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Dentist Day

Today we had dentist appointments for 5 of our 6 kiddos. My kids look forward to their appointments. They love the little goodies they get.
Happy to report; no cavities. yahoo!!
Josh had lots of plaque on his back teeth though. I was surprised because he usually is a good brusher. They took his x rays and did the fluoride foaming stuff. He picked Marshmallow flavor. Yummy. He will need braces in the next couple of years.
Annette had some plaque, but not as much as Josh. Annette. picked Bubble Gum flavor for the fluoride treatment. She too will need braces. Her teeth are pretty close together and not much room.
Caleb had even less plaque then Annette. He picked Marshmallow flavor and they said his teeth are not as crowded as Joshua's and Annette's. Caleb is so funny. The assistant is asking him to open his mouth but he is clenching his teeth instead.
Brent couldn't wait for his turn. It was his first time to get his teeth cleaned. He picked marshmallow flavor too. And the dentist said he might not need braces, because his baby teeth have gaps, leaving room for the bigger permanent teeth. He said it's not %100 percent but it looks better then the others.
Ethan got his teeth cleaned too. He looked so cute in the dentist chair. They just did a good cleaning no fluoride treatment. Next year for him.
Lance, didn't get his teeth cleaned but he was a handful. We really need to train him to be more obedient. He was whiny and just not happy.
It all went well. My Sweets took us all to Taco Bell for lunch and he went back to work. He won't be home until late. He has to go to Dallas to work on the apartments. One has a leak. Seems like they all had a leak at one time. But he is fixing the problems, not covering them up like it was done before.

Joshua's B-Day and Lightning

Yesterday we celebrated Joshua's 8th Birthday. His theme was Batman. A while back I rented the old batman movie. It was so funny to watch. There was a shark scene and you could tell it was a rubber shark. I ordered him some Batman party stuff from Birthday Express.

Josh helped me bake his favorite chocolate cake.
Here is the recipe:1 Package (18.25 ounces) plain devil's food cake mix

1 Package (6 ounces; 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips(put in last)
1 Package (3.9 ounces) chocolate instant pudding mix
1 Cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil
14 cup water
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Put those in after you have beat everything else together. bake for 50 min or when cake starts to pull away from pan and springs back when lightly pressed.

We got this recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor.

Josh also made a peanut butter frosting. With my help ;)

His party was at 6:00pm so he had to wait all day, poor guy. His Grandpa Joe, Uncle Joe, Aunt Cynce and his two cousins came. The rest of our family lives in CA. We sang Happy Birthday (out of tune) ate cake, jello and ice cream and he opened his gifts.

I also made his favorite breakfast that morning (Cream of Wheat) and he has been wanting to try shrimp so that is what I made him for dinner. I won't share that recipe, because you can buy it in a bag. He really enjoyed his birthday and said it was the best birthday ever. (Like he said that last year and the year before) He really liked staying up late the night before and helping me make the cake and getting all the goody bags ready. Normally I do that myself.

I still can't believe I have an eight year old. My how time goes by so fast. I still remember when I was pregnant with Josh. He was born two weeks after his due date and was 8lbs 2 oz (not my biggest either)

Also yesterday, I was pretty tired from staying up late the night before getting Joshy's birthday ready. I decided to lay down before starting dinner. It was raining, thundering and lightning. I was really enjoying our thunderstorm. I love hearing the rain and thunder. That is one thing I was looking forward to when we moved out here.(Texas) In Ca we didn't get too many thunderstorms. When I was little we did. (although Ca is having a lot of rain now that we moved) Well anyway, I was in and out of a nap. I could here Annette and MaryEllen talking at the top of the stairs, when all of a sudden I hear a loud BANG!!! and I hear noises coming from some where. I get up and go to the kitchen and my coffee grinder is on; grinding no coffee, my stove stinks like burnt plastic and it won't open and from the living room our Bose speaker is making a weird noise so I unplug the whole Bose system and our air conditioner on the bottom floor stopped. I'm thinking; what has just happened here. Well to make a long story short. Our sound system is not working, the stove is not working, a light socket up stairs is not working and our bottom floor air conditioner is not working. That is the most expensive thunderstorm I have ever enjoyed .

Today we had the air conditioner fixed for five hundred, our Bose was three thousand (which took us a year to save up for) and I don't know if we will fix or buy a new oven. I am just thankful that our house wasn't hit.

So by the end of yesterday I was hot and tired. Josh had fun though :) My Sweets and I had to sleep on the living room floor, because it was way too hot in our room.

Here is a cute movie for you all to watch, called; The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio. It is a true story about a women who raised 10 kids. Her dh spends all his money on drinking but this extraordinary women keeps her family together with lots of love and laughter.It is rated pg-13 because there is a scene where the father is drunk and banging things around in the kitchen. So if you watch it with your kiddos you might want to fast forward that part. There is another scene where she falls holding her milk bottles and her hands are bleeding. It's not like there is blood splattering or anything. All in all it is a cute movie and I enjoyed it.


We Took a Week Off

It has been a good but busy week.

Monday my hubby woke up sick. Really bad cough and stuffy nose. My brother-in-law took Annette out with her cousin. So we didn't get a whole lot of schooling in.She did her Rod & Staff Reading and that was it. Josh did his Rocket Phonics. Math they do together so with Annette being out all day we didn't do it.

Tuesday, I had an 11:00am dentist appt. So I tried to have the kids do at least their reading. Again no Math got done . I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled and a few cavities filled, so I was gone for a good 3 hours. My tooth just didn't want to come out. By the time I got home my sweets (hubby) let me take a nap. I was so exhausted. I slept for 2 hrs. By the time I got up it was pass 5:30pm. I was still out of it for a while.

Wed. Hubby is still pretty sick and I am still in a lot of pain. Again we did no math. Josh did his Rocket Phonics. Annette didn't do any school. With both my kids still needing me for the 3 r's it would be too much for this whooped mother. I couldn't even go over their AWANA verse.

Thurs. I still can't talk much and Dear Hubby is still not feeling well. I need to get ready to go to a women's conference this weekend. I am bummed because I am still in pain. Hopefully by Friday night I can at least enjoy a meal. I can't believe that having my 6 children was eaiser then having my tooth pulled. Gees! I feel like a wimp here.

Josh did his phonics and Annette did her reading, but no math again. I did pick up a little and mop the kitchen.

Tomorrow will probably be the same with schooling. Phonics and Reading. I told the kids on Monday that we need to get back to a full day of schooling again. Read aloud, copywork, reading, phonics and math. I think we have gotten a little too relaxed here.


Sunday:Before and After

I was visiting blogs this morning and came across one where a fellow blogger had a hard time with Sundays. So I thought I would blog about what I did to change our Sundays from rushing and hectic to more peaceful and calm. I had to get over some selfishness and change my attitude. I have often thought to blame satan by saying " he doesn't want me to go to church so he is making it hard for me." But when I got to the heart of the matter it came down to me. I was just too lazy to get out of bed. I even tried to put the blame on my husband by thinking he should get out of bed first not me. I look back and see how selfish, self centered and immature I was thinking and acting.

