Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FDA Links 28 Deaths to Gardasil in 2008

FDA Records Indicate 28 Deaths in 2008 Related to HPV Vaccine
The 2008 FDA records indicate there were 28 deaths and 235 cases of permanent disability in young girls who received the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, better known in advertisements as the Gardasil. Parents might consider this information when making vaccine decisions.

"Actually there have been 47 deaths in all, but they are apparently unsure about the cause of some of the deaths. The FDA documented 6,723 'adverse events' related to Gardasil in 2008, of which 1,061 were considered 'serious,' and 142 considered 'life threatening.'"

http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2009/jun/new-fda-records-obtained-judicial-watch-indicate-28-deaths-related-gardasil-2008


I find this to be very scary. Please arm yourself with information before allowing a doctor to give this to your child.

I didn't like the idea of this vaccine when it first came out. I don't feel that it is really protecting against a "life-threatening" disease. Yearly Paps are available to screen for cancer.

I've been through this all myself 10 years ago when it was discovered that I had precancerous cells on my cervix. The doctor cut out the bad cells and I haven't had any problems since then.

Our pediatrician and I chose to not give this to my daughters. She said we could wait and see since it was such a new vaccine. Since it's been out a few years, I was thinking about talking with our doctor about getting the vaccine during their next well-check this year if she felt it was safe. I don't think that I will allow any of my girls to have this vaccine!!!

For my family, I don't think this vaccine is the best choice. I am not anti-vaccines. I just don't want my daughter to be a guinea pig. If this vaccine is ever proven safe...then I will revisit the issue of vaccinating my daughters with it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Curriculum Planning

I will be planning our 2009-2010 school year over the next couple weeks. I pretty much know what we will be using. I just need to go through everything, create lesson plans, and decide how I want to organize this school year.

Some things I'm looking at using this year are:

Bible
Tapestry of Grace Year 1
Teaching Textbook
Apologia Science
Latina Christiana
Rosetta Stone Spanish

I have a lot of little extras that I really want to get to this year. That's where I run into a problem. There is so much great stuff to use...to learn. How do I squeeze it all in without overwhelming all of us.

I already have so much on our shelves. I don't want to not use it.

To be completely honest...I use to be a curriculum junkie. My husband was my enabler. He supported my habit by allowing me so much freedom in our curriculum purchases. However, I am in recovery and have done really well this year. I haven't bought any new curriculum.

We're gonna use what we have and only buy what is absolutely necessary!

I'll keep ya posted on how well I do at that.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kids Activities for 4th of July

Here are ten activities to do with your kids today to help celebrate the 4th of July.

4th of JulyActivities

Have a great day!

Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 3, 2009

My Super-Human Neice



Isn't she just the cutest? That's my niece.

She had a tonsillectomy last Friday.

Did amazing through the whole thing. I swear she must be super-human because she never...not once...complained.

She stayed with us after her surgery... until Tuesday. We all thought that she'd be able to have a better recovery here at our house due to the fact that she has a little brother and sister at home who might not be the best at letting big sis get the rest she needed.

However...she did suffer a small setback once returning home. She started having bleeding in her throat early Wednesday morning. Late Wednesday night, the doctors decided that they needed to go back in and re-cauterize the area to stop the bleeding.

Once again...my super-human niece came out doing just fine!

This is her only 17 hrs after her second surgery.


I ask you...does this look like a child who has just undergone two surgeries in one week?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

How To Get A Kid To Vacuum


I've discovered a way to get my kid to love vacuuming.

Wanna know how?

It only requires the purchase of a new...super-cool...vacuum.

This kid of mine has vacuumed the entire house everyday since my husband brought home this new vacuum last Friday.

I kid you not!


Look at that happy face!

I know it won't last long...but I'm lovin' it while it does!

Wonder if we can budget for another new vacuum when the novelty of this one wears off.

Hmmm...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Plans

Our school year is coming to an end. We're finishing up a few things and getting our year-end testing done.

I'm looking forward to taking a little time off to clear my head.

I won't be getting much of a breather though.The summer is looking to be a busy one.

