Friday, September 30, 2011

Wrap-up Week 16 and a September Farewell

Week 16 was like any other week of lessons...

MATH:  Nick continued working on his lessons.  He is almost finished with Math 2 Book 2 and has been doing a pretty good job. I asked him if he wanted to continue to Math 3 Book 1 and he answered with an emphatic "Yes".  Sam did a couple of math lessons (odd and even) and will be starting Life of Fred - Apple in a week or two.  I am looking forward to having 'Fred' in our lives and will post a review once we get started with it.

COPY WORK:  Both Nick and Sam did pretty good this week.  A few complaints here and there, but nothing too bad.

READING:  Library books were the choice this week!

STORY OF THE WORLD VOL II.- I read Chapter 2 and 3 to the kids.  We did map work of Augustine and his travels to Britain and the formation of Christianity as well as map work of Constantinople.  The kids also learned about Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Sewing, legos, drawing, helping with dad on the house project, playing in mud, helping with meals.


September was a month that the kids look forward to each year.  Why?  It was their birthdays!  We started the month off by going to Maine for the weekend to visit Uncle Paul.  The kids had a great time and really loved going to Fort Knox and the Fair.
A few playdates with their friends Collin and Emmakka at the Canaan Elementary School playground as well as many visits to the Canaan Library.
Nick and Sam helped Scott with the house project and had a great time running through the new living space.

September finally cooled off and the kids have been outside enjoying the weather and Sam has caught many toads...

September has been good to us...See you next year.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Books, Books, and More Books... the title of a new blog and I bet you can guess what it is about!!!

I started the 'books' blog to record our personal opinions/reviews of the books our family reads. The reviews will be coming from myself, Scott, Nick and Sam.  

Come on over and take a look at Books, Books, and More Books!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scripture Sunday

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ."  ~ Ephesians 4:4-7

Wrap-up Week 15

This past week was a little different than most.  We celebrated 3 birthdays...Scott, Nick and Sam...and took Friday off!

MATH:  Nick continued to work on hundred's place addition and subtraction, graphing, multiplication, weights.  Sam worked on odds and evens and along with her math, she read 'Even Steven and Odd Todd'.  I changed her math up a bit...basically, Sam had a break from her regular workbook.  The change seemed to help her a bit. 

COPY WORK:  Nick's handwriting has improved a bit.  He does very well when he takes his time.  Sam also worked on her handwriting.  Again, I changed this up for her as well.  She used the 'Draw Write Now' books this past week and did a great job.  All I asked her to do was choose one sentence out of four to write that corresponds with the picture she drew.

READING:  Amelia Bedilia was the choice this week.  Both Nick and Sam really enjoy this book and love the 'lists'

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Drawing, Painting, Reading, Legos, Helping with cooking,

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Samantha!!!

7 years ago today, you made our family whole!
You are beautiful, loving and caring!
You are fun to be with and I love your creativity!
Thank you for being a sweet daughter, a fun sister, and a wonderful person!

Daddy, Nickolas and I love you very much!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Nickolas!!!

9 Years ago today, you made me a Mom! 
You have brightened our lives with your energetic spirit!
You are caring, loving and fun to be with!

Love you buddy!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful for...

My husband who has been working hard all summer on building our house

Nickolas and Samantha, for being joy into our lives

Blackie, for his warm hugs and playful energy

Great friends to share memories with

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall Cleaning

Today I took the opportunity to clean the kid's bedroom.  I figured it would be a good day to get things organized before next week...birthday week.  I threw out 2 large outdoor trash bags of papers, out-grown toys, broken toys, destroyed games from a recent leak from upstairs, and damaged books from the same leak.  I had no idea that my kids were pack rats. 
I also cleaned off the dining room table which is also used as the kids desk for lessons and lego preparation.  I can actually see the table now!!!
I feel like I have worked an 8 hour day today.  Hopefully I'll be able to rest a bit tomorrow before I go back to work on Monday...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wrap-up Week 14

Another week has come and gone...