This is how our Sundays were before. Saturday I would tell my hubby that I am going to wake up early on Sunday to get us there early so we can go to the 9:30 am "Coffee House" class and then go to the 11:00am service.

Sunday morning the alarm would go off at 7:00am and I would hit snooze so many times that we wouldn't get out of bed until 9:00am. While hubby and I are sleeping the kids are up and getting there own breakfast. The little ones pour too much cereal and milk. Kids are quarreling. So finally I decide to get out of bed, grumpy of course because "I" not my hubby got up first and "I" have to deal with the mess while hubby is still in bed. As I walk in the kitchen I am stepping on cheerios and see milk spilled on the floor. The pantry door wide open, so of course Ethan & Lance have made a mess trying to find cookies or anything with sugar, including Splenda packets. I am getting even more mad, since my hubby has not come to help me clean up. Hubby gets up irons the clothes, I brush their hair, hubby and I dress. Grab for the diaper bags and we are out the door hoping that we get there on time for the 11:00am service and that they have room in the Pre-K classes for Ethan and Lance.

How our mornings are now. I wake up at 5:30am. Have my quiet time. 6:30-7:00am the kids start waking up. I am dressed. I fix breakfast. Get hubby up. He starts ironing the clothes while the kids finish eating. Hubby puts all their clothes in order of ages on the bed. As the kids finish breakfast, I let them know to go to my room and get dressed all the way to their shoes. Hubby dresses Lance and I help Ethan. I brush their hair while hubby is putting the car seats in the car. (sat. hubby usually has to take the van to Home Depot for something and so car seats come out during the week to carry whatever) I get the diaperbags ready, grab my sunglasses, help put the kids in and we are off to the 9:30am Coffee House class. Most Sundays we are there early enough to put Lance in his class. Once in a while he ends up at the Coffee House.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:9-11 NIV


P.S. Please note that I am not saying that anyone who has a hectic Sunday morning is selfish, self-centered or immature. I am speaking of only me and my issues.

Happy Ending (Bible Found)

Yesterday evening we had some excitement at our house. My bible that has been missing for almost two weeks was found Lord. It had fallen from the roof of our car on Preston Rd. and a couple saw it fall and stopped to pick it up. They were on their way home from visiting family and they live an hour away. My bible didn't have my name or address in it, but did have our church flyer in it. So they drove an hour out here to drop it off. Our church is pretty big (we have 2500 children running through the halls every Sunday) my bible had a cover on it with a little window/pocket to put a photo in, which I had a family photo. One of the Ladies recognized Brent in the photo and gave it to his AWANA leader.

What a miracle! It dropped from our car onto a busy road, picked up by a stranger who doesn't live in the area, returned to the church, someone notice Brent, put it in the hands of his leader and it was finally handed safely to my husband who brought it home to me and with only a scuff mark. God is good. Thank you Traci for taking the time to pray with me about my lost bible

A funny thing that happened; I was talking with my husband when Caleb came looking upset and confused. He said so innocently in his soft voice " Mom, my tooth fell out, I was sucking on my blanket, when I pulled it out, something white flew out and I picked it up and it was my tooth." He looked like he was about to cry. We didn't even know he had a loose tooth. That was why he was so confused. Once we rinsed his mouth out and told him it was normal he was excited.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good. I am learning to rejoice and praise God, even when things are not going my way. Let go and let God is another good saying ;)

He is my hope, my truth and all that I desire. He is beautiful. He is full of love, mercy and grace. And he loves me.

In Him,

More Life Lessons From Ethan

Yesterday Ethan came running and screaming from the backyard. I could tell he was in pain and asked him what was wrong. I couldn't see any scraps on him. When he turned around I saw a few spots of blood and I am thinking, were did it come from. I don't see any open wound. I picked him up and started looking at his body. Still nothing. He started calming down and he said, "broke my head" So I checked his head and there was a big bump on it. No big gash or anything. Thank goodness. Caleb and Brent were outside so I asked them if he fell from the slide or something else. My little guy can climb up anything. They said no the rake fell on him. He was trying to pull a rake loose from hanging up near the shed. When it did come loose it fell on his head. My poor Ethan.

I put an ice pack on him and prayed. Shortly after he was ready to start jumping an playing again. I kept following him everywhere. I didn't want him to bump his bump.

Ethan, can fall, scrape his knee but a few minutes later he doesn't remember the pain any more and is ready to take on life again. Two weeks ago he was playing with his Texas pop gun and he pinched his finger. It was black and blue, four days ago he was looking and laughing at me while walking and he ran right into the corner of the wall, two days ago he picked up a bee and it stung him and every time he will cry, get over it and move on. (even though I am not over it yet and still want to hold him)

By the end of the day yesterday I was a wreck. I had to get down on my knees and give Ethan to the Lord. I prayed God's protection over him and realized that as much as I love him I can't protect him like God can. Even on a deeper level: I thought Lord, one day my kids are going to leave and I won't be there to protect them and it hit me full force on how much I want my children to trust in the Lord. (We'll maybe I should say it hit me again) For them to do everything for Christ. I prayed that my children will seek him all their days. I prayed that they keep their hearts pure, that they will do good deeds, they will give all the glory to God and not themselves. That they will live for God and every step that they take will be for Him.

When they go off on their own I want them to be firmly rooted in God's Word so that they will never fall away.

Ethan has also taught me that when things get tough, get back up. Don't complain or whine, just get back up. Don't think, "why me" just get back up and when you do get back up, look up. Look to God he is always there.

Thank you Lord for today. I pray I don't waste any of it on falling down. That I won't give not even a minute to satan. I pray that every breath I take is for you. Every step that I take is for you. Every dish that I wash if for you. I am an example of Christ to my children and I want to be a good one!

To read more about my little guy click here (I transferred this from Homeschoolblogger so I'll have to find the link. Until then I don't have it).
In Him,
Ethan always jumping, climbing or running

My Ethan.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Proverbs 4:20-25 NIV

Simplify My Reading

I have been trying to simplify areas in my life and one area (among many ) is my reading time. Have you seen my sidebar of "I'm Reading" I love books. Always have since childhood. But it can be a bit overwhelming at times. There is so much I want to learn. I want to learn how to be a good wife, mom, friend and positive thinker. So this morning I was praying about all my books sounds crazy I know, but this needs to be done. I have a habit of thinking I need to read them all at once (especially the parenting ones) You know " I don't want to ruin my kids because I didn't get to that one book on time" ;) I tend to just skim the surface thinking I'll read it again later. So here are the books that I am going to read, not skim through but really read them and I am going to do something that is going to be very hard. Put all the other books away. Not have them next to my reading area.

I'm going to stick with;
  1. Child Training- Hints on Child Training, by Clay Trumbull.
  2. Mothering- The Mission of Motherhood, By Sally Clarkson.
  3. Wife- Created to be His Helpmeet, By Debra Pearl.
  4. Schooling-Latin Centered Curriculum, by Andrew Campbell.
  5. Better Myself book- Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer
The one book that does not get put on the shelf is God's Word my Bible.My first choice for any learning is Gods Word and I am so thankful for the freedom we have to worship Him and to read His Word.

