Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monthly School Wrap-up - January

In January we were really sick!  Because of that we took off a lot from school.  Sammy thankfully only had the flu while I took the brunt of the sickness (Strep Throat, flu, and Bronchitis).  We did get some school work done and here is what I got pictures of last month!

We worked through a geography workbook.  Sammy really enjoyed this style of learning and I might switch up a few subjects next year to have a little more textbook style work:

Sammy got a super cool soda can robot kit from my parents for Christmas.  Tim and Sammy worked on putting it together:
Robotics hands on
 The finished robot in action:


We watched a bunch of tv while we were sick.. sometimes we threw in something educational like Magic School Bus:
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Can we count this as home ec?

Home Ec for Boys

 Building with his erector set:
Erector set

All About Spelling while standing on a chair:

All About Spelling grade 2

 We made pita bread like the Phoenicians:

Story of the World - The Phonecians

 We talked about natural and man made landmarks.  Sammy thought The Great Barrier Reef was really cool (especially since you can see it from outer space).  He drew a picture while we were out to dinner:

The Great Barrier Reef

Some super cool library books we got at the beginning of the month:

The book with no pictures reading books

Reading for pleasure (be still my heart): 
2nd grade boy reading

Some homeschool enrichment.. we went and saw James and the Giant Peach.  Sammy loved it.  My Dad comment that the theater was really empty.. We sat in the back so Sammy could see better but the whole front section was really full! 

James and the Giant Peach Play

A glimpse at an All About Reading activity:

I will be linking this up to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Photo Dump - January


My small fry and I:

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Two really really cool books we got from the library:

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Reading just for fun:

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Sammy and I had way to much fun with these packing materials!  I told him not to use them as pillows for his baby and he proceeded to use them and they stuck to him and cracked us up:

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What you don’t have light truss in your family room?

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My guys:

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The unthinkable happened and all 3 dogs got into one bed!!

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The flu hit (not the stomach variety but the full fledged flu!):

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Still sick:

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We all got it.. it was rough.. can you spot the lap dog?

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We were all finally better and made a trip to Costco.. some of us were even more excited to get out of the house than others:

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Earning some extra money with some extra chores:

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Building an airplane with his erector set he got for Christmas:

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Sammy had his molars sealed and did an awesome job at the dentist!

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We had so much fun at the middle school production of James and the Giant Peach:

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 Goals–February Update (better late than never)

2015 Goals



1. Do several bible studies(4-5) (starting with She Reads Truth) - I have completed one of these and plan to do their Lent study2. Continue serving on the Tech team at church – I have continued to do this one3. Memorize scripture along with Sammy for AWANA I am actually quite pleased with how well I am doing memorizing along side Sammy


1. Read 4 parenting books – I am in the middle of one right now
2. Spend quality time with Sammy (outside of "school") each week – I have planned something special for each week other than when we were sick.  But even then we played games at home so I am doing well with this goal. 3. Read to Sammy everyday (at least 15 minutes) – I have done well with this goal except for a few days when we all had the flu so I am going to count this as success.


1. Do at least 1 hands on project a week – We have done this.  Most have been real basic but Sammy has enjoyed them!
2. Go on at least 1 field trip a month – We made it to one last month.
3. Re-evaluate a few pieces of curriculum we are using 


1. Participate in Declutter 365umm I need to do a catch up day! I have been decluttering but I have not used the calendar at all!
2. Create a workable cleaning schedule and stick to it
3. Repaint and decorate Sammy's room


1. Workout 4 times a week (208 times this year) – I have FAILED here.. I would like to say for the first 3 weeks of the year I was really sick.  So now I need to get my act together!!
2. Read 12 non-fiction books - I finished (affiliate links):
3. Read 24 fiction books – I finished (affiliate links):

4. Watch less than 5 hours of TV a week – I need to work on this   


1. Plan posts a month in advance – Completely failed in all of my blogging goals so far.  I am hoping back on the horse and trying again! 
2. Write 4 times a week
3. Organize tags and update pages


1. Do something extra for Tim each week (write a note, make his coffee for work, etc.) – I have not done a good job with this goal.  I need to get in the habit of doing this!
2. Read a book on marriage
3. Take a 10 year anniversary trip together – we have one planned


1. Pay off Sammy's medical bills (from his surgery) – we are working on this and hope to be done soon!
2. Setup and  maintain weekly financial meetings – we have meet a few times but nothing consistent
3. Create an emergency fun and put $1,000+ in it

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Rest of Christmas


Snuggle Tim at Grandma and Grandpa’s house:


Big belly laughs at Grandma’s dog:


Snuggle time with Aunt Reatha:


Rachel, her boyfriend David, and Nicia all tuckered out:


Star Wars coloring book fun:


Look I went too:


Later that night we had dinner at Tim’s sister’s house and his brother and his girl friend were able to come over then:


Nicia made and served dessert:


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Christmas Morning at Our House


We have a tradition at our house of having Christmas morning with just our family (the 3 of us).  We love the slow pace and the special memories we make.  We have cinnamon rolls for breakfast and enjoy opening presents slowly while the dogs play with their new things too *winks*

The stockings all setup and new bones for the dogs all ready the night before:




I think this might be the only fully decorated tree picture I took all year!  Never the less I love seeing all of the packages under the tree:


Christmas morning.. He was still a little bleary eyed:


The dogs dug right into their fresh bone supply!  Sadly the bones were gone by the next day!


Sammy enjoying opening his stocking and finding lots of fun surprises. 


Sammy was excited about some Star Wars figurines we picked out for him:


Sitting behind his pile.. we usually take turns to even out the amount of presents everyone has.. and Sammy really enjoys being the present hander outer.. (that is totally a real title)!


Tim’s big gift was a Roku 3.. which we have all been enjoying a bunch:


I got a new crock-pot since mine was falling apart!!


Sammy has loved this new Robot Turtles Game:


Sammy’s big gift was another marble run.. he is obsessed with these and likes them both.  The one we got him has proven to be pretty challenging so he can’t quite build it himself yet: