Friday, August 31, 2012

Looking Back at Week 12

12 weeks have come and gone with a few weeks off in between.  The 12th week was another unschooling week and I really do think that the kids are enjoying it.

What activities did they do you ask?  Well, they did the following:
  • Painting
  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • Gathering Water from Millbrook (our well is dry and the brook water is for washing the clothes, showers and washing dishes)
  • Helping in the kitchen - helped me make cupcakes and then they were in charge of decorating them.  And oh boy did they have fun.  I wasn't feeling good and had fallen asleep while they decorated the cupcakes.  When I woke up the kitchen was CLEAN!  I was impressed :)
  • Helped with the grocery shopping and met another homeschool family
  • Wrote out their birthday lists and grocery lists
  • Had a few practice rounds with the.22 rifle ( both Scott and I were present)

I wonder what week 13 will bring?!?!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Favorite Magazine

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This is the one magazine that I look forward to reading.  The articles are uplifting and I learn so many wonderful lessons each time I read from 'Ensign'.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Looking Back at Week 11

11 Weeks into the new year and I have a feeling that it is going to be more of an 'unschool' year than I thought.

I did have the kids work on their math and spelling.  They do very well in both subjects.  The only thing that gets under my skin, which it shouldn't, is that it takes Nick almost 2 hours to do one math worksheet.  He does get distracted quite easily and he would rather draw than work on his math skills.  He does eventually get done...before bedtime ;)

The kids did quite a bit of unschooling this week...helped daddy get water, played in the brook, observed little creatures in the water, played with a little toad, ride bikes, read books, draw, make books, helped with food preparation and had a great week of playing too.

Another good week has ended...looking forward to the weekend :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Fourth Fisherman - review

"Joe Kissack's life has been flipped inside out.  In just a couple of years he goes from walking the red carpet in Hollywood to tripping through a fog of addiction, paralyzing anxiety, and jobless obscurity.  Through a newfound faith, he knows he has been rescued from the brink of death, but for what purpose?  To go back to a life of business small talk and shallow relationships?
Halfway across the world, three fishermen find themselves lost and adrift in a tiny boat in the middle of the Pacific with no food or water.  While their bodies begin to deteriorate after months at sea, their souls thrive as day by day they put their trust in God.  Circumstances conspire against the men, but after nine months, a miracle occurs.
When Joe hears of their inconceivable odyssey, he books a flight to Mexico.  He doesn't know exactly why he goes, but he knows what itis like to be lost - so lost that there is no hope of rescue.  He know he has to find a way to tell the fishermen's incredible faith story.  But Joe is wholly unprepared for the ways in which this grace-filled journey will transform his own life, restore his marriage, and discover what it means to be 'fourth fisherman'." (taken from the inside jacket of the book)

What an amazing story of faith!  The surviving fishermen held onto their faith in God to help get through their 9 month journey.  When found, they looked haggard, beat-up and weak from the elements.  On the inside, they were strong in their faith.  I could not even imagine what they went through day to day to day while on the sea.

Joe Kissack had it all...a fast-track career in the entertainment world, money, material things, a beautiful family.  On the outside he 'made it to the top'.  On the inside, he was struggling to keep both ends of the candle burning and he was empty.  Joe, like the fishermen, was lost...but not at sea.  He was lost in a world of loneliness...until he was rescued by God.

This is an amazing story for all!

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


Has life ever surprised you when you least expect it?
I have had a couple of surprises today that have made me realize that life zooms by fast...

My best friend's oldest daughter starts college today! ( I remember when her daughter was born)
My friend, who lives in San Diego, has a son that I used to babysit is 30 years old today! (I started to watch this little boy when he was 4 years old)

Enjoy today and be sure to Thank God for everyone that have touched your life :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Looking Back at Week 10

This week was a total unschool week.  Here is a rundown of what the kids were up to...

Playing with molding clay, watched a few eyewiness videos (Plant, Weather and Volcanoes).  They read books, went on errands with dad to Home Depot, had a field trip at a construction site and had some fun in and amongst their learning.

Next week may look a little different when it comes to homeschool, but will have to play it by ear.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Z is for Zoo

I have a like/dislike relationship with zoos.  I like zoos because it is a great place to see and learn about animals from all over the world.  I dislike zoos because I feel animals should be able to roam freely in their own habitats.

I have been to a few good zoos or animal parks as some are called and have been impressed with the quality and care for the animals.  I have also been to a few zoos that were awful in my eyes...huge cages and not very inviting.

Perhaps I am just spoiled with the wonderful animals that live amongst our backyard.

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I also want to give a shout-out to Marcy for hosting Blogging Through the Alphabet.  I had a lot of fun trying to come up with a word for each letter for the last 26 weeks as well as reading posts of other bloggers who joined the fun.
Thank you Marcy!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nature Find

During our weekend in RI, we walked the beach and spotted this Horseshoe Crab.  Unfortunately something got it and the crab washed up on the shore.  My daughter didn't want to get near it, but she was ok for daddy to touch it.

