Week 14 wrap up


Some highlights of our last week.


  • memorized and recited The Man in the Arena excerpt by Teddy Roosevelt.


  • The Hobbit
  • Moby Dick (morning time)
  • Peter Pan (morning time)
  • Farmer Boy (morning time)


  • hiking with nature group
  • Barnes and Noble Maker Fair



  • Robert Louis Stevenson



  • basketball
  • pickleball
  • park time teaching the dog to go down the slide
  • riding bikes
  • fruit ninja on the kinect
  • origami



4th grade homeschool planning part one

When I start to plan for our coming homeschool year, one of the main things I do is ask Jack what he wants to learn about.  He never fails to give me a lot to work with and a lot of the time we are on the same page with what should come next in his education. It makes it easy.


He also added spelling and writing on to this list. See what I mean? Easy.  Really if anything he gives me too much and I stress about the time it will all take to cover everything on his list. 


My list looked like this:

  • nature study
  • writing
  • history
  • math
  • German
  • Thinking skills
  • root words
  • Music- he chose recorder
  • language arts
  • reading

When I looked at our lists, I felt overwhelmed. It seems like a lot to cover.  I felt that both of our lists were important and we needed to at least try and accommodate them both.  After I gathered my resources, it was time to plan.  I had been reading about loop schedules on various blogs and decided that it was an interesting concept and needed to look into it more. Also I recently started doing powersheets and liked how goals were broken down into bite size pieces. I wanted to try that theory in our homeschool.

I looked at our resources and some of them worked perfectly being broken down into daily bits.  The subjects that take a bit longer were then put into a loop schedule.

Here is a list of our daily work:

  • math
  • language arts- which includes- handwriting, language lessons, - rotated throughout the week.
  • Explode the Code
  • Spelling
  • Memorization
  • Recorder
  • Astronomy
  • notebooks- common place, nature

We have two loops that we work though:

The first loop-

  • English From the Roots Up
  • German
  • Philosophy
  • thinking skills

And the second loop-

  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Writing

So far this schedule is working out well. I feel good that everything is getting covered without weighing us down. I will go through our curriculum suggestions and how we use them over the next few posts.

a list


I am ...
making :  a custom cuff for a cancer warrior
cooking : nothing today
drinking : lots of coffee...lots.
reading : Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life
wanting : peace and answers
looking : forward to fall
playing : with the family tonight
drawing: up a plan for the coming week 
wishing : for easier days
enjoying : my family. Everyone if off this weekend.
waiting : for answers
liking : the cooler temperatures
wondering : what I should be for Halloween
loving : my hubby and his support
hoping : for miracles
marvelling : that my oldest will be turning 19 in a week!!
needing :  sleep
smelling : Nothing- a little stuffed up.
wearing : pjs
following : instagram is where I have been mostly.
noticing : a few leaves turning
knowing : that answers will come in time 
thinking : that life changes all too quickly
bookmarking : fall ideas
opening : my heart
giggling : with the girls this evening as we walked.
feeling : sad, heartbroken and unsure yet thankful for everyone and everything in my life right now.

weekending 6/09


This weekend;

  • park day with our homeschool friends
  • farmers market- unfortunately it hasn't changed after all these years, mostly crafts and very little produce.
  • building a fence for the garden to keep the piggy out.
  • cleaning- a small price to pay for being gone all weekend and having a party here Sat night.
  • cleaning carpets- I had finally had enough of them and had to do it.
  • cooking and baking- lots of squash from the garden right now.  I also made a yummy apricot crisp.

This week looks busier than I had planned on, which is why I had to get so much done this weekend.  On the list for this week:

  • science camp
  • lego robotic class
  • fencing times 2
  • park
  • working out
  • time at the pool- as long as Jack continues to get better from the cold he came down with last week.
  • get ready for father's day! 
  • hopefully I will have time to continue my decluttering rampage. :)  I have plans for the house brewing in my head.


