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Well welcome to my very first installment in the Monday’s Mothering Moments Blog Hop.  A place to share all of those little things that happen just because you have the priviledge of being a mum.  If you’d like to join me just click here and it will take you to my post that explains everything.

This weeks mothering moment…

Yesterday we went out for a walk as a family.  Special man and Princess Joy Bug were playing tag and during this game, Princess Joy Bug managed to casplat herself on the rocks, resulting in a scratch along the underside of her arm and a skinned knee.  She was quite melodramatic about the whole affair. 

Anyway… hours later, when we were sitting around the lunch table she was still complaining about the scratch on her arm and how much it was hurting and she said that none of us could understand just how much it was hurting.

Special Man then launched into a story about the time he cut off the top of his finger and sliced his hand (this required many stitches and time off work – he cut it with the router).  Princess Joy Bug’s pout increased.  I then said that I had had three cuts in my tummy (c sections) and I didn’t complain.

“Yeah she said…but yours didn’t sting!!!”

LOL

Happy Mothering…

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Glad that you could join us for Wordless Wednesday.  It is pretty self explanatory.  Basically your post needs to be just photos – no words.  But they need to be photos that speak a thousand words, not just everyday photos.

It could be one photo, or a series of photos that tell a story – it’s up to you!!!

How do I join?
Become Wordless each week by posting a wordless post – a post of photos that tell a story. 
 
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  • The link-up will be open each Wednesday at 12:00am through Tuesday at 11:59pm (Australian EST)
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Welcome to Friday’s Family Fun Blog Hop – so glad you could join me!!

Have you heard the statement – the family that prays together, stays together?  Well I want to take that one step further and add, the family that prays  AND plays together, stays together.

What is it that provides a sense of family?  Many things contribute, but none so much as the tradition of time.  It is not enough to take time to be a family just on holidays or when it is convenient.  You have to let the people in your family know they are special by making, looking forward to, and keeping a series of scheduled social “just for fun” engagements.  This special time set apart allows everyone to bond with the others, not only in the activity planned, but also in the anticipation  of that special time.   Dad needs to be a part of these family fun times too!!

I believe if you want to draw the hearts of your family closer, you will have to provide a minimum of one special time each week that is entirely theirs – time you plan, schedule, and defend at all costs against any activities that would steal away from you those special moments.

Friday’s Family Fun blog hop is the place for you to share your family’s special times with others.  I am hoping that what is written here will inspire you to continue in this special time with your family and inspire others to take up the challenge to spend time playing with their family every week…maybe even every day!!!

So here is my very first Friday’s Famiily fun post…

As Special man is away in the Solomon Islands, our Family Fun time this week did not include our Daddy person, but we still didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Berenstain Bears is a favourite of my kids at the moment and in some of the books/videos brother bear and sister bear play baseball.  Hence baseball, has become the flavour of the month.

Yesterday we decided to play baseball together.  I was the pitcher (so everyone could actually have a chance to hit the ball – Special son prefers to show how fast he can throw the ball, rather than think of helping others to actually hit the ball).

We decided it would be tipsy run.

To be honest with you, I haven’t had so much for a long while.

Princess Joybug took to the plate, adopting her Miss Grizzle face (I so wish I had a photo to show you), she furrowed her brow, to show us her determination to smash that ball out of the ball park – it was hilarious.  She did of course do some pretty legendary swings and misses, but always made sure she chased the ball wherever it went, swinging wildly until she came in contact.  Then she took off around the bases. 

This running meant Princess Curly tops would take off running too – not really sure of which direction she was going, or where she was supposed to be running to, she basically just ran in and around all of the fielders and runners, inhibiting any chance of tagging the hitter – what a laugh!!!!!

One of my highlights was also Princess Curly tops’ base running.  Her running direction was basically anywhere she could go to run away from the ball.  It may have included touching a base, it may have included running all over the yard, but always ended with her on home base jumping up and down “yaying” herself for her fine effort :).  Precious moments!!!!!  May I add, that her base running only began after she had gone and retrieved the ball that she had just hit 🙂  Oh to be three!!!!

Pitching was of course taken very seriously – we made sure that we did a series of pitching signs before every pitch – meaning something to someone 🙂 and bringing lots of smiles.  Mummy the Magnificent will definitely pitching for the Major League soon I’m sure!

