Getting Stuck

Do you have a child that always gets stuck or wedged in strange and creative gaps and spaces?

We have one of those – don’t know how he gets in, but in he goes – and then once he’s in, he’s stuck. He would do well at the Cango Caves with those tiny squeeze-through places that sane people give a wide berth…. although not so much with the getting stuck thing!

He’s a brave boy and brave boys love to explore, to discover and to conquer! He’s been stuck in the bottom shelf of the cupboard: “Mommy, I can’t get out!”

Today he was stuck between 2 bookshelves with his legs stuck under the rebounder (small trampoline). You can see the gap below – he was well and truly wedged!

The most ingenious was when he was stuck face down on his bed with his backpack half around his arms – unable to move or turn over – just a muffled yelling for Mom. I didn’t ask and he didn’t explain.

This was just the first 3 years 🙂

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1 v 26

Little Brothers and Dinosaurs!

Our little 3 year old BB always wants to do whatever his big brother does!

Big brother (age 5) found a huge log at the nature reserve and wouldn’t let it out of his sight once he found it. He lugged that thing everywhere on our walk and all the way down the steep hill.

Then he got Dad to help him drill a hole in it and glue another treasured stick into the hole – giving it a very interesting shape – and behold, it was a DINOSAUR!

So, little brother during his Daddy-time had to get his stick from outside, and drill a hole and glue another stick in –

and there you go…

another DINOSAUR!

Dinosaurs are a major theme in our home as I’m sure they are in most homes with little boys. Its quite a fascinating study and what’s so cool is that it is even more exciting when you discover the dinosaurs in the Bible! I love the way these powerful beasts are described.

the dragon…

Isaiah 27 v 1

the behemoth..

Job 40 and 41

the leviathon ….

Psalm 104 v 24-26

Psalm 74 v 14 “Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, [and] gavest him [to be] meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.”

Did you know that the Brontesaurus didn’t exist.

Many sites just say something like:

Apatosaurus (which was formerly known as Brontosaurus)…

but what they don’t tell you is this

“The type of plant-eating dinosaur with the long, skinny neck and tiny head everyone has been calling a brontosaurusfor years never really existed!

The bones that were put together to construct the brontosaurus actually came from more than one dinosaur. The man who “found” the bones actually came across the body of an apatosaurus, except the head was missing. He used the head of the closest dino he could find, which actually belonged to a camarasaurus, to complete the skeleton. He put the fossils together and named the “new” dino “brontosaurus.”  (from Kidzworld.com)
A wonderful website for information about dinosaurs is here.

Vision Forum has great resources about dinosaurs here and we have loved the zoo, aquarium and museum guides from Answers in Genesis – they are awesome!

(we aren’t a VF affiliate – I don’t think you can be internationally)

STORYTIME

Our 5 yr old BB loves to type stories on the computer. Here is his latest precious story 🙂

He asked me how to spell “focaccia” and he copied the Dinosaur words from his Bible. The rest is all his!

A story about a boy.

There was a boy who had six crocodiles.

His crocodiles went to a river.

The boy had pineapple and apple for breakfast.

The crocodiles had meat.

The boy saw a behemoth and leviathan.

The dinosaurs were in the forest

The leviathan was trying to eat the behemoth.

The behemoth was eating plants.

At lunchtime the boy had focaccia for lunch.

Then he had rest time.

Then he went outside.

At suppertime he had pasta for supper.

Then he went to bed.

“Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. [16] Lo now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force [is] in the navel of his belly. [17] He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. [18] His bones [are as] strong pieces of brass; his bones [are] like bars of iron.” Job 40 v 15-18

A Special Gift

My just-turned-2 little girl woke at 5am this morning.

My children are really great with sleeping from 8ish in the evening to 7am or later most days – which is a huge blessing. My little one hasn’t woken in the night for months – and lately she’s been showing signs of slowing down with breastfeeding – and I am holding on for dear life! I don’t want it to end. With each child it becomes more precious as I value more and more the closeness it brings.

So last night God gave me a special gift. She woke at 5am and didn’t want to settle in her cot so I held her in my arms in our bed the rest of the night – she usually she wont do that, but wriggles.

It was wonderful! holding her and looking down at that sweet little face as she dozed and opened her eyes now and then to gaze sleepily at me, praying for her and dozing myself.

I was thinking how fast they grow up and how much I’m gonna miss this wonderful season with little ones surrounding me (am sure glad its not done yet!!!)

The times when I get impatient or when a project is unfinished or interrupted for the hundredth time, I’m going to remember this and how much I should cherish this season. I’m going to remind myself to use it as a time to invest in my precious children – for in the blink of an eye this season will be gone.

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2 v 5,6

See Also:

This wonderful post at Raising Olives on Patience and Investing in your Child’s Life.