And once I am done with these, I'll pick another set of books from my "sidebar list"

I know it still can look like a lot too some, but for me It's just right

Clean Heart, Clean Home Challenge

Today I am starting the Clean Heart, Clean Home Challenge that Amy at Dandelionseed seed is starting. I am so excited, because this is something I have been wanting to do. I have tried to do this on my own, but have failed. I truly believe this time will be different. I am not alone this time, I will have the support of Amy and 115 other fellow bloggers who are also taking the challenge. Most importantly I am taking it to Jesus.

In Memory of My Mother; Mary Ellen

Tomorrow, will be 7yrs without my mother. I'll never forget the last time I saw her. She was lying unconscious at the hospital. As I was stroking her hair and holding her hands, they were already getting cold. I could hear all the machines that were keeping her alive. I said, "Mom, it's okay, you can go home. We will be okay." I was trying to be strong for her but my heart was saying, "No mom, you can't leave, I need you! You need to be here to see my baby be born. I don't want you to go. I love you."

My dad, sisters and I decided that we should stop the machines and let her go. The Dr. said her body was already shutting down. I didn't want to leave the hospital. I felt like we were leaving her behind. I kept hoping that she would wake up. I asked God to please let her wake up. It sounds crazy but I kept asking until her coffin was buried.

My mom had two grandchildren & one on the way ( I was Pregnant with Annette)when she passed away. My mother always wanted lots of grandchildren. Now, she has 10. My mother was a lovely person. She loved watching Little House, Ann of Green Gables and Little Women. She loved to read, sew, and watch Star Trek with my sister MaryEllen. My mother and I loved a good cup of coffee and each others company. We had lots of long talks in her little kitchen and coffee from her Bunn coffee maker. We all pitched in to buy that for her one Mothers Day.

I miss the way she use to do a jig when she was happy. I miss her laugh and hugs. I miss her beautiful face.

Before my mom became sick I wrote her a Thank You Letter. I thanked her for all the cakes she baked for my birthdays. When I was younger I didn't appreciate them, but now that I am older I look back and thought how my mom lovingly made those cakes. I thanked her for all her hard work of cooking, cleaning and loving us. I told her I was sorry for all the times I griped and complained about my chores. Even now I wish I had helped out more. I thanked her for all the clothes and dolls she sewed for us. Sometimes when I would wake up at night, I would hear my mom's sewing machine. I thanked her for always praying for me.

Now that I am a mother, I realize all that she sacrificed for us. She didn't have to do all that she did for us. We didn't have a lot of money, but the way mom took care of us we didn't know. She would take us to the library, park and even to all her Dr/Dentist appt. She never made us feel like we were bothering her or interrupting her. She always had time for us.

When my children were born, it was hard because my mother wasn’t there to see my new baby. My husband and I would stop at the cemetery on the way home and I would get out of the car with my baby and tell my little one about grandma.

I love you mom and miss you very much. You are always in my heart and your grandchildren know you.

Today I was schooling Josh, we were going over his Rocket Phonics. Josh had to blow his nose so I decided to get a re-fill of coffee As I am entering the kitchen Brent my 4yr old says "mom, Ethan (my 2yr) is watering the carpet" I look in the living room and Ethan is standing there with the water hose and the hose has one of those nozzles things on it that makes the water shoot out far. I wanted to burst out laughing but I controlled myself. I said "Ethan, what are you doing with the water? It rained last night. You don't need the water on." Ethan just looks at me and said "Mom, can I play with the water? I want water on."

We did get school done (thankfully).

Fast forward to 2010; as I'm reading this post, I don't get it. I can't remember exactly what happened but I think Ethan, is watering the grass and Brent called it the carpet, so I thought it was funny. At least I know now to write in more detail for the future.

Feels Like a Saturday

Today feels like a Saturday. The kids have been outside playing in the water. I cut my boys hair today. Josh, Caleb and Ethan's.Lance just got a hair cut and Brent was having too much fun so still have to cut his. Annette has been wanting me to cut her hair so I did It was almost to her bum and now it is above her shoulders. I can't seem to get it straight. It is still a little crooked. Her hair is so thick that it is hard to cut.She really likes it, hope Dear Hubby likes it

We did do school today. Annette did her Rod and Staff Reading, copywork and math.

Josh did his Rocket Phonics, copywork and math.

The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons.

(I'm transfering my post from Homeschool Blogger so the pictures don't look to great)


We finished most of our schooling today at 9:30am. I was shocked!

Annette did a page of Ray's Arithmetic with the cuisenaire Rods, 2 pages of Rod & Staff Reading, copywork and First Language Lessons.

Josh did his Ray's Arithmetic orally, Rocket Phonics, copywork and he got his Dr. Dreadful Drink Lab so we used that as part of math too. The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons with him.

We will start a new Read Aloud, White Stallion of Lipizza. I think the kids will enjoy it.

Ethan and I built a tower out of Mega Blocks, Brent and I built a race track and played Mr Mouth, Lance and I got to dance together, it was a busy, fun morning.

Today my dad took Joshua to IHOPS and he came back excited. He said " mom their eggs are really good, so good that I don't even need to put catchup on them." I just burst out laughing and said " so my eggs are not that good" then we both started laughing



We finished most of our schooling today at 9:30am. I was shocked!

Annette did a page of Ray's Arithmetic with the cuisenaire Rods, 2 pages of Rod & Staff Reading, copywork and First Language Lessons.

Josh did his Ray's Arithmetic orally, Rocket Phonics, copywork and he got his Dr. Dreadful Drink Lab so we used that as part of math too. The only thing we didn't get to was First Language Lessons with him.

We will start a new Read Aloud, White Stallion of Lipizza. I think the kids will enjoy it.

Ethan and I built a tower out of Mega Blocks, Brent and I built a race track and played Mr Mouth, Lance and I got to dance together, it was a busy, fun morning.

Today my dad took Joshua to IHOPS and he came back excited. He said " mom their eggs are really good, so good that I don't even need to put catchup on them." I just burst out laughing and said " so my eggs are not that good" then we both started laughing

A Full Day

It has been a full day! Just what I prayed for;) Although I would have been happy if it was a little bit more calm. We just had lots of tantrums and quarreling. But we survived.

I started my day off by waking up late. This is the second time this month. I woke at 7:40, was able to still have my quiet time, thank goodness :-)I read Psalms 119, Proverbs 31 and some of Philippians. My dear sweet hubby put a load of laundry in the wash before he left for work and that was a start of 6 loads of laundry today. I still have 1 load to put away.

At breakfast with the kids I read them some off Psalms 119 and we talked about sharing and helping others. I then let them know what I expected of them today concerning school and chores.

I gave Josh his copywork and math to do while Annette and I worked on Rod and Staff Reading. I then let her know what pages of Explode the Code and Ray's Arithmetic she needed to do. By then Josh was done with his copywork and we did Ray's Arithmetic orally. He did great! Maybe he just needed a break from school. We then did his Rocket Phonics. After we did most of our 3 R's I read our read aloud. The last chapter of the Apprentice. They really enjoyed that book. It was probably 10:30 or so when we finished.

