Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mystery of History–Tutankhamen

We read the all about Tutankhamen (King Tut).  We decided to make a pharaoh headdress as our hands on activity.   Sammy did pretty much all of the cutting and gluing on this activity.  I helped him tape the two pieces of craft foam together and drew the shape of the headdress on it for him. 
Apparently taking your shirt off to become a pharaoh makes you act super silly:

When possible I have been trying to add in books to read or look at pictures that relate to our history lessons.  We read or looked at the following:

We have had a lot of fun learning about Egypt and I can’t wait to do more when Sammy is older.  But he really had fun that is what mattered to me!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reading clips

Now that we are done with All About Reading Level 1 we are reviewing by playing the games and re-reading the books.  Sammy wanted to video tape himself reading through the books.  Here are 2 of the 3 from last week (somehow I deleted one of them).  Sorry they are sideways.  I thought I could rotate them but ran into some issues.  This week I will record them the correct direction!

Sammy Reading All About Reading Level 1 Story 1 from bytesofmemory on Vimeo.

All About Reading Level 1 Story 3 from bytesofmemory on Vimeo.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wintery Lake Visit

We took a trip to visit my parents earlier this month.  Sammy wanted to test out his new fishing pole from Christmas and we wanted to have time to visit with my parents. 

It was super cold but that didn’t deter Sammy from wanting to fish!

February Fishing

 winter fishing

Sammy pretty much picked up right where he left off with fishing in the fall.  He is a casting pro: winter fishing

So my dad (Pop Pop) was actually able to fish along with him.  Nothing was biting (I’m sure most of the fish were still dormant at the bottom of the lake) but they had fun none the less.

winter fishing 

Seems wrong to be fishing with cloves and a winter hat and it not be ice fishing:

winter fishing  

My mom and I stayed nice in warm in the house and worked on this fun little bag:

sewing zipper

I learned how to do some basic embroidery and how to put a zipper into something!  I can’t wait for it to warm back up so we can go over an enjoy the water and beautiful scenery even more!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up Journal: Police Reports, field trips, and crafts

In my life this week…

I had my wallet stolen so much of my week was filled with getting things replaced.  I also did something I have never done before.. filed a police report.  I need it in order to put a security freeze on my credit.  I got everything done so now I am just waiting for pieces of my life to be mailed to me so they can go into my wallet. 
sunset on country road

In our homeschool this week…

We finished up our handwriting program this week.  We also learned about Ramses II (or Ramses the Great).  We have also been recording Sammy reading his All About Reading books as we have been reviewing them.  I will upload them soon.  We will be re-reading about 3 each week.  I thought it would be fun for people that are just starting out with the program to hear a child read the stories at the end of the first level.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Yesterday we went to the children’s museum with some friends.  While we were there, there was a kindergarten class there from a local elementary school.  Sammy made fast friends with one of the girls from that class.  Then when the class was leaving Sammy and his friend (also in Kindergarten) got in line with their class.  So my advice.. don’t sweet the socialization stuff.. it comes naturally if you are out interacting with people!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We went to the children’s museum, library and science club.  We had (having) some wintery mix so co-op was cancelled.  We are hanging out at the house today playing games and reading books.  We also went to the pet store for dog food which turned in to quite the field trip and learning about different animals this week:

My favorite thing this week was…

Hearing Sammy flying through his readers and finishing up some hands on activities to go along with our last two history lessons. 

My kiddo’s favorite thing this week was…

The children’s museum was Sammy’s favorite.  We did some fun learning there in addition to lots of play learning!

Things I’m working on…

being consistent with things.  I know that sounds vague but things like cleaning, laundry, pictures of our school work, blogging, etc.  I do really well for a while then fall of the bandwagon for a while.  So I am trying to be consistent with it all and if I fall of with something to just start over again soon!

I’m cooking…

 potato soup for dinner tonight.  This weeks dinners have been about using things up out of the cabinets.

I’m grateful for…

cabinets that seem to be able to produce more meals than I could have imagined!  Not having a debit card or a driver’s license (for writing a check) makes grocery shopping next to impossible.

I’m praying for…

continued health of our family.  I am also praying for God’s timing with our family.

I rewarded my kid this week by…

getting chick-fil-a for lunch after going to the library yesterday.

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

our curriculum choices for next year! 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Here is a sneak peek at one of our hands on history lessons:
egyptian headress history

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Photo Dump

This picture is so blurry but I love the pure joy on Sammy’s face after putting on his new angry birds bath towel.  My sister made him two of them for Christmas this year and he LOVES them!

