Friday, November 30, 2007
Little girl,very proud of her creation.
The houses back at our home. Don't you love the little snowman?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Hooters. I have always been against the restaurant chain. Scantly dressed women, flaunting their hooters for tips. Don't like it. I have said that I do not want to support such an establishment that makes women into pieces of meat for money. For years hubby has told me it is not that bad and the food is great. Uh huh. Last week,the kids were at my brothers for a sleep over which left us kidless. With hubbies birthday over the weekend I told him he could pick where we ate,without complaint. He quickly jumped at the opportunity and took me to Hooters. It was not the most pleasant dining experience for me.The women were dressed more poorly than I had expected. How they stay warm in the winter months is beyond me. Their "shorts"were more like hipster underwear. There was soft porn up, for sale none the less. And the food? Well, even hubby had to admit that it was not great. His wings were undercooked and he left most of his meal on his plate. So yeah, I won't be going there again. EVER!
And just in case you have "SOME ASSEMBLY required" for any of your Christmas gifts this year....don't delay. With kiddos gone overnight on Friday,I decided to assemble little girls gift. It took me THREE AND A HALF HOURS. Three and a half hours people. Oh well at least it is done. And many days later I think my wrist has recovered from all that screwing.
Starting last year, I gave the kids $1 per each person on their list and took them to the Dollar Store to do their own shopping. On Saturday little girl and I went. Then she helped wrap them when we got home. She amazed me when she wrote the names on 5 of the gifts BY HERSELF.
Which leads me to the next thing... DD is learning to read. Last week when she began spelling EVERYTHING she saw. And wanting to know how this word was spelled and then that. Then I noticed she was writing real words as well. When we drove past she read the sign at Sam's, S A M that says Sam's. I knew she wanted to learn to read and after seeing her decode the world around her, DD and I decided it was time. So Monday we started Learning to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. She is loving it. She never ceases to amaze me.
Today at our field trip to Fenner Nature center I learned something new. You know when you shine a light on a deer, it's eyes glow green. Did you know every animal has a distinct color when light hits their eyes? The naturalist had a book with a list of animals and their color. Orangish Red is a skunk,you can thank me later.
Last night at the Mom's Night Out we enjoyed a Christmas celebration. I came home with some sexy underwear and a stocking cap complete with braids. If you were not there you missed out. Good times.
I rarely go to the theater. This month I have been three times. A Bee Movie. The Martian Child. And last night August Rush. As a mom it was hard to swallow at times. There were points where it was slow. But overall it was a good movie. If you love music it is worth seeing. There are still a few movies on my list to see. Especially National Treasure2,it comes out Dec 21st.
In response to Mindy's comment on Reciting the Old Testament... No song. Our church is doing a super duper bonus challenge to memorize so many bible books by a certain date. One of the teachers mentioned adding one book a day and in less than 3 months they can know all 66. So I took her up on it. And it worked. Some days they wanted to add more than one. But the repetition of doing it every day really worked. DS got the remaining 11 today so it won't be long until we record his video of him reciting all 66.
ThiswholetimeI havebeen typingthekeys on my keyboard havebeen sticking. I haveto go through each sentence andseperatethewords.Highly annoying.I think it istimeforanewkeyboard. And timelittlehandskeepfoodand other sticky itemsaway from the computer.
I am sure I could ramble on some more but I will leave you with this.
Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The boy added the mohawk to match his own. :)
Then I got an idea. An igloo.
We found an old ice cream bucket and started mass brick production. Little girl dressed herself in her snowsuit, boots and mittens so she could join in on the action. We worked out a goodproduction line.I scooped the snow in the bucket to make the bricks. DD carried them to the igloo. DS put them in place. Reinforcing as we went. Until it was 4 rows high. Then we topped it off with our kid pool. Which by the way makes a fabulous roof. We packed it all into place, keeping a peek hole on the backside. It turned out GREAT! Here is little girl inside.
I just noticed her shoes our on backwards. lol. The boy had been out for nearly 3 hours, so he headed inside when I got the camera. We had so much fun and worked really good together as a team. This last one should give you an idea of how big it actually is.
Hope you enjoyed our snow pics.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Who knew it was "Buy Nothing Day," not me. I got the memo too late.
I don't feel guilty, not even a bit. I bought things I was planning to buy. FOR HALF THE PRICE.
