Monday, March 18, 2013

Some Snowy Scattered Speculations

  • Okay not really speculations but I was going for alterations so we will will just go with it!
  • It snowed last night.  This morning Sammy said, “It’s beautiful but I am ready to go swimming.  When will it be summer?” My thoughts exactly!
  • Tim got a new shirt this weekend and I still find it hilarious!

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  • Why do the weekend seem to go by so fast?  Also how come the ones we didn’t like as kids because there was nothing planned are the ones we love as adults?
  • We didn’t do anything super special for St. Patrick’s Day but we did wear our green.  Tim and I taught the kids at bible study last night.  I will write a post up on what we did to learn about St. Patrick.
  • On the way to bible study we were stuck behind not 1 but 2 horse and buggies going up a fairly steep hill.  It took forever but I kinda loved it, it’s where I live:2013-03-17 16.39.37
  • Sammy loves buffets!  He loves to pick out what he can have.  Here is a picture from when he got the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays

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  • Yogurt parfaits make me happy
  • A little more about where I live… lots of train tracks.  On the way to co-op on Friday I got stopped for an engine to go through:

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  • Sammy loves to build things with Trio blocks.  I might get him another set so he can build even more things!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday–My Business Cards Arrived!


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My business cards arrived and I am all set for HEAV in June! I have some fun plans in the works like what to take to convention, how to pick which speakers to go see, and how to tackle the exhibit hall.  Is there anything else I should cover? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Hot Drinks, Rain, and Birthdays

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91. Sammy getting excited to go over to his grandparents house each week.  I know when I leave my job in June he will miss that time.  I need to work on a way for him to still have some time to hangout with them!

92. So many wonderful friends getting excited to celebrate my 30th birthday next month!!

93. A husband that is throwing me a party for the big occasion!

94. The view from our street with the snow covered mountains in the background!

snowy roads and mountains

95. The rain that washed away pretty much all of the remaining snow!  I am reading for the spring weather to be here for good!

96. An abundant supply of good books to read.  I just finished reading Agenda 21 and it has gotten me thinking a ton!

97. The birthday season that is just beginning in our family.  We have 11 birthdays in the next 3 months!!

98. Warm drinks on a rainy and dark morning

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99. Those close friends that you can pick conversation back up with instantaneously.

100.  My handsome guys!

Father and Son

Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up Journal: Snow Storms and Convention Blogging

In my life this week…

I have been doing the ‘single’ mom thing since Tim has been working 16+ hour days.  Hopefully the electric co-op will have their power back on to all of their customers very soon.  I am coming down with a bit of a cold and I’m hoping it doesn’t get any worse than it is! 

In our homeschool this week…

I tried to have a snow day at our house on Wednesday but Sammy asked to do some math and then once he got started he wanted to do all of his work for the day!  We finished reading Little House in the Big Woods and we both really enjoyed it.  I have to figure out what we are going to be reading next!  I have books 1-3 in Imagination Station series coming in the mail soon but I don’t think they will be here before Monday. 
Sammy doing All About Reading Level 1 Review

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I don’t have anything to share this week but would like to ask for some advice.. anyone have tips for helping kids to memorize things.  Sammy really struggles with anything he has to memorize (scriptures, skip counting, songs, rhymes, etc.).  He gets frustrated when he can’t remember things so I am looking for some tips to help him through this.

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

We didn’t go out to much this week with all of the snow.  However, we did pick up Nicia (my youngest sister-in-law) from her house so she could do internet school from our house since her parent’s house didn’t have power at that point.

My favorite thing this week was…

I found out I will be blogging for the HEAV (Homeschool Educators Association of Virginia) convention this year!  They asked me to blog about the convention and spread the word about it.  This will be my third year going to the HEAV convention and I have nothing but compliments for it.  If you live in Virginia or a neighboring states please check out the convention website.  I will post even more about this in the future!

My kiddo’s favorite thing this week was…

We busted out the oil pastels on Wednesday and Sammy really loved working with them.  He asked if we could do more pictures with them this morning so I will be sure to set them out when we get home from co-op today. 

Things I’m working on…

Well I worked on finished up a guest post fro Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom and it is up today.  Go check it out! I am also working my pages here on my blog.  I finished my About Me page!  I am hoping to get the rest of them completed soon!

I’m cooking…

Whatever was quick and easy this week.  We had some homemade pizza and some Annie's mac and cheese!  Tim has been eating at work (all of his meals) which is a blessing with working that many hours!

I’m grateful for…

Our power stayed on through this snow storm!  I am also thankful for all of the people that had to work because of the storm.  Until Tim took this job I never really thought about the people that had to work because of the weather!  I have some wonderful readers here on the blog and I thank-you for your kind words and prayers for those in my area this week!

I’m praying for…

The workers who are still out there trying to restore their services to their customers.  I am praying for Tim’s safety as he is looking for the disturbances on the power lines.  I am also praying for the people that still don’t have power.  It is suppose to warm up this weekend but it is certainly cold out there today!  I hope they are warm in their houses!

