Friday, December 23, 2016

Books and Banana Muffins

I get asked a lot how I get all my kids to sit still for long read aloud sessions. The answer is "I don't!" We're currently in the middle of reading "Gladys Alward: The Adventure of a Lifetime" by Janet and Geoff Benge. It is an amazing and inspirational biography, and even though I wouldn't think my wiggly little ones are listening at all (see the video!) I know that they are hearing because of the questions they will ask or comments they make about it at some random moment much later.

Also on this video...making banana muffins in a busy household, kids with the camera, and normal shenanigans of a day with the Krekes.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Meet Pepper! (video link)

Grandpa and Grandma drove to the Ozarks last week to bring the Kreke kids a Standard Poodle puppy! Week #1 was a lot of fun and a lot of work. 
Click here to see interviews with the kids to get their take on Life With A Puppy...










The Krekes...on the big screen :)

"Life With Krekes" now has a YouTube channel. I'm quite an amateur so I've been learning as I go, recording some "A Day in Our Life" videos here and there. The kids really love to watch these and have been begging me to do more. If you want to check them out, you can visit our channel through this link, and if you're signed in with a free YouTube account, you can click the "subscribe" button to make sure you see any new videos we post.

https://www.youtube.com/user/jkreke1


Monday, December 5, 2016

Preparing for Christmas

December is part of the reason we homeschool year round, rather then taking a long summer break. There's something about this month that just makes "normal" schoolwork hard to do! So we are switching gears and doing things differently this month. 

The day after Thanksgiving is Decorating Day at the Kreke house! Grandpa stopped by to read books to the little ones and hold a fussy baby while the rest of us worked. The big kids decorated the tree themselves again this year. They do such a great job! I don't have any "off limits" Christmas decorations. All of these little hands are so excited to help, I'd rather risk having a broken decoration or two than to turn them away. 

 Setting up the manger scene.


 Grandpa reading "The Best Present" book by Dave Ramsey









We also had a fun "Allie Day" with our favorite teenager. She helped the kids make snowflakes to hang on the front window, and taught them how to make origami paper balloons. We just love when Allie comes to visit!





I listened to the latest Sally Clarkson video today and it made me stop and think again about the Christmas traditions we've developed for our family, and gave me some ideas for new ones to add. I'll write some more about that later!