November 18, 2009

Books for boys

Posted in Books at 2:06 pm by ammiejo

We are so blessed that our boys like to read. Well, for the most part. Brennen will read anything he can get his hands on. He used to carry Kingfisher encyclopedias around, just to read. Benjamin likes to read if it’s about a subject he likes. Brason is a reader when I can get him to sit still long enough and he’ll read anything. So I thought I would let you know about the kinds of books that the boys love. I’m hoping  you’ll share some of the books your kids love, with me.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney….Are the adventures, okay misadventures of Gregory Heffley. My boys claim it is hilarious. They have read each of the books we have several times over. The Wimpy Kid series is set up in a diary type format with lots of comic-ish book type pictures. Okay, I admit I read them and snickered at the boyish-middle school type humor. I even laughed out loud in some parts. They are not great literary works, but they are fun books. The boys are begging, yes, begging, for the Do it Yourself Diary of a Wimpy Kid for Christmas. appropriate ages…Brason is 8 and he can read most of it. He still needs help over some words and the meanings. Brennen is 13 and still finds these pretty funny.

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan This series ties the gods of Greece to the present. Percy is the son of Poseidon and a mortal. He is a demi-god.  I was skeptical about letting the boys read this series. The whole demi-god thing made me a little uncomfortable, at first. After I read the first book, I changed my mind. Not because anything about the series changed, but the books are well written. I think it helps Greek mythology be a little more interesting to a younger group of kids. And after all it IS fiction. There are no inappropriate themes or language in the books that we have read (1-3) and it’s entertaining. This series is appropriate from about 4th grade and up. Brennen is 13 and he is still enjoying this series.

The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan. We learned about this series from a friend of a friend on Facebook. After reading the summary of what the book was about I knew Brennen would love it. History and adventure. Perfect! And he did. He has only read the first book and I plan to add to this series for Christmas. There is even an online game, you collect the cards in the books and try to figure out the clues. (I only learned about this today.) I did NOT read this book, yet. I’m doing good lately to read what the kids are reading for school and book reports.

The Inheritance Series Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr This series was written by Christopher Paolini. He was only 15 when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. And he was a homeschooler, which my kids thought was fascinating. There was also a movie Eragon, which was okay, but we loved the books more. These books are pretty thick, Eragon is 754 pages (paperback). Brennen read the first book in 5th grade. Eragon is about a boy who finds a dragon egg. The storyline is pretty complicated, if you ask me. But Brennen highly recommends it. And he is eagerly awaiting the 4th book.

Baseball Card Series by Dan Gutman This is a series about a boy named Joe Stoshack. Joe can travel through time by using baseball cards. He changes history each time he goes back to visit a baseball player, one made famous for some reason or another. They’re cute books. Remember my Benjamin? These books are a favorite of his! Mr. Gutman has a bunch of different books out. We haven’t read any of those, yet. Benjamin has added them to his library list for this afternoon. Some of the titles are hilarious! I’ll let you know what we think.

So anyway, these are just a few of the books that the boys enjoy. We read a lot so we’ve read the Narnia series, Where the Red Fern Grows, Charolotte’s Webb, The Little House series, and more. But I thought I would tell you about some of the newer ones we have read! Hope you enjoy! Oh and I think girls would enjoy some of these books too. Particularly the series by Rick Riordan. The others, well it depends on the girl! 😉

Enjoy!

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November 15, 2009

Check this out

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:08 am by ammiejo

It is so late. Miah took a lateish nap. I really thought she would stay down for the night! When will she ever sleep all night? *sigh*

Anyway I was browsing through blogs and stumbled on Rambling Roads. She is having a fantastic giveaway of some books. Check her out! I will be back to read more of her blog for sure.

November 11, 2009

I’m still learning

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:12 pm by ammiejo

I’m still learning how to do this blog thing. I’m not sure what I did wrong in the last post. Ah well, I played with it for awhile, but I gave up! I will try again.

I’m still learning about this mommy thing. The kids have a major case of “can’t hear a word mommy says”. I’m still working on it and I will not give up! They’ll hear me or spend some serious time becoming acquainted with their bedroom and no privileges.

I’m still learning about this Christian thing. I have a major case of the “sorry, God, I wasn’t listening.” I’m still working on it and I’m so glad God never gives up on me! He is so good and His Mercy and Grace are the only things that help me get through my days.

