Thursday, February 28, 2013

Farewell February

For the shortest month of the year, February sure felt like the longest. A lot was going on with work and because of that, blogging was put on the back burner for while.
Here is a look back on the last 28 days...

Nick and Sam had 3 weeks of lessons this month and 1 week off for a much needed break.
Scott has been doing the grocery shopping, laundry and other fun house hold chores.  He has also been working on my vehicle.  It needs a new engine, which we already have, and Scott will be changing it out.
I have been busy with work.  Or I should has been busy since mid-January to about a couple of days ago.  A lot of negativity at work and it has been stressful and frustrating to say the least. 

We have had a few good snow storms during February  and the kids have had a blast playing in the snow.   The more moisture we get, the better our well will be during the summer months.

What to look forward to in March?

Starting planning our garden - build raised beds
Decide how many laying hens we will get
Design a chicken coop
My vehicle running in good condition
Prepare for Easter and visitors

Farewell February   

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - review

"Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation.  But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse.  As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible.  The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it:  Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest - to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.
As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past than she could have ever imagined." (taken from the inside cover)

What an amazing book!  I was captivated from the very beginning.  This book touches on the Salem Witch Trials that took place in 1692. According to historians, a lot of women and men were falsely accused and found guilty of witchcraft.  Some historians feel that moldy bread eaten by young children caused hallucinations, which then caused the panic of to speak.  Some historians feel that Reverend Parrish used witchcraft as an excuse when his daughter and housekeeper became ill.  Apparently Rev. Parrish was not well liked by many in Salem and he felt he needed to be redeemed. Whatever historians believe, it does not change the fact that the hysteria of witches did occur and many lost their lives and good standing in their community.

Another take on the Salem Witch Trials is that there could have been real witches at the time.  The author of  "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane", Katherine Howe, wrote this wonderful Historical Fiction about a character that did practice witchcraft during the hysteria.  The author also used real names and events of those who were caught up in the hysteria...Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Wildes, Susannah Martin, Sarah Good and Elizabeth Howe. 

I enjoy reading historical fiction and this book was not a disappointment.  I highly recommend this book to all and I want to thank the librarians at Canaan Library for recommending this book to me.  (disclaimer:  i checked this book out from the library and gave my own personal opinion of the book)

Another reason that I enjoyed this book is because Susannah Martin is my ancestor.  I found this out about 20 years ago.  I have been intrigued by this time in history and can only imagine what she and her family went through.  Susannah was accused and found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to death by hanging.  She died on July 19, 1692 with Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Wildes, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe and a few others. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

God of All Creation - review

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable then they?" ~ Matthew 6:26

"God of All Creation recounts how a miniature dachshund taught her owner, James Robison, profound insights about life, faith, and God's care for all of His creation..." (taken from the back cover of the book)

After reading "God of All Creation: Life Lessons from Pets and Wildlife", I realized that I have learned a lot of lessons from our family pets, especially Blackie, and watching the wildlife in our backyard. I have also realized that I don't thank God enough for his wonderful creation.

I highly recommend this book to all who own or have owned pets.

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

Dr. Benjamin Carson

Have you ever heard of Dr. Benjamin Carson?  The above you-tube video is from the Presidential Prayer Breakfast from a couple of weeks ago.  I highly recommend you take the time to watch it...Very inspiring!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What the Kids and I are Reading

Since today was library day, I thought I would share the books that we checked out...

