Friday, October 2, 2015

Kid's Day 2015

Yesterday, October 1, was Kid's Day in Guatemala.  It is like Mother's Day and Father's Day but celebrates the kids.  There are gifts, parties, cake, balloons, pinatas, and lots of candy on this day.  The kids have celebrations in the schools and look forward to this day every year.  It is just a fun day set aside to let the kids know how special and loved they are.

Our celebration was more simple this year because Cruz was not in a Guatemalan school to be a part of their parties.  Days like this really make me miss him being in Spanish school.   We had our normal day of homeschool and just added celebrations in.

I always decorate for special occasions.  A few years ago I made a banner that I hang each year and I always have streamers and balloons.  For the past three years the boys and I have made crowns for them to wear on this day just for fun.  They are my little kings for the day.  I decorate when they go to bed at night so that it will be a fun surprise for them when they wake up the next morning.  Here is our dining room decorated for kid's day this year-
It's just a simple banner, streamers, balloons, and the table set for breakfast.  I placed their crowns on their plates to wear while they ate.

I hung another banner and balloons outside their bedroom door to find when they walked out the next morning.

Our Kid's Day breakfast this year was heart shaped blueberry pancakes.  The heart was also part of our Letter H theme for the week in school.

 Cruz ready for breakfast

Ben ready for breakfast with a mouth full of marshmallows 

 and here is my sweet Ben back on Kid's Day 2013 eating pancakes and wearing his crown 

 my boys on Kid's Day 2015

 my boys on Kid's Day 2013 and 2014

brotherly love

I took this photo of them watching cartoons in the afternoon.  They look so sweet here!

 and then they said "let's make a funny face" and this is what I got.  It is definitely more realistic of our lives these days, ha.

Another tradition I started a few years ago for this holiday was making a smiley face cake.  This was our cake this year.  We had chocolate.  I use M&M's to make the face.

 This was our lemon cake in 2013 and vanilla cake in 2014. 

My boys ready to eat some cake.  We took it to the mall food court where we met some friends for supper.  After eating we all had cake there together.  My boys had a blast playing with the other missionary kids and I had a blast getting to talk to other adults.

my boys with the McIntyre kids at the mall playland in Chiquimula

It was a great way to end our day being with friends.  Children are a blessing from the Lord and sometimes it's good to stop and celebrate the precious gift that they are. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just Me And The Boys

Here is a recap of our weekend.  We began with a night out to eat.  We went to our local Burger Pizza Diner for supper.  We had pepperoni pizza, cheese fries, and a typical egg plate.  What a great combination, huh.  The boys wanted pizza but they also wanted black beans and tortillas so we just made a buffet out of it.  The cheese fries were mostly mine.  Oh how I love those cheese fries!!!

David and the boys at supper on Friday night.  Cruz had just poked himself in the eye so this was the best I could get out of him.

We also all enjoy the frozen orangeades they serve there.  Ben's favorite part is the cherry they put on top.  He gets to eat all of our cherries.

David did some traveling over the weekend which meant the boys and I were home by ourselves. Saturday we mostly just hung out at home and then when it rained that evening we decided to have supper outside on the carport.  Cruz wanted peanut butter on flour tortillas.  Ben asked for a jelly sandwich.  I ended up eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made out of Eggo waffles.  They loved eating outside and watching the rain fall down.

our rainy Saturday night picnic on the carport

The three of us before going to church on Sunday morning in Chiquimula.

Here is a video of the kid's share time during the service.

I took them out to lunch at McDonald's and then we headed home for naps.  As soon as they woke up we headed back into town to attend the afternoon circus in Chiquimula.  Our family loves the circus!  It is definitely one of our favorite things.

My boys with their tickets ready to enter the circus.

me and my wild boys at the circus in Chiquimula

Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, and Papa Smurf entertaining the kids at the circus 

the characters showing off their dance moves

One of my boys favorite things are the circus clowns.  I bought them these circus noses that the clowns were selling.  They lit up and blinked.

Ben preferred to wear his on his head like the doctors do he said.  Several times during the circus he had me open my mouth so he could examine my teeth.

