Friday, July 29, 2011

Homeschool Mothers Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal  



In my life this week....
I am working on all the last minute preparations to start school on Monday.  Kayley is bored and she has been ready to begin the school year for a couple of weeks now.  Especially Math.  She is anxious to see what the Math-U-See manipulatives are all about.  Maggie even toddles over to her workbox chanting Schoo...schoo...schoo...  

I have been consistently plugging along this week in my Bible in 90 Days Challenge.  I am happy to report that I am not behind, I have been staying right on schedule.  Today is Day 20 and I am in 1 Samuel.  It was tough plowing through all those rules and I'll admit that more than once I wondered what kind of cruel and arbitrary God we worship.  I have shrugged off more than one story as a potential urban legend and several passages have generated interesting conversations with my spouse and friends.  Like, are the 10 commandments part of the Law of Moses?  If so, why do we follow them?  I thought the Law of Moses went away after we were provided a savior.  Not that the 10 commandments aren't good to follow...it's just interesting how we pick and choose which rules and laws to follow depending on culture and time.  

Kayley's birthday was this week.  I can't believe she is 5!  Where does the time go?  We missed Workbox Wednesday due to excessive celebrating.  LOL!  Kayley also had Zoo School this week.

In our homeschool this week…
Nadda.  Nothing.  Poof!  We are starting on Monday though.  

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We are finishing up our busy week on Saturday.  I am really glad to get some of this busy-ness out of the way.  I have Primary meeting today.  Tomorrow is our Chapel clean-up day, a baby shower, and a birthday party for one of Kayley's friends.  Oh!  I still have to finish our newsletter for primary, create our agenda and mail box goodies.



Things I'm working on...
Yes!  There is more!  In addition to writing for LDS Parenting, I have been given an opportunity to write for another website too!  I will be sharing more about that in a couple of weeks, but it is keeping me busy.  My writing juices have been rusty and I need some oil, but I'm getting there! 

I’m reading…

 I'm watching...

What else is up?
Coming Soon!  September will bring:
Swinging on Small Hinges
2nd Annual Fearlessly Feminine Challenge
Are you going to participate this year?
Get ready!  Only 6 weeks away! 
September 11 - 17



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TOS Magazine Free Summer Preview

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is giving you a free peek at their summer edition!
Click on the link to check it out!
Read It Online Today!

Happy 5th Birthday Kayley

 I cannot believe my sweet Kayley is 5!

Where does the time go?



Seems like just yesterday:
2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

 2011
We love our Kayley!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winding Down (of the biological clock)

(Image by Allen Wallace)

Well, that's it then.  I am now 35.  

I think that any of my friends who struggle with infertility will recognize right off the significance of this birthday.  Turning 35 is the end of an era.  A turning point in your fertility.  Statistically speaking your ability to conceive takes a deep nose dive around the age of 35.   
A veritable winding down of your biological clock.

When looking at success rates at fertility treatment clinics there is an obvious dividing line:

> 34      and      < 35

Success rates are generally MUCH higher in the 34 and under crowd.
Success rates are noticeably lower in the 35+ crowd.
Does it matter a whole lot to me?  
It shouldn't.  
But somehow it still does just a little bit.

 Like a trusty alarm clock, every so often I hit "snooze" on my infertility until it awakens me again with reminder that I have a slight discrepancy in that aspect of my life.   The passing of time and the opportunity to parent has made life easier.  But, infertility, my old friend woke me up to remind me that I will not need that snooze button much longer since my biological clock is winding down.

Blah.  Who needs an alarm clock anyway??

I have something even better.

Pre-preschool Straws-in-a-Bottle fun

This is a fun idea for entertaining your pre-preschooler.
Take a small, plastic empty soda or milk bottle.
Cut colorful straws so that they just fit inside.
Voila -  instant fun!  Good for hand-eye coordination.
(and inexpensive too!)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kayley's Birthday Party...

 We had a wonderful time celebrating Kayley's birthday today at her favorite place!  
ChuckE.Cheese!
We invited several of her friends from church and they just had a blast!
 