I’m still learning about this wife thing. We have a major case of “need to make time for each other and not just on date night.” We’re working on that. It’s amazing that after knowing each other for 17 years and being married for 10 years. There are still things we need to learn about ourselves and each other. That’s a good thing, a very good thing.

I’m still learning a lot of things. But I think that’s what makes life interesting. God gives us numerous opportunities to learn. It’s how we choose to look at those lessons that determines our outlook. I’m thankful for a God who loves me enough to teach me.

Ammie

Fall fun

Posted in life at 7:01 pm by ammiejo

Yesterday evening Stacy and the boys raked quite a bit of  the yard. We have a lot of trees, so this is a process. Fortunately we have a leaf blower and that makes it a little easier. Certainly more enjoyable for the boys. They LOVE power tools.

Brason with the leaf blower.

Not enough power tools to go around.

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And while she isn’t much help in raking up the leaves, Amiah loves to help…smash and flatten the leaves. Ya know, it helps to pile them higher! *wink*

Our kids love a good fire…for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s’mores. So when Dad said he was going to burn the leaves, they jumped right on the fire for food idea! That was fine with me!

Sassy with her S'more

I love evenings like this!

November 6, 2009

Renew, Reuse, Recycle

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:41 pm by ammiejo

Our town began a recycling program about 10 years ago. They distributed bright red or green plastic containers to place your recyclables in. The mailed a list of things that could be recycled and a way to sort these things. I thought it was a wonderful way to be responsible about the waste we contribute. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pushing Al Gore’s philosophy here. But I think it’s an excellent example of good stewardship. God has given us this beautiful planet, I think we should be doing our best to take care of it.

So that brings me to a conversation I had with my brother last weekend. I was at my mom’s picking up the kids. They had spent the night for date night the previous evening. (My brother has been in some trouble. I love him, I know God loves him, I just keep waiting (and praying) for him to become an adult.) He has been doing community service to pay for some fines, at the Recycling center here in Batesville. He was describing the way it works when they bring in recyclables. They have a conveyor belt and they dump and sort through the recyclables brought in. He told me all of the things they recycle and the things they don’t. The bad thing? Most of the things that were on the list of recyclable items are things that they are throwing into the dump. Which means I have spent the last 10 years or so of my time sorting and recycling things that aren’t being recycled, if you follow me.

Now I’m curious about all kinds of things…Are they receiving grants for saying they are recycling things that they aren’t recycling? Are other people in our community aware of this? I’m wondering if a letter or phone call to the editor of our newspaper would do any good?

I promise a more positive post soon! 🙂

November 3, 2009

Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:39 am by ammiejo

I am spending a lot of time playing around with my blog. Still figuring it out a little at a time. It seems like it should be so simple and yet… I think I would have more luck if I let the boys set it all up for me! So bear with me!

We had a wonderful time Halloween night. In spite of a short nap, Amiah was eager and very cooperative. Full of energy, she just couldn’t wait to get out there. Brason was almost as eager as she was. I think he was the first one dressed and ready to go. Ben and Brennen were much more subdued. I think this will be their last year, to trick or treat anyway. That’s okay. Brennen was so helpful with Amiah. He helped her get up to the doors and waited for her at each house. I love his sweet heart.

Amiah was so eager, at one of the first houses, she decided the lady wasn’t opening the door fast enough. I was so embarrassed. Amiah tried to help the lady get the door open. I’m glad the lady was sweet about it. We only did a few houses. That was more than enough. First we trick or treated downtown Main Street. Stacy works on Main Street, so it’s a good place for us to meet and start the evening. We left there and headed to McDonald’s to pick up some very healthy dinner. After we trick or treated a few houses, we went to our church. It was good to see everyone. They had a wonderful turn out! I hope some of the people who visited for the trunk or treat will return for services.

We also went to the churches of a few friends. After that we were done. We had to take Stacy back to get the car and then we headed home. Amiah tried to fall asleep, but Brennen kept her entertained long enough for us to get home. I knew if she fell asleep in the car for that short ride we would be up all night.

At home, they ate a few pieces of candy while we watched the Yankee’s game. There was no arguing about going to bed! Amiah fell asleep not long after we got home and slept all night. With the time change she slept 12 hours and Sunday she took a 3  hour nap. I guess all that running around took it out of her!

So that was our evening. Hope everyone else had a good weekend! I know we did!