Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Productive Morning

Are my days so unproductive that when I do have a productive morning I feel the urge to blog about it?
"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law."


Anyways! Check out all these fun things we did this morning! LOL 

First we had school... (And the crowd goes wild! raaaaaaaaaa...)
 Abigail worked on tracing her letters. She's getting better. :-)

 I found this nifty worksheet on Confessions of a Homeschooler, as well as the one above that Abigail is tracing. This one is an Assessment to see how much your kiddos know from all those letters you've been drilling in their brain. 
Here I am calling out a lowercase letter and Jordan has to mark it with an x.

 I laminated it so we can reuse it for practice and so her darling sisters can be drilled on it as well. So after we were done recognizing our lowercase letters I then decided to work on some phonics. So here I am just saying the sound of a letter and she is coloring in the letter that sound makes. 

Here are some more worksheets. These are also Confessions of a Homeschooler. (Free printables by the way) She did this one on her own. She had to discover which item began with the corresponding letter sound. :-) 
(I like this job. I can give orders and then watch. lol)

While we did school this one played in the closet. 
Then played peek-a-boo with Abigail (who is now in the closet). The tracing doesn't last long. 

This is for the moms out there beginning Homeschooling like I am. I recently got this bin for six dollars to organize everything I am printing and laminating. Some of you pro's are probably saying, DUH! LOL But seriously I am just now figuring this out. I love it because I am not a lesson plan kind of Gal, well not now anyways. I know this will all change as Jordan gets older and we hit more structured schooling. But for now I just pull out a worksheet and we do it! Clean it and put it back. Not much effort on my part and its ready to go when Jordan has the sudden desire to be scholastic! 

While in our Nursery/School Room/Office (yes it has that many roles), Mommy was day dreaming as Jordan worked diligently, and we discovered a nest in the tree right outside our window. YAY! #morelearningfun, #spurofthemoment, 
#yesIwouldcallthiseducational, #thatswhathomeschoolingisallabout! and #hashtagsletmeformincompletesentencesandavoidspaces and #youhavetoworktoreadthem LOL
(P.S. I know hashtags are usually used for twitter, but I go against the grain, LOL)

Mean while, while my kids are diligently teaching themselves (just kidding) I decided to put dinner in the crockpot. I know this is a food blog after all, and well, there not much up here about food! LOL So here it is. I do ask that you refrain from making obsence guesses on what this is. 
You'll only make us all sick. 
Instead, I shall inform you.
It's a Pork Roast that I defrosted the night before, sprinkled a little Red Pepper Flake, Garlic, Onions on the bottom, some Balsamic Vinegar, and I then pour Root Beer in the Crock Pot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Walaa.. 
I will shred this with two forks for the pulled pork effect.
You can thank me later. :-) 
P.S.S. I just realized I have a lot of pork recipes on here. 
I promise you we only eat it about once a month! LOL

Sorry there is no finale picture as it is still cooking. 

I even took it a step further, I know, I know, I outdid myself when I made these! Completely NOT from Scratch but poured vigorously out of a box! Thank you Trader Joes for these Pumpkin Muffins! :-) 

Jordan was having a friend over for a tea party, thus the muffins. So here is a picture from her little shin dig. I must say, it was LOTS of fun!

So that was our fun day/morning! Hope you had a great day too, 
at least outside in the 70 degree weather! 

Disclaimer: These results are not typical....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Unglued Devotional Book Review

Ever have moments of being "Unglued"? Ha! Don't we all! This is a great devotional and companion that help us women put our overactive emotions in check! Emotions are good, as long as we are directing them positively and they aren't dictating our day.

Lysa may share moments of being unglued with her children, but she also shares moments with her friends, co-workers, and husband. So no matter what point you are at in your life, this book is sure to grab you! 

Within this book you will find stories of personal experiences that Lysa has endured herself. One thing I love about Lysa and her books is that she is not sharing anything she has not lived first. As women we can be very emotional creatures, and the chaos of our long days filled with many "to do's" leave us extra stressed and ready to blow. In this new devotional you will find moments of peace with encouraging scriptures and "thoughts for the day" that prepare you to tackle your day before your emotions tackle you.

Many may ask, "Must I read the book first or with this devotional?" I will say, you most certainly can, as I have read the book, "Unglued;" however, I have found that it is not necessary! Please note that she does share some of the same stories in the book as she does in this devotional.

My recommendation is that if you have already read the book, then this is a GREAT "review" and tool to practically apply all that you have learned. So, I would read it AFTER the book itself, if possible. I do know that many women just don't have time to read a chapter book, so this devotional would also be perfect and ideal to read by itself in lieu of the book, as you are getting the same tools in a shorter and more practical way. 

The whole concept of the book is "imperfect progress." We are imperfect creatures so no matter what, on some days that we are trying, we may still fail, but it's okay. Lysa reminds us of the Grace our Heavenly Father gives us. Within this 60 day devotional, Lysa also provides 5 Procedure Manuals mid-way to help you plan for those moments when we feel like coming unglued. These are great steps that help us think through over raging emotions and find the peace of God in a not so peaceful moment.

Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey.
Thank you to the publishers at Zondervan for allowing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to only write positive feedback, but allowed to give my honest opinion of the book.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chronicles of Homeschooling!

Wanted to post an update on some homeschooling.

I will be honest, I am not as "scheduled" as I should be concerning school, so one of my New Year Resolutions consisted of a more scheduled day with my girls and school being a intricate part of it. I guess I am trying to hold myself more accountable, if that is even possible.

To help me in this process I have forced my face off of facebook and well, I am attempting to reprioritize my life. (Less internet, more diligent with wifely/motherly duties)

What better time to do this than the New Year! :-) The stress of life can some times be overwhelming and I think shifting our focus to the things that really matter (God and Family) can only result in good things. :-)

SO, with all that said (or typed) that brings me to my actual post! HOME SCHOOL! YAY!

For Christmas she got a Hooked on Phonics "Learn to Read Kit" that she (Ahhheem, her Momma) really wanted. If you can remember in a previous post I was pretty excited about the "100 Easy Lessons To Teach Your Child To Read." Yeah that was great at first, but she really got bored with it. HOP has a lot more pictures, etc. and keeps it fun! We both love it and its not a drag at all!

HOP does say to watch a video with it after every lesson, and I will say we do NOT do this because, its just not a priority. I may put it on a different time of the day for all the little ones to watch, but it may not be right before or after we complete the lesson.

Anyways, here are some pictures from our lesson tonight...

She is really excellent at writing her name and we are working on writing lower case letters! (Another reason I love HOP because they focus on both upper case and lower case)

 I did the first line and she practiced underneath. Man, loving this easel for school!

 We also do a math worksheet every day with our lesson. This one cut out the squares and she matched them with the corresponding numbers. I believe I bought the workbook on clearance for a DOLLAR at a local teacher store. SCORE!
You also see her practicing more with writing her upper and lower case "A". 

The HOP workbook had her color a upper and lower case A, but I am attempting to preserve the workbook somehow for her younger siblings, so I just drew my own bubble letters and she colored them. 
No, I am not an artist! LOL

P.S. Calling on some homeschooling Momma's help... My girl is excellent at letter sounds, etc. so some of this does seem redundant (except for the writing) but I am afraid to jump the gun because I want to make sure she has a good foundation before I venture off to the K(4-6) kit for HOP. Any help and suggestions would be great! 

Below is a just a little bonus I am throwing in there for ya! The girls got a princess castle for Christmas and well, the Princesses insisted they sleep in their castle and I just couldn't say no. :-)

Peace, Love, and Blessings abound as we all begin 2013!!