The Beautiful Peace of God

The Very Bestest Exercise!

Want to know the very best exercise? – become like a little child!

* Jump or hop enthusiastically about 20 times on your way to the bathroom.

* Skip around the house joyfully when you have nothing else to do or are waiting for something.

* Climb up the furniture & dangle off it – good for strengthening tummy muscles! (yes, I do allow my children to do this – at our house!)

* Twirl around wildly to see your dress fly out around you.

* Don’t sit still on a chair but bounce up & down as hard as you can. If you are afraid you might break the chair then rather sit on it & bounce your legs and feet up & down as fast as you can making a cool clunking noise on the floor each time your feet touch.

* Dance around while brushing your teeth.

* Chase a balloon around the room.

* Stand on one leg while working in the kitchen.

* If you see a wide open stretch of grass run wildly and joyfully across it until you reach the end, run back again and then fall down and watch the sky.

* Laugh hysterically at something (until your tummy muscles hurt).

* Roll around on the floor with your hubby, wrestling and tickling.

* Run around a room as fast as you can while singing at the top of your voice.

* Have FUN whatever you happen to be doing! 🙂

D’you have any more ideas to share? Please do!!

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them” Matthew 18v2

Terrific Toddlers Have Fun – Part 2

Click here for Terrific Toddlers Have Fun – Part 1

Terrific Toddlers Have Fun! is a series of activites to join with Beautiful Girlhood’s “Tot School” with Kelly-Anne. Not sure if I qualify being a Mom and not a sister 🙂 – what a blessing Kelly-Anne is as big sister and oldest daughter. Thanks for the inspiration Kelly-Anne!

Our toddlers love to be a part of whatever we are doing! If I am kneading bread dough they want to try, if I am juicing carrots – they want to do it too and they just love it!! If we are making a smoothie they’ll drag the step along and climb up to join in – washing dishes, vacuuming, mowing the lawn – they wanna do it too! Its how they experience life and learn – and besides they are little mama’s and dada’s in training!

We love making Breadsticks from Se7en – they are very yummy! (ours are long and thin and we use spelt flour)

Making Breadsticks turned out to be a brilliant tactile activity!

After making the dough, I put out two plates – one with oil and one with toppings (oregano, herb salt and parmesan) and a bowl of flour.

I popped each bit of dough into the flour and our 1 year old had a fabulous time squishing each dough ball, rolling it in the oil and then in the toppings and I placed it on the baking tray.

And then smearing and preparing the toppings for further use!

More mixing, spreading…

and rolling.


All done!

Yum!

I’ve also linked this to WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY on wearethatfamily.com. Have a look there for many wonderful tips on all kinds of things!

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127v3)

Terrific Toddlers Have Fun – Part 1

I have been planning for a while to put up a tots activity to join in with Beautiful Girlhood’s “Tot School” with Kelly-Anne

but I have struggled to come up with something that is a good “tots activity”. Most of the time our two toddlers just join in with whatever the other are doing or sit on my lap and play with something from their boxes of activities. Kelly-Anne’s activities are always wonderfully messy and creative and some of them you have to be rather brave to attempt! Have a look at her wonderful ideas here…

But finally, here is the first installment of “Terrific Toddlers Have Fun!”

We love to play with beans of various shapes and sizes, pasta and popcorn.

I prefer the larger beans as its easier to clean up and find the stray ones afterwards. Each child has a jar of beans or pasta, some pouring implements and some containers.

The littlest one goes in the plastic pool with her loot.

While 2 and 4 year old are at the table with baking trays to play on.

Pouring, sorting, piling up – lots of fun!

Counting…

examining,

putting in jars… excellent pastime!

Another reason that I have struggled to come up with ideas for tots “activities” is that we believe that our children should learn to always work alongside us and take on their share of the responsibility. This may seem crazy at age one or two but the amazing thing is that it is my one & two year old that complain the most if I don’t involve them in what I am doing. If I am kneading bread dough they want to try, if I am juicing carrots – they want to do it too and they just love it!!

If we are making a smoothie they’ll drag the step along and climb up to join in – washing dishes, vacuuming, mowing the lawn – whatever it is we are doing, they wanna do it too! Its how they experience life and learn – and besides they are little mama’s and dada’s in training!

Anyway, so the messy activities are usually part of the general doing of the day – next time I’ll share one of those.

Just thought I’d add this in. The other day while I was cooking, Little Miss here was watching and I gave her a bowl of water and a straw and she had wonderful fun blowing bubbles and drinking in between!

There’s even a verse for it 🙂  – see below…

Thanks, Kelly-Anne for inspiring me!

I’ve also linked this to WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY on wearethatfamily.com. Have a look there for many wonderful tips on all kinds of things!

love, Karyn

“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10v42