Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Thanks for the Day Off!

In our regular life this week…

we were busy! On Monday night Eli had Scouts. We continued learning about First Aid for our Readyman badge. On Tuesday night we had a recruitment event for Scouts at the elementary school. We were able to recruit a new Webelos II to our group. Brynne also had her very first volleyball practice on Tuesday night. She was sooo excited to start volleyball and it did not disappoint! Wednesday night we were happy to have a quiet night. On Thursday night Brynne competed in the little Miss Junior Septemberfest pageant in our town. She didn't place, but she said, "I came close to winning this year!" Now that's a positive attitude! She just enjoys getting all dressed up, having her sister do her hair and makeup, and having fun with her friends. Last night she had volleyball practice again. Then we were off to the carnival.

In our homeschool this week…

We had another great week and a big surprise! We found out on Wednesday that the public schools were going to be closed today for a teacher's training on Friday. Since we follow the public school schedule, we got to take the day off, too! After our busy week, that was a relief!

Bible - This week we studied about Gideon and his tiny army of 300 beating the Midianites. The kids were really into the story and how God wanted to use a small army with unusual armor to win the battle so that they would give their praise to Him instead of taking the credit themselves. I love how they are really "getting" the application of our Bible stories to their lives.

Grammar - In Logic of English we studied phonograms ck, ee, ng, th, short and long vowels, adjectives, and the spelling rule for use of /ck/.

Spelling - We learned two-syllable words this week and they each aced their final tests again.

Reading - In addition to our regular read-aloud and personal reading, we read some really great picture books this week:

Math - We continued to work on multiplication facts this week. We also got in two days of MEP. I am so glad we are back to doing this program and stretching our logic and problem solving skills.

Handwriting - This week's cursive letters were x and q. I realized that I have been writing capital cursive Q's wrong for so long that I didn't even realize what they really looked like! I just don't get how a 2 is supposed to look like a Q.

Writing - Creative writing continues to be a struggle for Eli. He just really does not like it. We had some stubbornness this week in getting some paragraphs on paper. I had the pleasure of receiving a free download of Story Builders: World of Animals by WriteShop. You can pick up your FREE copy of it by going HERE. I am hoping this game might make creative writing more fun. Brynne, on the other hand, is loving coming up with stories! That's a girl for ya.

Geography - This week we studied Maine and Maryland. My Study America Saturday contains all the details.

Science - Since Science is a Friday activity, we didn't do any science this week.

Nature - We saw a LIVE cicada on our back porch. Brynne wanted me to take a picture of it. We noticed that it was camo! The cicadas were especially loud this week!

Counter-clockwise: Brynne's cursive handwriting practice, Eli's lighthouse art, our camo cicada, the kids playing "Moose for a Moment" (those are their antlers), Brynne's lighthouse art, a note from Kyndal.

Homeschool Tricks and Tips ...

Sometimes do your most dreaded subjects first. On Thursday morning we already had a story web on our white board from the day before and I didn't want to erase it to do our Bible lesson. So, we started with writing. Once we were done Eli realized how great it felt to have it out of the way!

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

Brynne almost had a big first this week .... she went on her first sleepover! After the queen contest on Thursday night, she went to Taylar's volleyball game. Taylar's mom and little sister asked if she wanted to spend the night. She went for a couple of hours, but when Dawson took Taylar home she decided she wanted to come home and sleep in her own bed. That was okay with me ... I'm not ready for sleepovers just yet.

A favorite thing this week was…

Going to the carnival on Friday night! It was fun to ride rides!! We also enjoyed watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And Eli was hyped up about the new National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers we received this week.

What's in the kitchen this week ...

For Maine the kids made homemade blueberry muffins with Kyndal. (The bad part about doing all this cooking is that I end up eating all the baked goods!)

What we're reading ...

Mom:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak , Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. 

Eli: Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2 by Dav Pilkey.

Brynne: New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Read-aloud: Ragweed by Avi. 

Things we're working on…

getting the basement set up for a bedroom for Kyndal and Brynne. We aren't getting as much done this weekend as I had hoped, but we are making some strides. Next weekend we should be able to do more.

