Monday, September 15, 2014

On a Break



Hey,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have injured my shoulder and can not sit up or type right now. I will be back once I have had time to heal. I just wanted to let you know. If you are looking for WYWW, please go to one of my co-hosts sites to link up.



Friday, September 12, 2014

The Homeschool Series - Unexpected Encouragement



I hope you are enjoying this series. I had every intention of posting the next part of this series on Tuesday, but it just  didn't happen.  This post wasn't a planned part of the series, but I want to include it. Come back next week to see how I plan for each week.

This has been one of the hardest weeks I have had in a long time. I hurt my shoulder, lots of house stuff going on, lots of personal stuff going on. I pretty much wanted to kill my dog. (He was not harmed, but I did list him on Craigslist and then backed out). The stuff just kept coming and I was completely overwhelmed I cried a lot. I know it sounds like a big old pity-party. I'm not fond of them, but this is where I found myself this week.

Ok, so what does this have to do with homeschooling?

Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with life, it is easy to start to second guess my decision to homeschool my boys. Am I really cut out for this? Is this really what I am called to do? Did I miss it? Surely, I missed it, because this is just too hard.

I know that these are all lies from the devil, and I did the most important thing I can do when I find myself here. I got myself in the Word of God and reminded myself of what the Word says, and who I am in Christ.

But, Unexpected Encouragement in still nice.

Unexpected Encouragement

 Today, the boys and I took a load of stuff to donate to the local Rescue Mission. Since we were already there, the boys asked if we could go in and look around. I decided it was a good idea. We needed a break. I found a few things to purchase and was waiting in line to checkout. There was an older lady that asked the same question we hear almost every time we go somewhere during the day. "Is today some kind of Holiday? Why aren't you at school?" I responded with, "We homeschool, and got done a little early today". I expected the confused or judgey look that I normally get, but today was different. This lady smiled, and then proceeded to have a conversation with my boys. She put her hand on Cade's shoulder and told him that she was a retired school teacher. She told him that he had a very special Mom for her to decide to spend her time each day teaching him. She just went on and on about how blessed he was. I'm not sure she even looked at me, but it was such a blessing to me. I needed to hear those things.

I am thankful that when I am discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel, the Lord knows. He knows just how to send the encouragement that I need.

The Homeschool Series - Intro
The Homeschool Series - Our Curriculum Choices




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 17 + Features


Welcome to another What You Wish Wednesday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week.




This Week's Features


Miniature Treat Packages by Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee - These are so cute. They would be great little wedding favors.


REVIEW: Well Planned Day All-in-One Planner for Home and School by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage - I kind of have a thing for planners. This looks like a fun one to check out.

  

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7 Things About Me

 (that is Henry waving)

I don't normally participate in these kinds of things, but I have really enjoyed reading 7 things about some of my favorite blogger friends. So thank you Stasia, for nominating me for this one.


7 things about me...

1. I love Jesus  and seek to be more like Him everyday.

2. I am usually really awkward when I first meet someone or have a first conversation with someone that I have met, but haven't really talked to. Example: This past Sunday at church a girl was waiting to talk to me in the hall. I have been introduced to her, but it had been a while. I new her name, but when she reintroduced herself I repeated her name instead of giving her my name. I just have to laugh at myself.

3. I cut my own hair. I have never been the girl that enjoys going to get my hair done. Two years ago I was on vacation with my Mom and Sister and I talked my sister into cutting my hair after watching a You Tube Video. I been cutting it myself ever since. I typically watch a few how to videos on Saturday night, and then cut my hair Sunday morning before church.

4. I normally have no less than 4.5 projects going on at one time. This would be great if I made the time to blog about all of these projects.

5. I play the trumpet. It has been a few years since I have played, but I am starting to miss it.

6. I get overwhelmed very easily. This is why I say "NO" so often. (#4 may contribute to this.)

7. Some of my favorite things are the color green, spray paint, cooking, learning to take better pictures, decorating, a nice cup of coffee, staying up late to enjoy the quite (I don't this often anymore, I need my sleep), a good nap on Sunday afternoon, a date night with my husband, a fun little adventure with my boys, and getting to have a conversation with an adult that doesn't get interrupted by a kid.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Plum Paper Planner Review - 8 Months In



The Plum Paper Planner Review that I wrote earlier this year, continues to be one of the most viewed posts on my blog. I wrote the review right after I received the planner, so I decided it was time to give you an update now that I have been using it for 8 months.

I use this planner for everything! I am a list girl, so this layout is working really well for me.

I started out using mechanical pencils, but have recently ventured out and started using Sharpie Pens. They are working well so far. There is a little bit of bleed through, but I think I read that Plum Paper has started using a thicker paper, so this may not be the case for those with a "newer model".



I still use the bottom section for planning our meals each week.


The main thing I wanted to show you is the different ways that I am using the Note pages. If I order this planner again, I will order extra note pages if the option is still there.

In the front of the planner I keep a running list of "Projects" and "To Purchase". The "To Purchase" list is mostly for things around the house like furniture or larger items that I need to plan for.


I have started using the Monthly tabs for sticky notes. They have worked out really well for tracking weight and measurements, grocery lists, and just random things that I don't really need written in the planner, but like to have with my planner.


My favorite addition is my cleaning/household chore list. I sometimes change up our routine based on the time of year and our schedule. I like being able to refer to my list, but also having the flexibility to change it up when needed. Washi tape is my friend.



Is the planner worth the money? Yes, absolutely!

Will I order this planner again? This is a toss up. I still prefer this layout, but I have an Erin Condren credit, so I think I may get an Erin Condren Life Planner to try out. If I end up not liking the EC layout for my everyday planner I can use it as a blogging planner, and then order another one from Plum Paper to use everyday. I really like this planner, but I do like the idea of using the EC so that I can really figure out which one I like best. I have only used the Plum Paper one at this point.

How has the planner held up? I have been using the planner for a 8 months, and it still looks great. Mine stays on the counter/desk most days, so it hasn't been put through the test of being transported in a purse every day.

What kind of planner do you use?


*I was not paid or perked to write this review. All opinions are my own.





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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 16 + Features and our NEW HOSTESS


Welcome to another What You Wish Wednesday!

I am so glad you came by today. I hope that you will help me welcome our newest hostess, Amanda, from Cultivate Create. I introduced her last week, but today is her first "official" What You Wish Wednesday.




This Week's Features


Why I Stopped Using Shampoo by Jenny at Jenny Cupido -  Y'all. I have seen this a few times, but Jenny does such a great job really explaining the whole process. I have always been a "must wash my hair every single day kind of girl", but have recently in the last several months been shampooing every other day. It has been great, but this looks and sounds amazing. Do you know how much time this would save me? I think I may finally give this a try.


Red Velevet Crinkles by Khit at A Bountiful Love - One of my husband's favorite cakes is Red Velvet, so I am thinking that these might be a big hit.   

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Homeschool Series - Our Curriculum for 2014 -2015

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I am feeling really behind on everything. I ended up working all weekend on some commissioned furniture. I didn't take any pictures, but I am hoping to get some to share with you once the furniture is back in it's home sporting it's new paint job.

I am going to pick back up with The Homeschool Series today. Be sure to come back tomorrow for What You Wish Wednesday!




One of my favorite things about homeschooling our boys is that I get to choose our curriculum each year. The first few years I just went with straight A Beka for Cade. I used A Beka as a kid when I was homeschooled, and went to a private school that used A Beka. It was familiar to me.

The last few years I have found myself being more open to other options for curriculum. I have researched other options for our core subjects. I was really close to going with Bob Jones for Grammar/Writing this year, Teaching Textbooks for Math, and Writing Without Tears for Cursive Writing. After much thought, prayer, and talking to my husband; I realized A Beka really is the best fit for us at this time. It's okay that I don't mix it all up. It doesn't mean that I can't put stuff together on my own, or that other options aren't good. This just works really well for us at this time. Our choices my look really boring, but I'm okay with that. I really do believe that every family has to find what works for them.



3rd Grade - Cade

- Bible - This will be a combination of A Beka, and memory work that Asher and I have put together. I have the A Beka Curriculum to use as a guide, but will be reading straight from the Bible, a Story Bible, and adding our own memory work.
- Spelling/Poetry - A Beka
- Writing - A Beka Cursive
- Language - A Beka
- Reading - A Beka + some of our own
- Math - A Beka
- History - A Beka
- Science - A Beka
- Health - A Beka
- Art - I will come up with my own weekly art projects

K4 - Henry

- Bible - Will be with Cade. He will also have memory work, but it will be on his level. I really believe that it is important for our kids to memorize the Word of God early on.
- ABC -123 Workbook ( I did not order the teacher's curriculum. We will just work through the workbooks)
- Writing with Phonics Workbook (Manuscript)
- Art - I will come up with my own weekly art projects



How I Purchase My Curriculum

1. I do not order the A Beka kit.
2. I order the workbooks from A Beka, and then purchase the Teacher's Curriculum and Keys from eBay or borrow from friends. It saves a ton of money.
3. I do my own thing for Art and Bible.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 15 - Features

Welcome to another What You Wish Wednesday! You need to get excited, because we have a new Hostesses that will soon be joining us each week. Please join me in welcoming Amanda, from Cultivate Create, to What You Wish Wednesday. She will officially be co-hosting this party starting next week. In the mean time, be sure to check out her blog, get to know her, and show her some love.




