Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Reading - Let the Fun Begin

We ENJOY that we can pick out our own books to read.
One of the blessings of homeschooling.

Molly and Emily - Sisters in Time Series
About 24 books
Chronicling history from a Chtistian girl's perspective. 
They've just begun with book #1 - 1620
Sarah's New World: The Mayflower Adventure

They're also each reading books on the side - whatever strikes their fancy.

Molly - Chronicles of Narnia
A Happy Heart

Emily - Pollyanna 

We're looking forward to reading lots and lots of books to Miss Mary.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Don't Know WHAT Mary's Strange Arm Pose is All About

She walked RIGHT INTO that wooden chair.
The goggles threw her perception off.
No harm done!

Isn't that the cutest little Goodwill top?

I Guess This is Called Hang Time

First Time in Swimming Pool

That's  Mary's drawers hanging out from the Dora the Explorer swimsuit.
Well...from Emily's old swimsuit.
I LOVE re-using things that belonged to the other 2 girls.
Ahhhh...the memories.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mary's beginner reader ---
Gus - duck
along with 
Tip - dog
Tess and Bess - pigs
Pet Pete - goat 
and a host of other critter stories 

Ahhhhh. Abeka.
How we love you.

Mary - Reading to Nanny Carol
I love mom's hands holding the book.

Blue Tongue - Blue Sky

Marlene Made the Chalk Board - with Chalk Paint

Got a teal border - at the girls' request.
This is Mary's drawing.
So cute!

Eating Spicy Kimchi - for the 1st Time (for all 3)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Drop Box

I Went to See The Drop Box a While Back

Good Buddy, Anne, alerted me to the fact that this movie was coming to the area...and that I needed to make the effort to go and see it.

Here's a blurb from the website :

"The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love."

I'm not sure I EVEN knew what the movie was all about until Anne called attention to it.
Well....maybe my mom had mentioned it. Not sure.

For me to go ANYwhere on a school night is purt near impossible; however, I sensed I should try to go.
I did.

I thought I'd cry the entire time, but alas.
I did not - not the whole time the story was being shown.
But some of the time I did.

The movie is, however, powerful and compelling.
I so admire this pastor and his wife.

I'm also intrigued with the young fella -- Brian Ivie...a 22 year old director -- who is responsible for the Pastor Lee's story being told. 

No. He was not a Christian,
his life was changed because of his encounter with Love being lived out with hands and feet and actions.
Capital in "God is Love...." 1John 4:8

I DID cry at the end when the scenes are showing how happy the rescued babies are....growing up as little children
knowing they are valued.

I'll have to rent it or buy it for mom and others to see. It's a remarkable story!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

She Fixed Her Own Ponytail

It's a little bumpy on top,
but hey...
She gave it the ole college try!

No Translation Needed

Mary's Comment at Bedtime:
"Oh mama. I smile to you.
I happy to you."

Happy Birthday, Aubree!

Yes. Donna made this beautiful cake.
Marlene helped throw the little shindig.

The Cake Baker Extraordinaire - Donna
a.k.a. Suzie, the Queen

There was some jumpin fun going on.
I say -- yay. Wear them all out!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Solar Print Learning

Solar print paper is bright blue
Image (leaves that Mary picked) are on top

Paper quickly turns white-ish

Solar print turns white
Image turns blue

Dip paper in water
Paper turns blue again
Image is light blue 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

She said Princesses Hold Their Dresses Like This

Dressed and ready for church
- minus the tiara 
- plus her glasses

Those shoes are screamin white.
Only good until Labor she's got plenty of time to wear them.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mary's "teacher" hairdo - pencil stuck through a bun on her head.
Emily fixed it for her.

See the top photo where Mary's p.j. shirt is tucked in?
Em does this on purpose to secretly make FULL fun of how Mary looks -- bulky pants stuffed with shirt-top.

Em says this makes Mary look like a Girl Scout leader from the old days.
Think...Barney Fife.

Mary is oblivious to the giggles for her willingness to allow Em to conduct such mockery 
Mary's innocence in letting it all transpire.

I just shake my head and grin.

It's pretty funny.

Shuckin' Corn for Lunch

Friday, May 15, 2015

What I Found in My Purse

1. A pair of Dixie Bell panties 
I'm in dire need, and having the visual with me serves as a great reminder.

2. The spool of a Black and Decker electric weed eater
It's in my purse for the same dumb reason underwear was in there.

3. 1 child size sock turned inside out
I have no clue.

4. Three watches and I don't even wear one.

5. A green plastic case to hold a retainer used on teeth - when #1 child takes retainer out to eat.
I did have a pink container in there, too, but now Emily only wears hers at night.

6. A fried chicken drumstick wrapped in a napkin
Leftover from Wednesday night prayer meeting and supper at church.
This one may make folks go, "Huh?"

I need to go look and see what else is in my purse.
Aunt Ethel lost her dentures while visiting us in 2009. Got a hunch I know where they might be found.

I don't have an Aunt Ethel.

Puzzle Maker at 11:00 Friday Night

Mary's Little Phrases - Funny Things She Says as She's Learning English

Mary's Chinese is fleeting quickly...
That may come as a surprise to many, but not to me.
Not as the mom to a 3rd daughter adopted from China.

Emily's went fast.

Molly - because she can read Chinese and speak Chinese -- well, keeping her home language has been far less of an issue.
BUT - it has been an issue.
I thought she was all hunky dory until one day a Chinese mom asked her a question in Chinese and Molly answered it in English.

