Monday, September 28, 2009
I said "That is a good idea Curious, lets do go tell him thank you."
Curious runs to the door "I want to tell him thank you RIGHT NOW!"
I said "I am sorry he is already gone you will have to tell him thank you later."
I then go into the kitchen and cut up the watermelon, while all the girls watch with big excited eyes. When it came time to call Curious to come and eat his he was no where to be found. We had just started to search around the house when the front door opened. In runs Curious, all excited, and exclaims "I told her thank you!!."
The girls all giggle, and we start to ask him about what happened. He could not have told Brother Shelton thank you, he lived two blocks away, by the new home we are buying. Curious ran over the the Maybes home, rang the door bell, and when Sister Maybe answered the door he exclaimed "Thank you for the watermelon."
Now the Maybe's were a logical choice. We have enjoyed allot of zucchini and corn that the Maybes have given us from their garden. Which the kids have thoroughly enjoyed every time we cooked it. According to Curious's report Sister Maybe said "I did not give you any watermelon, you must mean thank you for the zucchini."
"Yes, thank you!" exclaimed Curious, and then he hurried home to enjoy in our watermelon feast.
Little boys are so cute!
Thank you to the Maybe's and the Shelton's for sharing your gardens harvests with our family!
Monday, September 14, 2009
The home is on a half an acre like our family has always wanted, our chickens will love that. Thankfully it is not an hour away from downtown like all the other homes we were looking at. Which has one down fall... I am not going to move to live close to Freda and Danika, sorry gals. :(
It is a foreclosed home so it needs allot of repairs, the photos below make it look better then it is. The whole home reeks of cat pee BAD. The home is structurally sound with a good roof. The main repairs it needs #1 to get rid of the stink (thankfully Granny gave us GREAT info on how to do that.) #2 Repaint every wall (some are black with bats on them), #3 all new flooring throughout (the dogs and cats trashed it all), #4 repair some small plumbing problems in the bathrooms. So we will be busy for a while. But look forward to getting it fixed up right.
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Hugs just came in and told me in complete excitement that "chickens like fishy crackers, and it makes it so much easier to catch them!!". The kids love to chase and catch the chickens. They normally catch them by grabbing onto their tails. Hugs described to me how they are out there holding onto the chickens by their tails and feeding them fishy crackers one at at time.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Today they sang Happy Birthday to the family members who have birthdays this month. SIL makes great cakes, including being excellent cooks they are excellent bakers also. The birthday person always wears a large birthday hat that looks like a birthday cake with candles that velcro on top.
We normally come over after church on Sunday. SIL has one large kitchen table, and we pack the family in to other rooms with more tables, in order to fit us all in.
Curious gets to play with his cousin Lincoln who is only two weeks older then him.
The girls play sometimes with the neighbors, sometimes in the back yard, and sometimes with play dough. SIL has a playroom equipped with a play kitchen, a wooden train set, and cars.
SIL tells great stories about her daily adventures in local politics or helping out African refugees or driving a school bus, so mot of the time the adults end up in a long discussion, or listening to Renee's animated stories.
Duce is SIL's dog, he is a red Merle Australian Shepard, he has two different colored eyes, one blue, one brown. Generally he lives in the house, except when the family is over he sits outside the kitchen wind own smelling all the lovely smells and wishing he were inside feasting with us. Today for the first time he joined in on the happy birthday song, he sounded like a seal barking.
We love staying at SIL's house so much we are guaranteed to never leave at a reasonable time. Right now it is 11:10. Renee had six boys so she learned how to cut hair in order to be frugal. So Renee's dinner most often ends with the haircut line up. As I write this Curious George is sitting still just like his Papa did before him, while he gets his hair cut. Curious looks handsome and fresh cut, so we are now ready to leave and drive home.
With Curious we have him watch as we point to the words and say them one by one and have him repeat the word, for his verse. In this way he is learning sight words Glen Doman style.
With Hugs we started with the phrase "and it came to pass" in the beginning chapters of the Book of Mormon that phrase is repeated significantly more then any other phrase. This was a good practice in increasing Hugs's confidence, when called on to read she would just rattle "and it came to pass" off with confidence. Thankfully the book changes the phrase around so it does not always use the exact same words or order. This kept Hugs on her toes and required her to read the words. Once comfortable with the AICTP phrase we would then find the individual words in the phrase and have Hugs read those words as we passed them in our reading. In this way we familiarized her with them as sight words. Over time we added in more sight words, one at a time. Now Hugs is confidently reading most of the sight words n her verse, and started onto the 3-5 letter words that follow the short value phonics rules. In this step by step way we can see Hugs increase in her reading ability.
Angelic, being our oldest daughter was the one we worked the most with reading. It would be too long of a list to go over all the different ways we taught reading. Needless to say allot of effort was put into it. But the mind focus was always to keep it a fun game, never drilling and boring. Angelic always loved learning new things, and school time. School has always been quality one on one time with mama.
Tumbelina saw Angelic reading, and us praising her. We did simpler versions of learning to read lessons with her. I love leap frog videos, they are excellent. But she just decided she wanted to read like Angelic one day. She would pick up books, and fumble through reading them, then bring them to me whenever she had a question. Honestly she is largely self taught.
Tumbelina can confidently read the scriptures out loud, with very minimal help from us. Angelic can read the scriptures will no help, clearly, and at a good pace.
Angelic should be in fourth grade and has just finished reading The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis. She just picked it up one day and started reading.
