Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What Makes My Kids Tick

The longer I parent these two red-headed kidlets, the more I enjoy seeing what makes each of them tick. Does this pictures say it all about my son? (Notice, there are no arrows in his hand.) We've been reading Little House on the Prairie and Josiah longs to be an Indian and gets irritated that God didn't make him one, LOL. This series has generated a lot of great discussion and I find myself referring back to it often. I'm finding that Josiah loves science like his mama, but thinks very practically like his dad, which makes him very mechanically inclined (unlike me). Unfortunately his lack of self control and impulsiveness often get him into trouble in this area. We are working hard to train him, but it can be frustrating at times. I'm seeing growth, so that is encouraging. 
Josiah created a military radio. He's got his hand on the lever and an antenna sticking out (old cigar case). He's ready for any radioactive explosions, hence the mask, and calling in an tank destroyer to smash the enemy ;)

Josiah is now reading like crazy, which is super awesome! He is wanting to write a lot of things on his own now, too. I love the way it just naturally occurred without me pushing him hard in this area, even though I really wanted to at times, I stuck with the "better late than early" principle. I can't believe how much easier homeschooling is now that he is reading the instructions on his own. Yeah!

Hailey baby is more like Laura in Little House on the Prairie. She has a wild, care-free spirit, but likes to be a lady, too. I can tell she's going to be an adrenalin junkie, because she says "Whee" and "faster, faster" whenever we get on a merge lane to a freeway, LOL. She's pretty amiable and easy to train so far. When she gets mad though, watch out! She likes to make a big mess in her room on purpose when she's mad, so we solved that problem by sending her to the corner. Much more boring there and nothing to destroy. She's a snuggle bug and one tough cookie. She takes after her Aunt Stacie in the art department. She loves to help and wants to do it "by meself". I continue to be amazed at the difference between raising boys and girls. With all their differences, I'm blown away by how well they get along (generally speaking).

She loves to drink tea with her breakfast. I have a pretty cup for each of the kids that I got at yard sales for dirt cheap so I'm not stressed out if they break it or not. They love having a pretty cup to drink out of. How about that red-head bed-head?
Coloring is Hailey's love language. Just like Josiah, I'm really not into this and it is all I can do to color a picture with her. I try to do it at least a couple of times a week though. Whenever my friend Girlie comes over, she likes to color with Hailey. Thanks, Girlie! Girlie takes coloring to a whole new level, shading, etc. Wow! 

I just had to throw in one last picture of my red-headed Indian with his "wild varmit" hooked to his "scalp lock". Now he wants a mohawk in the worst way. I told him he'll have to wait till he's out of the house for that one, LOL. He and Hailey love to paint themselves up with "war paint" with some cheap make-up I bought at a yard sale.. He drew a heart over his heart to show how strong he is. I just love what they come up with!

Homeschooling has been such a blessing for us. I enjoy getting to watch my kids get creative, role-playing the things they watch or read. It is just awesome! No, my house isn't pristine, but we sure know how to have fun. These years are going by so fast. I just want to enjoy them to the fullest.

Blessings To You,


Anonymous said...

Great post! Hailey sounds a lot like my little red head. I've never sent her to her room for punishment because I'm afraid of what would happen. Time out happens at the bottom of the stairs and is boring, but I can keep an eye on her. I love your little 'Indian' too.


Ellen said...

I loved this post! We enjoy Little House here also..and I find that when we read a book (right now we are reading Voyage of The Dawn Treader), my children become who we are reading...I love that!
Your son has a wonderful imagination...making the radio was so neat! I see my daughters in yours...they love tea and special cups and also have so much energy.(maybe the secret lies in the tea? HHhmmm)

MommaMindy said...

It was fun being introduced to your kids through your eyes. You are so intuative about them, no wonder homeschooling is going so well for you. Press on! You're doing a great job.

Jill said...

Great pictures!! Looks like they are having lots of fun!! Have a great day!!


RaD said...

Your house is way more "pristine" than mine is!

Such cute pictures, my kids tick in similar fashion. My son being the one who thinks through while my daughter being the impulsive one.

His bondservant said...

I have determined after seeing these pictures that your Josiah and my Josiah would have a blast together!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wouldn't it be fun if we could all meet someday, Jackie?

Camille said...

Cute post! Cute kids. Love the indian! LOL! :)

Justine said...

ok first of all in all of the pictures I see your house looks great way better than mine and its only me my husband and the two cats so dont even worry about that lol and second of all your kids are the cutest things ever.... if chris and I have kids it would be great to have redheads but we are both brunettes.... hmmm miracles happen :-)
P.S. Little house on the prairie is a huge favorite with my mother and I cant wait to have kids to watch it with... (and maybe read)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes, Justine. Miracles do happen. My husband is blonde and I'm a brunette. That recessive gene must be a strong one! Hope you have some redheads someday ;)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

That is so funny! Josiah is so much like Josh.

We started reading Little
Town on the Prairie.

Love you, sis. You are doing a good job.

OurLilFullFam said...

Great Pics Jackie! We use a lot of corner time here too- for screaming. Works beautifully!!


Freckles and Frogs said...

Ohhhh.... your family is so fun!

The Real Me! said...

Your son sounds a lot like mine. Especially in the reading department. I had to quit comparing him to others and realize he'll read when he's ready and while we were moving I didn't have a chance to work with him much but during that time a light came on and he started reading on his own based on what we had learned prior to that. I was sooo excited. Not pushing them is the key for sure.
Love reading about your kids' adventures and what makes them tick!
Have a great weekend.

Sarah said...

Haha...what fantastic photographs! Josiah is just a hoot! Love the 'wild varmit' on his head! Hailey looks so much the 'liitle lady' gracefully sipping from her teacup! Your children are just precious Jackie!

God Bless


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