Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Farewell January

January sure flew by!  As I look back on this month, I wonder where the time went. 

Lessons with the kids have gone pretty smooth and I feel the rest of the school year will be pretty much set.  They completed Life of Fred - Cats, started a new vocabulary curriculum and have read many books.

Work has been alright.  The Town in gearing up for their political season and that causes a bit of frustration, anxiety of the unknown, etc.

Family life has been good.  Scott and Sam went to RI for a weekend and had a good time visiting friends and seeing old places. 

January, you have been good to us...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scripture Sunday

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."  ~ Romans 8:16

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wrap-up Week 30

30 weeks already?!?!?  Isn't the school year usually 36 weeks?  Wow, I guess we are going to go over that amount because I am planning on ending the year May 1st.  That is what I love about homeschool...we can have days off here and there and not miss a thing!

MATH:  This week we finished up Life of Fred-Cats.  Hoping to begin Life of Fred-Dogs next week and am patiently waiting for it to arrive in the mail.  The kids also did a review on tally marks, read books about math and helped in the kitchen with meals (measuring ingredients).

COPY WORK:  The kids finished up the lower-case exercises this week and have done extremely well with each lesson.  Looking forward to the upper-case lessons.

SCIENCE:  The kids started to learn about plants - stem, petal, roots, etc.  We didn't get to the 2nd exercise this week, but made up for it with NASA.  We watched a DVD about NASA, learned a bit about the space shuttle and discussed the Challenger disaster and Colombia disaster.  Love it when these lessons sneak up on us...all from a 25 cent purchase from the thrift store.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  I had the kids review compound words and had them do a noun scavenger hunt.  They did awesome!

READING:  The kids read several library books as well as books from our own personal library.

VOCABULARY:  This week I introduced another activity to the kids...Vocabulary Cartoons.  What an awesome book.  We have learned 4 words already and the kids are grasping onto the words and meanings. 
DELIGHT DIRECTED:  The kids read books, played with their toys, computer time, game time, helped with meals, opened savings accounts.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Jan 26

Today I am thankful for the surprise amount that we will have to spend on orthodontic treatment for our son.  I was expecting to pay a lot of $$$, more than what we were told.  The amount we have to pay is $4200 for a 3 year treatment plan.  We will be able to make a payment plan with the ortho and I am so thankful that this ortho is willing to work with us. 

What are you thankful for today?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another Blog

A few months ago, I started a new blog.  This blog is all about the books that our family has read. It is also a way for me to keep track of the books that the kids have read. 
If you are interested, check out Books, Books, and More Books.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Twinkle, Smile and Great Purpose

"Go forward in life with a TWINKLE in your eye and a SMILE on your face, but with GREAT purpose in your heart!  ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wrap-up Week 29

Another good week to report...

MATH:  The kids worked on Life of Fred-Cats as well as a fun math/color worksheet.  They also played a few games that involved problem solving

COPY WORK:  Again, the kids are excelling with their handwriting

SCIENCE:  The kids learned about food chains, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  The kids had a review of nouns and verbs

READING:  Many library books were read and a few chapter books.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Painting, organizing their bedroom, discussing the 3 branches of government with daddy, free reading.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Jan 19

Today I am thankful for my friend and co-worker, Deb.  Actually I call her Auntie Deb because she is more than a friend :)  I enjoy it when she is in the office.  I will miss her warm smile, positive outlook and her 'auntie' advice when she leaves her position at the end of March.  Thank you Deb for being you!!!

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Another First to Report

Samantha read her first chapter book and it didn't surprise me that the book had a horse theme.  Samantha loves horses and she enjoyed reading about "Black Beauty".

Congratulations Sam!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Scripture Sunday

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." ~ Proverbs 4:23

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wrap-up Week 28

What a great week of lessons:

MATH:  We continued with Life of Fred-Cats and will be wrapping up the book next week.  The kids look forward to Fred everyday.

COPY WORK:  Excellent week in hand-writing land.  I see both Nick and Sam excel with each lesson.

SCIENCE:  This week the kids learned about biomes and drew a desert biome.  They thought it was pretty cool that Antartica is a desert.

READING:  Both Nick and Sam read about 15 books each.  They read at least one during lesson time and about 3 to 4 each night before going to bed.  I am so happy that they enjoy to read.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Computer time - this week Nick found the NASA website with Buzz Lightyear as the guide.  From what Scott has told me, the site is educational, fun and the kids sit mesmerized while watching the experiments that were done on the Shuttles.  The kids also helped with meal preparations, built an elevator out of a box and yarn and as I am typing this, they are making a town out of boxes for Jessie and Buzz.

