Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We've had a couple of fun art projects for school this week. We had studied about Africa a couple of weeks ago, and we never got to do one of our art projects that week, which was to make Anansi the Spider. If you've never read any of the Anansi books to your kids, I highly recommend them. Anyway, Jacob finally got to make his version of Anansi this week. He had a lot of fun with it.Really all it took was 2 styrofoam balls, 2 toothpicks, some paint, pipecleaners for the legs, and of course a couple of googly eyes, unless you decided to give him 3 eyes.Then, today, we decided to get in the kitchen for art, so we made Berry Blue Jello Jigglers. Both Jacob and Jaden had a blast; I think they ate more than they actually made.:)Gotta love making memories with these two; boredom seldom hits this house.:)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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Monday, April 27, 2009
When I started thinking about this post, I wanted to tell you about how much weight I lost in my first week of really working out and eating right, but yesterday while at church, my thinking took a 360. As the service was starting, our pastor got up and announced that we needed to pray for a family who lived next door to a couple in our church. They had gone to wake their seven year old boy up that very morning, and he wouldn't wake up; he was simply gone....God had taken him home. To me, it was just a blow to my mind and heart, just thinking what that family must be going through; our Jacob is just seven years old.I kept thinking of the times I've put other things ahead of my boys, times when I've been too harsh; times I've let them go without hugging them or telling them how much I love them. Tears started to form, and the church became so silent, you could have heard a pin drop; then whispers started all over. The shock of it all hit home for most of us....it hit home for us to love our children....enjoy what time we have with them. They are "little blessings," little people who need our love and guidance. Something like this may cause us to question God's timing and His plan, but in the end, love your children today. Spend time just talking to them, getting to know them, teaching them, loving them, hugging them and showering them with kisses. Make every second and every moment count because we just don't know when it could be our last, or sadly, incomprehensibly even, their last. Love the "little blessings" in your life today.
Outside My Window...it is rather dreary with rain showers and thunderstorms popping up every now and then.
I am thinking...that today is the perfect day for cozying up under a blanket with a good book or movie....oh well. (Sigh)
I am thankful for...the rain, which helps our plants to grow and everything to stay green.
From the learning rooms...this week Jacob chose to learn about black bears in science; we're working on halves/fourths/thirds in math as well as learning our 13 addition family and a little bit about graphing. I'm thinking we might start studying plants in science soon, so he can maybe have his own little plants and learn how to care for them.
From the kitchen...tonight is Chicken Fried Rice.
I am wearing...black sweat pants with a white Barbados t-shirt.
I am creating...ok, so I finally got my dining room wall done, so this week is definitely the throw pillows.
I am going...nowhere today, hopefully.
I am reading...The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down (I'm really slow because I have to find time to read); and my new copy of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
I am hoping...that going through the Wordless Book with Jacob this week will help him to understand more....he's just not quite there yet.
I am hearing...Jaden is watching Word World, and Jacob is working on math.
Around the house...we have to dust, vacuum, and mop today, and I have the wonderful job of cleaning out under the couches today; some little boogies like to stuff lots of toys under there.
One of my favorite things...is a rainy day; it's almost restful in a way.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: School; tomorrow, we're going to the big library book sale in Springfield; working out and hopefully kickboxing; Jacob to Tae Kwon Do; Friday, maybe go to the Country Petals nursery and pick up a few flowers to pot, and go see Mom; errands; etc.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today I was able to review three of the Wee-Books that are available at The Old Schoolhouse Store. Two great things about these books are that they are short and to the point, AND they are only $1.95. Oh, and they are completely downloadable, so you don't have to wait for them to ship to your house; the second you hit the Confirm Order button, they are ready and waiting for you to add to your many resources on your computer.