I even encountered NICE people. I stood in line for an hour at Younkers. I NEVER shop there but they had the one item, for the boy, that we wanted to get him. They opened at 5, I got there at4. The gentlman standing next to me in line was a really nice guy. They home schooled their 3 kids. It was actually fun,waiting. Cold. But fun.
Then at Meijer's I encountered ANOTHER nice person. YEAH nice people!
And then at K-Mart, THE STORE MANAGER, helped me find the item I wanted.He stuck with me and then retrieved it from a coke display. Someone had stashed it there. It took a minute but he was successful. So he was nice. His store was crazy but he was nice.
So after shopping this morning I know I am not the only one who missed the memo. How about you? Get any great deals?
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The blog will once again be graced with photos. And video. YEAH!!!
We got our first sticking snow overnight. DS was more than thrilled. He spent over an hour outside. Good to know that some people enjoy this stuff. Enjoy is an understatement when it comes to my son.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy time with your family and friends, giving thanks to the one who blesses us beyond measure.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I answer it,"Hello."
"Hello, we have an officer on the way."
"Um,I don't think anyone called the police here."
"Is this (enter my address), the (enter my last name) residence?"
"Yes, it is. But everything is fine."
"Ma'am, someone from that address just called 911."
"OK, my 4 year old is right here and I was in the other room."
"It was a call with a female voice but they refused to speak with me. "
"OK, well I am the adult in the house and everything is fine."
"OK, ma'am, I will cancel the call."
"Thank you, have a nice day!"
My 4 year old is sitting on the couch oblivious, I ask her if she called 911. No. She did not.
I call down to the basement to my niece, 9 years old. "(Insert nieces name, did you call 911?" She sheepishly and guiltily peeks her head up the stairs.
"Yes it was me, I thought the phone was a pretend phone, DS told me it was a pretend phone."
"No, it's a real phone. The police were on their way but I assured the dispatcher everything was fine."
"Please leave the phone alone and don't call 911 again."
In a later discussion I discovered she heard the dispatcher but never said anything to her. We talked about policies for calling 911 and also their responsibility. I tell. I almost had the cops show up. Thankfully they called back and I was able to correct the mistake BEFORE they came.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Then I got thinking about it and decided that it would be best to take the whole week off. As I have various children on different days. Today I had an infant for a couple hours and my 4 year old niece for the day. Tomorrow I have my 9 year old niece. Then Thanksgiving. Then shopping. And the 9 year old again on Friday. Not to mention we could use the mental break. So we took a week vacation. YEAH!!!
My girlfriend sent this link to me today and I thought some of you may enjoy. With winter approaching, bad weather is inevitable. With that comes poor driving conditions. This link is to the states winter travel advisory site. It is updated twice daily. Click on the county and it gives the road conditions of major highways in that county. Could help you determine if the trip to grandma's is going to take 20 minutes or an hour. Go ahead, bookmark it today.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I just looked at the clock and it reads,9:15. Time to go click the off button and get this day going.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Something to consider anyway.
In the car I could not help but thinking, "We try to love out kids, teach them, guide them and we can not help but wonder if it is enough." Each day we have to embrace and do the best we can. Some days are great, full of life and reward. Other days are stressful and bleak. But through it all we press on clinging to the promise. To train up a child in the way they shall go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Lord, let it be so.
Oh, in case your wondering the rest of the week has been MUCH BETTER, even great.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It is put out by Saxon Math, which is the curriculum we use. It's great. Enter what math discipline you want to work on; addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Put in the highest number you want to use. And how many problems. You can choose whether it will be timed or not.
You then answer the math problems and it corrects it for you when your done.
There is also this link by that has online activities to reinforce different concepts for K-3.
Go check them out. Enjoy!
Friday, November 09, 2007
I have had a few discussions with some of my friends who are teachers (public school) about curriculum. I have asked each of them if they get through all of their curriculum each year. All of them have laughed at me and then replied, "Um, NO!" So my next logical question for them was, "Do you just go as far as you can and call it good when the last day of school comes around?" Again the reply was No." Each looked at the lessons and cut out some of the review or lessons that repeat information. Then they get as far as they can. I have taken a close look at my schedule and my Language Arts curriculum is 165 lessons. Rightfully so, Language Arts is huge in first grade and it takes a couple hours each day to complete all the components. When looking at the calendar my realistic goal for completing it is the middle of June. So I ask myself, "Are you going to complete the curriculum?" My answer is yes. I really want to complete each and every lesson for I feel each one has value and purpose. If this means we do school when others are already out, so be it. My hubby reaffirmed this decision for me, as I have had doubts. He reminded me that not all subjects are 165 lessons, so as we complete a subject our school day will get shorter. When we get to the point of only having Language Arts we (together) will have the choice of doing an additional lesson on any given day. This seems doable. And if we need to take another look at the approach in the Spring and cut some of the lessons, as my teaching friends have urged me to do, then we will.
