Wednesday, March 28, 2012

F is for...

Family and Friends

 Janine and Me
 Alice, Lily, Annabelle, Nick and Sam
 Uncle Paul and Sam
 Nick, 'Doodle', Sam and a New Friend (we met him once and unfortunately I don't remember his name)
 Nick, Uncle Paul and Sam
Uncle Paul and Scott

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Couple of Drawings

Being Sunday and "nothing fun to do", I found a How to Draw book for Nickolas.  He has been reading up about the Titanic and I thought he would enjoy drawing a few things about this famous ship.  Here are a couple of drawings...

 This first drawing is "Alvin".  "Alvin" is the submarine that Robert Ballard used to discover the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
This second drawing is the Carpathia.  The Carpathia was the ship that carried the rescued passengers to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Not bad for a 9 year old!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick



When I first received this book, I was excited!  The synopsis on the back cover intrigued me and I looked forward to reading each and every page.  Unfortunately my excitement turned to confusion.  I had a really difficult time following the characters.  Because of this, I had a difficult time following the story. I felt there was too much jumping around with the characters and it took away from the enjoyment of reading this book.

This being my first review, I feel bad for not being able to leave a positive feedback.

(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

E is for...

Enjoyment of receiving Envelopes in the mail (with cards or letters inside)!

It is not Everyday that our family receives personal 'snail' mail, Especially our children.  They receive letters about 6 times a year.  Every time my children receive mail, the Excitement shows in their faces!  The Envelopes are usually bright colors and the card keeps the smiles on their faces for the whole day.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Randoms

Today, being Saturday, I want to share what we usually do...

Sleep in - I look forward to sleeping past 7, especially on the weekend.  Unfortunately, my daughter comes into my room and says, "Mom, it is 6:30.  Aren't you going to get up?"  I mumble to her, "Sam, it is Saturday".  Sam then gets into my bed and snuggles up to me.

Library - Every Saturday morning, the kids have a set time to meet their friends at the Canaan Library.  We look forward to going, not to just see their friends, but to also see the librarians and lots of books.

Grocery Store - Again, another Saturday regular journey.  We go to the grocery store either before the library or after.


Getting Everything into the House - this is the groceries and books.  I would say that I make about 5 trips from the car to the house.  I get a pretty good workout!

We usually get home around 2:30/3:00 in the afternoon.  (usually leave the house to start our Saturday journey around 9:30/10 in the morning)

By the we get home and everything put away in its rightful place, I am t.i.r.e.d.!!!

This afternoon, the kids watched a couple of movies, just finished dinner and now waiting for dessert.  Next it will be "getting ready for bed", "brush teeth", "read books in bed", and then "lights out!"


Thursday, March 15, 2012

D is for...

July

DOE a DEER.  We live in an area where wild-life critters visit our property quite frequently.  This young DOE (in our front yard) was looking out for her 2 babies, hiding in the bushes.

October
This Doe was in our backyard for about 3 hours.  During that time, she took a nap. (our daughter observed the doe the whole time)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Election Day in our town

Yesterday was Election Day in our town.  Well, actually in most towns in NH.  This is an annual activity and each town votes on the year's budget, warrant articles and department officers.

In most States, you will find city councils in each of the towns/cities.  Here in NH it is quite different.  You will find in most towns, not including the smaller ones, a Town Manager, 3-5 Selectmen, Budget Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Road Agent, Trustees of the Trust Funds, Cemetery Trustees, Library Trustees, Moderator, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Supervisors of the Checklist.  You will also find a Police Chief (can be voted in or appointed), Recycle Center (aka Transfer Station), Volunteer Fire and Ambulance (mostly in towns, not in major cities), Fire Warden, Recreation Department.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the ballot with results.  Interesting to say the least!  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will answer them as best as I can!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Seeds You Plant

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wrap-up Week 35

This week, the kids worked on morning lessons and a few late afternoon lessons.

MATH:  Worked on 2 chapters from Life of Fred - Dogs.  The kids also had a measuring with a tape measure exercise that their daddy helped them with.  They had a lot of fun going around the house measuring different items on a list.

COPY WORK:  The kids went above and beyond what was required of them this week.  It was their idea and they did a great job!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  Worked on a couple of words from Vocabulary Cartoons and Nick worked on his Daily Grams.

READING:  Nick finished his chapter book on Dr. Seuss and Sam read a fairy tale book and also from her book about Sacagawea.

ART:  This week I asked the kids to choose a How To Draw book or a Draw Write Now book and draw me a couple of pictures.  I am happy that they challenged themselves and they did a great job.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Sam practiced her copy work by using The Story of Ferdinand and Nick continued to draw books about time machines and rockets.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

C is for...

Cute + Cuddly + Curious + Crazy + Cunning + Clean = CAT









Growing up, I had many pets and so did my husband.  We have both come to the conclusion that Blackie is probably the best cat that either one of us has owned.

Blackie likes to Cuddle with me by placing his front paws on either side of my neck and his head on my shoulder.  Blackie is Curious and loves to poke at our daughter's stuffed animals.  Blackie likes to run Crazy around the house.  Blackie is very Cunning and will sneak up and poke my kids while they are trying to do their lessons and he loves to play Chase with our son (meaning Blackie will chase Nick and Nick will chase Blackie around the house)  Blackie is very Clean and loves to be swept with the broom.  He will even lay down on the ground while I am trying to sweep just to feel the bristles on his fur.  Blackie is one Cute Cat and I love him to pieces!!!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Friends

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.  ~Author Unknown


To all of my friends...you are always in my thoughts and prayers.  I know I don't say it enough, but your friendship means the world to me.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

First one this year

This little fella or female was about 25 feet from our house.  He/She is the first one we have seen this year.  I wonder how many more we will see?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Wrap-up Week 34

Another good week of lessons...

MATH:  We are continuing Life of Fred - Dogs as well as worksheet reviews.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  Vocabulary Cartoons is, once again, a huge hit.  The kids finished up the second set of words and completed the 2nd review.  Daily Grams is also a success.  I have decided to order the Teacher's Book for Grade 3 that goes along with the Daily Grams.  It should be here in about 10 days.

The kids also did some image drawings as well as homonyms.

READING:  Both Nick and Sam have been working on chapter books this week and have enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong and Dr. Seuss (Nick) as well as Sacagawea (Sam).  They ended the week with a book report.  Nick chose Dr. Seuss and Sam chose Sacagawea.

ART:  The kids were asked to make a picture from shapes and they designed creatures from clay.

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Samantha made some puppets and Nick made spacecrafts.

Not sure if this would count as a field-trip, but Nick got braces on Wednesday.  He learned how braces are put on and asked a lot of questions.  So, knowing that Nickolas learned something new, I think I will count it as part of homeschool.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

So long Google Friend Connect

The word is out there and I am sure if you have a blog, you already know that Google Friend Connect is no longer going to be available.  You can still follow me by signing up with Networked Blogs or Linky Followers on my sidebar.

If you are not interested in following my blog through these two places, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or even Pinterest.


B is for...

Braces and Boy!  My son got braces yesterday and is a little sore today.  He only has 6 brackets on right now, and that is alright with him :)  Unfortunately I do not have a recent picture of him, but the following are some of my favorite...





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