Six years ago…

I can’t believe it is time again to write this post..

Six years ago on June 7th we packed up and started our trek to North Carolina.

I don’t know why I started posting the yearly pictures on the 8th, but it started out that way and I just kept going with it.

This year was rough. It was a super hot day and my mom had the vet come and put her cat to sleep and well, nobody was at their best. But the one thing that I say is that everyone just come out as they are and well, here you go.

I do like seeing the changes though. This will be something I treasure for as long as we can keep doing them.

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

I am hoping that by this time next year we will have our remodel and maybe a different house color. We will see though! I do miss our green grass, but ever since we got birds it just hasn’t been the same. Gah, I love looking at these…. 🙂

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The Critical Thinking Co.™ Something Fishy at Lake Iwannafisha {Review}

Years ago I had ordered some books from The Critical Thinking Co.™. My kids loved the Mind Benders books, I had done those when I was younger and was so glad that they enjoyed them! They have recently come out with a lot of new books and I was excited to check them out! We got Something Fishy at Lake Iwannafisha.

Lake Iwannafisha

This sounded pretty interesting when I read it on the website, but in looking at it more thoroughly, I am sooo excited about this! Everything is provided for you that you would need to do this!

Basically, the whole book is trying to get you to solve the ‘who dunnit’ mystery. It is done in such a way that it isn’t childish which I appreciate. It is meant for grades 5-12. It revolves around forensic science and everything that goes into solving crimes.

It goes into all the different things that you see on the tv shows.. Fingerprints, ballistics, handwriting analysis, and counterfeit money. It uses all sorts of reports to aid in solving the mystery as well; witness statements, police reports, as well as other reports.

The crimes involve a dead body as well as human bones, counterfeit money, guns and bullets and everything that goes with criminal activity. If you have children that are more sensitive to these sorts of things, I would suggest looking it over first. My kids are in high school and enjoy the whole mystery aspect of things and watching crime shows, so they totally got it.

We got the physical book, which I love, because I can keep it forever and always come back to it. I love me some books! But one thing that I thought was totally cool was that most of the pages are also provided for you on a separate zip file that you can download and print whenever you need! So you don’t need to make copies out of the book! I totally took advantage of that!

Lake Iwannafisha

I printed out some of the things that would be needed at the beginning and put them on a display board. If I did this again I would have printed them out on different colored papers, even though it wouldn’t be a professional look, it would be easier to see.

I figured that they could always add stuff to it as they went along. I put the maps on there as well as the timeline, and on the left was the case file introduction. There is still plenty of room for more items..

Lake Iwannafisha

I went ahead and printed out a lot of the other pages as well. I organized them into their own file folders. I think it would have been a good thing to color code the folders, but that’s just me wanting to be completely organized about it all.

When the kids start out they are pretty much just given the information that I have on the display board above. They kind of know general ideas of what happened but they need to fill in the rest of the answers.

There are quite a few pages that go over the different forensic topics, and you do that first so that they get a general idea about what they are looking for. They can always refer back to them if needed. It is a lot of information!

Then they can just jump right into the case by reading the case file introduction and crime scene report. You are the sergeant and they will be coming you for information. They could choose to interview someone or ask about fingerprints and you can go ahead and give them whatever information they ask for. You may or may not have the information that they want and that adds something else to the clues.

I enjoy the fact that the kids have to come to their own conclusions. We typically do things that have a checklist or itemized thing on what to do next in our homeschool curriculum choices, so this is fun! Kind of like the choose your own adventure books I used to read when I was younger.

We just recently got this and I am so very excited to work on it with the kids. I have read through the book enough to get situated but I didn’t read any answers, I want to make sure that I don’t know ahead of time!

I could easily see doing this in a group setting like co-op or something similar..It really is something that is great for any group size, even by yourself!

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What I read in May

I know it has to be more than one person that thinks these months are just going by super quickly.. We have traveled a bit lately, so I think that has a tendency to make things rush by.. It has also affected my reading schedule, I am just not sure how! Ha! Here is what I read in May!