My boys with the youngest circus clown.  It was hot that day (like all days around here) but Cruz insisted on wearing blue jeans.  About half way through the circus he was rolling his pants up.  He is never going to learn that his mama knows what is best!  ha

Ben's favorite part of this circus was when they brought out a large yellow anaconda.  I have a phobia of snakes so it gave me great anxiety.  They asked for kids to come up and pet it and before I could get out of my mouth to ask Ben if he wanted to go he took off running out onto the stage.  Cruz was yelling the whole time "NO BEN...NO BEN...NO BEN..."  He is just like his mama.  Ben went right up as brave as he could be while Cruz and I sat back and shook our heads.  Where was David when I needed him, ha. 

Here is a short video of the clowns with the snake and then Ben walking up to pet it.

My brave little boy!  He does not get that from me.  I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever touch a snake on purpose. 

Afterwards they let groups go up and have their photo taken with the snake.  Oh my oh my!

We returned home for baths and bedtime but before I could tuck Ben in he sneaked into the school room and decorated his face with a red marker.  I can't ever get a break with these two!  

 my little clown before bed time on Sunday night

They tire me out, there is no doubt about that, but they also make my life so much fun.  I wouldn't trade these years for anything!

Monday, September 28, 2015

F is for Fun

Last week's homeschool lessons focused on the letter F in language.  Our daily themes included fans, flags, fish, fall, feet, farm, foxes, friends, frogs, and firemen.  We did number recognition and writing numerals in math.  Our Bible stories were "God Promises A Son" and "Abraham's Guests Destroy Sodom".  Our memory verse was Acts 16:31 and our new song for the week was "The B-I-B-L-E".  We had a really fun week in Science learning about floaters and sinkers.  My boys really enjoyed those hands on lessons! In our nightly read aloud time we began reading Charlotte's Web.   Here is a look at our week-

Our curriculum teaches F is for fan.  We made these paper plate fans on Monday and used them the rest of the week to help keep cool.  Here are the boys fanning and snacking during our morning story time.

Cruz painting a letter F like the American flag.

our letter F flag craft

We began working on fall crafts.  Here is Ben one night making leaves to hang on our school room windows.  I cut out the patterns from construction paper and they cut and put tissue paper on the insides.  I covered them in contact paper.

Cruz filling in the missing numbers on a math sheet.

Tuesday's theme was fish.  Here are the boys doing watercolor painting on paper plate fish.


One day in Science we collected objects to see what things floated and what things sink.  We did this with things inside the house and then with things we collected on a nature walk.  My boys really loved this theme!

Does it sink or float?

floaters and sinkers

He had to log each item into his science workbook and another day I had him draw them in his science journal.

Here are the boys giggling as I painted their feet for a fun craft we did.

How cute are these?

Wednesday was the first day of fall and even though we don't have seasons here in Guatemala I was still very excited.  I love fall and always get a little homesick this time of the year. 

For our "first day of fall" breakfast I made letter F pancakes.

We also began decorating our school room for fall.  We put our leaves in the windows and colored a few things for our door.  I also hung our fall banner that we made last year.  We'll add more throughout the season.
Here is a closer look at our leaves and acorns.  Next I plan to add a few pumpkins.

We read "The Foot Book" by Dr. Seuss and made these.  My boys love that book!

Another science experiment was called "Pennies in a Cup".  We don't have any pennies so I used Guatemalan coins instead.  The object was to take a full glass of water and see how many coins you could add before it spilled over. 

It was really cool to see how the water would bulge over the top as the glass filled with coins.

On Wednesday night we had friends over for supper and play time.  Friends was another letter F theme we talked about last week.  The boys had a great time playing with these other MK's while the adults laughed and talked for hours.  It was a really fun night!

I made these fish cupcakes for the boys to share with their friends that night.

Thursday we learned all about foxes.  Here are the boys watching some YouTube videos about them.  We also read the Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Goat".  We spent some time reading about farms and farm animals too.

a cute fox craft we did on Thursday

Our themes for Friday were frogs and firemen.
F is for frog

Frog coloring sheets and a fun song we learned.  My boys have sung it over and over again.

letter F frog craft
(the black dots are flies)

We read about firemen and did a fire coloring sheet.  We also baked cookies and made a thank you card to take to our local fire station.  You know my boys loved that!

Cruz giving a card and cookies to the Chiquimula firemen.

And because I have included it on all of my other homeschool posts here is Cruz saying his memory verse of the week on Friday morning.  I love that he is hiding God's Word in his heart!!!

So that is our week.  As I wrote on the blog title- it was a fun one!  Homeschooling, although a great challenge, can be very rewarding.
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