Friday, December 2, 2011

What you thought you would never do.

As I journey through life I find there are things I end up doing, that I never that I would do. Its silly how when you are younger you think that you would never do certain things. For example I use to think that sewing was something only older ladies done ( no offense ladies). Now I love to sew, quilt and find myself looking for time to fit it in and yet it lyes there undone most days. Now I would jump and change my schedule for a chance to sit down and soak up some quilting/sewing knowledge from one of these special ladies. This post is not suppose to be about sewing through, this post is about something else I thought I would never do.

Cloth diapering, yes you read that right. I am using cloth diapers and I actually like it. When I first heard about it, the images that fill my head were of plain white pieces of cloth that you fold and I couldn't imagine how that could keep in a mess.

Well I am here to tell you that cloth diapers have come a long way. They are sort of like cars you can get the basic or the fully loaded.(lol) They have diapers now that  you put on just like a disposable only it is cloth. There are so many different types of cloth diapers it can make your head spin. Hopefully I can do some reviews of some of the ones I have tried for you here. One of the best retailers for cloth or and lots of other natural products I have found is Jack Be Natural they have the best customer service, ever. No they didn't pay me to say that.





















Just life

I need to update my profile since its says I am a mother of 2. Obviously from previous post you can tell that I am now a mother of 3. So I'm sure you can understand why I have not blogged for a while. I hope you understand dear readers. I'm not gonna make any promises about how much I am gonna blog now because I know me, I will just say that since it is my priority to put my family first. I will do my best.

Schooling and just life has kept us super busy. I have found that I just can't seem to get or keep the house clean. I have tried decluttering over and over again. I don't have a problem living with less, or a minimalist lifestyle as some call it. I can get rid of stuff pretty easy. However when you live with 4 other people who also need things and don't like to declutter as much as you do it can make it a lot harder.  I love to organize and find new places and ways to store things so I will be working on that and cleaning out my closet in the next few weeks. When we moved things out of the extra room/sewing room/playroom for the baby room (that she hardly uses) almost everything that I didn't get rid of ended up in my closet. It's bad believe me I can hardly walk in there.
Maybe its not the stuff maybe I just need to step it up a bit.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Homeschooling Plans 2011-2012

Well since I have been sitting here nursing my baby. I have had some time to think about school planning. I have been using some of this time to research math programs. The ones we have tried so far have just not worked for us. Some have worked ok, but I think there must be one that is a better fit. The ones we have tried are great programs nothing really wrong with them. They work great for other familys. They just didn't work that great for us.

So I think I have decided to try BJU( Bob Jones) Math. Its funny because,  BJU is a curriculum I never thought I would use.

This is what I plan to use for other subjects. Keep in mind I am still in the planning stages. This could change.lol I have 2 school age children this is a list of what we wil use. They won't both be using all of this.

Bible R&S Bible Nuture Reading
Scripture Memory Charlotte Mason Method
FIAR
Beyond FIAR
this will cover History, Science, Art & some LA  for both children
since we like  some of the Charlotte Mason method I will also pull our
spelling from this as well as copy work.
Math BJU
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Explode the Code
Hmmm I know I'm forgetting something....



Have you used BJU?  I'd love to hear about your experience with it.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pregnancy Update

Well we have been really busy around here. I will be 35 weeks tomorrow. Only 5 more weeks to go or less. Everything is almost ready. Course we are ready with the things you really need. Most of what is left can wait if it has to. Like I need to finish the quilt. I don't have a mattress on the crib yet. Since the baby will start off in our room in the pack n play I don't have to have that righ now. I really don't see me finishing a quilt with a new baby though. It would be nice to have the nursery finished.  The only other thing I really need to get is a diaper bag.

I think I have been having contractions off and on for a while now. Not the real ones though.

 My neice had her baby she wasn't due until June 5th. We went to see her twice this week and I think this has really gotten my girls even more excited. She only weighed 4lbs 4oz and then the next time we saw her she was down to 3lbs 14oz. That was yesterday. She up to 4lbs today so they are letting her go home.

Seems like I only have 2 to 3 weeks to me instead  of  5 weeks.  I go back to the Dr. Monday and will have to go back every week until the baby is born.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Table runner.

My 1st two quilts.

