Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Malakai: 5 1/2

I haven't posted an update on Malakai since he started school (he already looks so much older!). I remember when he was just a baby I would do monthly updates on what he was learning and how he was developing. Obviously additional kiddos and other life changes keep me from blogging as much as I did those days, but I want to be sure to document their milestones as much as I can.

Malakai technically turned 5 1/2 in January. These photos were taken December 30th (by b.lovely photography). Since then he has lost his bottom two front teeth and has another loose one!

The biggest leap Malakai has made in the last few months is in reading. He had some sight words down before starting Kindergarten and as soon as he started school more concepts just started to click. He is so very interested in school that for a while he would do his nightly homework sheet and then make up additional "homework" for himself. At one point he was getting pretty burnt out and frustrated and we had to talk about taking a break from "school work" to make sure he was playing!

A few months ago I grabbed The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverley Cleary to read aloud to Malakai and Desmond. Malakai would constantly beg to read it himself, and I would remind him that it's good for him to be read to as well. Plus, there were quite a few longer and more difficult words and concepts in the book so I didn't want to induce any additional frustrations. Once we finished it I handed it to him and said he could read it if he wanted. He devoured the entire book (13 chapeters, 158 pages with a few small pictures here and there) in 2 days time. What surprised me the most was that when he comes to a big word that he doesn't know immediately he sounds it out as best he can and just keeps on going. What truly blew me away was when I handed him the next book, Ralph S. Mouse, without pre-reading it to him and he finished it even faster. Same number of pages, and he could recount the story to me. Words can't express how proud I am that he is reading so fluently and comprehending it all as well! I'm so glad he can read to himself whenever he wants, it's the perfect outlet when he's feeling more introverted.

His social skills are certainly maturing and he's picking up on subtle cues, some good...some not so great. There are moments when he'll say something to me with an impatient attitude and that just does not work for me! We've had more talks recently about how to speak respectfully and make sure that we are kind and treating people how we would want them to treat us. I can hardly believe I'm already into this stage of parenting, it's so fun but it's so much more complicated!

When it comes to his siblings, he is definitely the rule keeper. He surely matches all the tendencies of an oldest child. He and Desmond are the best of friends but can also fight pretty easily...brothers. When it comes to Aurelia he just can't get enough. His face lights up to see her when she wakes up in the morning and when he's home from school. He loves to hold her and play with her and if he finds a way to make her laugh he won't stop performing for her.

Malakai and Ben are such a sweet pair. Malakai loves to help out and beams if he ever gets the chance to work on a project with daddy or spend special one on one time with him. He loves to help in the yard or with putting things together, like a piece of furniture or a new toy.

I'm cherishing that he is still little enough to snuggle up with me on the couch and read together or to needs and want a hug or a kiss when he's hurt, sad, and before bed.

All in all my Malakai has such a sweet heart and is so good natured. I'm totally blessed by him and so proud to be his mama.

>>all photos by the talented b.lovely photography<<

Monday, March 2, 2015

Essential Oil Spotlight: Melaleuca AKA "Tea Tree" oil

For the 4th Essential Oil Spotlight I'm featuring one of my very favorites, Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree). It's quite versatile as are the others I've featured so far. Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and Melaleuca are considered great "starter" oils because there are so many uses for each of them on their own and even more once you start blending them. I'll share more on blends in another post.

My very favorite use for Melaleuca is to add it to my face wash and moisturizer. It gives my daily regimen added cleansing properties and provides relief from various skin irritations. Ben + I both use Melaleuca this way and can testify to how well it works in this regard! 

Head on over to my dōTERRA page to learn more or shop for products! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccasins Winner!

Wow- what an awesome giveaway! Hello to all our new followers through Feedly, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We hope you stick around and enjoy the content here at Breaking New Ground. Feel free to check out the About Us section, but know that I am a bit behind on updating it! Baby #3 problems....

So now for why you're really reading this post...the giveaway winner! The random generator through rafflecopter chose Kelly F. as the winner of one pair of Freshly Picked moccasins of her size and color choice! 

She has been emailed and has 48 hours to provide me with her information to claim her prize or an alternate will be chosen. In the event that an alternate is required, there will not be an additional blog post but an email sent to the winner. 

Thanks so much for participating! If you didn't win, head on over to Freshly Picked to purchase your favorite pair of moccs for your favorite little one! They just released the "Utah Collection" that I just adore! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemon

Believe it or not while much of the country is battling ice and snow we are surrounded by blooming flowers and greening grass. I noticed for the first time today the familiar ithcy eyes and scratchy throat I get every spring + summer when the pollen starts to float through the air. There's no better time than allergy-season to feature an oil that is known for is benefits in battling such issues.

I've used lemon to get stubborn stickers off of metal and glass items, it only takes a few drops! I also keep a roller ball applicator in my purse with the last three oils I've featured: lemon, lavender, + peppermint. I've used this to find relieve from various respiratory discomforts and it smells lovely!

Head on over to my dōTERRA page to learn more or shop for products!

Friday, February 20, 2015

b.lovely photography

Back in December I featured b.lovely photography. Later that month we were honored with the privilege of having her photograph our family. She was so patient and kind even though the boys were acting out like kids usually do when you need them to sit still. Her sneak peeks shortly after knocked me off my feet and when I received the rest this past week I was honestly in tears over how beautiful they turned out. The photos capture our family so perfectly that I feel like this collection is such a precious gift that we will enjoy for years to come. 

You can view her portfolio on her website and keep up with her most current sessions on facebook.

Here is a collection of some of our favorites...

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