Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 30

Today is the last day of the 2011 Gratitude Challenge.  I am so thankful that I participated this year and am also thankful that Brenda from Garden of Learning hosted it again.  I learned a bit about myself and enjoyed reading all the posts from those who participated this year.

I am excited to join Brenda each week for Thankful Thursdays. 

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 29

I am thankful for the sweet gift that my friend gave me today.  Small packages of home-made cookies can really brighten a dreary day.

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 28, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 28

I am thankful for Advil.  Without Advil, my headaches would last at least 3 days possibly more. 

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 27

Today I am thankful to have some "me time".  It is not very often that I go out and about without my family.  I think the last time I did was about 2+ years ago.  Today, I went out with a friend who showed me some new places to shop.  It was nice to get away for a few hours, but I am glad to be back home with my family.

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wrap-up Week 23

The kids had a great week of lessons...

MATH:  The kids continued in Life of Fred-Butterflies.  They have 2 chapters left before starting Life of Fred-Cats. 

FIAR:  This week we did a study unit with 'Andy and the Lion' 


Andy and the Lion taught us about kindness, line of design (art), copywork (language arts), New York (geography), and of course, Lions (science).  The kids also did a scavenger hunt at the library.

READING:  Library books were the choices this week

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick focused on drawing, Sam focused on coloring, playing with her stuffed animals and both kids had their daily computer times.


2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 26

I am thankful for beautiful sunsets. 


What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 25, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 25

I am thankful for facebook.  Because of facebook, I have been able to re-connect with family members that I haven't been in touch with since I was...well for a long time. 

What are you thankful for today? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 24

Today I am thankful for all my family and friends, both near and far.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! May you have safe travels, fun times and many wonderful blessings today and always.

What are you thankful for today? 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 23

I am thankful for the beautiful white snow!  I especially love the snow on the dark green pine trees!

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 22

I am thankful for receiving cards in the mail...especially when they arrive 'out-of-the-blue'. 

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, November 21, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 21

Today I am thankful for a short work week.  It has been a long year and having a 4 day weekend has been long overdue. 

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 20

Today I am thankful for a husband who doesn't mind going on errands with me.  We live in a small town and going on errands makes for a long day.  Our grocery store and other stores like Home Depot, K-Mart, Sears, etc are at least a 40 minute drive one-way.

What are you thankful for today? 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 19

I am thankful for reading aloud to my children. We have read many wonderful chapter books this year and have many more to read.  The following are a couple of our favorites this year...




What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wrap-up Week 22

22 weeks of school and the year is not over!  This week the kids didn't work on too much 'school' work, but they did do some...

MATH:  3 lessons in Life of Fred-Butterflies.  They are learning about ordinal numbers, constellations, perpendicular lines and the 9's additions

COPY WORK:  I wrote out sentences for the kids to copy.  Nick started looking through books to do his own copy work.  He did a pretty good job too.  Sam did a good job with the sentences that I provided her.

READING:  The kids are doing excellent in this department!

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  drawing, coloring, making doll furniture, reading, computer time

DAD TIME:  The kids learned how to take old electronic items apart to see how they work (ie: old printers). Both Nick and Sam enjoyed doing this and look forward to doing more 'Dad Time' 

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 18

I am thankful for the splendid colors of nature!  God is an amazing artist!

What are you thankful for?


Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 17

I am thankful for my only brother, Dan.  Dan and I have a great relationship and have always had one.  He is a great listener, awesome friend, and a wonderful provider to his family.  He is also a grandpa.  We don't live close to each other, so phone calls and emails are the only way to keep in touch.  I haven't seen my brother in almost 9 years.  I know that when I do see him in person, he will be getting a great big hug from his little sister :)

I love you Dan...you are the best!

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 16

I am thankful that I live close to where I work, especially when I have to take minutes during night meetings.

What are you thankful for today? 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 13





In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 
~ I Thessalonians 5:18

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 12





I am thankful for the weekends.  I can take my time in the mornings and not have to worry about rushing out the door before 8am!