I'll be taking a little time to plan for the 2009-2010 school year. Which I'm looking forward to...but it's going to be work. I want to organize all of our school stuff.

We'll be taking care of my mother-in-law this summer. She's having major surgery on her leg Monday, June 29th. She broke her leg about 4 years ago. The doctor placed a rod in her thigh bone to help repair it. She has osteoporosis so her leg never fully healed. Both pins holding the rod in place have broken and the rod is now sliding into her knee causing quite a bit of pain. She had several setbacks after the last surgery. She stayed with my sister-in-law during that recovery. It took her about 8 months before she was able to go back to her own home. I have no idea what to expect this time. So far, the doctor has said he won't be able to tell us anything until he gets in there Monday. I'm trusting in the Lord to get us through this one.

We'll be clearing out my Lauren's room for my mother-in-law to stay in. That's going to take some time. I sure love that child of mine...but she sure can mess up a room. I think she needs me to draw her a map to guide her to the trash can and laundry room. Or better yet...she needs a full time, live-in maid. Oh wait...she has one of those. It's called Mom!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Birthday Thoughts



My...how the years have flown by. Fifteen of them to be exact. My first born baby is 15 years old today.

I feel happy and sad all at the same time.

I feel as though my time with her is running out. Only yesterday I was holding this beautiful 5lbs 12oz... 17in long...teeny little bundle of joy that I had waited all my life for.

The next time I blink, she'll be moving out...getting married...having her own babies. Its all going by soo fast.

I want to prolong every moment I have with her.

All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a stay-at-home mom. I wanted to be there when my kids came home from school. I wanted to be there for them...always. I'm so thankful to God for allowing me to have that life. And we even took it a step further with His leading us to homeschooling. I've loved being able to spend so much time with them.

I look forward to the years we have ahead of us.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I've Gone Bananas...


for Bananagrams.

If you've never played this, you have to check it out. Its a great way to squeeze in a little educational play into our day without the girls complaining that its schoolwork. In fact, this morning Katelyn ask me to play.

How great is that?

We get to practice building our vocabulary and spelling...and its fun!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Thank you...

to those who gave it all to make this country what it is. With all our troubles...I still believe we are one of the greatest countries on this earth in which to live. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Free Bowling for the Kids!

Sign up now for free bowling.

Go to:

kidsbowlfree.com/amf


Register and receive free bowling passes every week by email.
Registered children receive certificates to bowl 2 free games a day all summer.How great is that? Check out the website to see if there is a bowling alley near you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nature Walk

I've decided to start doing a nature day for our homeschool. We are blessed enough to live very close to a small beachfront on a large river. So today we rode our bikes over to the beach. It was such a beautiful day...blue skies...sunshine...wonderful fragrance of honeysuckle in the air. Not only was I in great company...with my three beautiful gals...we got to see so many of God's creatures. Our first stop was at a rocky edge with lots of old washed out trees and wild plants and grasses. There were bright red ladybugs, little bitty snails on the rocks, and Osprey flying overhead. We moved a little further down the beach and saw four Great Blue Heron, a few ducks, a Brown Pelican, and more diving-for-fish Osprey.

I love taking the time to enjoy nature...to take note of all the little things that God chose to put on this earth.

This is the day the LORD has made. Let's rejoice and be glad today!
~Psalm 118:24

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Homeschool Freebies

Today's the last day for the annual Mother's Day Freebie Event at CurrClick. You can download four free items to use in your homeschool. Head on over to see if there's something that you can use.

Rosetta Stone Latin...

Oh...how my children would sing to the high heavens if only we could win this program for our homeschool. There little brains would cry out in such excitement..."Latin...Latin...Latin...oh how we want to know everything about you!

Ok...maybe not...but this would be awesome to win for next year.

Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language and has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — and you can WIN the *all new* version 3 Rosetta Stone Homeschool LATIN program… FOR FREE! This is the first year you can get Latin in the brand new Version III update.

This is a $259 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!)
This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever! Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress- I love that!), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.

