Sunday, November 27, 2011

We recently participated in a homeschool "State Fair". Each family picked a state of their choice, studied it and then made a display to show at the "fair". My son picked Pennsylvania just for the pure fact that he knew Hershey chocolate comes from there! We were supposed to bring a pot luck dish, but unfortunately I wasn't feeling well the day of the event, so I opted to just bring a bunch of cookies-n-cream Hershey bars. Needless to say that was a huge hit with all the kids! Since I wasn't feeling well, we ended up leaving early. I wish I had taken pictures of the other displays because there were some really great ones. Besides the displays, there were games, food, and face painting. I really hope they do this again next year. If so, I intend to put more effort into it and make sure that my son does more of the work. ha ha  I really felt like this was my project and not his.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


WHY is it SO hard to get to bed at a decent hour? Even tonight, I sit here, totally exhausted and not even feeling the greatest, but I choose to stay awake. There's just something about this time of night. It's quiet! My little Stinky Face has crawled up next to me and fell asleep. It's one of those nights where I don't want him to go to his bed. I just love sitting here looking at him. *yawn* 

If you check out my Organized Life section, you will notice that one of the goals for this week is to get more sleep. This has been a personal goal for me for quite some time, but I just can't seem to make it happen. My kids get up too early and don't nap much, so this is the only time I get some "me" time. Does anyone else have this problem? It's like a love/hate kind of thing. I absolutely LOVE this quiet time, but I HATE not getting enough sleep. What to do? What to do?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I'm so happy to see how many people are being positive today. I just wish every day could be like Thanksgiving. Families spending time together, eating yummy food, sharing everything they are thankful for...Could you just imagine? It's so sad, but I know that tomorrow will be so different. We'll soon be hearing the news about people getting shoved over and injured because they were in the way of other greedy shoppers. I've only participated in Black Friday one time and I don't think I'll ever do it again! There will still be nice deals to find. And the older I get, the less the focus is about gifts. I try to help my family to remember to focus on the biggest gift of all, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So today, as I reflect on my life and give thanks, I just want to say that I owe ALL thanks to Him, for everything He's done for me, all that He's given me and everything that He continues to do in my life. I am blessed beyond measure. Even when I'm having a terrible day, I know deep in my heart that my cup runs over. My greatest desire is that you will be there to catch the blessings that flow from my cup. Have a blessed day!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I KNEW I shouldn't have joined, but sometimes it's just too hard to resist the latest and greatest things that everyone else is buzzing about! Pinterest  I joined about 2 hours ago and haven't stopping "pinning" things ever since. I already struggle with being on Facebook too often, and now I have caved, joined Pinterest and have a new obsession that will probably take up even more of my time than Facebook.

I will say though, in only 2 hours, I've found some AMAZING homeschool ideas and Pinterest is a way that I can keep all of these ideas in one spot. This is so cool for a homeschooling mother like myself who considers herself to not have a crafty bone in her body. I'm in desperate need of these ideas. When I actually put them to use, I will share them with you. But for now, if you dare, follow me at  If you are not a member, you need to be invited, so just leave me a message with your e-mail and I will invite you!

If you are still confused about what exactly Pinterest is and what you can do with it, then just click on this link:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How Many Homeschool Excuses Can I Come Up With


Homeschooling has been a real struggle with me almost from the beginning. At first it was making the adjustment from being a full-time working mom who went to school part-time, to becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom. Then I got pregnant with our second child and during this time my husband spent every week away from us because he was working in a different state, while I stayed home and tried to sell our house. Then the problem was having a newborn. I had forgotten how much work a newborn can be. Then as the newborn turned into a toddler, homeschooling just got even more difficult for me. My toddler was very strong willed and more demanding than most kids I know. I thought that sending him to preschool would really be my ticket to a better homeschool year with my oldest son: WRONG! Once I got that extra 4 hours a day, I found many other ways I would like to spend it! When I try to buckle down and stick to a schedule, I just find myself bored. I realized today that my son is also very bored with our curriculum, so we are going to try something new. I stumbled upon an AWESOME website called Hello! Why hasn't anyone told me about this before? It's a website that takes the top rated curriculum in each subject and puts them together according to the grade level. The curriculum choices they have seem WAY more fun than what we've been doing, so I bought the entire set! The website also has things you can buy a la cart, so I bought a science lab kit that I plan on using with both of my children. I'm SO excited and can't wait for this to arrive. Hopefully this will put an end to all of my excuses!!!   :0)