Saturday, September 13, 2014

4 Weeks, Who's Counting?

We made it through 4 weeks of school already: Monday- Thursday working at home and Friday for co-op.  We're settling into a nice rhythm.

My attempt at a first day of school type picture.  

I got this shot right before we got into the car for our first co-op meeting.   
Little boys in backpacks, I love it!

We studied bones for science one day.

We finally made it to our first LEGO Club meeting at the library.  They got to make their creation and then explain it to the group.  The theme was "school."  Sean made a school with a pool and Luke made a car.  

The other exciting thing we've started for Sean and Luke is karate.  

Our first craft was a painted pumpkin using cereal boxes and beans, squash seeds and popcorn kernels leftover from a study of the Iroquois Indians.

Some other shots from these few weeks.  

We took one day off because I just needed it!  And the boys were excited for a little break.  Overall, they are doing great- I am so thankful for their good attitudes (most of the time!). 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to school

Once upon a time I put pictures up on this blog.  :)  I'm not sure if I'll keep up with it this year, but if it seems like good motivation and a helpful tool, I sure will.  
We started school on Sunday morning. There was not a lot of fanfare or cute back-to-school stuff going on.  Sean said he had a stomach ache and since there was a bug going around I wanted to be careful.  When it was obvious he was fine, I figured we might as well start school a day early!  I didn't want them just watching t.v. and they couldn't go outside (church was going on next door).  I snapped a few pictures, though.  Sean is in 4th (ish) grade, Luke is starting with kindergarten and Eli is welcome to whatever he wants to learn.

We call this morning time- we sit together on the floor and go through our Bible reading (Ephesians), Jesus Storybook Bible story, habit review (responsibility), memory verse (Romans 3:23) and we all pray.  I have to record one of Luke's prayers.  Today he prayed that God would help Satan be good and that our hearts can't be good by ourselves, but we need Jesus.  For all his wiggles, clearly he is listening. :)

Some of our learning spaces:

I usually am sitting at the table between Sean and Luke.  They each have an end and use the blue shelf to hold their books, notebooks and supplies.
This corner is across from the work table.  Current curriculum, DVD player, pencil sharpener and resource books are kept here.  So far I am using the whiteboard to write out our daily Bible reading and re-cap.  

My desk and most of our supplies.

Eli loves Play-Doh, so that keeps him entertained for part of the time the boys are working in their books.

Action shot :)
We're off to a good start.  It will be a challenge to stay on task with all 3, but one day at a time!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Mid December mini-update

I was uploading pictures from my phone and thought I'd stick a few on here.  Actually, I realized how I have not printed photos in so very long, I have forgotten some sweet moments.  This blog is the closest thing I have going for memories right now.  

I was waiting for Sean to start reading some chapter books.  The prize was to be a clip-on lamp for before-bed reading.  Well, I went ahead and put the lamp up.... and guess who decided to start reading before bed...?  He doesn't do it every night, but I am trying to get into a routine where he does.  

Little man helping with apple pie.

We get excited about carrots 'round here.

Here's a wintry view from our house.   I still need to do a tour.  

My attempt to get pictures for Christmas cards.  It all dissolved into this....

Friday, September 20, 2013

Back again

It's been over a year since I posted here.  I truly intended to move to the other site.  Even transported my blog posts over.  But, this title just fits more of my purpose for blogging in the first place.  And I haven't even been doing much of that because I lost my camera cord.  And the only reason I can write a post at all is because I have pictures!
As much as I would love to backtrack and fill in the gap, I'll just get on with it.  Pictures will be from my phone for now.
Here is one shot I have on my computer.

Yearly-ish pose at the beach

We have done more with homeschooling than before.  It is a good and challenging change.  I have taken ZERO pictures, though, because I am doing all I can right now just to get the work done!  So, no pictures from that.
We moved jobs and homes within the last year.  I am working on a new home tour.  So I need to clean the house.  Umm.... no pictures of that yet, either.  
This may be a rather pointless post, but it makes me feel like I got something done here anyway.  :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Planner Organization, part 3

Here is how I started organizing all my planner extras.  I love this little pouch to hold sticky notes and other stationery.  It opens wide so I can see everything.