However the year looks like, I really am excited by his growth. It is fun to see him pick up a book, on his own and read it for enjoyment. And he is just really getting to this point. Every day I can see his confidence grow. I love it!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
What is really great about this book we are reading is that is not just the mother's response in how much she loves him. The book flips over and is then the mother asking her son how much he loves her. The boy from a child's perspective then tells how much he loves her. Basically, he loves her more than anything else in the world. A touching story of love.
I thought I would pass on this book to you as a recommendation for when we got through it, the kids beaming both said, "Again!." That tells me this one is a keeper. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Attorney Chris Klicka of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) responded to the columnist. Read his letter at this link http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/mi/200710300.asp
Of the comments posted to the article the one I enjoyed the most was the listing of historical and famous people that have been home schooled. The list is taken from http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/famoushomeschoolers.htm
Constitutional Convention Delegates
· William Blount - U.S. Senator
· George Clymer - U.S. Representative
· William Few - U.S. Senator
· Benjamin Franklin
· William Houston – Lawyer
· William S. Johnson
· William Livingston - Governor of NJ
· James Madison - 4th U.S. President
· George Mason - Justice of VA
· John Francis Mercer - U.S. Rep.
· Charles Pickney III - Governor of SC
· John Rutledge - Chief Justice
· Richard D. Spaight - Governor of NC
· George Washington
· John Witherspoon
· George Wythe - Justice of VA
· John Adams
· John Quincy Adams
· Grover Cleveland
· James Garfield
· William Henry Harrison
· Andrew Jackson
· Thomas Jefferson
· Abraham Lincoln
· James Madison
· Franklin Delano Roosevelt
· Theodore Roosevelt
· John Tyler
· George Washington
· Woodrow Wilson
· Konrad Adenauer
· Henry Fountain Ashurst
· William Jennings Bryan
· Winston Churchill
· Henry Clay
· Pierre du Pont
· Benjamin Franklin
· Alexander Hamilton
· Patrick Henry
· William Penn
· Daniel Webster
· John Barry - Senior Navy Officer
· Stonewall Jackson - Civil War General
· John Paul Jones - Father of the American Navy
· Robert E. Lee - Civil War General
· Douglas MacArthur - U.S. General
· George Patton - U.S. General
· Matthew Perry - naval officer who opened up trade with Japan
· John Pershing - U.S. General
· David Dixon Porter - Civil War Admiral
U.S. Supreme Court Judges
· John Jay
· John Marshall
· John Rutledge
· Sandra Day O'Connor
· George Washington Carver
· Pierre Curie
· Albert Einstein
· Michael Faraday - electrochemist
· Oliver Heaviside - physicist and electromagnetism researcher
· T.H. Huxley
· Blaise Pascal
· Booker T. Washington
· William Blake
· John Singleton Copley
· Claude Monet
· Grandma Moses
· Charles Peale
· Leonardo da Vinci
· Andrew Wyeth
· Jamie Wyeth
· Joan of Arc
· William Carey
· Jonathan Edwards
· Philipp Melancthon
· Dwight L. Moody
· John Newton
· John Owen
· Hudson Taylor
· John & Charles Wesley
· Brigham Young
· Alexander Graham Bell - invented the telephone
· John Moses Browning - firearms inventor and designer
· Peter Cooper - invented skyscraper, built first U.S. commercial locomotive
· Thomas Edison - invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and perfected the electric light bulb
· Benjamin Franklin - invented the lightning rod
· Elias Howe - invented sewing machine
· William Lear - airplane creator
· Cyrus McCormick - invented grain reaper
· Guglielmo Marconi - developed radio
· Eli Whitney - invented the cotton gin
· Sir Frank Whittle - invented turbo jet engine
· Orville and Wilbur Wright - built the first successful airplane
· Irving Berlin
· Anton Bruckner
· Noel Coward
· Felix Mendelssohn
· Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
· Francis Poulenc
· John Philip Sousa
· Hans Christian Anderson
· Margaret Atwood
· Pearl S. Buck
· William F. Buckley, Jr.
