Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up 15

We had our trip to Ohio last week and got back home Sunday evening. I was determined to have some what of a routine for this week and honestly we did really good. We have a very odd schedule the rest of the month which will mean little to no schooling - BREAK TIME!

Hubby bought me the cutest shirt!! I love and decorate with mason jars everywhere so it was only fitting.

Simply put - She is weird, lol! 

I wanted a journal Bible and was able to get a great deal on this KJV Bible through Amazon, they had a great coupon! 

We use a super tonic for our health through out the year and we where very low, so the kiddos made a new batch with my supervision. It sits out for 4 weeks before we use it.

Kyle was watching Hamlet for MovieLit and let's just say he wasn't a fan, lol... He feel over and said " Oh my gosh DIE ALREADY" and feel over on the couch! Lexi and I busted out laughing while in the kitchen.

Mom and Dad bought me an instapot for my Christmas and oh my gosh, I believe I am in love. I can cook so many things in the pot and it saves me SO MUCH TIME! Simply put - I wanted to long to have one so if you don't have one and cook a lot like I do, BUY ONE NOW.

Even trying to stay on schedule this week we made time to play PayDay! Board games are soothing to my soul. 

Kyle was able to finish his forensics unit on fingerprints too!

We destroyed the kiddos bathroom finally!! I know it's not normal to be that happy with destroying something but you have no idea how long I have waited for that bathroom to be redone! We have even had the items to redo it with for several months! It is the bathroom that all our guests use when they visit and it looked old and outdated. It isn't finished yet but wait for it guys! It's going to be great.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trip to Ohio

A few months ago my parents and brother moved to Ohio. We had been trying to find a time to get there to visit before they started getting really bad weather, as luck would have it - we worked out a time and was able to surprise at least one of my parents with our arrival!!

 The trip was super long going - almost 10 and a half hours between stopping and the awful rain!

 While visiting we had our Christmas together as a family, only missing one. We surprised my momma with a farm table perfectly custom for her kitchen! Kevin done a great job with it I think.

While there they took us visiting all the neat places around. They are located around some wonderful Amish stores and I loved them. We also made a trip to Lake Erie! It was super cold. We got out and looked quickly around and snapped this picture and hurried back to the truck! 

We enjoyed our trip. The trip home was rainy too but only took 9 hours. We look forward to going back sometime in the Spring.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homesteading - Why Backyard Chickens?

My family got started with chickens many years ago when we moved into a home where my brother was moving from and my dad and him had some chickens that was going to stay in the chicken house there on the land.

We didn't know anything about them and I was not looking for something else to feed or clean up after!

Little did I know how much we would grow to love raising and having chickens. Fast forward 10 years or so and we still have chickens and love them.

Currently we have 19. 

Over the years I have learned several benefits to having them and I want to share that with you.

Healthy food that you know everything about. You know what the chicken has ate and for how long. If your goal is to eat the chicken as we have done you know how healthy your food is before you eat it.

We love getting fresh eggs. If you compare the fresh eggs to store bought you will notice a difference in color and taste! Trust me fresh chicken eggs are better for you all around.

We do rotate our chicken flock by slaughtering the chickens and replacing with new ones. We love having the fresh chicken that we know was raised healthy and without hormones and steroids.

Backyard chickens help with bugs! If you allow them to free range you will notice that you will have a decrease in the pests that your other animals fight or your children.

Fertilizer! If you grow a garden or have plants that could use some help their poop is a great natural fertilizer.

Chickens are very easy to care for. Depending on the amount of land you have you will not have to feed them unless you want. We do feed our chickens food from the supply store however they also get table scraps and special treats from us that we make for them from time to time. Also our chickens free range in the fall so they enjoy a lot of bugs and worms.

If you have children allow them to care for them, it gives them a great responsibility.

Last but not least they do make a great pet. Yes, if you have children more than likely they will be a pet for them. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

First Half of the School Year Wrapped Up...

I can't believe in just a few weeks we will be half way through our schooling year. For us we only have about 2 weeks left of school for the year then the new year is a different story!

This school year has been very different for a few reasons

- Hubby/Daddy is home more - a lot more and that throws the kids into a whole nother world...

- No more fostering for our family so we have a good routine most days

- We are keeping my cousins daughter daily so that has been an adjustment

- The kids are older this year and able to work mostly independently

Here is a break down of what we are currently using and how it is going:

Zachary has been doing really good in reading and language where his struggles always lie. From the beginning of the year the only curriculum change has been taking out Primary Language Lessons and going ahead and adding in All About Spelling level 2. I had a thought I would have to do that and sure enough I did. I need to work on cursive more with him. Some days his dyslexia really causes him to struggle. We have started an omega complex supplement in hopes that those studies are going to prove correct for us!

Lexi actually has dropped 2 pieces of curriculum this year, WriteShop and her language. Actually I dropped her language it made me mad one day while checking and explaining things to her so I told her it was gone. Writeshop honestly is my fault too - Lazy I guess but we just found a different way that worked for us but may try it again after our Christmas break. She is in love with Life of Fred and actually this week finished her first book of the year!! She is learning a lot in her aromatherapy and herbal studies and we have made many things that are awesome!

Kyle is a hard worker and I am super glad because with his job and school it has been a challenge. I have had a hard time allowing him to balance it but I knew it was something I had to step to the side and allow. Math U See Stewardship is wonderful, I can not brag enough about it. Real life math right there! He completed his Economics course a few weeks ago and after the first of the year we will add in another elective. Forensics is a free course but man is he in love with it! I think it may be his favorite study yet. Movie Lit has also been another huge win for us this year, making a movie easier to watch for a teen boy who isn't interested in reading but can still get exposure is great.

My parents moved so that has been an interesting change. They visit about every 2/3 weeks and stay several days. I love seeing them but we just put school on the back burner while they are here. We may need a better plan.

Hubby and I are good, it has been a huge adjustment with him being home daily into our routine. He is preaching a lot and I'm flipping furniture a lot!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Savings & Sales!

We love Bright Ideas Press. We have enjoyed Christian Kids Explore and Mystery of History. Currently we are on volume 3 of Mystery of History and actually completed all Christian Kids Explore!

Years and Years worth of money saving right here! I have to admit when I first bought this several years ago I was thinking we wouldn't use it ---- WRONG. Going on year 6 and we actually still use it!

Cyber Weekend Membership Sale

I love deals at Educents! They have awesome toys and curriculum on the cheap!! So hurry and go check them out too!