Thursday, June 30, 2016

Re-cap of June

Being that it is the last day of June, I thought I would re-cap some of the things that happened this month...

The siding started to go up on our house and it no longer looks like this:
As soon as it is finished, there will be an updated picture :)

The kids have been enjoying their 'break' from lessons and are anxiously awaiting to start their new school year!!! 

Last weekend, Samantha and I decided to clean out some of our books and donate them to a local thrift shop...We donated 15 grocery shopping bags full of books. I still have more books to look through and decide if I will give them away or keep for a few more years. 

June has been a pretty good month for our family.  Scott has been busy with the house, the kids have been enjoying their 'break' and work has been alright for me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?
 Since I am not a huge summer fan, I would have to say September.

2. Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?
I do know how to swim and I took swimming lessons when I was about 9 years old. I don't own any sunglasses.
 3.What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?
Myself: patience
Others: I would have to say being around people who always have to be right and are argumentative.

4. Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you?
I have traveled throughout the United States and would love to travel out west and end up living in either Wyoming or Montana.
5. Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor?
I don't eat popsicles very often, but if there is a rootbeer flavored one near by, I will eat it.
6. Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any way shape or form?  
I will say 3.  I think it is a positive move for the United Kingdom, especially since they did not have a say when it came to immigration, trade, etc. I plan on continuing to follow this new chapter for the United Kingdom.
7.Share a favorite song on your summer play list.
80's music and anything from the Piano Guys
8. Insert your own random thought here.
There is nothing like eating ice-cream at the end of a long day :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

2016/2017 Homeschool Year

Next Monday, July 4th, the kids will be starting their 2016/2017 homeschool year.  Why is the new school year starting on Independence Day? A few reasons: 1) It's a Monday, 2) I'll be home that day and 3) A great way to celebrate the educational freedom of Homeschooling!

Here is the schedule that I have planned for the year:  6 weeks on, 1 week off ; this schedule will run from July to the week of Thanksgiving.  The kids will have a little over a month break between Thanksgiving week and New Years.  When the kids start back up in January, the schedule will change to 5 weeks on, 1 week off.  This schedule will run until the end of April/beginning of May.

The subjects that have been agreed upon between the kids and myself are:

Scriptures:  The kids have asked to read from the Bible this year.

1/2 hour reading each day 

Math: Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology

Language Arts:  Life of Fred: Australia

Science: Apologia: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (Samantha),  Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day (Nickolas).  Once the kids complete these books, Samantha has asked to study Botany and Nick has asked to study Chemistry.

History: Mystery of History Volume 2 and KrisAnne Hall DVD about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Vocabulary: the kids will be using the 1828 Dictionary

Book Reports

Country Reports

The kids will also be learning Home Economics - This will help them with life skills

Last year the kids tried foreign languages and that didn't last very long.  They have no interest in this area and I am not going to push it unless they absolutely want to learn a foreign language.

Now it is time for me to get everything pulled together to be ready for smiling faces on July 4th.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scripture Sunday

We ended up staying home from church today.  So today's scripture is a random one that I found in the KJV Bible:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad!!!  Wish I could have been with you to help celebrate!!! Thank you for your support and love through out the years.  You both mean the world to me! Happy Happy Birthday :) 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Family Reading Challenge

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Back in October/November 2015, we were challenged by the missionaries to read the Book of Mormon each night (chapter per night).  I am happy to report that on June 20th we completed the challenge with Moroni 10, the last chapter in the Book of Mormon. 
By reading the Book of Mormon each night, it became a positive habit that the kids and I looked forward to.  I am not sure how much they got out of it, but I know it changed their demeanor in a good way.
Thank you to Sister Evans and Sister Hair for the challenge. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy First Day of Summer

Now that it is officially SUMMER, lessons are just around the corner.
The kids have had a nice break since the beginning of May.  They will soon start lessons the first full week in July.  This break has lasted longer than usual as I wanted to try something different this year. The kids have noticed too!  In fact, they have been asking when they can start lessons!!!  I'm taking that as a good sign :)  The request for this year, from Nick and Sam, has been book reports and country reports.  They also know to expect more challenges this year as well. 

I am waiting for a few more things to come in the mail and then I can start planning our their days.

Stay tuned for what is in store for the 2016/2017 year...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...especially mine!!!  Love you, Daddy :)

Today in church, there were several scriptures to choose from and one of them is the following:

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." ~ Romans 8:16-17

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Twelve Things I Enjoy about Summer

The following are the 12 things I have enjoyed/still enjoy about summer:


Cool Breezes

Picking Strawberries

Camping (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Playing in the Irrigation Water (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Sleepovers/Slumber Parties (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Roller Skating (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Riding Bikes

Sundance Outdoor Summer Theater productions - when I lived in Utah, every summer my family would go see the plays at Sundance, UT.  So much fun!

Spending time with Friends

Sleeping In -(obviously when I was much younger)

Going to the Drive-in Theaters

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today's talks at church were about: Personal Revelation, Love thy neighbor as thyself, and Forgiveness.  All wonderful talks.
The lesson in Sunday School was about the parables and teachings of Jesus and how it pertains to the temple.
The following scripture, among many, was discussed during Sunday School:

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have." ~ 2 Nephi 28:30

Thursday, June 9, 2016


A few years ago we went to RI for a quick weekend trip.  The kids had fun on the beach and playground with "Uncle Dan" (Scott's friend).  Fun memories!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today was Fast and Testimony Sunday.  We fast 2 consecutive meals (for example:  breakfast and lunch).  During Sacrament meeting on the first Sunday of each month, members are invited to share their testimony's.
During 2nd hour, I attended the 4th lesson on preparing for the temple.  Today's lesson was about ordinances and covenants.  Ordinances is the act (baptism, sacrament). Covenants are contracts that we make with Heavenly Father (taking of the sacrament, following commandments, etc.)
During 3rd hour, we discussed the art of conversations and 10 things that the happiest people do.  The following was asked:  "Love thy neighbor as thyself", but if we switch it to "Love thyself as thy neighbor", how does this change our perspective, if any?  Something to ponder.

The following scripture is from the 2nd hour lesson:

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." ~ Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


What does JUNE mean to you?  For me, it means:

Father's Day
Flag Day
New School Year
Fresh Cut Lawns