We continue to recommend Jim Trelease's recommendations for books to read to kids in The Read-Aloud Handbook--the only book you need to buy--for everything else, there's the library. I read to Ryan Poppy by Avi which I recommend.
I am now reading Christian singer Andrew Peterson's series: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, Monster in the Hollows. We are in the middle of the second book. The first book has a slow first 100 pages of background information but then it is fun. Our 5 year old Jacob couldn't handle the vocabulary but Ryan loves it. (We are reading to Jacob The Boxcar Children: series books 1-2 instead). We enjoy Peterson's music for us as adults (try Counting Stars) and have seen him in concert and he has three great Slugs and Bugs kids CD's so we have some "relationship" and trust with him. All of the Peterson stuff is at our Blacknall Presbyterian church library.
Also looking forward to reading a chapter Advent book with the kids starting today: Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide--one of three by Ytreeide that can be read during Advent. (Bartholomew's Passage and Tabitha's Travels) are books 2 and 3)--recommended by Jodi Fernando.
Also looking forward to Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress recommended by Curtis Freeman.
We miss the Olympics! Our kids really loved watching them this year--especially 7-year old Ryan who learned about countries, courage, and self-discipline. Today they got the gymnast mat out, had 2-year-old Allie do some tricks, then pose for a picture. My favorite part was the 15.1 score Ryan gave her with a nearby etch-o-sketch. What fun!--Amy
Here is a minute and a half video of Ryan trying to get Allie to do more on the mat. She is more interested in drawing at the moment, but he is a good big brother.
A couple good lines from 3-year-old Jacob: "The disciples said, 'No.' But Jesus said 'Let the monkeys come to me.'" And unrelated--As Jacob is attempting to put on his pajamas: "Is that the shirt or the pants?"
At breakfast, five year old Ryan: "I'm not sure if Santa will know whether I want a real or pretend puppy from the letter I wrote him at school." At lunch, Ryan: "Do we have a chimney?" Me: "No." Ryan: "Is that why we go to other people's houses on Christmas eve?" At dinner Amy prays: "Thank you God for baby Jesus." Three year old Jacob: "And thank you God for Santa."
Ryan, our new kindergartner, who does not speak any Spanish, on his friend Ken from school who does not speak any English, "He says my name in English. He understands me. We're friends." [Sadly, after two months of school, Ken's family is moving to Mexico this weekend].
4 year old Ryan today: "That [the Christmas story] is a good story except there is this one bad part. The king says he wants to worship the newborn king but he wants to hurt the newborn king. The king is LYING."
Ryan (4) left his stuffed animal Fanny the Fox at church tonight. Amy: She can sleep at church. Ryan: Oh no, she will be cold! Amy: Someone at church will cover her up. Ryan: No, they will think she's pretend!
Ever feel like you are just "setting up the pins and knocking them down" in parenting?
We like this song and video by Sara Groves. (I have recommended it before but found the video tonight). Groves keeps us sane. We highly recommend all her stuff. The video is of her and her family. Most of her stuff is serious and reflective. This is one is cute and fun. Double-click to get the full screen view. It is also at YouTube.
I post a few pictures of and quotes from our kids on this blog as well as a few parenting resources we have found helpful or thought-provoking. We have three kids: Ryan (7), Jacob (5) and Allie (2). --Andy Rowell, December 2012