Thursday, April 28, 2016

2015/2016 Completed

Last  Friday was the last day of our 2015/2016 homeschool year. The kids learned quite a bit, even though there were times I didn't think they were learning.

Some goals that were accomplished:  completion of Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics, completion of Mystery of History Vol.1, completion of Zoology 2 and 3, and being able to read at least 1 chapter book per month.

Some things that went to the wayside:  French, Latin and Jump-in (writing curriculum).  These are in a holding pattern and may be revisited down the road.

The kids also took on the responsibility of taking care of our chickens and, most recently, ducks.  They have also earned money by selling the chicken eggs.

Sam has broadened her horizons by writing.  She is in the process of publishing her first book.
Nick continues to enjoy drawing and has been engrossed with computer games.

Summer break is going to be a bit longer than usual as they will be doing projects with dad...helping with the completion of building our house.

I am already looking ahead to the 2016/2017 year...more on that later.

Great job, Nick and Sam!!!  Mom and dad are very proud of your accomplishments.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


The last time we attended church was the first Sunday in February.  Why haven't we attended since then?  A lot of different stuff going, exhaustion, critters, etc.  Today that changed.  Today, the kids and I went to church and it was a good thing.

Today's talks were about Atonement, Patience, Humility and Diligence. 
The Atonement helps us remember our covenants.
We need to be Patient with waiting for answers to prayers.
Humility is another way of saying we have Spiritual Strength, not weakness as well as understanding the Atonement of Christ.
Diligence helps us with following the commandments by pondering the scriptures and lessons of from Prophets and Apostles.

A couple of scriptures from today, either from the talks or hymns:

"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." ~ Alma 26:12  (scripture from the talk on Humility)

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." ~ Psalms 33:12 (Scripture referenced from Hymn #78 God of Our Father, Whose Almighty Hand)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Who's On First?

This is one of my all time favorite skits by Abbott and Costello.  I found this on YouTube and wanted to share with you.  Enjoy the laughs!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cleaning Out...

... our bookshelves.  I am starting to clean out our bookshelves, or I should say the upstairs, under construction, bedroom that is full of books.  I would have to estimate that there are at least a hundred books that I need to either sell or give away.  So many memories with these books that it is difficult to let go.  It means that my babies are growing up. 

There are a few picture books that I am saving for nostalgia reasons.  They are:

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel by Virginia Lee

There are a few others, but I can't recall their titles.

What children's story/picture books have you saved?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Twelve Movies

Here is another "12" post about movies that I enjoy watching over and over and over again:

Sound of Music - I used to watch this movie with my Grandpa Quinn when I was a little girl.  This movie has a lot of emotional ties. Also, who doesn't like Christopher Plummer?!?!

Tombstone - How can you not watch this movie?  I like westerns and this is one of the tops..for me.

Gettysburg - I love anything to do with the Civil War and this movie is one of the best.  I have visited the battlegrounds at Gettysburg and it is amazing.  I try to watch this movie at the beginning of July every year.

Down Periscope - A good comedy to watch now and then.

Harry Potter Series - I grouped this together as 'one' movie because I like to think of it as a continuing story.  These are great movies and sometimes I like to waste a good day or two watching them. 

Purgatory - Another good western about 2nd chances.  It is an interesting take on temptations and good vs. evil.

Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea - Pure goodness

Fiddler on the Roof - One of my all time favorite movies.

Les Miserables: 10 Year Anniversary - not sure if you would call this a movie, but I could watch this everyday.

National Treasure - A good movie and a great way to introduce the Declaration of Independence.

The Shaggy Dog - A cute comedy and I like the old Disney movies.

The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) - This is another good series and I like the battle scenes..especially the music.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Making Good Choices

The above video is from the April 2016 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
The sisters visited with us yesterday and the above video was part of their lesson.  Enjoy

Friday, April 8, 2016


So many things have been running through my head.  It's as though I am caught in a hamster wheel and don't know how to stop the spinning.   
Could it be that I am anxious about the future?  or Could it be that I need a change with work?  There is something on the horizon that I am looking into and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.  I am hoping that the 'wheel' stops spinning and that I can get off and enjoy what may come my way.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April ~ National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  I learned this last year.  So, tonight I wanted to share one of my favorite poems...

I Hear America Singing

By Walt Whitman
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.


Friday, April 1, 2016