Adding Torren to the dynamic of our family has been wonderful. We can’t imagine life without him, but he has changed our life drastically. Both Payton and Devin love their little brother, but each have had to deal with their role in the family changing. Payton now has two little brothers and Devin is no longer the baby. They both have been more needy lately, and Ben and I have tried to be aware of their needs. With the majority of my time spent seeing to Torren’s needs, I don’t get to spend as much individual time with each boy. Enter the weekly Donut Date.
It’s amazing what 30 minutes and a donut can do for a little boy.
Family Movie Night~Three generations~TableTime~First haircut~Smiles~Meeting Uncle Dave and Auntie Shirley~Rabbit love~ Search & find with Cousin J~ TableTime~ Easter hunt~ Reading with Grandma Joan~ Cheesecake stuffed strawberries~ Getting my stain on~ All ready for church~ Snuggles while snacking~ Easter hunt
- First highlights for Torren- first roll over, first haircut, first Easter
- Mommy, Daddy and Torren went to Steinback for meetings while Payton and Devin stayed with Grandma Sandra
- We met Claire in Winnipeg so Mommy could dress shop with her. Torren was the cutest guy in the shop.
- Payton continues to enjoy going to Awana.
- Mommy, Devin, and Torren have fun at the Thursday morning ladies bible study.
- Payton was home with us for Spring break- we did lots of fun stuff.
- Grandma Joan and Grandpa Stuart came to visit for four days. They took the boys to the fair and then joined us on a trip to Bottineau.
- Daddy preached for the city wide Good Friday service. God was glorified!
- We travelled to Indian Head to celebrate Easter and meet Baby Joyel. The boys had a blast playing with their cousins.
March was a busy but fun month for the Kramer clan. We were on the road a lot, and Ben was outside shoveling snow even more often. And the best part of March? Celebrating the hope we have because Jesus rose from the dead, claiming victory over death. Amen!
I cannot live without Quiet Time. My day is usually broken into two parts- pre-Quiet Time and post-Quiet Time. Mornings are busy with us either going out and about or busy with us cleaning the house. Quiet time gives us a designated time during the day for everyone to spend time alone recharging for the rest of the day. I find that a little peace in the middle of a turbulent day makes all the difference to keep mommy being kind and not cranky. No one likes cranky mommy.
After Quiet Time, I’ve started a new designated time- Table Time. Payton’s first report card noted that he had some areas to work on, namely developing his fine motor skills (ie. holding a pencil, using scissors) and letter/sound recognition. The teacher in me kicked into gear and we have been enjoying Table Time ever since.
Table Time consists of the three of us coming to the table to work on a skill. Sometimes I read a story that features a certain letter (ie. Fran’s Firetruck for the letter “F”) or sometimes I have worksheets that help the boys practice their letters. I should say Payton practices his letters as Dev mostly just colours on the page.
But that’s okay as Dev is now consistently able to spell the first four letters in his name. It’s that darn “N” that keeps giving him trouble.
This past week we spent a Table Time creating a town on a piece of paper with stickers. Getting those little stickers off is tricky for little fingers and great for hand-eye coordination. Torren hangs out in his chair beside the table adding comic relief with his bubble blowing and happy chatter. Soon he’ll be joining in.
Both Payton and Devin have developed their skills ten fold since we’ve started Table Time. Payton’s teacher remarked on his progress which made this teacher/mommy heart so happy. Now if I could just get the hang of drawing Optimus Prime, I’d be even better.
What do you do with your kids to reinforce what they’re learning at school? I’ll take all suggestions!
I just had to add this picture. While picking out books at the library yesterday I came across this book. Evidently our family has been being followed and documented. Creepy.