cream filled Mochi (rice cake). We'd like to find a mochi pounding festival to attend....must check into that tonight or tomorrow. 

The box to look for at Lawsons

Our next project was to finish our New Year's Decorations....

Arielle has gone to a youth event at a local church. The rest of us are about to pop some popcorn and watch a movie.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Heard Around Our Home

Via Google Images
"Pirates are Jewish, right?" - Um....seems Stacia has become convinced that pirates were originally Jewish.

We've been working on politeness and gratitude around our home.....wait for it......

Tonight at the dinner table Zander commented, "Mom, thank you for that indescribable meal, may I be excused from the table?"  ::snort:: 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Third Day of Christmas

I had time this a.m. to pray, read, journal, read some more....Zander came down and asked if he could read to me. WOW.

We spent 3 hours and 15 minutes reading the Hobbit today!  Why the sudden interest to go from reading  Frog and Toad to the Hobbit? He heard at dinner last night  the Hobbit was going to be on base on Saturday. Michael's long-standing principle is the kids must read a book before seeing the movie version. Zander has missed out on the Lord of the Rings...and is determined to make The Hobbit.  This is a huge CHALLENGE for him - but just the sort of practice he needs to build his confidence.

He's tackling it....and he got 29 pages read today. I was feeling it was hopeless and I really like to set the kids up to succeed  I feel bad  I didn't think to mention this to him when the movie first came out.  Michael pointed out the movie only goes through about chapter 6  - he needs to read 90 pages. The race is on.  At about the 2 hour mark, I realized I won't be able to go see the movie as Stacia won't be able to go. ::sigh::

We discovered Michael's Kindle DX is much easier for Zander to read on than my iPad. We were zipping through the Hobbit when an Amazon service rep reset Michael's kindle and all our books went away. The WiFi card wasn't working - so yep - now it is blank.  We have the Hobbit on the iPads....but if you touch the screen as you read along....the pages TURN. I recently got the kids' phonics program as an ap - just the ap and a few books to I'm wondering. LOL

Two years ago we bought my iPad ORIGINAL. Michael and Arielle noted how much I enjoyed reading electronic books.  Shortly after my iPad arrived....Michael's DX (bigger one) and Arielle's Kindle 3 joined our family of readers.  Would you believe BOTH of them have quit working? Two different problems. Another call today proves you can't compare Amazon to Apple in customer service. 

The kids played outside much of the afternoon. We stayed warm inside. LOL 

Tonight we discussed Jesus being the Rose of Sharon -  we aren't sold this is a name of Jesus. We need to do some more study. We only found it in Song of Songs 2:1....and there the title is not attributed to Jesus. 

Clue for the night....

Michael found a place to buy the PARTS and fix the Kindle DX himself... Instead of $104 plus shipping it will cost $30. We will probably have to replace the other one as the screen needs replaced and it costs the same as buying a new one. 

Other than dinner....that's our day! We discovered Zander loves stir fry if he can use about 1/4 bottle of ketchup on it. It's a workable compromise. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...