Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
We've been staying on track with our school lessons. My precious redhead has gone from hating to read to actually enjoying it. For you mothers out there who have a child who struggles with reading, take heart! One day it will just click. One morning this past week I caught him snuggled up on the couch next to Curly Girl "teaching" her how to read. His version of teaching involved having her repeat every word he read. It was cute while it lasted. ;)
Lil' Nut has a new hobby--coloring! She is no longer scribbling on her worksheet pages and enjoys coloring while I'm working with one of the bigger kids on their lessons.
Bookworm has been working hard on her piano pieces for her upcoming spring recital. One of these days I'm going to upload a video of her playing the piano for you to enjoy. Her music blesses my heart!
We've all been spending a lot of time outdoors each afternoon. The weather here has been glorious, although this morning we woke up to some much-needed rain. My recently potted flowers sure needed a nice, big drink. ;)
Mr. C has been working meticulously on our yard. We have an acre lot, and about half of it was professionally landscaped when the house was built. Landscaping makes for a beautiful view, but it also creates a lot of hard work! Everything has come together so nicely, though, and I think that our yard looks the best it's ever looked.
Our most recent major project has involved our pond. Whoever originally built it didn't do the best job in the world. The liner was way to small for the size of the pond, and the whole thing ended up being a big mess. Since we wanted the job done right, we hired it out. :) The man who is doing the work has a full-time job and has been working on our pond on his days off. The only thing left to do is haul in a load of red pea gravel. Here's a picture I took on Saturday. It's kind of grainy because of the window screen, but you can see the pond guy working in the upper right hand corner. I am looking forward to sitting outside on the swing and live-blogging from the garden real soon. :)
In anticipation of another busy week, I'm keeping the comments turned off. Although I do enjoy hearing from readers, moderating comments takes more time than I have to dedicate to it right now. I do check my email each day, so those of you wishing to chat are welcome to contact me through the link in the sidebar. Have a blessed week!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I'm going to take a blogging break for the rest of the week, and the comments feature will be disabled. Everything is fine, there's just an awful lot on my plate right now. I'll check back in next week. :)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My friend Jodi reminded me that it is time to sign up for Pizza Hut's Book It! reading program for the 2008-2009 school year.
The school I used to teach at participated in this great program, and our family has enjoyed it as well since it is also open to homeschoolers. My kids love books (I wonder where they get it from?), and the offer of a free pizza inspires them to log their pages.
Registration for the program is fast and easy. Go here to enroll.
Monday, April 14, 2008
School work was finished by lunchtime. I spent the afternoon working on some needed tidying up both inside and out while the kids played together.
Mr. C spent his day off working in the yard. Living next door to a forest means that we always have a lot of leaves in our yard. He raked the remanining dead leaves from the flower beds and put out 14 bags of mulch. Those 14 bags didn't even seem to touch the tip of the iceberg, but the mulched area looks so nice now!
My handsome hubby made a trip late this afternoon to pick up another truckload of mulch. Hopefully this will be all that we need to finish up the front side of the house.
Our pond is in need of major repair. When the original owners installed the liner, they used one that was too small and really stretched it out. Over the last few years the liner has deteriorated to the point where the whole thing now needs to be replaced. We're hoping to have the pond looking lovely again in the near future.
While my handsome hubby worked in the front yard, I helped out by spreading pine straw around the back side of the house.
There was one bail left to start on the area around the schoolhouse. We need about 15 more bails to finish the rest of the beds. Having grown up in Florida surrounded by pine trees I never thought I would see the day that we would pay good money for pine straw!
Dewey spent the afternoon supervising the yardwork. He is such a sweet dog!
After finishing up in the yard I headed back inside to work. I thoroughly swept the wood floors and then mopped them. They will look bright and shiny...for a couple of days. It doesn't take long for six people and three pets to track footprints and dirt into the house.
I have finally grown tired of the bunnies and the other spring decorations that have been displayed thoughout the house for the last several weeks. Most all of them have now been boxed up. I now have just a few simple things on the mantle and foyer table. The simple look is much easier on the eyes.
Our entertainment center also got a good dusting and all the videos were staightened up. Usually this job belongs to one of the kids, but today it needed a thorough cleaning.
The dining room was decluttered as well. I added this cute birdhouse table runner that I recently picked up at a yard sale for $2. Don't you just love a bargain?
My least pleasant task of the day was cleaning the toilets. This is usually Mickey's job (his future wife will thank me), but I felt like getting it done quickly while on this marathon cleaning spree.
Lest you think that I am a super-organized, got-it-all-together girl, don't be fooled. I didn't do any individual teaching today or spend time playing with my kiddos. I did spend the evening enjoying their company and reading Farmer Boy to them. Days like this aren't the norm for us. You'll also notice that there are no pictures of tidy bedrooms being posted. That's the next thing on my to-do list. Maybe I should put up some pictures of them in their current condition for some accountablility...or not!
Unfortunately, by the time all of the rooms are picture perfect, it's time to start all over again. But I really don't want a spotless house; that would mean that my children don't live here. :)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Monday: Pack up all of our winter clothes and put them in the attic.
Tuesday: Organize dresser drawers and closets.
Wednesday: Deep clean the bathrooms.
Thursday: Reorganize the kitchen pantry.
Friday: Deep clean the refrigerator.
On the homeschool front, all of the kids are doing well. This has been our first year schooling year-round. It has really worked well for us so far. I plan on continuing with lessons until the second week of June, then we'll take off for a couple of weeks. We should have everything wrapped up mid-summer. Of course, I'll be holding those plans loosely like Cheryl gently admonishes us to do! :)
I'm off to wake my little blessings with a kiss and a song. I'll leave you with a picture of them taken at church yesterday. The wind was really blowing, and you can tell that Curly Girl had a case of the giggles. How blessed I am!
Friday, April 04, 2008
I John 4:1-6 1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5) They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.I watched the following video today (HT to Amy). I sat staring at the computer screen with my mouth wide open. I am saddened to think of the millions of women, even born-again Christians, who are glued to their televisions each day hanging on Oprah's every word. Some may argue that Oprah has done so many wonderful things for people around the world. While that may be true, right now she is pointing people around the world to hell. Wake up, Ladies! Get your answers to life's questions from the Bible, not from the gospel according to Ms. Winfrey!! There is only one way to heaven.