This boy melts my heart! Colby had a 101 fever and pneumonia in this picture but he is still smiling.
We received the The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz to review shortly before Christmas. I thought it might be fun for Riley to read the short stories to Colby during his Christmas vacation. We never quite got to that point because he had bronchitis so Riley read through it to her guinea pigs and pretended Colby was listening to her. I had actually planned on including this as a gift to one of my siblings with younger kids but forgot because Riley had it. I will eventually get it to their house but not before I tell you more about it.
Our Bible Experience
My kids are older then the recommended age range for this Bible. So why did I agree to review it? Simple really. I love this version of the Bible for kids. I found an older copy at a local thrift store when Riley was around 2 years old. She loved the pages right out of it over the years. When I opened the box up and showed it to Riley, her face lit up! She remembered reading it on the floor during Sacrament meeting. It was the only book that would hold her interest for long. I fully believe it’s because of the engaging pictures. Young children don’t need to read the words to figure out what is going on.
As Riley was learning to read she would flip through the pages pointing out words she knew. As she got older she was able to listen to the scripture verses from our Bible and follow along in her book. By the time she was actually reading she knew many of the basic portions of the stories and this helped her transition into the KJV we use. Zonderkidz uses the NIV version of the Bible but at the ages The Beginner’s Bible is geared to, it is not a difficult transition to make if you choose to use a different version.
I highly recommend The Beginner’s Bible to anyone with young kids. The stories are short for young attention spans. The pictures are beautiful and engaging. Each story is broken down to make it easy to understand and follow. I have to admit that reading the simplified version of these stories help me with my own understanding at times. I can’t be the only one who gets sleepy reading their scriptures right? Hopefully I’m not! Either way this is a great way to start your kids on a path to wanting to read scriptures and have a relationship with their Father in Heaven.
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We had an incredibly busy week this week with doctors appointments, kids coughing and getting ready for Christmas. The kids have been so good about driving back and forth to appointments that we decided to surprise them with a trip to The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City before one of John’s VA appointments.
I’d been wanting to take Colby to see the Flight exhibit because he loves airplanes and helicopters. I was pretty impressed to find out they’d built a huge airplane in the museum. You can climb in and pretend to be pilots in the cockpit. I wasn’t sure how we would get Colby in and out of the airplane so I didn’t tell him much about it.
A lot of times just seeing something is enough for Colby even though we want him to experience all of it like a kiddo not in a wheelchair.
I have to give a huge shout out to The Leonardo for having an elevator next to the airplane! I know everywhere is supposed to be ADA compliant but there are places where it’s not an option or feasible. As the mom of a wheelchair user it always makes me happy to see adaptations that work and make something accessible. To be completed honest I think Colby thought the elevator was even more fun then being in the airplane! He’s so funny some times.
Jahnna and Riley loved the flight simulators and had fun watching John use one. We loved looking at different parts of planes and how they have developed over time. Both girls were surprised to feel how much air pressure was needed to lift a rocket. It was far less then they imagined it would be.
After we had our fill of airplanes we moved up to the second floor. The museum is divided up into different sections. There is a pixel play area where kids can build pictures and designs. There are legos and tubes to build and design with. One wall lets kids design different mazes with the tubes. You can roll a marble down the tubes and change it all up to see how different inclines or pieces affect the speed.
There are puzzles for kids to work out and different exhibits encourage math skill use. Riley’s eye’s bugged out when she saw all the items that had been built with cardboard! I think she would build an entire house out of cardboard and live in it if I let her.
Leonardo Annual Membership
We had an appointment to keep so we didn’t get to check out the textile area but the green screen was a huge hit on our way out. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about missing an area because we have a annual family membership. You can get one also and if you use a code provided exclusively for my readers by The Leonardo you will receive an extra month of membership for free. The code is EA6551 and is valid until January 31, 2017. Don’t wait to get one. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone you love who loves to learn.
I just realized that most of my posts have been set to private! UGH! I swear sometimes having a blog is a pain!
We’ve had a crazy year…as usual but I wanted to share this awesome ceiling lift that we had installed a few months ago. Colby is still only 50 lbs but he’s going to get bigger and my back is feeling it. I wanted to get the lift installed before I hurt myself.
