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Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day we were busy packing. We will be moving this week! Yay, we are so excited. With that said we didn't do much for Valentine's Day. Our oven stopped working a few weeks ago so we didn't even bake cookies.
 What we did do was buy the kids some yummy Krispy Kreme donuts! They loved the heart shaped ones. Yup, even my boys were "fighting" over who gets what, haha, Thankfully there were 6 heart shaped ones.
 I stayed away. I've had too many cheats during the holidays that my Triglycerides were up when I was tested a few weeks ago. So back to being super strict again. No giving in to these yummies!

Teach by Example - Mom School Week 4

Another great week of Mom School. Because we've been super busy with packing and getting things ready for the move I've downsized my Journal to the Pocket Journal this week and kept to two books.
Skinny School has been a really fun read and even though it's to help one become slim and healthy (don't let the word "skinny" deter you from picking up this book) and I've incorporated much of what is says, it was a great read. I love how each chapter is a lesson and there is a lot of great advice which I found helpful in other areas of my life.
Here's a few quotes from the book: "Put on a mind-set that you have to pay a price for your goals. You will have to make choices, giving up some good things to get the best thing." and Champions take the time to figure out what is needed, to carve the time to do it, set margins so they will have energy to accomplish their top goals . . ."
The book talked about how "Champions" just don't become champions, they work at it, they pay a price to get what they want. In the book the character Jackie wants to lose weight so she needs to give up "bad" food like sugars and bread. She eats when she's down or feeling bad about something.She needs to stop her emotional eating. The "Genie" in the book helps her by giving her better choices but it's up to her to follow through just like other things in life. I need to stay focused on my four goals for the day but it even got me thinking about our homeschool (which is another whole post).
I didn't know that I was going to reevaluate some of my own goals when I picked up Skinny School so my fun and "care-free" book that I picked because we've been so busy and I didn't really want to "think" so to speak was a book that really got me thinking =)

I also read Different ~The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him. I must say at times I feel like a mom who is not in-tuned to her kids because Sally seems amazingly in-tuned. With that said though, I see where as a mom I need to do better. Maybe I can scroll less on Facebook and play a game with the kids instead or pray more for the different needs of my children.

Reading about Nathan's life is an eye-opener. He makes this mom think. Maybe at times when one of my little ones was acting up (although my kiddos are not little anymore) maybe instead of correcting I should have did so and so, I don't know. I think I have some pretty great kids and I can't redo the past so it's forward. From here on out I can "think" hmmm, why is this child reacting to X and how should I respond?

Hopefully with moving and all the kids will see that I can still learn and fill in my pages of my Mom School stuff. Praying that they see me taking the time to read, write, and ponder ~ Teach by example!

Wow, this round of Mom School is looking so different from last years. This season instead of grabbing some of their school books and learning their history and science I am getting some much needed Now School for me. Realizing that I need to set goals, take time out from my busy day to really 'read' my kids, and SLOW.

Are you Teaching by Example and getting some Mom School done? Are you jumping in and doing some of the same assignments that your kiddos are doing or like me this round, documenting and writing what your are learning with some mom-nightstand books? Either way our children are seeing us Teach by Example. Don't forget to show them your work and what you are learning.


Teach by Example - Mom School Week 3 (2017)

Three weeks into Mom School already!!!!
Time goes by so quickly when you're having fun =)
As our family nears the big move (that we've been waiting for, for years now) my Mom School has slowed but I was able to complete two days worth of journal pages using the Winter Girls Journal!

My Learning Something new was rereading my Trim Healthy Mama books again to learn about E meals. 

A few weeks ago my sister mentioned that she was going to give Trim Healthy Mama a go, so I decided to join her. I love eating low glycemic but have been having too many cheats lately. My hemoglobin blood test shows a slight high as well as my Triglycerides. Actually my Tryglycerides have sky rocketed! This is with me just cheating a few meals a week! Crazy what eating sugar and bread can do.

