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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year




Here is wishing you all a Happy New Year!
May 2011 keep you close to your family and
May God bless you !!

Nikki

2010 and Goals for 2011



Another year has just about passed by. I am
so grateful for the time with my family, time is
fleeting. The older I get the more I realize how important
the little things are. Much has changed and much has stayed
the same. Sweet pea has grown so much this year. She
has changed from a tiny little baby with big wide eyes.




To a toddling wide eyed toddler. She has learned to
talk, walk, play like a big girl and sneak into
things she isn't supposed to have. She is
my little Angel with horns. My plan was originally
to add in some tot school but sweet pea wasn't
ready for any formal play. The other day I took out
some clothes pins and a jar. She played for quite
sometime. She also has found the magnet drawing
boards and loves to draw and erase it. So I think
she might be ready for some markers or crayons and
some Tot school play.

Sweet Peas Goals for 2011-

-Get Completely away from Her bottle only drinking
from a sippy cup.
-Begin a little tot school
- at some point probably potty training. She is
already bringing me diapers when she is wet
and points when she has gone.
-spend lots of time reading together.


We also had two first birthdays this year.
Sweet pea brought in her new year with the
silliness only she can muster.

Our Grandson baby Bird who started his next year
with his utter cuteness.

Princess has grown and changed too. She is so much the lady
and raging with teen age angst. She has gone through
several boyfriends this year. Despite the fact that
I'm not ready for it. I'd like it to wait a little longer.
Keep the dolls in the boxes and the little girl smile
but I know that the time has come. Luckily all of her
first likes have come from our church family.


This is the newest one (Below). At least he has some sense of
humor. Oh and for those friends out there that are concerned
their relationship is facebook, phone calls and youth group.
NO DATING...

Princess has come so far in her academics this year. She does
much of it on her own with little guidance from me thanks
to the workbox system. She is writing more clearly and
beginning to understand directions a little more. In fact
she is reading at a 12th grade reading level. Her
comprehension is at a 6th grade level. Recently we
just did some testing so I'm hoping all that has improved.

Princess' Goals for 2011:

-Work on reading comprehension
-Improve spelling skills
-Continue to build her self esteem and
push through her anxiety at trying new things.


Superboy has become quite the character. His humor
and art abilities have just grown considerably. His
new fashion statements come and go. They can be rather
interesting at times. He learns from them and moves on. He
has improved in his reading skills and I can't wait for testing
results to see how much he has improved. He continues to
excel in math and is a grade level ahead.

Superboys Goals for 2011:
-Keeping his space clean and organized
-Begin to work more on lessons alone
- Learn how to better manage his time
- Continue improving reading skills
- Work on improving writing


Spirit has been learning and growing too. We haven't had
a lot of time for formal pre k but with things thrown
in here and there he has been learning with leaps and bounds.
The picture below is of him and heart at a steam and
engine show. He was able to ride on a train and visit
with some farm animals. I think his fascination with trains
has seemed to wain a bit and has turned to construction
trucks and what they do. His needy sister often
encompasses much of moms time but he has a laid
back approach to her.

Spirits Goals for 2011:

-Learn to count to 20
-Recognize his ABC and their sounds
(pretty much can do this already)
-Learn a little self control
-For mom- spend more time with Spirit

Heart has changed some too but not as much as the others.
She Graduated from high school and got a job working at
a pizza restaurant. She is still dating the same boy going on
3 years now.

Hearts Goals for her for 2011:

-Begin college Hopefully the one she is wishing for
-Get drivers licence


2010 was full of trials too...

Daddy and I have gone through a few things. Medically he is
doing much better. As long as we can continue to afford
his medical needs. His heart failure seems to be healing
somewhat. He can drink (fluids) a little more than he could at the
beginning and we really watch his salt and caffine intake.
I feel like the food police sometimes but its for his own good.
Then as some of you know he cut his hand with a table saw
a few months ago. His Diabetes is under control and the
healing has gone rather smoothly. He cannot completely
bend his fingers into a fist and we aren't sure he will
ever be able to do that. (Dominate hand)

We did lose our medical insurance and it looks like he
is permanently laid off. His hand did bring a blessing in
that we may be eligible for a discount with the hospital
for his medicine. I just wish it didn't take a 5,000 dollar
visit to tell us that. He is also working with an special
agency to find work with his disablities and signed up for
the foot in door program. We are in tier 3 now with his
unemployment which can be pretty scary since the
president has to ok it all the time. With the foot in door
program he should have work by April or May God willing.

