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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.


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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.



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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.


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