I mentally took note of that, and later a very non-threatening manner...asked her w-h-y she replied to the Chinese mom/friend in English.
Her reply, "I couldn't think of what to say in Chinese."

That did it.
I immediately enrolled her in Sunday afternoon Chinese language classes at a local Chinese church.
The problem is/was - Molly was too far advanced than most of the kids
she was placed in a class with all high school guys....reading in Chinese, etc.

She was not comfortable.
I did not leave her in that group; however, it just didn't seem to work out schedule-wise for our family.

Molly does read books in Chinese, speaks to her Ayi in Xilinhot every 4-6 weeks, and writes in Chinese. She'll keep hers....but she will have to work at it. (That's been a surprise for me.)

I have to convince educators and friends that Mary's Chinese and the English she hears everyday -- well, it pretty much train wrecks in her brain.
Something's gotta give when you're in kindergarten every single day learning in English.
The Chinese gets pushed out the door.

Molly cannot carry on enough conversations with Mary in Chinese to help Mary keep her Chinese language.
Molly, too, is immersed in learning English at more difficult levels.
Complicated.'s just how it is.

In the mean time, here are some are the cute quips that Miss Mary is saying here and there along the way.
1. "Look at the ice cream corn."
corn = cone

2. "Today is nighttime.
Tomorrow is early."

3. "Yesterday night...." (meaning last night)
Emily would say, "Tomorrow and the next tomorrow..." for the next day and the next

4. As I was getting out of the shower, Mary opens the door 5 times telling me she won't open the door so I can dry off and dress.
Her next comment, "Don't naked to someone to see. No."

5. "Mama - you love you me?"

6. "Ooooooo. I love dat Bar B Q movie." (meaning Barbie movie)

7. "I can't wait to go home and play with my new chicken." (She meant her play kitchen set with stove and dishes.)

8.  Me: "Mary, are you finished eating?"
Mary: "I faster eat, Mama."

9. Mary: "You forgot my water bottle."
Me: "Oh. I'm sorry."
Mary: "I say you not wrong, Mama. I say you not wrong." (big smiles by her)

10. She was watching Kingdom Adventures Under the Sea and saw a red crab as a character.
She said, "I know (what) that is. It's a big CRACK. I'ts a crack, Mama."

11. "Oh, Mama. That makes me funny." (makes me laugh)

There are lots more Mary-isms. I'll save them for another day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Molly and Emily at Their Piano Recital

-- with Nema...the total stranger who GAVE us her beautiful, antique piano
-- we've gotten to know her over the past 2 years

-- with Marlene...I tell her that she's crack cocaine for kids - namely Mary
-- somebody needs major timeout when these two get together 
-- correction: BOTH of them need timeout when she and Mary get together!!!

-- with our dear friends KK and Jeff (or Jeffu as we have so deemed him)
-- KK traveled with me to China to meet Molly

-- with Cookie...who drove from out of town to be here
-- Emily says she "grew up" at Cookie's house....lots of fond memories from being at her house in small town America

Well Of Course That's a Bird On My Dashboard

Doesn't everyone drive to work with a rescued feathered friend blocking their view of the speedometer?

I took this pic while waiting at a red light.

We scooped - wait.
Let me re-phrase that.
I scooped this fella out of the road 
on the way to school this morning.

I literally alerted cars to move over,
and then I ran and snatched him up.

His compadre didn't make it.

WHY - pray tell - was it IN the road...
not budging when cars flew by?

I dunno.

But...I plopped birdie in a plastic container I had in the car and told Mary, "Don't  touch it."
She didn't, but she watched it and prayed for it.

Then - lo and behold
Flitter - Flatter
It started flying around the car.

It did not startle me.
I'm sooo used to this kinda stuff.

Took it to school.
Let it go.
It flew and soared but then hit the school.

I finally got it AGAIN
but headed out toward the tree area on our school grounds.

Off he flew into the trees.
Otherwise - he was headed to the bird rehab folks associated with a local vet.
They've helped me out several times throughout the years.
Love them.

"If your heavenly Father cares for a tiny sparrow that falls to the ground, how much more does He care for you?"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day - Frozen Spoof.....on Motherhood

IF you can access this video, OMG.
It's sooo funny.

A mom at our church did this exact same spoof yesterday -- during the service.
I laughed.
I cried.
My girls thought it was hilarious.

Hope you can click on the link and make it work.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day - 2015

Look who came to our church?!?
I didn't know Olaf was a holy roller.


Robin and Forrest - with Youngest 2 of 8

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Trying to Make Blended Crayon from Nubs

It really hasn't been hot enough to melt these crayon nubs.
I bet if I put our little circle mold in the car...these color babies would just ooze on together.
Then it all has to cool, and
One ginormous crayon consisting of various colors -- in the shape of a circle.

I'm planning to ask all the teachers at school to save me their classroom nubs.
(That is such a funny word - nubs.)

Think of all the shapes we could make with some handy dandy cookie cutters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. 

It is our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. “ 
~LR Knost

Mary's Class on the Playground- View from My Classroom

Isn't it a lovely scene?
Green grass.
Kids playing.
Teachers who care.
At the same school where I teach.

Mary is in this photo, but she's blending in.
She's chatting with the blonde haired teacher - arms folded, blue shirt, khaki shorts...and that deep black hair.

Pretty Nifty Creation

I guess my little lessons on designing and building symmetrically "took". 
There are overlays and sections that move up/down or in/out.
I love the brain connections when kids are DOING something!
Makes learning fun!