This bag, kind of a mobile office, stays close by with other items I need throughout the day (my main desk is downstairs so this is very helpful to me!).

Pretty easy access to everything:

All tucked away when I need to clear off the table.

Here are the first two posts:

I actually got another binder (at a verrrry good price) and passed the Apex on to Sean.  I am hoping to get pics soon!

Monday, March 18, 2013

A little of this and that...

Some things I have taken pictures of that don't have much to do with anything.  :)

I finally got Eli's baby panel framed.  

Luke has been building and building.

We made some really good banana muffins.

It seems like I have a lot of dry pantry goods (various beans, rice, other grains, nuts, etc).  I am going to work on meal plans that use these up.

The back door after playing in the snow....

And because it just looked like such a mess, I had to take a picture of the living room.  I want to remember more than just the super clean/organized times!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Planner Dream Team, part 2

I never thought I would use 2 planners at once.  What a crazy, superfluous notion.  However, in my quest for the "perfect" planner I am trying a few things out.  One is the Filofax Apex (testing to see if the personal size will work as a wallet and be big enough to hold my essentials).  Since I already had a nice Franklin Covey, I just could not purchase the Apex (even on sale for less than $15!) without knowing I could still make use of it.  I didn't like the idea of looking in 2 different places for things I need.  But, to be honest, without a planner, I was looking all over for things I need. So, I decided to use it as sort of a home management binder.  I keep what I want with me while out and about in the Apex. Anything else goes in the stay-at-home Franklin Covey.
So, here it (he/she... should I name it???) is.
First of all, although it is not leather, it has a nice, soft feel.  I also like the wide clasp and magnetic snap.

I love, love the inside cover.  There is an slip pocket, a zipper pocket, 4 card slots, plus a window slot and a pocket behind them.  I keep a smaller Shaklee catalog in the slip pocket.  Receipts go in the zipper pocket until I can get them filed (lots of room in there so I put it off longer!).  The flap behind the card slots holds any bills or items that need payment that are not part of the regular monthly budget.  The card slots hold smaller sticky notes.
I use the vinyl card holder for pictures.


The pouch has a sweet letter from my sister folded up on one side.  Flip it over and you can see a large sticky notepad and extra stickers.  Then come my divider sections.  I used scrapbook paper and removable index tabs to make them.  I just used what I had in my craft/office supply stash.

I stuck my monthly calendar back in here since the Apex doesn't have one.

I use sticker dots here (and my weekly pages) for recurring events for this month.  I just write it once at the top of each column next to the matching dot.
The sections are: Thanks, School (for home-school), Budget, Shaklee, Ideas, Projects, Holidays and Home. 

In the "Home" section I have a pocket I cut down from a used-up spiral notebook.  It has paint colors in it.

At the end are my address pages.  Since this stays home, I did away with my old address book and copied everything here.

The back has a slot holding a notepad.  I make a to-list on here (mostly for Shaklee right now), tear it out and stick it in the right section.  The pen loop is the faux leather and elastic.

Two buddies just hanging out.

My main complaint with the FC was the small ring size.  For a larger planner, it doesn't seem to hold a lot.  The Apex rings are the same, if not bigger.

I currently use the end of our dining room table as my office space.  I keep things tucked away in bags for quick clean-up (yes, part 3 of this tantalizing series).  I keep them stacked on top of each other to save space.

And just one more shot for the heck of it.

Happy place.  :)  I know there are more pressing matters in life than organizing, but I am thankful God gives me such enjoyment in it.  It is such a help in running my home and raising up these boys.  So, whether I eat or drink [or plan or write or stick or highlight or clip] I want to do it all for the glory of God!  (1 Corinthians 10:31, my paraphrase)  :)