My last round of pitching was made rather difficult due to Princess Curly tops new fielding position.  She decided to stand behind me (more like under me) with her head poking out between my legs.  :).  She never caught any balls, but she did catch my heart!!!

We may have only achieved one out in the entire game, when Special son and I managed to work together and tag Princess Joy Bug, but we did achieve having a very special time together.  Each one of us enjoying each others company and valuing each other’s differences.  Our focus was not competition, but having fun. 

Did we achieve our aim?

Special son’s first comment this morning – Mum, when are we going to play baseball together again?

I think we did :).

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Welcome to Friday’s Family Fun Blog Hop – so glad you could join us!!   Have you heard the statement – the family that prays together, stays together?  Well I want to take that one step further and add, the family that prays  AND plays together, stays together.

What is it that provides a sense of family?  Many things contribute, but none so much as the tradition of time.  It is not enough to take time to be a family just on holidays or when it is convenient.  You have to let the people in your family know they are special by making, looking forward to, and keeping a series of scheduled social “just for fun” engagements.  This special time set apart allows everyone to bond with the others, not only in the activity planned, but also in the anticipation  of that special time.   Dad needs to be a part of these family fun times too!!

I believe if you want to draw the hearts of your family closer, you will have to provide a minimum of one special time each week that is entirely theirs – time you plan, schedule, and defend at all costs against any activities that would steal away from you those special moments.

Friday’s Family Fun blog hop is the place for you to share your family’s special times with others.  I am hoping that what is written here will inspire you to continue in this special time with your family and inspire others to take up the challenge to spend time playing with their family every week…maybe even every day!!!

 
How do I join?
Join the journey each week by posting about something you and your family did together this week, just for fun.  It could be as simple as hide and seek, or a special trip away.  Whatever it was we want you to share it!!
 
 
Link-up Guidelines:
  • Just write your own post using the outlines here: https://goddidcreations.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/about-fridays-family-fun/
  • Then, come back to https://goddidcreations.wordpress.com anytime between Friday & Thursday each week, click the  ”click here” words at the end of my “Friday’s Fun Time” post, and follow the simple instructions to link up.
  • Please leave a comment after you link up.
  • The link-up will be open each Friday at 12:00am through Thursday at 11:59pm (Australian EST)
  • If you link up, please link us directly to the url of your journal post, and kindly insert the ”Friday’s Fun Day” graphic into your post as well.
  • Since the link-up is open for 7 days, please check back often, and visit all of the other bloggers that have linked up with you.
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 Thanks for joining us.  I look forward to reading your posts each week!

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Just thought I would remind myself and share with you the wonderful things about homeschooling…

  • My children are each other’s best friends. 

On many occasions my 2 daughters have stood together, noses touching and declared to each other – best friends forever!  (my mummy heart does a leap).  There are three years between my eldest two, an age gap very similar to that of myself and my brother.  When I started school and “left home”, it was like I left him and my little sister behind.  We still played together, but I had my other friends.  Also because my learning was predominately done outside of the home very little of that was shared with my siblings, again widening the gap.  I felt very far away from them.  This is not happening in my homeschooling home!!!

  • I get to watch my kids learn.

And I love it!!!!!  Seeing the excitement they experience when discovering something new.  Watching their eyes light up when the penny drops.  Supporting them through challenging experiences.  Being the one they want to share their stories with…nothing could be better!

  • Learning together

Our home is our learning place, so what we are learning about surrounds us and we are all (young and old) learning new things at the same time about the same things, thus making the learning experience all the more richer.  A great learning tool that we are using at the moment is the lapbook.  I cannot recommend these highly enough!  The kids just love them.  My favourite thing about them, is that the kids go back to them again and again and when Grandparents come to visit they get to share all of this information with them – generations learning together.

  • Learning is not confined to the classroom

So much of learning takes place outside the classroom.  Because I am aware of what my children need to accomplish in their schoolwork, every outing, every activity, every holiday is all used as an opportunity for extending and developing the skills that they need to learn.  This doesn’t mean that we are always doing “school”, but guided learning can and does take place in any place.

  • We have freedom

I love that we have the freedom to do what we want, when we want and how we want.  School fits into our life, not the other way around.

