Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Books to Read In Kindergarten


My third baby is starting Kindergarten tomorrow! Cue all the tears for this momma. My little guy is excited and ready to go, which makes it a little bit easier on me. It's so hard letting go, but a wise friend once told me years ago that the process of letting go is a gradual one that begins the moment you hand your newborn baby to anyone other than your husband to hold. There are many little moments and milestones along the way to prepare not only your child, but you, for them to leave your home someday. Tomorrow, we will hit another milestone. It's really true the days are long, but the years are short. For five years I've been nurturing my baby and he's grown, and is ready for this. He is going to rock Kindergarten, and I will be here cheering him on every step of the way!

Here is a quick run down of the books we are reading to get even more excited for Kindergarten! We have several of these in our personal library from years past when Cooper and Max started Kindergarten. I also reserved some of these titles at the library to have some new books to read!

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A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon (The Kissing Hand Series)


Kindergarten Rocks!

Monstergarten





The Night Before Kindergarten


Planet Kindergarten


The 12 Days of Kindergarten (Pictureback(R))


The Best Thing about Kindergarten



Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten



Saturday, August 11, 2018

Back to School Prayer Guide

The end of summer is a time of preparation. The school supply aisle is buzzing with activity, and teachers and staff are hard at work preparing to welcome our students back to school. Excited kids and parents head out for back to school shopping for new clothes, shoes, and fresh haircuts. All, in preparation of starting our students off on the right foot. Parents and students will be facing many emotions in the coming days. Some will be filled with excitement, some with anxiety and fear, or many a little mixture of all these and more. The best way to prepare for sending our kids back to school is prayer. I've created a Back to School Prayer Guide full of things we can pray for our students, teachers, district staff, and for the safety of everyone in our schools. Join me in praying for our students and teachers this school year.


A few ways you can implement this prayer guide include, going on a prayer walk around your school during non-school hours. I love to jog up to my kids school during the summer or on weekends and pray for the teachers, students, and their safety; all while getting in a workout. Find a friend or two and meet at a home or set aside a regular time to pray together for your school. Encourage your family to pray for your student and their teachers. Write your kids teacher a note of encouragement and let them know you are praying for them this school year. Don't forget to pray daily with your kids before school, for their school day. I have created a free printable, of the prayer guide below, for you to refer back to, click HERE to print. Have a great school year!


Students:
·      Pray they honor God in their thoughts, actions, and words.
·      For the Lord to place them with the right teacher for their individual learning style.
·      Pray they would have a passion for learning.
·      Pray students will show respect for those in authority (teachers, principals, and staff), as well as other classmates, and themselves.
·      Pray that students will show compassion for their fellow classmates. That they would exhibit kind and caring attitudes toward others.
·      Pray for new students, that they will feel welcomed and included from the very first day. Pray they make connections and new friendships begin to form.
·      That students would make wise friend choices. That they would find a few Christian friends to encourage one another in the faith. 
·      That they would be a good influence on friends, and they would have the discernment to know when others are not a good influence.
·      That they would put forth their best effort in all their studies.
·      That they would demonstrate self control

Teachers:
·      Pray they will find great fulfillment and joy in teaching daily.
·      Pray they have a passion for teaching and investing in our children. Pray that their enthusiasm will be contagious and pass down to the students.
·      Give them great creativity in planning lessons that will make learning fun and memorable for their students.
·      Pray that they feel respected, supported, and appreciated by faculty and parents.
·      Pray for their home life (for any spouses, children, and circumstances they may be facing outside of school).
·      Pray they will have patience, grace, and love for their students.
·      Pray that they will make connections with their students and their class will bond together for a great year of learning and growth.
·     Pray they have a positive work environment and good relationships with co-workers, staff, and principal.
·      Pray for their salvation.

Safety:
·      Pray God's protection over the school and all students, staff, and teachers everyday.
·      Pray that any plans that are meant to cause harm would be exposed.
·      Pray that any bullying will be found out quickly and handled, so that all students have a safe environment for learning.
·     Pray for the student’s spiritual safety and protection from exposure to any bad thing. Or anything that could possible cause a lifelong addiction (pornography, drugs, acohol, etc.).