When I get a spare moment, when I not homeschooling or cleaning. Wait a minute I'm always homeschooling even when working on a sewing, since I'm teaching my children to sew too. Anyway I found that I love quilting. I first started off learning to sew skirts for my girls then I tried quilting a little. I made these two baby quilts for my twin niece and nephew. They just turned 2 yesterday. I really need to get sewing since then I have only made one small quilt for Kaylee and cut the squares for Kamber Grace's quilt. A few months ago I  tried a table runner I finished the top but haven't quilted it yet and now I'm working on a play mat for my niece baby that is due only 7 days before mine. Last but not least I am also working on a baby quilt for our new baby. To many projects at once. Anyway I have some pictures I wanted to share with you of my first quilt and the table runner. As soon I take pictures of the finish the others and take the pictures I will share those too hopefully. 
What projects are you working on? I would love to see your fix up projects or crafts and especially sewing projects. Post them to my comments.






Time4Learning Review

Well, we tried Time4Learning for a month, time really flew by. It seemed it was over before it got started good. I used Time4Learning as a supplement to our homeschool curriculum we were already working on. The girls were both pleased to be able to do some of there learning at the computer. They also loved the reward of the playground time after the lesson time.

 One thing I found very helpful was that if I needed to work with my older on a subject that needed my attention. I could put my younger child  at the laptop, right beside me so I could still keep an eye on her work. I could log her in to Time4Learning and choose what subject or subjects I wanted her to cover for that day. It would completely explain everything to her.

She really enjoyed the work, she did get a little frustrated at the detailed directions she would understand the directions and be ready to begin, but it would still show an example before she could begin. Wish we could have skipped that part sometimes. Maybe we could have but I never figured out how. However there were times that she needed to see the example.

 It seemed that the level I placed her in was to easy for her. That's one of the great things about Time4Learning though, you can change your child's level at any time. I never did change it because I kept thinking she will get to something that is a little harder. I didn't want her to miss anything. Guess that just reassures me that I have been covering things pretty well with her already. Time ran out on my free trial before I had a chance but my plans were to move her to the next level and see how she would do there.
Also on the lessons that are just way to easy, you can just exit out of them and skip that lesson. You can have you child do whatever lesson you want them to.

My older child also really enjoyed the lessons and was challenged. She actually did some lessons on a few things we had not covered and some that we had covered. I was pleased to see that when introduced to these new concepts on computer she learned them and did really well. I did step in a few times to assist. To make sure she understood. You don't have to though the test at the end of each Time4Learning chapter would let you know. That's just the type of homeschool mom I am.
I could go on and on they have a parent forum that I'm sure I would have learned from but I just did not have the time to check it out. You can email or call support with questions. They have lessons from Pre-K to 8th grade.

Overall we had a great experience with Time4Learning. This is something I would love to add to our curriculum. I would especially love to use it over the summer since after a few weeks of hot weather and being off. I like to continue with a lite school schedule to keep them from getting bored. With a new baby due in June this would be very helpful. It will be very helpful  in the fall also.
Now let's talk about the cost of this curriculum. Now the price is not that high, especially if this is the only curriculum you use.  It's around $20 per month for one child.  For both my children it would be around $35 per month since they do offer a discount for more than one child, it $14.95 for each additional child.  For all of what they offer that's a great price. It's just that it's not in our budget at this time, but I sooo wish it was.

If you want to try Time4Learning now would be a great time, since they are offering an awesome special right now.  From now until April 30, you can sign your children up for only $4.99 per child for your first month. No limit to the number of students and don't forget there two week money back guarantee!

Click here to try it for your family.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grace

I don't really want to admit to how many times this week I have let my words cut like a knife. I could blame it on pregnancy hormones like a lot of people do. I could just go on and not apologize or acknowledge the broken spirit of my little ones. Over spilled sugar or a messy room. What will these things matter, if the house is perfect or not now. What will it matter, when they are grown. My nature wants to get the house clean from top to bottom before the baby arrives.  Yet it is sin nature. The two that I have here with me now need time and love and attention. Not me scrubbing every inch of  the house only  to be busy with the baby later. I will not just blame it on hormones.  How do you fix a broken spirit????
Only by his grace are we forgiven.

As my daughters walk along side me learning to keep our home. I want them to approach it with joy in their hearts. If I am the example I can't blame hormones I must demonstrate love. As I am teaching them I must also learn. Learn to let some things go. It is more important for us to sit and read than for the floor to be swept, it will get done.
Lord lead me as I follow.
So as the dust gets thicker, as the laundry gets higher and as they grow. I will build their spirits, I will lead in love. We will read, we will play, we will discover, we will love............