We started the process in May, received insurance approval in June but had to wait for proof that insurance would cover the whole thing before the company would install it. I don’t blame them. If I were installing a $25,000 ceiling lift I would want to know it was going to be completely paid for before ordering it.
I also didn’t want to end up with a $10,000 bill if they only ended up paying out some of the cost.
In the end it was completely covered and installation began at the end of August. The headers were finally finished up this week so it’s been a bit of a process.
I had a mom ask why we didn’t just get a Hoyer lift as they are much more affordable. We have so much medical equipment that finding more space to put something like that just isn’t a good option. It also wouldn’t allow me to get him in and out of the bathtub like his ceiling lift does.
Colby thinks it’s a fun roller coaster but he does wish it had a turbo boost.
The only thing I can say bad about it is that the headers for Colby’s bathroom and bedroom had to be removed to allow the track system to go through. I knew that was going to happen but John didn’t quite understand what that entailed. It means that the bathroom is not totally enclosed at the top. My sister in law said it reminded her of being back in grade school with the bathroom stalls. Either way it’s a small thing to worry about because the end results are so amazing.
I am truly thankful that we were able to have this installed and what it means for my physical well being going forward.
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of a name was? CrossTimber knows all about names meanings and the history behind them. I was so excited to have the opportunity to review their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. I started off this review determined to stick with one name. My dilemma was in which name to choose. I could tell these would make fun Christmas presents but if I only chose one person how would that work? It didn’t and I ended up getting four names! I just couldn’t choose!
I thought I’d start out by asking about my kids name meaning. Jahnna is usually mispronounced and Colby and Riley have both become gender neutral names since we named them. This is my email to John.
and this is what I got back from him.
I laughed so hard over the big biker dude comment! I also told my husband John about it and as a big biker dude himself, he thought it was pretty funny! Then I couldn’t get over how appropriate each of the names were. Paula was just included as a pronunciation guide for Jahnna but John still sent me the meaning, which I thought was really cool.
Jahnna was named after John. He always wanted a daughter named Johnny but I knew a girl in college named Johnny who I didn’t particularly like and his entire family calls him Johnny because he’s John the third! I think my mom suggested Jahnna as a variation of his name and we both liked it a lot. It wasn’t until after she was born that my cousin asked me if we had named her after someone in our family line generations ago. That was a fun surprise! Jahnna speaks the truth all the time. IF (and that’s a big IF!) she try’s to tell a lie it is written all over her face! She is very black and white when it comes to her thinking and if she knows something is true she is not afraid to say it!
Colby is named after my Great Grandma. She passed away the week Colby was born and she knew we were naming him after her. Colby was her maiden name and when I told her we wanted to name him Colby she said “Well I’ve never heard of a boy being named Colby but I’m honored!” You might not think that provider and protector of the home would apply very well to someone who requires total care but it completely fits Colby’s spirit. His courage and strength of heart continually amaze me and when I read his scripture and name meaning it brought me to tears. It fits his life and personality perfectly!
Riley has a fun story attached to her name. We knew we wanted to use McClain as a middle name but we didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl yet. McClain is John’s grandma’s maiden name and we wanted to continue using family names. I didn’t like it as a first name but agreed it made a great middle name. We were watching National Treasure one weekend and I was tossing around names. The name Riley kept being said in the movie and I finally said “Riley McClain, I love that and it works for a boy or a girl!” John couldn’t believe I wanted to name one of our kids after the dorky guy on National Treasure. Despite that, Riley’s name fits her to a T! Valiant and Brave is definitely the girl who took on 9 boys defending herself. Kid doesn’t know how to back down and will stand up for right when she see a wrong being done.
After choosing the kids pictures and frames I decided John needed something as well. Who am I kidding? I was having to much fun to stop! I chose each picture background based on everyone’s personalities or likes. John says that there are no prettier sunsets or sun rises then out on a ship in the middle of the sea. He gets pretty depressed in the winter with all the cold and snow so I’m hoping a cup of hot chocolate in his name cup will help him remember the pretty sights and places he has been.
CrossTimber generously gives discounts when you purchase more then 3 items. You can see the bookmarks in Riley and Colby’s pictures. We received bookmarks for each name I purchased I just didn’t get good pictures of them. You can see the discounts available in the picture below.
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