To win this most excellent Latin program copy these paragraphs and post them in (or as) your next blog post, and/OR link to the contest from your facebook page and/OR email the information to your homeschool support group – Then go to the original page http://Jeneralities.com and leave a comment saying that you’ve posted about, or have linked to, the contest. Please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post. And good luck!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Homeschool Freebies

Don't forget to head over to CurrClick to get four free downloads today.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!


A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

~Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Amazing Dolphins

Homeschool Freebies

Don't forget to stop by CurrClick today to get 4 new freebies. Today they have:

  1. Ancient Rome Mini-Lapbook
  2. Mother's Day Blessing
  3. Footsteps on the Road to Learning ~ First Phonics Book
  4. Happy Scribe Copy Book - Life on the Farm

~approximately $29 in value.

What's better than free curriculum to a homeschool mama?

What's that?

Chocolates you say...

ummm...yeah...

chocolates are great.

Especially those Dove chocolates.Those are my favorites! Shhh! Don't tell the kids but I keep a stash hidden in my drawer just for those moments when I just gotta have an inspirational, chocolaty moment. Cause after all...those sayings written on the wrappers are so inspirational...and the chocolate is so mood lifting. Wouldn't you agree?

So go grab you a piece of chocolate and then go download your free curriculum.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Homeschool Freebies

If you've never visited CurrClick...now would be a great time. They are giving away four free homeschool downloads on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, and the 13th in honor of Mother's Day. That's a total of 28 free downloads that you can use in your homeschool. You can choose what you download. Take all of them or just a few.

I've used CurrClick before and have loved their products. On the left hand side of the website there is a button that says "Free Stuff"...click on it.

If you sign up for the e-newsletter, you will receive a free download each week. They have some great products so head on over and take a look!




Composer of the Month


Schubert is our composer for the month of May. We'll listen to CDs as we do things around the house, in the car, or any time we can squeeze it in. Katelyn will probably listen while she is falling asleep. So far this is what we have:

Books
Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends by Wheeler and Deucher

CDs
Masters of Classical Music: Schubert
Beethoven's Wig 2

Artist of the Month



Each month we pick a new artist, as well as a new composer, to study. We studied Monet and Tchaikovsky in the fall, before our move. We haven't done one since. I am excited to get back to this. We keep it casual. We pick out books, DVD's,and CD's from the library. We try to do a little each day.

This month we are studying Mary Cassatt. Some of the items we have found so far are:

Books
Mary Cassatt: An American in Paris by Philip Brooks

Mary Cassatt: Oils and Pastels by E. John Bullard

DVD
Mary Cassatt (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Just casual immersion into the works of our artist/composer of the month. It almost feels like cheating on school because it doesn't even feel like work. Love it!

Difficult Times

We have had such a rough year due to moving, taking care of my brother's kids, and a host of other things that have disrupted our daily lives. The girls have been doing some of the basics but that's about it. I feel that I have not devoted the time that we should on school this year. My oldest is high school this year... which stresses me out. I can't believe our homeschool journey is almost over. I feel like we've just begin and there is so much more that I want to do with them. I feel that sometimes I focus too much on her, trying to prepare her for her future, and my younger ones aren't getting what they should because of that. I had this great education all planned out for them...but I feel that I've failed. I lost my focus.

I actually considered putting the girls in public school next fall. That would be a decision that I knew in my heart wasn't what I wanted to do...but my head has been so clouded. I started to worry about what others would think. All the other homeschoolers I know seem to have it so put together. I feel like a flop! I've spent plenty of time having my own private pity party...and making everyone else in the family miserable. So I knew I had to do something. I did the only thing that I knew to do. The only thing that would make a difference. I prayed.

I've spent alot of time praying about everything going on in my life. I feel a renewed hope that homeschooling is the path that we are to stay on. I need to keep my focus on God's will for me and my family. That is a big part of my problem. It's so easy for me to stray without realizing it. Example: I haven't been to church in quite awhile because I've been keeping my brother's three kids on the weekends...and one of them is always sick. So I'm home with a sick child instead of having my soul refreshed and praising God. I love worship at our church! It makes such a huge difference in my week. Taking care of a sick child isn't a bad thing...but week after week of me not focus on the Lord drained me. I haven't taken the time during the week to have quiet time with the Lord either. So you see, I had become a sad little mama. I need that time with the Lord. I need to focus on His will... daily.

