Thursday, April 24, 2014

History Alive!

Way back in October, a Living Social deal came up for 50% off a ticket to see all 4 historic ships in Baltimore:  The USS Constellation (a Navy fighting ship), USS Torsk (a WWII submarine), the USCGC Taney (survived Pearl Harbor), and the LV116 Chesapeake (a lighthouse boat).  The only one we'd visited was the submarine, and that was like 5 years ago!  We try to do fun activities that incorporate something educational when we visit places, so I figured this was right up our alley.

My 7 year old history buff was 100% in his element.  Totally.  As in, running all over the ships and exploring every nook and cranny and pretending to load and fire the cannons and yelling for pirates and the helm and reading every plaque and information sheet he could find and asking tons of questions he had that weren't answered on the plaques.

He was also extremely cooperative when I took pictures.  I was shocked at some of the good ones I got of him, considering how much he usually fusses!

Abby, on the other hand...I think she could take or leave the ships.  She liked the Constellation because it was big enough for her to run around and explore, but the others didn't keep her attention.  We spent a lot of time looking off the boats into the water or harbor!  It didn't help that she was fairly grumpy all day!

Her favorite way to travel is on her daddy's shoulders, gripping his tiny little hairs for dear life!  That would explain the grimace on Matt's face!

Many more pictures to share!  Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Team Kurtz!

Caleb's teacher has just begun chemotherapy and will be out for the remainder of the school year.  While the long-term sub is very good and we know the kids are in good hands, we will definitely miss Mrs. Kurtz!  Today is the first official day without his teacher, and I think it will really hit him when he walks in and she's not there.  One of the parents in the class made these shirts for everybody, and Caleb decided to write "Team Kurtz:  Game On!" on it as well.  He's been praying for his teacher every night!  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Have you ever read a book whose story is so familiar, but the author has such a fabulous take on it that makes it very entertaining?  Noah and the Mighty Ark is most definitely one of those books!

While it does follow the basic well-known biblical story of Noah and the Ark, what I like about it is all of the onomatopoeia and text features the author uses to engage the reader.  Here's one of my favorites (with attempts at similar font sizes!)

The tiny gnat,
From far and wide, he called each pair
That crept or crawled
Or hopped or flew
Or stomped or tromped, or s-s-slithered too.

While I wouldn't be able to read a story like this to teach literary devices in the public school, this would be an awesome book to use if you home school or work in a Christian school!  For now, this will be a fun one to read to my daughter and a great group of little ones in the nursery!

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Battle of the Beltway

Check out my Smile Box of our recent event with The Starlight Foundation to The Battle of the Beltway!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Have We Been Up To?

This has been a busy Spring Break for us!  Pictures are coming soon (I had a brief panic attack when I couldn't find my camera to load my pictures, but Matt found it in Abby's backpack from our day trip the other day!), but for now, I'll fill you in quickly:

*  Saturday, Caleb played a GREAT soccer game that included not just connecting with the ball but kicking it toward the (correct!!) goal several times and almost getting a breakaway!!  We were so excited!  He got to pick lunch (Greene Turtle) and got froyo!

*  Sunday night, Abby had a sleep study. I believe all went well, but we haven't gotten results.  This was a study to show her baseline before surgery so they can make sure all is okay post-op.

*  Matt and Caleb played lazer tag with the youth group on Monday, so Abby and I had some fun Mommy-Daughter time at the board walk and playing with Peeps Playdough.

*  We got to meet sweet little Baby E on Tuesday!  He is so sweet and tiny!  Both Caleb and Abby "held" him, but Abby really loved on him.  It was pretty cute.

*  Tuesday was supposed to be our day to visit the historic ships in Baltimore after meeting Baby E, but it literally started thunderstorming as we pulled into the harbor.  So...we took the kids to the Science Center instead.  They love that place (we are members) and we haven't been there since January, so they were fine.

 *  We've had lots and lots of fun cousin time this week. They've been back and forth just about every day, including today when Sara helped me weed and clean up the yard to get ready for Spring! She was a huge help!

*  Today, Caleb went over to a friend's house.  When I went to pick him up, Abby asked if he could just stay a while longer so we could have more Mommy-Abby time!  :)

*  Tomorrow, we are going to experiment with dyeing Easter eggs with shaving cream.  Should be interesting!

*  Saturday, we are going to try the ships again!  The weather is looking good, so we are hoping to be able to visit all 4 in one day.  This was a Living Social Deal, and we have been putting it off saying we have plenty of time...until now we are close to the expiration date!  It should be a fun day though.  Caleb is thrilled...Abby could probably take it or leave it, but she'll like exploring for a few minutes, at least!

Pictures will come soon!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Along Came You by Karona Drummonds

We drove home to see a package on our front porch.  Abby is beginning to recognize the packages my Book Looks books come in, so she ran to the porch to retrieve the package.  We opened the door and she immediately asked me to open the package.   (Good thing this book was for her!)  When she saw it was a board book, she begged me to read it.  I obliged.  :)

With a title and cover picture like this, you can expect this to be a sweet book about the love between a mother and daughter, and it doesn't disappoint.

You know the phrase, "Having a baby changes everything" that Johnson and Johnson coined a few years ago?  That's the basic premise of this little book.  Each page shares something the mom used to do before her daughter was born, and then what she does now with her.  While each activity is done a little differently now than before the little girl was in the woman's life, it's obvious that the mom wouldn't change any of it for the world!

I love the soft illustrations of this book too.  This would be the perfect little book to get a mom-to-be as a shower gift.  I think all moms can relate to this!  If you're a mom, you'll love this book.

**I'm a Book Looks Blogger.  I get complimentary books in exchange for an honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own!