What I read in May 1

Silas Marner by George Eliot – As a young man, Silas Marner shut himself off from the world after being wrongly accused of theft and losing the girl he loved. Much later in life, the lonely, embittered weaver experiences two jolting events: he is robbed of his meager hoard of gold and he becomes the guardian of Eppie, a little orphan girl who makes her way to his cottage one wintry night. Eppie grows into a charming young woman who cares for the alienated Silas, helping him find love and hope in his life.
First published in 1861, this classic English novel by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) is widely admired for its brevity and perfection of form. It has also long delighted students of literature and general readers alike with its masterly portrait of moral and psychological behavior in Victorian England, and with its mystery, intrigue, and heartwarming denouement.

What I thought: I am so enjoying reading these books that others read in school. I have missed out on so much! I enjoyed this story! It wasn’t a favorite, but it was still enjoyable. I truly am thankful for homeschooling, even if it is just for reading these classic books..

What I read in May 2

Heroes of History Billy Graham by Janet & Geoff Benge – The oldest son of dairy farmers from Charlotte, North Carolina, young Billy Graham (1918-) attended evangelical revival meetings that inspired him for the rest of his life. As an ordained minister, he rose to prominence and would subsequently preach the Christian message to over 200 million people in 185 countries. Graham championed civil rights, befriended US politicians and presidents, and traveled the world to places no one else dared to go. His life and ministry have shaped the spiritual life of America and offer hope for the future — inspiring new generations of leaders willing to serve with courage, integrity, and vision.

What I thought:  I was fascinated by this story of Billy Graham! I wrote another blog post about it here, if you haven’t seen it already!

What I read in May 3

My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd – Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.

What I thought: I loved this book! It was told really well and I enjoyed the main character. The author did a wonderful job!

What I read in May 4

The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne – This is an easy to read story, suitable both for adults and children, about the psychological and mystical workings of the human mind.

The Great Stone Face (The Old Man of the Mountains) juts out from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and looms over a small village. An old prophecy states that “someone will be born hereabouts who will look just like the Great Stone Face, and he will be the noblest person of his time.” Like many others, young Ernest watches the faces of returning famous men for signs of the gentle wisdom seen in the face. The rich merchant, however, is grasping, the soldier only stern, and the politician–well, a politician. Ernest, meanwhile, works hard on his farm and is looked up to by his neighbors for the thoughtful counsel he offers. As he grows old, people remark that they fear they will never see the prophecy fulfilled. At length, however, noticing Ernest’s face, they discover that it was fulfilled long ago. This thoughtful look at what it means to live a good life is as relevant today as when first written.

What I thought: This was such a short book I was hesitant on including it, but people are including all sorts of random things in their challenge, I figured why not.. I really enjoyed it though! It had a great story to tell. More people should be like Ernest. 🙂

What I read in May 5

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

What I thought:  At first I thought this book might be on the cheesy side, like the super cheesy side.. But the more I read, the more I started to enjoy it! The characters were well written and I enjoyed the story!

What I read in May 6

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam – Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help—Priscilla Johnson—and begs her to come home with them as her son’s nanny.

Priscilla’s presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca’s perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting, for the first time, the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.

What I thought: I’ve read the two books from this author and I just don’t think I am going to read anymore. I had such high hopes for this book as I enjoyed the clip about it. But it just had some undertones and things that I didn’t enjoy, similar to the first book. I didn’t hate the book, but eh…

What I read in May 7

Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure – Candace Cameron Bure, best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House and Fuller House and a New York Times bestselling author, whose faith and wit have delighted audiences for decades, lets you in on her best-kept secrets for Staying Stylish. This gorgeous manual for beauty, style, health, and spiritual wellness will bring all you need to live your most stylish life.

As an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure has spent her entire life in the spotlight, and she is well aware of the pressures women face. Throughout her career, Candace has balanced her faith, family, and passion for work and found her spot as a role model to women of all ages—and as a style icon.

In her brand-new book Staying Stylish, Candace invites you behind the scenes of her day-to-day life and shares more than 100 tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best—both inside and out. Nurture your body, style, and soul as you read through this beautiful book full of photos, insider secrets, and exciting ideas to revamp your own life into its best possible version. She offers her insight into balance, spiritual growth, and looking great while doing it all.

Staying Stylish topics will include personal style, fresh hair and makeup for any age, a well-balanced diet and fitness regime, and a well-nourished spirit.