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Servanthood

One of my favorite blogs to read is Raising Homemakers I wanted to encourage you to take a look today. Especially at this post written by a young lady. I shared it with my girls and thought you might want to share it with your young ladies too.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Learning in the Moment

It doesn't snow very often in Ga. I remember on the rare occasion that the beautiful white stuff would fall from the sky.  When I was in school,  I would be so upset that we had to sit and look at those ugly walls and could not go out and enjoy it.  As soon as the final bell would ring. You know the snow had already stopped falling.

Well there isn't any snow falling here today. When it did this year and last year, you know where we were. .....That's right outside enjoying it. 

Today it is a beautiful spring day. It began with a light sprinkle of rain. When my girls went to the window there were American Robins, at any window they chose to look out.

These are the kind of homeschooling days that I love.  After our Bible lesson we grabbed our bird books and our Draw Write Now and learned about the American Robin and both girls drew a picture with some copy work at the bottom to add to their notebooks.
Now ordinarily we would have stayed on schedule and covered Reading, LA, and Math then on to our state study of the New England States that got started from a FIAR book.

Just this week my 6yo had told me 3 or 4 different times, that she wanted to study birds, butterflies, flowers and Indians. We have studied Indians before, so I started gathering all the books on birds, butterflies, & flowers that I could find.
We started on the butterflies yesterday and touched on the birds today. It may sound like I'm jumping around a lot, but actually I'm not. You see the state study will tie right back in since each state has state symbols and most of them include a bird or butterfly or flower of some kind.  As a matter of fact one of the New England States, Conn. state bird is the American Robin.

After,  there was still plenty of time for Math, LA, etc....

We are on routine that we usually do stick to. I also think it is just as important to teach a lesson when they are interested. I love to read a book and then when they begin to ask questions go off on a rabbit trail of learning whatever they are interested in.  Do you think a child will learn more from the same thing each day or from what they are really interested in at the time.

This is another reason I am so thankful to homeschool.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Time4Learning

  • I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid curriculum review. Time4Learning can be used as an online homeschooling program or afterschool tutorial. Be sure to come back and read about my experience.
  • Friday, February 25, 2011

    Thankful Homeschooling Days.

    When your in the midst of homeschooling your little ones, I know you all have those days. You know the ones I am talking about. 

    Those where it seems like you didn't get up and get started early enough.

    The ones where it seems like no matter how hard you try nothing seems, to be getting done.

    Everything is unorganized and if you try to organize you lose their attention even more.

    Well we did actually get school done, but at the time it sure didn't see like it.

    Even though at times there are days like that. I wouldn't change it for anything. Aren't there days like that with everything?
    I am so thankful to be homeschooling my children. I love it and I will gladly take the bad days with the good. The days that I get to spend watching them learn to read. Training them in the ways of the Lord and how to be a joyful keeper at home, whatever journey, God calls them to.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    My 1st Kroger Couponing Trip

    Well this is what I got on my 1st Kroger Trip. I don't think it was as much the coupons on this one as it was Kroger's really awesome sale they are having this week. Although I did use a few coupons and did two seperate transactions. My total was about 35.00 and actually there are a few things missing. We had already eaten a yogurt and bananna by the time I took the picture. Add it up and tell me what you think.
    Did I get a good deal for a beginner?

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Saving

    Well I've decided to give couponing a try. I don't mean saving a few and using them when I find one on something we use. I mean serious couponing. Well maybe not to serious but I'm enjoying it so far. It does take a lot of time. I'm off to Kroger and CVS today to try and see if  I can save my family money on our grocery bill. I will let you know how it goes. saving

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Baby Girl or Boy

    We all gathered in the room for the sonogram.  The nurse ask us all  what we thought and what we were hoping for.
    It doen't matter to us, we are praying for a healthy baby, weather it's a boy or girl.
    Me- I think Boy just because everything has been so different, for example I wasn't as sick with the girls.
    Hubby- Thinking Girl, - Now you know he wants a boy, hes out-numbered.
    Girls- Thinking  boy but hoping for girl.
    Nana- Boy, and hoping she's right.

    Well my hubby will remain out-numbered and I have two very excited girls. Since they are getting what they hoped for. A baby sister.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Baby on the way.

    You are correct Evelien. I know I made it to easy right. We are expecting baby number 3 in June.

    One reason I have not been posting much is that I was pretty sick at the beginning with this one.
    I'm feeling much better now.  I am 17 weeks. We just had a sonogram yesterday.
    Now any guesses on what you think it might be?