Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Baby Girls All Around!

I just had to say what a wonderful time of year. Not just because the holidays are coming up, but because of all the new baby girls (and a baby boy too!) First was Beloved's cousin...she had a little boy two days before Baby K was born. Then yesterday a friend had her first baby (a girl) and her cousin followed suit about 3 hours later! Just many more things to be thankful for. Oh how fun it would be to get all those babies together, but sadly we all live in different states. God is so good! I just had to share that. :-) I should add that while Baby K is my fourth child this is the first for the other three Mamas. May the Lord bless you all on the wonderful journey of Motherhood that is ahead of you. :-)

Monday, November 23, 2009

She's beautiful

Of course you all already know that. It is hard for me to believe that she will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. It has gone by so fast and they only stay this small for such a very short time. And can you believe I have taken a lot of pictures of Baby K since she was born? I know...it's hard to believe isn't it. LOL But I wanted to show some pictures that are not necessarily the best ones, but they are pretty funny. At least they are to me. :-)

And then we have a pic of Papa with his pretty girl. :-)

And one of Little E because I think it's funny he fell asleep on the dining room table. :-)

I forgot something.....see if you can see what is wrong in the pic of Little E. :-)

Timberdoodle: Puzzleball Globe

Puzzleball Globe

96-Piece Children's Globe

For children in the early grades, consider the 96-piece Puzzleball Globe. Large pieces and child-friendly graphics make this a perfect puzzle for a six-year old.
PuzzleBall Globe
Bright, colorful, and adorned with animals, your young students will get a kick out of assembling and reassembling this puzzle.

Why Give Your Child A Puzzle To Teach Geography?
Puzzles can be educational in so many ways because they stretch your child's brain and improve the way his mind solves problems. While he's solving a puzzle, he's really teaching his brain to work in new ways. As your child solves a geography puzzle he is mentally drilling himself with physical facts, such as what country goes next to the one he has just completed. Unconsciously he is making a number of associations as he searches for the next piece.

More Realistic Than A Flat Puzzle
Flat puzzles of spherical items are easier to assemble, but what if you could hone your geographical skills on something more appropriate, more true to life? Now you can with Puzzleball Globes. These sturdy plastic 3-D puzzles come in different levels suitable to be used with beginners or for a refresher for both your pre-teens and older children.

No Glue Required!
Each Puzzleball Globe comes with beautiful, vibrantly-colored, and perfectly-crafted curved puzzle pieces that allow for an exact fit and are easily assembled with no glue required!! A stand is included to display your work of art, but you will have so much fun putting it together that you shouldn't be surprised if the stand gets little use!

Price: $12.75

Put out by: Timberdoodle (Publisher: Ravensburger)

***Disclosure: Mama Buzz and reviewers, received a complimentary copy of this puzzle for review purposes.

Big T was so excited when this came in the mail! He wanted to tear into it right then and there. But being a Mama to 4 young children (one of which isn't even 1 month old yet) I wasn't ready for the task. But we let Baby K pose with the puzzle. :-)

I absolutely loved this puzzle. The pieces are plastic (which is the greatest idea every) and you don't need glue. Plus for someone like me trying to help Big T it was great that the pieces are numbered. Not only are they numbered but it even tells you were to place the next piece by looking at which way the arrow points. (I need to add that the first puzzle piece is located by itself in a separate plastic bag. So you don't have to hunt for it! Isn't that awesome?)

Big T really enjoyed putting this puzzle together. He would sometimes try to find the next piece by looking for the image and sometimes he would use the numbers.

Once we completed the puzzle he wanted to take it apart and do it again. Sadly for Big T...Mama said no. I needed to take care of the other children, but I know it will be dismantled shortly and put together again. Once he masters this one I know we will probably purchase one of the large ones to continue to challenge him. There are many Homeschool Supplies that I would absolutely love to get from Timberdoodle. I have a list started already. :-) You all should check it out. Even if you don't homeschool there is a lot of cool things that your children would love. :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Story of Christmas

Photobucket The Story of Christmas by Gwen Ellis
Illustrated by Steve Smallman
Ages: 4-7
Put out by: Thomas Nelson
Price: $10.99

***Disclosure: Mama Buzz and reviewers, received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

The first thing my children noticed was that the book came with a DVD. The y then promptly proceeded to watch the DVD. LOL Honestly...it was much better than I thought it would be. I think they watched it at least two times. The illustrations and writing are like what you find in the Read and Share Bible. (Well, it's not like it, it is from the Read and Share Bible.) The description from the back cover says:

Young hearts will love the delightful art and simple retelling of the events surrounding the Christmas story. With angels, shepherds, wise men, and Baby Jesus, this book is sure to be a perennial favorite.

The book starts out with the story the angel appearing to Zechariah, the birth of John the Baptist, the angel appearing to Mary, Joseph marrying Mary, birth of Jesus, the wise men, fleeing to Egypt, and their return home. I think our family's favorite part of the book is actually the last 4 pages. They have taken 3 to 4 pictures for every page, from the previous stories, and jumbled them up. The children then study the pages and retells the story by saying which picture happened first. It's fun to watch the children sit and think about what was read to them and how they retell the stories are cute and interesting.

