Reading is fun!

We are enjoying Amanda being able to read. She often sits down with Rachel and reads to her, which is a real help to me. It is so wonderful, as I am sure that every home-schooling mom would agree, to see the fruits of your labours. Rachel is enjoying her big sister reading to her, and enjoys having a longer time to see the pictures and to take in what is being read. It's really a blessing and we are so proud of our big girl.

This school year will be over in the next 6 weeks, and I must say it has gone so quickly. I can't believe that I am actually doing this...homeschooling. Often I come accross mommies who say that they would never be able to homeschool because they just don't have the patience. I must say that I have the same problem. I struggle with this, but it's great to look back and see that it's all paid off. I love being home with the girls, it's wonderful being part of every bit of learning. And it's so wonderful to be able to disciple my little girls. TCE is such a wonderful programme, I highly recommend it, it has made every day a God-focused day. We are really blessed.

Rachel is doing well, and is looking forward to being able to read to her big sister as well.

Braai, braai, braai!

Today has been a wonderful day. Although it is very typical of every Wednesday, it has been a great one. We started off with the typical school day. Amanda is really a breeze at the moment, because she reads her own instructions and really gets on with her work. She only really needs me to read to or to ask about something she doesn't understand, or for her actual lesson time. She is really doing well and we are very proud of her. Besides her school work we are very excited about her spiritual growth. It's wonderful to see how God is working in her little heart. How she voluntarily gives up her things so that Rachel can benefit. Also, she is very excited about Christ's return, and has a real heart for the lost. It is wonderful to see your children serving the Lord. Rachel is so very cute, I am really enjoying her. She is so a really great way. She seems to be extremely artistic. She loves being creative with her colors and patterns, and she loves drawing and then coloring in her own pictures. Even though she is often on her own little wave length, I have discovered that once she has tuned in to what she needs to do, she is actually quite academic as well. She is doing well with her maths. She is very excited about learning to read next year, and so she is working really hard at trying to get her letters right. She has most of them waxed, but it seems as though she really doesn't like making mistakes, and so when she doesn't know the answer she totally freezes up, as apposed to trying. Anyway, we are taking it slowly with her, and I am praying for patience. I have to keep reminding myself that she is still very small. Her puzzle building skills are excellent and she really enjoys building them over and over.

The kids are really enjoying their ballet lessons, and are practising a dance for a concert in November. Unfortunately they won't be able to attend the concert as we will be on holiday during that week, but they are enjoying being part of the excitement of it all.

We had a swimming lesson today, and they are also really coming on. Amanda has moved onto the second level, so she is doing 'big wheels'. She really enjoys her swimming a lot and is excited about our holiday to Jo'burg where she will be able to play in the pool with her friends. Rachel tries to get out of swimming every now and then. She has realised that it can't just be a time of playing, but rather that she actually needs to do what the teacher says. She enjoys just doing her own thing, and singing and playing with the noodle.

Anyway, when I came home, Glen has surprised us with having prepared a braai for us. What a treat we had. I think that we have had 3 braais in the last 2 weeks. We have been blessed. We have realised that you can have a really great braai with only a few things. Glen made his famous chicken marinade and so we had a wonderful 'special time' treat. Amanda and I coloured in pictures, while Rachel sang songs to Glen while he braaied.

God has really blessed us with such a wonderful family. We are really blessed to enjoy each other's company so much!

Famous 5 - Hahaha

I was so excited about my new blog, I had to let Glen read it. He was practically roaring with laughter at the mention of our movie night tonight, I thought I would share it with you. We are not watching the 'Famous 5' movies, but rather the 'Fantastic 4'. Oh well, I guess I missed it on that one!!

Hello to you all!

After reading our friends entries on their blog, I decided that even if I only have an entry once a week it would be worth it to have this kind of 'diary' which others could also enjoy and which could be a fond memory and something to look back to in years to come.

Today was a wonderful day off for us. We had a lovely long sleep this morning. The girls were up at 5:30 but they played and let us sleep until 7:00 which was great. We then just had a relaxing day. We went to the shops, not for anything specific, but it's nice to have something to do. So we just got some post, and walked around Greenacres a bit. We then came home and watched a movie with the girls, very relaxing. So relaxing in fact that Glen fell asleep in front of the TV. I guess that's what a day off is all about. We then decided to have a humble braai. So we slapped some chicken sausages on the grid, and actually had a wonderful time. Eventhough the weather was not that great, it was nice just to enjoy watching the kids play outside, and sing some songs and relax with a glass of wine, and a warm fire.

So nothing exciting has happened, but it has been a lovely day. Tonight we have taken out the 'Famous 5' movies, so we are in for some action tonight...I hope.