Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Hear America Singing

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  I am not a huge poetry fan but I do have some favorites. Here is one that I would like to share:

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day - at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

By Walt Whitman

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finishing Up 2014/2015 Year

This week is the final week of Nick and Sam's 2014/2015 homeschool year. The kids are finishing up a few things and then year end testing will take place.  We are all looking forward to having the Month of May off to recharge and relax.

 Here is a recap of what Nick and Sam worked on/learned:

Life of Fred Math:  The kids finished up the elementary series, intermediate series and Fractions.  They did a fantastic job!

Mystery of History Vol 1:  The book is broken into 4 quarters (2 quarters per semester).  The kids completed the first two quarters about a month ago.

Science:  In January, the kids started with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures (Nick) and Zoology 3: Land Animals (Sam).  Nick has completed the first 10 chapters in his book and Sam completed the first 8 chapters in her book. 

Spelling: We started the year with Sequential Spelling 1.  This was a carry over from the previous year.  Once Sequential Spelling 1 was completed, the kids started and completed Sequential Spelling 2 this year.

Cover Story:  This is a writing program for middle-school aged students. I was hoping this would be a good curriculum for the kids but after about 6 weeks, the kids were not into it and became turned off with writing.  

Jump In:  This is another writing curriculum that we started in January.  Good News... both Nick and Sam enjoy this curriculum and are able to understand the instructions.  They completed two chapters and I am very pleased with the results.

Copy Work:  This school year, the kids worked on different passages from books, scriptures, etc.  I found most of the exercises on line and from their science journals.

Book of Mormon:  Nick and Sam have been reading daily from the Book of Mormon.  They started reading it back in October and have done a great job. 

Reading:  Each day, I require Nick and Sam to read at least 1/2 hour.  Each month, during the school year, I challenged them to read at least one chapter book.  Both Nick and Sam have met this challenge and ended up reading more than I expected.

Field Trips: We don't take too many field trips.  But this school year, the kids went on a couple of them.  The first field trip was to Wyoming (cousins wedding) and Oregon (visit grandma and grandpa.  The second field trip was to a sheep farm to visit new born lambs.  The third field trip, which is tomorrow, will be re-visiting the sheep farm to watch the mama's get sheared.

Library:  Every Saturday is library day where the kids visit friends, the librarians and have fun.

Free Time:  The kids had fun with Lego's, baking, cooking, playing with the chickens, knitting, playing games, reading, helping around the house, visiting friends, making new friends, and spending time with family.

2014/2015 has been a good year for all of us.  We learned a lot, had a few squabbles here and there, helped each other through difficult days and jumped with joy when 'a ha' moments came to fruition.  Thank you Nick and Sam for a great year!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Little Closer...

Look who is a little bit closer to us. 
Sister Crook (right) is a little bit closer.  She is about 45 minutes to an hour away from us.  We may have to visit the Joseph Smith Memorial to get a glimpse of her :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

First Critter Spotted

This morning, while getting ready for the day, a huge turkey was in our front yard.  Usually turkeys roam around in groups, but this guy was all my his lonesome.  Unfortunately I did not have a camera near by to take his picture.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Critter Watch

The above pictures have been taken over the years. It is so cool to see these critters in their natural habitat.  It won't be long before we see them again.
Critter watch has officially begun...

Monday, April 20, 2015


It's April.
It's Monday.
It's refreshing.
It's wet
It's fun to stomp in the puddles (not the muddy ones)
It's RAIN!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Piano Guys - Bring Him Home

Love this song "Bring Him Home".  I've loved it ever since I heard the Les Miserables soundtrack.  The Piano Guys make this song even more beautiful.  Enjoy.

Friday, April 17, 2015


It is finally Friday!!! The kids are almost done with their school year, the weather is nice and springy (rain included) and the chickens are scratching the ground for buggies. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And now as I said concerning faith - faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." ~ Alma 32:21

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pick-Me-Up Snack

Every afternoon, well...almost, I have a sweet snack to keep me going.  Right now, in my purse/handbag, I have a bag of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips and a package of graham crackers.  When I need that sweet pick-me-up, I get a handful of the chocolate chips and a couple of crackers and snack, snack, snack away.  I make a non-melted, open faced s'more (without the marshmallows). Mmmmm, I think I'll have some now ;)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Typical Day

What does a typical day look like in your house?  Well, in ours this is how most of our days look like:

The alarm goes off at 6:20am.  I stay in bed for about 10 more minutes and then get up for the day.  I feed Blackie, because he waits patiently for me during those 10 minutes. Then I get ready for work.  Scott is making his coffee at this time.

Between 7 and 7:30am, the kids start waking up.  Nick asks for his morning chocolate milk and is non-stop talking.  Sam is usually laying down on my bed, snuggled under the blanket. 

I leave for work a little before 8am.  From 8am to 4:30pm, the kids are working on their lessons, reading, playing on the computer, playing with their toys (Lego), playing outside and doing chores.  Scott is with the kids during the day and oversees the kids lessons.

I get home a little after 4:30pm and the kids can't wait to tell me about their day.  While I am trying to relax from work, listening to the kids, saying 'hello' to Scott and petting the cat, dinner is either just getting started or we are trying to figure out what to eat.

Once dinner is made and eaten, usually by 5:30pm, the kids and I do some lessons together.  Lately it has just been Life of Fred.

After lessons with mom, the kids are either watching a movie, playing games and reading.

Around 8:30pm, the kids start getting ready for bed.  By 9:30pm, the kids are in bed and ready for prayers.  After prayers, I tuck them in and say 'Good Night'. 

Scott and I stay up a few hours longer and go to be between 11pm and 12am. 

This is what a typical day looks like at our house. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

(Not sure where I got this picture from or who took it, but wanted to share)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Believing Christ

Back in September of last year, my very best friend sent a package of gifts to our family.  In the package was the book "Believing Christ".  Along with the book was a note from my friend saying that she and her husband read it together and thought that I would enjoy it too.

I started reading this book in October of last year and finished it today.  I read it during my lunch break and that is why it took me so long.  The book is 125 pages and is very thought provoking.  The chapters are as follows:

  • The Great Dilemma
  • Good News
  • The Covenant
  • Saved By Grace
  • Misunderstanding Grace
  • "Lord, How Is It Done?"
There are scriptures from the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants throughout the book.  You do not need to be a Mormon to read this.  I think if you have questions about Grace, Faith, Believing, etc., this book is for you.

A big THANK YOU to my wonderful friend.

(I was not asked to do this review and the above is my own opinion.)