Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: All about rabbits...researching who to buy from, when to breed, rabbit characteristics...
What I'm reading:
Rabbit books! I am woefully behind on my 12 books in 12 months...a post coming soon on that...
What I'm listening to:
Fernando Ortega.
What we're learning: We bought our first rabbit over the weekend and are adding new rabbit vocabulary words to our brains...dewlaps, pedigree, kindle, fly back...
What I'm watching:
We just borrowed the second season of The Dick Van Dyke show from our friends. Funny stuff.
What's cooking:
Broccoli Chicken Pasta for dinner tonight...right now a nice hot bowl of miso soup and rice for lunch.
What I'm buying: Cough drops for my hacking children.
What I'm wearing:
I'm cold so I am wearing jogging pants and a blue sweater.
What I'm thankful for:
A wonderful husband who made us a 4 hole rabbit hutch during his vacation.
What I'm creating:
I'm experimenting with my knitting by trying to make headbands for the girls...
What I'm praying: That the ones who are sick in our family would recover fast, and the rest of us would not get it. :)
What I'm planning:
What our family will wear for our annual Christmas picture this Saturday.
What I'm looking forward to:
A Gingerbread Latte, Christmas caroling, driving around and looking at Christmas lights, Christmas crafts, making Christmas cookies...
A picture to share:

Meet Flo, the doe we bought Saturday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nail Studio

Last week we had a slow afternoon and I was doing some organizing upstairs. When I came down an hour or so later, I found that our entry way had been transformed into a nail-painting, hair-combing studio by Miss Bookworm.

She had everything set up; the polish laid out, a chair and pillow for her clients, hair ties galore and the prices clearly listed. The first victim client of course had to dress up for the occasion.

This is very delicate work. And she took it quite seriously.

Another princess was waiting for her turn...

...I love my girls!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That the nice lazy day we had today hit the spot.
What I'm reading:
I am still plowing through The History of Redemption but I also picked up a fun cooking book at the library last week titled "Under the Table", that I am enjoying.
What I'm listening to:
The girls in the kitchen making chocolate chip cookies.
What we're learning:
We're taking a break from formal schooling this week, but we are always learning...
What I'm watching: Red and yellow leaves falling outside my window.
What's cooking:
Taco Lasagna for dinner tonight.
What I'm buying:
Stuff for our feast on Thursday...I am in charge of the appetizers.
What I'm wearing: Jeans, blue striped shirt, green socks.

What I'm thankful for:
That we have a holiday set aside for thankfulness.
What I'm creating:
We just made 4 wire cages for the new rabbits we are hoping to buy this Saturday.
What I'm praying:
For wisdom as I continue to try to be a faithful mom.
What I'm planning:
I have appetizers on my mind...Hot Artichoke Dip, Olive Tampenade and Festive Focaccia Melt....anymore ideas?
What I'm looking forward to:
Thanksgiving in the Bay Area with the grandparents and one great-grandpa.
A picture to share:

Thanksgiving 2004

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That it seems that well made plans sometimes change.
What I'm reading:
Not much, unfortunately. I am hoping to sit down to read this afternoon for a few minutes though.
What I'm listening to:
John Michael Talbot's soothing songs.
What we're learning:
This week we're learning about Saul, David and Solomon; tomorrow is 4-H and our rabbit project meeting.
What I'm watching:
Laundry piling up on my bed for folding.
What's cooking:
I just finished putting Taco Soup in the crock pot for tonight.
What I'm buying:
I am ordering some craft stuff from The Oriental Trading Company for my kids and also for some co-op fun.
What I'm wearing: dark green skirt, lavender shirt and brown one is seeing me today so I am not caring if I match, just that I'm warm!
What I'm thankful for:
That God is in control and not me, or else I would really mess things up.
What I'm creating:
I have a couple reviews that I am overdue to write...
What I'm praying: That my dear friends would remain steadfast through their trials.

What I'm planning: Our last week of school and plans for next week with family and friends.
What I'm looking forward to:
A fun break from the ordinary next week!
A picture to share:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

School Report

So we have made it through our first quarter of the 2009 school year and things are going well. Here is an update of what we have been learning:

Bible: We are continuing to read through the Bible with Balancing the Sword by reading a chapter a day. So far we are not even through Genesis. At this rate, we would be doing this for a few years so I decided to pick up the pace and do 2 chapters a day. The children also keep a Bible journal and write down a couple sentences about each chapter they read.

Math: Is just plugging along. They are all doing well and loving Math U See.

History: Mystery of History is great! We studied Sumeria, Ancient Egypt, Abraham, Joseph and Moses. The children are keeping a timeline in their notebooks that we update each week.

Total Language Plus: (vocabulary, spelling, copywork, reading) We are going to be finishing The Bronze Bow after Christmas so I am researching which book to do next. I really liked choosing one that takes place during the same time period that we are studying in history. Any suggestions?

Grammar: Simply grammar is good, but it is kind of dry for my kids. I am debating about going back to Shirley Grammar after we finish this book, which will be in the early spring.

Science: This quarter we used a science workbook that I was reviewing for this wonderful homeschooling magazine. We will finish it up in the next few weeks so that means I need to do some more curriculum exploring.

Co-op: This has been a great addition to our learning; we have studied Raphael, Ralph Vaughan Williams, an overview of geography and arts and crafts. We went on one field trip in the fall to learn about street and fire safety, and the children gave oral presentations on a country of their choosing in the western hemisphere.

4-H This has been educational too; we have learned about showing small animals, keeping record books, types of rabbits and putting together a presentation. We hope to get our rabbits next month.

