Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Character Name Acronym

Well, that title's a mouthful, isn't it?  We followed the challenge put forth from the "Teaching Good Things" e-newsletter and blog.  And spent several minutes this New Year's Eve making an acronym for our last name.  We used desirable character traits to spell out our last name:  L-Y-D-E-L-L


This year, when we need to improve our attitudes we will say, "Are you being a LYDELL?"  We first listed all the character traits we could name for each letter.  Then came the really difficult part.  We had to narrow each letter down to ONE character trait!  This took much discussion and voting.  I'm glad we only have two boys, because I couldn't imagine having to agree among a much larger family!


Here are the results.  This is what being a Lydell means to this little family:


Y-yare (it means ready, prepared, brisk, active, and quick)


E-excellent  (This is a character trait we instruct regularly.  We are not looking for perfection, we are looking for excellence, the best you can accomplish with your skill-set.)




To accept the challenge, visit the Teaching Good Things blog and start your own character-trait acronym.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Morning-2008

This was one of the better Christmases in memory.  We don't do Christmas "big."  Each of the boys get three presents.  Jesus got three gifts from the wise men, so do the boys.  This Christmas, we bought the boys bikes.  These are their first-ever "new" bikes.  Their bikes were always hand-me-downs.  When they came down the 5:20 AM...their reaction was priceless.  I'm grateful for two grateful boys.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Another, "Overheard in Newport, PA"

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas with my brothers, sister and parents.  T-bone got a book he has wanted for a year, "The Dangerous Book for Boys." 


As the boys were pouring over the pages of this book and making plans for their summer, Big Mac was telling T-Bone about the treehouse they would build.  The new book shows a picture and plans for the tree house they want to make.  Big Mac told Walker T. that once the tree house is built they will live there for the rest of the summer.  He told T-bone of their plans for several minutes.  "We will need to lay into some supplies for our meals."  Big Mac concluded.


Suddenly my little justice-boy, T-Bone, found his voice once again, "Oh no!  Mommy is going to make us breakfast-lunch-and-supper just like always!"


It's good to know that I'm needed for SOMETHING!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Humorous Parenting

My husband has a plan.  When the boys are old enough to be out with friends or *gasp* on a date, we will give them a curfew.  When The Big Dog gives them a curfew, he's going to show them a picture them as a baby in the bath tub.  He wil tell them that if they are not home by the appointed time, this picture is going on the internet with emails to all their friends. 


Some call it creative parenting...I call it humorous parenting.


Now, here's the rest of the story.  Although at work, Big Dog is the go to guy.  He helps his staff and others with computer problems all the time.  At home, he needs help to turn on our PC.  This morning, his likeness, Big Mac, said, "Mommy, you know how Daddy says he's going to put our bath tub picture on the internet if we come home late when we're teenagers?  Well, I'm not too worried about it because Daddy doesn't even know how to get on the internet!"


My reply, "Yes, but Mommy will be helping him!"


That silenced him immediately.  Threat resolved...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our Advent Calendar

Several years ago I made an advent calendar for the boys to count down the days until Christmas.  I used a large piece of felt to make a banner and then glued 25 pockets onto the banner.  I put the numbers 1-25 on the pockets.  From December 1st to the 25th I would put a little toy into the pocket for them to retrieve.  Each day they took a star book mark that says, "Wise Men Follow the Star!"  and moved it to the next day to count down the days to Christmas.

This year we are doing the Advent Calendar a little differently.  Instead of receiving a little toy, the boys are getting two one-dollar bills.  In addition to the money, they will have a sheet of paper describing a different mission or charity.  At the end of the month, they boys get to keep half the money they collected.  The other half must be donated to the charity of their choice. 


They are actually looking forward to learning about different missions and charities.  Some of the charities involve people we know.  We have friends who are going to be part of a short-term trip to Haitii.  Some of the charities are conducted in other countries.  We have learned about Voice of the Martyrs involvement in India and China.  Some of the charities occur here in the US and even in Pennsylvania!


Today, they boys asked when they were going to get another charity.  They didn't ask for the money or a prize.  I think they're really enjoying this.  I know I am!