After lunch we finished school up with First Language Lessons.

I caught Caleb being good today. He came downstairs and with out me saying anything he started cleaning up the living room. He has been helping out more around the house with no complaining. We didn't get any school done with him so tomorrow for sure!



Curriculum for 06/07 School Year

It's that time of the yr for us. Getting ready to make our curriculum orders. I haven't put everything down on paper yet, but I thought I would write on what we might be doing. It's not set in stone yet ;)

Josh will be in 3rd grade and will use Sonlight Core- K
History; Mystery of History Vol. 1, Bible and some of Story of the World.
Read alouds; from SL Core-K
Science; Sam's Science Adventures & Animals and Their Worlds from Winter Promise.
Math; Ray's Arithmetic, CalcuLadders (if needed) and I am looking into Professor B-Mathematics
Language Arts; I am not sure were he'll be at. I do plan on using Rod & Staff and Sonlight Language Art's 2, Spelling Power and Writing Strands
Music;Great Composer Series, Classical Kids Collection and learning music notes from Rod & Staff.
I would like to start Prima Latina.
Bible; Christian Studies from Memoria Press
Art; Start Smart Homeschool Art Series and How Artist See Series

Annette will be in 2nd grade her schooling will look like Joshua's with different levels for Math and Language Arts. Omitting Spelling Power and Latin.
Bible; NIV, Rod & Staff and Egermeir's Bible Story Book

Caleb , will listen in on Sonlight Core-K
Science; Animals and Their Worlds & Sam's Science Adventures
History; Mystery of History Vol. 1 and listening to Story of the World
Read Alouds; from Core-K
Math; Calvert-K

Language Arts; depending on were he is at, but right now am looking at Calvert-K or Rod & Staff Reading-1.
Bible;Egermeier's Bible Story Book and NIV
Music; same as Josh and Annette
Art; from Calvert

Brent will be using Calvert Pre-k, listening in on Sonlight Core-K and Rocket Phonics.

Ethan; Dr Suess Books, cutting and pasting ;) Some Sonlight Pre-K books

Lance; Lots of hugs and kisses

Well, that is what our yr might look like. I am not really sure were my kids will be at with LA, so I am waiting until the last minute to order that.

I really would like to add in Latin and Art, but our days are pretty full so I will keep that in prayer.

I would also like to buy some of Diana Waring History on cd, more as a just for fun listening :) Not something that we would have to keep on schedule.



Fast forward to 2010: We never did finish Mystery of History. Spelling Power was too overwhelming I ended up selling it as well as Writing Strands. Joshua was just not ready for all that. Memoria Press Christian Studies went out the window too. Again it was too much. I was still so new with homeschooling and going year by year was a lot on my shoulders.
With the younger ones we don't do so much formal schooling. We use lots of read aloud and audio books.

Our Saturday (Ethan & Family)

It is raining today. I love the rain. My husband had to go to work today, but before he left we played a game that I just bought, called Blokus. It was a lot of fun. My hubby uses his left side of the brain more, so he won;) here is a link so you can see what the game is all about http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=342995

Today we did chapter 18 of Story of the World, The Ages of the Crusades. I would love for us to get some Science in too. Maybe after their naps

My kiddos and I all got our blankets and watched Loves Long Journey. They really like movies like that. They love watching Little House too. The movie did have one shooting scene. Nothing major, I believe the guy accepted Christ (at least that's what I think happened)

After we ate lunch. We had grilled cheese sandwiches and chili beans with turkey. The kids love chili beans. And yes my chili beans are from a can I am not that great of a cook. The kids wanted some hot chocolate, so I made some and we put lots of marshmallows in it. The hot chocolate I did make ;) It was a special occasion with the rain and all, so we didn't use the packets. (okay we were out of the packets)

Ethan and Lance kept me pretty busy. I found Ethan with the vitamins today. They were calcium ones that look like teddy bears and taste like candy. He uses the chairs to get up high. I pray daily that God will help me keep an eye on him, because he is constantly getting into things. Once he opened up a bottle of medicine and was drinking it. Again it was children's medicine that taste good. I don't know how he sniffs everything out. Yesterday he was playing outside and climbed on a chair, I heard him screaming, he had his finger caught in the BBQ grill. How he managed that, I don't know. Lance is following in his brothers footsteps. He is already jumping off everything and climbing.



Got Some Schooling Done

Well, we got some school done today Josh did his math(CalcuLadder) and had a timed 2 minute drill. We just started this yesterday so he did the first one. Yesterday he got 75% of it done and today he finished in the 2minute time. He was really excited. He also copied a page from Rod and Staff book The Good Samaritan. We went over adjectives using First Language Lessons.

Annette did 2 pages of her Ray's Arithmetic, counted enough Dino Nuggets for all the kiddos. She had to make sure everyone got 6. She copied a page of Rod and Staff book Danial in the Lions Den and did lesson 49 of First Language Lessons. She is learning about pronouns.

We are getting behind with are Read aloud so I am going to make sure we read at least a chapter a day next week. We listened to Story of the World chapter 18, we still need to do the map work. So hopefully we'll get that done after their quite time.

Next week we will start back to a full schedule. (I hope) It has been hard for me to get going these past weeks. We took 2 weeks off in December, I really want to stay on schedule with our studies. I need to take time to go over our school schedule this weekend. I need to take time to pray to the Lord about our schooling.

My oldest son Joshua takes a little longer with learning and I'm always feeling like we are behind. That is one reason why I feel like we need to stick to such a strict schedule. I need to relax and just let him learn at his own pace. I'm really praying that this Rocket Phonics will help with his reading. With math we are taking time out with the CalcuLadder drills to practice his adding and subtraction. He needs practice with memorizing them. I also bought some math games that we will play before moving on to multiplication. The games I purchased are Blokus Game, Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction, Tic Tac Twice Math Skills, Dutch Blitz Game, Subtraction Safari Game, Math Smart Addition Card Game and Quarter Mile Math K-3.

Caleb my Kindergarten student is still learning how to blend. I will start him with Rocket Phonics next week. I bought The Letter Factory Game so we will add that into his schooling soon. Can you tell that I am trying to incorporate more games with their learning.

Josh got his Dr. Dreadful yesterday. If I have time today I will post some pictures.



Dr Dreadful Freaky Food Lab

My oldest son Josh, made his first on-line purchase. He has been wanting Dr Dreadful Freaky Food Lab, "looks gross, taste good" We haven't made the time to go to Toys R Us so he asked me to find it online for him. We found it at Amazon for $24.99 and for a limited time with a coupon code you can get Dr Dreadful Demented Drink Lab for free, which is a $25.00 value. After reading the reviews he still wanted to get it, he handed me his money and hit the send button. Now he is waiting for his package.



Spring Break

We are taking a little break this week. I am watching a friend's two boys so I thought we would take it light. We might do some History and Science. The kids did copy a verse today.

It is in the high 50's so I took the kids to the park. They had so much fun running around and playing. I got lots of mud on the wheels of the stroller. I didn't think that the dirt was that wet. The mud out here in Texas is like clay. Yuck! So I will have to hose that down later.

