My kids love nature. I'm very blessed to have
them enjoy being outside whether it’s to play or hike or even do school. Before
we moved in July we had lots of winter weather, tons of snow, ice and just down
right freezing temperatures. However this winter has been a huge change for us.
We have been able to go outside without an extra layer of clothes on! Just
placing a jacket on for us is highly odd.
We aren't used to the weather down here just
yet. It seems insane to be January and the temperatures bordering 70s!!!
We have not been outside a lot this winter
simply because we have had some kind of sickness since the first of December.
We have been sick a lot! I think the germs can't get killed out properly
because of the warm temperature!
We can still play outside just as we do in the
summer to be honest! The kids wear a toboggan and a large jacket and off they
They constantly want to play outside. They love
playing Cowboys and Indians, playing with our pets and they also shoot their
bows for practice.
As for nature.
We observe birds. We have a lot of Cardinals,
Male and Female pairs. We have put out feeders just for them. My oldest has
been studying birds for the last 2 weeks in his Biology and Lexi started last
week in to studying them with Apologia. They have both started being more observant
on what's in the yard. Because of it being colder weather we try to make sure
we have food in the feeders since food is scarce for them.
We have made bird houses and placed them around
in trees away from the yard to try to encourage them to stay around. Nothing is
sweeter than waking up to the sound of a bird song.
We have put out apples hanging in the tree just
to see if they would eat them and yep they did and seemed to enjoy them a lot.
We have chickens that we keep for eggs and we do
slaughter some of them for meat. We do get quite attached to them, my daughter
especially. She names and loves each one. They are responsible for feeding and
watering them and never see it as a chore, its considered play time. They even
talk "chicken" and the chickens will run to them.
We have done 2 scavenger hunts. One in autumn
and one since it really got cold for winter. The kids always seem to love a
Last week it was really cold and we did get some
So trying to keep with the theme we made
some of our very own icy snowflakes. I'm horrible at craft time but I was
determined to improve this year remember my word was
We used colored pipe cleaners, cut them and
wrapped them around to make a snowflake shape.
You’re going to need Borax, a deep pot or
Tupperware container and hot water.
Mix 3 tablespoons of Borax to each cup of hot
water you have to use to fill up your container. I actually needed 9 cups to
fill my container up. I measured the container before the project with just
plain water to see how much Borax I needed to measure out.
Mix the hot water with the Borax and dip the
snowflakes into the mixture and let them sit overnight. The next morning you
will have some beautiful crystalized snowflakes like we did.
This is how we decided to display them!
I just twisted the pipe cleaner around a plastic coat hanger and hung in our favorite window!
I hope you enjoy the winter. It’s not my
favorite season but it is necessary.
is my first week participating with Marcy on her Blogging through the Alphabet
adventure. I'm starting very late since this week is letter T.
think of words for T I think of:
pick is T is for Trust.
is something that is earned not just something that is given.
trust your children? Just when I think I've made some huge progress I get
showed that they are indeed still children.
for instance last week...
kids went outside to play on one of our not raining days. We've been getting so
much rain lately. They played out for a while and then Zachary came in and
asked if they could play with their airsoft guns. I didn't have a problem with
it simply because they understood our rules for using them.
the airsoft guns are something both of my boys have gotten into loving. My
nephew is a year older than Kyle and goes to public school and he informed Kyle
right at Christmas time that his friends and he enjoy having an airsoft war.
did hubby and I find this out you may be asking?
because they were going to have one. Kyle asked for some of our science goggles
and I don't normally question them simply because I love for them to use their
imagination. Sad to say I may ask next time when its "off the wall".
got goggles and proceeded to shoot each other with airsoft bb's. It's the new
thing! I mean what kind of mother and father would we be if we didn't allow
them to pursue ideas as others do?
to say they have been grounded from the airsoft guns for almost 2 weeks.
week period was up on this given day and they asked for them after being
outside playing some more. I reviewed the rules for having them and everything
to my amazement happened?
shot each other again. My smallest started it and my oldest decided since
Zachary had done it first he would just follow. So much for the oldest being a
good role model! I knew to keep an eye on them and needless to say they had a
little fit when they noticed me watching. I told them to bring them in and
place them on hubby and my bed. That we would talk about this when daddy got
Then the crying starts just because I normally take care of things so they knew
they crossed the line when "waiting for daddy to get home" was used!
comes home and sits down at the table for a talk. DH asks them why they broke
the rules. Zachary said "because daddy we are idiots!" Kyle denies
doing any shooting. He lied 3 times before confessing to shooting and being in
on it with Zachary. The lying got him a spanking. That is the one rule that I
enforce with GREAT CONSISTENCY. I can't stand to be lied to; I can't stand a
liar, especially from my children that I sacrifice everything for. Not only did
he lie to hubby and I but the example that it sets for my other 2 children is unacceptable.
Don't get me wrong, we do not punish this way normally, but you can only
tolerate so much sin in your home and for me it’s lying.
guess it comes with a sense of trust. A liar can't be trusted. It takes years
to repair lies. Just like a theft, you wouldn't trust them. They are no
different than a liar.
children are great kids. They make mistakes just like I do. I remember being a
child and lying! It’s part of childhood and exploring and growing into who you
are going to be.
have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
the way - I much would of rather blogged about Tulips...
This week has been great. I love our new schedule and man do we get
everything done this way. I wish I would have been more intentional about
fixing our slump before now, BUT I'm just happy that it has got done. The kids
have come to understand the entire schedule and Lexi even wore a watch a few
times this week because we do keep to a strict 30 minute time for everything.
Alexis is having a lot of fun with a review item from Apologia. She loves
it. I have enjoyed watching her read and learn and do the experiments within.
She has a favorite though... The notebooking journal!!
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we celebrated this just by going
over some basic history of his life and legacy left behind. The kids do this
every year or so. I try to change what I do just so they have knowledge of what
the day means. We did do school. We didn't take it off for a holiday.
We also started a new review item on Monday. We received Gods Great Covenant: Old Testament 1. We will tell you more about it in our upcoming review! However let me just say I have really enjoyed it so far. It's great to talk to your kids about the Bible and read it but I do feel like putting some work into the Bible will help them retain the information better. I am truly blessed to have children that enjoy learning about God.
Tuesday we enjoyed getting to treat hubby's sister to a birthday supper.
Since moving down closer to family we have really enjoyed having people over.
She actually comes normally once a week to eat supper with us and laugh, joke
and just talk with us. We love her so much. I had text her asking her if we
could steal her on her birthday and I was totally shocked when she said she
didn't have plans!!! I was so happy because I knew just what I was fixing her.
Baked Spaghetti, Salad and garlic toast with sweet tea and a slice of
cheesecake!! Her favorites! The kids had made her birthday cards and we had to
run to Wal-Mart that day so they begged to "buy" her something so we
choose a gorgeous set of pink roses for her to enjoy. The funny part was as
soon as she walked in she commented on mine in a vase on the table and said how
long it had been since she received any. It was so sweet to be able to show her
we loved her with something she hadn't had in a long time.
The rest of our week was just schooling as normal!
Kyle had to make a birdhouse out of a milk carton in his science this week
and he enjoyed that. He decorated the milk carton and then enjoyed climbing the
tree to place it high up in. I hope that a bird will enjoy the home because he
is monitoring it. He has also really started liking his Business Math - Pet
Shop. He has made his logo which I posted a couple weeks ago and has moved
along to making an inventory list of his first order and pricing all the items.
He had to figure his cost for the items and then the markup which was a little
hard for him but he actually wouldn't use a calculator. I'm proud of that
however I will totally tell on myself, since hubby wasn't here to check I
totally had to use the calculator to check the problems. I know horrible but
I'm just keeping it real! I'm not good at math and I have learned and gotten better
over the homeschooling years but still have much to learn and refresh on.