 This is the underside of the crab.  We thought it was alive at first, but down by it's tail is where something got a hold of it.
This is the topside of the crab.  It was amazing to see one intact.  There were a lot of empty horseshoe shells on the sand, but not one like this.

I am glad we were able to experience this creature and also able to see what they look like up close.
Don't you just love unexpected nature finds?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend Fun

Our family spent the weekend in RI.  We met up with a few friends, had fun at the park, walked along the beach and ate at some of our favorite restaurants.  Here are a few pictures from our trip...

 Trying to catch some waves
 Sam, "Uncle" Danny, Nick
 Watcha doin "Uncle" Danny?
 What did you say mom?

 Yes, I am sure I can make it up the tube!
 Having fun at the park
Caught in motion

Friday, August 10, 2012

Brings Back Memories

As I was balancing the checkbook, my kids were busy building a tent. My son asked if he could take pictures and I handed over the camera...

This sure does bring back memories of me doing this in my bedroom when I was a little girl.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Y is for...

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Yahtzee is a great game for kids.  While they are playing the game and having fun, they are also learning to develop their strategy skills, addition skills and number sequence skills.
My kids love Yahtzee, especially when we play it instead of doing a regular math worksheet.  Breaking up the math routine with a fun game like Yahtzee makes a good day even better. 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Screwed! by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann - review

"Our jobs go to China, Foreign aid goes to our enemies.  Pakistan uses our money to fund terrorists who attack us.  Saudi Arabia, which our soldiers have defended with their lives, funds 90 percent of the world's Islamic fundamentalism.  The UN is awash in corruption; it's bureaucrats steal the money we give it with total impunity.  Fifteen hundred brave American soldiers have died defending the regime in Afghanistan - rated the second-most corrupt in the world!  Meanwhile, European bankers and bureaucrats are taking over our economy and preempting our sovereignty.

How do they get away with it?  By hiring our own political leaders, as soon as they leave office, to lobby  for them to rip us off." ~ taken from the inside of the cover

I had no idea where the United States money was going.  I had heard of this book and have always liked Dick Morris, so I decided that I would give this book a try. My eyes have been opened to a lot of corruption and deceit from countries around the world.  Dick Morris and his wife Eileen McGann did a lot of research and tell it like it is as well as give some great ideas of how to fix the problems at the end of each chapter.  If you really want to know what it going on in the world and how America is being Screwed!, I highly recommend you read this book before the national elections in November.

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book for my own personal reading and the opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Oh well...

I wanted to try a new layout on my blog and after a day, I decided to change it back to the way I had it.  Well, now it is a bit jumbled and needs some minor attention. I am hoping to get it back to my liking within the next day or two.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Sunday Scripture

"And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people."  ~ Mosiah 15:28

Friday, August 3, 2012

Looking Back at Week 9

The kids returned to formal lessons this week after taking a 3 week break  They didn't do too much because I had a couple of night meetings which threw us off a bit.  I do have to say that during the 3 week break, the kids did a lot of unschooling.  I am starting to realize how effective unschooling can be.

Back to formal lessons...

MATH:  Both Nick and Sam worked on two lessons each.  The first lesson took them about 2 hours...a lot of chatter and distractions.  (I am the same way when I really don't want to do something).  The second lesson took them less than an hour. 

SPELLING:  Again, both Nick and Sam worked on two lessons each.  They are doing great and I can see how reading good books help them with spelling. 

ELECTIONS UNIT STUDY:  We got back to this on Tuesday night and learned a bit about President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution.  We reviewed some words that they learned a few weeks ago and I was amazed that they remembered the meanings.  We are all looking forward to learning more about the election process and how our government works...or is supposed to work.

READING:  Nick is working on 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' and Sam is reading picture books.  I am so thankful that my children love to read. 

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick and Sam played/sculpted clay.  They were inspired by the movies 'Flushed Away' and 'Wallace and Grommit'.  I have received a request to purchase more clay.  The kids have also played on the computer, read misc books, watched several educational movies (School House Rock, Eyewitness, Magic School Bus), drew pictures and played.

NATURE STUDY: We live in a place that gives us the opportunity to observe nature and the wild animals that live in our backyard.  This week alone, the kids have witnessed a young black bear eating wild berries, watched a small toad burrow under a rock, spotted a young fox playing on the rocks and under the bushes and enjoyed watching the blue birds fly from tree to tree.  Absolutely the best classroom in the world!

Next week I am hoping for a full week of some formal lessons and can't wait to see what the kids do on their own time.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

X is for...

I am X-tremley stumped about the letter X.  I could be creative and use X in Xtra, Xercise, Xcalibur, Xplain or even Xcel.  I can also choose X-ray, Xylophone, or "X" marks the spot.  It is not everyday you hear a word that begins with X

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


"Never be without a really good book on hand"
 (The Story of Charlotte Mason, p.162)

These are the current books that I have on my nightstand/bookshelf. They do not include the two books that are downstairs in my husbands home office or the books that I will be reading for reviews. I think Charlotte Mason would be proud.

Happy reading to all :)