what I am grateful for today..

May 31, 2010|7:52 pm

In no particular order..

1. My family

2. An Awesome God who loves us where we are at!

3. Wrapping up paperwork on this past school year.

4. Starting the planning for our new school year. We start the basics on Wednesday, very easy on the basics, just to keep our minds engaged.

5. Beautiful weather.

6. Friends who come to visit tomorrow.

Aimée loves her strawberry patch.

May 30, 2010|7:29 pm
first berries are here!

first berries are here!

Fishing Fun

|7:24 pm

Grandpa Pat and Nick and Peyten and Jeff went fishing yesterday at Madison Lake.

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Peyten says OOOOOO

Peyten says OOOOOO

Peyten's fish!

Peyten's fish!

Peyten was tired and fell asleep.

Peyten was tired and fell asleep.

Jeff's bass.

Jeff's bass.

All in all sounds like they had an awesome day!

Crafts and hay and housework and homeschool OH MY!

May 29, 2010|3:53 pm

It has been busy around here. Pat and many of the boys have been working on leveling and putting new foundation under his mom’s garage. Dané has been gardening with some help from the children.  Aimée harvested her first strawberry of the year!Jim has been out raking hay so we can bale and harvest while the sun still shines. The forecast is for thunderstorms tomorrow.

Nick and Peyten came by and stole Pat and Jeff away for a little fishing this afternoon. Since it is ninety and sunny I am afraid they will come home baked!

I have been busy shuffling curriculum for our co-op next year and our own homeschool for this summer. Making plans and reading reviews. Today I printed several things and ran to Office Max and had them coil bound. I love my comb binder but sometime having a book lay completely flat is important. Later tonight or tomorrow I will post about our curriculum choices for now and next fall. I always love reading why others have chosen various products and projects to pursue so will take the time this year to define my choices and picks.

Well time to finish my spaghetti sauce and put it in the crock pot to stay hot until we have a break in the haying job!

Ryne and Kadence

May 28, 2010|7:36 am

Just checked my Facebook account to see if I could catch a friend for a quick chat. Found this cute photo tagged for me. These are my cuties that live in Germany. I said it looked like they are already to be shipped over to Grandma! They look like they are having fun reading their books don’t they?

Two Kids, Two Books, One very large dog cage. Who said parenting is hard?

Two Kids, Two Books, One very large dog cage. Who said parenting is hard?

The comment was made by their daddy! (My son Matt).

Decisions to be made.. are done!

May 24, 2010|7:48 pm

O.K. I have my choices for the American history co-op narrowed down.. and the winner is …KONOS. Volume 2 to be exact. We will use parts of the Responsibility unit in our colonization study. The War Between the States from the Courage unit and then the Wisdom sections pertaining to Founding Fathers, Government and the Constitution.  Tomorrow I hope to have this defined by week and loaded into the Co-op section of my blog.

KONOS is a curriculum I have used,  loved and the fact that I already own it and I don’t have to buy anything is pretty darn good also!  Some of my children’s  favorite homeschooling memories are from KONOS studies.  I hope to create more favorites for them and all of the children enrolled in the American history portion of the co-op I started.

The co-op is close to being full for next year and it is time to get all things finalized. I have ordered the science and have the books I plan on using for Nature Notebooking here already. We have a meeting scheduled for June 1st to go over books needed etc. I hope to have supply lists and needs for all curriculum completed by then so that purchases can be made during June. I’d like to spend the summer concentrating on my own homeschool and not running around for the co-op.

Verse suggestion anyone?

May 23, 2010|11:19 pm
  • Jeremiah
  • 23.
  • This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
  • 24.
  • but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.

This was the bible verses I used last year for our homeschool.  An important goal for any parent: that their children be able to say they know the Lord. One we will be working on for all the years to come.

But it is time to choose a new verse. Our summer term and new year will be starting on June 1st. I am diligently working on plans for the new year, but feel like I am missing something. The key seems to be to find our new verse first. I think I’ll ask the children in the morning.

Pat is down at our son Nick’s place. It seems he was trying to install a new spigot? or something to do with water. Unfortunately things started breaking. Since it was 10:30 on Sunday evening there are not exactly a lot of places to get the supplies and tools needed to fix water pipes, etc. Dad to the rescue! My husband is a wonderful daddy and awesome husband. His actions tell me many times a day how much he loves us and God!

Night

Homeschool and Co-ops

May 21, 2010|10:49 pm

Today has been one of those days. Work on Co-op. Clean a little. Go to Princess Lit class. Clean a little. Have a quick coffee with a friend. Work on Co-op.  Clean a little. Eat. Question why I do this but know it’s because I am called to do it. Work on Co-op. Get a call from friend. Can we meet for a quick cup of coffee? Sure. Work on Co-op. Finally feels like we accomplished a bit on co-op together! Yeah!

Tomorrow I need to clean – A lot!

Finish outline of History class for co-op.

Work on garden.

Lesson plan for our summer term.

Life is good!

God is Awesome!

Good Night!

Moving Out..

May 20, 2010|8:50 pm

Dané is busy moving out. She is taking over the mobile home Nick and Camilla owned. Paint and carpet cleaning and loading the truck for the L-O-N-G drive across the yard.

The yellow she chose for the walls is called Sawdust

The yellow she chose for the walls is called Sawdust

The yellow is much prettier than it's name

The yellow is much prettier than it's name

The Kitchen corner

The Kitchen corner

She used the yellow on the living room, kitchen and laundry area. Green on the cupboards and back hallway.

Very spring like colors when melded together!

Very spring like colors when melded together!

Her bedroom!

Her bedroom!

walk in closet in her sewing room

walk in closet in her sewing room

Extra bedroom

Extra bedroom

The plan is for this bedroom and the adjacent bathroom to be painted tan.

More pictures later after she gets settled and the bathrooms redone.

I’ll leave  you with this one of her moving crew:>)

Helpful brothers!

Helpful brothers!

Summer is here..

May 19, 2010|5:44 pm

It is 80 degrees outside. The sun is shining and there are blossoms on some of the tomato plants! Summer is here!

I have been trying to walk with my friend Laurie a couple of times a week. I enjoy the walk and the talk but finding time to fit it in is difficult. Maybe I need to just start walking early in the mornings again. How do you fit time into your day to exercise?

Co-op is done for this year and we are heavily into planning for next year.  My self imposed deadline of June 1st for having plans for each class is fast approaching. Many of the other tutors are working diligently on theirs and, while I am working on mine, I seem to be going a tad bit slower than I should be. I had my heart set on basing next years history and writing on the Tapestry of Grace curriculum. However just the guides in digital format and the map and writing aids for the year came to almost $300. Not at all in our budget! So I have determined that I will sit down this week and write an outline for the class and start planning individual lessons and activities. There is a link in my sidebar to various timeline documents I have pulled together and I will be adding websites etc. as I find them. Use them if you find them useful!

Well dinner is done and I want to make it outside again while it is still gorgeous so Good Night!