I rewarded my kids this week by…

We went to chick-fil-a for dinner last night.  Sammy is really missing his Daddy so I rewarded him for his good behavior even when he has been sad.  Since Tim has been leaving at 5am and not getting home until after 10 pm Sammy hasn’t seen him since he helped shovel him out on Wednesday morning and we woke him up. 

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

I am starting to look at new laptops.  I haven’t blogged about it yet but I am leaving my job at the of June to come home full-time!!  I will need to purchase myself a laptop before then!

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

Sammy is at co-op this morning and I am not teaching this week.  I am currently doing some of this:
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Man Did It Snow (and a prayer request)!

My area received its largest snow storm in over 3 years Tuesday night into Wednesday!  We received around 15'” of snow with some areas receiving over 2 feet.  I know for some parts of the country that isn’t much but here in Virginia it was a ton!  This picture was taken when we were going to bed on Tuesday night.  it was just starting to come down and stick to the deck:

snow storm starting

Here is about 6 hours later when we got up to shovel the drive so Tim could make it into work.  We got up at about 5:30 so he could make it in before 7 am.  When you work for an electric cooperative you don’t get snow days!  In fact Tim was gone for almost 16 hours yesterday!

snow storm

Sammy heard us getting up and shoveling in the morning and wanted to come help.  After we shoveled the drive way and said goodbye to Tim, Sammy started sledding.  This was taken at about 6:15 am (that is snow ‘pouring’ down in the picture):

snow storm sledding

After a little rest and playing inside we took the dog out back to play and build a snowman.  What we didn’t realize was we were also building a snow dog!  Check out the GIGANTIC snowballs hanging off of the fur on her chest.  Pretty much her whole underside (paws included) was covered in snow!

snow crusted dog

The snow was so wet they stuck right to her fur and built up quickly.  Since she was so uncomfortable and cold I gave her a hot bath to melt the snowballs off of her fur.  As much as she hates baths she felt a lot better after this and slept for a few hours!

snow crusted dog

Sammy and I worked on an oil pastel picture of a snow scene.  I had never used oil pastels and I really enjoyed the process and so did Sammy!  He isn’t one to like coloring but with the pastels he could smudge them to fill in his shapes without having to color it all in which was a hit for him!  I think we will be investing in some chalk pastels and Hodgepodge’s chalk pastel e-book

Oil pastels

Then a little after 10pm Tim came home after being out in the snow all day!  Tim usually works in the office but when a big storm like this hits its all hands on deck.  Yesterday Tim was doing some work called bird dogging.  Basically, they would drive to a section of power lines that they had known issues.  They would walk the lines (in over 2 foot drifts) and find where something (or multiple somethings) that was causing a disturbance in the line.  They would report it back to the ops center and they would notify the repair crew exactly where the issue was so they could start working on it right away instead of having to find the issue.  So how do you stay warm and dry in a crazy snow storm.. well with one of these awesome outfits:

electric co-op rain suit

I never realized how much work an electric company goes through to restore power.  There are tons of procedures to do to insure your safety as well as their own before they can restore the power.  Please be praying for the people out working on restoring everyone’s power today!  Those guys work hard to get power back on to you as soon as possible in way less than ideal work conditions.  It’s dangerous and exhausting work!  Even if you weren’t affected by yesterday’s storm the next time you lose power during a storm please be praying for your electric co-op (or company) and their employees’ safety! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mystery of History–Ramses II (Ramses the Great)

I had a hard time coming up with a hands on activity to go along with Ramses II (Ramses the Great).  Then I decided we should build the façade of one of Ramses II’s greatest buildings a temple called Abu Simbel.  We made the façade roughly to scale vertically compared to that little Lego mini figure.  The length was WAY off scale.  I think the length of the building was only 1/4 of the length.  Sammy was still able to grasp that the building is HUGE and that they built it with out any machines.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Sammy’s Show

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81. All the warning we are getting before this snow storm to get ready.

82. My awesome new blog design from Tiffany Kuehl Designs!

83. A boy that is such a healthy eater (he does like some junk food but mostly picks the fruit and veggies side of things)!

84. Pinterst and its overflowing inspiration for projects

85. Cough drops that sooth your throat (even if they taste nasty)

86. Sammy’s ability to serve himself a few breakfast options himself (yogurt, toast, or fruit)

87. My sweet mother-in-law gifting us with so many books and homeschooling materials!

88. A wonderful date night with my husband on Saturday

89. The newly organized toys at our house and the fact that they should be to stay that way (with labels and all)

90. Sammy’s never ceasing imagination!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Project 365–Week 8

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February 18, 2013

Washed potatoes ready for potato soup later in the week. 



February 19, 2013

Somebody finished All About Reading Level 1.. Do you think he was excited about it?

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February 20, 2013

Playing a reading review game.  He looks mad but I think he was saying the sounds of a vowel.

All About Reading

February 21, 2013

An Egyptian headdress craft:

Egyptian headdress

February 22, 2013

An at home date night game of Catan

Settlers of Catan

February 23, 2013

Warm Saturday equals some sandbox playing:



February 24, 2013

Recently at Barnes and Noble Tim and I saw collection books on sale and we picked up two.  The Chronicles of Narnia and Little House collection:

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