Friday, December 5, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I have gotten so many email offers lately with coupons and coupon codes to shop at some of my favorite stores. Just this morning, I have deleted Janie and Jack coupons, Gymboree. Gap, Joanns, and more. I long to use these coupons, but if you have no money, it does not matter how great the coupon is. Why does it hurt sooooo bad to delete these emails? It is taking every bit of willpower or what have you, to not attack my recently deleted emails, retrieve my beloved Janie and Jack email and hightail it to the Mall at Millenia and charge up my CC. Darn you SCPS budget cuts!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We had Chase's Indiana Jones party this past weekend. The kids had tons of fun!
I have never seen any of the movies, but I guess they eat some gross stuff in one of them. I found this really cute spider bread at Publix and had to order it!
We set up a pool with sand and stocked it with all kinds of goodies so the kids could go on an archaeology expedition.
Angela bought a toy whip that makes noise for Chase. Of course, all the kids wanted to play with it, including Ava!
We got an Indiana Jones "cupcake cake" from Walmart that was not only super cute, it was also super yummy!
The kids played so much, even Chase had to sit down for a break!
Happy Birthday Chase-a-roo! We love you!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I can't hardly believe it, but Chase turned 8 this past Sunday. Where has the time gone! He wanted to tell me some of his favorite things...
1.) white cheese pizza
(Norman's or Cici's- he is not too fond of the version I have tried to concoct ;)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"The time will be changing again. I think on Sunday but not sure. Anyhow this is our 10th Homeschool Memoirs so this week it’s going to be about 10 timely facts about you! Write 10 interesting, crazy, weird, fun facts about you! Include facts about you as a woman, a wife, a mommy, a homeschooler, a homekeeper, a taxi-driver, a cook, etc . I only put 10 facts because I didn’t want to overwhelm you, but you’re welcome to do more! I just posted 101 Facts about myself on my blog, which you can take a look at if you should like."
1.) I think I have become what would be referred to as a professional student. I have a BA from UCF and have tons more credits than I would ever need. I still don't know what to do with myself and just applied for the nursing program...but I don't really want to be a nurse...I just don't know what to do!!!!
2.) I have a strange penchant for reusable shopping bags, but rarely remember to actually bring them to the store with me.
3.) I am super indecisive most of the time...I think ;)
4.) I rarely ever order dessert, but I love to pick at Paul's desserts. He likes to buy cookies at the mall and I always steal the M&M's or chocolate chips out of them. He offers to buy me my own, but I don't want my own. He offers to buy me bags of M&M's or chocolate chips, but I don't really like chocolate too much...go figure;)
5.) I hate, hate, hate mayonnaise.
6.) I adore babies!
7.) I love cold weather and despise the heat. This has led to highly unhealthy relationship with the Weather Channel.
8.) I am a complete germophobe. I just bought the largest container of hand sanitizer I have ever seen in my life from Sam's and it made me irrationally happy to purchase it. My 21 month old can clearly say, "hand sanitizer".
9.) I only like funny/stupid or funny/romantic movies. Everything else is much too serious.
10.) I actually enjoy watching shows like the "Suite Life of Zack and Cody", "Hannah Montana" and "That's So Raven". The kids were not home a few weeks ago and I caught myself watching "That's So Raven" all by myself and laughing hysterically the whole time!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"You know Mom...the guy with arrows on Valentine's Day?!"
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hmmmm... My title probably shows that I am a bit lacking in routine....or maybe I have not allowed much margin in my life ( I have been thinking a lot about having margin in life this week since it was the subject du jour at church this past weekend).
We don't have too much of a schedule for school. I do try and make sure the kids are up around 8ish. This is not a problem for Chase at all and he is usually up long before 8. It is a problem for Gabriella! I would like for them to eat breakfast and then "get ready for school". If I allow them to dilly dally, it makes it that much harder for them to get on task for the day.
If Paul is home, we often start the school day off with prayer. Shamefully, we pretty much never start off that way when he is not home ;( Both of the kids almost always start out with math and then usually move on to spelling. Reading is always the last "regular" thing we do. Sometimes I let them have a break and they run around the backyard halfway through the morning, but that often backfires and it is hard to get them back to work. History is often saved for later in the day or sometimes nighttime. Again, waiting to do it often means we skip it and play catch up later on.
The main subjects are pretty much always done by lunch time. After lunch, I try to get Ava down for a nap while the kids play quietly. They are not allowed to watch TV, play games etc until after I leave for work on T, W, and TH. The other days, they are not allowed to until after 3ish.
The kids have Keepers/Contenders every other Friday in the afternoons. The other Friday afternoons they are supposed to be doing a science co-op at Rebekkah's house, but we have not actually started that yet. Most other "homeschool" stuff we do outside of the house occurs on Thursdays with SLC.
I do have a strong desire to be more organized and definitely desire to have more margin in life to actually spend quality time with the kids. I will most certainly be reading what everyone else has to say about their routines to try and glean something from it!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
There is a show that Paul introduced to me last spring that I absolutely love...The Office.
Paul bought seasons 2 and 3 last year and we watched those together pretty quickly. I started watching season 4 on Hulu (without telling Paul, shhh!) during the day, but they pulled those since the new season is starting and they just released Season 4 on DVD this past Tuesday.
