Saturday, May 19, 2007

Today is the day! I feel like I am part of the "blogging club" as I have been tagged. Lynn over at A Mother's Journal got me!

Here’s how it works: Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to tag others and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog

7 Random Facts about Kristina

~ My dates with my DH were  either working with his Youth Group, transporting children on each other's caseload (we worked for the State of FL) or helping a single mom with her 4 kids. We definitely knew each other's parenting style by the time we were married! Talk about romantic huh??

~ Upon being married, we already had a 14 year old son. I was 13 when I had him!! Ok, not really, we adopted a boy that my DH had on his caseload (also from the state of FL.!) He has since returned to his bio mom.

~ My secret passion is scuba diving. When my kids get old enough to snorkel, we will be living in the ocean! I haven't gone since I have been married which is 6 years. It is dern expensive to take a trip when you aren't working for a dive shop - which I did when I was in college.

~ I never thought I would homeschool. I thought the PS system was foolproof... Then I moved to Florida.

~ Out of all my friends, I think I have the fewest kids (2). My friends who were childless not 7 months ago, just got pregnant with triplets! Everyone around me seems to be pregnant or with a new baby so I have the itch BAD! Pray for my poor DH...

~ I think about moving almost daily. I love where I am but I enjoy the excitement of being somewhere new. My DH shares this passion thankfully!

~ We go to Theme parks almost every other week! Hey, we live in Orlando. I just pray that my kids grow up normal. I mean who can compete with a theme park - they think it is a normal outing just like a playground or the library!

DONE! That was hard! Now the really hard part starts... Tagging someone else. I am going to tag two people I would love to see around blogsphere more. I love their stories and their humor just cracks me up. Now Megan is someone I work with. She has one of those new babies I was talking about! He us a cutey by the way. If you click on the link, you will see his picture. And Shay, well she also has a good excuse of why she isn't blogging too much. She also has a sweet precious new bundle. And a bunch of other kids too. Her heart is so sweet and I really miss hearing what she has to say! So now you have been tagged.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Blueberries for Sal

(Pause player at the sidebar to listen to the video's below)

This week we "rowed" Blueberries for Sal. It is such a sweet story that teaches so many wonderful things to our kids!
It all started when I was driving a Florida backroad and I saw a sign for blueberry picking during the months of April and May. I thought to myself, I must do Blueberries for Sal and take them blueberry picking! So I got out my B4FIAR manual and poured over what I wanted to do with the kids. Then that week I went to Target and found the cutest little tin pails that would be perfect for picking!

So during the week I started looking up blueberry farms in Fl. Guess what. No blueberries. The birds were all taking advantage of the yummy fruit and there was nothing. So when my kids heard me drive up to a local grocery store, they asked "what are we doing?" I replied, "picking blueberries at Publix!" My poor DH jumped out of the van and went into Publix and came out as white as a sheet. He found blueberries alright. At $4.00 for a miniscule container.   My DH is more than frugal so I was very thankful that he did this wonderful gesture for our kids.

I ended up cutting out green construction paper for the leaves and put toothpicks inside of them to attach the blueberry on. It worked out fine and they were able to pick all they wanted and listen for the famous "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk!"

I am so thankful to have a DH that loves "rowing" books as well. He had such a fun time reading the story while the kids picked their blueberries.

Luke had a good time learning about the color blue. He enjoyed coloring his blueberries as shown here.

Kylie and Luke also got to do a collage of animals that they picked out of a magizine. In Blueberries for Sal there were a number of animals such as crows, bears and partriges. So we cut out pictures of bears, birds and spiders (?) and matched them all together.

We did so many fun things, mostly from the B4 manual but this picture was so funny to me. At night snack, I let them have blueberry yogurt. Kylie I think was a bit burnt out from all of the picture taking so this is what I got.

In Blueberries for Sal, the mother and child become lost from eachother so when we took a family trip to Sea World, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to discuss safety. Kylie and I pretended to be the Mommy and Little bear and she payed special attention to not get seperated from me.

To end up the week we had an impromptu Blueberry picnic for dinner. My DD had pulled out a blanket and was having her own picnic when she said "let's have a cereal picnic!" I looked in our pantry and what did we have? Blueberry Morning cereal! "Ok" I told her so we all sat down and had cereal for dinner. Stellar mommy moment there... Fun none the less.