I’m grateful for ...

sleep. I just love sleep. And the rain that is lightly coming down as I type this AND the cooler temps that are heading our way. It's been a scorcher the last few days! You should see my garden! Speaking of my garden ...

In the garden…

Cucumbers and onions, sweet pickles, and spicy dill pickles.

What's coming up this week ...

Tomorrow I get to meet my long-time blogging friend, Jodi! I cannot wait!! The rest of the week is more Scouts, more volleyball, and more school.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Trash to Treasure

My neighbors were having a garage sale last week. I looked out the window and thought I saw a side table that looked promising. Remember how I needed a table for my lamp in the sitting room?? I have been using a chair.

When I got to the sale I saw, however, that it was actually a five-tiered corner shelf. And it was ugly. Still, it had potential. I not only needed a table for my sitting room (which happened to be in a corner) but Brynne needed a small table to put beside her bed. For quite some time she has been using a tiny triangle shaped stool, and it's just not big enough. The problem is that she has to have a table small enough to fit in between her bed and the ladder going up on the bunk bed.

When I realized that the shelf could be taken apart, I paid the $3 and took it home. Here it is before I took it apart.

And here it is after.

I had to use wood glue to glue the tops on. And there are still rough spots on top where the spindles would have gone that wouldn't sand out. It's a cheaply made shelf, not real wood.

But after a coat of red spray paint on one and black spray paint on the other, I ended up with two workable side tables. And they ended up not being too ugly. I was pretty happy with them considering all total they both cost about $10.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

X is for XLII Random Things About Me

Since it is virtually impossible to come up with an "X" word, unless I want to tell you that I play the Xylophone (which I don't) or that I am having an X-ray (which I'm not, but probably should have with my recent leg injury), I decided to share with you XLII (aka 42) random things about me. That number may or may not be my current age.

1. I think of drinking coffee as an "experience".
2. I used to be an attorney and will never go back to practicing law.
3. I wish I had chickens.
4. I want to learn to sew.
5. I wish I took better pictures of food.
6. I love going on vacation with my husband.
7. I am a morning person, although I don't really want to get up early.
8. I like to be in my pjs, robe and slippers by about 6:00 at night. (if not earlier)
9. At 8:30 p.m. I. AM. DONE. BEING. A. MOM.
10. I love to read, but don't make enough time for it.
11. I love homeschooling. I mean love, love, love. See No. 24 as to why.
12. For someone who really likes to stay home and not do much, I always overcommit myself.
13. If I didn't force myself to, I would never leave my house.
14. I love Mondays.
15. I don't care for Saturdays.
16. My dream vacation is a Mediterranean cruise.
17. I wish I could live winters in Florida and summers in Colorado.
18. I am scared that in Heaven there will be no naps.
19. When my life story is made into a movie I want Diane Lane to play me and Vin Diesel to play Rick.
20. If someone wanted to spend a ridiculous amount of money on me, I would like to spend a full day in New York with Tim Gunn.
21. I have a thing for bald men.
22. Green is my signature color.
23. My house has been tp'd by Garth Brooks' daughter.
24. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little girl.
25. I have a mini-obsession with birds.
26. I am orderly but not organized, there is a difference.
27. I am lazy by nature and have to fight it every day.
28. I am a procrastinator.
29. I am a habitual nail biter and always have been.
30. I like every single kind of food except for polish sausage, sauerkraut and cantelope.
31. I have an extreme fear of snakes ... and sharks.
32. I hate being shot at with a rubberband or popped with a towel.
33. I hate to have my belly button touched.
34. Drinking green tea is my favorite way to relax at the end of the day.
35. My dream is to have a vintage hobby farm with a few animals and a beautiful garden.
36. Someday I want to have a teacup piggie for a pet.
37. My favorite movie is "Indian Summer".
38. My favorite songs are "Call it Love" by Poco and "Soul Survivor" by Michael Bolton.
39. I moved out on my own, in an apartment by myself, in a town 30 miles away, the day after I graduated from high school. I was 17.
40. I hated history when I was a kid but am obsessed with it as an adult.
41. My favorite genre of book is historical fiction.
42. I used to live across the street from Brad Pitt's childhood home.