I am rededicating myself to the Lord...and to my family. I'm getting back to basics. My first mission in this life is to take care of my family. The one thing I need to do is to learn to let go of the guilt that I often have when I can't do for others. I'm a people-pleaser...a "yes" girl. I say yes to everything and everyone way too often. Something I will work on...for sure.

Our Homeschool

We're an eclectic homeschooling family using ideas from The Well-Trained Mind and Charlotte Mason...and even a little bit of Unschooling ideas thrown in here and there. This is our 10th year homeschooling. My oldest went to a year of private preschool, but other than that, my girls have always been home with me.

This year, my oldest is in 9th grade...that's high school (but I;m sure you knew that... lol)!!! It's so hard to believe that she could really be old enough for high school. Only 3 more years left...than she's an adult. Old enough to make her own decisions for herself...college, career, etc...her entire life ahead of her. I just hope that we will have given her everything she needs to have a good life.

My younger two girls are 6th grade and 4th grade.

I look forward to sharing our homeschooling adventure here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Is this a spoiled dog or what...










Yep...he's out cold!










Not sure if its showing up well... but his head's propped up on a pillow.










Sleeping on his back... like a human.

He's not suppose to be on the couch...

but every night...

as soon as we go to bed...

I hear his little paws pitter-pattering across the wood floor...

straight for the couch.

UPDATED TO ADD:

I just wanted to add that when I viewed this post on my blog, I was able to click on the photo to see it larger. Well...what did I see? In the second and third photo, Max has one eye peeking open. Talk about a sneaky pup. He laid there as though he was still sleeping...so he wouldn't get in trouble.

I tell you...I swear I've seen this dog tiptoe before. Usually when he's playing with the cat...he'll tiptoe to sneak up on him. It reminds me of Scooby-Doo when he does it. Now I see he has the peeking ability too!

Gotta love'em!

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Husband Rocks!

My husband rocks...way...way...much!

Last night when we came home from our daughters soccer game, I was expecting a nice, fresh smelling house to greet us. After all...I had ran around before we left Febreezing everything in sight. Instead of that light, clean smell...we were greeted by something really...really bad! I instantly thought the cat had blown up his litter box.

Oh no...it was worse than that!

Max, our sweet lil'dog, apparently had an upset tummy and really needed to go out. So instead of going on the wood floor in front of the back door...he went on my beautiful Persian rug...which happened to camouflage the poop. My husband was the first one to walk through the living. Thankfully he just did avoid stepping in it. Oh...it was not a pretty sight at all!

So...why does my husband rock you ask?

Because without even hesitating...he started right to cleaning it all up...without even batting an eye. How he did it, I don't know. It was...yuk! I had to hide out in the bedroom...I had a bit of a gagging problem at this point. I was so...so...thankful to not have to clean it up. And yes...I let hubby know that I really appreciated him doing the cleanup.

So...I think

my husband rocks
!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So much to do...

I have been getting so excited about the possibilities with our house. I have been spending a lot of time...maybe too much time...getting inspiration from magazines and blogs. I now have lots of ideas for what I want...just waiting on the money to do them. In the mean time, I'll continue to jot down ideas and plan.

I have also been spending time thinking about our homeschool. I've even started a blog for our homeschool to write about my thoughts and what we do. I hope to document more so that in my periods of self doubt, I'll have something to show me the big picture. To be able to see where we've been.

I will also start taking more photos again. Photos bring me such happiness. I use to be a pretty good photographer. But then I just stopped. Don't really even remember why.

The key...I think...for me to do all the things I love is to:
1) Always remember to find my strength from God each and every day! Very important!
2) To look for the beauty in the little things.
3) To stay organized.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My All-time Favorite Cartoon


I love this cartoon. I recall having similar conversations with the girls when they were younger. What's even funnier is that the homeschoolers your going to visit are probably at home waiting for your arrival...having the same conversation. lol

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Somebody's Hero



I love this song!