Changes for me and the family have been huge.
I have had to get a part time job to suppliment our income.
I am hoping to continue homeschool next year but
it all depends on the foot and door. I didn't want to
utterly change my childrens lives if we didnt have to so
I got this part time job doing before and after care at
the elementary school. It can be difficult to juggle
home, school and work. I imagine that things may
get harder as time goes. My decisions now are just
as important as they will be later. Its a heavy weight
that I have given to God. I have learned a lot in that
I can't just wait for God. Sometimes you have to
get up and make your own life because God may just
be waiting on you.

My
Goals 2010 almost seem
silly now. Yet amazingly I accomplished some of them.
I managed to read several chapters of my bible and
Planned some fabulous co-op lessons. I did add
much more chaos to my life which wasn't part of keeping
life simple. I added 2 Bible classes at our co-op and
a service project coordinator. I no long do our youth
activities regularly its more sporatic as I feel I can
and I added a new group called FROGS for elementary
children at our church . However this meets once
a month instead of the every other week like
the J-train group. I do have work to add the the
mix too. Which includes paper work, lessons plans,
gym activities and loves and hugs. (which is the easy part)
These things I enjoy.

I did manage the clean as I have time goal but more time than
not I dont have time to clean. The kids and dad do much
of the cleaning and cooking. I squeeze in what I can
to take some of it from them. In fact over our holiday
break it has felt so wonderful to do those things that I once
wasn't sure I liked, Like washing dishes or hanging clothes.

Eating healthier has been a major proirity and one we
really have no choice on. There is always room for
improvement. Unfortunatly I probably eat the least
healthy of the entire family since I am coming and
going all the time with work and Hearts work. I often
eat alone later at night in the kitchen or grab
something between our lessons. I hope to try to
watch more what I am eating. We did mange a
walking challenge with the family when the weather
was warmer and we reached our goal of walking
to a nearby town. Possibly this summer we will try
a new challenge and a new walking goal.

Having time to create was my last goal. I didn't have
time for that and have resigned to the fact that it's
not the season of life for that. My time is more focused
on family and I didn't miss this like I thought I would.

Goals for 2011

- Dad Find work that matches his ability
- Create goals for mine and childrens futures
-read more of my bible
-eat healthier

2010 has been a wild ride.

Nikki



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Time to share some of our holiday photos.

This is our Christmas Tree. Our children choose all of the
decorations and balls. This year we have a mix match of various
balls and colors. One day I'd like to have another tree besides
my angel tree for Grandpa. One that is all natural and everything
on it is made by us. I envision the wispy pines.


We have had a fabulous holiday. Above is Spirit with his
morning bed head. He was the first up and at the great
hour of 6 am.

Sweet pea here is practicing her Ohh aahh look.

Oh my look at this handsome guy in his new suit. Ignore the
mess from the gifts. You can also sort of see our small
school area there. With all the books and Princess' workbox is
right behind his head.


Sweet pea and heart putting their heads together.
So sweet the youngest and oldest.


Spirit with his Christmas gift from grandma.
I love how she decorated the packages this year.
Each got a big surprise !!



And then the excitement....
Spirit got a learning center leappad.


Superboy got his covetted Wii.



Princess got a flat screen for her bedroom. (all smiles there)



For my college bound girl a new laptop. Sweet pea got an
adorable doll house. Thanks So much Grammy for making
their Christmas so special .


We even got a chance to spend the day with our
Bird and his mom. We made a big meal right after Christmas
and the kids played together.


