Sunday, May 31, 2015

Farewell May

The last 31 days have been filled with a lot of playing, reading, cleaning, planning a new school year and work.  Oh and the siding started to go up on the house :)

We had hot days, cool days and not so many in between days.  Rain, sun and wind.

I think we are all ready to say 'good-bye' to our break and say 'hello' to a new school year. 

May has been a good month for all.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Thank You For Your Service

"The only way to find lasting peace is to look to Him."  ~ Elder L. Tom Perry (1922 - 2015)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wicked Awesome!

The temperature the last few days have been in the upper 80's. A bit hot this time of year.  Along with the heat, we get the humidity which equals...blah!
This evening we got a nice reprieve...A thunderstorm.  Or as Sam would say, "Wicked Awesome!!!"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is That Pollen I see???

You mean that yellow dust all over the vehicles, desks, anything that is stationary?

Why, Yes it is!!!

The enthusiasm I have this time of year is not what I would call exciting.  The pollen has made its presence known and I can feel it.  Itchy eyes, sinus headaches, stuffy nose, scratchy throat kind of pollen everywhere.

Did I ever mention that this time of year,(seasonal allergy time of year) in New England is not my favorite?  

Monday, May 25, 2015

In Remembrance

(photographer unknown)

Thank you to all who have served and died to protect our freedom.  You will never be forgotten.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

I listened and watched this on facebook and wanted to share with you.  Let us remember those who fought and died to keep us free.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016... part 2

Yesterday I wrote about our curriculum choices for the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  Today's post is a tentative schedule.  Tentative because the schedule could change depending on how things are going.

For Morning Lessons:  anytime between 8am and 11am

Reading Time - 1/2 hour.  This is anything that Nick and Sam want to read.  They will have to read at least 1 chapter book per month, possibly 2 if the books are not too lengthy.

Scriptures - They read a chapter a day from the Book of Mormon, if the chapter is not too long.

Spelling/Vocabulary - The words will be taken from their daily readings, science, history or from daily conversations.  Nick and Sam will be using the dictionary, thesaurus and their imaginations.

Science - Both Nick and Sam will work at their own pace and will have daily reading and journal pages to fill. 

Jump-In (writing) - this curriculum will be used 2 to 3 mornings a week, depending on how well they do their assignments.

Language (Latin and French) - only if needed for review

For Evening Lessons: anytime after 4:30pm or when mom gets home from work ;)

History - 3 nights a week

Language - (Latin and French) 4-5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

Math - 5 nights a week, depending if mom has any work or church related meetings.

This pretty much is our plans for the 2015/2016 year.  The year starts June 1st and our schedule runs 6 weeks on, 1 week off, with 3 weeks off for Christmas Vacation.  We will then start back up in January and will end the year around April 30th.

I will try to keep posting updates throughout the upcoming year, so stay tuned...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Plans for 2015/2016...part 1

In a couple of weeks, the kids will begin the 2015/2016 homeschool year.  I have been reviewing curriculum, made a few purchases and now it's time to put it all together. 

During the 'May' break, I asked the kids if they wanted to learn a foreign language.  Surprisingly they both answered yes.  Another surprise...Nick asked to learn Latin and Sam asked to learn French. So what is a mama to do?  Honor both requests. 

After some research and asking around, Nick will be using the Lively Latin curriculum.  From what I have read, this one seems to be the right fit for him. 

For Samantha, I purchased Spot-It: Basic French and Kloo games.  I also purchased this workbook as well. 

Both Nick and Sam are looking forward to the challenges of learning a new language and honestly, so am I. 

For Science, we will stay with Apologia and Nick has decided to study Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day and Sam has decided to study Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

For Math, the kids will continue with Life of Fred and will begin the year with Decimals and Percents.

For History, the kids will continue with Mystery of History Volume 1.  They will start with the 2nd Semester (3rd quarter).

Spelling and Vocabulary will be taken from their history, science and daily reading.

My next post will be the schedule of all the above.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end." ~ Moroni 6:3

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foster Parents to Chickens

A friend of ours has hatched quite a few chicken eggs and we are fostering 12 chicks.  They are about 2 weeks old and growing fast.  We are doing this for two reasons...One, helping out friends is always a good thing and Two...we need a new rooster.  The one we had was getting a bit mean and Nick and Sam would not go outside. 

