Monday, September 26, 2011

Taking a Break

I have been unavailable to write for a couple of weeks. 

My mom had surgery and required me to care for her.  Then we went on vacation.  But I'm planning to get back in the game full force. 

Watch for a post on our family vacation probably later today.  We had SO much fun and it was super frugal. 

I hope everyone has had a great couple of weeks.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Menu Planning Monday ~ September 12 - 18, 2011

Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Breakfast:  Toast, sausage, milk
Lunch:  Grilled cheese, chips, water
Dinner:  At church

Breakfast:  Pancakes, apple slices, milk
Lunch:  Sloppy joes, french fries, kool-aid
Dinner:   Chicken korma, rice, sauteed veggies, naan, tea

Breakfast:  Oatmeal, peaches, milk
Lunch:  Pizza, sliced pineapple, kool-aid
Dinner:  Oven fried pork chops, yellow rice, broccoli, tea

Breakfast:  Stuffed French toast, Fruit topping, milk
Lunch:  Hot Pockets, kool-aid
Dinner:  Leftover night

Breakfast:  Cereal, fruit, milk
Lunch:  Mac N Cheese, steamed green beans, water
Dinner:  Chicken Pot Pie, Tea

Breakfast:  Cheese toast, fruit cup, water
Lunch:  Undecided/Something fast - we're gonna be packing for VaCaTiOn!!!!  :)
Dinner:  Leftovers

Breakfast:  Quick breakfast ~ frozen waffles, fruit, milk
Lunch:  Picnic lunch on the road ~  Sandwiches, chips, fruit cups
Dinner:  Dinner out

I'm linking up with Organizing Junkie for Menu Planning Monday!   Go here to get more menu ideas from other families.

Feeding my family at the speed of life,


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ Week 3

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

My mother had surgery on her right shoulder and is staying with us.  It is a difficult recovery, and I am so very tired.

In our homeschool this week…

We only completed two good days of school this week because of Labor Day and my mom's surgery, so next week will be for playing catch up.

My favorite thing this week was…

teaching Praise Factory on Wednesday night at church.  That was the first lesson I have taught and I was incredibly nervous.  However, I absolutely enjoyed it.
What’s working for us…

Workboxes!!!  I can't say enough about them.  They are so awesome for keeping everything organized.

Things I’m working on…

Getting ready for vacation in 2 weeks.  2 WEEKS!!!!! :)
I am so excited and ready.  I need a vacation.
I’m cooking…

more healthy foods.  I have been using more fresh ingredients, cooking from scratch, and eating organic.

I’m praying for…

My mom.  She is having such a hard time since her surgery.  She had a stroke a year ago and has never fully recovered.  Adding surgery on top has been a nightmare.  However, the Lord knows all about it.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Homeschool Week in Review ~ August 29 - September 2, 2011

This has been a GREAT week in My Father's World! 

We are absolutely loving our curriculum choices.  My Father's World is the best in my opinion.

This week the girls studied Biblical history up through the flood.   We are still so early in history that we aren't really studying anything in other ancient civilizations.  We have only been working on biblical history up through now. 

In MFW science we talked a little more about how light works.  So far, the girls nor I have really gotten excited about the science portion of the MFWCTG.  So we'll see how that goes later on.  I don't give up easily.  I'm looking for things to add to make it even more interesting.

We worked on our Apologia Anatomy journals and started a human body lapbook.  The girls love lapbooking and notebooking.   I really need to incorporate more into our studies.

We got to check out a project we began last week that help the girls understand mummies a little better.

Also, I allowed the youngest to practice writing her spelling words in shaving cream.  That was a total hit!  She asked could she do it every week.  I took her to town for more shaving cream.  What does that tell you?  Mom said of course.  If practicing your spelling words is so much fun, how could mom say no?

I have to say that our music appreciation was not a favorite of the girls.   MFW has the girls studing Vivaldi first and they totally DID NOT like listening to the music.  I am going to keep them listening.  I am also looking for stuff to make those studies more fun.  I enjoy classical music so I am hoping that the girls develop a taste for it as well.

Nothing else was too exciting.  We just had the normal subjects to get completed.

How was your week?

Homeschooling at the speed of life,


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Getting Ready for Fall!

Last Thursday afternoon, I decided to throw out the afternoon schedule and get crafty. I have been dying to make a fall wreath for my front door. (Well not literally "dying", but you know what I mean.) Well, I have seen so much great fall decor on Etsy and Pinterest that I just had to make something.

A couple of years ago I bought a grapevine wreath at a yard sale for $1.00. So I pulled that thing out and dusted if off, got out the tote of flowers, my drawer of ribbon, and my handy dandy hot glue gun and got crafty.

We don't celebrate Halloween at our house, so other than plain pumpkins alot of fall stuff was out. But I wanted something fun. I knew I wanted something with polka dots. (I LUV POLKA DOTS!!!! ) So I decided to use a bright green ribbon. I had a wooden "Q" for Quick (our last name), so I painted it orange with white polka dots. I also used a black ribbon with white polka dots. And for a little bit of contrast, I opted for a yellow check ribbon as well. I used a variety of fall flowers and leaves. Added some gold accents into the flowers .

And voila . . . .

My new fall wreath that I just LUV!!

I'm thinking I want to add a little more lime green on the right side. What do you think?

Crafting at the speed of life,