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:

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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
!