Saturday, July 28, 2012

And the Winner is…..

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Congratulations Jaci!!!!  I will be contacting you today with information on how to collect your prize.  Super excited for you. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And remember to please check out Shiny Metals’ shop when you are interested in some custom made jewelry.  Thanks to Shiny Metals for a beautiful necklace to giveaway and to those who entered. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  Are you watching the Olympics or getting outdoors? 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Moments to Remember

Moments to remember

This week was filled with lots of Olympic learning.  This was really fun to learn some fun new things that I never knew before.  This was also filled with lots of play between my 2 silly kiddos.  My son, likes to fetch like a dog.  I don’t know why.  But it is one of his favorite games.  Mickey loves to play with a toy that launches this round thing in the air. She doesn’t have to go get it because brother is right there fetching the whole time. 


Also on Sunday, Mickey went to do a “photo shoot”.  We have a friend, name Cat that has a booth at the Farmer’s Market that we go to almost every week.  We love her stuff.  She made lots of stuff for Mickey’s room and we have enjoyed getting to know her through the years.  I was happy to hear recently that Cat opened up an Etsy store and a facebook page for Enchanted Fairy Land.  She is hosting photo shoots with a local photographer to showcase her product.  Last Sunday, Mickey was one of the girls that attended the shoot.  She even got her hair curled for the occasion.  I think that we will be curling her hair more often. We are waiting on the photographer to work his magic on the photos.  Once I am able to show you how beautiful my girl was that night I will.  Until then you can see the “before” picture.  


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Make up your own game

One of the biggest things that I have to learn being a homeschool mom is I don’t always have to follow the rules.  It is part of my make up to want to know the “rules” and seek to follow them, no matter the cost.  My husband wants to know the rules but he knows that he doesn’t always have to follow them.  Yes, that makes for an interesting times in my house. 

Sometimes when it comes to our daily lives in homeschooling it pays not to follow the rules.  Example one is in the area of reading.  Mickey is struggling.  It is not because she doesn’t know how to sound out the words.  It has more to do with a confidence issue.  She has told herself that it is too hard.  She has failed before she has even opened up a reader.  I know that she can do it, but my confidence in her just isn’t going to cut it.  I had it in my head that we should continue on… fighting the resistance and trudge forward.  My husband had a different idea.  Go back to what she knows, read the books she has mastered already.  What?!  Don’t follow the plan? the rules? change course?  This is not in my nature.  But I have done it. We have taken a break from the plan and have been building up her confidence in herself. I think that it is working.  _MG_8579_MG_8588

Another example happened this week. We have been studying the Olympics and one of the activities we were doing had to do with making a game.  We cut out paper plates to make rings.  Then Mickey spent the last couple of days painting the rings. She has loved this.  Today, was time to play the game.  The game was a simple ring toss.  The plan was going well until it was not working for us.  Mickey decided “let’s make a new game”.  Momma had to stop and think and say YES.  Yes, to not following the rules.  Yes, to changing course.  I had to tell myself that “it is okay to make up your own game”.  You know what happened??  We had a lot of fun.  I don’t think that this new game had any rules but fun was had. It was the right choice

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Have you entered the giveaway yet?  It ends tomorrow, so please make sure you are entered. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Last week we finally celebrated finishing Kindergarten and starting first grade.  Yes, we did it all in one.  Our summer has been jammed packed full of activity with dance camp and swimming lessons.  We have been trying to figure out something special and fun to do with the family.  My hubby has been wanting to try out the waterpark here. So last Wednesday, we got the kids in their bathing suits and headed out to the waterpark.  They had no idea where they were going.  They had a lot of fun! 


It was fun to watch Mickey and her sense of adventure.  She is a lot like her daddy in that sense.  They tried out many waterslides.  Momma and Nate, well we stayed in the wading pool most of the time.  We tried one slide together and it was a little much for the both of us. But we were perfectly happy to people watch and play in the water. We slept good that night.


Have you entered the giveaway yet?  If not, head over here to enter

Monday, July 23, 2012


I have been looking and looking for a piece of jewelry that was hand stamped with my kiddos names on it.  I went from looking at rings, to necklaces, to bracelets.  If you follow me on pinterest you have seen the various pieces of jewelry that I have looked into. 
When I had my birthday in June, Jeff asked me what I wanted.  I told him that I wanted a piece of jewelry.  He said that I needed to do the picking and order it myself. So I did.  I finally found this wonderful lady over at Shiny Metals on Etsy, her name is Christiane.  She made the whole experience wonderful.  I found some bracelets that she had listed and I wrote and asked her if she would do a custom bracelet for me.  I put together different parts of her bracelets and came up with a bracelet that I love! 
I got to not only put my kiddos birthdays on it but also my anniversary on it also.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT. 
I love all the little details that she did on the hand stamped pieces.  I also really like the charms that I choose to go along with it. 
Christiane made the whole process fun.  I am pretty indecisive girl who needs time to think through the process.  She listened and waited and helped me make the final decision that would make the prettiest bracelet.  So if you are looking for a hand stamped piece of jewelry head over to Shiny Metals on Etsy and find what makes you happy. 
How would you like to win this beautiful necklace?
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Head on over to Shiny Metals and take a look around.  Leave a comment on this blog as to what your favorite piece is.  You can also use the box below to gain more entries.  The giveaway will close at midnight on Friday, July 27, 2012 (EST).  I will post the winning entry on Saturday’s blog post.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Olympic Torch

We started our Summer Olympic unit study yesterday.  Mickey is really getting into learning about the Olympics and making a notebook to go along with her learning.  She is a very hands on learner so the notebook is right up her alley.  Today we learned about the Olympic Torch relay route. We made our own torches.  I think that it might have been better with a paper towel roll but we didn’t have them so we used the toilet paper rolls. 


