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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Menu Plan July 27-August 3, 2014

Well, we got a bit off track last week, but I’m hoping this week is better.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week…

Sunday – Grilled Hot Dogs
Monday – Sweet and Sour Chicken, Rice, Snap Peas
Tuesday – Tacos
Wednesday – Grilled Chicken over Salad
Thursday – Breakfast for Dinner
Friday – Million Dollar Spaghetti, Salad
Saturday – YOYO

What’s on your menu this week?  The Million Dollar Spaghetti is a new dish for us, so I’m hoping it goes over well with the family. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Menu Plan July 20-26, 2014

The boys and I were out of town for the past week because Caleb had summer camp in Georgia, and I’m so tired of eating junk and eating out.  However, that doesn’t mean it was easy to get back into cooking this evening.  Nonetheless, I did though, and I’m hoping to keep it up.  Smile  Here’s what’s cooking at our home this week…

Sunday – Meatloaf, Pasta, Green Bean Casserole
Monday – Homemade Baked Beef Chimichangas
Tuesday – Saucy Mozzarella Patties, Noodles, Snap Peas
Wednesday – Grilled Burgers
Thursday – YOYO
Friday – Sweet and Sour Chicken, Rice, Veggies
Saturday – Tacos

What’s cooking at your house this week?  Are you trying any new recipes or just sticking with the family favorites?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Plan June 28-July 5, 2014

Due to many reasons, I’m back to menu planning.  I find that it’s easier and cheaper to just get into the groove of planning as opposed to trying to wing it each night.  I haven’t been posting the menus, but I’ve been back at for about three weeks now.  It’s going well, and for the most part…we are sticking to the game plan.

Here’s the menu for this week…

Sunday – Brown Sugar Spiced Baked Chicken, Pasta, Snap Peas
Monday – Pepperoni Pizza Wheels, Salad
Tuesday – Fish Sticks, Tater Tots, Corn
Wednesday – Dinner out to celebrate our anniversary and Caleb’s upcoming birthday
Thursday – Fried Noodles with Eggs
Friday – Neighborhood 4th of July BBQ Party
Saturday – Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Salad

What’s on your menu this week?  Are you trying any new recipes?  Ours are all family favorites this week; however, I do like to try a new ones, too.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Test…

Since Windows Live Writer is my blogging tool of choice, this is a test to see if it’s working again…

Fingers crossed…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meanwhile in Florida...

Wow, I’ve been MIA for two months from this blog.  That’s unusual, but life has carried on down here in sunny Florida.  We made our move down to Port Saint Lucie, and we’re loving it.  We love our neighborhood, the home we’re renting, and the wonderful neighbors.  Our days are spent walking/riding bikes, swimming, fishing, watching the Florida wildlife, and just having fun.  The boys are enjoying not having school, and I’ve enjoyed the free time as well to get back into more cooking and baking.  Caleb is gearing up for his week at Camp Twitch and Shout, and Micah and I are getting ready to visit family and friends in GA while Caleb’s at camp.  We’re all looking forward to getting away, but we will miss Brian as he has to stay here and work.

Here are some pictures from the past two months to let you know how we’ve been enjoying life.







On a sidenote, this is the first post I've posted using Blogger in AGES.  I've been using Windows Live Writer, but for some reason...it's glitching, and it's very upsetting.  I've searched and searched to try to resolve the issue, but I cannot find anything.  ARRRGGGHHHH.  I hope I can figure it out soon b/c I'd much rather use a posting program than Blogger to type posts.  Any ideas my fellow blogging friends?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Things I Won’t Miss About Living in a Condo…

We are gearing up for our sixth move in nine months…this one is exciting though because prayerfully, it’s the last one for a LONG while.  Smile  With that in mind, here are some of the things I will not miss about living in a condo…

  • Having to pay to do laundry – this should save me about $50 a month.  Smile
  • Having the smells from the neighbors’ cooking permeate the hallway and our condo – I’m not sure what they cook sometimes, but the smells are not so pleasant.
  • Having to deal with poop from dogs other than our own – if folks cleaned up after their dogs, this wouldn’t be an issue
  • Not having a yard for the boys to play in – refer to the point above for the reason why
  • Hearing cackling, giggling, loud TVs, and other noises from neighbors – these are women who are a good bit older than myself, but they throw a lot of parties.  LOL!  They’re quite loud and seem to really enjoy themselves.
  • Having to park next to women from other generations who are not very good at parking their cars.  Smile -- I’m not the best at parking my car all the time, but I really try.
  • Sharing ONE bathroom with THREE males – I love my husband and sons, but I do not enjoy sharing a bathroom with them.  Enough said…
  • Not having access to all of my beloved kitchen gadgets, supplies, and belongings – they’re in storage, and I’ve been limited as to what I can cook and do in the kitchen.
  • Not having access to all of my school supplies and educational materials – these are all in storage, and again…we’ve been limited as to what we can do when it comes to schooling, art, etc.
  • Asking my children to be quiet, quit running, and stop stomping for fear the neighbors will complain – you can hear a pin drop in this place, so noise travels.  Suffice it to say that my boys aren’t the quietest, either, so it’ll be nice not having to constantly fuss at them for the noise they enjoy making.
  • Dealing with water issues – it seems the water gets shut off at least once every few weeks for whatever reason.
  • Carrying groceries and other items up a flight of stairs – the boys won’t miss this either as they’ve had to step up and help with this so that I can avoid the multiple trips it would take me if I had to do it alone.
  • Walking up/down stairs just to walk the dog – yes, it’s only one flight of stairs, but when you have to walk the dog 5-6x a day, it’s not fun.
  • Not having the space to entertain friends – granted, we don’t entertain often, but we haven’t even had the opportunity because there’s just not enough room.  Having playdates hasn’t been an option either due to the noise issues.  So, we’re ready to be able to invite friends over for fun times.

I think that’s all I can think of for now…don’t get me wrong, we’ve been blessed to be able to stay in this condo, and for that…we truly are thankful.  We are just more than excited to have our own space for a change.  After living in a house all of your life, moving into a condo is a big adjustment.  Smile 

We’re also excited that we’ll have enough room for friends/family to come visit…so who’s first on the list???  Smile

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weeks 38-40 of Learning 2013-14

I made the executive decision that we are officially done with 5th grade and Kindergarten today.  We’re gearing up for a move next week, and I need to focus my attention on packing.  So, with that said…the 2013-14 school year comes to a close.

In lieu of the traditional review I’ve been doing, I’ll end by saying that the boys have both done GREAT this school year.  They’ve both excelled and learned so many new things.  I’m amazed and in awe as I listen to Micah reading…it just warms my mommy heart.  Caleb continues to do well, and he’s growing into such a wonderful and bright young man. 

We will take the next three months off from our “normal” homeschool schedule; however, Caleb will do one math lesson daily.  Micah will also do a daily phonics lesson.  Then, we’ll commence the 2014-2015 school year in August.  This will be the first time we have taken such a long and extended break, but it’s very much needed. 

I want to give us all time to just enjoy being a family and settling into our new home and new city.  We will spend lots of time swimming, riding bikes, walking, and just doing fun things.  We’re all looking forward to what the future holds for us down in Port Saint Lucie!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week 36 of Learning and Week 37 of Learning 2013-14

Well, here we are…just three more weeks of school for the school year.  YEAH!!!!  Here’s how week 36 and 37 went…

Micah, Kindergarten
Bible –
Micah continues to work in his AWANAS book.  He finished the 1st book, so he’s now in the review phase.

Phonics – Micah worked on the sounds for b/d, sh, ch, and wh.  He also worked on the verbs to be, to have, and then he worked on contractions.  We reviewed all of his sight words he’s learned thus far.

Poetry – Micah’s poem for Week 36 was ‘Spring Planting.’  We used it to review punctuation and uppercase letters.  His poem for Week 37 was ‘The Caterpillar.’  We used it to discuss syllables and punctuation.

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Math – Micah worked on using tally marks to make groups of five and counting by fives.

Caleb, Fifth Grade
Math –
Caleb worked on adding and subtracting on paper; surveys and tally marks; rounding and estimating with two-digit numbers; addition with carrying; adding more than two; adding and subtracting with three-digit numbers; rounding and estimating with three-digit numbers; and adding and subtracting word problems.

English – Caleb worked on using good and well; using negative words; synonyms and antonyms; and homonyms.

Yes…we are nearing the end of the 2013-14 school year.  We’re going to just focus on math and phonics for the remaining three weeks b/c we’re gearing up for another move on May 1st.  My goal is to be done with schooling before the last week of April…so math and phonics it is.  Smile

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Week 35 of Learning 2013-14

We finished up week 35 today, and we’ve already moved into week 36…I can see the end!  YEAH!  Smile

Micah, Kindergarten
Bible –
Micah continues to work in his AWANAS book.

Phonics – This week Micah worked on plural words and the short ‘u’ sound.  His sight words for the week were ‘do, did, what, do, get.’ 

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Poetry – This week Micah’s poem was ‘The Rainbow.’  We used the poem to discuss commas, periods, exclamation marks, and rhyming words.