Our friend said that we could have a few of the chicks and our kids have already picked out at least 3.  2 of them are already named... You can see them here on my daughter's blog

Oh the fun of raising chicks :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Forward and Backward

Did you notice that the dates this week had something pretty unique about them?
Take a look at them...


I do not know the technical term, but this past week, with the dates mentioned above, you can read them both forwards and backwards and the numbers stay the same.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Favorite Magazine

(picture, a few years old, from

This is my all time favorite magazine.  I especially love the May and November issues.  These issues have all the talks from General Conference. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in they youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God." ~ Alma 37: 35

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Good, Busy Saturday

Saturdays are pretty busy around here.  Errands are usually an all day Saturday affair.  By the time evening comes around, I am exhausted.  Today was one of those days...but it was a good one.

This is how our day played out...

We left the house around 10am.  First errand stop of the day...Grafton Library.  Nick wanted to check out 'Incredible Hulk: Season 1'

After our stop at Grafton Library, we traveled to the Canaan.  We stopped in at the library,dropped off books, checked out a couple and then we walked around downtown Canaan because of the town wide yard sale.  We all purchased items that caught our eyes...I purchased 5 3-ring binders, Sam purchased a movie and 3 cookie cutters, Nick purchased a game for the PC and Scott purchased a new mouse for the computer and some ammo stuff.

Lunch was a family size of fries and soft drinks at the park.  The kids played at the park for a bit and then we headed back to the car and on to our next errand.

As we were driving to the grocery store, we happened upon an antique car show.  This unexpected find was a nice break to get out, walk around and see these amazing vehicles from time past.  From a 1908 Lomobile Dayrunner to a 1960ish VW Bug.  Guess what impressed the kids the most...the VW Bug. 

The grocery store was our last errand stop.  We shopped, loaded the car with our various munchies and drove home.  When we got home (around 3:30pm), the car was unloaded, the groceries put away and cleaning house commenced.

I started preparing dinner around 5:30pm and around 6pm we sat down to eat.  The dinner dishes were cleaned up, the table wiped down and our visitors arrived at 7pm.

Elder Jensen and Elder Iverson visited with use for about 1 1/2 hours.  We chatted about everyday stuff and then they gave a lesson that involved water, black pepper, dish detergent and 2 bowls.  The lesson was as follows:  The bowls were filled with water.  In one bowl, Elder Jensen poured some black pepper into the water.  The bowl with pepper represented the world with sin.  Nick and Sam were asked to stick one of their finger's into the bowl and lift that finger out.  Now their fingers had pepper on them.  The second bowl represent baptism.  The kids were then told to place their 'peppered' fingers into the second bowl.  When they lifted their fingers out of the bowl, their fingers were cleaned.  This represents what happens when you get baptized.  After baptism, you receive the holy ghost to help with keeping our ways from sin.  Elder Jensen then placed some soap on Nick and Sam's fingers that were 'baptized'.  Nick and Sam rubbed the soap around their fingers and then were asked to place those fingers in the pepper bowl and then lift their fingers out.  When Nick and Sam did this, their fingers were still clean and no pepper was seen on their fingers. 
This was a great lesson for them to see and understand how the holy ghost helps us in our lives.

The Elders left around 8:30pm and we got ready for bed.
The kids are now tucked in bed and I am finishing up this post.

Today was a good, busy Saturday :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Activity Days/Family History Center

Last night, I took Samantha to Activity Days.  Activity Days is for girls ages 10 -12, that meet twice a month at the LDS Church.  (You do not need to be a member to participate).  The girls do activities, hence the name, that help them grow and develop spiritually. 

While Activity Days was going on, I was learning more about the Family History Center and Indexing.  (Note to self:  don't forget your username and password for the next visit).  Bishop Garland was on hand to answer some of my questions and during our conversation, we found out that we are distant cousins...I'll have to save that connection for another post.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Break

For the whole month of May, the kids take 'spring break'. During this break, I plan out the next school year and wait patiently for curriculum to arrive.  I also replenish our supplies which include paper, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, notebooks, 3-ring binders, etc. 

Once I receive all the curriculum that will be used, I read through it and start making mental plans.  Those mental plans will then be sorted out into a schedule of sorts.  Do I stick to the schedule?  Sometimes.  I usually tweak the schedule once the Nick and Sam have worked on lessons for about 3 -4 weeks. 

Having a soon-to-be 7th and 5th grader is a bit daunting, but worth every minute I take making sure they get a great education.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."  ~ Proverbs 17:22