 
This Week's Features

5 Uses for Borax by Kathy at Smile for no reason -  I now have borax on my shopping list. There are several on here that I am looking forward to trying.



#GBSxKSNY by Mary- Katherine from gold-hatter lover - Did you see this cute outfit? Mary-Katherine always has the cutest clothes. And shoes. I really like those wedges!


Mexican Pizza by Danielle at Snippets of Inspiration - You may have already seen this on my Meal Plan this week. It's a keeper!



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Homeschool Series - Intro

What? Homeschooling?

I know that I normally post about something that I just painted, crafted, rearranged, or even our current meal plan, but I have been wanting to blog about more than just that. When I set up my blog (many years ago), my vision was to blog about Life as Wife & Mommy, Decorating, Cooking, Cleaning, Crafting, and Organizing. You know, the stuff that you end up doing because you are a stay at home wife and mom. I have never really added Homeschooling much to the mix, but I have been homeschooling Cade since he started K4. He will soon be in the 3rd grade and Henry will be starting K4 this year. It is a big part of our lives, so I wanted to start sharing more about it. This is not going to turn into a homeschooling blog, but I am going to do a small series, and the topic may show up from time to time.




The Beginning

I had no desire to homeschool my kids. I was the mom that said, "I will never homeschool my children. They will go to real school." I was homeschooled as a child for three years, and hated it. Two of my closest friends started homeschooling their children, and I still said, "never". Fast forward to registration time for Kindergarten. I started the process to pre-register Cade so that he could go to the Magnet school. He was accepted, and everything was on track. Once it was time to finalize everything, it just didn't feel right.  Everything about it seemed wrong. The Lord started working on my heart about homeschooling. I wasn't interested, but I knew I couldn't just ignore it. I finally had a heart change and knew that I needed to homeschool Cade for Kindergarden. I had such a peace about it. We have continued with the homeschooling thing and haven't looked back. It is a lot of work, but there are so many rewards that come with it.

The Early Years

K4 - I did K4 with Cade at home, but didn't really plan to continue to homeschool.

K - Kindergarten was fun once we made the decision to homeschool. Everything was still very new, and our days were very relaxed.

1st Grade - First grade was the year that I thought we may find our groove, but it was also the year that my mom was sick and died. It ended up being a really hard year for me, and that made it hard to really focus on school. We got through it, but I can't say that it was super fun.

2nd Grade - Second Grade was the year that we really found our groove. I  figured out how I like to lesson plan, I learned a lot about the way Cade learns, and we really started to figure out a good routine that worked for us.

This Year

This will be my first year homeschooling more than one child at a time. Cade will be in the 3rd Grade, and Henry will be starting K4. It may take us a little bit to really find our new groove, but it is the first year that I feel really confident in myself as their teacher. I feel like our school days will be much longer than they were last year, but I know that we will adjust. I am really looking forward to a great year. 

Do any of you homeschool your children?

*Please Note - I am not an expert. I do not think that every mom should homeschool her children. I know that there are many schools that have wonderful teachers.I have friends and family members that are teachers and love what they do. I have a lot of respect for them. They are called to teach children. I do not think that moms that homeschool their children are better than moms that go to work or stay home and send their children to school. I am just a mom that is called to teach her children, and want to share my experiences with you in hopes that it may help someone. What works for my family may not be what works for your family, and that is okay. I have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help guide me through this each and everyday just like everything else that I do.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015


Today was the first of our the new school year!

We started the day off with the obligatory "First Day of School" pictures.



You can tell by their expressions how they really feel. Cade isn't ready for Summer to end, and Henry is ready to START SCHOOL.


 Cade - 3rd Grade

 Henry - K4 (He wore the mustache all day long.)

Mrs. Mama


We had a great day, and are looking forward to a great year. I'm blessed to be able to stay home with these sweet blessings and teach them. They are such a joy!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Intro the the New Homeschool Series!




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