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Math – This week Micah worked on solving for an unknown.  Much to my surprise, the exercises matched the lesson this week, so it was much better.  Smile

Caleb, Fifth Grade
Math –
Caleb began working on Teaching Textbooks 5 this week, and since it’s mostly review at the beginning, he flew threw 7 lessons.  He worked on number patterns; the way numbers work; numbers and words; millions; greater than/less than; addition basics; and subtraction basics. 

English – This week Caleb began working on adverbs.  He worked on adverbs, adverbs that modify adjectives and other adverbs, and degrees of adverbs.

We’re looking forward to a trip to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens this week with some fellow homeschoolers.  We’ve never been, so we’re excited to see the zoo and all it had to offer.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Week 33 of Learning 2013-14 and Week 34 of Learning 2013-14

I’m taking the easy route and combining the last two weeks because I failed to post week 33 before now. 
Micah, Kindergarten Bible – Micah continues to work in his AWANAS book.
Phonics – Micah has been doing really well with his reading.  It never ceases to amaze me when I sit and listen to my boys when they are first beginning to read.  I don’t think there’s much else that’s sweeter and more heartwarming to a mommy’s heart.  Micah worked on the vowels e, I, and o.  He also worked on the ‘th’ sound.  His sight words for the past two weeks were…they, but, at, with, all, there, out, be, have, am.

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Poetry – Micah’s poem for week 33 was ‘Here is a Little Candle.’  We used the poem to discuss uppercase letters, commas, and periods.  ***You will note that Micah drew a dinosaur, and I’m not sure how it relates to his poem.  Oh well…at least he took the time to draw AND color it.***
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Math – Micah has worked on counting by 10s and counting groups.  I’ll be honest…I’m about ready to toss this math book…it’s just not that impressive.  But – we’ll stick out since the end of the year is just a few weeks away.
Caleb, Fifth Grade Math – WOOHOO!  Caleb has finished Teaching Textbooks 4, so we’ll move on to Teaching Textbooks 5 next week.  He still seems pleased with the program, so I’m hoping his feelings remain that way for a while.  Smile  He worked on multiplying by a two-digit number; more long division; percents; finding a percent of a number; writing a remainder as a fraction; reading a scale on a map; finding probability; roman numerals; changing improper fractions to mixed numbers; and multiplying and dividing money amounts.
English – Caleb worked on adjective suffixes, building sentences using adjectives, using apostrophes, and friendly/business letters.
We are slowly cruising into the last 6 weeks of this school year.  I’ll be honest and admit…this is the first year where I really think I need a break.  We are coming to the close of our 6th year of this homeschool journey, and we’ve pretty much schooled year-round from day one.  So, I’m ready for May to get here so we can take a three month hiatus from school (our longest break to date).  Mommy needs it so I can come back refreshed and ready to tackle middle school with Caleb.  Smile  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE homeschooling the boys, and I have no intentions of quitting.  I’m just looking forward to the three month break.  Smile

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Week 32 of Learning 2013-14

We are done with yet another week of learning.

Micah, Kindergarten
Bible –
Micah continues to work in his AWANAS book.

Phonics – This week Micah worked on the ‘ck’ and ‘qu’ sounds.  We also learned about ‘a’ being a word.  He also worked on sentences.  His sight words for the week were ‘he, was, that, she, on.’

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Poetry – This week Micah’s poem was ‘Florida.’  We used the poem to discuss punctuation, uppercase letters, and rhyming words.

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Math – This week Micah worked on number families and addition to 10. 

Caleb, Fifth Grade
Math –
This week Caleb worked on reducing a fraction; reducing a fraction by dividing; the number line; and more measuring line segments.

English – This week Caleb worked on predicate adjectives, appositive adjectives, and degrees of adjectives.

Caleb started another science co-op class on Friday.  He’s taking a marine science class, and he’s really enjoying it so far.

Monday, March 10, 2014

2014-2015 Curriculum Choices

Well, it’s that time of year again…the time when all of us homeschool parents start figuring out our game plans for the next school year.  At least I’m guessing I’m not alone in this…LOL! 

I’ve made our plans, and it’s been tough.  The choices are always so very overwhelming.  Caleb will be in 6th grade…MIDDLE school…so I feel it’s time to start preparing him for a heavier work load, and it’s time to start thinking ahead to high school…making sure we’ve got a plan in action.  With Micah, it’s a bit easier because I’ve been there, done that already. 