I just saw the commercial for Season 5 this morning and laughed so hard. I called Paul to tell him about it and was hoping he would get the hint to buy me season 4 so I can start watching it before the new season starts. I have been trying to find a link for it online and can't. When I do, I will be sure to post it so I can laugh whenever I want ;)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
In a moment of madness ;) I decided Labor Day would be a great occasion to introduce Ava to painting.
I read in a book that it is a great developmental activity to introduce at this age, so I thought, What the Heck!
She eventually tired of that boring thing we call paper and chose to paint her sister's leg instead ;)
All in all, it was not nearly as messy as you think it would be to let a 19 month old paint in the kitchen. There was stray paint here and there and she did paint her hands as you can see.
And here is a pic of my little artist's masterpiece. Magnificent!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This week's Homeschool Memoirs theme is Homeschool Agendas. I find it fascinating to learn about what other people are using to homeschool their children. Maybe it is just my curiositity, my father wrongly claims it is called being nosey, call it what you will, but I love finding out about curriculum!
Right now, I am using lots of different stuff for the kids;
- Sonlight 2-Intro to World History for Reading and History for both kids (advanced readers for G and regular for C)
- Wordly Wise 2nd Edition Book (book 5 for G and Book 2 for C)
- A Reason for Spelling (Level E for G and Level B for C)
- SOS math (Gabriella)
- Abeka arithmetic (Chase)
- Explode the Code (Chase)
- Handwriting without Tears (Chase)
- First Language Lessons (Chase)
- Grammar Ace and Schoolhouse Rock (supposed to be for G, but Chase, and Ava especially, love Schoolhouse Rock!)
My favorite item that we are using so far is a book that is used with Sonlight called Windows on the World.
Windows on the World is a beautiful book that contains information about featured countries and the people that live there. The neatest thing about Windows is that each 2 page layout of the specific area lists things that we can thank God for that are occurring in those places and it also lists what we can pray about. I can't stop looking at this book myself!
The Bible verse that keeps coming up to me through some tough times lately is Pslam 30:11
"You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, "
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tropical Storm Fay brought us tons of rain last week. After being cooped up in the house, we decided to join Paul outside when he had to change one of the tires on the van in the pouring rain. I put on Ava's very cute raincoat and we headed outside. The expedition did not last long since Paul gave up on the tire change ;)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I also found a little lesson plan on homeschoolshare.com that gives you different ideas to teach the material and some ideas for a lapbook. Now, I just have to work up the nerve to actually do this ;)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
I went to Albertson's yesterday to pick up some TP that was on sale as well as some hamburger buns. The TP was on sale for $1 for a 4 roll pack. AND, I had a $1.00 off coupon...actually 8 of them! So, I purchased 8-4 packs and a pack of hamburger buns for less than $2. WOOHOO!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
As we headed back to the garden center I told Chase I was not feeling well and I was concerned that I might pass out. His response,
In case anyone is wondering, I never passed out, so Chase's assistance was not needed, lol!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Really! We got a puppy dog on Saturday, March 1st. Jessica had gone to the Humane Society on Thursday late and called me quite excited. Turns out, a breeder could not sell one of her puppies and decided she could no longer care for her. SHe is a full bred standard poodle and is cream colored. She is 4 months old and is as sweet as can be, albeit a bit mischevious though! She was underweight and we suspect she may have been abused. Whenever we raised our hands around her at all, she would cower down and move away. It is terribly sad that she was mistreated and just dropped off at the Humane Society. It made me really said everytime I thought about it, but my heart kept reminding me that she was meant to be for us.
We named her Madison and we call her Maddie for short sometimes. I printed off a test for school and she actually tried to eat it! I never really thought I could actually use that excuse, lol!
It has been somewhat bittersweet as I really miss my Abbie girl. I am glad that we can give this new sweet girl a great family that really cares about her. She is currently sitting to me eating Chase's sneakers...I think we have our work cut out for us :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
After much hard work, begging, pleading, and searching, my sister was able to obtain much coveted tickets to the sold-out within minutes, Hannah Montana concert this past Tuesday night. Gabriella was ecstatic to say the very least!
The Jonas Brothers were originally scheduled as the opening act, but they changed that at the last minute. Supposedly the Jonas Brothers are getting ready to start a tour of their own. The group Everlife perfromed in their stead and Gabriella said she enjoyed their music. The big bonus; at least Everlife is a Christian band so no concerns over questionable lyrics!
Of course, my father had to voice his opinion on the matter of Gabriella attending a concert. He complained that Gabriella is only 9 and he did not attend his first concert until he was 16. Yes, now would be an appropriate time to break out your violins ;) As we all are well aware, my father is not happy unless he is able to find fault and complain about something;)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Paul finally put up Ava's crib on Monday. It only took a year ;) I am actually very pround of him as several pieces of hardware were missing and he was able to make it work...and safely at that ;) I have been watching a bedding set at Target that I wanted for her. It was originally $89.99 and was on sale for $55 and change. That still seemed like a lot to spend so I just kept checking back. Today I went in and they had it down to $38 (WOOHOO!!). I was able to get the set, two extra blankets, an extra sheet and one of those little lovey blankies for $76.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Ava has two more teeth begining to poke their way through up top. Her first two teeth were the bottom center which she got around 6 months and she got her top two around 9 months. She seems to be on an every 3 month schedule of getting new teeth :)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Last week while we were in TN, 11 month old Ava was playing on the floor and Chase walked in and asked, "Ava, what are you doing?". Paul was in the room too and proceeded to aske Chase what Ava was doing. Chase responded, "Idon't know. That's why I asked her."