Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homework for parents

Resisting doing it or giving up halfway through...there is usually some kind of struggle. Once you finally get your child(ren) to do their homework, do you ever look at it and think to yourself, "How in the heck are they teaching them to solve this?"  I feel as though I am back in school, elementary school to be exact! Racking my brain to help my child with their homework.

There are days my kids doing their math homework and I have to read and re-read the problem multiple times to see how they are teaching them to figure it out. Schools are always changing things, usually for good reasons, on how to approach problem solving and getting answers math equations.
I know what the answer is, I am just baffled on how they are teaching them to get it.

It is almost like you get to go 'Back-to-school' as an adult. Not only do you get to learn things in a whole new way, you get to repetitively encourage your child(ren) to work hard on their homework and keep focused on what they are doing.

We are shaping them for their future and at this young age, they soak up everything like a sponge. So, through the nagging, loss of papers and focusing battles...you really are making a difference. Doing homework at home, in my opinion, can be difficult because of so many distractions. Think about it, in school there are few distractions and everyone in the class is usually doing some kind of work. At home, you child is probably thinking about rushing to get their homework done ASAP so they can go play, looking around the room at everything going on, listening to other family members and what they are doing.

Finding a quiet spot for your child to do their homework is key. They need somewhere they know to go to get their work done, where they won't be distracted. Keeping structure is another key. Repeating the same structure will eliminate your child from guessing what they should be doing. Let's say 'your rule' is to get homework done as soon as your child gets home. Keep that plan daily, so that your child knows what is expected of them daily. Consequence and Rewards are my last key! Reward your child for doing their homework when they are supposed to and doing it well. Let them have 'free time' and time with their friends to play when they complete their homework. They will be more willing to want to finish, so they can 'play.' When they decide not to do it, put it off or not try...give them a consequence. Letting them know that what they did wasn't ok and that is not what your expectations are.

So, though your job of helping your child with their homework isn't as simple as 'waiving a wand,' there are methods to the 'madness.'

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Off To The Beautiful Mountains...

 My sister-in-law and I took a trip to Colorado for my cousin's wedding. You don't have to ask me twice to go to gorgeous Colorado, or to get a chance to see family! She was a stunning bride and the wedding was beautiful!
How come weddings just make you want to relive yours all over again!?
{minus the expense of course}

{Her brother walked her down the aisle}


My Colorado family!!


 Their first dance!


 {Dancing with her step dad}


 Cousins!



Mother of the bride...my gorgeous aunt!



{the HAPPY couple!}

Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm sorry for the 'inconvience!'

Sometimes it feels as though having four kids can be an inconvenience on family and friends lives.

Right off the bat I want to state that I wouldn't change my life for anything! I love my kids more than life itself and have always wanted a BIG family! I love the chaos {most days} and I love seeing the bond between siblings {when they are getting along}!

I will be the first to tell you that finding a sitter to watch 4 kids can be tough...which in return limits your 'adult social life.' I knew when we decided to have our 4th that date nights would become rare and going out when even when we could find a babysitter would be spendy. We decided to have 4 kids and I wouldn't have it any other way...date nights or not!

We were the first of our friends to have kids, so many of our friends have one child or just starting to try for their second. Most of them look at us, with four kids, like we are crazy. A lot of them joke about when they can expect number five to be here. {um...not happening} Most of their social lives have quite a bit more time than ours, since theirs isn't filled with sports and school activities.

Even trying to find time to hang out with friends and family can be quite challenging. I have always been one to be an organizer and planner. I love spending time with family and getting together with friends, which we don't do enough.
Unfortunately I am usually the one to call and try to make plans...whether it be with family or friends. I know our schedule is busy, and at times not everyone wants four kids tagging along to add to the chaos, but an invitation here and there would be nice. Not always having to be the 'planner.'

I know having four kids limits what we can do at times. For instance we can't just hop up and plan an impromptu night out for wine tasting or buy spur of the moment tickets to go watch a football game. We actually need some notice to call a babysitter. Sometimes I think that people think that means we don't want the offer or it is too much work to invite us.

In my mind, it should go both ways...if people wanted to hang out with us, and our four kids, then they would offer an invitation now and then...not just me always asking them. I will never think of my kids as an inconvenience or as being 'baggage.' They are a part of our family that we wanted. If spending time together at home or out, just as a family of six is our option, than we are going to make the most of it and have fun.

Sometimes I just get tired of being the planner, though I think it is in my blood.We'll always be here awaiting an invitation, but until then, family night it is!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Baseball Season

I just love watching my oldest play ball. He is in his element and he absolutely LOVES playing!
To see him get better every game and have an endless dream to be in the MLB makes me one proud mama!













Monday, April 28, 2014

Once in a lifetime!

I’ve been to Disney World, three times before this trip to be exact. They were amazing trips and I have very fond memories and many pictures to remember it all.
BUT…nothing compares to this last trip. A trip that was given to us by my in-laws for a Christmas gift. One for my whole family; including my sister-in-law’s family, brother-in-law and his wife and my in-laws. Amazing and filled to the brim with fun is putting it lightly. To see the sheer joy on my kid’s faces as they saw all the characters, the rides and our first cruise ship…was a memory I will never forget. Blake is obsessed with Mickey Mouse, so this was perfect timing to take him to Disney. He was in awe every time he turned around and there was another Mickey Mouse. Meeting Mickey Mouse was something I’ll never forget…the look on his face of pure happiness and excitement was priceless.
My older three have been to Disney before, we took them when they were 5, 3 and 1 years old. Kenzie had fun last time, but this time around she absolutely loved! Seeing the princesses was by far her favorite. She wanted a picture with all of them and absolutely adored Ariel!
 

 Breakfast with the characters...Blake and Caleb were a little shocked when Goofy strolled on by our table, but as soon as Donald Duck stopped by, they were all smiles and very willing to give high fives.



{Someone had a very long day of travel...so he took a nap during breakfast!}



 Downtown Disney!

The kids (and adults) all loved the Safari!

 


 


Pool time!
 {my sunbathing divas!}

 {brotherly love!}

 



 {She loves her auntie!}

The boys were such good friends on the trip. They were excited to see each other everyday.

 The men and their morning afternoon drinks!


 {the boys were in heaven in the water!}






Off to the parks!!


 Choo Choo ride!





Lunch with Winnie the Pooh and friends




 {Who doesn't love blue cotton candy!?}

Blake found out that pigeons love popcorn!



 {"Ariel" with Ariel Minnie Mouse}






 {We love you so much grandma and papa O...thanks for the amazing trip!}




 Shopping around on the boardwalk

 
 {She reminds me SO much of me as a little girl!}


The first part of our trip on land was nothing short or a fabulous trip! We all had very long, fun, memorable days, followed by not enough sleep {which was totally worth it!}



Part II on the Disney cruise
coming soon!
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