Flipping Out

Posted On January 28, 2008

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Please pray for my husband and nine other people from our church who are going to Cambodia early tomorrow morning… they will be there for ten days. The boys are tucked in bed, the bags are packed and I am getting sad to see him go. I know it will be a great trip and such a neat experience as they will visit the orphanage that our church started.

I will miss him dearly, but my parents are coming over tomorrow and we will begin our week-long mission of decluttering, painting, pitching, and fixing up. We have our eyes set on a house we are hoping to put an offer on soon and we desperately need to get our house in order. It looks nice, but I know all the hidden, cluttered areas that need some work. My mom is amazing with finding ways to make things look nice and is great with telling me things I do not need anymore. I went to the grocery today and stocked up on healthy meals for them (mom, dad and brother plus me and the boys) for the week, so I am set! Maybe I’ll post some before and after pictures of what we do. Then you’ll get to see first hand how brilliant my mom is with “flipping” a house! I can’t wait!

We had our second week of co-op last week and we are really enjoying it. It is a bit out of my comfort zone to go somewhere where I know no one, but fun to meet new moms who love God and homeschooling… it makes for instant friendships! Here are a few pictures of the day there…

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if this doesn’t make you happy…

Posted On January 20, 2008

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Arters, Myths, and Care Bears, Oh My!

Posted On January 12, 2008

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Its been too long since I’ve posted and I sometimes wonder why I blog… it is more for those of you I know that I don’t keep up with on a day to day basis. To keep you in the know, I guess. Things are going well here and we have fully recovered and detoxed ourselves from the Christmas craziness. The boys enjoyed all the gifts they received and Brian and I enjoyed time together in the evenings during his time off. Even though its a busy time, it is “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Homeschooling is well underway and things are looking good. Sam is reading several new words… Sam, Dan, Don, Ann, doll, nut, the and ant. We just sent away for 25 Harvester Ants that should arrive in the next couple weeks. Our next unit is on Insects (letter “I”) in My Father’s World curriculum. So we will study the habitat and habits of ants. I was a little disappointed to read the ants should only survive for two weeks. Oh well! We have been reading tons and I feel he is doing well for kindergarten.

Ethan (4) is doing well with his school work too. He is almost spelling his name and recognizes most of his letters. He is doing his counting with Sam and going as far along with him. He is a wonderful little artist and today announced when he grows up he is going to be an “arter” (a.k.a. artist). I would definitely not be surprised if that’s the path God took him down.

Noah is progressing well in math… we might be a little behind as far as some third graders out there, but he is really grasping concepts and introducing multiplication has been easier than I thought. We are almost done with Story of the World I so I need to order book 2. Today we read a Roman myth about Ceres, a goddess, and Prosperine her daughter. Each time we read a myth or legend, I remind Noah that these stories aren’t true and gods and goddesses were idols and not the One, True God. So today he asks… “So why do we have to read them, Mom, if they’re not true?”. Very good question… I’m sure I gave a great answer that appeased my curious and debatable son.

Over New Year’s Brian and I spent a wonderful break with some of our dearest friends, Heather and Eric. My mom was gracious enough to keep the boys while we hobnobbed in some swanky places here and here… what fun! Its a once in a year thing, but one of the most memorable times. One of the days, Heather (who homeschools three girls) and I ran to the education store and found some goodies. I got Noah a reading comprehension workbook and a book on taking care of God’s earth (learning about being green on an elementary level!). I also invested in some cool art supplies. This book was a the best investment for the art! I would post some pictures of the boy’s work, but my camera was left at Eric and Heather’s!

So that’s the short of it. We are still in the process of house hunting. We are being patient, but knowing the time is coming, we get more anxious… especially with three boys and winter ~ being cooped up inside … if you don’t know, they don’t mix!! I’m sure our mailman hears some interesting sounds coming from our house during the day. Oh, and to add to the fun, Sam “bought” a life size Care Bear (about 3 1/2 feet tall) at the Awana store Wednesday night. Now its four things running around my house during the day. I’ll post pictures when I get my camera back.