Friday, April 20, 2012

Fun Fraction Food Friday!!!

I do love using alliteration in a title...over the course of this week, we have been working with fractions.  The kiddos and I have used all kind of manipulatives and played different games using fractions.  We have also spent time talking about how we use fractions in real life...the most common place I find fractions is when working with food.

We also have been reading about Italy this week, and the most famous food from that country, Pizza! We've read stories, watched documentaries, and made some pizza art.

So, today, we had Fun Fraction Food Friday.  We combined our themes and made semi-homemade pizza rolls, performed fraction problems with goldfish and marshmallows, and ate a Hershey's bar 1/12 at a time.  Tonight, we are going to make a dessert pizza using chocolate chip cookie dough, strawberries, and Cool Whip!!!
Step 1: unroll crescent dough, then spread sauce

Add cheese

Roll 'em up

Time to bake!

Goldfish fraction work

See, math can be fun!

Recording data

Pizza Rolls hot from the oven


Titus has 1/12 of a Hershey's Bar in his mouth

Make that 1/6

Possibly 1/4

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Allergies of the Soul

I do enjoy spring.  I feel such hope and promise during this season.  I am captivated by the myriad of colors appearing all over the ground.  I am fascinated by the process of the changing and growing leaves, by the cycle of buds turning to flowers turning to fruit.  Spring is simply beautiful to behold.  However, if you are at all like me, spring is one of the most uncomfortable, exhausting, and sometimes painful times of the year.
From the time I was a little girl, I have dealt with seasonal allergies.  The flowers start to bloom, and I start to sneeze.  The trees begin to blossom, and I begin to swell up.  The grass begins to grow, and I break out into hives.  I have taken every medication under the sun, taken allergy shots, purchased air filters, and considered moving into a giant plastic bubble.  I cannot stand the way my allergies make me feel...I am itchy, coughy, sneezy, dopey and a plethora of other symptoms that sound like Snow White's friends. 
This started me thinking of the paradox of spring.  I want to be a part of nature during this beautiful, transitional time.  I want to walk along mountain paths and soak in the majesty of creation.  I want to "stop and smell the roses".  But, this green growth that pops up out of the ground causes major physical reaction in me.  In order to be a part of the world I love, I can take some precautionary actions, like taking medicine and packing lots of tissues.  I can determine whether the risk of physical discomfort is worth being an active part in God's creation.
Spiritually, we all deal with these allergies of the soul.  Anytime there is new growth in our walk, there is the chance of discomfort or possibly pain.  When we take on a challenge from the pastor, when we begin to serve in a new ministry, when we participate in a new Bible study, when we purpose in our heart to grow closer to the Lord, we very well might experience some allergic reactions.  Satan seeks to break us down, and when we step up and answer the call of God, the Enemy is going to come at us with everything he has.  We might start to feel anxious about serving, fearful of branching out, spiritually insufficient or inadequate.  But, these "allergic reactions" are not from God.  The Bible says that "we have not been given the spirit of fear, but that of power" (2 Timothy 4:7).  Those reactions are not God-ordained, they are meant as a way to distract and defeat.  Thankfully, God has given us the medicine we need to combat these allergies.  God has given us the gift of prayer where we can openly share our hearts, needs, fears, and desires with Him.  Then, He's blessed us with His Word where we can search for answers to our questions.  He has blessed us with a country where there is a house of worship on almost every corner.  Church is a wonderful place to find help and support, to learn, to share, and to grow.  And, if you are as blessed as I am, God has given us Godly friends who pass the tissues in the midst of a spiritual sneezing fit.  It is important for us to remember that for growth to happen, for change to come, and for beauty to appear, there will be discomfort.  But, He promises us help for the journey and the perfect medicine to get rid of those pesky allergies.  So, to you I say, BLESS YOU!

Titus' 6th Birthday Party

The birthday boy!

Titus will be 6 years old on April 27th.  We had a small birthday party for him at our house this past Saturday.  On his actual birthday, we will be going out of town to Gatlinburg, TN for his birthday trip.  Titus requested Angry Birds cupcakes with green icing and Klondike bars.  We had some of our close friends come over to celebrate with us.  What is so funny is that for the past five years, I have made sure that Titus has had no weapons...this year, the kid got an arsenal!  Everything from Light Sabers to Nerf Rifles!  We all had fun spending time with our friends and were able to let the kiddos play outside!  It was a GREAT day!
Tanner and Titus

Cecely, Nolan, and Me

The Testas

The Duprees



Waiting to open his gifts.



Yoda stuffed animal!

Light Saber!!!

Nerf, and lots of it!

Anakin vs Darth's ironic

The big boys figuring out the guns.

Mama-to-be, Daphne!

Looks like trouble.

Mandy and Nolan

My Mama


Grandad and Claire with the bubbles.

Sweet Nolan

McLean as General Grievous

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Day 2012

McLean and Titus
Easter is such a fantastic day!  It is a day those of us who believe in Jesus celebrate His miraculous resurrection from the grave!  Hallelujah!!!  This Easter was a wonderful day for our family.  We started off at church where we had 2 services for the first time! !
Getting ready for some praise and worship time in Amp.

We had a BIG crowd!
After service was over, the church hosted and "Egg Scramble" for the children.  They raced through the field and collected eggs.  AND, they scored awesome goody bags on the way out!
Egg Scramble!

Running around like crazy!

Grandad, Grana, Titus, and Cecely

Cecely and Titus



Dyeing Easter eggs.


On an egg hunt!

Look, Titus, look!

Grana and Cecely counting the money from Cecely's eggs.

A bonus to our Easter was a visit from Uncle Chip and Aunt Denise...2 of our favorite people!!!
Playing cars with Uncle Chip.

I promise, she was laughing...

Aunt Denise, Titus, Uncle Chip, and Cecely