Weekly Wrap-up? Ok, to be honest, it has been so long that I’ve done one of these posts that it’s really going to cover the last 2 months!
Hope you enjoy!
On August 30 my 4th child was baptized by her father in a nearby lake. I’m so proud of her for making the decision to follow Jesus and identify with him in baptism!
Is this little girl cute or what! She has now decided she doesn’t need an afternoon nap anymore. I’m not ready for that!
Worship in the Park:
Our family supporting her baptism day:
My kids with a young lady who was heading off to college:
We’ve been studying astronomy with the elementary kids. Here are my meager attempts at photos of the recent lunar eclipse:
And a few other projects we’ve done for astronomy. Balloons representing the sun and planets:
Solar eclipse. We were shining a flashlight toward the earth with the moon in between.
A salt dough model of Mercury which has been hit with many asteroids (it doesn’t have an atmosphere):
Dropping “asteroids” onto the surface of a “planet”:
In September and October we have several celebrations. My husband and I have been married 16 years!
This pretty one is six:
This sweet boy is 8:
And here is our new 11-year-old:
Check out my 2-year-old singing “Happy Birthday.” She’s getting pretty good at it!
And, last but not least, Dad! (With the biggest cake fail ever.):
My two oldest sons presented speeches for their Young Speakers Guild assignments (part of the Institute for Cultural Communicators). Here is “The History of Musical Theater.”
And a recitation of “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by John Lithgow:
I love this baseball painting that my daughter made at our Tapestry of Grace Fellowship Group (co-op). It has a quote by Babe Ruth:
Here is my loving 4-year-old:
And this is what I’m looking like these days:
I’m having a ball teaching the toddlers music at Tapestry:
My oldest daughter has made some dresses for her doll:
And we’re taking advantage of the great weather to play in the park each week while my oldest takes his saxophone lesson:
My second son has started a few projects: taking Nerf guns apart, repainting them, and changing them:
Next week is the Showcase for the theater classes my kids started back in August. My two oldest girls have LOVED their theater makup class!
And a brand new hairstyle for the girls!
Please leave me a comment letting me know your favorite part of our “Weekly” Wrap-up!
I have something brand-new to review today – a Christian rock CD! We’ve never reviewed one of these at I Choose Joy! before! When I first popped the Manic Drive VIP CD into the car CD player, I didn’t like the first two songs. But I did really enjoy the rest of the CD. It didn’t take long for me to begin singing along with the first two songs, too! Those first two songs are a little harder rock and include some rap, but the last songs are all ones that you might hear on a radio station such as K-Love. And, I have to tell you, my 12-year-old son loved the first two songs the best! **Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY below!
Here are the songs that are included on the CD:
King of Mercy
I Hide You Seek
Song to Sing
My favorite songs were “King of Mercy” and “Indestructible.” I really like it when bands use unique features in their songs. And the song “Indestructible” uses strings!
Check out the Manic Drive song “VIP” in a music video from YouTube:
About the Band:
Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.
Follow Manic Drive here:
Giveaway of the Manic Drive VIP CD:
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We had a great day at our field trip last Friday. It had been raining all week, and started raining on our way home. But the weather was so beautiful for the hours we were at Cantigny Tank Park and First Division Museum yesterday!
We have just completed our study of World War 1, so this was a perfect enrichment for the kids. Cantigny has lovely gardens and grounds, but we spent most of the time playing on the tanks and taking a tour of the First Division Museum. (If you visit the website, you’ll see more pictures of the exhibits in the museum.) All of my kids loved the climbing on the tanks. And most thought the coolest exhibit inside the museum was the trench re-creation.
We divided in 3 groups to go through the museum. My older boys were in a large tour group of boys. My oldest daughter was in a tour group of girls. And I took my 5 youngest through myself. One of the docents gave us a neat flip-chart of photos of items to look for as we walked through–a scavenger hunt. This was highly fun for my 9-year-old and 7-year-old; they were constantly on the look out for the next picture. There were a couple of movies, but because they were about war I skipped those with my younger group. The older kids really enjoyed their tour guides (both older gentlemen.)
We have another great field trip to a museum in November, as well as a few musicals to see.
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It’s always fun to receive some new “I Can Read” books for the beginning readers in my home. Here are two unique ones I’d like to review for you today: God’s Great Creation and Moses Leads the People.
The Bible Stories come from The Adventure Bible–a very popular Bible for kids. These small paperback books are 32 pages long and are written for Level 2, which is described as “High-interest stories for developing readers”. They are $3.99 each.
The illustrations are by David Miles and are very fun and colorful! The last page of each book has a memory verse, description of Bible people to know, and “Words to Treasure” (an explanation about something described in the story).
God’s Great Creation is a retelling of the creation story–the six days of creation and what God created each day, his creation of Adam and Eve, and their disobedience and being sent out of the garden. But at the end, we are told “God was planning how to help his people.”
Moses Leads the People tells us about the wonderful man of God Moses who lead God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. We see him talking to Pharoah, learn about the plagues, and see the Red Sea part and God saving His people.
I’m so glad to have these books that my younger kids can read to themselves and learn about the Bible at the same time.
(Disclosure: I received these books complimentary in exchange for this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)
My mother-in-law has been making this Angel Food Cake Frosting for birthdays for years! My daughter wanted it for her birthday this year, so I’m happy to share the recipe with you.
I just used a box mix to make the angel food cake.
Angel Food Cake Frosting:
2 cups sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring (optional)
Put about 2 inches of hot water in a saucepan and set heat to high. Mix the first three ingredients in a double boiler over the saucepan. Mix on low 1 minute, then on medium-high for about 10 minutes (until stiff peaks form). My mother-in-law’s tip is to have a magazine sitting there so you can flip through it while you mix! When the water boils, turn down the heat to low. During the last minute add the vanilla and food coloring. Immediately pour over the cake. Depending on the humidity level, it may stay soft or it may get hard and crunchy. Both ways taste great!
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