Saturday, May 31, 2014

Looking back at May

31 days ago, the kids started their 'summer break' and it has been a good one for them.  Did we do anything special?  No.  We just had a relaxing month of play, reading and computer time.  Nick and Sam worked on a few projects together and also did individual, art, reading, etc.

Now that 'summer break' is over, the kids are looking forward to starting a new year of learning.  To be honest, so am I :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This is what our property used to look like right after we purchased it.  Notice the paved road?  That no longer exists.  See where the camper is located and the trees behind it?  They have been replaced with our house.  A lot has changed the last 8 years!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

I enjoy learning about the U.S. Civil War and thought I would share the below video.  As this Memorial Day comes to an end, I would like to say "Thank you" to all the soldiers who paid the ultimate price defending our freedoms so that we can be free.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Scripture Sunday

"And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit;"  ~ Doctrine and Covenants 46:31

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Random Thoughts

I have so many things swirling through my mind that I feel like my head is spinning and doesn't know when to stop.  A lot has gone on the past few months but looking back it only seems like a few days have passed. Here are a few randoms that I am able to share:
  • Cleaning up 2013/2014 year and gearing up for the 2014/2015 year.  Just finishing up a few touches on the curriculums that will be used.
  • Planning the schedule for the 2014/2015 year.  This will be worked on over the long weekend coming up.
  • Work - good days and not so good days.  More of the later, too.  I am tired of the goings on within the town and really need a break from it all.
  • Sleep, as in I need it more.  I haven't had a good night's sleep in quite a while and would love to be able to wake up feeling refreshed.
I could go on, but sometimes I need to keep things to myself.     

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What's 40 more?!

Today we started another egg hatching project.  This time it is for a friend.  He asked us if we could hatch some eggs for him and we said, "Sure, why not!".  He gave us a bucket of quite a few eggs. All of the eggs, all 40 of the eggs, are resting comfortably in the incubator.  How many will hatch?  In about 21 days we will find out.  Oh and did I mention that the daddy of all these eggs is 'Cuddles'?  He is the rooster that we gave to our friend.  Cuddles has been one busy roo ;)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


(photo from facebook...not sure who originally posted this)

This picture says it all!  Family is the most important thing in the world.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Planning for the 2014/2015 Homeschool Year

With only a few more weeks of 'summer vacation' left, I thought that I would share our plans for the 2014/2015 homeschool year....
  • Writing Curriculum - this year, the kids will be using Cover Story.  I know that Sam is not quite in middle school but I feel that this curriculum will give her the tools that she needs to help expand her interest in writing.  I also wanted something for Nick as well. This curriculum, I hope, will be good for his imagination and help open up the world of writing.  I like the idea behind 'Cover Story' and if all goes well, both Nick and Sam will have quite the project at the end of the 2014/2015 homeschool year.
  • History - We will be revisiting Mystery of History: Volume 1. We tried this a couple of years ago but never completed the volume.  I feel that Nick and Sam are ready to tackle it again and I am looking forward to learning along with them.
  • Math - We will be finishing up the Life of Fred Elementary Series with Jelly Beans and then move onto the Intermediate Series of Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft.  Life of Fred has been great for Nick and Sam and they enjoy learning a different things from Fred.
  • Spelling - Nick and Sam will continue with Disc 2 of Sequential Spelling.  I have been impressed with this program and the kids are doing great with it.
  • Reading - Both Nick and Sam will be required to read at least 30 minutes a day of anything they want to read.  They will also have a goal to read at least one chapter book per month, more if they feel so inclined.
  • Art - This can be free-art as well as activities with their writing curriculum and history.
  • Computer Time - again, both Nick and Sam will have 30 minutes of computer time after they finish up with their morning lessons.  If they choose to do educational stuff on the computer, they are able to have more time.
  • Science - Daily care of chickens, gathering eggs and hatching more eggs for our friend.
Now it is time to plan Nick and Sam's schedule for the 2014/2015 homeschool year.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Do you remember, as a child, how the year dragged on and on?  That time went by very s.l.o.w.l.y.? Where did the last few months go?  Are we really in the month of May?

Our lives have been pretty busy with work, homeschool, chickens, and all sorts of every day happenings.  For the month of May I hope that we, as a family, can relax and enjoy some down time.  We really need to 'stop and smell the roses'.