The first time I heard this...I cried. It brings out so many different feelings and thoughts for me. The hope that I am my daughters hero, the thought of my mom, and more recently...my grandma.

My grandma died about 2 1/2 years ago from breast cancer. I love her so...so...much! And I miss her! I hadn't heard this song in quite awhile. When I heard it yesterday, I couldn't help but to think of my grandma. She always told me what a blessing I was to her. I tried to take care of her...taking her grocery shopping, to doctors appointments, etc. I took care of her after some of her surgeries. I didn't do it all by myself...but I did a lot. We have a large family, so others helped too...but I was always available for her because I didn't work.

I always felt guilty when Grandma would tell me how sweet I was. I didn't feel that way...usually because, while I wanted to help, I sometimes resented that I had to take her to so many of her doctor appointments. Not to mention that when I went out with Grandma, it would be an all day event...and I had three girls in tow.

I was always torn. I wanted to be there for Grandma but I also had my own little family to take care of, lessons to be taught, as well as a house that always needed cleaning, and of course the pile of laundry that was always there waiting to be washed.

I can say now that I don't regret any of the time I spent with her...not one second. I wish that I wouldn't have stressed so much about things. I was aware of the blessing of homeschooling during those times. My girls were able to spend time with their (great)grandma. I remember one day the girls played piano for Grandma on our electric piano we brought over. She loved to tell people that my girls were homeschooled. She was always proud of her whole family.

All this to simply say that we can be too hard on ourselves. I know that I quite often feel like nothing much when ask if I work...my answer always being "no...I stay home with my kids". In all reality...that is work! Hard work! I guess, for me, this song just validates that.

I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Potty-Break Anyone?

I'm sure my Brad would tell you that he loves his girls...all four of us. But...having three daughters and a wife ...especially one with...um... bladder issues....has its draw backs. But with this great new idea...my hubby can now lead a happy life again. Well...at least the potty-break dilemma will be solved while we're traveling. You know how it goes...no one has to go until there's no bathrooms in sight... for miles... and miles.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Free Easter Resources for Your Homeschool

If your looking for something to do in your homeschool for Easter...check out what The Old Schoolhouse has put together for you.

Let's all celebrate that He has risen!



Spring Fling...Open Those Windows


We are finally getting some spring weather. My energy level goes up so... much... more when I can throw open the windows and let the fresh air in.

Ahhhh! Fresh air!

Love it!

That little dark blob in the window...that would be our cat. He loves when the windows are open too!

The fresh air...the birds chirping...the sun shining. It makes me feel so refreshed. It makes me feel like I can conquer any task before me.

How 'bout you?


April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

- William Shakespeare


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Ready to brush up on your St. Patrick's Day knowledge? Head on over to History.com for some fun facts and learning about this Irish holiday.


May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

~Irish Blessing

Friday, March 6, 2009

Topsey-Turvey Life

The past few months have been such a struggle for me. We have had a lot going on here. We are in the process of fixing up our old house to put it on the market. This has taken all of Brad's extra time. I miss him! He's my best friend and we have had no alone time together at all. I miss talking with him. So we finally planned for the girls to stay at his mom's house tonight. Guess what...I'm sick! We're still going to hang out together, however I'm so disappointed that I won't be feeling my best.

Our homeschool has been another source of disappointment for me. This has been our worst-ever year. I have really lacked self-discipline this year! We/I have had so many interruptions...so much stress... do to moving, holidays,starting my own business, and lately... sicknesses. I've been having moments where I wonder what the heck I think I'm doing. Really doubting myself and my ability to continue on this journey. Yet...no one, including the kids, want the alternative (public school). I keep telling myself that we will get back on track...keep persevering. We will continue on... with the prayer that things will get better.

I'm going to go back to my MOTH and Flylady ways for the discipline that I need to get things done. they gave me the tools before to set up routines...changing my life for the better. I know that I can do this...I just have to come up with workable plan...and stick to it!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You Know You're A Homeschool Mom When...

