Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.  And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them."  ~ Numbers 6:22-27

July...A Look Back

I can not believe that tomorrow is the last day of July.  Where has the time gone?  I know that we have been busy, but too busy to realize the time slipping away???

The kids were involved in the Canaan Library Summer Reading Program for the month of July.  The theme was "Reading Around the World".  Each Saturday the library had a craft that represented a part of the world.  The crafts were Rainsticks, Aztec Masks, and Japanese Fish wind socks.  Today the reading program ended with games and ice cream

The building of our house is coming along.  As of yesterday...3/4 of the walls are up, about a 1/4 of the roof peak is up, and the rooms are starting to take shape. 

July was a fast moving month that seemed to go by in a blink of an eye...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wrap-up Week 8

Wow...8 weeks of school this year have come and gone.  Seems like yesterday we started our new year.
This weeks wrap up consisted of:

MATH:  Both Nick and Sam worked on their perspective lessons...addition, subtraction, before and after (Sam), measuring in inches, multiplication (Nick), shapes

COPY WORK: Nick seems to be slacking in the neat department.  Sam did not do any copy work this week. I am seriously thinking about purchasing the StartWrite software. I believe that is name of it...not sure.  Anyway, I have heard a lot of good things about it and I will be able to generate the sentences/words for the kids to copy. Another positive...I can use this every year!

READING:  The kids finished up the goals for the Canaan Library Summer Reading Program.  They will be celebrating tomorrow at an ice-cream party.  Both kids are looking forward to this!!

LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH LITERATURE:  Lesson 6 - Literature Links.  I read them the story 'Tilda The Troublemaker'.  After reading, the kids had to answer a few questions about the story and they also learned a little bit about horses.  The final assignment in the lesson was to take their answers about describing a horse and turn it into a paragraph.  They did alright and I really didn't push the lessons too much.  We should be back on track next week with Lesson 7.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  If you read my earlier post about the kids breaking the television, you will know that they had no movie time during the day.  They really put their imagination to work.  They played with legos' and created several Star Trek Ships, made a space suit out of construction paper, made a rocket ship with blankets and misc toys, painted, made princess crowns, etc.

HELPING OUT:  We had a pretty good rainstorm on Tuesday and water started to come into the house.  We are currently building our upper floor and we had to get all of the big puddles off the top floor to stop it from leaking into our living space.  It took us about 2 1/2 hour.  The kids helped in a very good way and we couldn't have done it without them!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

No More T.V.

I have been thinking about this post for the last couple of days.  I have been thinking about how media affects my children's behavior and how I, as a parent, have responsibility to guide my children from the harmful things that come across the airwaves.
I have noticed that when my children watch too many movies or have too much computer time, their behavior goes down hill.  They stop listening to me and my husband.  They become hyper-active and at times are difficult to communicate with.  I have also noticed that my son starts getting bored when too much media is on during the day.
I have been contemplating on doing a "No Movie Week" to see what the differences in behavior would be for my children's relationship with each other and with all of our family.  Today I didn't have to decide.  God did it for me...My kids were arguing over who gets to watch a movie next and they involved the television power button.  My kids pushed the power button too many times and now the television is broken.  I believe a power surge took place.
I realized that today my questions were answered for me.  God got my attention in a not so subtle way. 

 (picture taken day after Christmas..early in the morning)

I have been following and participating in Media Mondays, which is being hosted by Women Living Well Ministries.  There are many wonderful links in this series that have spoken to me.  I am learning a lot about my self, my marriage and parenting when it comes to the Media.  This is only the third week, but I already know that I will be making a few changes for the better...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.  And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."  ~ Moroni 10:4-5

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wrap-up Week 7

This week the kids worked on the following:

MATH:  Nickolas continued his math work...working on add, sub, mult and pre-algebra exercises. He also took Test 11 and did a really good job.  Samantha also continued working on add and sub.  She also took Test 9 and did a really good job.

COPY WORK:  Nickolas continues to work on this daily.  I can tell when he rushes and takes his time.   Samantha has done a little copy work this week and also coloring in a Bird Book.

READING:  Both kids are doing really good with this.  The kids are signed up for the Reading Program with Canaan Library and have been working on their Reading Bingo Cards.  They have about 4 books to go before getting 3 Bingos. 

LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS:  We finished up Lesson 4 and started Lesson 5, which is a review.  We didn't finish it this week and will probably go onto Lesson 6 this next week.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  The kids played with Lego's, drawing, sewing, reading, etc.

Hopefully next week we will be more on track with LA...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Blackie

On July 20th, Blackie turned 2 years old (or in cat years...14 years old).  He is such a comfort.  One of his favorite things to do, as well as mine, is to cuddle up to my shoulder and place is head in the crook of my neck.  Blackie is fun to play with and the kids adore him.

Happy Birthday Boo Boo Kitty (Scott's nickname for him)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

End of an Era

This morning, while the kids were sleeping and the sun was just coming up, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center for the very last time.  Seems surreal that the Space Shuttle will never reach the stars again.  Thank you Space Shuttle's Discovery, Atlantis, Colombia, Challenger and will not be forgotten...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Media and Marriage

Eleven years ago I met my husband, Scott, through an ad that was placed on the Internet.  We exchanged emails for about a week and then Scott emailed me his phone number and he let me make the choice to call him.  I waited for a day, gaining the courage to call him, and that first phone call lasted about 2 hours. We talked to each other every night for about 2 weeks before we decided to meet in person.  On August 20, 2000 we finally met. October 7, 2011 we got married.