Angry bird towel

Here is a better picture of the towel.  It is the black exploding angry birdie and there is a lot of sounds affects after his baths to go along with it ;-)

angry bird towel 

Nicia and Sammy playing Mario:


Tim, Nicia and I playing Dominion for the first time ever:


Where we store our sound equipment at church.  Tim was standing on top of the subs getting something out of the trunk that got left there.

sound equipment FOH

Our New Year’s Eve drink of choice (pear hard apple cider):

pear hard apple cider 

How Sammy slept on the way home New Year’s Eve (well it was actually New Year’s Day but you get the point):

New Year's Eve 

Sammy’s self portrait:

Self Portrait 

Sammy’s links creation.  He took this picture himself during quite time while I was working from home:


He also took this picture of his angry birds on his bed:

angry birds

Sunrise.. not the greatest picture but I love seeing the sunrise:sunrise

Sammy’s hammock for his dogs:

hammock links 

Love happy hour at Sonic:

Sonic happy hour 

Working hard on his Explode the Code book:  explode the code

My knight in shinning armor:


Sammy’s poor little face was so chapped. I put some our miracle eight hour cream on it and finally got it healed up:

eight hour cream 

On the Sunday’s we serve at church we are usually there from 7 am to 1pm.. we started a new tradition on those days go go out to lunch at a Mexican restaurant.  These were my dates: mexican restaurant   

I found a new (to me) park near Tim’s office and we fell in love with it.  Once it warms up some we will be eating a lot of lunches there: waterfall park 

Queen Tipsy:

prissy dog 

A morning at the lake and this is what usually happens on the way home:

car trip naps 

Tim’s little sister spent the night and we didn’t want to wake her up to early.  So we started our school work in the master bedroom:


Sammy with his lolly pop mustache:

lolly pop mustache 

Sammy putting on a puppet show.  I think this was the 3 little pigs:

puppet show 

Sammy and the door knob had a little altercation.. the door knob was fine.. Sammy’s forehead.. not so much (this was after 15 minutes of ice):

goose egg 

Ready for the John Mark McMillan show:

John Mark McMillan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List – Giggles to Glop

thankful button

71. A little boy that loves to make his mommy laugh

72. A kind neighbor that lets our dog out when we will be gone for 15 hours straight

73. A sweet husband that helps me cancel the cards in my wallet after it was stolen and helps me to get them replaced

74. No activity on any of the cards after the wallet was stolen

75. My husband’s job that he enjoys so much

76. A little boy’s love of reading that continues to grow each day

77. A wonderful library where we can find so many wonderful books to share together

78. A husband that isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen and make amazing glop

79. A husband that doesn’t mind that I sometimes have NO plans for dinner when he gets home from work

80. A day when I could sit and watch the snow fall (even if it wasn’t accumulating on the ground)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week 6 and 7


February 4, 2013

A recent trip to the library brought home a HUGE stack of books.  Some for history, some for science, some for Sammy to read, and some for our reading pleasure!


February 5, 2013

Sammy with his “fierce” knight face!  He has played with his swords and shields everyday since Christmas!


February 6, 2013

One of Sammy’s many Lego creations.  The horses and the car were protecting the teepee’s from the bad guys.  Yes that is a mini fig upside down on the very top of the boulder contraption.


February 7, 2013

The never ending chore…


February 8, 2013

Sammy snuggling with his  puppy and new teddy bear he got at co-op.  They had a police officer come in and talk in his community helpers class.  Sammy was watching a movie and relaxing after a full day at co-op.

DSC_0005  February 9, 2013

Sammy and Pop Pop fishing on a very very cold February day!  The fish weren’t biting but they had a lot of fun playing with his new fishing pole.


February 10, 2013

My view from church on Sunday’


February 11, 2013

Sometimes I have no idea what to take a picture of.  I thought I would share a little section of my craft stash (the bottom two baskets are full of yarn and the top basic is full of fabric).  The books on the top shelf are our seasonal/holiday books that I rotate out for Sammy to look through and read together.


February 12, 2013

Aurie gave me a few pointers on my last attempt at the castle picture and I wanted to try them out.  This still isn’t perfect but certainly improved from my last attempt.


February 13, 2013

Sammy and Nicia sword fighting on Wii Sports resort.  Nicia was later hanging her head in shame after Sammy beat her in two tournaments ;-).  Later that night she beat Tim and I in dominion :-)


February 14, 2013

Sammy and I made these white chocolate covered rice crispy treats for the kids in his co-op class.  They were super tasty (we made some extras to eat that day).

DSC_0033 February 15, 2013

Sammy eating a lollipop with a mustache from his valentine’s exchange at co-op.


February 16, 2013

Our deck furniture shoots across the deck with these crazy winds.  It all starts by the table and a few days later it’s on the other side of the deck!


  February 17, 2013

After a full day at church we were all setup for the John Mark McMillan concert.  It was an amazing concert.  I was busy running lyrics and helping Tim and didn’t take any picture but it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. DSC_0042