Hope you had a blessed holiday.
Nikki




















Friday, December 24, 2010

Count Down to Christmas


Yep, I am way late in posting this but maybe an idea
for you to use next year. A friend had given us this
December Calendar as a countdown. It has little
pockets for your treat to be placed inside. I created
a calendar in word and added my activites for each day.
Then I printed out 2 calendars. One as a reference for
me and one to cut apart and put in our pockets. Below
are the activities I choose for our Calendar. You can
use ideas that work best for your family. To be honest
with our little emergency room visit many of these
were pushed to the side but I will have this as a reference
for next year. :)


Dec. 1- Make Cocoa with crushed mint on top
and cool whip
Dec. 2- Dance with scarves to holiday songs
Dec. 3- Co-op Christmas party (which we missed
because of dads hand)
Dec. 4- Family Christmas party
Dec. 5- FROGs Youth Christmas party
Dec. 6- Make Marble mice and decoarte with
a holiday theme. Marble Mice , Blank Marble Mice
Dec. 7- Read A Christmas Story childs choice
Dec. 8th- Write letter to Santa
Dec. 9th-Read Mark 1 :1-8 and Dove Holding an Olive Leaf
Dec. 10- Christmas Cafe at our church
Dec. 11- Make teacher gifts for Sunday school
pre purchased at oriental trading
Dec. 12-SGRPRC Christmas party (work party
all family invited)
Dec. 13-Read The Crippled Lamb, Sheep Paper plate craft
Dec. 14- Eat a candy cane
Dec. 15- Read a Merry christmas Curious George
Cut out a paper tree and decorate your own with
glitter, sequins and pom poms
Dec. 16th- Read Luke 1: 26-28, Angel craft
Dec. 17th- Snowman hunt. Children get clues
to find our frosty stuffed snowman. Then we
watch the movie.
Dec. 18th- Create Holiday cards for nursing homes
Dec. 19th- Christmas caroling at nursing home
and deliver cards
Dec. 20- Decorate a gingerbread man from
craft foam. Use various supplies for decorating.
Dec. 21- Read Matthew 1:18-24, Baby Jesus envelope craft
Dec. 22- Read Luke 2: 1-5 ,Wear Crazy holiday socks
Dec. 23 Isaiah 9:1-6, Make popcicle stick star ornament
Dec. 24th- Read twas the night before Christmas and
attend Christmas eve services
Dec. 25th- Hide a baby in the house for children to find.
Merry christmas !


Have a Happy Christmas EVE!!

Nikki
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Getting Ready...


What do you think of our Poinsettia pictures. I had
to block out their names in paint program but they were so fun
and easy to make. We didn't have as much time to
work on crafts and holiday fun as I had planned .

Today we spent the day cleaning up. Talk about last
minute getting things done this year. The kids are
still cleaning up their areas. I need to work in my room
when sweet pea takes a nap. I have to clean up and
wrap some more gifts. Most are already done. I also
took the time to clean out our schoolroom. My hope
is to have things planned and ready for the new year.
Way before the race of work and school begins again.
Luckily I have off work till after the new year.

Superboy is learning the ropes on how to clean up.
I had him clean up him and Spirits workbench play
area. I had to have him redo it 4 times. Giving new
direction each time and thinking he would have it this
time. After Christmas we will work on his room yet again
doing the same things. Since the realization is that he has
no idea how to clean. It's time he learns. There well be
much supervision and work on moms part.

Sweet pea over our little holiday break will be finally
transitioning from bottle to cup. So far she is doing fine
with it with only using the bottle for naps and bedtime. This
should have been done long already but no time like the
present to get it done.

I feel so bad that I didn't get the things I wanted to
get posted here. I guess I am going to have to resign
to the fact that this will have to be a once in awhile
blog because life is so busy. Maybe one day soon
things will change a bit but for now this is the season
of life I am in. So once in awhile will have to do.

Well off to take a break and watch it's a wonderful life.
Friday, December 17, 2010