We had a great weekend. On Saturday I met with 5 other homeschooling moms. It was nice to get out and chat. Not to mention eat a meal without having to get up. It felt good to be served and not worry about cleaning up after ;) When I got home the house was clean. The floors were mopped, the carpets vacuumed (even under the couches) the laundry was washed and put away and my dear husband even painted the walls where the kids wrote on or touched with dirty hands. It felt good to come home and not have to clean.

Later in the evening I got to get dressed up to attend a wedding. My sister watched the kiddos for us. We had a lovely time. My husband usually works on Saturday so it was nice to have him home and spend time together.

Sunday we went to church early so we could go to the Coffee House. The Coffee House is in one of those portable building in the back of the church. The inside looks like a cafe, so we get to have coffee and donuts while we visit with each other then have a time of worship and the Word. After, we went to the 11:15am service. Our pastor taught from the book of Titus.

It was a lovely weekend. A time to be with family and friends.



A Quick Verse

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

Isn't it awesome that the Word of our God will not change? God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen! It amazes me that the God that spoke to Moses and Abraham is the same God that speaks to me, loves me and cares for me. It is so comforting to know that God and His Word does not change.



Back to Normal ;)

Last night I went to bed early at 9:38pm. Haven't done that in a long time. I was so beat I woke up at my usual time today :) Josh and Annette both copied their verses today, Rocket Phonics and First Language Lessons. We haven't done any math yet .

Now that we have put Rod and Staff a side it feels like we are not doing a whole lot. I'm use to us going over our sight words, doing 2 pages of reading and 2 pages of Phonics. Now we go over our sounds, play a sound game, like Go Fish or Bingo and then they read a story. It still takes time but I don't have workbook pages to feel like we did something. It's nice though, just different.

When I was using only Sonlight for Language Arts I felt the same way, because we would only do 2 activity sheets a week. One day would be copywork, 2nd day would be questions, 3rd day copywork and 4th day questions again. It felt so light. I know they are learning, but coming from a public school background it takes some getting use too ;)

It is another beautiful day here in Texas. The weather is just perfect. Not too hot with a cool breeze, I guess some would say it is pretty windy. My kids had lots of fun outside again. After they played outside we watched a video on Pandas. I didn't know how many animals and humans rely on the Bamboo.

I put the kids down for naps. Josh and Annette are listening to one of the Little House books so I think I am going to read



No School Today

I have been tired today. I slept in this morning too. I try to get up at 5:45am, but this morning I didn't get out of bed until 8:00am.

I planned on doing Rocket Phonics, First Language Lessons and some math drills with Josh and Annette, but instead they spent the whole day outside.

It gave me a chance to give our dining room table and the high chairs a good scrub. I spray them with Lysol daily, but they needed some scrubbing :) I cleaned up the guest bathroom and planned on cleaning up my room and bathroom, but I just didn't have the energy.

My dad and brother came by to wash their clothes. I made some coffee got out the Krispy Kreme donuts and enjoyed their company. The kids ate their lunch outside too. For some reason that is exciting to them :) After lunch they took a nap, woke up ate dinner and off they went to AWANA with their dad.

Lance woke up with a slight fever so he has been wanting to be held today. I just put him and Ethan down for the night and am waiting for the rest of the kiddos to come home. I almost fell asleep in Annette's room while putting Lance to bed (his crib is in her room) I thought I would lay down for just a minute. It felt so good to be under her blankets. My stomach hurts and my body feels tired. It is thundering right now. I love to listen to the thunder. I hear voices, my kids are home gotta go.




Here is a picture of my 2.5 yr old Ethan. His favorite saying right now is "I like you mom" or "I like you too much" . He has so much energy. Just right now he knocked on my door saying "let me in I went poop" He suppose to be in dream land right now. So I open the door and his hair is soaked! I ask him why his hair is wet when he is suppose to be in bed. His answer "It looks nice mom". I can't help but smile. I then ask, " Why do you always poop, during naptime or bedtime?" His reply "I don't know mom"

This is my child that climbs the stairs on the outside part of the rail. I have caught him ready to swing from the chandler once. He was holding on to it and just about to run across the dinning room table when I happened to walk in the room. I knew it was too quiet while doing school ;) Once I was passing the bathroom only to find Ethan in the sink trying to clean his feet, nothing is too high for him. He has no fear of anything (including discipline). When he was 1yr. he was already jumping off the couch. None of my other kids jumped from couches, beds etc until they were at least 3yrs old.

Needless to say he has brought me to my knees many times. After trying to correct him again and only to have him disobey, has sent me to the bathroom in tears. I never thought before that a 2yr old would be able to bring me to tears. I have read Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child by Dr James Dobson and I do wish he would come to my home and give me some advice. I have been praying and reading God's Word on how to raise my little guy. I don't want to break his spirit or change who God made. I am also praying that God will show me areas in my life that I need to change. When I think about it, I am not much different from my little guy, how many times have I been disobedient to God? How many times have I not listened to God and have gotten hurt because I wanted to do it my way?

Ethan, may be a handful, but he has taught me a thing or two ;) I love him just as Christ continues to love me.

He also brings much joy. This morning I opened the back door to find Ethan standing there with a handful dandelions and said "for you mom, put them in a safe place up high"



Rocket Phonics

On my curriculum wish list is a phonics program called; Rocket Phonics. It kinda reminds me of Reading Reflex, because you’re only teaching 36 sound. (if I'm remembering right) So I posted on the Sonlight Forums asking about it. One of the ladies said she had bought it and decided that they were going to stick with SL Language Arts instead, she said if I wanted it I could have it. I was so happy. Of course I said yes. I thought that was so nice. What a blessing. I received it yesterday and my son Josh started it today.

Josh is 7.10 yrs, has a hard time reading. I don't know if he is frustrated, being lazy, not paying attention or just doesn't get it. So I was happy to find Rocket Phonics. You can use it with children 5-9yrs old. Today we went over the zh, ea, ie, oa, oo, ou, oy, ow, sounds. I found out that Josh still gets them mixed up. We played bingo with the sounds and then had a list of words called "Reading Practice" We will do the same thing again tomorrow. I will include Annette too, even though she reads at grade level and is doing well, I want to keep their phonics together. As much as I like Rod and Staff Phonics there is a lot of writing, with Rocket Phonics your just working on the sounds and practice reading. We will continue with Rod and Staff when we complete Rocket Phonics. I'm am praying that this program will give my son more confidence with reading along with lots of praise :) With regular phonics program there are too many rules and it is confusing for Josh. When we would go over a lesson and introduce another rule he would kind of get it kind of not. I was the same way as Josh when I was learning. It was so frustrating to me, because I wouldn't get it and the class would move on to the next lesson leaving me behind and I was too shy to ask for help.


2010 Update: We did use Rocket Phonics for a while but this was also when I was very unsure of myself. I was also a curriculum junkie back then. Annette, actually did very well with R&S Phonics. Josh, picked up reading and now reads very well.

Had a Great Week

Today was a very nice day. We got some schooling done. Finished our 3rd Rod & Staff Lesson and Science. We read some more of Good Queen Bess. I got some cleaning and laundry done The kids helped me make some Rice Krispy treats, and Josh help make dinner. My 1 & 2 yr olds were quiet today. They are usually jumping from something.