You get to change more than diapers, you get to change their minds.

When a child busts a lip, and after seeing she's okay, you round up some scotch tape to capture some blood and look at it under the microscope!

You find dead animals and actually consider saving them to dissect later.

Your children never ever leave the "why?" stage.

When your teenager decides to take one community college course, and comes home and asks you why the teacher wrote "At" on his paper. (A+)

You ask for, and get, a copier instead of a diamond tennis bracelet for your wedding anniversary.

Your kids think reading history is best accomplished while lying on the floor with their head resting on the side of their patient dog.

Your husband can walk in at the end of a long day and tell how the science experiment went just by looking at the house.

You never have to drive your child's forgotten lunch to school.

Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group showers after PE.

The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.

You never have to face the dilemna of whether to take your child's side or the teacher's side in a dispute at school.

If your child get's drugs at school, it's probably Tylenol.

Your neighbors think you are insane.

Your kids learn new vocabulary from their extensive collection of "Calvin & Hobbes" books.

Your formal dining room now has a computer, copy machine, and many book shelves and there are educational posters and maps all over the walls.

You have meal worms growing in a container....on purpose.

If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you're having a PTA meeting.

Talking out loud to yourself is a parent/teacher conference.

You take off for a teacher in-service day because the principal needs clean underwear.

You can't make it through a movie without pointing out the historical inaccuracies.

You step on math manipulatives on your pre-dawn stumble to the bathroom.

The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.

Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have put on your car.

If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.

Some day your children will consider you to be a miracle-working expert and will turn to you for advice.

Your kids refer to the neighbor kids as "government school inmates."

You can't make it through the grocery produce department without asking your preschooler the name and color of every vegetable.

You can't put your produce in your cart without asking your older student to estimate it's weight and verify accuracy.

You live in a one-house schoolroom.

You try to (quickly) capture the huge bee that was knocked unconscious as it accidentally flew into your car window, so the kids can classify and inspect it.

Your bank statement reflects the fact that you spend more at Books-A-Million than at fancy clothing stores.

You've got more books and bookcases than anyone you know.

You DREAM of a room (or even a whole house!) with wall to wall, ceiling to floor bookshelves.

The walls of your dining room are decorated with posters of the US Presidents, Periodic Table of Elements, Map of the Moon, Spanish Conjugation Chart and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, not to mention a poster of the Ten Commandments since no one can tell you not to!

You have children draped all over the furniture....and they're reading...for the FUN of it!

Your children actually enjoy spending time with their family, even their siblings!

Your children aren't embarrassed to be seen playing with someone younger than they are!

You are on a first name basis with the majority of local librarians.

You've laughed out loud when someone asked you "What about socialization?"

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day


I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law: Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?


~Walt Whitman~










Thursday, February 12, 2009

An Amazing Elephant!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Toymaker


If you have never checked out this website...you need to go there now. They have the cutest little paper crafts. I made some of the valentine projects last year for hubby. I made the Celtic Heart box and filled it with Hershey Hugs and Kisses. Then I made the sliding window card showing Cupid.

But don't stop at just the valentine crafts...check out the rest of the site. There are lots of old-fashioned, whimsical toys to make. As well as a book-o-meter to use for your kids to track their reading progress.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fighting Like Cats & Dogs...Not!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Top 10 Answers You Should NEVER Give to the Question "What?! No School Today?"

10. Well normally yes, but this time of year I need help with the planting and plowing.

9. Goodness, no!!! I graduated 18 years ago, but thanks for the compliment!

8. No, we homeschool. We're just out to pick up a bag of pork rinds and some Mountain Dew, then we gotta hurry home to catch our soaps.

7. What?! Where did you guys come from?! I thought I told you to stay at school! I'm sorry. This happens all the time. (sigh)

6. There isn't? Why, you'd think we'd see more kids out then, don't you?

5. We're on a field trip studying human nature's intrusive and assumptive tactics of displaying ignorance and implied superiority. Thanks for the peek!

