Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Son.

     Our Asa is almost a month old. I can scarcely believe it. This second time around I am even more aware of the brevity of this sweet, newborn stage. I'm trying to soak it in with every fiber of my being. Having a son has opened up a new part of my heart. It is not more or less than how I love my daughter, but it is different in a way I can't quite describe. We are blessed.

Asa entered the world in one of the busiest seasons of our lives. In the midst of our fatigue and all the parts that must be kept moving, I find myself breathing in so many moments, forcing my heart to remember them forever. My husband napping with his son. My daughter spontaneously wrapping her arms around my neck and saying, "I love you Mama. I prowd of you." Asa, his bundled warmth, sleeping on my chest. His baby sounds and sighs. That glorious newborn smell. The way he instantly calms down when he hears my voice. That look in my husband's eyes that lets me know he is head-over-heels in love with me. My daughter giving her baby brother hugs and kisses. So many more. They are happening every day, between and throughout the bustle, the potty training, the errands, the work, the meals, the tired eyes. And they are pure gold. We are rich, indeed.  

Asa, our son, is growing like a weed. Two weeks early, he was on the smaller side at birth, weighing in under 6lbs.  But in three weeks he gained three pounds, his little limbs and cheeks filling out in that delicious baby way. These photos were taken when was 2 weeks old. He looks fatter now. ;) 

I'm planning on writing his birth story at some point (I need to do it soon while it is still fresh.) But for now, here is a letter to my son. (after the photos.)











Dear Asa,

My sweet son. You are everything and more than I thought. You are going to grow to be a great man. I already know it. A "Great" that is measured in integrity, kindness, and justice. God told me and your daddy that you would be a peacemaker: strong and steady and calm. We already see it in you, from the way you came into this world, to your peaceful temperament, to the way you bring peace to our hearts when we look at your little face. You are a blessing to this family and all of our hearts our bigger because of you. 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

I love your forever,

Your Mama

Friday, October 19, 2012

Learning at Home: Fall

Well, I had planned on showing you our "Human Body" Theme next, but we have been on that theme for like three weeks and the photos aren't quite ready. Having a baby changed our immediate priorities around a  little. ;) But I feel like we are in a groove and we are ready for a new lesson plan. I've waited to do "Fall" activities...cause well, in SoFlo it just hasn't felt like Fall. But pretty soon, in the rest of the country, Fall will be over and these activities may be irrelevant.

There's not really any photos for this post, because we haven't completed this lesson plan yet, and most of the activities are pretty self explanatory. But I wanted to get it posted while it was still Fall in the rest of the country!

Theme: Fall
Letters of the Week: A and F
Songs: 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Leaves....,  ABC phonics song.
Books: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert; When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey; Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

*ABC phonics song goes like this: "A is for Apple, Ahh Ahh Apple. B is for Baby, Bbb Bbb Baby, etc."  You just sing words for the letter, emphasizing the sound of the letter.

Letters of the Week Coloring (on the chalkboard) ---> Alphabet, Art

Upper Case/Lower Case Matching Game ---> Alphabet, Small Motor
Lower Case Letters are new for my daughter, so we will start off this game really simple. I'll probably just have two different letters out at a time to introduce the concept to her. I'll show her what the lower case letters look like first, then see if she can match them.

Pattern Matching ---> Math
I made a felt board by just wrapping an old canvas in some felt. I cut out some felt circles and drew different patterns on each one and cut them in half. I mixed them up and let Adoration try to match them. She did this at first, but then just ended up playing with them after she matched them. (Don't force activities. It's okay if they explore them in different ways than you intended.) 


Apple Printing ---> Theme, Nature, Art
Cut an apple in half. Let your little one use the apple as a stamp to dip in paint. You could print on paper or...even on fabric! I'll probably get a canvas tote from the dollar store to let her print on, to use as a library book bag. 

Leaf Collage---> Theme, Nature, Art
* Go on a nature walk, collecting leaves. 
* On the sticky side of clear contact paper, let your little one place the leaves, making a collage. 
* Seal the collage with another piece of contact paper, sticky side down. Display with pride!

Color Matching with egg carton and leaves ---> Theme, Nature, Math, Sorting,Colors

The same concept as this:  

But instead, use leaves/ nature objects your child has collected. I would probably paint colors on the bottom of the egg carton that more closely resemble nature colors instead of the bright primary colors shown in the picture above. 

Which is Bigger, Which is Smaller? with Pumpkins ---> Theme, Math
With different sized pumpkins, have your child point out which one is bigger or smaller. 

Carve a Pumpkin/ Bake the Seeds ---> Theme, Sensory, Sorting, Science
*Obviously the cutting part is for the adults, but children will love helping you scoop out the goop and seeing the transformation. 
*Have your child help you pick out the seeds to bake for a snack for later! Include them in the whole process of preparing/baking the seeds. 

Extra/Just for Fun:
*Visit a Pumpkin Patch/ Corn Maze/ etc. 
* Bake an apple pie/pumpkin pie together.
* Make applesauce
* Go apple-picking.
* Decorate pumpkins by painting, glitter, stickers, with markers, etc. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Change of Seasons


     It's finally starting to cool down here in South Florida. I do yearn for a true Autumn, where the leaves of the trees all catch fire and the air is crisp and sweet.  But I am not a lover of cold, and autumn always seems so short hailing in winter with it's cold and dark.

Here the seasons change more subtly. Fall in South Florida is a final exhale of summer heat. Giving way to strong breezes and ocean swells, the surfers and kiters come out to play. When winter is striking other places and people start complaining, it is perfect here. The temperature hovers around 70, and conversely, winter here is my favorite season. There are many things about South Florida that do not agree with me, but the weather is not one of them! 

The past couple of days I have felt a change in the air. Summer seems to be ebbing away. The air is moving. It's a new season in our family as well. We have grown...our love has grown. Our new little one has brought such a stillness and a peace to my heart. I am reveling in the simplicity. There are more changes for us on the horizon, but I can honestly say, this season is so very sweet. 






Saturday, October 6, 2012

Welcome to the world Asa Trust!

Asa Trust Boothe
Born September 29, 2012
4:43 pm
5 lbs 11 oz
20 inch

The last week has been quite eventful! Asa decided to come a little early. We've been 
spending our time learning to be a family of four and absorbing his newborn sweetness. He is the most
peaceful baby and his big sister sure does love him. 

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God." Matt 5:9

Welcome to the world Asa Trust. You are so very loved!
PicMonkey Collage



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