What I thought: I love reading about what people wear and what makeup they buy.. I don’t know why, it’s a weird thing. I used to watch YouTube videos about those things all the time. I don’t know why, I am not totally into clothes or makeup, but it’s just fun, lol. So I enjoyed this book! And I like Candace anyway…

What I read in May 8

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe’s powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters.
Stowe’s characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva’s slave playmate.
Critics, scholars, and students are today revisiting this monumental work with a new objectivity, focusing on Stowe’s compelling portrayal of women and the novel’s theological underpinnings.

What I thought: I enjoyed this book! It was of course on the depressing side, but it was so well told.. I enjoyed the story so much!

So that is what I read in May! I am looking forward to some of the books that I have in my to read pile, although one of them now has a hold on it at the library and I haven’t started it yet so I have to return it. Dang! Must be good then! lol. Let me know what you have read lately and enjoyed!

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Home remodel

home remodel

We have been talking about doing a home remodel for years now. We started doing plans a while back and then things happened and they got put on the back burner.

Now we are looking into it again. We contacted our architect friend again and we are hopefully going to come up with something that will work with everything we need. The price has gone up significantly since the last time we looked into it, so that is pretty crummy, but what can you do.

Jeffy is hoping that it is going to be done by next April, but really, I can’t imagine them doing it in winter when everything is icy and/or snowy. I guess it just depends on when we can start on it. We have to take care of a few things first.

It is both frustrating and fun trying to figure out a floor plan though! We are also going to include a spot for my mom to stay, kind of a mother-in-law suite, so we have to figure out how that is going to work too.

Something weird is that we will still have our existing fireplace.. we are looking at options to keep it and show the existing brick upstairs or keeping it blocked off.

Our main goals are to get a bigger kitchen and a big front porch. Right now we basically have a stoop and it is so annoying, especially when it is raining and we have our hands full of groceries waiting for the door to get unlocked. Oh yeah, Jeffy also wants to have a garage, lol.

So, who knows when we will be able to start or if Jeffy will just throw his hands in the air and decide to move to a different house altogether.. But to get what we want, it will definitely be cheaper to remodel..

I will keep you updated about our home remodel!!

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Do you have a favorite dessert?

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Jeffy and I have been traveling a little bit more than normal lately…which we love doing! One of my favorite things to do together is to try new places to eat. I am also on the search for the best eclair, you may remember me writing about that. I love finding new desserts to try also! Do you have a favorite dessert?

We recently went to a restaurant here locally that we’ve been meaning to go to ever since we moved here. It was amazing. They are going to be moving down the street from where they are now in order to have more room, so that will be great. But they had a unique dessert that will have me going back there often! Even moreso than the food!

Jeffy isn’t much about the dessert life. Every now and again he gets on a spurt of wanting some though, and we love to go to new yummy places. Even if the dessert doesn’t end up being what we think it is going to be, just the experience is great.

When he travels by himself, he typically eats fast food or some other chain restaurant. When I go with him I pretty much insist we try local restaurants, even if they are a local chain. I want to eat where the locals eat and try new things! This last trip had us eating Chinese food and pizza and Irish food…it’s pretty crazy!

For me, if someone asks if I have a favorite dessert I will usually say a brownie. Doesn’t matter if it is frosted, has chocolate chips, or whatever…I love brownies. But there really are so many good desserts out there. And if anyone knows where to get the best eclair, please let me know. Right now it is still the place in NYC that we tried that was pretty amazing. And then a place in MA that was dang close.

Do you have a favorite dessert?

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Switching to year round school?

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What a crazy school year it has been so far! We have had so many things happen that we have had to take numerous breaks! We typically take the fall off instead of summer so that we can enjoy the loveliness that fall brings, but now I am wondering if we will get that break! Are we switching to year round school?

We took time off for when we had company, we took time off when I lost my voice… We took a lot of time off when we had the foster placement, that was an especially crazy time. We take time off when I go out of town with Jeffy, or if we all go out of town together.

I will be trying to get caught up so that we can take off at least a little bit of the fall, but at this point, I just don’t see it happening.

And we are going to hopefully do our remodel soon.

Yeah, that’s a different blog post all together! lol

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What I read in April

I have no idea what happened in April. Like…it is all a blur. I am trying to figure it out and nothin’.. I am surprised that I even got any books read. But I guess I did, lol. How are you doing in your Goodreads challenge? I feel like I am a little behind, especially compared to previous years, but that makes sense I suppose. Anyway, here is what I read in April!What I read in April

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace – The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?

What I thought: Well, I think I was expecting more from this book. I liked it, but it just kind of went on and on.

What I read in April

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent – Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

What I thought: Well, this had so much graphic stuff and language in it.. I wish I was the kind of person that could stop a book once they started. I kind of enjoyed reading about her happier times, but even still.. it was a hard book to read.

What I read in April

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass – Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people.
In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom.
Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins — since few slaves of that period could write — the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive and vivid descriptions and storytelling power. It belongs in the library of anyone interested in African-American history and the life of one of the country’s most courageous and influential champions of civil rights.

What I thought: Wow.. I don’t know why I haven’t read this before now, like in school or something! I think everyone should read it! Very powerful..

What I read in April

Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen – Danny’s parents yanked him from the art school that let him wear a kilt and listen to bands that no one’s heard of. Now he’s starting sophomore year at the public high school–the one with the gymnasium at the heart of the building and the glorified athletes who rule it all. The smart thing would be to blend in, but Danny has always been about making statements.

Brady just wants to get out. Go to college, play football, maybe reach the NFL. He definitely wants to stop waiting for his deadbeat mother to come home, sleeping on park benches, and going to bed hungry. But first he has to lead the team to the championships. It all adds up to a lot of stress. So who can really blame him when he and the football team turn their aggressions on the new freak? Even the quarterback needs to blow off steam sometimes.

Coach turns a blind eye to his players’ crimes–because this year, they’re going to States. But maybe if Coach had paid more attention they could’ve caught it before it all happened. Maybe it could’ve been avoided.

Maybe.

With quick cuts between a large cast of unforgettable characters, and razor-sharp plotting, Tom Leeven takes readers on a countdown to an inevitable, horrifying act. This gripping novel offers an intense, smart perspective on the tragic, toxic mindsets behind the celebrated American sport and the monsters it creates.

What I thought: Another wow.. Such a timely read, really. Tom Leveen is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite books by him. I love the way he makes characters and stories alike just so real. I am usually not a fan of so many different main characters but it really worked in this book.

What I read in April

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by David Crockett – Even as a pup, Davy Crockett “always delighted to be in the very thickest of danger.” In his own inimitable style, he describes his earliest days in Tennessee, his two marriages, his career as an Indian fighter, his bear hunts, and his electioneering. His reputation as a b’ar hunter (he killed 105 in one season) sent him to Congress, and he was voted in and out as the price of cotton (and his relations with the Jacksonians) rose and fell. In 1834, when this autobiography appeared, Davy Crockett was already a folk hero with an eye on the White House. But a year later he would lose his seat in Congress and turn toward Texas and, ultimately, the Alamo.

What I thought: I was kind of looking forward to reading this but I was pretty underwhelmed. I guess it would be different. Still informative and glad I read it, but…eh.

So, that is what I read in April. Have you read anything great lately? Let me know!!

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Billy Graham – America’s Pastor {Review}

You must know by now that we are big readers during our school time. These books make up a good portion of my Goodreads challenge! YWAM Publishing is a definite favorite of ours. We have read a few books from them in the past so I was excited to choose another one.

With the recent passing of Billy Graham, I thought it would be interesting to read more about him! In Heroes of History-Billy Graham we learned a lot more than we thought we would! This book is part of the Heroes of History  series, but there is also a selection of books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series! All are so great to check out!

Billy-Graham

One thing that I love about YWAM Publishing  is that each book is written as a story. There is dialogue and little stories mixed into the book, so that it doesn’t read as a ‘school’ book would read.

Just yesterday, Jeffy had come in and sat with us at the table while we finished our school day with reading from this book. He was so interested in hearing the rest of the story of Billy Graham that he said to let him know when we were going to read it again today!

Billy Graham portrait

As you can see from the picture, the book was written before his passing, but it definitely covered most of his life. The book started when he was twelve years old and ended when he was in his 90s. That is a lot of information!