What are your plans this week?

weekending 6/02

This weekend was a big one because it was Zac's birthday!  Park day Friday with the homeschool group and we stayed way too late into the evening. Saturday we went to breakfast, the rest of the family went to one of our favorite swimming holes and I stayed behind to relax out of the heat and cook dinner.   Then on Sunday we went to our favorite swimming pool in the county and spent the day with some friends.  Busy, exhausting and good.


Last week I spent the week in full decluttering and cleaning mode. Luckily, I was able to get quite a bit done. This week it is time to get down to the business of summer.

Here is the short list for the week:

  • summer science camp starts- we signed Jack up for a month long science class. 
  • gym time- the science class gives me time to workout
  • library time- it also puts us right next to the library three days a week which means the summer reading program and reading down our fines.
  • pool time- it also puts us at the pool three times a week. Bonus.
  • fencing- still going strong. Also this week is the awards ceremony from the region and a little party.
  • lacrosse party- maybe, possibly and most likely here. 
  • Job interviews for Alex. Wish her luck!

I will also be replanting some pots out front, which means time at the nursery! I am also hoping to do some baking to fill the freezer this week. It's getting warm out and baking in midsummer here can be hot! I am still working on getting our supplies and plan ready for next year and will have a post about that soon.

Hope you all have a good week!


this week and some random thoughts.

This week is busy and exciting and huge. Already it's only noon on Monday and we've been to the dermatologist and chiropractor times two.  I'm having my second cup of coffee and trying to muster more energy for the day.

Tonight the girls have their all-star or all league game for lacrosse. It's going to be a late night.  Tomorrow Talisa has graduation practice and we are one day closer to graduation.  It's crazy to think about our oldest graduating. Of course, maybe not so crazy when your dermatologist refers to your age when answering questions. Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder that I am getting older. Actually he was talking to Zac, not me, but it still stung a bit.

I've decided that our lives will never necessarily slow down and I need to stop waiting for that to happen. Instead life seems to be more of a snowball speeding down a hill.  I think it started when our older kids hit about 12 years of age.  I need to stop trying to pull it back up the hill and just get on, enjoy the ride, and not hit any trees!

So in no particular order here is what we are up to this week:

  • lacrosse
  • graduation
  • fencing practice
  • fencing tournament
  • last day of school for the public school children
  • ordering curriculum for next year- more on that when I have time to write about it.

I am not in the habit of taking pictures much anymore.  So one of the only pics I took this weekend:


Taken while out shopping for a graduation dress. This one didn't make the final cut.  We ended up getting two. 

Hope everyone has a great week!



checking my list

Today was a good day! I actually had enough energy to get some things done. Either that or realizing that Christmas Eve is 3 weeks from today spurred me into action. Yikes!


We brought out the Christmas decorations and Jack decorated himself as well as the tree.  More pictures to come. 

I shipped the first orders out for my etsy store. Squeeee!

I started Christmas shopping.  I was able to finish shopping for our two secret Santa kids. And get most of ours done.

I started a few new cuffs. Alex came up with an awesome design for one that I will hopefully get done in a few days.

I did the laundry.

We did school! Yay for that. Especially on a day that we end up doing two unit tests.  Excited that today's history lesson was on Saint Nicholas, just in time for the holiday this week.

Found this while shopping. Love it!

It was a pretty good Monday all around.


weekly wrap up


Yes he is wearing a coat and barefoot. No, it wasn't that cold outside. He was practicing his spelling by writing the words on our glass door. 

We had a  really good week last week and were able to get back on track with some things. 


  • Rome splits
  • Constantine
  • Visigoths and Vandals
  • Attila the Hun


  • ponds
  • coral reefs
  • unit test


  • animals in art


  • 3 lessons


  • -oa words


  • capitals
  • review


  • 4 lessons


  • fun and fitness
  • art- Halloween scenes
  • fencing
  • acrobatics
  • hip hop- gave it another try, still ended up not feeling well.
  • park day


  • The Great Brain
  • Garfield
  • Calvin and Hobbes


  • Madagascar 3
  • Mythbusters
  • Blue Planet- Coral Reefs


  • Time with the cousins
  • picking out pumpkins
  • Halloween party with the neighbors
  • lunch with grandpa
  • legos



Weekly homeschooling wrap up


Not many pics to show this week.We ended up only working on school for two days because of the birthday.