 Maggie thought Chuck E Cheese was a lot of fun too!
 We had a TON of tokens!  
The guys manned the token distribution.
I cannot believe that in a couple more days Kayley will be 5!!
Where does the time go?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Billy Graham in Quotes book review


This month I had an opportunity to review Billy Graham in Quotes.  This book is written by his son Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.  Alphabetically compiled by topic, this quote book is filled with words of wisdom and advice from America's "Pastor to the Presidents."  Billy Graham has been preaching the word of God for over 70 years and this book is filled with generous excepts from years worth of sermons, interviews and books.  Topics include broad subjects including Christianity, the Bible, prayer, Holy spirit and life.  Choice, money, love, parenting... Pride, marriage and joy.    Several quotes in this book left me thinking, and more than a few generated an interesting conversation with my spouse.  My favorite quote, "Dissapointments are a part of life, we can't always have our own way, and we need to learn to separate what is significant from what is merely annoying..."  Wise advice.   An in-depth reference-style book for the Christian heart that will help you through troubled times.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Homeschool Mothers Journal - Summer Edition link up

In my life this week…
This has been a busy, busy, week...I think I mentioned in an earlier posting some of the activities we had coming up!  Tonight, dinner with the missionaries, tomorrow - Kayley's birthday party!  We have Zoo school this week, My birthday, Kayley's birthday.  So, so so much stuff to do!
 
In our homeschool this week…
We have been on again, off again, in our summer school work.  I was so excited to purchase several of Amanda Bennett's Download N' Go units over the last few days!  She is having a BIG sale, a LOT of units for only 5 dollars!  So far I've picked up:  Horses, Dogs, Baseball, Africa, Oceans, Seashells, Christmas, Government, Winter, Autumn, Trains and ROBOTS!  If you are at all interested in lapbooking or unit studies check out her website here:  


My favorite thing this week was…
watching my little girls help me with laundry.  I was moving clothes from the washer to the dryer and like magnets there they are...eager to help.  I would pull the clothing out and hand it to Kayley, who would hand it to Maggie, who would put it in the dryer.  My throat grew thick with tears when I looked at my precious girls.  Sometimes they drive me crazy...but this morning they made my heart swell.  Such sweet girls!

Things I’m working on…
I need to get organized!  I spent 10 years in the military and used to be really organized.  Maintaining spreadsheets, updating things, deadlines - it all used to be no problem.  It's just been a while!  I'm out of practice and factoring in 2 little people - it all ends up being a little bit different.

I'm excited to be getting started with The Old Schoolhouse homeschool crew!  I attended my first ever "webinar" this week to receive some training and there are already 2 products in my lineup to review!  We'll be reviewing Before Five in a Row and Apologia: How to have a H.E.A.R.T. 

I’m reading…
2 of my favorite authors!  I have NO doubt that they will be as horribly romantic as all the others!  I really do love horribly romantic books, don't you?
I also just finished watching:

It was SOOOO good!  If you are a Little House fan you will enjoy this.  It starts at the end of "These Happy Golden Years" and takes through "On The Way Home."  (Except the actor who plays Almonzo is totally not cute... boo!)
I think that about sums it up for this week!  We are starting 'school' on Aug 1st!  I am really, really, really ready to get back into a routine...I'm already tired of summer!
  
Click the linky-doo to see what everyone else is up to this week!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Many Random Things...

The bearded lady?
 

Kayley's Shoes.

I learned how to bead socks!  

Silly Cat.

Yes, that is cornbread with milk.  Something my Grandma used to like to eat.  It was actually very good, the girls liked it too!  (I always thought it looked gross...but decided to give it a try.)

Our bird feeder has been destroyed by squirrels.  
See the deer back there looking at us?

Somebody managed to empty all the DVDs off the rack.  
Maggie looks so innocent doesn't she?

Kayley's room (before)

Kayleys room (during).  
It is still a work in progress, but we are getting there!
Kayley fixed her own hair this morning.
Yes, that was all quite random wasn't it?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reading...

 What fun to have a big sis that can read to you!

Workbox Wednesday - Link up

Here is what is in our Summer school workboxes today!  

For Kayley's Summer K5 to 1st we will be working on:

Bible 1: Finishing up the Tower of Babel & still 
studying our operational definition of obedience
Reading: BOB books and The Cow Laid and Egg
Handwriting:  BJU K5 
Math:  Skip counting
Science:  Pocket Babies and Nature Journal
We are also working on memorizing
Mommy's cell phone number and our address.  
(Just in case!  You never know)

 For Maggies Pre-Preschool workbox we will be matching ark animals in our basic file folder game, playing with counting bears and counting cookies, practicing sticking our stickers onto paper, our textured flashcards, and she LOVES to look at magazines so she will have fun flipping through an older copy of The Friend.