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 11





Today I am especially thankful for our Veterans.  I come from a family of Veterans and am grateful and thankful for their service for our great country.  The members in my family have served honorably in all the military branches. 
My father was in the Air Force and retired after serving for 20+ years.  He retired from the Air Force before my fifth birthday.  After I was born, he was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.  The first time he celebrated my birthday with me was when I turned 4.  I have no idea what it was like for him to be on the other side of the world while my mom was raising 3 children on her own.  
The sacrifices that our military men and women make on a daily basis is not just for us, but also for their families. 
So today and always, thank a veteran and their family.



What are you thankful for today?

Wrap-up Week 21

Last week we took a break and started back up this week with the following lessons:

MATH:  The kids are continuing with Life of Fred - Butterflies and worked on chapters 7 - 12.  They have a few more chapters left and then onto Life of Fred - Cats.  We are really enjoying this curriculum and I personally love how the kids are learning more than math.

COPY WORK:  I have had the kids copy work sentences and I made up for them.  So far, I have had Nickolas re-do one sentence.  He was not very happy about the re-do, but he did it and realized that when he does take his time, he does better.

READING:  The kids have continued to read library books and have also listened to "Flat Stanley" too.

READ ALOUD:  We finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  What a fantastic story!!!  I don't know who enjoyed it most :) 





We are currently reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  We hope to finish by next week.  Any suggestions for our next read aloud?



DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Computer time, reading, playing with legos, drawing, helping dad with mommy's chevy.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  Nick and I started working in his Yellow Book from the Language Arts Through Literature curriculum.  We haven't worked in it since July.  It was good to get back into the lessons today.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 10

I am thankful to have a job.  I do have to admit that I wish I could be at home with my kids.  One of these days, my husband and I are hoping that my "wish" will come true sooner than later.  But for now, I am truly grateful and thankful to have a job that helps provide for my family.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 9

I am thankful for our family pet, Blackie.  He has a great personality, loves playing chase with the kids and gives the best hugs.  He brings a smile to your face when you are having a bad day, will curl up with you when you don't feel good, and he loves to play with his stuffed animal, a bird. 




What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 8


I am thankful for the quiet moments when I can clear my thoughts and listen to God.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 7, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 7


I am thankful for the women that I work with on a daily basis.  They make me laugh and that is the best way to fill my work day!

What are you thankful for today?

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 6




Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.   
  ~ Psalm 100

What are you thankful for today?

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 5


I am thankful for libraries!  Every Saturday, we go to our favorite library and spend a good hour visiting with our friends and finding great books to bring home and read.

What are you thankful for?

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Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 4





I am thankful for the beautiful wild animals that our family is able to observe in our yard.  We have had the opportunity to observe the following: blue jays, chipmunks, squirrels, red fox, coyote, black bear, moose, deer, and wild turkeys.





What are you thankful for?

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 3

I am thankful to be a mom to 2 beautiful children.  Nickolas and Samantha have challenged me in so many ways and I thank God for choosing me to be their mother.

What are you thankful for today?

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 2



I am thankful that I am alive! We had an incident of carbon monoxide at work today.  The detectors did not detect, but my body did.  I became very light headed and woozy.  Some co-workers and I opened all the doors and windows to air out the building. By the time I was checked out, which was a couple of hours later, I was at 8%, which is not good.  It took a while for the carbon monoxide to leave my body, but it finally did and I am feeling much better.  So today, I am thankful I am alive and that I was awake when this all happened.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge - Day 1

This year I decided take the 2011 Gratitude Challenge.  I learned about the challenge last year from reading Brenda's blog...Garden of Learning.  I am looking forward to participating in the challenge this year.  If you are interested in taking the challenge, make sure  you link up over at Garden of Learning by either clicking here or by clicking on the 2011 Gratitude Challenge button on my sidebar...



I am grateful for my husband, Scott.  We have been married for 10 years and he has given me two precious children, Nick and Sam.    Scott is a great husband, father and friend.  I thank God each day for bringing Scott and I together.

NOVEMBER

New Memories

Outings

Veterans' Day

Entertaining Guests

Many Days of Being Thankful

Being with Family

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner

Rest and Relax