Thursday, December 13, 2012

A natural.....

Yesterday we took the boys ice skating. Logan has been on the ice before, but Lucas never had been. At first, just Logan was out on the ice. We asked Lucas if he wanted to try and he said, "I'm not sure yet". After a few more minutes, he decided he did want to try and he loved it so very much!! He was on the ice less than 2 hours and on his own learned how to skate all by himself! So proud of my sweet Lucas! :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mario and Wario riding horses!

The boys had another chance to ride the horses at the fall festival at the church. They both enjoyed it, but Lucas especially. The guy leading Logan's horse was joking that the "city slicker" answered the question of the day correctly. It was, why are stirrups made so that your whole foot doesn't go through them. So that your foot doesn't get stuck. :) He was rather proud of himself!

Here is a video of Lucas on his horse.  Love these sweet boys!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall 2012

It wasn't quite peak colors yet, but I was afraid if we waited until after Sandy all the leaves would be on the ground. There are a lot down, but not all. However, I am pleased with the pictures we did get. We were in a hurry because we had soccer that morning, then cleaned up the yard to prep for the storm, then did the pictures, then went to the Air and Scare at the Air and Space Museum.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Air and Scare!

With Sandy due to hit our area, I wasn't so sure going to the fall festival at church on Wednesday was going to happen. I knew the boys were really excited to wear their costumes, so we took them to the Air and Scare at the Air and Space Museum last night. They had lots of fun!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Time4Learning Review

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Just over a month ago, I signed up for a free month of Time4Learning in exchange for a review of it. I had been using the same curriculum for 4 years and was searching for something new. Last year, my special needs son was added into the homeschool mix and what I had been doing just wasn't working out for us. A friend had told me about Time4Learning and when I discovered we could try it for free, I decided we should go for it. Right away it helped us get into a routine. I can get Logan set up with it and help him as needed. This allows me to be more hands on with Lucas, which is what he needs. Logan is doing really well and is enjoying the curriculum. Lucas is moving right along with his and enjoys all the games that are incorporated in.

I love that I am able to set up a weekly plan for Logan and print it out. I put an asterisk next to what I want him to get done each day. I can log in on the parent page to check his progress or look on his log in under his portfolio.

A few days ago, our free trial was up and without hesitation, I signed us up for more! We have just finished up week 5 of school and it is going great! One of the other things I love is that you have access to the grade above and below what your child is in. Logan has always struggled in math, so we are able to work on 3rd grade level math while still doing 4th grade in everything else. Just in the few weeks we've been doing it, I've noticed a big improvement in his math skills. I'm hoping we can work through 3rd grade and move on to the 4th grade math.

They offer two levels of Pre-K, too. Lucas is almost done with the second level and then we will move on to the Kindergarten curriculum. Technically, Lucas is in 1st grade, but we are doing things at his pace.

All in all, we're loving Time4Learning. It has made schooling so much easier!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Yesterday, the cookie paddles that I ordered for our mixer arrived. Needless to say, we were anxious to try them out!! They were very tasty. So tasty, that I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished product!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Happy birthday, Dad. Love and miss you lots!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

3 Little Pigs

Lucas is completely obsessed with the 3 little pigs!  Tonight I was at Target and saw a 3 little pigs shirt that I just HAD to get for him.  I wish I would have had the camera out when I showed it to him.  He was soooo excited.  It's so fun watching him be excited.  :-)  Here is a video of him reciting his favorite part of the book.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baking night....

Tonight I baked some lemon blueberry muffins.  They are really, really yummy.  I used this recipe with a few changes.  I used light sour cream and only 1 cup of blueberries because that is all I had on hand.

I also baked bread.  Tonight's batch was the best so far!  So, so yummy!  Last time I baked it, I got the gluten right, but then let it over rise and it collapsed while baking.  I'm hoping I am figuring this out because I want a repeat of tonight's bread!

Monday, July 23, 2012


I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, forafterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cleaning out the closet....

My house looks pretty clean if you just walk in, but I know what is behind the closet doors and I JUST.CAN'T.TAKE.IT.ANYMORE!!  We have been working on cleaning out closets in the house and an overall de-cluttering.  Recently we cleaned the master bedroom closet.  There were still 3 boxes that remained unpacked from the 5+ years ago that we moved in here!!



I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have the closet clean! We've already done this in the boy's room and mostly in the guest room. The guest room just has some stuff in it that I want to sell, so once I do that, it will be clean, too. We also recently cleaned the space under out stairs in the basement. This area is where we store tools and household project supplies. It is really hard to clean it, but it looks WAY better, too. You can actually walk in there now! Hopefully soon we will be able to put a storage shed in our back yard for that stuff, but for now, I'm feeling pretty good with the progress we are making!

Monday, July 16, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

I ordered these cards from Shutterfly. I took this picture last summer at Yellowstone and it is still one of my favorite!

Picture In Landscape 5x7 folded card
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Friday, July 13, 2012

A Day at the Park

Before the heat wave hit us, we had a rather mild day of highs in the low 80s.  We decided to take advantage of it and went to a local park to play and ride the carousel and train!!

This little guy was watching everyone get on the train.

My crew!

Daddy's lap is more comfortable!

These geese were crossing and the train had to stop for them!

Look, Daddy, there's the tunnel!

The kids scream in the tunnel.  Lucas isn't too sure about that!

Logan finds it annoying!

Daddy isn't too sure of the screaming, either.

Obligatory picture by the engine!

Waiting for the carousel to start and spied Daddy taking a picture.

Here we go!

Hi, Daddy!

Logan enjoying the carousel, too!

My boy pointing out Daddy.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 4th pictures!

We seem to be making a tradition of going into DC to see the fireworks each year. The boys look forward to it every year! Lucas starts the count down on July 5th! :-) Here are a few pictures from this year: