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!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Our New Farmhouse Table & Benches (We Built It)

I've been asking for a table for a few years that was old and farmhouse looking. A few months ago I brought it back up and my wonderful husband politely let me know I had never gave him plans but I did sit him down to Pinterest several times so he knew what I wanted. Long story short I sold my dining table to get the ball rolling and I didn't care if we had to sit on the floor to eat I was going to get my new table now lol! Yes, I really did that. I handed him the plans and he went to Lowe's and bought the supplies. I helped with cuts and construction but if it wasn't for his muscle I wouldn't have been able to do it.

Took us several hours to cut and assemble. The next day I stained and painted. I wanted a white-wash on the bottom with the top stained a dark wood. I then placed poly on it for protection. I love the way it turned out and it is holding up great. We use it daily for school and for our 3 meals. This table will be used deeply and truly. 

Thanks to my wonderful husband for building me a dreamy farmhouse table.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nightstand Redo

Can you tell that I have a love of flipping furniture?

Well I do. I love nothing more than to take a great wooden piece and update it to be used in any room. This table was bought for a small fee of $5 then I used what I already had on hand to give it some love. My mom's new home was her destination.

The table turned out great. My mom loved it and it arrived in Ohio safely and is now beside their bed as the nightstand.