  • Nero
  • Pompeii


  • Animals
  • Primary and Secondary colors


  • Desert ecosystem


  • 2 lessons


  • 2 lessons


  • 2 lessons


  • copywork
  • Pyramid reading exercises


  • Lots of Mythbusters
  • Lego building
  • 1st sleepover
  • art class
  • fencing
  • acrobatics
  • painting-rocks and leaves
  • park day

Tomorrow we are heading out for an exciting field trip.  We hope to see a sloth! ;)




Weekly wrap up times 2

We've been super busy this week getting ready for a super fun weekend.  By the time I have stopped for the day it is time to catch up with the hubby and put the kids to bed.  I've cleaned  the house top to bottom, cleaned the carpets, washed everything, taken Jack for his reading test, taken the boy to all the classes, picked up the girl from rugby, baked, cooked occasionally, done the laundry, watched my art lessons, tried to do my art projects, oh yeah we also homeschooled.  I haven't picked up my camera once this week. I took one photo with my phone of my son's injured arm.  The universe is a little off.

Since this is a big weekend- company coming to stay, oldest daughters 18th birthday. I am combining the past two weeks for this wrap up.  The pics are from last week. I am hoping to take tons of pics this weekend while laughing myself silly.

So here we go:


  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Julius Caesars death
  • Augustus Caesar
  • Pax Romana


  • Arctic Tundra
  • Boreal Forest
  • Deciduous Forest



  • 2 online classes
  • 5 pages Saxon

Language Arts:

  • 2 online classes
  • Capitalization
  • Picture study


  • ou words
  • ow words


  • Types of lines
  • drawing lessons online- ninja, butterfly, frog
  • drawing lessons- sea monsters, birds, bird cage
  • unit test


  • hip hop
  • fencing
  • acrobatics
  • drawing
  • fun and fitness


  • Horrible Histories


  • Dibels reading test


  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Garfield
  • Zac Powers
  • Charlie Brown


  • Lego Hero sets
  • ipad games
  • working on the VW with dad
  • park day

Apparently I didn't take many pictures last week. oops!


I do have this picks which sums him up really well. He was wearing his dads ear protection while doing his chores. He can't vacuum without them.


Weekly homeschooling wrap up

Things are continuing to go well ont he homeschooling front. This week we added one more class, had a park day with our online school, and took a day off to hang with dad.



  • 2 lessons
  • Greek influence on Roman culture and Roman myths


  • Vertebrates
  • Fish
  • virtual fish dissection
  • weather balloon videos
  • Bill Nye videos- Patterns, Plants


  • 1 lesson Saxon
  • Saving money
  • ipad games


  • oo words

Language arts-

  • copywork poem 


  • 3 lessons


  • Great Wave and natural disasters
  • Drawing lessons started back up


  • Robot Walkers from the Lego idea book.


  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Garfield
  • Horrid Henry
  • Odysseus


  • Bill Nye
  • Leonardo: A Dream of Flight


  • park day with our online school- Olympic themed
  • Hip Hop
  • Acrobatics
  • park day


  • Spent a day with dad taking care of car stuff.
  • park day
  • went to some yard sales and for a long drive with mom and dad to look at  a car. No we didn't get it. :)


Jack reading to kids at the library.



One of the many Lego creations this week.


One of the teachers from the online school brought shaving cream for the kids to play with.  They obviously enjoyed it.


Showing me his medal and his "torch" aka sucker.


Making fish. Learning about the functions and benefits of each shape and style.


From drawing class. He is also working on a jellyfish and taught me how to make one yesterday. 




Scenes from the weekend 8/12

Starting at the county fair.


Jack was thrilled to be tall enough to ride almost every ride. Alex, not so much. In fact she ended up loosing her lunch after one ride. Poor girl.





