Pictured above: Snippets from the last 7 (looney) days (The kids love to play in that wool hat. Strange?!?)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
A letter to myself in 25 years when the kids are parents and I wonder if they've lost their fool minds when I look at their calendars
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Writing (used across the curriculum):
(My Father's World)
Instead of one textbook, My Father's World uses many books.
::George Washington's World, In God We Trust, Building a City on a Hill, American Pioneers and Patriots, The Last 500 Years, Exploring American History, and The Story of the World
Fun stuff to memorize:
::The United States of America: A State-By-State Guide & Presidents flashcards
Read alouds to enhance history:
::List from My Father's World
~1 1/2 hours per week
::Writing a State Report/ Success with Maps/US Map memory
Book basket time:
::15 minutes per day to independently read extra books that relate to history or science
::Memorizing hymns from Then Sings My Soul
:: Biology (The World of Animals) &
::Botany (Exploring Creation with Botany & Green Thumbs)
Art history & drawing
::God and the History of Art & Draw and Write Through History
Math and Logic
::Horizons 4 &2/ Mind Benders puzzles
~Math 45 minutes every day/ Logic 10 minutes a week
~Boys are taking a homeschool pe class, plus tennis.
~Lydie is taking ballet/tap again this year.
For Lydie (pre-K)
::Horizons Preschool books and Before Five in a Row literature and activities
~1-2 hours per day/ 3 days per week
After I dropped the kids off at their respective camps, I planned to make a quick run to the store and then spend the rest of the morning doing what this week was set aside for, the reason I am missing VBS- school planning. Well, as I ran into the house to drop off my cold and frozen items I realized the usual 10 pound weight on my arm was missing. WHERE WAS MY PURSE? Panic. I had just filled it with the weekly cash to buy groceries, get the boys' haircuts, etc. Where ever it was, a whopping $200 in cash was inside for the taking! Oh no! I tried to retrace my steps, but ran out of time because it was time to pick up Lydie. After that I had exactly 30 minutes to get across town to the boys. Then I noticed the low gas light was on in the car. I wondered how long that's been blinking? That blasted star symbol was on, meaning I had less than 5 miles to go before I would be walking. But wait, I had no wallet. I let myself imagine the nightmare of identity theft for about 30 seconds and then decided I would allow none of those imaginary fears to paralyze me. I needed to get moving!
Okay, so I had my three year old (who needed to go potty and was hungry for a snack), I had my car, but I had no money or phone. I decided to borrow a phone and call my best friend...but what's her number? I had no idea. I don't even know my Mom's number by heart. It's all in the phone, in the purse, lost. We stopped and prayed. There were 20 minutes now until VBS was over. I was just not going to make it. I mentally retraced my steps again. Ah, yes. I figured out where I left the purse. When I unloaded the groceries I was too busy praying for my husband who was working outside in the heat, plus relishing the plot in my current book to remember to grab it! I made a mental note to go easier on the kids when they daydream.
We went back to Wal-mart and there it was in Customer Service! Praise God! And with all the cash in tow!! I texted Lizzie (with now 10 minutes to make a 20 minute drive and get gas and let Lydie go teetee). The text said, "I need ur help." She called.
The morning was a disappointment. I missed my school planning time, which made me feel a little guilty because it is, after all, the reason I am not helping with VBS. It was crazy and felt fruitless. But on the other hand, all was recovered. I saw God come through again. The boys were laughing and giggling when I picked them up, glad to have 20 extra minutes with friends. The purse was recovered. The car did NOT run out of gas. Lydie made it to the potty.
It doesn't always end that neatly, but when it does I feel inclined to enjoy it! Amazing friend, faithful God, precious children, thankful heart. I see the beauty. All's well that ends well.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
"Lord, make me see thy glory in every place."
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Truthfully, I did NOT enjoy hiking at the end of the day. It was hard! After a day of being busy around the house and with the kids, I realized it was just not the fun I had imagined. But I think it would be a great, quick hike, and just the right amount of challenge for our kids if done at the right time of day before we are all tired.
The scenery was wonderful!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The results were beautiful and the project was fun! I had these 99 cent frames from IKEA that have been collecting dust for years. We decided to frame the pictures and put them in the small hallway between the kids' rooms. Perfect!