We have made so much progress on All About Spelling with this new schedule I just can't be thankful enough. He is doing really great with the rules and me reviewing.
Kyle also joined me for my Luke Bible study. We are on week two with Good Morning Girls. They posted a child study and so he said he would enjoy it with me.
Alexis really enjoyed her science review item this week. She loves the
notebooking journal and does it without being asked or lead to complete. She
enjoyed the experiment this week too. She laughed and really enjoyed it. Look
for my review soon. She is doing so great with her multiplication. The new math
is a huge hit with her and Zachary. She and I had some rare alone time this
week, Thursday to be exact and we hit Fatz(her favorite place) wide open for lunch. We ate for
under $11, then we went to the library(one of her favorite places she got the next Little House on the Prairie book) and to the Dollar Store because she
wanted a few things. We bought some decorations for Valentines and came home to
decorate our large picture window. It was a wonderful evening of mother daughter
time that we rarely get.
She also finished her gigantic book!! She finished Little House on the Prairie
in two weeks. I am very proud of her for this. The book was huge and she is
only 9 and finished it all on her own. I read a few chapters here and there but
only because I wanted to read to her not because she asked me. Not only did she
love reading it but she was able to comprehend it wonderfully too!
Zachary has had some issues this week. He is the only one that isn't
thrilled about the schedule. He thinks it’s to long for him to have to do
school. However he gets more breaks just the time is outlined on what to do. He
loves his math book. He is really learning more of a variety now which was some
of the highlights of changing to something new. He is learning to tell time and
learning to add up to the thousands place. He is also working on a review from
Handwriting Without Tears. He has mixed feelings about this but that’s alright
we will work that out or maybe we won't, but I love it. Does that count?
All About Reading has took a turn in the slow lane. He is really trying so hard that he's getting frustrated with himself. I see him losing the love for it. So I have talked with Kevin and we are just going slow and kinda back tracking to make sure he feels comfortable before we try to move back forward. He has picked up the /ch/ /th/ and /sh/ blend really well but more than that is to much for his little self right now.
He has been learning about Birds still this week and we wrapped that up.
We did a craft this week!! Woohoo me!! I know that’s awful; however I’m
trying to be more intentional remember that’s my word for 2013. We made borax
snowflakes and they turned out so pretty. The kids really didn’t think it would
work. I told them it would look like real snowflakes after it soaked all night.
Still they didn’t believe me, so the next morning they were ready and guess
what? They looked like they had been iced over for a while. The colored pipe
cleaners really made it look awesome.
You use 1 cup hot water to 3 tbsp Borax to fill up whatever container your going to use. Stir and try to dissolve the Borax, Then just allow them to soak over night and this will be your results. (BTW it took 9 cups of water for my container)
Today is National Opposite Day and man oh man have my kids had fun and I
mean F U N with this one! It’s sleeting at our house and we are getting ice and
a little snow but more ice than anything. So I am just praying we keep power! The kids said mom maybe our snow flakes could really have ice on them by the end of the day.....
I started exercising this week. I have been feeling blah and get tired easy so I thought I was going to do something about it while I still could. I am exercising 3 days a week for 45 minutes to a Jillian Michels DVD. Might I also add that the first day I thought I had done so well got through the majority of it and by night I wasn't sore. I woke the next morning barely able to walk for about the first 10 minutes of the morning!!!!! Kids had fun with that one. I am no longer sore on my legs... It moved to my stomach!
Menu planning is simple and doesn't take me a few minutes but in my week it helps save me so much time and energy. I ask the kids and hubby of course what they would like. I also look for sale items and see what is in our freezer. This is a life saver for me a lot of weeks. I stray sometimes but over all this helps me so much. I am a little OCD with planning things but everyone in my house will admit they enjoy knowing what the meal is for that day. It will also help you save money!!
Monday - Left Overs
My mother cooked a lot of food for my birthday supper yesterday so we will be eating that again to not be wasteful. By the way it was also very good lol.
