Wednesday, June 24, 2015

7, 8, 9 Months

I can't believe how much she has grown. 
It almost makes me hurt a little.

(Techinally, this isn't a her 7 mon photo... we forgot! But it works!)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

On Being a Camp Kid

Another amazing and growth producing summer lays before our family... it all starts up on Monday!

I've never known mothering without camp-family-ing.

This past year I realized something.
Being a camp kid is a unique (little understood) childhood.
There are some big expectations that are placed upon camp children that are not always understood by onlookers or fellow staff who haven't had older children yet.

Here's the top 8 things my children want you to know about what it's like to be a Camp Kid in a Camp Family...
(I did ask them... but expounded on their thoughts a tad bit)

1... We absolutely LOVE our life and what we do! We know we are blessed to participate in what happens every summer at CBX. We look forward to it all year long and are sad to see it go when it's over! We are thankful for our home and where we get to live. Not many kids get to LIVE at camp! We enjoy serving at camp together and seeing kids grow and learn and heal! We LOOOOOVE the people we work with... Both full time staff and seasonal staff!!! They are our family and we cherish the special community we have with them. CAMP ROCKS!

2... We LIVE at camp. It is more our home than it is camp to us, even if it isn't suppose to be. Sometimes that means we struggle to know just when and how to switch our behavior based on varying situations. Every once in awhile we go crazy and draw on the walls or make a mess or even go in the kitchen when we know we shouldn't ... Because it's our home and not just a camp (or work environment) to us. 

3... We love the camp community, probably most of all! With community comes conflict and sometimes we are a part of it. We get sassy or short with an adult we know we normally should treat with respect, or we make a mess or put ourselves before others... Basically, we are sinners. We need grace, forgiveness and compassion. But, hey! With that, we are pretty skilled at extending that back to you when we are overlooked, treated/managed like a camper or when others are plain sinful to us! It's a sweet part of being in community!

4... At times we go through seasons of feeling like we are missing out. See, we are part of camp, but at the same time we really aren't. We aren't staff... We are too little to be included in many "staff" things. We aren't campers... And miss out on all the fun, even though we fully understand we do this thing for them! But we see everyone having SUCH a good time and we can't help but feel it stinks to not be a staff or a camper!!! Being a camp family can be a little lonely at times. 

5... Being a camp kid is SUPER tiring at times. We feel we have to be our very best all the time and like expectations of us are very high. Sometimes we've been kept up late the night before at staff meetings or Bible studies or campfires and some times we get up WAY too early for devos. Then again some time counsellors or staff feel the same way... Just wrung out! Please realize when the summer is challenging for adults, that it does the same thing to us... We are just littler and worse at coping with it. 

6... We feel like we own CBX... Not because we are entitled or bossy... but, quite honestly, because it's all we've ever known! We love this place! We are fiercely proud of it. Sometime our zeal for this place and what we know of it spills out and we feel like telling staff or campers where to go... Both literally and figuratively. We don't need to be put in our place, but we might need a gentle reminder that we have a place.

7... Sometimes there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Not the camp kitchen... But authorities in our life. Our mom and dad are the main people we take direction from, God designed family to function best that way! Our parents are believers in the idea that we should learn from other people besides them. We need to know that if we are doing something out of line that we will be held accountable, but we don't need to be over-managed by too many people. AWKWARD (as Addie would say). But things happen. If in doubt, go to mom... It is a win/win for us all because we are better corrected by our parents and you avoid any awkwardness of correcting us in a way that doesn't help us grow as the unique people we are!

8... Know we "get it". When we see someone struggling or hurting we stop and our family prays for them (for real... we do this!) We know that CBX campers have hard lives and that our staff struggle along side them. We are aware of the reality in which our campers and staff live ... even at our young age and it hurts us too! We've gotten to know campers, they are our friends, they return every year and we often know them longer than summer staff does. We question God and feel broken for them or wish we could make their lives better too! Know we understand this even though we are little, we get the depth of your struggle and hurt.

 We can't wait for another amazing summer!

We can't wait to get to know you, grow along side you and see the amazing things God does in and through you!

Thanks for hearing what it's like to be a camp kid in a camp family! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Story of the World #3: Early Modern ~ Online Audio Book List !!!

For the last 2 years our family has been going through Story of the World for our core curriculum and we are loving nearly every moment of it! Our first year was ANCIENTS and this past year was the MIDDLE AGES.

One of the things we've all enjoyed is listening to other texts and literature that compliment our chapter topics each week. Sometimes it is poetry, fairy tales, more information on a specific person or a novel from that period of time... what makes it even better is our sources are FREE and audio books (I DON'T HAVE TO READ THEM!!!)

Stuff to know about these lists...

- I haven't listened to all of the links/books provided. It is on you to to ensure it is a good source for your students.
- Many of the links provided contains content that is sensitive and disturbing to children (or really everyone)... Slavery, Trail of Tears, Plagues, Opium and Wars abound in this time period.
- Some of the topics and books don't directly apply to that week's topic... but generally that is what I was shooting for.