We ended the weekend with a visit to our favorite pool.  Gorgeous setting, up in a narrow canyon with a deck overlooking the creek and big trees all around.  Love spending time up there and need to do it more often, hopefully before they close on Labor day.



On the list for this week:

  • school starts for everyone! Agh!
  • hip hop and acrobatics for dance start.
  • my car goes in the shop and hopefully gets fixed. It's a bad time to be down a car with everything starting and everyone working.
  • House- need to save the house from the weekend. 
  • kitchen- this year is looking like we might have a hectic schedule. I want to start stocking the freezer now before our other classes start.
  • back to school party with our online school.
  • park day

I think I am going to let that be enough for this week. 

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scenes from the weekend 8/5

This weekend we took the opportunity of everyone having the day off and headed to one of our favorite spots.




"It's the biggest wish flower I've ever seen!"










We had a fun day. Great to be up in the mountains again.

On the list for this week:

  • science notebook and art portfolio for homeschool
  • finish up menu plan and do shopping that is needed.
  • start stocking freezer- school starts next week, time to do some baking and stock the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks.
  • natural cleaner class- email supply lists, finish trying out recipes, and clean my house (it's a never ending project)
  • finish any school shopping
  • would love to fit in one last trip tot he mountains or to our favorite pool.

What is on your list?

2nd grade math, science, history, and Spanish

This year we will be using more of our state online option for curriculum.  We used the option last year for Spanish via Powerspeak and enjoyed it.  I like the idea of having more of the planing done for me. As much as I don't want to admit it, it is nice to have someone else do all the work. 

So here is the list:



  • k-12.  This is going to be nice for us to have a planned science curriculum. We are using the 3rd grade level.  We have already studied everything they have in 2nd grade and touched on almost everything they do in 3rd. After looking at the samples I decided to go with 3rd grade. I think the content will be new enough to keep him interested and just delve deeper into what we have already learned. 
  • We will be doing a study on Leonardo da Vinci before we go to an exhibit in the fall using Leonardo da Vinci for kids. 


  • k12- The 2nd grade art program seems to mesh well with the topics in history.


  • We will be finishing Saxon math 2.  I am doing math a little different this year.  Instead of doing math 5 days per week, we will only be doing it  for 3.  This means it will take us the rest of the year to finish math 2. I'm good with that. I think Jack will be great with it. He loves math. I could either push and finish early to start math 3, or we can slow it down a bit and have some fun with it.  I chose the latter. I have no doubt that he will still be ahead by the end of the year.
  • For the  first month we will be doing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Jr on Tuesdays. 
  • After that Tuesdays will be math game day. 
  • Thursdays we will be exploring math through cooking- don't tell Jack though. ;) 

Foreign Language-

  • Powerspeak Spanish year 2.  I love it. In 2nd grade and on his 2nd year of Spanish.  Big selling point for our k12 program.

And that is the rest of it.  What are you using this year?




scenes from the weekend

These two boys went away camping for a few days.  They had a blast catching snakes and lizards. Zac even taught Jack how to use a rabbit stick. No rabbits were used in the demo.  

What else happened this weekend?  School shopping, work, movie watching, cooking, organizing, cleaning up after the cat- yuck apparently her food wasn't agreeing with her.

On the list for this week:

  • finish homeschool planning
  • finish our natural cleaner class info
  • make and test natural cleaning recipes
  • Clean my house!  Just kidding it is clean but I do have some clutter spots to deal with and the boys room.
  • school shopping
  • pay school fees
  • sign T up for the next ACT
  • work on all my other organizing projects.
  • work on my felt projects for Christmas

What is on your list?


scenes from the weekend

A snake at park day.

A worm bin completed.


The mason bee home I made last year is no longer vacant! We have bee larva!!! So excited about this.

The weekly batch of granola.

The latest felt project. Star magnets.

Not pictured: the birthday cake with family, the coffee, the late nights staying up waiting for teens to be home, the back to school shopping,  the chores.