Tuesday - Baked Spaghetti, Salad and Garlic Toast.
This is for my sister in laws birthday. I love her so and I'm so happy that we are close enough now to provide a simple meal for a special occasion. We will also have a cake or pie, I haven't fully decided yet simply because she is more about the food than the dessert!
Wednesday - Bow Tie Chicken (we didn't eat this last week)
Thursday - Soup and Grilled Cheese
Weather is suppose to turn cold again so this will warm us up!
Friday - Steaks and Baked Potatoes
Saturday - Left Overs or Sandwiches
Sunday - I haven't fully decided on a roast or chili I guess this will depend on the weather as well.
has it really already been 20 weeks of schooling??????
week has been really wonderful. I've been sick but still the week was great.
Our new schedule is great. It’s a wonderful fit for us. In last week’s post I
talked about unexpected guests and it kind of messed up the homeschool schedule
I had ready for our new year. Man we got a lot finished and accomplished
going through some stomach/digestive issues. My big 3-0 is this Sunday and I
feel as if I'm falling apart. Yes thirty isn't old but it is age defying to me.
Personally it's a battle I've had for years, I actually cried when my husband
turned thirty. Seriously I am having issues with my stomach that I can't
control. At first I thought it was a virus. This started back in December and
has stayed back and forth the entire time. I'm starting this week to keep a
food journal and try to rule out what the issue is. The odd part is it started kind
of out of the blue. It bothers me all night long; I'm not being able to sleep
well. Cramps, like a washing machine in my stomach. I've tried not eating and
well I love food so that didn't help and besides I kind of need food to live.
Please pray the Lord will guide and heal my issues.
sharing a lot of our time in the mornings with Bible, Classical Conversations
and Math. This again has worked out greatly this week. We really had some
interesting Bible study this week. I had the kids make a few sketches during
our talks and readings and this is just some of my favorites!
The pictures are about putting our treasures in the Lord. The other lesson
was about are we pretending to be things we aren't, but for us to remember we
can't fool God.
Classical Conversations for us this week was parts of a plant. We also
learned new timeline motions to go with our timeline.
Don't even ask about that wild smile...
Kyle worked on his 17th Century
Lapbook and made a pretty large dent in it this week. He has really enjoyed his
Growing with Grammar and LLATL to my wild surprise. Hey - he is growing
and changing. I'm not saying they are his favorite but he isn't grumbling in
Lexi has done really wonderful with everything. She loves school work and
anything that involves us together! During her down time this week she enjoyed
watching the rain. The porch is right in front of where she is looking out and
the rain falls off of it onto the ground which is something she enjoyed
watching! We've had a ton of rain this week. We also teamed together the first
part of the week on Science with Lexi and Zachary learning about Birds. How and
why they fly, why the land, about feathers, nests, food and their beaks. You
will see her very pretty labeled bird.
Okay if you will look at the bottom of her page the lesson was asking her a
Why do you think the words you underlined
start with a capitol letter?
reply was - I do not know :)
I just laughed and then went back with her over why we capitalize the word
Bible and He when speaking about our Lord.
Zachary wasn't too happy about this new schedule that was introduced Monday.
When he looked at his and saw that it had a time until 2 in the evening he
panicked. Really, he had a little fit. I was S H O C K E D. I just couldn't believe
he reacted this way. It was kind of funny but sad all in one time. There are
breaks and remember he can't read very well so he didn't know anything but from
9 till 2 was a long time! Bless his little heart.
He loves his new math book. He really has enjoyed the selection of items to do on each page. This is a really great fit for him at this point in his learning.
Reading time this week at different points... I love these moments best...
And last but NOT least. National Dress Your Pet Up Day was Monday. Simon would like to say thank you for letting Lexi know this valuable information.
He was a Cow-Boy for a few hours.
Also National Appreciate a Dragon Day was Thursday and we watched Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We love all Narnia movies and wish they would just go on and on. Perfect movie for the appreciation of a dragon!