· Willa Cather
· Agatha Christie
· Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
· Charles Dickens
· Robert Frost - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
· Charlotte Perkins Gilman
· Alex Haley
· Brett Harte
· L. Ron Hubbard
· C.S. Lewis
· Amy Lowell
· Gabriela Mistral
· Sean O'Casey
· Christopher Paolini - author of #1 NY Times bestseller, Eragon
· Isabel Paterson
· Beatrix Potter - author of the beloved Peter Rabbit Tales
· Carl Sandburg
· George Bernard Shaw
· Mattie J. T. Stepanek - 11-year-old author of Heartsongs
· Mercy Warren
· Phillis Wheatley
· Walt Whitman
· Laura Ingalls Wilder
· Amos Bronson Alcott - innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott
· Catharine Beecher - co-founder of the Hartford Female Seminary
· Jill Ker Conway - first woman president of Smith College
· Timothy Dwight - President of Yale University
· William Samuel Johnson - President of Columbia College
· Horace Mann - "Father of the American Common School"
· Charlotte Mason - Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education
· Fred Terman - President of Stanford University
· Frank Vandiver - President of Texas A&M University
· Booker T. Washington - Founder of Tuskegee Institute
· John Witherspoon - President of Princeton University
· Louis Armstrong - king of jazz
· Charlie Chaplin - actor
· Whoopi Goldberg - actress
· Hanson - sibling singing group
· Jennifer Love Hewitt - actress
· Yehudi Menuhin - child prodigy violinist
· Moffatts - Canadian version of Hanson
· Frankie Muniz - child actor
· LeAnne Rimes - teen-prodigy country music singer
· Andrew Carnegie - wealthy steel industrialist
· Amadeo Giannini - Bank of America’s founder
· Horace Greeley - New York Tribune founder
· Soichiro Honda - creator of the Honda automobile company
· Peter Kindersley - book illustrator and publisher
· Ray Kroc - founder of McDonald's fast food restaurant chain
· Jimmy Lai - newspaper publisher; founder of Giordano International
· Dr. Orison Swett Marden - founder, Success magazine
· Adolph Ochs - New York Times founder
· Joseph Pulitzer - newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize
· Colonel Harland Sanders - started Kentucky Fried Chicken
· Dave Thomas - founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain
· Abigail Adams - Wife of John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams
· Ansel Adams - Photographer
· Susan B. Anthony - reformer and women’s rights leader
· John James Audubon - ornithologist and artist
· Clara Barton - Started the Red Cross
· Elizabeth Blackwell - first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree
· John Burroughs - Naturalist
· George Rogers Clark - Explorer
· Davy Crockett - frontiersman
· Eric Hoffer - social philosopher
· Sam Houston - lawyer; first president of the Republic of Texas
· Charles Evans Hughes - jurist; Chief Justice
· Mary D. Leakey - fossil hunter; wife of Richard Leakey
· Tamara McKinney - World Cup Skier
· Harriet Martineau - first woman sociologist
· Margaret Mead - cultural anthropologist
· John Stuart Mill - Free-market Economist
· Charles Louis Montesquieu - Philosopher
· John Muir - naturalist
· Florence Nightingale - Nurse
· Thomas Paine - political writer during the American Revolution
· Bill Ridell - Newspaperman
· Will Rogers - Humorist
· Bertrand Russell - Logician
· Jim Ryan - World Runner
· Albert Schweitzer - Physician
· Sir Ernest Shackleton - Explorer
· Herbert Spencer - philosopher, sociologist
· Gloria Steinem - founder and long-time editor of Ms. magazine
· Jason Taylor - plays in the National Football League
· Mary Walker - Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
· Lester Frank Ward - "Father of American Sociology"
· Martha Washington - wife of George Washington
· Frances E. C. Willard - educator, temperance leader, and suffragist
· Frank Lloyd Wright - Architect
· Elijah ben Solomon Zalman - Jewish scholar
Famous Homeschool Parents
Will Smith - singer, actor
· Michael Card - singer, songwriter
· Mike Farris - lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
· Robert Frost - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
· Christopher Klicka - attorney and Senior Counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
· Len Munsil - attorney and President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)
· Paul Overstreet - musician, songwriter
· Kelly Preston - actress, wife of John Travolta
· Mike Smith - lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
· John Travolta - actor, pilot
· Lisa Whelchel - former actress, "The Facts of Life", now a pastor's wife and authorIt's nice to know we are in good company and that we have organizations like HSLDA to fight for our constitutional rights. Time to go educate my children. :)