MATH:  Nickolas worked on his lessons and took math test #14.  He has two more tests and then moves onto the next level...Math 3 Book 1.  I'll be ordering it within the next few weeks.  Samantha gave me difficulty this week with her math lessons.  I think it is because she looks at all the problems and feels overwhelmed.  I'm thinking on doing something different but not sure what it will be.

COPY WORK:  Nick has been paying attention to his writing and is coming along great.

READING:  Nick and Sam read misc library books all week.  They do the bulk of their reading in bed right before bedtime.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Painting, playing outside, catching toads (Sam doing the catching), helping dad with the building project, reading, legos, computer time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

To Everything There is A Season

Mayor Giuliani spoke these words at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Service for 9/11.  Such a fitting verse...

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weap, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate, a time for war, and a time for peace."  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wrap-up Week 13

This week we began our next block of lessons.  The kids did lessons for 3 days due to Monday's trip home and Tuesday's trip to the orthodontist.

MATH:  Nick did pretty good after having a week off.  He did struggle with the borrowing on one of his lessons.  This particular lesson was borrowing from two place values instead of one.  Other than that, he did pretty good.  Sam only did 2 lessons this week.  I have a feeling that she looks at the whole page instead of one problem at a time.  She needs more one on one with either me or Scott.

COPY WORK:  Nick's handwriting this week was very good.  He was proud to show me his work and I hope this keeps us within the next 11 weeks.  Sam will be practicing her writing when she writes Grandma and Grandpa a letter.

READING:  Nick finally finished The Boxcar Children.  He told me that he really loved the book.  The great thing about his reading is that he comprehends what he reads and was able to tell me about the book hours after he read it.  Sam read misc library books and is doing great with her ability to pronounce difficult words.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  This week the kids played outside (when it wasn't raining), played with lego's, colored, crafted, etc.

Trip to Maine - Part 5

Day 4 -

Knowing that we had a long drive home, we met Uncle Paul at a nearby restaurant for breakfast.  The kids were anxious and I know that Scott and I were anticipating the 'Labor Day' traffic.  

Thank you Uncle Paul for having us.  I know that the kids enjoyed their time with you.  Scott and I appreciate everything you have done for our family.

On the drive home, Scott asked me to take the following picture.  Notice the 'canopy' over the 4 wheeler...a bit red-neckish don't you think?

We made it home around 4 in the afternoon.  We had pretty good traffic on the way home and the kids did great in the car.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Trip to Maine - Part 4

Day 3 began a little later than Day 2, at least for me anyway.  Around 9:30am, Uncle Paul picked us up and took us to breakfast.  After breakfast, he drove us to Blue Hill, ME.  What was at Blue Hill you ask?  A fair.  This fair comes every year during the Labor Day weekend.  When I think of a fair, I picture farm animals, arts and crafts, know 4H stuff.  This fair was mainly rides and a few exhibitions.  We did see some of the sheep dog trials.  That was pretty cool.  Unfortunately we were unable to see the Horse pull trials.  It was standing room only and I knew the kids would not like to go if they couldn't see the horses.  The following pictures are from the fair...

Nick and Sam really loved the bumper cars.  Sam had a tough time getting the car to go, but once she figured it out, she was on a roll.  Nick was having a great time bumping into other cars, especially ones that bumped into Sam.

We left the fair and went to a place to drive Go-Karts.  I had never driven one and because Sam was too small, I had the opportunity to try.  Scott and Nick were in one and Sam and I were in another.  We had the track to ourselves and had a great time. 

After Go-Karting, Uncle Paul took us back to the hotel to rest.  We had dinner around 7:30 that night at the Ground Round.  Nick was pretty tired at dinner, so I took him back to the hotel and we both just laid down and watched "Shrek".  Scott and Sam returned a little later and all of us snuggled under the covers and watched a bit of tv.

