Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

America the Beautiful - review

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After watching Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast last month, I purchased and read his book "America the Beautiful".  I was not disappointed at all.  If you are discouraged at how America is becoming and want to make a positive change, I highly recommend you take the time and read this book. Very insightful and uplifting.

(disclaimer: I purchased this book and my opinions are my own)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


A couple of weeks ago, Samantha wanted to frost and decorate a cake.  In order to do that activity, a cake had to be made.   So, I made the cake and Sam went to town with frosting and decorations.  Within 30 seconds of taking the above picture, the cake was cut and half of it was devoured by the family.  It was bunny-licious :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Harry Potter - review

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A couple of weeks ago, Nick and Sam asked if they could watch the movie 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'.  I told them that if they wanted to watch the movie, they would have to read the book first.  So, 2 Saturday's ago during our weekly library visit, we checked out 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  Little did I know that I would be the one reading it while my children listened intently to every word. We got half way through the book when last Saturday while visiting the same library, Nick asked if he could check out the movie.  I said yes and that same afternoon, Nick and Sam watched the movie without even moving a muscle.  I, on the other hand, did not watch the movie and really do not have an inkling to either. 

Tonight we finished the book and compared the book to the movie.  Both Nick and Sam noticed some differences but not too many.  They both liked the book and movie and are looking forward to reading the second book in the series.  Or I should say...they are looking forward to me reading the second book ;)

I do have to say that I did try to read this book over 10 years ago and found it rather boring.  I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed it the second time around.  Probably has to do with the excitement that beamed from my children.

I want to thank Elisabeth (my niece)for giving me her honest opinion and recommendation of the book.  She was right, both Nick and Sam loved it :)

Monday, March 18, 2013


I can tell you from the title of this blog that my day was NOT a bad one.  In fact, the title has to do with what my children have been interested in lately.  I am not sure what sparked the interest, but I can say that it probably has to do with  Captain Jack Sparrow...

and Davy Jones...

and Queen Anne's Revenge

Yup, you guessed it, PIRATES!

This past Saturday, my son checked out several books from the library about pirates and one of the books was full of activities/arts and crafts that had to do with pirates.  Tonight, Nick and Sam decided to make their own Jolly Roger's

Here are some pictures from start to finish...

First, take an old canvas winter coat that daddy used to wear and start cutting it up

Second, cut your 'jolly roger' into the shape you want it in

Third, design your your logo on the 'jolly roger'

Fourth, hand drill a hole at the top of your dowel.  Adult supervision a must as sharp instruments are being used.  Once the hole is made, the metal loop thingy (I don't know the technical term, but this is where you put the string in to hoist up the flag)

Fifth, string up your 'Jolly Roger' and let it fly in the wind.

All of the materials, except for the dowel were found in our house.  The logo's of each jolly roger were made with chalk. Cost from the beginning to the end was about $3.00 each.
The hand drawn pictures of Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones and Queen Anne's Revenge were done by my son, Nickolas.

"Drink up me hearties, yo-ho" ~ Captain Jack Sparrow

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Scripture Sunday

"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." ~ 3 Nephi 22:13

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Looking Back at the Last Couple of Weeks

The last time I did a 'looking back' post, it was week 29.  Well, that was about 3 weeks ago.  In those 3 weeks, the kids had a little over 1 week off.  So with that said, I believe we are up to week 31. 

Nick and Sam were doing the following:
  • Math:  worked on individual worksheets and finished up 'Life of Fred: Edgewood'.  They also started 'Life of Fred: Farming'.  Sam has been reading 'You Can Count on Monsters' by Richard Evan Schwartz.  This is a fun math book that literally helps children learn to multiply and Sam is having many 'a-ha' moments :)
  • Reading:  both Nick and Sam are reading on a daily basis, both chapter books and picture books.  I have no complaints about their reading...well, ok I have one...I would love to see them read more.
  • Computer Time:  This is still a daily occurrence.
  • Vocabulary Cartoons:  Nick does this more than Sam, which is quite alright with me.  
  • Writing:  Sam does this more than Nick.  She likes to write letters to her grandparents and loves to play 'Post Office' with our family.  
  • Play:  Nick and Sam have been playing with their Legos everyday.  Their creativity amazes me!
  • Arts and Crafts:  Nick has been getting back into drawing after taking about a month break.  Sam has been playing with fabric creating parachutes, blankets and clothes for her stuffies
  • Activities (errands) with Dad:  Grocery Shopping, Automotive Parts Shopping, Discussing News Events (social studies)

 We are starting to wind down our school year and have less than 8 weeks left.  Where has the time gone?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Math is Fun...

...especially with Life of Fred!

Our family loves 'Life of Fred'.  So far we have completed Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs and Edgewood in the elementary series.  Tonight, we started Farming.  If you have a child that does not like math or is having trouble with some math concepts, then 'Life of Fred' is for you. 

It may seem simple at the beginning, but the lessons become more challenging as you progress through each book.  I can't speak for my children, but I can honestly say that 'Life of Fred' makes learning math enjoyable! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

On my nightstand...

I am currently reading or will be reading the following:
  • Ensign magazine (December 2012 - currently reading, January 2013, February 2013 and March 2013) 
  • The Civil War: Volume One: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote - currently reading
  • The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer
  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Ben Carson, M.D.
 What do you plan to read this month?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Scripture Sunday

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

~ Matthew 5:3-10