I have to be honest, I didn’t really know anything about him and all of the work that he did. He was very into getting rid of racial issues as well as spreading the message of God. So many people came to his talks, it is said that he preached to over 200 million people in 185 countries.

He did all this as well as being a husband and father. His schedule kept him away from home a lot of the year, but when he was with his family, he tried to make it all about them. I enjoyed reading about his personal life as well as his public one.

Billy Graham study guide

Right now we are starting chapter 15 out of 17, so we are almost done with this story. I am curious how they end it since he hadn’t yet passed away at the time of writing. We got involved in the Study Guide that is available to these books, that we went a little slower than we thought!

These study guides are fantastic! There is so much in there to do that it will definitely have something for everyone. We typically always go over the reading comprehension questions after each chapter, as that helps them to pay double attention to what is being read, as well as reinforcing what they read. These are done more in a discussion fashion, than in the style of a written quiz, as they can voice their opinions a little easier on the last couple questions in each chapter.

It was neat that he lived in North Carolina as we could check on our maps how close or how far cities were that were mentioned in the story. We had been to Asheville before, so we knew that Montreat wasn’t too far from there. Imagining living there on a mountain sounded wonderful, we could just picture the views!

Bily Graham states

We are focusing a bit on Geography again this year and Lauren took one of the suggestions in the study guide and changed it up a bit. She organized the states into where he visited as well as preached and made it into a sort of puzzle of the United States. One look at all of the countries he visited changed her mind on doing it for the countries…ha!

Her and Kyle were also working on one of the other projects that is very involved. I don’t think they realized it at the time of starting it!

Choose a series of crusades that Billy did and research the fastest or most cost-effective way to get from one place to another. Create a travel itinerary, showing how he would travel to each city. Include costs and a timetable.

At first they were trying to figure out what things would cost during the time he actually traveled, but a lot of that information wasn’t online, so they decided to just use the costs from today. This is taking a little longer than they expected, but they are enjoying it. They haven’t really traveled much so I think it is making them get the travel bug!

It is such a fantastic thing to have such a wonderful study guide in with these books! In the past I have mentioned Daniel Boone and C.S. Lewis. Both of those were just as wonderful! I am looking forward to checking out some others, and they are adding new books all the time! Feel free to click the banner below to read some reviews of the other books!

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What to do with the baby stuff?

Now that we don’t know what the future holds for us regarding foster care, we realize our house is full of things that we bought when Princess Buttercup was here. What to do with the baby stuff?

baby stuff

We have two car seats, a crib, a high chair, bath tub, entertainment dealio’s.. Not to mention all the small stuff, bottles, clothes, and pacifiers.

There are still things we are finding around the house as she had a tendency to throw things when she was done with them.

We are hoping to do a remodel ASAP, so then we can revisit the whole small child thing and I doubt they will be calling us again any time soon.. There really isn’t a good place in storage, since it is not in a building but an outside storage facility. We don’t have a garage so we can’t put it in there.

Definitely don’t want to give it away as everything was brand new for Princess Buttercup.

Aghgh, what a little quandry we are in. All of this for one sweet little baby that we had only about six weeks.

It was worth it though. At least we could pass her to her next home happy and healthy and loved… 🙂 We can work out all this other stuff…

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Spring?

I don’t know about you, but this has been the longest winter ever! It seems plenty of people on my Facebook feed are saying the same thing as well. Where is Spring?

spring

I am thankful for the cooler temps, but some of these mornings are still in the 30s, and that just seems so weird! I think a lot of our plants and things have been confused as well.

We had planted some flowers when we had a couple of warmer days thinking that was the start of our Spring.. But lo and behold, those same flowers got snowed on three times and went through two night time freezes. They are still alive too!

I think I see a little bit of temps in the 70s soon, so I think that may be the start of it.. But at this rate, who knows! Back in Arizona, I hear people murmuring about temps in the 100s already. No thank you!

The humidity can stay away as long as it wants to here, I am not a fan of that. But this is why we take the Fall off of school. Because the weather is so fantastic and usually the super cold weather doesn’t start until after we start the new school year again.

What has the weather been like where you are? Do you like it or do you wish it would change? 🙂

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