4. On our planet we have different methods of education. (Shhh! No, I didn't give it away... keep your antennae down!)

3. Oh my goodness! I thought that today was Saturday...come on kids, hurry!

2. Noooooope.Me 'n Bubba jes' learns 'em at home. Werks reel good!

And the number one answer we should NEVER give to the question: "What? No school today?"

1. "What? No Bingo today?"


Found this at A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling

Who's Camping Out at Our House?


I think this guy is permanently camped out at our house.

The girls have been sick for a week now. It started with Lauren, then Katelyn, and now Elizabeth. I feel like I should be walking around in one of those white contamination suits to protect myself. I just know I'm next.

I was the one last year who got the flu. I remember how miserable I felt. I swore that this year we would all be vaccinated. The girls had been vaccinated last year and they never did get sick. Next year...we will get the flu vaccination!!! This guy has already overstayed his welcome! And I don't want anymore visits from him!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken




Rotisserie Chicken is easy to do when made in a crockpot. It turns out just as good as the ones that I've bought from Sam's Club. I use the regular ole'whole fryer chickens... just because their cheap. But the roaster chickens work great too, of course, and tend to have a little more meat...but for us, the fryer chickens give us enough meat for a supper.

To start, place a few balls of aluminum foil at the bottom of your crockpot:
(Never mind those speckles. I swear it was a clean crockpot. I had already put the chicken in, but decided to take a picture of the foil.)




Then pull the chicken out of its baggie. I like to rinse it off.
Make sure there are no innards (liver, heart, etc.) in your chicken...some do, some don't.
Now...you wanna sprinkle on lots of seasoning. I use Lawry's Perfect Blend for Chicken. It's the same as the seasoning that Sam's Club uses on their Rotisserie Chickens.


Place the chicken on top of the foil, breast side up.
The foil keeps the chicken from getting soggy in the juices that will come from the chicken.
You don't need to add anything else to the crockpot. Once the lid is on...
it will keep the chicken moist and delicious.

It will need to cook for about 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. If you've used the roaster chicken, it probably came with one of those little pop-up timer thingies. So you can use that as your guide for when it is done. This is what it looks like once its cooked:
(It looks...and smells...much yummier in real life of course)

The meat will fall of the bones...delicious! I just pull some off and put it on a plate for serving. I also like to use some of the juice that is left in the crockpot to drizzle on the meat once its cut to maintain its juiciness.

Simply Delicious...and Easy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Simple Beauty

Homeschool Resources

Just a few resources to use in your homeschool:

Beautiful printable nature/animal coloring pages

Donna Young- fantastic printables

Large Printable Maps

Carschooling

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Notebook Pages

NotebookingPages.com is offering a free copy of Barack Obama Presidential Pages to use in your homeschool.

Enchanted Learning has some printables as well.

Praying for Our President

I have committed to pray for our new president during the first 100 days in office through The Presidential Prayer Team. Now... this is a big deal for me because I did not vote for Obama. I did not want to see Obama as our next president. However, just because I want something doesn't mean I'll get it. Hey... that's a lesson I'm always trying to teach my girls.

Having said that...he is the President of the United States. That, in and of itself, deserves respect! Being the President is a tough job, although I have no personal experience in the matter. I'm sure he would appreciate all the prayers offered on his behalf. After all, God is good and He can do great things!

Won't you commit to pray for President Obama, as well as the staff that he chooses. And don't stop there...continue to pray for our government, they certainly need the help...and last, but not least, pray for our military! I pray that God will continue to bless America!


I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. --I Timothy 2:1-2

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Husband Rocks! Questionnaire

1. Where did you meet? We meet at a billiards bar where he was working at the time. He had an amazing smile and I'd swear his eyes twinkled. I thought he was so attractive!

2. How long did you date before you were married?
1 1/2 years

3. What does he do that surprises you?
He loves me! Even when I'm mean and rotten!

4. What is your favorite quality of his?
I like that he's a people person. He seems to thrive around people. He's also very helpful to others...very giving.