I've marked each book I haven't personally previewed with - *?*
I've marked the books I know contain material that requires parental intervention with - *!*

Online Listening List

Chapter #1: A World of Empires

Chapter #2: Protestant Rebellions
Historic Girlhoods - Ch. 6 *?*

Chapter #3: James the King of Two Countries
Story of Mankind - Ch. 45 
50 Famous Stories - Ch. 17 
Historic Girlhoods - Ch. 7 *?*

Chapter #4: Searching the Northwest Passage

Chapter #5: Warlords of Japan
Chapter #10: Far East of Europe

Chapter #6: New Colonies of the New World
This Country of Ours III - Ch. 22 and  34
Historic Girlhoods - Ch. 8 *?*

Chapter #7: The Spread of Slavery

Chapter #9: The Western War

Chapter #11: The Moghul Emperors of India

Chapter #12: Battle, Fire and Plague in England

Chapter #13: The Sun King of France

Chapter #14: The Rise of Prussia
A Pioneer Hero - Johnny Appleseed (off topic, but listening to it here) *?*

Chapter #15: A New World in Conflict

Chapter #16: The West

Chapter #17: Russia Looks West

Chapter #18: East and West Collide
Chapter #19: The English in India

Chapter #20: The Imperial East

Chapter #21: Fighting over North America

Chapter #22: Revolution

Chapter #23: The New Country

Chapter #24: Sailing South

Chapter #25: Revolution Gone Sour

Chapter #26: Catherine the Great
Historic Girlhoods - Ch. 9 *?*

Chapter #27: A Changing World
Story of Mankind - Ch. 57 and 60

Chapter #28: China and the Rest of the World
(Still looking)

Chapter #29: Napoleon

Chapter #30: Freedom in the Caribbean

Chapter #31: A Different Kind of Rebellion

Chapter #32: An Opened West - Lewis and Clark

Chapter #33: The End of Napoleon

Chapter #34: Freedom for S. America
Chapter #35: Mexican Independence

Chapter #36: The Slave Trade Ends

Chapter #37: Troubled Africa
Our Island Story II - Ch. 109 and 110

Chapter #38: American Tragedies

Chapter #39: China Adrift 
(Still looking)

Chapter #41: New Zealand and Her Rulers
(Still looking)

Chapter #40: Mexico and Her Neighbor
(Still looking)

Chapter #42: The World of 49 - Gold Rush

Previous Listening Lists

Level #1: ANCIENTS 

~ Enjoy! ~

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Month Moments

I can't believe she is 7 months.
She is all smiles.
So peaceful and happy.
Making people laugh.

Going places, inch by inch scooting or foot by foot rolling.
Sitting steady, but toppling.
Signing "more", "milk", "eat" and clapping... has the beginning of waving.
Having a mini temper tantrum from time to time.

Not a sign of a single tooth.
But, chowing down on pieces of banana, beans, lentils, graham crackers and rice!

Still pulling mama's heart strings every single minute of the day!
Crinkled nose.
Gummy grin.

With all her friends... giraffes are all the rage!

'Til next month.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gothic Cathedral Art

Our take on gothic cathedrals with rosettes! 

Allan ~ Cora ~ Addie ~ Eli

Nicholas Hilliard My Very Fashionable, Undoubtably, Hipster Ancestor

My mom likes to do genealogies.
We have been studying Elizabeth I or "Good Queen Bess" and I realized that the cover art was originally done by none other than Nicholas Hilliard my 12th great grandfather on my maternal (Whitley) line.  His portraits were quite the rage back in the mid 1500's it seems. Everyone from the Queen to Sir Walter Raleigh commissioned his work.

Here's Nicolas Hilliard himself...
Just look at how he rocks that lace collar!
He was a looker and I bet he wore some nice skinny "jeans" and went by Nico on occasion. 
I really think he may have been a hipster at heart. His work makes me think that he likely created the first "selfie".

This was his wife Alice and I can only imagine why he painted her neck line so low! 
I assume they were madly in love, her heart shaped hair is a subtle hint at how much she loved him... they married quite late at the age 29 and had two sons. 

That's as notable as we get... Nicholas Hilliard and his talents with a paint brush!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Renaissance Study

This week has been engaging!
Renaissance ~ Rebirth
Old ideas becoming new.
Realism. Invention. New Ideas.

We've read...

(This was a left-over from last week, but still a favorite!)

We've listened to...
The Story of Mankind ~ By Hendrick Van Loon (Now that's a name!)
Scroll down to chapter #39 - Renaissance

(I know this is earlier, but it put us in the mood 
to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel!

We've watched...

We've done...

Some amazingly fun art projects!

Putting ourselves on to our backs just like Michelangelo to paint or draw "The Creation of Adam".

Cora is in the midst of dramatic disgust! 
Throwing pencil and giving up all hope!

Addie found when you erase the bits fall in your eyes!

Eli puts a "boppy" to good use.

Cora is all discouragement. Just too hard!

Allan is having a grand time!

The end results... The Creation of Adam. 
Top left: Addie
Top right: Cora
Middle left: Allan
Bottom left: Thea
Right: Elias

And a little Mona Lisa smile...

I encouraged the children to make Mona Lisa their own!

Addie's ~ The Fingernail Painted Mona Lisa
Allan ~ The Yellow and Green Mona Lisa
Thea ~ The Faceless Dark Skinned Mona Lisa
Elias ~ The Green Skinned Mona Lisa
Cora ~ The Lipsticked and Blue-eyed Mona Lisa

Whew! Thank goodness it's Friday!