Waiting for Something to Give or Creating your own Gift

I'd like to say things have settled down a bit but they really
have not. I try to keep life organized but I feel like I am always
catching up. Somehow though I try my best to enjoy each second.
My boss and friend actually told me she saw a pastor on TV
recently. He talked about sitting back and waiting for something
to change, for life to get better. When better is what you make
of it or how you perceive it. It is up to you to change your life.
Sure prayer helps you do that but praying and just sitting back
may not be what God wants from you. Maybe that prayer
in turn is an action you are to take. How would you know
that if you are still waiting and not looking with your eyes
wide open and your mind. I think of all the things that were
and are now. How before I was able to stay home with our
children and now I need to work some to make ends meet.
How different it is and how busy my days can be and filled with so
much activity and fun. Admittedly sometimes not so fun and tiring too.
I sometimes think of things that are to come , like an empty
house and old age. I revel in the moments of the here and now.
Possibly my gifts, my struggles are truly the Joy of God and Love
of God. Maybe you don't understand that with all the struggle
I love God more then I have ever imagined. He is my here
and now.
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We went today to have Dad's hand looked at. The Dr. took
the big bandages away now. Leaving only large band aides
and a plastic thing that goes over the one finger. Next time
he goes he will need to have more X-rays. There is the possibility
that he will not need physical therapy but will always have
some pain in that hand. Especially as he ages. In case you
missed the entire incident dad cut his hand with a table saw
and thats the short version of the story.

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Nikki
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Family update

The holiday is just flying right by me. I have not had
time to really enjoy it. I miss being at home and our
quiet days. I'm not even sure I remember what those are.
I spent the afternoon today wrapping everything. I think it's
done but you know it's not. I am always wrapping something
last minute. Dad is at the moment making cookies with the
kids. I decided to sneak off and stop in with my little blog.

Dad's hand seems to be doing fairly well. He has an appointment
Friday for them to look it over. I am hoping that it is healing
as it should. We will know more then. I am astounded at the cost
of the gauze and gauze pads per how much he needs each time
to keep the area clean. We spent over $60. just last week on
the necessary supplies. I hope to have time this week to find a
more reasonable place than rite aid. At times he has tried to
do to much and has caused it to open some what again. I scold
him for this. Sweet pea of course it interested in the wrapped
up appendage. She has gone to wearing a sock on her hand like
dad. The kids say it looks like and oven mitt and we have joked
about gluing wiggle eyes to it like a puppet.

Work is going easily now. Just when I have gotten into a routine
the bad weather hits. I hate driving in the stuff. Now I
almost feel a bit of a panic when I have to drive in it. It has been
probably 5 years since I have had to drive in the mess. Typically
we had the luxury of just staying home. Again I miss that.

Sweet pea has been sick this week which again limited my
blog time to nothing. She was so fussy and her poor little eyes
were a mess with an infection. I took her to the doctor about
the infection and came out with the knowledge that she also
had an upper respiratory viral infection , sore throat and the
eye infection. I had not idea about the others. She only seemed
to have a slightly stuffed up nose and she was eating fine.

We are managing school as well which is a feat on its own.
Both children are doing swimmingly. Superboy has been
really working on his reading skills. Now to motivate that
writing. Princess has impressed me this year with all the correct
answers. Typically it takes her several tries to understand
somethings. It is just like the light finally came on and she
understands. Spirit and I have only done a little work
together because of work and everything I have narrowed
his time to a story and activity with the story. With
letter games and number games sprinkled in. That is all
I can muster and really it's all he needs. We have stuck to
a strict schedule otherwise things wouldn't work .

Well off to snuggle with sweet pea. I think she's getting
a little tired again.

Nikki
Friday, December 3, 2010

December 1st..

I had so much to post this week and nothing got posted to you.
I have tons of holiday ideas, crafts and games for you, but
On December 1st things didn't go as planned. If you follow
you already now our struggles. Well, I thought I couldn't handle
one more thing but there it is...

Dad was working in the shed on Wed. I got a call from my
mom that my Great Aunt is about to pass on. and that my great
uncle is in the hospital with congestive heart failure and fluid on
his lungs. My great Aunt I am closest to she took care of me a lot when
I was little. I went to the shed to tell Dad and cry a little. When
I felt ok I went back in to the kids. Not 10 minutes after Dad comes
in hollering that he has to go to the ER. I look and he had severely
cut his hand with a table saw. Needless to say we spent the
last 2 days in the hospital. He had surgery and is doing fine for
the moment. The doctor so far has saved his fingers. He cut
2 of the fingers to the joint and one right up the side of the bone
losing part of the finger. He is susceptible to infection because
he is a diabetic. We just got home last night and he is in terrible
pain. Twice a day he has to soak it in water for half an hour.
This is torture for him. Please think of us as we go through
the days and I'll try to get to posting my holiday things soon.

Nikki

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