These were really easy to make.  We took the construction paper to cover the toilet paper rolls.  We glued it to the roll.  Then we cut out red, yellow and orange flames.  We glued them on the inside of the rolls.  Very easy to make. 

Here is Mickey showing off her torch.  I think that she is prepared to watch the games start. 


If you would like to see the route that the torch is taking this year.  Click on over to this site.

Here is a site that has pictures of past lighting of the cauldron.

Here is a site that has pictures of the current relay going on in England.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

School Starting Slowly

We are starting out slowly starting tomorrow.  We have had a very busy summer.  Last week we had a break without needing to be anywhere.  So this week I am going to start school.  We are doing a Summer Olympic Unit that goes for four weeks.  This one is a different one than I shared earlier with you.  This one is by Amanda Bennet.  This is our first unit study/lapbook experience.  So I will be sure to share with you how it goes. 

Olympics 2012

We are also going to be getting back into our phonics and reading.  I am excited to get back into it and see where Mickey goes this year.  We started the first grade at the end of her kindergarten year.  So we are going to pick up where we left off.  I like the McRuffy curriculum.  It is easy to teach and to understand.  Mickey likes the silly books that accompany the lessons.  I have been happy with it and will continue to use them as long as they work for her. 


We might start on Math also since it came in on Friday and Mickey was very excited and asked if we could start working on it soon.  But we will see how the other 2 subjects go before I add anything else in. 

I have also started a facebook page for my blog.  I would love it if you would like it and get update info on what we are doing and hopefully hear how you are doing in your school year.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Olympics -- London


We don’t watch a lot of sports in my house.  What we do watch is the Olympics and the Tour de France. The Tour is going on right now and we are happy to watching it this summer.  As soon as the Tour is over we head right into the Summer Olympics.  So I have been searching the internet for some activities and crafts for us to get us excited for the summer games.  I thought I would share some of my finds with you. 

I am planning on using the free lapbooks at  We have NEVER used lapbooks before, but I think that my girl will get really into it.  So since it is free it is a good opportunity to try it out.  They have two lapbooks printables that you can download.  One is a generic Olympic one that can be used for different Olympic games and then they have one that is specific to the Summer Olympics in London.  I will let you know how we do with our first lapbook experience. 

Crafts and Games

Paper Plate Ring Toss Game
This is one that I am looking forward to.  It is a craft and a  game.  It is made out of paper plates.  Those paper plates that are cheap and you cut out the middle.  You will also need an empty paper towel roll.  Head over to Little Learning for Two to get all the details on how to make this.  I will show you ours when we get it done. 
Make a Olympic Torch

This is a must for us.  I need to find information on the torch carrying.  So I am still in need of how to tie this in for Mickey and Nate.  However, if you click on the picture or the heading you can go and get directions on how to make this Olympic Torch. 

Flags of The World

American flag, Stars and Stripes

I found this link to pictures of the flags of the World. I am not sure how we are going to  use this but I am brainstorming.  What would do you with all these flags pictures. 

Toilet Paper Roll Firework Craft

kids fireworks craft

I saw this craft and was going to do it for the Fourth of July.  However, I decided that it looked more like a fun cheering instrument than a firework craft. So this is what we are going to use to cheer on our team.  I already bought the streamers from the dollar store last week.  But for the instructions head on over the link above and let your kids cheer on your team too. 


So these are my ideas so far.  These will change at some point and I will add others in.  I will be sharing our progress and letting you know what worked for us and what didn’t.  What is your favorite Olympic Sport that you like to watch? 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday.  We had a wonderful family day and I quite enjoyed it.  Any day that we can enjoy as a family makes it wonderful. 

Mickey is at the age where she is asking lots of questions about why we celebrate the things that we do.  We used 1+1+1=1 Let’s Explore Independence Day e book.  We really enjoyed learning more about why we celebrate on the July 4th. 

Sparkless Sparkler Craft

We have a sound sensitivity daughter so we haven’t taken her out to watch fireworks before.  This year she has been talking about fireworks for about a month so we decided we would brave it and head out to see the fireworks.  But before we did that we made our own sparklers.  Both of my kiddos liked the sparklers.  I just had to make sure that my little guy didn’t hit anyone with his.  But we loved this.  Here is Mickey with her very own Sparkler. 


We also stayed up late and watched those fireworks. Mickey loved them, although they did get a little loud for her so we headed home early.  But she is already talking about going out next year.  Maybe Nate will be interested in them next year.  He decided that it was more fun to bang on the truck and he wanted to be inside the truck that actually watch the show. 


I hope you had a great day too.  Happy Independence Day!!