Friday, January 20, 2017

Our Love of Books with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #205!


Everyone in our family loves books. I believe that our four kids being strong readers has helped them tremendously with their schooling. My husband and I have never demanded that they be A students, but all four have done well. In 2014, Jeremiah graduated high school with two distinctions, one for English and one for IT. His sister, Jessica, graduated at the end of 2016 and she earned an A average with five distinctions, English being one of them. Samantha has just begun grade 11 and Amanda grade 3 and both are doing very well at school.

I introduced each of them to books from when they were babies. They went from soft fabric books to hard board books and eventually to books with paper pages inside of them. I read to all of my kids and I still read to Amanda. About ten years ago I went through the Narnia series with Jeremiah, Jessica, and Samantha. Jeremiah usually sat on the floor (because he wanted his own space) and the girls on my bed while I read to them. They still remember back to that time fondly, especially the older two who found it easier to follow along.

Books were a catalyst in bringing Robbie and I together. We started our relationship through our work at the book exhibition on the M.V. Doulos, a floating book shop with Operation Mobilization (O.M.). When we got married, our main possessions were books. We are not hoarders of books, though. We have learned, with all the moving that we've done over the years, to give away what we aren't using. However, we still have more books than we need.

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Last week I organized all of Amanda's books and put some aside to give away (with her permission). Her books used to be in the office, but we changed things around and now her books are in her room. I was surprised to discover how many books are activity books, which are pictured in the photo above and take up half of the top shelf. The plastic containers that are on the bottom shelf have Lego in them. That Lego is from my childhood (including my brother's) and Jeremiah's childhood, so two generations. Amanda has her own collection of newer Lego too. She owns Ninjago Lego and Friends Lego (not featured here). 


Amanda sleeps on the top bunk in her room, close to the ceiling fan. We live in South Africa, so ceiling fans are necessary. When we moved her books out of the office, I wanted to put her smaller books on the shelf above her bunk. I had just one problem, I didn't have any bookends and the books kept slipping down even when we put things up against them. My solution... a wooden box! Now she reads books to herself at night before going to sleep. Perfect!


The photo above is of the bookcase that Amanda used when she was little. It stood in the passage so that it didn't take up floor space in her room. It's now in Jeremiah's room with his books. When Amanda was little, she loved looking at her books, but she didn't care about putting them away properly. The only reason why the big books on the bottom shelf were stacked neatly was because they were too heavy for her.

Little Amanda with two Disney Fairy Tales books.
The pink one on the right was mine when I was a kid.

Amanda's picture book version of
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Robbie built this bookcase for the
Britannica Books that were given to us.


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My Multicultural Children's
Book Day Review:

Mountain Chef
A True Story
About a Chinese American
who helped "cook up" the
National Park Service




Links of Interest:

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
(limited supply - open until February 2017)

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for
Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians
and Educators

Diversity Book Lists and Activities
for Teachers and Parents



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Celebrating at Moksh

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #226!


South African grade 12 learners finish high school at the end of November, but only find out their final results in January. We were so excited for Jessica when we heard a few days ago that she graduated with an A average! She was honored at her high school along with the other A average graduates. Parents were invited to be part of the ceremony. The kids also had their photos in the local newspaper.

We went out as a family to Moksh, an Indian restaurant at our mall, to celebrate. She chose the dishes that we all shared. It was much more fun than everyone ordering their own meals. We had Chicken Korma (chicken cubes with cream and cashew nut sauce with a blend of spices), Chicken Madras (chicken cubes with coconut and tamarind in tomato based gravy), Lamb Rogan Josh (an all-time favorite lamb curry), and Prawn Kadai (prawns with julienne green bell peppers, onions, and tomato, with a hint of yogurt topped with ginger and freshly chopped coriander). Prawns are similar to shrimp. All of these dishes were served with rice. We also ordered plenty of Naan bread. We brought our own wine and paid a small corkage fee.

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Siblings: Jeremiah, Samantha,
Amanda and Jessica

Robbie and Tina

Our red wine - Coffee Pinotage

Amanda, Jessica, and Jeremiah

Samantha and Amanda

Prawn Kadai and Chicken Korma

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In case you missed it,
Amanda started Grade 3 last week!
Check out the photos of her
taking part in the school sports:

Back to School - Grade 3


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Friday, January 13, 2017

1st Week of Grade 3 with Linky

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Make My Saturday Sweet #204!

Back to School - Grade 3

Amanda started Grade 3 on Wednesday and her sister, Samantha, started Grade 11. In South Africa the summer holiday is from December to January, when the one school year ends and a new one begins. At Amanda's primary school they have sports during school hours. Tennis and athletics are summer sports that she is learning and in the winter the girls practice field hockey and netball. Amanda likes netball the best, but she's not seriously competitive. I've included a few photos from previous school years below.

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Amanda learning tennis

Amanda playing a mini field hockey match

Amanda playing a mini netball match

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My Latest Book Review:

Mountain Chef
A True Story
About a Chinese American
who helped "cook up" the
National Park Service



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Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

If you host your own blog hop(s), then feel free to
link them on my Blog Hops page!

I would love for you to follow me on

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christmas Day Lunch with Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #225!


Last week I shared photos of our Christmas Eve dinner and mentioned our Christmas Eve tradition. I enjoyed reading the comments about other traditions that some of you shared. Today's post is all about our Christmas Day lunch. My mother-in-law always puts on a fabulous spread of food. Jeremiah helped make the starters, which were Snoek fish cakes. Snoek is a South African fish.

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Our daughters each received new coloring books from their grandparents. Samantha's had a double page picture of a Christmas meal, which was very appropriate for the day. One of the books that Jeremiah received was Hillbilly Elegy, which he is reading in the photo below. If you leave me a comment, I'd love to hear what a typical Christmas meal looks like for you. Being an American expat in South Africa, I've had to adapt to hot summer days.

Jeremiah

Amanda and Jessica

Samantha







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