There are actually 39 Wee-Books available right now, ranging in topics from classical education to living naturally to building communication skills to deepening your walk with God. I actually chose 10 Big Reasons Not to Send Christian Kids to Public Schools Today, Simplifying Classical Education,and Play What You Mean- Creative Ways to Teach Communication Skills.One thing that impressed me was that the books were very efficient and stayed right on topic; even though each book had several points to cover, it all flowed together well. The authors also used Scripture throughout to give spiritual concepts and meaning to what they wrote. Seeing as the books are very short, I was left with the feeling of wanting more, wanting to know more about that specific topic; but each book ends with links to more resources and places to go to study and research more, which was really helpful.
For newer homeschoolers and those thinking about homeschooling, at the end of each book is a section on "How to Begin Homeschooling," which lists everything from the different approaches and styles of homeschooling to resources and support organizations, with links! I wish I had run across something like this when I first started homeschooling our son, honestly.
So, for $1.95, how can you go wrong? There's a topic for everyone, and each book is like a bite-sized piece....enjoy!
As a homeschooling mom, I find myself looking for resources all over the internet, and one overflowing resource for homeschoolers everywhere is The Old Schoolhouse Store, which is where I was able to download an ebook, HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance. This book is 96 pages full of helpful advice on not just homeschooling, but also working a home business or working from home. If you are feeling that urge to help out your family financially, but you don't know where or how to even start, this is a wonderful resource.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is my sister's cat, Squeekers. If you wouldn't mind, head on over and vote for her picture.:) Squeekers is quite the kitty from what I hear, and she's just like a part of the family. I know she'd appreciate your vote.:) Thanks a lot!
After watching The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, I am so thankful for my children and being able to just be with them and talk to them and hold them in my arms and protect them. I'm thankful that God saw fit to bless our lives with Jacob and Jaden. I'm thankful that we have the freedoms we have, so that we can keep our children with us in safety and peace. I can't imagine the pain and suffering that so many Jewish mothers and children must have gone through. Those mothers had to be so strong to be able to let their children go; their love must have transcended anything they felt inside. I have read that Irena stated that she would never forget the cries of the children as they were leaving their mothers behind....it's such an emotional thing to think about. The Holocaust was a horrible time in our history, but nevertheless, we cannot afford to forget that it happened. We cannot put it behind us and never think about it. We must remember; we must tell our children the stories and history lessons that have been passed to us. "We must never forget, lest history repeat itself." Thanks to Irena, 2500 children were rescued and placed with families or in safe places.
(Mom, if you're reading this, I accidentally deleted the movie from the dvr; please forgive me; it was going to be waiting for you, if you should come to visit; I could so kick myself right now; it comes out in June, so we will get it....I'm sorry!)
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Monday, April 20, 2009
Outside My Window...it is sunny and bright and 63 degrees!:)
I am thinking...I have a lot to do today, but I'm feeling very motivated....I feel like life is returning....:)
I am thankful for...Nancy, who I'm blessed to call a wonderful friend/sister.
From the learning rooms...we're working on finding unnecessary facts in story problems (this was quite the concept for him), carrying in addition, and finishing up our cursive alphabet this week. Plus, we get to study Egypt in history and moose in science.:)
From the kitchen...tonight will be Macaroni Shepherd's Pie.
I am wearing...khakis and light blue polo with yellow tank top.
I am creating...throw pillows this week and possibly decorating my dining room wall.
I am going...possibly to Homeschool Convention this weekend....depends.
I am reading...The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down; The Well-Trained Mind.
I am hoping...that Brittany gets to come home from the hospital today.
I am hearing...Jaden playing and the dryer running.
Around the house...have to dust, vacuum, and mop today; would like to clean out my kitchen food cabinets.