I have been reading from Different by Sally Clarkson and along with what Sarah Janisse Brown has shared, I'm really understanding Lance.  

I am adding a few books to my stack. Some easy reads because of me being busy with the move I wanted something fun. Someone recommended Skinny School, hehe.

Please share your Mom School week by linking up below.


Teach by Example ~ Mom School (Week 2)

I'm excited week 2 of Mom School, teaching our children by example was a lot of fun. I enjoyed diving into a stack of books that I had selected. I didn't read from all of them this week but did finish Who Moved the Cheese?
Mom School ~ Teach by Example
I learned that we should be aware of things changing. I don't like change so this was a good book for me to read and I'm going to reread it to Lance via the kid's version. I believe being "aware" and expecting or knowing and preparing for change ~ that it's a good trait to have so we don't get stuck "waiting" for the cheese to come back. Sometimes I can be so stubborn with not wanting things to change, for instance with my kiddos, they are all growing up. I can either accept it or waste time (which is super precious) wishing that they would stay little. Now that would be a pity. Instead of enjoying their young adult-ness (my own word) I'm wallowing in my "no cheese" zone not wanting things to change.

This week I actually used two student journals. I added the Winter Boys Journal as well. It's pretty similar to the Winter Girls Journal but I thought since it belonged to my boys it would resonate better with them when seeing mom use it.

This page was completed in the Winter Girl Journal. I had just finished reading from Teaching from Rest.
I wanted to share pages from the Winter Boy Journal but I couldn't find it this morning (Monday). It's been a busy week of packing, (yes we are moving!!!) so it's probably under a box or something. In the journal I used the Math Time pages with my boys. We practiced our mental math. I did it on paper and worked out the math problem while they did it mentally.
Teach by Example ~ Mom School
I carry my 365 Thanksgiving Journal around with me and I jot things down that I'm thankful for. I don't use this daily like I should but do use it at least four times a week. Some days I actually complete two pages and other days I may stay on a page for a few days.

Are you Teaching by Example and getting some Mom School in? If so, please link up below, you don't have to use a Thinking Tree Journal to do Mom School, just pick up a book or your child's book, read, jot down a few things you learned (maybe fill in a timeline, use a notebooking page, etc.) and show your child that you did a little Mom School.


Teach By Example ~ Mom School Week 1 (2017)

I'm really excited to host Teach by Example ~ Mom School. I love deciding which books I want to use and I'm pretty excited about some of them, well most of them.

The Thinking Tree has some journals that I will be using during the Six Week Teach By Example ~ Mom School Challenge!

Winter Homeschooling Journal ~ I really like the idea of using a journal that the kids use. I think it gives them a visual with how to use the journal and it also gives mom the chance to "show" her kids what is expected of them without really telling them. It's a neat way to talk and discuss in a non threatening way too because you can use your (mom's) work.

365 Day Thanksgiving Journal ~ Sometimes I can be quite negative so I'll be using this journal to keep me continuously being thankful (did that make sense 😁). I plan to ask the kids what they are thankful for and put that it in the journal as well.

A Devotional Coloring Book: Bible Time Journal ~ I'll use this for the days when I don't write a verse in one of the other journals.

90 Day Pocket Planner ~ This will be used daily. Sometimes there is an illustrated to do list in the Winter Journal so I'll most likely just copy what I put in my Pocket Planner this way when I look back in my journal I'll have it there. I keep my Pocket Planner open in the kitchen, not my Winter Journal so I SEE what I need to get done.

The Thinking Tree

My books I have chosen:

Slow Lane The Beautiful Art of Slowing Down ~ this one I'm reading through with some friends. I want SLOW in my life. Not lazy or being slow like a sloth, nope. Just slowing down in my walk with Christ and with my family. For me SLOW looks different. I want to stop and be in the now with my kids, to breath and SLOW. Spiritually I want to SLOW and take the time to listen to God.

