Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August

The last full month of summer is almost behind us.  August came in hot and humid and is leaving nice and cool.  A nice way to begin September.  August had many math lessons, copy work pages and reading for the kids.  They are ending August with a wonderful science project...caterpillar...to chrysalis...and will begin September with a beautiful monarch butterfly...pictures will come with the release of the butterfly...which has already been named "Lily".

August was also a month of building...as in the building project of 2011:



I would have added the inside pictures of the project, but tarps were all over the place due to Hurricane Irene.  Which, fortunately, did not cause any damage to our house. 

Speaking of Irene, the kids, Scott and I hung out all day, inside, watching movies.  It was nice being together.  We don't do that very often either.

August is also the month that Scott and I met.  11 years ago on August 20th, we met for the first time. Time sure does go by fast when you are having fun, or busy raising a family.

Farewell August... you have been good to us.
 

Still Here

Over the weekend, a lot of people on the East Coast had a visit from Hurricane Irene.  We were some of those people.  Our town did get some flooding damage and power outages.  Thanks to our Road Crew, Police and Fire Dept, the town is getting cleaned up.
Our property didn't receive damage...just a lot of rain and wind and no internet on Sunday. 

I know that a lot of other places received major flooding and damage...they are in my prayers.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Wrap-up Week 12

This week the kids were feeling much better.  There were a few squabbles in not wanting to do a lesson here and there, but the kids did them and all is good:

MATH:  Both Nick and Sam had a test this week and they both did very well.  Nick continues to work on thousand place addition and subtraction, multiplication, pre-algebra and measuring.  Sam continues to work on hundreds place addition, subtraction, measuring and graphing.

COPY WORK:  Nick worked on his copy work from his work book.  Most of his entries were pretty good, except for today when he used marker.

READING:  Nick is almost done with The Boxcar Children and Sam continues to read misc library books.


DELIGHT DIRECTED:  The kids mainly played

Next week will be an off week..shhh the children don't know yet ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Friend"ly Surprise

Each day, Monday thru Friday, I go home for lunch to spend a quick 1/2 hour with my kids.  Today was a bit different. As I pulled up the driveway I noticed a familiar car.  Our friends dropped by to pick up some wood and play with our kids.  What great fun was being had with the kids.  Do you know what they were doing?  They were building a "Roxaboxen"!  If you are a fellow 'Rower' you will know exactly what I am talking about..if you are not, click here to find out what this book is all about!

Thank you Amanda for stopping by...Nick and Sam enjoyed playing with the kids and I enjoyed our brief visit!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Being Thankful

Today I am Thankful for:

A Wonderful Husband
Two Beautiful Children
Blackie, the most snuggliest cat ever
Beautiful August weather
Fast, Easy Dinner
Good friends who are helping us build our house
and most of all.
I am Thankful for my relationship with God!

Wordless Wednesday


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friends

A little over a week ago we (Scott, Nick, Sam and I) went over to Hank and Judy's to meet their 5 year old grandson Grayson.  The kids had a great time with Grayson and also with Doodle the dog.  Here are some pictures from that day:





New friends are always great to have!

Scripture Sunday

"Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid; neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest."  ~ Joshua 1:9

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wrap-up Week 11

This week was a week of sick kids, mom and now dad.  The kids did managed to do their math lessons, reading and copy work.  Hopefully next week they will be back to their normal routines.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hero For A Day

The following story was sent to me via email.  It touched my heart and I hope it does the same for you...


At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.. After extolling the
school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their
team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning
aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team 'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

Media and Health

As I was reading the post over at Women Living Well, I realized that everything I read was true. For my job, I sit in front of the computer 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and I don't move around too much and I am exhausted by the end of each day.  I have also noticed that I snack a lot while sitting and the snacks are not healthy at all. 

What can I do to make a difference?  Follow the steps in the above mentioned post.  

At home, I am much different.  I move around a lot more, I don't snack while sitting in front of the computer and I don't sit for long periods of time.  Strange that when my environment changes, my media habits change.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Facebook or Twitter

I have a Facebook account and a Twitter account.  Lately I have been using Twitter more and am finding that I like it much better than Facebook.  They each have their positives and negatives...

Positives: 
  • Twitter is easy to use and navigate
  • Facebook has most of my family and close friends
Negatives:
  • Haven't really found any with Twitter
  • Facebook is getting too much
What to do, what to do.  This is a struggle I am having right now.  One of these days I'll make a decision...

Scripture Sunday

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."  ~Psalm 119:11

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wrap-up Week 10

Another week has come and gone and mid-August is upon us.  The kids worked on the following lessons:

MATH:  Nickolas took math test 12, started working on centimeters, and more practice on addition, subtraction, multiplication, roman numerals and pre-algebra.  Samantha took math test 10 and also worked on addition, subtraction, graphing, telling time and measuring inches.

COPY WORK:  Nickolas is still plugging away in his copy work book.  I haven't purchased anything new yet, as mentioned in the last wrap-up week. 

READING:  Nickolas has been reading The Boxcar Children and will be finishing it up this next week.  He is enjoying it and I love to hear about each chapter he is reading.  Samantha is reading misc books from the library and her reading is coming along as well.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  Nickolas worked on Lesson 7...copy work of a poem, spelling words with the 'ou' (count, ground, bought, etc), contractions, and what doesn't belong (knife, fork, cup, spoon)

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Not so much of this going on this week.  The kids did computer time, helped unload the dishwasher a few times, helped me make brownies, also helped with daddy by moving boards for our building project for 2011.

PLAY-DATES:  The kids had a couple of play-dates this week.  The first one was with Grayson.  He is the grandson of our friends, Hank and Judy. The kids played great together...having fun with water, picking blueberries, playing bat and ball, etc.  The second one was with their library friend, Colin.  We met up at Canaan Library today and spent a good 1 1/2 hours visiting.

All in all...a good week of learning!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Building Project 2011 - update

All the outside walls are up!!!  About a 1/4 of the roof peak still needs to be built, but as you can see in the following pictures, rooms are taking shape...

 Standing in the kitchen looking into the living room

 Standing in the north corner of living room looking south

 Standing in living room looking into the master bedroom

Self-explanatory! (the black material is now down and has been replaced with plywood)


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"Hear , O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."  ~ Deuteonomy 6:4-7

Saturday, August 6, 2011

National Day of Prayer: In God We Still Trust


Praying for all our soldiers and especially for the families of the 31 U.S. Troops that sacrificed their lives today. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wrap-up Week 9

This week the kids worked on the basics:

MATH:  Nickolas worked on addition, subtraction, multiplication, pre-algebra, shapes, and money.  He took test 12 and had a little difficult time with the 3-D shapes (cylinder, sphere, cube, etc).  Samantha also worked on addition, subtraction and graphing.  She took test 10 and did a great job.

COPY WORK:  Nickolas is still working in his Manners book.  His writing is not improving at all.  He will continue to work in this book until I make a decision on what handwriting curriculum to choose.  Samantha didn't do copy work this week.  She does practice her letters and also wrote her grandparents a letter.

READING:  Nickolas is reading The Boxcar Children and Samantha is reading misc library books.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick worked on drawing and making books, played with legos, computer time.  Sam played with her toys, arts and crafts and computer time as well.

We didn't do any language arts this week.  I am hoping to get back on track with this next week.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

No Motivation

Have you ever had a day where you know things need to get done, but the motivation is not there?  Today is one of those days! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Media Monday: Media and Homemaking

First I want to say is...I am not the greatest homemaker.  I wish I could make a gourmet meal every night for dinner, menus planned out for each week, had the spotless living room, books all lined up evenly on the bookshelf, kitchen sparkly cleaned every single day, kids room always neat and clean, etc...OK, I am tired from reading all of that, are you?  Do you know where I get all these wishes from....the media.  Especially blogs, websites and yes, even facebook.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading blogs. They are a highlight of my day.  The pictures that are posted on some of the blogs I read are beautiful and I think to my self..."I wish I could live that way" or "I wish my life was altogether like that" or even "Wow, that family really has it together".  This is where I start to pit myself against myself...a negative effect.  And when I do this, my happiness level starts dropping to unhappiness very fast and I turn off the computer. 

The positive...I enjoy cleaning the house, folding and putting away clothes, and cooking to background noise from either a movie on the t.v. or listening to the radio.  My kids get into the rhythm of cleaning with me and when momma is happy, everyone is happy. 

Media Mondays is being hosted by Women Living Well Ministries. To read other links in the series, please click here.

August

Adventurous days

Umbrella's for summer rainstorms

Growing imaginations

Unique sunsets

Sunshine filled days

Togetherness