Dasher is keeping a good pace with her phonics and language; she is reading so much better now. Nutsy has finished her 3rd workbook in the Rod and Staff ABC books and can identify numbers 1-10 and write her name.

We will be taking two breaks in the next couple months; our family does need some time to just hang out together and play. Whether you homeschool or not, I would love to hear how school has been so far for you this year!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I need to get out and water my broccoli and snap peas.
What I'm reading:
History of Redemption by Jonathan Edwards...I can only read a page or two at a time so I am also reading One World Under God to catch up on our ancient history.
What I'm listening to:
Cherry Jones reading a Little House book on CD with the kids.
What we're learning: The kids have a presentation due for co-op in a couple weeks and a big presentation for 4-H that they are working on.
What I'm watching:
The thermometer going up as we finally turned on the heat!
What's cooking:
Chicken Fettuccine for dinner tonight.
What I'm buying:
I just found out that 2 of my shirts have shrunk in length so I need to go buy a couple more.
What I'm wearing: brown corduroy skirt, white shirt with a green V neck shirt.
What I'm thankful for:
That God is in control.
What I'm creating:
New journal entries...I am a couple weeks behind.
What I'm praying:
For patience as I continue to train the children.
What I'm planning: Trying to decide what to have Bookworm wear for her annual photos this afternoon.

What I'm looking forward to:
Co-op this week and our church's folk dancing practice this Friday.
A picture to share:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Up and Down

This past week has been an up and down week. People I love are struggling...a couple families have their husbands out of work, some are dealing with the burden of juggling so much, one friend is losing her unborn baby, another has a sick little one in the hospital and others are dealing with so many unexpected things. The economy is directly affecting my husband's job which is once again in jeopardy.

Life can have so many burdens; even in daily life...caring and disciplining our children, keeping the home running smoothly, and encouraging our husbands. Sometimes it is so easy to be totally overwhelmed by our responsibilities and difficulties. And for a couple days this week, I chose to do this. Not a good choice. Really. All it did was increase my sadness and give me reasons to feel bad for myself. But then I was encouraged by scripture.

"Consider it all joy, my brethren when you encounter various trails,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

James 1:2-4

We are called to have joy! It is really hard to rejoice, when it seems like things are falling down around you. But we have so many promises in scripture; God is faithful to the helpless, gives strength to the weary and sanctifies us through our trials. A sweet friend shared these beautiful lyrics with me recently:

Blessed be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord,
still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name,
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name.

I love this song so much that I stuck it on my sidebar for your listening sure did help me through my week and I hope it helps you through yours too. One more encouraging song that also helped me is from Steven Curtis Chapman's newest album, Beauty Will Rise. It's on the sidebar too - check it out.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Day at Grandpa & Grandma's House

Last week we went to my dad's for a visit and to go to the aquarium with the grandparents. We also had one day just to relax and hang at his house. The kids had a blast.

Mr. Lego and Bookworm challenged Grandpa to a game of Monopoly. As you can see, they take it very seriously.

Contemplating his next move...


The little girls were outside picking apples.

Sweet little apple pickers.

How many do you think can fit in her sweater?

Pretty quickly she graduated to using her dress; it's a good thing she had something on underneath.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aquarium Adventures

Last week we took advantage of a free homeschooling day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We stayed with the grandparents and took them along to visit the fishies.

Here are some of the facts that Mr. Lego and Bookworm learned during our visit:

Mr. Lego -

  • We learned how they capture a shark to display for the aquarium. They only keep them here for 6 months.
  • A male seahorse is the one who gives birth to the babies.
  • A fangtooth fish (the one that has fang-like teeth) is actually pretty small and only gets to six inches in length.
  • We learned all about camouflage and how animals disguise themselves.
Bookworm -
  • I learned that the seahorse does dance steps when they mate.
  • The great white sharks are captured in a big net and then are transported to the aquarium. Also when they put them in the tank in the aquarium they have to put bubbles on the windows so the shark does not run into them.
  • The kelp grows over 10 feet a day.
  • Penguins flap in the water and sometimes do little hops when people aren't looking.
Nutsy, checking out the starfish...she doesn't look to sure about holding it.

And Dasher liked learning about dolphins and seeing the penguins. This aquarium has great hands on stuff for the kids.

And everyone loved the wave machine. I think they sat in there for at least 10 minutes. Too bad they don't have recliners for the adults.

Fun adventures! There was so much to see and a couple new exhibits that I think makes it worth it for us to go every year.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Musings

What I'm thinking: That I am teaching co-op starting this week and I am not ready yet!
What I'm reading:
I just started the History of Redemption by Jonathan Edwards. I am not sure I can get this one done in a month...
What I'm listening to:
Nutsy and Dasher playing with toy cars.
What we're learning:
This week we are studying the Trojan War. Mr. Lego found a misprint in his math book, Bookworm is working on her vocabulary and Dasher started a new section in her phonics.
What I'm watching: Some good friends gave us the first season of The Dick Van Dyke Show. We are all having a fun time watching them.
What's cooking:
Tonight I am making Tomato Pasta Soup.
What I'm buying:
The kids are begging me to go to the store and buy some discounted candy...
What I'm wearing: Tan skirt and white sweater...the heat is still not on yet. (We'll see how long that lasts!)
What I'm thankful for:
My sweet children and their silliness.
What I'm creating: We went to an apple farm last week and I have lots of apples to create something yummy with...
What I'm praying:
That we would stay healthy through the flu season.
What I'm planning:
Co-op lessons! For the next two months I am teaching the different regions of the U.S. in Geography and then all about colors in Art to our eager learners.
What I'm looking forward to:
Going on a date with my Sweetie this Friday.
A picture to share: