Tuesday, May 31, 2011

End of Another Month...

The month of May was our break from lessons. Nick and Sam finished up their 2010-2011 school year. May started out wet and windy and ended hot and humid.  And in between we had a lot of fun.  Here is a brief over view of our month...

Grandma and Grandpa drove from Oregon to see us.  We had a great time visiting, going to Montshire Museum in VT, went on a picnic, and visited a dairy.  (thanks mom and dad for everything!)

Uncle Chirs , Melissa and baby Tyler came for a visit too.  The kids had a fun time playing with the baby.

The kids had a great month of free time and ended up learning how to knit.  They also read many books, played with their toys and did crafty things.

Now that May has come to an end, the following pictures may give some clues as to what June has in store for us...






 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.  I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.  We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.  ~Benjamin Harrison


Thank you to all our soldiers who have fought and died to keep our country free. You will always be remembered.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Praying

I saw this quote on Facebook and wanted to share with you...

"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me." ~ C.S. Lewis

Scripture Sunday

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he the keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is thy keeper:  the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day. nor the moon by night.  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."

~ Psalm 121

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Garden Journal Day 4

Another update on our "work in progress" garden.  Pretty soon we will be transplanting into barrels.  I think this will be easier than tilling the ground this year.  We also plan to purchase tomato plants pretty soon too.



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pollen

I think the title says it all!  I wish I could take a picture of the air because when I look out the window, all I see is waves of yellow pollen flying through the air.  With all the rain we have had, the pollen was laying low...not anymore.
Thinking and praying for all who have seasonal allergies...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Where The Red Fern Grows





I have been hesitating on reading Where The Red Fern Grows to the kids because of the ending of the story.  Tonight, we watched the movie instead.  The kids enjoyed the movie and learned a few lessons too...like unconditional love, honesty, family relationships, and companionship.

Looks like we will be reading the book this next school year!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffereing, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

~ Galatians 5:22-23

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Waltons






A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing Amazon.com and came across The Waltons.  I remembered watching a few episodes when I was younger and knew that this show would be perfect for our family (and our DVD collection). 

The kids and I, as well as Scott, watched the first 3 episodes and I can honestly say that this was a great purchase!  I had forgotten how good this show is.  Very wholesome for the family and wonderful lessons to learn. 

They sure don't make tv shows like they used to!

What tv shows do you remember watching when you were growing up?  Have you shared them with your family? 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Journal Day 3

Some of the plants are growing.  When I say some, I mean 4 of the starters and also what was planted in the green planter pot.  The following are some pictures from this morning...


A little blurry


These are the only two that have really started to grow

A lot of small leaves starting to pop up


Scripture Sunday

"Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."

~ 1 Samuel 12:24

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Drawing a Line

Sometimes as parents, we have to draw lines in the sand. Today was one of those days.  First I need to back up to what happened last Saturday...

Every Saturday the kids and I do the same routine...Bank, Library and Grocery Store.  I haven't had any behavior problems with the first 2 items, but when it comes to the Grocery store, the listening seems to cease with the kids.  Whenever we go to the store, I always remind the kids about listening to me, staying with the shopping cart and getting along.  I had warned the kids the previous shopping trip that they had better behave or else.  Well, last Saturday we were in the store not 2 minutes when Nick and Sam started arguing over who would push the cart first, pushing each other out of the way and not listening to me.  We almost left the store, but because the store is 30 minutes away from where we live, I couldn't afford to bring them home and then return to finish shopping.  So I decided to "draw a line in the sand".  Their punishment...to stay home the following week and I will go grocery shopping alone.

Fast forward to today...Nick and Sam asked me all week if they could go shopping with me today and the answer was always no.  They even asked today and I still said "No".  The crocodile tears were flowing from each child, but I held firm in my decision. I told them that I love them too much to allow them to disobey and that today is a lesson they needed to learn.

Did they learn their lesson?  Next week I will find out.

Drawing a line in the sand is my least favorite part of parenting.   

Friday, May 13, 2011

Being Real

I have been working full-time since Sept 1, 2010.  The pay is good as well as the location.  The people, for the most part, are fun to work with.  I have met a lot of people and have had busy and not so busy days.  I am learning a lot about how small towns or towns in NH are run.

There are a couple of things that I need to say...I Don't Like To Work.  I Don't Like To Be Away From My Family.  I Miss Homeschooling Nick and Sam.  I Wish I Could Stay Home To Be With Them.  (how's that for being real?)

Nick asked me tonight when I can stay home.  Oh how I wish it could be now.  I had to tell him that if I didn't work, we would be very poor and that my paycheck helps to pay for the food, shelter and clothing for all of us. I am not sure if he understood, but I do know that he doesn't  like me to work outside of the home either

I am exhausted trying to keep up the "happy-there is nothing wrong-positive" side while I am at work.  When I get home I am cranky, tired and not being a very good mother to Nick and Sam.  I am not sure how much longer I can keep this up.


I have been praying that we will be able to find a way for me to stay home.  I feel the tug at my heart to stay home.  I know that God has a plan for our family; I just wish I knew what the plan is. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Duggars: 20 and Counting


I have always been fascinated by the Duggar Family...ever since their first show called "Fourteen Children and Pregnant Again".  I thought I knew the family just by watching them on TV, little did I know that what I watched was just a glimpse into their lives. 
I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about them from the book "The Duggars: 20 and Counting!"  They have had struggles like everyone else trying to make it in the world of business.  They have struggles with trying to get out to door on time (which I can totally understand). I have come to love the Duggar Family even more and feel inspired to do better with raising my own children.  Jim Bob and Michelle have a wonderful relationship with all of their children and have been blessed so many times.  Their faith in God is inspiring too!
I highly recommend this book to anyone to has children..whether you have 1 or 20!

(this is my personal review of this book of which i purchased)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Always Learning

A couple of days ago I started to knit.  I learned by watching a video called The Art of Knitting for Kids.  I purchased this video because Samantha wanted to learn to knit and frankly, so did I.  Tonight I finished my first knitting project. (yes, there are a few mistakes, but that is part of learning...right?)

S is for Sam

Because I knitted something, Nick wanted to learn to knit too. We watched the video and after a few trys, Nick started to knit.  He only knitted a couple of rows before the stitches slipped off the needles, but he wants to try again very soon :)



Of course Blackie needed to guard the yarn!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Allergies

With all of the rain we have had, it was only a matter of time before the dreaded allergy season.  Both kids have been hit hard with the coughing, runny nose and voices sounding like frogs croaking up a storm.   So how did Nick and Sam spend their first day of summer break...reading books, watching a couple of videos, playing with sculpy clay (very cute creatures were made), crafting with cotton balls, glue and paper (cloud scenes), figuring out how to work excel and taking it easy.

Love it when delight directed takes over :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Scripture Sunday - Mother's Day

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.  Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."

~ Proverbs 31:25-31

Friday, May 6, 2011

Firsts and Last

Yesterday, Nickolas had an appointment with the dentist to fill his first cavity.  I was unable to go with him, but the report I got from Scott was that Nick did a great job at being brave.  Samantha sat beside Nick and held his hand during the whole procedure. 

Today, Nickolas learned how to whistle.  He has tried the last year or so to whistle and all that would come out of his mouth was a very high pitched noise...and no it was NOT a whistle.  Nick surprised himself when an actual whistle came from his mouth.  Ne never gave up trying.

Now for the Last...

Today was the last day of lessons for the 2010-2011 homeschool year.  We began the year in June 2010 and I would have to say that the year ended up being pretty good.  I had made plans at the beginning of the school year, but as most people know, plans can change...and they did.  The kids did bare minimum...Math, Reading and Copywork.  Don't get me wrong, they did do other stuff throughout the year...Library visits, errands, playdates at the park, help with the cooking, started to prep for a garden, art projects, field-trips, computer time, etc.

Nick and Sam are looking forward to a 3 week break.  During the break, they will be helping with the prep of the garden, reading, cooking, cleaning around the house and possibly helping with the building project that Scott is taking on...addition to our house (that is a post in itself).

The BFG by Roald Dahl






Last night we finished reading The BFG by Roald Dahl.  I will have to say, and I believe my kids will agree, that this is one of our favorites.  You know how I can tell?  By the laughter from all 3 of us. 

You couldn't help to like the BFG and his relationship with Sophie, the little girl he had to kidnap because she saw him blowing dreams into little chiddlers heads.  The BFG and Sophie end up being heros to all the people of the world...I feel I can't say very much about the story because it would ruin the reading of it for you.

(we checked this book out from the library and this is my personal review)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Garden Journal Day 2

When I woke up this morning, I looked out the window and my eyes went directly to the ground where the seed starters will be planted.  I noticed that the area we worked on yesterday didn't seem big enough for the plants.  So this morning, after lessons and breakfast, the kids and I went out and worked the ground.  The planting area is a bit bigger and more cleaned up.  It is going to rain for the next few days, so working outside will have to be put off for a while.

We unearthed more dead limbs and weeds and the ground looks fantastic.  By the time we were finished for the day, all of us had to change our clothes.  Not sure what was more fun...digging up weeds and dead limbs, playing in the mud or raking.

One more thing I wanted to mention...we do have other seeds that never made it into the starter pots.  These particular seeds will be directly planted into the ground...Carrots, Beans and Peas.  We may be too late to plant the peas, but here's to learning as we go.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Garden Journal Day 1

Today is the first day of our garden.  This garden is a first for all of us...that is, a first for growing one ourselves.  I grew up in a family that grew a vegetable garden, fruit orchards and flowers.  I love the taste of fresh garden veggies and I want to be able to share the 'taste' with my family.


So far, the seeds in the above picture are what we planted in our starter pots



Thing is, I have no idea what seeds are in which pot.  This will be the fun part when the seeds start sprouting.  I saved the seed packets so that the kids and I can figure out what is growing.  It will be a 'treasure' hunt in the making.



The above 2 pictures is the ground in which the 'starters' will be planted.  The kids and I raked the ground, pulled out dead limbs and big rocks.  I am not sure you can tell in the pictures, but the soil looks very rich and good.  More work needs to be done to the ground before planting.  The starters will probably be planted sometime after memorial day.


How about you?  Will you be growing a garden this year?  If so, what are you planting?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

~ Ephesians 2:8-10