And there you have 42 things about me that you probably could care less to know. But, really, I just needed an X word for Blogging Through the Alphabet. So there you have it!

See if anyone else got more creative than me with their "X" word at Ben and Me.

Monday, August 26, 2013

{Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop ~ A Day in the Life

So, this is the last post in this year's {Not} Back-to-School Blog Hop hosted by iHomeschool Network.  It's always fun to document our curriculum, our schoolroom, our first day of school pics and our schedule. Here is how we do things around here.

It is really 7:01 a.m. I have always set my clock ahead 15 minutes trying to psych myself into thinking it's not so early..

7:00 a.m. ~ My alarm goes off and I crawl out of bed and limp to the coffee pot. I take the dogs potty, fix my coffee, feed the cat, give the dogs a crunchy bone, and climb back in bed with my computer. Then for the next 30 minutes I get updated on my blogs, e-mails, and news at the Schoolhouse Review Crew site. Dawson is getting up and ready for school during this time.

7:30 a.m. ~ I jump in the shower and have my second cup of coffee. Dawson leaves for school.

8:00 a.m. ~ I grab my coffee and head to the Sitting Room for my quiet time. It is during this time that I do my Bible study, devotion, journaling, and have prayer time.

8:30 a.m. ~ It's time to wake up the kids. They watch some t.v. and play with their notebook devices while having breakfast. I get them situated and then head into the bathroom to finish getting ready for the day.

9:15 a.m. ~ The kids get dressed, brush their teeth, and make their beds while I get the dining room set up for school.

9:30 a.m. ~ We are at the table ready for school. We grab our Bibles and journals and do our Bible time. It's now that I am usually eating my breakfast. Afterward we do our "Math Problem of the Day" from Bedtime Math. Then a serious game of Rock-Paper-Scissors ensues to see who gets to draw from the Stick Jar first.

10:00 a.m. ~ Between around this time and 12:15 p.m.ish, we complete as many of the following subjects as we can: Grammar, Spelling, Cursive Handwriting, Writing, Math and Read-aloud.

12:15 p.m. (or so) ~ The kids grab their books and read for 15 minutes while I am fixing lunch. (On Mondays we go to my mom's to have lunch with her and my aunt and to snuggle with my one-year old niece.)

12:30 p.m. ~ We take a lunch break which usually involves video games and notebook devices. I also usually make a couple trips to the library each week.

1:00 p.m. (or so) ~ We are back at schoolwork and continue drawing sticks to complete the subjects from our morning session that are not yet complete. The sticks now include "Unit" which is our Road Trip USA daily lessons.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. ~ The kids grab their books and read for another 15 minutes while I clean up the disaster we created while doing our school work.

3:45 p.m. ~ School is always complete by this time and the house is picked up and ready for evening.

5:00 p.m. ~ I am usually fixing dinner at about this time. The kids are vegging out and playing.

5:30 p.m. ~ We have dinner.

Evening ~ We watch t.v., play, read, play video games, take baths, and just wind down. Most nights we don't have any activities, except for Monday nights when we have Scouts and Wednesday nights when we eat at church and I have handbell choir. Dawson usually works a couple of nights a week. On other nights his girlfriend, Taylar, is over to visit. Kyndal has not yet started school (she starts October 1st), so she is at home with us coming in and out of our lessons throughout the day and hanging out with me in the evenings.

8:30 p.m. ~ The kids are in their beds with lights out, but they are allowed to watch t.v. or play with their notebook devices or small toys in bed. I hit the couch for some t.v. time and one-on-one time with the older kids.

9:30 p.m. ~ Dawson heads to bed.

10:00 p.m. ~ I climb in bed to read. Lights out for the little kids.

11:00 p.m. ~ Lights out for mom.

This is a pretty typical daily schedule for us Monday through Thursday. On Fridays I let the kids sleep in a little later. Our day of schoolwork also looks different as we drop some things and add others. We add some outside math, a map study, science, a literature study, and nature (if we have time and/or something presents itself that we want to study). We also typically go a little later in the day with our school work.

