Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday, Cody!

7 years ago there I held this adorable baby in my arms,
then in a blink of an eye...
this happened.
We discussed this whole growing up thing, and each birthday he tells me it's his last, but they keep happening!  He told me today that he will go to 10 and then that is it!
We decided to have him a birthday party at our local YMCA's roller rink.  We had such a great time!  Cody wanted to do a Mario Brothers/Kart theme.  So, thanks to Pinterest, I had lots of great ideas!
Cody with his friends.
I made Mario mustaches with straws for the drinks,
then wrote the child's name on the opposite side to help keep track of drinks.
It worked great!
Even the big kids had fun!
Happy Birthday, kiddo!
I love you to the moon and back.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My New Kitchen Floor!

This photo was taken shortly after we moved into the house.
The floor was a linoleum that wasn't even glued down.
I love it!  It's so easy to clean, plus it hides the dirt well!

Friday, February 20, 2015

MK Spirit Week 2015 - Change Your Species Day

I'm a little behind in Spirit Week,
We didn't change our species exactly...
we went with a video game character - Mario!
We are working on a Super Mario Brothers birthday party,
and these are part of the fun!
Click here to join in the fun!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

I love holidays.
I especially love holidays that celebrate love:
Valentine's Day, Easter, and Christmas
to name a few.
The kids helped me decorate and set the table.
We had chicken parmesan(shaped in a heart), pasta, garlic bread, and salad.
Then brownies and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 6, 2015

First Week of Kid's Club

On Wednesday we had the first kid's club of the new year in Barunga.  This is the community where we have been having Bible Study and Sunday School.  It was so exciting to walk in and have children already there, ready and waiting!  We ended up with 21 children. 
 Dolly using the eraser to rub out a word from the bible verse, John 3:16 and the kids say the word that's missing....great activity. The kids really loved it
My focus on this first night was "Jesus loves me". 
I talked about how there is a Creator, this Creator has a name,
He knows our name, and He loves us.
The children were so well behaved, and they all said they were coming back next week and bringing their friends!
Closing prayer.  I couldn't help but take this photo!
Please join us in prayer for this new ministry.
This is our future generation of leaders,
pray we can reach them for Christ!

Monday, February 2, 2015

First Day of (Home) School! Meet the Kids!

Today was our first day back to school!

I love starting fresh with new books, new supplies, and a clean house!
I'm joining Our Worldwide Classroom for the Aussie (Not) Back to School Blog Hop.
This week's theme - Meet the kids.
My favourite photos of the kids are the ones on my blog header,
but here are photos taken today on our first day of school.
My 7th grader.  Wow!  How did this happen?!  It dawned on me while preparing for this school year, that I am halfway through the school years with her.  A little bit about her: she loves anything outdoorsy - climbing trees, hiking, catching snakes with dad, and so on.  She wants to be a missionary when she grows up, and has a burden for Africa.  On her own, she has been studying Swahili.  She helps us with church services on the Indigenous community, and is chomping at the bit to teach Sunday School.  She also enjoys drawing and writing stories. 

My second grader.  He is definitely a momma's boy, but loves doing "man" things in the garage with daddy.  He recently got his first tool box and has organised it just so...hmmmm...wonder where he gets that from!  He loves cars and planes, shooting his bow, racing his RC car around the yard, riding his bike, and cuddling to read a book.  He's a bit of a homebody like his mum. 

For the first day of school I made pancakes and bacon. 
Not sure if you can see from the photo,
but the pancakes are in the shape of their grade.
We had a great first day back to school, I'm looking forward to a great year!

Our Worldwide Classroom

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Almost Back to School!

Here in Australia we school January through December.  The public school went back yesterday, but I'm holding off just a bit longer.  We will start Monday, February 2.  In the next few weeks I'll share exactly what curriculum we'll be using, back to school photos, our schedule, our learning space, and more as I join a "Not Back to School" blog hop.
Our Worldwide Classroom
In the meantime, I'm planning, organising, and setting goals for our 2015 school year.  I want to make realistic goals, not crazy, unachievable goals.  I'm excited to get started, but I have a few more little things to finish up!