Monday, February 29, 2016

Photos the Kids Take

You have to take advantage of the rare 40-degree February day in Minnesota when it comes along.  The kids spent almost all day outside on Saturday for just this reason.  Oh, and because Jesse and I kicked them back out there after they went their first go-round and wanted to come inside.  They organized their own hike and picnic, packing a lunch and taking the dog with them.  I didn't want to intrude on their little together time (and the fact that they were all getting along quite nicely) but I decided to send my old camera along with them.  These are their photos and I really enjoy checking out what find snap-worthy.  :)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Finding the right Devotional

We've been having a hard time finding a devotional that we like reading with the older two kids.

Alarik really enjoys this bedtime Bible:

It was a baby gift of Bekah's and I don't remember reading it to either her or Scott, but Alarik has really connected with it.  He has several favorite stories including Red Sea Run, Jonah, Jesus feeds 5,000 and Zacchaeus.  He loves the little "host" of the book, NightLight.

Each story is short, just two pages, and then it wraps up with Quiet Time questions, a short prayer and a Sleep Time wrap-up where you focus on one word from the story while you get ready to sleep.
I think we are currently on our third time reading through this Bible with Alarik.  After the second time, I tried substituting in a different Bible story book but he didn't care for it and I thought, why not stick with what he likes?  I mean, grown-ups read the same Bible over and over.  You don't just read it once and you're done, right?

But then there's Bekah and Scott.  We picked out this Jesus Calling kids' devotional on a trip to Barnes and Noble some time ago.  We used it for quite a while before both kids admitted to me that they didn't like it.  It's written in the first person from God and they felt that it often made God sound very arrogant and it was obviously off-putting to them both.
So we gave that one up and for now and borrowed Jesse's Duck Commander devotional.  I like it because it's written very simply and from several different people's perspectives.  The kids like it because the authors often use links to and examples from nature and hunting which they both relate to well.  The only thing I would change about it is if it gave additional scripture besides just the verse that the devotional was inspired by.  Jesus Calling gives one or two related verses and I liked to have the kids each look one up and read it.  It was great practice for finding things in their Bibles and reading aloud is always a good thing to work on.  I suppose I could still have them look the verse from the Duck Commander devotional up in their Bibles.  It's probably a different translation anyway so it would be worded differently.  Or I could actually put in a little more effort and find some related verses on my own.

We don't remember to read every single night and I wish we were more consistent with it.  That's something we're working on, but we've got a good start and something is better than nothing.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


This divider came in a recent shipment and Alarik put it on like a wrap-around shield.  Jesse immediately grabbed a sharpie and added "RIK".
SMALLRIK- one of Alarik's nicknames given to him by his Kallinen cousins.  So fitting because he's the youngest/smallest in our family.

I'm on again with my on-again-off-again practice of ordering groceries and household items from amazon.  Being on again means the kids have a steady supply of cardboard boxes to imagine with.

Cardboard boxes = the world's best toy.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Back to Blogging

I've missed you!  And by saying that I really mean, I've missed blogging because my little blog has never had much of a readership, so there aren't many "yous" (except for you, Steph)  But that's ok.  I missed blogging because I missed recording "all the little moments of our everyday lives that would otherwise be forgotten"

The reason I quit was because of memory-keeping overload.  I have always enjoyed taking photos and I have 30 completely full photo albums spanning back to about 1988.  I also love scrapbooking and have several albums for each of my three children.  In addition to those, I keep a little journal for each of the kids, jotting down funny things they say or just things I notice and love about them.  And finally, back when I was blogging consistently, I found a great website that turned your blog into a beautiful printed book and so I did that for each year that I blogged, 2007 through 2014.  I liked the books but they were not a good substitute for photo albums in my opinion because the printed photos in them were small and not the same quality as a photo print.  I didn't want to continue doing ALL those memory-keeping methods, so blogging was the one that got the boot.  (Photo albums also got replaced with pocket page albums but I already waxed poetic about that over on our Scraplebee blog, so I won't do it again here.)

But, as I said, I've missed it too much. There's been so many times where I would think, "Oh, I can't wait to blog about that".  I've also missed having my blog as a resource when it comes time to write scrapbook journaling.  I love being able to look back on all that detail and then narrow it down and simplify it for a scrapbook page.  When I converted from photo albums to pocket pages, I intended to journal a lot and have those albums serve as a replacement for both photo albums and my blog books.  But aside from the first month, I did not do a good job of keeping notes of our happenings.  I guess making those notes manually as I took photos did not appeal to me as much as rapping out a quick blog post to go with the photos.  The journals I keep for each kid are not a good substitute for that either.  I find that I write in each child's journal less and less as they get older.  And what I tend to write in those journals is more personal and intimate about each of them, not necessarily anything I would use in albums that everyone might be looking at.  I've been missing that massive detail of "all the little everyday moments of our lives" and they have been forgotten!  For shame.

So, I will blog for me and mine and I probably won't print blog books but I will enjoy the process and the access to all the information for my other mediums.  And even though my sister and I may be the only regular readers of this collection of Storlies' Stories, that's ok with me.  I realized from my year+ hiatus that I really do it for me anyway.  That said, I am so not above a pity comment so go ahead and throw me one if you just noticed I'm alive.

P.S.  Just try to type Storlies' Stories with out actually typing Storlies' Storlies.  It's impossible!  Who named this blog anyway?