It is amazing to see how well my kids read. I LOVE what Holt has to say in How Children Fail and How Children Succeed. My kids fit this pattern well, a child can teach them selves how to read, especially with good support from parents.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tumbelina and Hugs have been making cute dinosaurs from scrap book paper. They really are quite crafty. The dinosaurs are almost as big as Curious.
Curious has been working on going potty. As an active little boy he often does not want to stop his play in order to go. In order to help him remember to use the potty we have set up a snack reward system. When ever he goes potty he earns treats to share with the whole family. This group reward worked excellent. This motivates the girls, and the whole family to remind him to go.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We do a devotional in the morning where we learn music, memorize different scriptures or poems, and read and write our family history. This is reading and writing in journals.
My kids also play computer games that drill them in spelling and math principals while I am at work.
Angelic right now is reading through The Magic Tree House books as fast as I can supply them to her. She reads through one in the same day I get it for her, sometimes she has read two, so I have turned her onto some of the other classics we own. Since Christmas she has read Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, some other cute little books about cats and at least four magic tree house books, I can hardly keep her supplied.
Tumbelina is playing with reading chapter books. She has read at least 1 Magic Tree house book this month, one pony palls. Mostly she picks up books and reads them for a while and then looses them and forgets about them until she is inspired to read again by watching her older sister.
These are just the things I can measure for someone outside of my home. We have a habit of introducing learning into everything. Shopping at the store, internal economy where the kids earn spend and save money themselves, Car rides, dinner discussions, discussions before or after our reading/ devotional times, Family field trips, and learning activities we do with our homeschooling friends.
We normally take one thing and do it until it becomes a habit or a pattern that is natural and then build from there. It can be very unpredictable how long it takes for us to master each habit. I ordered the K-12 curriculum because I knew I would have less time to do all the research and prep I was doing before. But I failed to take into account how much effort it takes to learn a new pattern, and have it fit into my family, on top of my family adjusting to me working from home. We have now found 2 hours three times a week where we can fit in k-12. Based on my experience thus far I feel we will have the most success with the courses that are able to be taught to all the kids at the same time and require the least amount of preparation from me. For this reason we will be working in Art, History, Science, Music and Spanish.
K-12 added in a VERY wonderful new tool for Advanced Preparation. With this new tool I feel it is more likely for me to start teaching the k-12 core subjects in the future. But it is unpredictable how long it will take for us to start including the core subjects. That is going to take more preparation time from me.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
- Jeanine worked in the ward as an Activity Days leader.
- Starz Unlimited danced in a temporary location while they worked towards obtaining a new building.
- The kids got Whooping Cough and we were interviewed by some government agency for diease control.
- We took over a month off of life for the kids to recover. And then went back to dance classes etc. But we could still visit Kerry because her kids had it also.
- Kerry (Jeanine's BFF) got Jeanine interested in Ron Paul.
- Starz had their dance recital.
- Eva had a Webkinz Birthday Party, Crystal had a birthday party at Wheeler Farm, Ari had a (humm.. I forgot this one, I will have to update this when I remember) Sterling had a birthday party at the park,
- We got poultry, our chickens, ducks and turkey.
- Dee (Jeff's sister) and Sarah (our cousin, once removed?) became Baby Ben's care givers.
- Mom played in the garden in the front yard.
- We worked to rebuild our food storage.
- Mom decided she loved making muffins, and they became a family staple.
- Jeanine asked to be released from Activity Days so she could focus more on her families needs.
- Jeanine and Crystal started attending counceling.
- Jeanine started working at home for Alpine Access.
- Jeff got a second job.
- Both Jeff and Jeanine are taking inbound customer service calls for credit card companies, while they are working hard to pay off all of their credit card debt. There is irony there.
- We enrolled the kids into K-12 for schooling at home.
- Kerry found out she was expecting.
- Granny moved to Dee's house to help take care of Baby Ben.
- We moved the rooms around (again) because we had more space. We love the extra space, thank you Granny :).
- We shopped for a new home.
- The Economy took a crazy turn.
- We decided not to buy a new home until our family was more financially stable.
- We decided to run like a Gazelle, Dave Ramsey style and get out of debt.
- Baby Ben died.
- Ron Paul was blacklisted and could not be a presidential canidate.
- Erica (Jeff's cousin, once removed?) went off to work on a cruise.
- It is discovered that Baby Grant (Jeff's nephew) needs eye surgery in order to help him see better.
- Nicolle (Jeanine's sister) came to live with us.
- Proposition 8 passed in California.
- Jeanine voted for Chuck Baldwin.
- Obama won the Presidential vote.
- The family (first Jeff, then Eva, then Jeanine following in their examples) took on our Steak Presidents challenge to read the Book of Mormon every day without missing. This task became easier then we thought it would be, and is now a natural habbit for our family.
- Crystal and Eva showed their great reading skills as we read in the scriptures everyday.
- Jeanine took up a hobby of soap making, along with Kerry.
- Jeanine started using FaceBook.
- Julie (Jeanine's oldest sister) joined FaceBook (now to get Linda on FB).
- Linda and Hung (Jeanine's sister and BIL) came to visit before flying off to Irag. Hung with the army. Linda working in Small Business Policy Reform, in order to help small business growth in Iraq.
- We enjoyed the holidays.
- Jeff decided to take time at the beginning of scripture reading to teach Ari to read better.
- Grant and Juliette headed off to LasVegas first, then California for his eye surgery.
- Skylynn (Jeanine's niece) turned 1 year old.
- New Years came
- Sterling has started attending primary.
- Baby Grant will have eye surgery this week. Say a little prayer for him.
- Kerry should have a new baby by tomorrow.