Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This was Isaac’s Facebook post Wednesday night:
"Tomorrow my Dad will legally be my Dad!!! After being there for my whole life I am glad to finally be legally adopted!!! I love him and know he loves me! He is my real father, not biologically, but in my heart!"
And, now it’s done!
Friday, June 22, 2012
First, I joined a boot camp held at our dance studio. And, holy cow, it is kicking my bootie!!
Then, I started using My Fitness Pal to track my caloric intake. I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I am diligently trying to track my calories throughout the day.
Since I started at the end of May, I have lost 2 pounds! It’s not much, but it’s a great start!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Creation Illustrated is published quarterly in the United States, and can be purchased for $4.99. You can subscribe online for the following lengths/rate:
- 1 year $ 19.95
- 2 Years $ 37.95
- 3 Years $ 53.95
Each edition of Creation Illustrated is divided into three sections – Creation Illustrated in Nature, in Scripture, and in Living.
Readers call it “the Christian answer to National Geographic” because of the stunning color photography, outdoor adventures, and animal features.
There are uplifting spiritual, character-building lessons for readers of all ages. Garden features, activities, and a youth nature photo contest help families unplug from the computer and get out into God’s Creation to build a meaningful relationship with Him and each other.
The Instructional Guide in the back of each edition helps homeschoolers glean facts and spiritual lessons from each story.
My thoughts: These magazines are absolutely beautiful! The photography is astounding. The stories were uplifting and insightful. I can’t wait to try a few of the recipes found in the issues I reviewed. I highly recommend checking out these publications.
Click here to order your free sample of Creation Illustrated before committing to a subscription.
As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my opinion. All opinions are my own.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Well, I took far fewer pictures than I planned to this week, because we went into ‘be a friend’ crisis mode mid-week.
Monday, my van was in the shop so all plans went out the window. I had to have Logan help me drive kids to/from VBS, and then we decided NOT to do Sno Cones. I couldn’t fit everyone in the car. So, I ran to the store and bought water guns, and let the kids do water play in the back yard.
Tuesday, the van was still in the shop. However, I was going a bit stir crazy with all the kids in the house. Matt worked from home so that I wasn’t stranded without a car. So, I took the kids to the library in shifts. First I took the big kids while the littles got dressed for dance. Then, I picked up the littles, and we headed to the library. From there, we headed to the dance studio with a pit stop for Sno Cones. (Matt took the bigs for Sno Cones after jiu jitsu later that evening.) Matt took a little break mid-day to ride scooters with the kids.
Wednesday, we had a movie day after VBS. We watched Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Then, the girls proceeded to create their own summer thrill points challenge.
Thursday and Friday, we were in ‘be a friend’ crisis mode as a dear friend called needing help. After a serious car accident, my dear friend lost her sweet baby niece. I kept her daughter so she could be with her family at the hospital. Please keep this family in your prayers as they have a long road ahead of them.
Saturday, my boys and I (and several of our friends) ran the Gladiator Rock ‘N Run (a 6K in the mud)! I’ll post pics of that in a separate post. You won’t want to miss them!
Here’s hoping next week is a better one!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Whew! Another recital weekend is under our belts. Emma took more classes this term than she ever has so she had a record number of costume changes (although there were plenty of girls who danced more than her)! Here are some pics of my sweet girl doing what she loves!!
Besties ready to kick off the weekend…
This was my favorite costume and my favorite routine (and as soon as I can find my converter, I’ll upload the video from my phone):
Dressed and ready for her lyrical number:
Day 1 of the ballet (they perform the ballet both days of recital):
Competitive dancers in the opening number:
Dressed and ready for tap (my second favorite routine from this weekend which I will post soon):
What you can’t see in the picture below (but will see in the video) is that she lost her tap shoe at the very beginning of the routine, and she never missed a beat! I was so proud of her!
Ballet Day 2 (her was was the cobblers in the Cinderella ballet):
She received her four-year medal!
Her team performed their Austin Powers routine for the last time.
Ready for some more jazz…
And she did her solo…
Then, it was time for our last costume change and the finale!
I know this one is blurry, but she really wanted me to get that shot. She’s working hard to get those legs straight in hopes of having that move put in next year’s solo.
10+ hours of recital + 11 costume changes = one exhausted but oh-so-happy momma!! I <3 every minute of watching her dance!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ahh… books! I love books! I love to read them. I love discussing them! I love everything about them. I grew up with my nose stuck in a book. I can remember road trips where I would lay in the back of the station wagon (before seat belt laws) and read by the headlights of the cars behind us. I had it bad! And, I still do – though as a mom of 3 busy kids I find my ‘free time’ a bit lacking!
- Caps for Sale
- Dolphin Adventure
- Beezus and Ramona
- Billy and Blaze
- Boxcar Children
- The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
- Ballet Shoes
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Great Illustrated Classics
- The Hobbit
- Anne of Green Gables
- Summer of the Swans
- Animal Farm
- All Creatures Great and Small
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Death of a Salesman
Mobile Education tools has created a fun app, Rainbow Sentences, to help students learn to build sentences. According to their website,
"Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure."
Students drag groups of words to corresponding lines at the top of the screen. At the easiest level, the groups of words and lines are color coded. The most difficult level contains single, black words and black word lines.
When the student finishes putting the sentence together, it is read back to him. As they progress, they earn puzzle pieces.
At $7.99, this app is recommended for ages 3-10.
You can read more reviews from my fellow Crewmates on the TOS Review Crew Blog.
Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.