Annette and I put together a puzzle. Then I did one with Josh. This whole week has been like that. Even though I have been busy with our everyday things the week seemed more relaxed.

I think God has been teaching me to just relax, to stop trying to do it all. Lay it all down at his feet. Sometimes it is hard to give it to the Lord, even when I know it's best. I am so thankful that my God cares so much about me that he wants me to give it to him. He will take care of me. Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on our own understanding it says in Proverbs 3:5 I need to trust that God will take care of all my needs. Joshua 1:9 " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Sometimes I am afraid that I'm not teaching my kids right or that their not leaning, or maybe I'm not suppose to be doing this, but then I seek God and He comforts me and I know that He is with me on my homeschooling journey. Psalms 48:14 "For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death." How my Lord, my God loves me. He is with me.

Now I know, not all my weeks will be this great, because it was a good week! But I do know that my God will be with me through through the ups and downs of life!

Oh and one more thing. Today Josh, Annette and I made it a positive day. This morning we talked about how we are going to be more positive, when something goes wrong or we have a mean thought that we are going to change it and think good thoughts, positive thoughts.


Proverbs 31

I recently visited Whirlwinds blog and she had an article about the Proverbs 31 woman. For years I have always thought of this chapter in Proverbs as negative and unreachable. Making me feel like a failure as a wife and mother. That is until I read this article. I now see it with a 20/20 vision ;) I woke up and smelled the coffee!

I was thinking if God thought it important enough to put it in the Bible then I need to read this again. In the article it talks about idleness, which I need to work on. It spoke on being a strong woman, I need to keep my health, drink my 48 oz of water, exercise and take my vitamins to keep my strength up. When I am tired I am not too nice. It talked about being organized, another area that I need to work on. It just opened up my eyes and I thought I would share it with you all.

Here is the link to Karla's site http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/whirlwind/92530/ If the link does not work it is under; If only I Had a Maid. Enjoy :)

I'm adding the article here because the links no longer worked. I searched until I found the article again but links will break again and this is so worth keeping.
by Blair Massey

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:40 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like Martha? You look at all the things you need to do and think, “How can I get this done by myself? Oh, if only I had a maid!”

If you’ve looked at the woman in Proverbs 31, you’ve seen that she was someone who accomplished a lot. I remember thinking to myself, “How is she able to get so much done? She has the same 24 hours in a day that I do, how come she is able to be so productive? ”

After many years of studying the Proverbs 31 woman, I can tell you that there are five things she does that guarantees her success. Let’s take a look at a few of the passages pertaining to the Proverbs 31 woman to see what we can learn from her.

1. She Worked Early.

“She rises while it is yet night and gets food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.” Proverbs 31:15 (Amplified Bible)

Yes, that’s right. She was up early in the morning. Not only was she up early, she was “working” early. Notice that she was busy preparing breakfast for everyone in her household. In today’s world we don’t have to get up before dawn to make breakfast, but there is much that we can accomplish when we get up early.

Oh, I can just hear some of you moaning, “I’m not a morning person.” Well, I understand how you feel. I felt the same way myself. Then I realized that God thought it was so important that He put it in the Bible. This is the kind of thing you have to put into practice before you have a change of heart about it. It was that way for me. The Lord had to show my stubborn heart over and over that I need to get up early before I understood its benefits.

Now, I get up early with a joyful heart. I am able to have my quiet time with the Lord, shower and get ready, put in a load of laundry and get organized for the day. When I do these things early I am ready for just about anything that comes my way that day because I have prepared my heart and my mind.

2. She Worked with Strength

“She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms.” Proverbs 31:17 (NKJ)

The Proverbs 31 woman was no couch potato. She understood that in order to do all that she had to do, that she must be in good physical shape. She knew that her family depended on her and therefore her health was important to her.

It is easy to get busy with taking care of your family and end up neglecting your own physical well-being. Making sure that you are eating right and getting enough exercise is important. How else are you going to be able to pick up your crying toddler, vacuum the house, clean out the car, play with your children and still have energy left to have a romantic time with your husband (if you get my drift)? You have to be in good physical shape.

3. She Worked Smart

“…and assigns her maids their tasks.” Proverbs 31:15 (Amplified Bible)

I remember when it hit me that the Proverbs 31 woman had maids working for her. I thought, “How unfair it is that she had maids and I have to do all this work on my own (pout, pout).”

Then the Lord opened my eyes. He helped me realize how many maids I actually had! There was the washing machine and dryer, the vacuum cleaner, the dish washer, the microwave, the slow cooker, the oven, the toaster, the coffee pot and my favorite — the bread machine. When I stopped to think about it, all my appliances were performing services just like the maids of the Proverbs 31 woman. How convicting. No more pouting for me!

Now I use all my maids, I mean appliances, to their full potential. I finally realized that I needed to work smarter, not harder. Delegation was the key. After all, the Lord had blessed me with these machines. Why was I not using them as I should? Now, on any given day you will find that I have my bread machine, slow cooker and my washer and dryer going so that I am free to be productive in other areas of watching over my home.

4. She Worked Carefully

“She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.” Proverbs 31:27 (NLT)

This was a woman who was on top of things. She understood that what went on in her home was her responsibility. She carefully watched over everything and made sure that whatever needed to get done got done. She didn’t let anything distract her. She had a plan and she worked her plan.

5. She Worked for the Lord

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

The Proverbs 31 woman did have one secret weapon in her home management arsenal. Today, that secret weapon is available to all Christian Homemakers. What was her secret? She had a healthy fear of the Lord.

She feared the Lord not because she was afraid of Him but because she had a healthy respect for the Him. She wanted to do what was right in His eyes because she loved Him. What she did, she did wholeheartedly out of love for the Lord.

She also knew that she could rely on Him to help her with all that He had asked her to do. This woman didn’t run around fretting about getting things done or complaining that her load was too great. She got her strength from praying to the Lord.

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities. Many times I have thought how nice it would be to have someone come in and take care of things for me. But that is not what managing a home is about. If we take the time to learn from the Proverbs 31 woman we will see that, although she had a lot to do, she was wise about how she did it. We can all be as productive as the Proverbs 31 woman if we put these five principals into practice.

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Just Rambling

I'm just doing a little self check in. Sometimes when I write what we have done, I feel like we have done enough ;) I'm trying to be a little more relaxed, but it is hard for me.

Lets see:Rod and Staff Reading we did 2 lessons and plan on doing the 3rd one tomorrow, Sonlight Language Arts 1 & 2, um....well....we didn't get to it this week. Might have them at least do the copywork tomorrow, First Language Lesson we did 4 lessons, we finished week 20 of Core-2 and math we did, but I feel like we didn't.

We started a book called Good Queen Beth and my kids loved it. They also listened to Story of the World about Queen Elizabeth(disc 6). I hope the Bloody Mary part doesn't keep them up. I kinda re-worded some of it, but didn't think to pre listen to the cd. I normally do listen to it first.