Daddy his home by Friday evening and our weekends consist of family time. There are lots of movies being watched, video games being played, meals being cooked, laundry being done, and home projects being completed. Then on Sunday night daddy goes back to work, I get the house cleaned up from the weekend, and get lessons planned so we can do it all over again.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Views from a Much-Needed Weekend

The little kids and I went to my parents' lake house yesterday and spent the night. My parents had plans with lake friends, so it was just the kids and I. We were exhausted from two weeks of getting back to school and weekends full of celebrating Brynne's birthday.

We arrived at the lake and vegged. And I mean vegged. The kids hung out and played in the sun porch while I took a nap. Then they wanted to go swimming so I watched them swim while finishing my book (Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ... such a great book which I highly recommend).

We came inside and I fixed them their requested dinner of Pigs in a Blanket. They ate and watched some t.v. in the sun porch while I watched the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" in the living room. Then we all watched "Swindle" on The Disney Channel until we were just too tired to finish it.

This morning consisted of more swimming for the kids and more reading for me. I started a new book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I read 150 pages of it before we left to come home. It is shaping up to be my favorite book of the year!

This was a much-needed couple of days of rest! Now we are home and getting ready for another busy week. I am so thankful that my parents have worked so hard so that they have a place for their family to relax.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Study America Saturday ~ Connecticut and Delaware

Welcome to Study America Saturday where I share with you all we have learned about America this week, as well as any cool deals I find out there related to American History.

First, I need to give a shout out to Mary at Winecup Christian Academy and thank her for recommending "The States" dvd series from The History Channel. We received it today and watched the segments on Connecticut and Delaware as a review of what we had learned this week. I love this dvd series and I highly recommend it! Thanks, Mary!

Now onto what we studied:

We are using Road Trip USA as our spine this year for learning U.S. Geography. This week's states were Connecticut and Delaware.

For Connecticut, we:

  • Found it's capitol, Hartford, on our world map
  • Completed and colored the state symbols notebooking page
  • Made a Praying Mantis craft (scroll 3/4 of the way down the site to find it)
  • Watched video on the Old State House
  • Baked a Connecticut apple pie from scratch (yum!)
  • Read Connecticut Facts and Symbols from "The States and Their Symbols" series from Hilltop Books
  • Colored the Connecticut page in our Maps to Color and Learn: United States coloring book by Kappa Activity Books (picked up at the Dollar Tree one time for $1 each).

For Delaware, we:

  • Found it's capitol, Dover, on our world map
  • Completed and colored the state symbols notebooking page
  • Made a suspension bridge with cardboard, craft sticks, and pipe cleaners
  • Watched a video on Gallopin' Gertie
  • Made Delaware crab cakes (yuck!)
  • Read Delaware Facts and Symbols ("The States and Their Symbols")
  • Colored the Delaware page in Maps to Color and Learn: United States
  • Read: Row, Row, Row the Boats by Michael Dahl and Raising Yoder's Barn by Jane Yolen

Again, "The States" by The History Channel was well worth the purchase price, and I am so glad I bought it! The segments about each state last about 10 minutes and they are so informative. Both the kids and I really enjoy watching them. They are a great way to summarize what we have learned throughout the week and wrap-up our learning.

Great Homeschool Conventions and The National Center for Life and Liberty have teamed up to provide a FREE download for subscribers of the e-book Understanding the Constitution and it's companion Study Guide. This amazing offer expires 8/28, so don't miss it! We won't be using this material this year, but it's tucked away for our study of government when the kids are older.

This week Marcy at Ben and Me provided a list of great resources about studying Washington, D.C. You should check it out!

And, finally, The History Channel website is having a great sale on their educational dvds. There are LOTS of American History documentaries marked way down (including some of the "America: The Story of Us" dvds and "The States" is marked down to $19.99.) It's worth a look!

And that about does it for us this week. If you have studied some aspect of American History this week and have posted about it, I would love if you would leave a link to it in the comments. I typically do not have any luck with linkys so won't go to the trouble. But, if we garner up enough interest, I might reconsider.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Productivity Plus!

In our regular life this week…

we had what was called a normal week. It was so nice! Monday night we had Scouts. On Tuesday we had lunch at my mom's with her and my aunt and that night I had my ladies church group over for our monthly meeting and fellowship. Kyndal was home all week and took Brynne for some shopping that night. The rest of the week we had dinner each night and got caught up on our t.v. shows. Dawson's buddies came over after school one day and Taylar was over a couple of different evenings. We talked on the phone and FaceTimed with Rick. We were tired every night from a full day of school each day. My leg was better early in the week and then got worse toward the end. I am trying not to take as much Ibuprofen, but it causes my knee, shin and ankle to ache and throb. So to replace Ibuprofen I spend more time with an ice pack tied around my knee. I'm really starting to get annoyed. It's just a bummer. I so wish I could exercise.

In our homeschool this week…

What a full, busy and great week! We are definitely in our groove! Every single subject is going better than I could have ever planned. This is the first time that I am completely happy with every single piece of curriculum we are using. And I think the kiddos are, too. There is nothing they seem to dread.

Bible - This week we concentrated on Joshua, the crossing of the Jordan, and the fall of Jericho. We also got into an amazing discussion about being under the wing or umbrella of God's protection and what happens when we decide to step out of that protection. The conversation started when Brynne said that she hasn't had any real bad stuff happen in her life. I told her it was because she was under the wing of me and her daddy's protection right now, because she is a little girl. And the conversation went on from there. I was amazed at the maturity of their questions and insights.

Grammar - I said in our curriculum post that we would not be using any formal grammar unless we were using a review product. And, lo and behold, we started reviewing Logic of English. I honestly think Grammar is our favorite time of the day each day. That curriculum is a perfect fit for us and we WILL be using it until we complete it. It will take us all year. We studied nouns, verbs, adjectives, compound words, subjects and predicates this week, while learning some beginning diagramming.

Spelling - We are also using the spelling portion of Logic of English one day a week. The rest of the week we are doing our daily lessons in Soaring with Spelling. This week the kids are doing compound words. They LOVE THIS SPELLING PROGRAM! They have both mentioned it more than once this week. Eli was especially proud of his 100% on his Spelling test. He had missed a few on his pre-test on Monday which really bummed him out.

Reading - Each day I am reading about 20 pages out of our read-aloud and the kids each read for 30 minutes out of their personal choice chapter books. Easy going and enjoyable.

Math - We are using Multiplication Learning and Teaching Made Easy by Glenda Brown James this first six weeks of school. The kids are doing a different math puzzle each day using the multiplication facts of the week. It's an easy-to-implement program and the kids are able to just grab it and complete it fairly quickly without any real fanfare. I also decided to bring back daily MEP (Math Enhancement Programme). I miss the problem solving and mental math it provided. It's definitely more work, but worth the effort.

For Friday's "outside math", the kids used logic to make shapes (i.e. see how many triangles they could make using 9 sticks) and copy designs using similarly sized sticks.

Handwriting - We continue to use Handwriting Without Tears Cursive (3rd grade). They are concentrating their practice on n's and m's right now. We only have a couple more weeks of this book before we move onto Cursive Success (4th grade). Again, it's one of those things that is just easy for the kids to grab and do each day. No problems. No complaints. And it's working because when they were doing their Logic of English vocabulary development on Thursday, it required them to make compound words and write them. We are using the Cursive workbook, so they wrote those new words in cursive. And they did great!

Writing - We are using WriteShop Primary B this year and have been working on writing friendly letters. I like Book B so much better than Book A in that I feel that it's more age appropriate and relevant to them. Book A was necessary as a foundation, but I am glad to have the creativity and "maturity" of Book B. It included a cute dance to learn the parts of a friendly letter. I videoed it to post and cannot get it to load to Youtube. Frustrating, cause it was so cute and helpful!!

Geography - This week we studied Delaware and Connecticut. We did lots! To see what we did specifically for each of these states, check back in tomorrow for Study America Saturday. Oh, and if you have an American History post, feel free to leave a link to your blog post in the Study America Saturday comments. I'd love to see what you are doing in American History, too!

Science - We are doing a review for Susan Kilbride's e-book How to Teach About Electricity for Ages 8-13. (Last year I reviewed her book Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers (Ages 4-13)  and we did the Atoms and Molecules lessons as a prerequisite for the Electricity unit.) To introduce us to electricity, I checked out the The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan. We also watched THC Classroom's "Modern Marvels: Mad Electricity" about the innovations and inventions of Nikola Tesla. This week (from Ms. Kilbride's e-book) we learned about and did activities with Static Electricity.