I’m changing things up quite a bit for Caleb.  We’re moving away from history because he’s had 5 years of it, and quite frankly, it’s the same stories over and over…just a little more in-depth year after year.  So, we’re going to focus on Geography instead because he hasn’t had much of that at all.  Our plan is then to do a Citizenship course and one more year of history to finish out middle school.  We’re also moving away from grammar and focusing on writing…another area that’s been a bit neglected.  He struggles with the actual task of writing due to his Tourette’s, so it’s been hard to find a program that I think will work for him.  I’m crossing my fingers that the one I’ve chose will do the trick.  We are also moving back into a formal reading program.  For the past few years, I’ve been letting Caleb read at his own leisure whatever he chooses to read.  However, I really want him to work on comprehension and other reading skills, so that’s the reason for the formal program again.

Here’s our line-up for 1st and 6th grades…

Caleb, Sixth Grade
Math –
Teaching Textbooks 5 & 6 – We are using this program now, and it seems to be working.  So, we’ll continue as long as Caleb seems to enjoy/benefit from it.

Reading – Bob Jones University Press – We have used BJUP in the past, and I know they produce solid curriculum.

Geography – Fifty States Under God three book plan – We’ve never used this program, but it looks very solid.  It will include US History, US Geography, and a special state study of Florida.

Science – Answers in Genesis God’s Design Series – I’ve eyeballed this curriculum for quite some time, and I’m glad to finally have a plan to use it.  We plan to complete four books this year in keeping with a game plan to complete the entire series by the end of 8th grade.

Writing – The Write Foundation Creating Sentences – This is another new program to us, but I really like what I’ve seen and read about it.  I’m hoping Caleb will like it just as much.

Spelling – Sequential Spelling Level 2 – We are using this program now, and I’ve seen great improvement in Caleb’s spelling.

Bible – God’s Great Covenant, Old Testament 1 – This is yet another new program, but it looks excellent.

Micah, First Grade
Language Arts, Reading, Phonics –
Learning Language Arts Through Literature – this is a totally new program to me as I’ve never used it.  However, I like what I see, and I’m hoping Micah will enjoy it. 

Math – Christian Light Education Sunrise Math – I used this with Caleb for a while, and I firmly believe that it’s a SOLID math program.  I’m hoping Micah will do well with it, and we’ll be able to continue to use it through high school.

Science – Answers in Genesis God’s Design Series – The nice thing about this series is that the lessons are broken down by grade level, so it’s great when you have multi-level children.  Micah will join in on our science studies for a very simple lesson. 

Bible – While I don’t have a definite plan for this, it will be included.  If the church we attend once we move has AWANAS, then he’ll continue working with that.  If not, then I’ve got lots of Bible materials that I used with Caleb in the younger years that I’ll bring back out for Micah.

I also hope to fill our time with lots of physical education activities.  There’s a PE program offered in the city we’ll be moving to where both boys can get 3 hours of PE every Thursday.  I’m also hoping to find tennis, archery, and art lessons.  We’re also hoping to have a pool at our home when we move, so that will be a frequent activity, too.  Smile  I’m crossing my fingers for a decent neighborhood where the boys can ride bikes and scooters, too.  Smile  I’m also going to see what’s available as far as co-ops or other homeschool activities.  However, with the heavier work load, I’m not sure how that will all pan out…I’ll need to remember to leave time for ACTUALLY schooling.  Smile

So, there you have it…it’s going to be a challenging year for all of us I think.  But – we should all be refreshed and up for the task when we begin our school year in August because we’re taking May, June, and July off from schooling. 

Have you made your choices for next year?  Please share if you have…I love seeing what others are using…sometimes it gives me another view or plan to consider.  Smile  Not that any of us need that…LOL…there are soooo many choices as it is when it comes to choosing the right curriculum.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Week 31 of Learning 2013-14

We finished up week 31, and here’s how it went…

Micah, Kindergarten
Bible –
Micah continues to work in his AWANAS book.

Phonics – This week Micah worked on punctuation, sentences, and many, many consonants.  We continued to review all of his sight words learned thus far, and he knows them all very, very well.

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Poetry – This week Micah’s poem was ‘I Can Count to 100.’  We used the poem to discuss commas, periods, exclamation marks, and sight words.  We also counted to 100 by 5s and 10s.  We also worked on counting by 2s.

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Math – This week Micah worked on counting by 2s.  Again, I wasn’t very impressed with the math lesson/exercises this week.  I just don’t feel there’s enough time spent on the NEW skill each week.

Caleb, Fifth Grade
Math –
This week Caleb worked on finding elapsed time; time zones; division word problems; long division; and division with a remainder.

English – This week Caleb worked on limiting adjectives tell how many; limiting adjectives that tell which one; limiting adjectives that tell whose; using commas to separate adjectives; and proper adjectives.

Friday we drove up to St. Augustine for a field trip to Marineland.  We were able to view the facilities, learn all about dolphins, and then spend time touching and feeding a dolphin.  The boys LOVED it.  They want to go back and swim/interact with the dolphins now. 

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