This was Day 3...tomorrow will be the final post of our trip to Maine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Trip to Maine - Part 3

The continuation of Day 2 -

After we got back to the hotel, Nick and Sam asked to go swimming.  Scott and I took them to the hotel pool and the kids had fun splashing around and playing in the water.  Nick was trying to be brave and put his head under the water.  He would go away from the edge of the pool and walk around. (the deepest part of the pool was 4 1/2 feet) All of a sudden I saw his head go under and then his arms start flapping.  I then noticed him starting to panic.  Apparently he opened his eyes under the water and couldn't see too well.  He was able to doggy paddle a little bit, but because of  his panic, he wasn't getting too far.  I was able to reach him from the side of the pool and pull him out.  He was white as a ghost and a bit shaken up.  The first thing he said to me was "Thank you for saving my life!".  The following are a few pictures before Nick's incident:

After the kid's swimming adventure, Uncle Paul picked us up and took us to Fort Knox.  This fort was built in 1846 and used during the Civil War and Spanish American War.  The kids had a pretty good time running around.  Did I forget to mention that the rules stated that No Running Aloud!.  The following pictures are from the Fort...

 The entrance to Fort Knox

 "No running, kids!"

 One of many canons that we saw.  This was a small one!
The American Flag is inside the Fort at the top.  Nick and I walked the perimeter, or I should say...Nick walked/run and I walked fast to keep up with him.  He stopped at the flag and by the time I caught up to him, Nick had his right hand over his heart and was saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  He really emphasized "Under God".  This moment in time is something I'll never forget.

To end our 2nd day, Uncle Paul took us to a Chinese Restaurant and my kids ate American.  Go figure!

Stayed tuned for Day 3...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Trip to Maine - Part 2

Day 2 started very early in the in 6:00am.  That is when the kids woke up, as well as Scott.  I had hardly slept and knew that sleeping in was out of the question.  Uncle Paul came and picked us up around 8:30 to go to breakfast.  We ate at a small mom and pop restaurant and then headed to a farm to see some animals and walk through a corn maze. 

 Although you can't see them, Nick is looking at the chickens and ducks.

Sam is trying to feed two goats at the same time.  I was told that they don't like grass, but as you can see...the goats are enjoying their treat!

After seeing the animals, Nick, Sam and I went onto the Corn Maze.  I have never been in one and since Scott stayed behind with Paul, I was the designated leader.

The maze was interesting to say the least.  After a few twists and turns, Sam started to panic and wanted to go back the way we came. Uh...I don't think so, because I couldn't even figure out where we were and we even had a maze map to help us.  Luckily we found another family and hooked up with them.  This family (unfortunately I forgot their names) helped us get to the end of the maze.  Not sure when we will attempt another one.  Perhaps Scott will take the kids the next time.

Before we left the farm, I took a few pictures of some goats. Well, two in particular.  The first goat was so cute and sweet to pet.  The second goat (multi-colored) wanted her picture taken too.

Tomorrow I will post the rest of Day 2...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Trip to Maine - Part 1

Last Friday, Sept 2nd, our family drove to Maine to visit Uncle Paul.  He lives about 15 miles west of Bangor, ME.  Anyway, we left our home here in NH around 12:30pm and arrived at our destination around 6pm that night.

We met up with Uncle Paul, checked into our hotel (thank you Uncle Paul for getting us the reservation!) and then ate at the Ground Round.  After dinner, we went to our room, got ready for bed and prepared for our first full day in Maine.

To be continued...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Off Week Wrap Up

The kids had a good off-week.  They enjoyed the outdoors, especially the mud.  Mud always seems to be the enticing thing to play in.  They also watched a few movies, colored, read books and continued to observe Lily..the chrysalis.

Starting this afternoon, we are going on a weekend long field-trip to see Uncle Paul and a few other sites.  I'm not sure if I'll be doing any blogging while we are away, but will definitely blog about our time when we get back.

Wishing everyone a safe Labor Day weekend :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Season Change

Educational Field Trips

Playing with Friends


Excitement of New Beginnings

Making yummy Desserts

Birthday Celebrations

Enjoying the Crispness of the Air

Remembering 9/11