On the list for this week:

  • homeschool planning full force- be ready for some posts on that.
  • our next class for the co-op is going to be a green cleaner day, I know it doesn't have much to do with gardening but there are some that are interested. So I am starting to gather resources for that and create a binder.
  • Another project I am getting ready to start is an herbal medicine kit for the coming winter. Time to  gather resources and organize them. 
  • School shopping as our schedule allows.
  • And that is all. Well you know what I mean, that and the other hundred things.

What is on your list?


scenes from the weekend


Lots of rain.

Lots of rain means lots of happy plants.

Which also meant lots of projects done inside the house.

It also meant that Lego rock band was brought out once again.



We went to the Renaissance fair on Friday. No pictures- it was raining, but I did pick this wall hanging up at a local store.  We all love it.

One of our new chicks started to lay.  Here's hoping the rest follow suit and I can stop buying eggs once again.

Not pictured: dinner with family, shopping trips, thrifting, projects in progress, the more organized garage, the purge of clutter, the movie watching, the runny and stuffy noses.


On the list this week:

  • more homeschool planning.  A couple of items shoud be here this week. Trying to be patient for the online teachers manuals to go live for this year so that I can get science and history mapped out.
  • Lego robotics.
  • garden co-op- this week we are doing a compost learning day and making a worm composter. Wish me luck.
  • We are on countdown for the older kids school to start. Time to start gathering supplies for the coming year.
  • drop off at thrift store

What's on your list?


a day in instagram


Zac is doing a huge woodworking project for our house. I was up early and helping him paint in my pjs.


Eventually Jack joined us for some target practice.

Back inside for reading and breakfast.


My neighbor brought over some garden goodies. Dinner went from blueberry mango quinoa to a pinto bean, garlic, onion, pepper and tomato quinoa burrito. It was yummy.


One piggy went to a new home.


A chore system for Jack. The cards are from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We are not using the whole system, just the cards.  I put them in this badge holder for him to wear during chore time to hopefully keep him on track.  The cards from her system just happened to have the chores I needed on them so I didn't have to reinvent the wheel. 

A felt plushie in progress.  This shop has so many cute patterns.  Time to get my project on with some sewing.

What's not pictured:

  • the workout
  • the mom binder that I finished printing out
  • the garden co-op work done
  • the laundry
  • the book decluttering
  • the chatting with kids
  • hugging the hubby
  • making his coffee
  • the phone calls- almost caught up
  • cleaning out the fridge
  • other housework


taking advantage

I've been trying to find good things about this never ending heat this summer.

  1. Afternoons have become rest time. A good time to take a break from the heat and watch a movie together.
  2. getting up early is good for running errands. Stores aren't too busy and everything is done much earlier in the day.
  3. Popsicles. 
  4. Ice cream.
  5. Ice.
  6. A good time to pull out the solar balloon I got on sale months ago:






Stay cool!

scenes from the weekend


My sweetie pie.


Two more of my sweeties.

This weekend consisted of:

  • not enough sleep- getting there though
  • first time going to yard sales in a loooooooong time. Thrilled to start picking up clothes for Jack since he is growing.
  • projects, lots of projects. The hubby is working on a big one. I am working on multiple small ones.
  • coffee...lots of coffee. Love it when hubby brings me coffee in the morning and then decides not to wake me since I am still sleeping so well.
  • decluttering- like I said before it's time to hit the planning big time, which means decluttering and rearranging.

On the list for this week:

  • Lego robotic class
  • Renaissance festival, hopefully
  • finished projects, hopefully
  • curriculum arriving, hopefully
  • sleep, hopefully
  • maybe a visit to our favorite pool...hopefully.
  • finishing up a chore system for Jack
  • getting a home management binder together. I have tried this before and it didn't work well. So I am trying to tweak it so it hopefully works this time. I have too many moleskines going right now and need to consolidate. 
  • garden co-op work- emails, update group page with recipes, plan next project.

What's on your list?