I put the kids to bed and I should be reading right now or folding the laundry but thought I would blog a little instead.

The weather has been so nice this week. The kids have had lots of fun playing outside. Their imagination amazes me. It is hard to believe I use to have an imagination too. They were just making up little hay bundles out of the dead grass and selling it to each other. They made their own little stores and I don't know what else, but they had fun. So I guess we had lots of recess time ;)

Well, I better get to my reading. I am working on History of Gods Kingdom from Sonlight and I am getting a bit behind. It takes me about 2 weeks to finish up one Sonlight week, but I'm getting there. LOL.



Bible Reading for Today

Today I read Exodus 33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

I am amazed at how close Moses was to God. Imagine you sitting face to face with God while having your coffee at the dinner table. That's how I want my relationship with the Lord to be. I know today we do not have that particular privilege, but we can have that relationship as God speaks to us during our own Bible reading.

My Bible reading for today will be Psalms 119. and I'll read Matthew26:14-30 to the kiddos today.My little ones are waking up. Gotta go :)



Monday Morning

I just finished with my quiet time. I am surprised that it is 7:20 am and my kiddos are still sleeping.

Today we will start week 20 with Sonlight Core-2. We will start our morning off with Bible time, our reading will be John 13:1-15.

Our history reading will be chapter 68 from Child’s History of the World and this week we will also start Good Queen Bess.

With, Window on the World we will be visiting Lobi, Mandinka and Pygmies.

The Aesop for Children reading will be Bear & Bees. I really want to read our poems this week. It is the one reading that usually gets left behind. A Childs Garden of Verses we are suppose to be reading two poems a week, and I think we have read about only two of them in the last 20 weeks. I really want my children to appreciate poetry, so I am going to make it my goal this week to read it.

I pray that we finish 3 Lessons this week of Phonics and Reading from Rod and Staff, 2 pages of our Sonlight Activity Sheets, go over our sums with Josh and telling time with Annette, Copy two verses, read a chapter a day of our read alouds, read our book on planets, memorize their AWANA verse, and to get Caleb’s lessons done.

So we’ll see. We have been doing pretty good, but I would like us to do better.


Crazy Friday

Whew, what a day and it is only 2:30pm. Well all is quiet now. I have my kids taking a nap right now.

Our morning started off as a very productive school day. We did Story of the World Vol 2, chapter 15. Josh and Annette, colored their coloring sheets and did their map work. We also did some science today. We studied the sun and went over the planets order. We are using Sam's Science Adventure, along with some picture books.

I also went over their sight words and did some math. Josh is learning subtraction and I was trying to help him understand some formulas that might help him visualize the problem and answer. For example 12 less 7 is ___ and 5 and 7 = 12 I'm trying to get him to understand that subtraction is the opposite of adding. He tells me " I get it, but I don't, I know my light bulb will turn on"

While doing our Language Arts Josh got a bit frustrated. He needed to turn a sentence into a question. The sentence was; God kept his promise. Josh changed it to a question; Did God kept his promise? When I told him to read it aloud and if it made sense he said "yes" so I read it to him and asked him what other word could we put instead of "kept" He said "did" so I read the question again with the word "did" and of course it didn't make sense. Josh kept telling me that's the way he wrote it and it's correct and by his body language he wasn't going to budge. He doesn't understand why it needs to be changed when he wrote it like that. Of course I already explained about good grammar, bla bla bla. This has happened to us before were he doesn't want to correct the answer because to "him" it is right. Arrrg!

Then Ethan and Lance kept getting into EVERYTHING today. While doing our Science lesson I had to get the globe in the kitchen and thank goodness because Ethan was on the counter rummaging in the cupboard. I told him he is not to get on the counter, because it is dangerous. He just looks at me with that cute smile of his and says "Okay mom", he also wrote all over himself today. Lance my 1yr old kept pulling Ethan’s hair and hitting him too. Lance is a lot like Ethan was at 1. So I think I am going to add Dr. James Dobson’s book The Strong Willed-Child to my reading list ;)

We also had some tears at lunchtime and after lunch I had to discipline/give a lesson on stealing, with my 4yr old Brent. Apparently he took/stole some gum from his sister and cousin MaryEllen. I had a little talk with him and then had him take some money out of his bank to pay back his sister and MaryEllen along with an apology.

So it has been a little "crazy" around here today but we have survived ;)


I'm Going to Stay Calm ;)

We are wrapping up week 19 of Sonlight Core-2 tomorrow. I still need to read Window on the World. The kids love that book. They get to hear about a new country and how we can pray for them. In the book they mention the Jesus Film. I have not seen it and put it in my queue at Blockbuster.com. When it was finally time for them to ship the movie (after I had been waiting for three months) I had it in my hands. I waited until the kids were napping and got a bowl of popcorn, was about to slip it into the computer disc drive, when I noticed it was broken!!! I was a little upset. I didn't yell and I didn't let it ruin the rest of my quiet time. (two yrs ago I would have been so mad and upset that I would have been a grouch for the rest of the day) I went to blockbuster.com and let them know to send a new one. I wasn't sure if I was suppose to throw the broken disc away or send it back, so I sent it back. When I did that they took it as a return. Meaning they thought I watched it and returned it, so they sent the next movie that was in my queue. Aaak. But I didn't get mad, I just put the Jesus Film in my queue again at the top of my list and returned one of the kids cartoons. So guess what?? I finally got the Jesus Film two days ago and I made myself a hot cup of tea and moved the couch just perfectly in front of the TV and I put the Dvd in the disc player and a blue lighted font flashed across the dvd player saying "unreadable" I'm like what! Let me clean the disc. I take it out and it is BROKEN!!! I couldn't believe it. So I calmly showed my husband, even though I wanted to cry I said "I'm not going to get upset, I'm not going to get upset, I'm going to stay calm” My sister Cynthia heard me and she offered to help change the template on my blog. Now is that a sweet sister or what? We spent about 2hrs that night looking for ideas on the web.

Thank you Cynce for taking the time to make my blog look so nice.



Verses for Today

Some verses that I was reading today and thought I would share :)

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Eph. 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Colossians 3:12-17 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Col. 3.10 and have put on the new self which being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Philippians 2:5-11 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Eph. 4:23-24 to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.



We had an okay Monday. My youngest son Lance woke up with a tummy ache and the GI Blues poor little guy.

I woke up late at 7:00 am. Yikes! I didn't get my quiet time first thing today. (had to wait till naptime)

We started our day with Phonics from Rod and Staff. First with Annette and then Josh. They are both doing a different level with Phonics, but some how ended up learning the same sound. They are working on the sound "oi" on "oy" my son Josh was getting frustrated.I think some of his frustration is my fault. I need to be more patient with him. He takes a little longer to understand his lesson and I need to understand that and not get frustrated too. I try to remember how hard it was for me to learn how to read. Sometimes I wouldn't get something, but the class would move on. I am so thankful that I can go at my childrens pace. He picks up math a lot quicker.

Annette, seems to understand her reading and phonics a lot quicker. I can explain her lesson to her and she will go at it on her own.

After Phonics we then did Reading. We are on our last lesson of Reading 1, unit 2. So tomorrow we start unit 3 It takes us a while to go over the new reading words so we spent a good hr with just reading today.

Since Lance was not feeling well and wanted to be held a lot, we kinda called it a day. I would have at least like to have fit in First Language Lessons, but by nap-time I was too tired to keep Josh and Annette up to finish.

When Josh woke up from his nap, we played a game were he had to add, so we used that as math time. Then we went over his AWANA verses. He also read some pages from; God Is Good Series.

Annette, did half a page of her Ray's Arithmetic and practiced her AWANA verses too.

We have been concentrating on their Language Arts and reading that we need to buckle down with math. Josh is good with adding, we need to work on his subtraction.

Annette is starting to do subtraction. She, like Josh understand taking away, but needs more practice.

Well, that was our day.



One of the Reasons why I love Homeschooling My 6

As I was reading my Bible today, I was so thankful that we homeschool. I can immerse my kids in Gods Word. My kids love for me to read the Bible to them. When I tell them "one more chapter" they immediately ask for more. I love it!

When the kids do their Reading from Rod and Staff, not only are they learning phonics, reading and grammar, but the Word of God too! How wonderful is that :)

They get more stories from their McGuffey Readers and God Is Good series also from Rod and Staff.

It amazes me how much they comprehend at a young age. Sometimes my kids will say "mom, we love because God first loved us." or I know the Bible says "Children obey your parents for this is right" Other times when I am going to explain something to them they will say "I know mom, I know what that means" It is such a great feeling.
I pray daily that my children will continue to grow in the Lord.

I love the verse, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:5. I use that as our homeschooling verse.



Thank You Lord for this time we have with the kids. I pray that Lupe and I will continue to seek your wisdom and guidance as we raise our precious children. We love you Lord.

Viking Ship

Here is a picture of the kids Viking Ship:

Viking Ship

Here is a picture of Josh and Annette with their Viking Ships they made today. We are on chapter 14 of Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. Tomorrow we will do our map work.



Edited to add: Since Homeschoolblogger changed and I pulled some of these post from there along with the pictures, that it affected my post here :(  I believe this is why my pics are not showing up.

Thursday Already!

What a busy week we have had. Not to mention what a busy day!

We got a late start this morning. I was really tired and had to lie down for 10min before starting school. Once I got us all started I was okay.

I thought I would start school with my Caleb my kindergartner. We did his Explode the Code book A. We worked on writing his letter f and crossing things out on the page that didn't start with the "f" sound. He did real well. He also did a page in another book called Jump Right Into Reading.

After Caleb, I had Annette and Josh come to my room. This is were we have been doing most of our schooling lately. It is less distracting then the dinning room table. I went over Annette's Phonics from Rod and Staff. She is learning all the sounds that the double oo makes. It is a bit challenging for her. She has pretty much whizzed through her first to units, but it looks like we'll have to slow down a bit for these o's ;)

When we finished, Josh, Annette and I hopped on the bed and went over their sight words. I drilled them pretty good. Some days we have about 5 new word to learn, so we need to keep up with drilling them. When done going over their sight words they both read a story from their Rod and Staff reading book. They read a short story on Noah. After reading, they did 2 pages of their Reading Workbook. They use their new words. Fill in the blanks and answer questions concerning the story they read.

We then moved our schooling to the kitchen table and listened to our history on cd.

While listening to their story they colored parts of a Viking ship that they were going to put together once the story was over. I sat and colored too. It was fun coloring with them. We then cut out the pieces and glued the ship together. MaryEllen came down stairs asking what we were doing and joined in. I let her put my Viking ship together.

We then had Oatmeal for lunch and the kids played outside for a while. The weather is so perfect today. Not too cold or hot. While I put the little ones to bed, Annette and Josh worked on their Explode the Code books and we finished up with our First Language Lessons. Annette is still learning about nouns and Josh worked on telling a story that I read back to me.

Now all the kiddos are upstairs having naptime or quiet time and I am off to either read my Bible or do my schooling. I am doing Sonlight Core-200, History of Gods Kingdom.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting my little spot in cyberspace



Valentines Day

On Valentines Day, we did some schooling. Josh and Annette did their Rod and Staff Reading, did some copywork and that was about it.

I baked some cookies for the kids to decorate with frosting and sprinkles. Their cousins invited us to have a card exchange. They had a lot of fun passing out their Valentines day card The children made a envelope and decorated it with stickers to put their goodies in.

We had a "snack lunch" cheese & crackers, peanut butter and jelly crackers and some sliced apples. The kids had a lot of cookies and candy so a snack lunch seemed the way to go.

The kids then brushed their teeth, drank some water and took a nap.While they napped I got ready to go to the spa. My dh sent me off for a relaxing bath and massage. It felt so good. I was served champagne, chocolate strawberries and Hershey kisses. They also had cucumber water which was very tasty. (and yes I only had one glass of campaign) I was so tired when I got home. All I wanted to do was nap, but instead we got the kids ready and went out to dinner at the Golden Corral (I think that was the name) It reminded me of Hometown Buffet in Ca. The kids had a great time and they said it was the Best Valentines EVER!

By the time we got home it was 8:30pm and we put the kids to bed.

It was a fun day!

Thank you Lord for a wonderful Valentines Day. I am so Blessed with a great hubby and six beautiful children.


Coffee Break!

My sister Cynthia and I took the girls (Annette and MaryEllen) to Starbucks. Annette enjoyed a Hot Chocolate and MaryEllen ordered a decaf Mocha. They had lots of fun. Cynthia an I both order a Decaf, Soy Mocha. Yummy! We then went to a few grocery stores looking for a certain kind of seasonings. Our last stop was Chick-Fil-A. Cynce and I ordered their sugar free lemonade and some fries, while the girls played in the in-door play yard.

Cynthia did these digital pages.(haven't transferred the pics over yet)

Not Much Done

Today we didn't get much schooling done. Grandpa Joe came over and gave the kids their Valentines. Which was a heart shaped box filled with chocolates. He gives this to them every yr. The kiddos were jumping for joy. Lots of voices saying "thank you grandpa"

Annette wrote a letter to her Grandma Phyllis. Her grandma sends the kids a valentine Day card with stickers and a dollar every yr. They really enjoy receiving some mail.

Josh, sent Grandma Phyllis a Valentine card that he bought with his own money at the dollar store. He said "grandma sends us so many nice cards that I want to send her one"

Josh also got to go with Grandpa Joe to the grocery store and helped him count out what he needed. My dad was trying to fit in some math ;) since he took him during school hours
During naptime for the little ones, Annette and Josh did 2 pages of their Explode the Code books and their lesson in grammar (First Language Lessons) Annette is learning about common nouns & proper nouns. Josh is learning about Verbs; state of being, action and we are working on linking verbs. I could tell he kind of gets it but doesn't.He knows the light bulb will come on sometime soon.

Maybe later today we will get to math. Grammar, reading and writing take up most of our morning. When we are done with it they usually need a break before we continue with math. I need to make at least 2 days for some intense math time.

I’m thinking that once Josh doesn't need so much phonics we can concentrate on math a little more. He should be finished with phonics by 3rd grade.