Thank you to Thomas nelson again for allowing me the opportunity to review this children's book.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yes, we are still alive

Believe it or not I am still alive. I know alot of people are surprised since I am doing my best to heal up, take care of a newborn and the three older children. LOL But....trust me... I am not doing it alone. I have had a lot of help. Praise the Lord! Anyway, you know the first thing I have to show are some pictures of Baby K. She is just the sweetest thing ever! Just don't tell me other children that. LOL :-)

My Grandpa and Step Grandma were able to come up to see Baby K (and the other children) on Sunday. I was so glad they were able to come. The family Christmas was Saturday but we couldn't go because of the Upward Soccer award presentation for the children. Anyway. Here is a picture of Grandpa with his newest Great- Granddaughter. :-) ( Edited to add- My Mom came up on Sunday as well...don't want to leave her out)

Do you know how hard it is to get 4 children to sit still for a picture...let alone the rowdy great-grandparents?

You can tell they are all wondering if they are done yet.

Plus the children had a good time trying to figure out what in the world Great-Grandpa was carrying around with him. They liked to listen for the noise it made. :-)

I almost forgot to show pictures from the soccer awards program this past Saturday. I don't have any good pictures. The lighting...and sitting further back in the sanctuary made it hard to get a decent picture. I can't remember the details of the lady that was there except that her last name is Yoder, her husband is a cabinet maker in Plain City, she is originally from South Dakota and the youngest of 12. She did all sorts of tricks and things with basketballs. Big T even got to spin the basketball on his finger. She tried to have Little E do it too, but he moved his finger and he got hit in the face with the basketball. :-( Oh well...they all enjoyed it. She pulled a lot of people from the audience to do some of the tricks and stuff with her.

Because I couldn't figure out the right setting for the camera I didn't get a picture of Sweet E's team (half weren't there) but I did get this picture of Big T and his team at least.

Ever since seeing Mrs. Yoder do tricks with basketballs on Saturday Big T has spent majority of his time outside the past two days getting better at dribbling and trying a few tricks of his own. :-)

Friday, November 06, 2009

More Pictures...again!

You know I can't resist showing more pictures of my children..especially now since I have 4. :-)

Big Thoughts for Little People

* Mama Buzz, and reviewers, were provided with a complimentary copy of this book for blog tour purposes*


Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor

Ages 3-7

Hardcover retails for $14.99

From back cover:

With all-new art, Big Thoughts for Little People is an updated version of the best-selling picture book by renowned children's author Kenneth N. Taylor. Using the alphabet as a learning tool, this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses with engaging art.

Children and adults will enjoy learning biblical concepts and verses while searching for lessons (and hidden ladybugs) in the art. Learning has never been so much fun!

My Thoughts:

I once again had the privilege to review another childrens book. I was so excited to open this package when it arrived. The format is wonderful to say the least. Each letter is associated with a word (obviously...LOL) and a phrase follows that helps to remember what the letter stands for. Like a is for asking, b is for behave, etc. Then there is a paragraph talking about the corresponding illustration. Not only does it draw attention to certain aspects of the illustration, it also draws the child's attention to our Heavenly Father.

There are also a few questions to prompt the parent (or caregiver) to have a discussion with the child(ren). It helps the child(ren) to think outside of themselves and to focus on what they can do for others. It's so much fun to hear all three of my older children give ideas on things they can do to help others. :-) They get so excited coming up with all the ideas!

Who wouldn't want to read this book to their children? I highly recommend it to anyone that has a child they can read to. :-) Thanks again to Tyndale for allowing me the privilege to review this book.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado

*This book was given as a complimentary copy to Mama Buzz and reviewers, for blog tour purposes.*

PhotobucketThe Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado
Ages 4-7

Retails for $16.99

My Thoughts:

When we received this package in the mail my children were outside playing in a huge pile of leaves. As I pulled the book out of the package my youngest (at the time) came right over and was intrigued by the bright and colorful cover. Little E immediately asked for me to read him the book. I think I read it three times and I finally had to tell him to go and play in the leaves a little more. He didn't want to, but once I promised to read it again he finally went on to play. I have always enjoyed books by Max Lucado and this one is no different. This book has provided an opportunity for the children and I too discuss how special we are to God. That no one is "too small."

It reminds me of times as a child when you don't get picked first for the kickball game or to be in someone's group for a class project. Actually, it happens to adults as well. With my youngest two we had to take more time to explain the meaning behind the story, but with the rhymes....it kept them intrigued. They also enjoyed picking out different things that they would find on each page.

Not only does the story attract the attention of the children, but so do the illustrations. I know it is recommended for the 4-7 age range, but my 2 1/2 year old enjoys it as do I. It's a wonderful read aloud story for everyone. :-) Thank you again to the publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book for them. :-)

**After writing this review last night my Beloved read the story to the children. Once again I believe he had to read it 3 times before they were satisfied and I am sure I will be reading it many times again today as well. :-)**

Monday, November 02, 2009

More Pics of My Blessings

Sorry..couldn't resist sharing more pictures with everyone. :-) Enjoy!