The Caskey Family


Best of the Best Photos
March 22, 2009, 11:29 am
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Kayce’s pictures have finally been sorted (by mommy) and we now have Micah’s 4 month pictures plus tons of family ones up online!

Check the rest of the album out by clicking here. . .

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Our Favorite Books (Birth to Preschool) and Family Meditations

As I was reviewing my school goals for the children, I thought I’d check on how we were really doing on one goal, “become familiar with at least 30 different children’s stories” (repeated readings assumed).  So. . . here is my list – and it leaves out SO many great books – perhaps I will add to it as the year progresses.  I tried to order them from birth to what Elijah is now enjoying, but all of these are also enjoyed by Merry who is just two years old.

Faces by First Focus Publishing

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

All the I Spy books by by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Dogs Go. . . by Annie Horwood

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss

Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

One is 1 by Tasha Tudor

Olivia Counts by Ian Falconer

Go Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

ABC A Child’s First Alphabet Book by Alison Jay

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

I Like it When by Mary Murphy

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Harry the Dirty Dog Treasury by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

You Are All My Favorites by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Schnitzel vonKrumm Forget-Me-Not by Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry

Strawberry Shortcake Treasury by various authors

On a different reading note, our family has struggled to find a good “children’s Bible” that keeps the attention of toddlers and preschoolers once they are moving around.  We long for our children to grow to love the Bible, so are careful to expose them to it heartily and with great joy ourselves, but also with variety and at their level of understanding, in the hope that we do not overwhelm them, or give them so much repetition that they become numb to it.  We read aloud scripture in our home at various times (babies especially LOVE to have the Psalms and other poetry books of the Bible read aloud to them, I have found) and talking about it as we go along with every day life, but are concerned about getting them into the regular habit of meditating on the Bible so that it is second nature to them as they grow up.   Some families call this “family devotions” or “family worship” or “family Bible time” or “family meditation,” whatever the name, we have not found any one thing that seems to sink into their hearts effectively 100% of the time. . .but here are two that we have found engage them and teach the gospel in the stories.  We have read through each of these multiple times  (a little bit each night before bed, working through the book from beginning to end) over the last few years and recommend them for families with children age birth to 4 years old.  Of course, these books are not used in a vacuum – natural discussion and teachable moments should be pounced on by mom and dad!

The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes (1971 or 1975 versions)

The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker




LOVE THE NEW LOOK
March 16, 2009, 6:20 pm
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Thank you Jeremy for updating the header! I love it! This is my favorite picture that Kayce took of us at downtown Waterfront Park in Charleston. She did an amazing job. She gave us a CD with over 200 pictures on it and I’m sorting through before putting some on here.



New Family Photos – Micah’s 4 Months Old!
March 12, 2009, 12:28 am
Filed under: Adina, Elijah, family news, Jeremy, Merry, Micah, Pictures

Check out the sneak peek to our latest family photos: KDS Photography did our photos downtown at lovely Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, SC.



Miss and Masters Potato Head
March 8, 2009, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Elijah, Funny, Merry, Micah, Pictures

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The other day I walked into the living room and Elijah had put the Mr. Potato Head glasses onto Micah.  He was sitting there looking through his glasses and sucking on his pacifier happily.  We had to get the other ones (from this lovely huge anniversary set Jeremy got them) and made a few more potato heads!

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This is not a postcard.  This is a picture Elijah took out the car window from his carseat on our way to some friends’ house in Hollywood, SC! No photo editing done – just a beautiful shot of a beautiful scene!

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I LOVE this photo because of how worried Merry looks.  Micah was just ready to eat and couldn’t understand why Mommy kept taking pictures instead of feeding him!  “Micah needs some milk, Momma. . .” a common comment in our house.



Cloth Diaper Monologue

Cloth diapering seems to be growing as an ever-increasingly popular money-saver during these tighter times (this is a perfect example of the GOOD benefits of difficult times)

This past summer as I was looking for ways to save money, and after I noticed the savings on diapers when Elijah potty trained, I decided to take a second look at cloth diapering.

MONEY: Investment amount to begin cloth diapering can range from around $100 per child to over $500 per child (still a savings over disposables) Basically there are two methods: Cheap and Expensive.  Cheap, being Indian prefolds (they give you the best run for your money) held together with Snappis instead of pins, and covers to keep the moisture in.  Expensive being All-In-One diapers that are basically a cloth version of a nice disposable – all one piece and VERY easy to change.   As noble as it is, our main reason for using cloth now is NOT for environmental reasons (though that is a great reason – supposedly one TON of waste is saved for every child that is cloth diapered!) but for the financial savings it brings ($1800-$2500 is saved per child over the 2-3 years before they are potty trained)

CONVENIENCE: Since the summer, I have been doing a cloth/disposable hybrid method. Basically, I use cloth when it is convenient, but use disposables at night (you have to spend money on special covers usually and often children wake up at night b/c of the wetness, so we skip that part) and when we go out when someone else might change them (church for example).   Jeremy sneaks a disposable on the children at home sometimes, too. We went with prefolds with Snappis instead of pins, and Thirsties covers, after trying a lot of other covers and diapers. Dappi NYLON covers (cheap) are the best backups when I run out of my Thirsties. This has saved us a TON of money already. I buy my prefolds as seconds (meaning they supposedly have a flaw, but nothing makes them unuseful.)

TIME: After you learn the ropes, a cloth diaper doesn’t take longer than a disposable to change.  I wash a load twice a week – it takes me an extra 20 minutes at THE MOST TOTAL – 10 minutes per load to load, switch to the dryer, hang covers and fold.

THE POOPIES: The old fashioned method of toilet dunking for taking care of the poopies has gone the way of records and VHS tapes.  Now there are little things called “diaper showers” that hook to your toilet that allow you to spray a diaper off without you or the diaper ever touching the toilet or toilet water.  I actually only use this about 20% of the time.  80% of the time the stuff will just drop off the diaper into the toilet, or for a breastfed baby, it is totally liquid and soaks out in the bucket.

THE BUCKETS: Check out the diaperpin website below for methods for this.  I use a dry bucket and we have LESS smell in the house from diapers now that we are cloth diapering (NO LIE!)

WHERE TO START: There are a few good websites that I use to research diapers (what works for one family may not work for another)

www.diaperpin.com Cloth diapering reviews, options, instructions for cloth diapering

www.clothdiaper.com Their seconds on prefolds are WORTH waiting for. . .this site is the reason I got my cloth diaper set up for under $100 per child

www.nickisdiapers.com Lots of items for free shipping – Thirsties ship for free from this site, and so do wetbags (bags to have in your diaper bag to hold wet/dirty diapers) -AWESOME!

www.craigslist.org I have been able to find some All-In-One diapers for a discount on here – I got 5 Bumkins and 5 Kushies for $60 and they were barely used.  These deals take some watching for, but are worth it if you find them.  Jeremy likes to use these, and they are nice to have when we go out too.

The cloth diaper switch has been good for our family, but is NOT for everyone.  We don’t think it’s a moral issue, no more than any other family financial decision, and we don’t think our children feel more nurtured because we cloth diaper them.  There are some out there who do think that. . .be aware of that if you do chose to join this ever-growing group!

Please feel free to post what you have done/not done for cloth diapering, or questions.