  • Mummy is there when you are sick

One of the things I always hated about school was the sickroom.  Hours and hours of waiting for mum to maybe come and take me home, while I lay in agony in that stark broom closet near the Principal’s office.  No one to care for me, just excluded from everyone.  Homeschool is full of hugs when you need them the most!!!  Also it is great for doing little bits of school when you are feeling a little better, that you would have otherwise missed had you missed the whole day due to sickness.

  • Training the heart, not just the head

My kids have been blessed with a great ability to learn, so school work is not that difficult for them.  What they do struggle with is ATTITUDE.  Their hearts are not always in the right place and this affects everything – especially their ability to learn.  Homeschooling provides the opportunity for me to guide their hearts as they learn, cementing the values that I want them to hold dear into the very fabric of their lives.  Some days end up just being character building days (mine and theirs :)).  But it is so worth it when I see them surrendering their heart to their Saviour and letting His love shine through in their attitude.

  • No Homework

When school is done – play begins.  This is as it should be!!

  • Individual learning and teaching

There is time to explain until understanding is reached.  Everyone always gets to participate in the discussion – ideas are always heard.  Mistakes can be corrected as we go and therefore bad habits are more likely to be avoided. 

  • No school run

I shudder everytime I think about having to face the 9:00am drop off and 3:00pm pick up.  What a nightmare!!!

  • God is the centre of my curriculum

I choose what we learn.  No curriculum nasties here.  Their little minds can be protected from the “stuff” that they don’t need to associate with or learn about. 

  • No unsupervised playground nasties to deal with

No bullies.  No dirty talk.  No swearing to hear and copy.  No teasing.  No “I’m not your friend anymore”.  No loneliness.  No uncertainty.  No competition.  No being picked last for the team.  Just fantastic full-on sibling rivalry – but they’re used to that (been doing it for years :)).

So there you have it.  Just a few of the reasons why I love to have my kids at home and teach them at the same time. 

Homeschooling makes our home a happy place!

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This afternoon the kids and I did something we have never done and had a great time doing it! 

Armed with a soccer ball each we headed to the local soccer fields for some fun and exercise.  Exercise is not my favourite past time, and having the kids has made it even easier to find excuses not to participate in this oh so painful, oh so sweaty of experiences.  But today was an exception, we went and we sweated and it wasn’t even that painful :)…(I may even call it an enjoyable experience :))

Firstly we just kicked and chased balls around the field – lots of fun.  Then we sprinted (the kids sprinted, I walked quicker than usual) from the cricket pitch to the edge of the field.  Then I brought out my big challenge – to run all the way around the field without stopping or walking – the challenge was to pace themselves.  They thought they were up to the challenge!! 

Special Son took off at a gallop (I was not surprised), wanting to be first and best is definately a character trait of his that we are working on.  He soon slowed to a walk only to be spurred on again by a glimpse at his younger sister Princess JoyBug, who had taken off in the opposite direction so that they could high five eachother at the halfway point.  Princess JoyBug set off at a rate that she maintained methodically for the entire circle – never once stopping or even slowing to a walk.  My Mummy heart was bursting with pride – this little girl was challenging herself and winning!!!  She got to the end and said – I want to do that again.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think she would make it around again without slowing to a walk – but she did.  This time Special Son (who paced himself) made it around without slowing too!!! 

Princess Curly Tops (who shall not be forgotten) also managed to run/walk the entire field – the smile on her face as she did so was priceless!!!

Then came the fun – Force ’em Backs.  I haven’t played this game since I was a teenager.  Every afternoon I played with my younger brother in the backyard.  Don’t recall winning too many times – but I’m sure I succeeded more in this activity than I did against him in Ping Pong – I know for certain that in all of my growing up years to this day I have won only one game against my brother (oh the shame :))

For those who aren’t familiar with the game…Each team takes a turn in kicking the ball.  The opposing team must then stop the ball.  Wherever they stop the ball, they must then kick the ball from, back to the other team.  The object of the game – to force the opposing team back to the edge of the field. 

We had loads of fun – we even managed to play in the rain.  Princess Curly Tops wasn’t so excited about being wet, so unfortunately we had to head home prematurely.  But the kids all want to go back again tomorrow – so I think that this is definately a winner.

Exercise for me and the kids – at the same time!!! 

(Hope I can still walk in the morning :))

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