One of my favorite things...hearing the lawn mowers outside and the sounds of spring.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: School; decluttering/cleaning; working out and possibly kickboxing; Jacob to Tae Kwon Do (his next step is green belt!); errands; Dad's birthday is Thursday; possibly Homeschool Convention on Friday/Saturday....not sure yet; oh, and an assignment due very soon; and trying to list several books on Ebay.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wow! I am almost speechless. When we first sat down to watch this movie, I wasn't sure what to expect....I was almost afraid of it and what it would contain. First of all, I only remember one curse word throughout the whole movie; of course, I was completely mesmerized by it, so I may have been so engrossed that I might have missed others, but I really don't think so. There was one "adult" scene throughout the whole movie (along with an innuendo or two), which is super easy to fast forward through. With that said, you have to see this movie....no ifs, ands, or buts about it. With both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, this movie had all the right pieces to make an epic. It is full of suspense, thrills, comedy, and even romance. In the beginning, it held some comedy, so I wasn't sure what to think; it almost had a sort of Vaudeville feel, but as it went on, it just got better and better. My heart absolutely got caught up with little Nala. As a mother and as a fellow human being, my heart just broke for him, and I just wanted to reach into the television screen and take him under my wing. Right about the time you think the movie ends, it begins a whole new dramatic story, with the Japanese threat to Australia during World War 2. I will not give the end away, but I was practically almost in tears, because this is the one movie that I have watched recently, that I felt ended so appropriately; it was very emotional....it was an epic. So, go to Redbox, or get on Netflix, and watch this movie with your husbands; plan a date night....you won't regret it!:)
Australia, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman
Friday, April 17, 2009
Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We love going places with our kids, even just to see their faces light up with wonder and excitement. Yesterday, Jacob had his dentist appointment, so we decided to go to the zoo afterwards for a field trip, since he's been studying animals in science. It turned out to be such a fun time. The boys absolutely loved it, even the "itty bitty" train ride that took all of about 5 minutes.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Today, we made a trip to Springfield for Jacob's dentist appointment, so we decided to just go for it and spend the day doing a little shopping and visiting the zoo, which the boys absolutely loved, and pictures will follow tomorrow.:) Anyway, we went to Kohl's, and I just had to share my awesome bargain findings with you. Kohl's has these amazing racks called the 80% off clearance. I found two pair of perfectly good pants, Sonoma brand, for $4.00 apiece. That's right, $4 apiece! Isn't that awesome? Who could resist that price? I was so excited! Right now is the perfect time to grab those clearance clothes for next winter; the stores are full of them....I'm thinking that if I go back in a couple weeks, and they still have a couple sweaters I was eyeing, I may not be able to resist them like I did today! Love it!:)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Ok, ladies, here's a challenge for you. How many times have you totally cared for your families and children and all of the other people around you, but you have totally neglected yourself? Let me tell you, we have all done this, whether it's putting off checkups for ourselves or even feeding our children healthy snacks, while we ourselves gorge on chocolate chips....trust me, I've been there.:)
Anyway, today, I finally took a step....actually, yesterday, I took the step to actually make the appointment, the appointment I'd been putting off and procrastinating on for probably about six to seven months. I made the call to the hairdresser. Yep, and I went and got my hair cut today; then, I came home and dyed it....and may I just say, that it is simply AMAZING what a fresh "do" can do for you? It just makes me feel so much lighter and better, refreshed! I hestitate in saying this because it's online for the whole world to see, but I'm just going to say it in the spirit of keepin' it real....I feel sexy! Yep, that's right!
So, here's a challenge for you. Whatever it is that you've been putting off for yourself, go put it in your schedule right now. If it's a haircut, go make the appointment; doctor's appointment, get it scheduled; or maybe it's just a bubble bath you need with some quiet reading time. Go schedule it, sister, because you are worth it, and you will be so glad that you did! (Pssstttt....your family might be glad you did too!:))
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sarah Mae over at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee is hosting a contest to see who can come up with the best tag line for her blog. One thing that motivated me in this contest was the "transparency" she talks about herself having in her posting, and you can definitely see this as you read....it's very inspiring. So, with that being said....
Saturday, April 11, 2009
What better way to celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour tomorrow, than to revel in God's beautiful creation? Last weekend, we all went out to Grandma's farm, and with the trees budding and the green grass growing, it was just so beautiful. Spring is upon us with all of its splendor; how can we not see God through His touch upon the beauty of our earth right now? Revel in it; revel in Him!:)