District Staff:
·     Pray for the district staff, superintendents, and school board that make decisions that affect our children.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Favorite-June 1

It's June 1st! My kids are out of school and we've had an great first week of summer. My hubby, Chris, left for a mission trip to Haiti, the day after the boys got out of school. I've tried to plan fun, little things though out our week to break things up and make memories with my boys. We've already made several trips to the pool and summer is in full swing. Here are a few of my favorite things this week.

one. Memorial Day. I took all five boys to Old Navy to get the yearly fun flag shirts they carry. A friend gave them to the boys as a gift last year and it was so fun to have them wear them on Memorial Day and Fourth of July. I know some of you are probably still stuck back at the fact that I took all five boys to Old Navy, by myself. A girl's got to do, what a girl's got to do 🤣.

My goal was to get a picture of all five boys in their shirts and a picture of the boys and I together. As moms we are always behind the camera, and it's important to get in front of it with your kids too. I knew they weren't going to be into it, but I wanted to try it anyway. I set up my camera on a folding chair, set the self timer and was pleasantly surprised to get this gem, that I will treasure for years to come. Sometimes, plans do work out!

Afterward, I loaded the boys up and we headed to our favorite shaved ice stand for a cool treat. It was so hot, and I was so proud of them for cooperating with me. After an hour wait (due to one sweet girl working the stand), I had five extremely hot boys, and the shaved ice could not have tasted better.



two. Nickel and Suede. My hubby and boys gave me some new earrings for Mother's Day and I am in love. These earrings are the best. They are so lightweight, I forget that I even have them on. They are a fun statement piece and make me feel put together. The owner/designer, Kilee, has five boys. We have just a little bit in common. I'm sure we would have a lot to talk about times five 😊.



three. Strawberry picking. We headed to Benny's Berries to pick strawberries. I talked about our berry picking trip last year here.  We love Benny's Berries because it's a manageable size to keep track of your kids, and the berries are fantastic. We had a great time picking perfect, red, juicy strawberries. I love that the boys had some unplugged fun. I was impressed that they followed the directions and only picked the red berries without white tips or tops. We made Homemade Strawberry Shortcake twice this week! We couldn't let those strawberries go to waste.




four. Cranberry Orange muffins from Costo. The little boys and I tried these muffins at Costco at a sampling event during our last shopping trip. They were delicious, and the boys loved them. When I discovered that they are made with fresh zucchini and carrots, I was sold. What mom isn't trying to figure out how to get their kids to eat more veggies? These are great for on the go or at home. If you are a Costco member grab a box!


five. Miss Freddy's Back Up Boot Camp. Anyone else feel completely overwhelmed with their digital images? Over the years, they have piled up. I am worried that I will lose all my images. I need help! I'm so glad that Casey has this free online course to help me know what to do to get those images backed up! This will lift a huge weight off my shoulders! Join me for Miss Freddy's Free Back Up Boot Camp. This is the last time she will be offering the course for free. Click HERE to register. Course starts Monday, June 4th.


six...I'll leave you with my last, but not least, favorite thing this week.  My little man is now walking. I love watching new walkers, they are adorable. The wobble, the hands, the wide stance...so much fun. I am still in disbelief that my baby is not only one, but walking. It goes too fast, but I'm loving every minute. He is such a joy.


Have a wonderful weekend and I would love to hear some of your favorite things from this week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Caprese Chicken

 This is one of my favorite chicken recipes.  It's easy to make and so fresh and delicious for summer! If you skip the angel hair pasta, it is a low carb recipe!


Caprese Chicken


  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the chicken breasts in half and then season with salt and pepper.

2. Warm a pan on the burner to medium high heat. Add a little olive oil to evenly coat pan. Add chicken to the pan. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes. Transfer to a sprayed cooking sheet. Repeat this step to cook the remaining chicken.

3. Transfer chicken to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. The last two minutes of cooking place a slice of mozzarella cheese on each piece of chicken to melt.

4. While chicken is baking mix up the balsamic vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, and olive oil. Set aside.

5. After chicken is cooked remove from oven and top with thinly sliced tomato, fresh chopped basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Enjoy!

The fresh basil is what makes this dish so fresh and delicious. It was very satisfying to know that the basil was fresh and came from my garden.

If you have any leftover chicken it makes a delicious sandwich for lunch the next day. I simply broiled a bun, warmed up the chicken, topped with tomato and fresh basil, and added a thin layer of mayo to the bun. It was delicious and just as fresh as it was the first meal!