That's about it!  We have a busy July still up ahead.  Elders for dinner, a training webinar for Mommy, a practice run making a "whoopie pie cake" for Kayley's birthday party, actually making "whoopie pie cake(s)?" for Kayley's birthday party, putting together goodie bags for Kayley's birthday party, Kayleys actual birthday party, Church, Kayley's actual birthday, Daddy's church meeting (on Kayley's birthday - I'm not sure how that is going to play out yet), Mommy's church meeting, Mommy's birthday, 2 days of Zoo School, a friends baby shower (at which I volunteered to make homemade ice cream!), another of Kayley's little girlfriend's birthday party and shopping for said events round out July!
Whew!  I'm tired just thinking about it!
Even though we are not 'technically' taking summer off from homeschooling, it has been really challenging to school through the summer when everybody else is off!  We are overwhelmed by invites to BBQs, birthday parties, and other activities.   Which is totally fun, but definitely keeps us off our usual, daily, activities.  Oh, and it has just been so hot!  Blah!

The plan is to start school August 1st.  
We need to get back into a routine!  
I'm worn out!  :)

Check out what everyone else is doing today over at 
Workbox Wednesday with Adventures in Home Education!

Workbox Wednesday

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hearts in Flight by Patty Smith Hall

Maggie Daniels was born to fly!  Serving as a WASP (Women's Army Special Pilot) during WWII Maggie is breaking the mold of the traditional woman.  While Maggie is trying to prove herself in her squadron her commanding officer, Captain Wesley Hicks does everything he can to keep Maggie off the flight schedule.  Wesley is still crushed by the loss of his sister who was killed during a routine flight.  When Maggie receives a threatening note and her best friend Donna is hospitalized after a suspicious near miss he becomes more and more concerned about keeping "Ace" safe on the ground and close to his heart! 

As a 10 year Air Force veteran I've heard a lot about the Women's Army Service Pilot's (WASPs) but never had an opportunity to learn much about them!  This book is totally out of my genre (I think WWII books are a snore) but I LOVED it!
A special thank you - thank you - thank you to Patty Smith Hall for sending me a copy of her book!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Never The Bride by Cheryl McKay & Rene Gutteridge



Jessie Stone was stuck in a rut.  She had always envisioned her wedding day down to every last detail.  The only problem was - there still wasn't a groom!   The man she thought she would marry -- cheated on her and her long-time crush only knew her has a best friend.  Jessie is pretty sure her life is a dead end until one day, God (looking suspiciously like a middle age hottie) walks right up to her and helps her find the true path to happiness.  He encourages her to take a risk - and change her life!

In the spirit of "Bruce Almighty" this novel is giggle invoking as well as thought provoking.  While Jesse's friends think she is losing her mind (she walks around talking OUT LOUD to God and only she can see Him!), Jessie begins to wonder if this isn't a reincarnation of her 9-year-old Imaginary Friend (prompting her to visit her childhood therapist).  Either way, God takes Jessie on a whirlwind adventure, encouraging her to discover and multiply her talents, how to feel God's love and He helps her find true love along the way. 

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Cake Pop Company

We have a small bucket list...a "things to do in Springfield" list.  I know, I know...there are not a ton of things to do in Springfield, but I have been having a fun time checking things off on our to-do list.  One of the things we wanted to check out was a quiet little place called "the Cake Pop Company."
The Cake Pop Co makes delicious little "cupcakes on a stick," marshmallows on a stick, sinfully delicious cupcakes and whoopie pies!  They were oh-so good and the girls LOVED them!




 All gone!
(LOLOLOLOL!  Are you loving the red velvet teeth?)
I totally recommend the Cake Pop Co.  
Check out their website and go get some deliciousness!

Butterfly Festival

Today we headed out to the Botanical Gardens to go to the Butterfly Festival.  Basically, I don't know what we were thinking.  It was HOT!  I mean, too hot.  I don't just mean hot...I mean...HOOOOOTTTTT!

 
 They had about 50 butterflies for the kids to release, 
Kayley was lucky enough to get in on the action!
 The girls with Grandpa Kay.
So, did I mention it was hot?  Yes, way too hot.
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