Teaching from Rest ~ kinda goes with my whole SLOW theme for the year, yes, my word for the year is SLOW and Rest goes with that.

Silver Boxes the Gift of Encouragement ~ This gem of a book is based on Eph. 4:29; Don't say anything bad but only what is good, so that you help where there's a need and benefit those who hear. I want to work more with being an encourager, putting others first, making them feel special. As one little girl put it, "Our words should be gifts to each other, little silver boxes with bows on top."

Different: The Story of an Outside-the Box Kid ~ This is Sally and Nathan Clarkson's story. A child with OCD, ADHD, and ODD and how his mother loved him. Moms are like that.

The Power of a Praying Wife ~ I have read this book before but thought I should go through it again.

The Secrets of Mental Math ~  I'm going through this DVD Course and book with three of my kids.

Optimizing Brain Fitness ~ I had Brent choose any course in the Great Courses Catalog and he chose this one so we are going to do this together.

The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling ~  It's been a long time since I've read some encouraging homeschooling mom type books. A friend recommended this one to me so I'm excited to add it to my stack of books. I don't have it yet, it's on the way.

Who Moved the Cheese ~ this one is a fun read and one I have had on my shelf way too long collecting dust. My hubby has read it and I plan to have the kids read it too. It teaches how to deal with change. There is also a kids version that I might get for Lance.

The Go-Giver ~ What one man learns the power of changing ones attitude from getting to giving - putting others' interest before your own, continually adding value to their lives ultimately leads to unexpected returns. A book that my kiddos will be reading too!

Chronological Expressions Bible ~ of course my Bible reading for the day. I'm reading the Bible chronologically with some Facebook friends.

Now that may look like a lot of books and it is for this homeschooling mama of six but I don't plan on reading each book daily, except the Bible of course.

The Winter Journal has the Circle Today's Date pages. I plan to use it at least three times a week. My goal is to use one days worth of pages but if I can only do one or two that will be fine too. I'm not going to overwhelm myself.

I hope some of you will join me in this 6 week challenge. You don't have to own a Thinking Tree journal to jump in. Feel free to use whatever works for you. It might even be working in one of your kid's workbooks, or read one of their textbooks or a stack of books you've been meaning to read but haven't had the time.

So grab your books, read, and share what you are learning. Monday I'll have the linky go live so you all can start sharing your Teach by Example Mom School moments.


Mom School ~ Teach by Example (2017)

It's been almost a year since I've hosted Mom School ~ Teach by Example! I had so much fun. I'm excited to start this up again.

If you all would like to join me that would be wonderful. I will have a link-up every Monday. You can grab the graphic and link-up!

Right now I'm gathering my books to start January 30th. I plan to use my Winter Girls Journal again along with my 365 Days of Thanksgiving, Bible Time, my 90 Day Pocket Planner, and of course a stack of books.

Teach by Example The Thinking Tree
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I still have a few books that I want to add but they are not here yet. I'll blog a little about the books I have chosen next week.

Here is a peek at some of the books I'll be reading and journaling about.
Mom School The Thinking Tree

Last time I encouraged you all to use one of the student journals and adapt it for Mom Schooling, and although I loved it, it didn't work out for some moms so of course use any journal that works for you. I know Sarah has made a few Mom School type journals since then.


Hope you all will join me and share your Teach by Example ~ Mom School post! Until next time . . .

History Day

On this day not much schooling got done but we did get an all day history lesson.
The kids paid for lunch too. Pizza, chicken wings, and bread sticks, I bought the bread sticks, hehe.
I didn't eat any of it. Instead I had a delicious Caesar Salad and a P&J smoothie. Yum!

I was trying to get a picture of him smiling but id didn't happen. Wonder if he was nervous.

 When Lance saw all the people that attended he said, "Why do all those people go when they could watch from their living room?" he made me laugh.