READ ALOUD:  I haven't read to them in a long time, but this week I read a book that was given to me by a pretty special little girl...

Annie is such a cute dog and she comes to visit me at work every once in a while.  The kids and I enjoyed reading Annie's story.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Jan 12

Today I am thankful for my subscription of Ensign.  Ensign is a magazine that is published and distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I love this magazine and enjoy reading each and every article. January's has been full of wonderful messages and I have felt blessed with each one.  My best-friend purchased the first subscription for me and I am so happy she did.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Primary has come and gone...

I am speaking of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.  This year was my first year to participate.  Interesting to say the least.  It wasn't what I expected.  I had heard that many political phone calls would be received, post-cards from political candidates would be received, etc.  I think I can count on one hand how many phone calls we received...2.  Post-cards received...0.

I am happy to say that I am glad it is over.  Now we wait and see who will be on the ballot come November 2012.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wrap-up Week 27

2012 has started off great.  The kids were ready to begin lessons and the week went pretty smooth.

MATH:  We worked on one chapter in Life of Fred-Cats.  The kids also played games and worked with legos.

COPY WORK:  Another great week of copy work.  Love the new curriculum and so do the kids...which is always a plus.

READING:  The kids read misc library books and verbally reported what they read.

SCIENCE:  The kids were introduced to the Kingdom Plantae and Kingdom Animalia.  They also made a plant cell and animal cell from items around the house.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Samantha worked on a window mosaic and Nickolas worked on legos and drawing.  They also played, read books, had daily computer time and watched a few movies.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's What You Scatter (a post that should be shared by all)

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.  I paid for my potatoes; but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.  Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'  'Hello, Mr. Miller. I’m just fine, thank ya.  Was jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'
'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'  She’s fine and gittin' stronger alla' time.'  'Good. Anything I can help you with?'  'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'  'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'  'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'  'All I got's my prize marble here.'  'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller.  'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'  'I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.  'Not zackley, but almost.'
'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.  'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.  With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances, Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.  When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'
I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.  Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.  'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.’ She said.  They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'  'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.'  With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband and resting underneath them were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.  Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.
  • A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.
  • An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
  • Green traffic lights on your way to work.
  • The fastest line at the grocery store.
  • A good sing-along song on the radio.
  • Your keys found right where you left them.
Share this with the people you care for. I just did and, if you don't share it with anyone, it means you are in way too much of a hurry to even notice the ordinary miracles when they occur.  Remember, it’s not what you gather in life, but what you scatter to everyone that matters!
I do not know who wrote this, but had to share it.  I sure hope you do the same.  I'd like to thank John L.Sulak, whose blog is Th' Dumb' Ol' East Texas Boy, for sharing it with his readers.  Please start your New Year with this in mind.  Plant the seeds of kindness, for they will bloom all around you.       

Thankful Thursday - Jan 5

Today I am thankful for snow!  So far this winter, snow has been scarce and the temps have been pretty cold.  Right now it is snowing and it makes the cold seem tolerable.  I am also thankful for snow because I love how it blankets the ground and frosts the pine trees.

(this picture is a couple months old...but it shows the 'frosting' that I love to look at)

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Nice Break

The kids have been on break from December 23 to January 2.  It was a nice break of fun and family. They spent most of the week between Christmas and New Year's playing with their new toys.  I am glad they were able to get the newness out of their systems.
Today, Nick and Sam were ready to get back to lessons and they began with positive attitudes.
We have a few more months until this school season is over.  Not sure when we will stop and start up again, but I know that we will have fun learning new things. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

"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 was planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast 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 to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

I am not a 'resolution' type person.  Resolutions are usually broken within a week or even less (speaking from personal experience).  Goals will be the thing for 2012.  I have been thinking of some for myself as well as for my family.  Here are a few:
  • Learn at least 1 new thing every day
  • Read a chapter book per month - this is for Nickolas and Samantha
  • Move to our new living space - we are hoping for late spring, but know that it could be later
  • Read scriptures daily
  • Start my Etsy page
 I'm sure there will be more added to the list.  In fact, I will be making a new 'page' called 2012 Goals so that I can keep track of our goals.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2012