5. What is your favorite feature of his?
I think it is his smile...although there are other features that I certainly enjoy looking at. What? Oh...of course I was talking about his beautiful blue eyes. What else would I be talking about?

6. Does he have a nickname for you?
No...not really.

7. What is his favorite food?
fried pork chops

8. What is his favorite sport?
soccer

9. When and where was your first kiss?
on the front porch after our first date...I had a rule about no kissing on the first date, but I figured rules were made to be broken! I was so into him...I knew right away that I wanted to be with him forever. May sound silly, but its the truth.

10. What do you like to do together?
anything and everything...just love each others company.

11. Do you have any children?
yes...three girls

12. Does he have a hidden talent?
Yep...he can make his tongue flip upside down. Weirdest thing I ever saw. Now my oldest daughter can do it too. Think that would qualify him for America's Got Talent?

13. Who said "I love you" first?
He did!


14. What is his favorite type of music?
rock


15. What do you admire most about him?
I love that he is a provider...he takes care of us. He has a job that he doesn't love and yet, each and every day, through extreme hot or cold weather, he gets up and goes to work to provide for his family.

16. Do you think he will read this?
probably not





My Husband Rocks!




I found this idea on HeathahLee's blog about honoring our husbands. I think its a fantastic idea!

So I will start by saying that my husband rocks because he loves me and I know that he loves me. Through all the years together...along with all the extra baggage I've accumulated...he makes me feel like one hot mama! (country music anyone?)

On Katy Lin's blog she ask us to 1) list at least one thing your husband did or said in the past week that reminded you why you love him. He's been on vacation this week...which means he's been home all week. He's kept the fire going in our woodstove...which is a big deal because its been very cold this week and I hate messing with the woodstove. I love that he takes care of us!

2)Share a "Generous Wife Tip."
Recently, I ask Brad to list three things that would make him feel loved. His list was 1. keep the living room clean, 2. having clean laundry, and 3. "alone time" with each other at least once a week.
This list is simple enough for me to do and I know that it makes him happy, which also makes me happy.

My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feeds among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 2:16

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dressing Modestly

I was reading Sarah Mae's post about dressing modestly today. Which is something I've worked on in my own life. Its something that I want to pass on to my three daughters.

Luckily, my oldest daughter has never given me a bit of problem with her dress. She just isn't comfortable with showing off her body...even though she is beautiful. When it came to buying a swimsuit, she chose one with a skirt on it. Now...don't get me wrong...it is in no way a frumpy suit. It looks very good on her and it makes her more comfortable. I'm hoping the other two will follow her lead when it comes to dressing without too much revealing of ones self.

I came across this printable poster at Pure Freedom.org. I printed three for each of the girls to keep taped on their closet doors. It's a modesty test for your daughter's wardrobe. It also makes a great questionnaire for us moms to use with our wardrobe as well. Check out the site if you've never visited before. They have a lot of articles on raising christian young ladies.


Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Full Moon

Great Homeschool Resource

If you are not familiar with Curr Click...it's a great resource! They offer lapbook products, ebooks, and unit study material that can be downloaded on your computer. Which is great when you don't have time to wait for something in the mail. Also good for that instant gratification that we sometimes want...need!

Each week they offer one of their products for free! If you sign up to their email list, they will send you the free link each week. I've been receiving their emails for about a year and I've gotten some great stuff!

Today in my email, I got this link to Teacher Book Bag's American Presidential Inauguration 2009

Teaching about Government

With all the news talk about the president's inauguration on the 2oth and talks about different job appointments in the government, now is a great time to be discussing this with your kids. I have found some great resources on the internet for teaching about our government that kids might actually enjoy. I know whenever my kids get to do school using the computer, they love it....well, usually.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

Kids in the House


Veritas Press Activities

Have fun!

Monday, January 5, 2009

First Day Back To School

We started back on our school work today. I'd love to say that everything went smoothly...but then...that would be a fib. However, we did survive the day ...which is always a good thing.

And on a positive note, I am glad that we are getting back into our routines.


And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.

Hebrews 2:13


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year


Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Bah Humbug!


yep...this sums up Elizabeth at Christmas!