Monday, July 28, 2014

Not Back-to-School Blog Hop

It’s almost that time again!     Mark your calendars to link up with the Not Back-to-School Blog Hop starting August 4.   Yep, it’s official…summer is GONE!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–Basketball and Building

What a crazy busy week!   Sunday, Olivia’s youth group held their 5th Annual Mudball Tournament.  That would be volleyball in a big ole mud pit, in the middle of a field.   Looks like fun, no?


Lindsey spent the majority of her week at basketball camp.  Her goal is to make the middle school basketball team at the private school in 2 more years.   Every time they have a basketball camp she has me sign her up.  She’s an amazing guard, especially to be as small as she is.


In Lindsey's spare time she’s been building and crafting.  The first photo shows her latest Lego creation…it’s a grocery scanner.  On the left is the credit card swiper (with a boat oar as a pen), the green of course is the scanner itself and then on the right is the money drawer with a hinged top. 



We don’t have cable, and the kids have been wondering what all the fuss about Duck Dynasty is, so I picked up season one on DVD at the library this week.  Olivia has been laughing her head off while watching the show.  It’s kept her entertained while Lindsey was gone, and while I worked on the kitchen.  I’m making serious progress now folks!  Here’s what the bead board looks like with the first coat of “Peacock Blue” paint.


Pretty bold for a kitchen, eh?

That’s about all we’ve got accomplished this week…painting, basketball and Duck Dynasty.   I’d say it was a success.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–Curriculum Picks Week

Let me just tell you, that this kitchen make over of mine is really testing me.   It’s not that it’s hard, but it’s SLOOOOOW going and for a results driven person like me, that’s just torture.

Thankfully this weeks Weekly Wrap Up hosted by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers is the curriculum week, so I don’t have to stress myself out over recounting our week…nor do I need to show you a photo of our disaster area of a kitchen, yet.

You can  click over to find my 2014-2015 Curriculum Picks and also Our 2044-2015 Schedule.    I will however say that I’m still trying to decide on what we’ll be doing for Bible, whether a curriculum of just morning devotions as a family.   I’m also trying to decide on which Latin program we’re adding  in.


Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully next week I can show you some progress photos!

In the meantime, be sure to pop over to the Weekly Wrap Up and see what new and exciting products are available to tempt you!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Schedule for 2014-2015

Yes, the planner in me MUST have some sort of game plan in mind.  It’s just makes me feel better to have a schedule in place, even if we stray from it on occasion.

Our overall schedule is a 6 weeks on, 1 week off.  I looked at where I wanted us to end for the holidays and counted backwards to find our starting date of August 18.  By the time we break for Thanksgiving, we’ll have completed 12 weeks of our school year.

Bible, language arts, Latin and math will take place Monday – Friday.  Monday and Wednesdays will be science days, with Tuesday and Thursday being history days.   Friday will be art and poetry and tea time.

This is where the planning gets a bit sketchy for me.  We’ve typically done all of our lessons other than math together.  That has worked well for us, but since Olivia is “middle school” this year, I want to focus on getting her more independent and also not always be expecting Lindsey to keep up with a 2 grade level gap.   You can see my curriculum choices here, although Latin was not included when I originally wrote that article.


Olivia Lindsey
9:00am Bible Bible
9:15am LLATL/Writing Writing/LLATL
10:00am Math Math
11:00 am Latin Latin
noon Lunch Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Science/History Science/History
3-until Free Time Free Time

I’ll adjust the schedule once we get into it and see how things flow.   I want to allow for those bigger chunks of time for science and history so we can get more in depth in those to areas.   I’ve always tried to have all of our school work done by lunch time, but I feel like I’m rushing the kids too much and I want to focus more on the learning than the checking it off the things to do list this year.

Extra Curricular:

Awana:  Olivia finished up the Awana program at church last year.   Lindsey could go for 2 more years, but has decided she’d rather attend church with the family at our new church.  This will be the first time in 8 years that we aren’t participating in Awana!

Ballet:  Both girls are moving to three nights a week in ballet.   They are in different classes/levels so this means we’ll be at ballet  every evening Monday through Friday.   My goal is to drop them off at ballet and spend that 1 hour each day walking.

Piano:  Lindsey will continue with her weekly piano lessons and Olivia will continue with her DVD piano lessons.

Activity Day:  We will continue to attend this once a month event. 

This is the general, rough plan for our year.  I’m sure it’ll be adjusted more than once, but at least I have some sense of where we are headed, and at what time!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–Demolition Week

I’m continuing to update my kitchen.  Last week I stripped all of that hideous wall paper off.  This week I took out a door and put in a wall.  I was a little hesitant about it to be honest, but I figured worse case scenario is I’d have to call my father in law to come fix my disaster.  It doesn’t look like Bob Villa did the work, but it looks good.   Below is a before and after (it still needs to have joint compound put on and primer, but that’ll happen next week).


Before I started using the skill saw I reviewed emergency procedures with Olivia…just in case something went ghastly awry.   I asked “if something goes wrong and I get hurt, what do you do?”   “Remain calm, call 911 and don’t let Lindsey see what’s happening.”  EXACTLY!….followed by “But if there’s a lot of blood, I might puke before I can get to any of that.”   Well, ok, thanks for the honesty.

We finally got to the pool this week!  Our weather has been wonky, and our days have been hectic, and it’s just made it hard to get in a swim.  Thankful to finally get in the water a bit!

The girls are still working on their writing and reading for the summer.  Lindsey continues to work on her math facts and is finally making progress.   All of our curriculum is here and I’m working on schedules and lesson plans.   However, I might add Latin back in this year, so I’m still looking at that purchase.

Friday was Free Fun Day.   We had free lunch courtesy of Chick-fila for dressing up like cows, we hit every 7-11 in the area for free Slurpee's and then we watched a double header baseball game, using free tickets.  SCORE!



I hope you’ve all had a fun week.   Summer is flying by for us all!

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