In the 11 years of being together, I have noticed that our communication with each other has dwindled a bit.  We used to talk a lot...about anything that happened during the day or something we heard about on the radio or where we would go out on a date.  Now...our time talking is a few minutes here and there during the day.  Not the quality time it used to be.  I have noticed that our time, both Scott and I, on the computer has taken time from each other. Our computer time consists of Fox News, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Blogs, etc. Scott and I enjoy our time online, we have different interests...he likes politics and news. I like homeschooling and crafts.  How many hours a day are we on?  I really haven't paid attention, but I know it is more than we should be "logged on".

Being a part of Media Mondays has opened my eyes to the way technology has been allowed to take over in our lives, especially in our marriage.   Time to change things for the better!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tiding, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, and publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"
~ Isaiah 52:7

Saturday, July 16, 2011

First Deer of the Year

This picture was taken out of our living room window.  Isn't she gorgeous?!?!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wrap-up Week 6

This week was a pretty good week of lessons:

MATH:  Nickolas continued to work on his addition, subtraction (borrowing and 1000 place values), multiplication of 1,2,3,5,6, and 9.  Today, Nick was introduced to pre-algebra!  (example:  2 + N = 7)  Samantha continued with addition and subtraction.  She also worked on graphing, telling time and word problems.

COPY WORK:  Both are doing a good job.

READING:  Nick is working on a chapter book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and Samantha is reading misc picture books.

LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH LITERATURE:  Lesson 4 - within the lesson was continuing to learn about suffix endings -ing, -ed, copy work of a literature passage, silent letters gh in LIGHT, and review of proper nouns.  We will finish up this lesson tomorrow.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Drawing, painting, working with sculpy clay, sewing, reading, computer time, playing outside

FIELD-TRIP:  Visiting the Grafton Historical Museum on 7/09/2011 and watching demonstrations on spinning and watching a blacksmith shape metal.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Media Monday: Media and my walk with God

Each morning, when the sun is streaming into the bedroom window, I am awakened by the stillness of the day.  I get out of bed and the first thing I do... is turn on the computer to check email, facebook and blogs that I follow.  I spend a half hour reading/catching up on news, the weather for the day, my friend's lives, etc. that were missed from the last time I logged on. I have done this every morning for the last couple of years.

As I sit here and ponder the questions about Media and My Walk with God, I realize that I can do better in my walk.  I don't need to turn on the computer in the morning.  I can open my Bible and read and study my scriptures. I can mediate in peaceful silence.   During these next 8 weeks, I have decided to start my mornings with God and not worry about missing something in the Media.  It will be there when I log-in later in the day.  My walk with God is too important to put aside.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given.  But in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled."  ~ Ether 12:11

Saturday, July 9, 2011

5 Sense Day

LISTEN: noise from the rain-sticks that were made during craft day at Canaan Library

TASTE: mint chocolate chip ice-cream

SMELL: musty scent of a ferret

TOUCH: feeling the animals from Granite State Zoo - ferret, hedgehog, Burmese Python, skunk

SIGHT: seeing our friends on the rec field

(photo from smile,wink, nod blog)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wrap-up Week 5

This week we had a guest, a holiday, a field trip and a little bit of lessons:

MATH:  Nickolas worked on his regular addition, subtraction and multiplication problems.  He also took Test 10 and did a great job.  Samantha worked on her addition and subtraction and was introduced to the 100's place.

COPY WORK:  Both Nick and Sam are still doing great and will continue to do this activity daily.

READING:  Reading selections were a bit off this week due to our guest and field trip.

This week we skipped our Language Arts through Literature and will resume next week.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick continued to draw, play with legos, computer time and play.  Sam designed and hand sewed a couple of aprons, knitted a bit and colored.

Our guest this week was Uncle Paul.  He came from Maine to spend the 4th of July weekend and holiday with us.  The kids had a great time visiting and going on a field trip with him.  On Monday we all went to Alton, NH to see part of Lake Winnipisaukie (yes, I more than likely spelled it wrong) and on Tuesday, Uncle Paul, Scott, Nick and Sam went to the Montshire Museum of Science for a field trip.

Today, Scott had the kids watch the following video live to see history in the making:

So glad that Scott thought of this.  Thank you NASA!!!  It has been an incredible 30 years of watching you blast off into space.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Field-Trip Day

Uncle Paul, Scott, Nick and Sam went to Montshire Museum of Science this afternoon.  This is the 2nd time for the kids and first for their daddy.  Unfortunately the camera was left at home, but I can tell you that the kids had a blast!!!  If you are ever in the area...our family highly recommends The Montshire :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Alton Bay

Uncle Paul is here for the weekend holiday and today we went for a drive to Alton Bay, NH.  Below are a few pictures from the bay...

Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Gal. 5:13

Friday, July 1, 2011


Journey around the world with our summer reading program

United States birthday

Learning all the time

Yummy summer treats

Wrap-up Week 4

This week the kids worked on the following...

Math:  Nickolas continued to work on addition and subtraction as well as multiplication (1,2,5,10 and introduced to 3 and 6).  He also worked on roman numerals and shapes.  Samantha finished up Math 1 Book 1 and took test 8 this week.  Great job Sam!!!

Copy Work:  Both kids are improving daily.  Nick works in his workbook and Sam works on sayings that I choose for her to copy.

Language Arts Through Literature:  Lesson 3 - adding suffix -ed to words ending in y, cause and effect, proper nouns, compound words and a bit of copy work

Reading:  Both kids read at least 1 book a day and I have noticed that Sam is challenging herself more and more each day.  The confidence I see in both kids is wonderful.

Delight Directed:  Computer Time, Lego's, playing board games, helping with meal preparations

Great job this week Nick and Sam!!!