Nature - While outside one day this week I saw a cicada shell on our back porch. I remember, as a child, going to my uncle's house with my mom while she cleaned it every couple of weeks. He had a chain link fence around his house and he would have hundreds of them on his fence that I would go pick off. I took the kids out to look at it and had them sketch it in their nature journals.

We read When the Woods Hum by Joan Ryder (a great book!) and watched a Youtube video on their molting process.

Homeschool Tricks and Tips ...

Want a fun and energetic day-starter? Download the FREE app Bedtime Math! We are having a ball with the "Math Problem of the Day". We do ours first thing in the morning, after Bible, to get our brains moving, instead of at bedtime. The app provides a fun fact (the first day was about Ben and Jerry's ice cream graveyard and another day was about New York using used up subway cars to make a reef) and then provides three levels of math word problems using the fact. The facts are so interesting and the math problems are challenging but fun! The kids always want to do "just one more".

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

Like I said earlier, we were pretty quiet this week in our outside activities. But, the little kids and I decided to make our final trip to the lake tomorrow and Sunday before I start teaching their Sunday School class next week. That commitment will require us to be home on Sundays, so no more lake overnights until next summer.

A favorite thing this week was…

The feeling of absolute pride and accomplishment at how well our first week of school went. The kids are doing fantastic and I am honored to be their teacher. I've got a great job!

What's in the kitchen this week ...

Eli and Brynne made an apple pie (from scratch ... even the crust!) and crab cakes (aka "crabby patties") this week as part of their studies on Connecticut and Delaware.

For dinner this week we had spaghetti and meatballs, tacos, and "Chik-fil-a at home" which is homemade popcorn chicken, waffle fries, and chocolate milkshakes.

What we're reading ...

Mom:  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (I am finishing this at the lake tomorrow!), Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. 

Eli: Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1 by Dav Pilkey.

Brynne: New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Read-aloud: Ragweed by Avi. 

Things we're working on…

a healthier diet (again) now that we are back to school and a regular schedule. I am, particularly, watching what I eat since I am unable to burn my usual 300+ calories a day exercising, and won't be able to for quite some time. The most exercise I am getting is hobbling from room to room. With cold and flu season coming soon, I am also doing my best to keep the healthy foods in the kids' diets. We were sipping green tea in the mornings as some sniffles were starting.

I’m grateful for ...

Light at the end of the tunnel of a very unfortunate situation.

In the garden…

I used some of these goodies to make Rick a jar of salsa to take back to work with him for the week. It was spicy, but tasty!

And, I pulled my spaghetti squash off the vine just in time for three servings of spaghetti "noodles". I baked the squash and pulled out my noodles for some fantastic and healthy spaghetti this week! This is the first time I have ever replaced pasta with spaghetti squash and I am glad I did!! Next year I am planting three times as many spaghetti squash plants!

What's coming up this week ...

This coming week will be the opposite of normal. On Monday night we have Scouts. On Tuesday night it's our Scout school recruitment night. Thursday night Brynne is competing in the Septemberfest Wee Queen contest. Then Septemberfest is all weekend, which will involve a night at the carnival. On Saturday morning I was supposed to run in the Color Run 5K, which I was training for when I hurt my knee, so I'll be missing that ... BOO! But, I think I can still find a way to make it through the wine stroll at the park in the afternoon! Rick and I are planning to make the girls' bedroom in the basement next weekend, too. That will involve painting, making a drop ceiling, hanging "walls", and moving furniture. Brynne is moving downstairs with Kyndal while she is living here for the next year. (They have just been bunking together in Eli and Brynne's room for the past several months, but it's time to make a permanent space for them.) Then on Sunday I start teaching Eli and Brynne's Sunday school class. They will be moving up to the 4th-6th grade class. Then Sunday evening I am getting to meet my super great blogging friend and daily accountability partner, Jodi!! She is coming to town and I cannot wait to hug her neck!! Next Monday, yeah, I think I'll just die of exhaustion.

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

Okay, while I'm copying these worksheets you guys go across the street and run!!

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