Nick chose the following to read:
  • The Legend of the Bermuda Triangle by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
  • Batman's Guide to Crime and Detection by Michael Teitelbaum (DK Readers)
  • Amulet books 1 - 4 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Tin Tin: 3 Complete Adventures in 1 Volume
  • Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece Volumes 1 & 2 by Pat McGreal & Dave Rawson
  • 888 1/2 Amazing Answers to you Questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster & Laurie Coulter
  • The Visual Dictionary of Dinosaurs by Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries
  • Skeleton by Steve Parker (Eyewitness Books)
  • Batman Adventures: Rogue Gallery by Peterson/Slott/Templeton
  • Batman Adventures: Shadows & Masks by Delsante/Slott/Soria/Templeton
  • Superman/Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told by DC Comics
Samantha chose the following to read:
  • George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl (chapter book)
  • Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (chapter book)
I checked out the following:
  • From the Good Mountain:  How Gutenberg Changed the World by James Rumford (I checked this out for Nick and Sam)
  • Robot Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello (I checked this out for Nick)
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (I checked this book out for me)
What have you checked out from the library?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Scripture Sunday

"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." ~  2 Nephi 25:26

Friday, February 8, 2013

Looking Back on Week 29

I had planned on letting the kids take this week off, but I forgot to inform everyone ;) Nick and Sam worked on the following this past week:

MATH:  The kids worked in their individual math workbooks and worksheets.  We also re-visited Life of Fred-Edgewood for a couple of chapters.  We had actually worked in it at the beginning of this school and put it aside.  This week, Nick asked if we could start 'Fred' back-up and we will be finishing Edgewood next week and will have to order 'Fish' next.

READING:  The kids have been reading a lot of math story books. 

COMPUTER TIME:  A daily occurrence that Nick and Sam enjoy.

PLAY:  A lot of this took place...Sam has been playing 'hospital' with her stuffies and dolls.  Nick has been creating lego batman stuff.  (I'm not up-to-date on batman and I have no idea about the vehicles, buildings, etc.)  I would have taken pictures, but there is something wrong with our camera.

There was a lot of creative free-time this past week and honestly, I am ok with it.  I have read on one of my friend's facebook pages that she gives her son additional homework if his teacher does not give him at least 2 hours of homework each night.  I cringed when I read that.  But, to each their own...right????

Wishing you a great weekend :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Confession and another First

The Confession:

The last time I set foot inside a church was the day Scott and I got married. which was in 2001.  The reason, well...there are a few personal reasons that I won' get into at this time.  I have not been able to talk myself into attending a church.

Ever since Nick and Sam were born, I have been wanting to take them to church but have not found a church to go to nor have I really been looking.  We do have the 'What's in the Bible?' dvd's and a few other bible dvd's that are watched quite often.  We have also read several stories from the Bible.  But I know that is not enough...

Another First:

Some friends of ours invited us to attend their twin daughter's baptism.  Nick and Sam really wanted to go and I felt this would be a good opportunity to make baby steps in introducing the kids to church.  Today was the baptism.  The minister had all the children be part of the baptism (basically let the children sit near the baptismal font), which I thought was a great idea.  Nick and Sam were able to witness the infant baptism up close. 

During the church service, communion was served.  All were welcome to participate and Samantha asked if she could.  I, of course, said yes and explained to her what it meant.  I stayed with Nickolas, as he did not feel comfortable taking communion.

The church service lasted about an hour and both Nick and Sam did a great job.  They have asked me if we can go to church again and I told them that it would be a good possibility.  Not sure if it will be the same church, but I will put more effort into finding one for us.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Looking Back on Week 28

Another productive, delight directed week...

MATH: both Nick and Sam worked on in their math workbooks and have done a very good job.  Nick practiced counting money for me and I must say that he has come a long way.  His time-telling skills are improving too.  There was a lot of math book reading this week by both Nick and Sam

READING:  Nick finished another chapter book, "Who Was Mark Twain" and has yet to decide what to read next. Sam has been reading 'Stuart Little' and another book called "Bulu"

DELIGHT DIRECTED:  Nick created batman caves, cars, and other buildings with legos.  Sam created some clothes for her stuffies.  She took fabric, cut out the shapes of the clothes and hand sewed each piece.  She had a blast.

COMPUTER TIME:  This was a daily activity enjoyed by both of the kids.

A lot of errands this week with daddy and a few visits at my office.

Have a great weekend :)