We had unseasonably high temps for a few days last week, so we spent most of the day outside on Friday. It was such a beautiful day! Felt like Spring. We went upstairs to the school room and knocked out some school work (I was actually able to function on Friday). The girls really like the room, and it is working so much better for us. I’m sure it has something to do with them being six months older as well…and a little more used to this “school at home” thing. Here’s some pics from our Friday!

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The School Room Redo

At the beginning of the school year, we fixed up our upstairs room to use as a school room/office. I was really happy with the way it turned out, and pumped to start school.

We used the room for approximately two weeks before I wanted to pull my hair out.

We ended up taking a little crate full of our stuff we would need for the week down to the dining room and doing school there for the rest of the semester. It worked well for us, but I really wanted to get back upstairs. Matt and I just don’t like the school clutter in the dining room.

We made the mistake of not having any floor space for school the first time. This meant that Delaney lad to sit at the table (which she didn’t really like), and Darcy was constantly climbing on the table…which I didn’t like. We needed more room for us to spread out, and we needed it to be more two-year-old friendly.

Matt and I reorganized everything last week. My dad helped me move around the furniture, and I really like the way it turned out! The girls have also liked going up there to play, so I am hopeful that this set up will serve us better. IMG_3377

We moved the table from the middle of the room to a wall. It’s more of a desk now. Matt uses it and I will use it as well. If we need to spread out for a project for school, we will go downstairs. IMG_3375

We moved the bookshelf to the opposite wall. This shelf has all of my school stuff. It’s not nearly full, so I like that we have plenty of room to grow. The craft cart I originally got to use as workboxes. Honestly, I’m not really sure how I’m going to use it now. I’m not really sure workboxes work for us (the BEAUTY of homeschool…if it doesn’t work, change it!). We also got a new color printer for Christmas. I’ve been really happy with our big laser printer, but I missed having the option to print something in color. IMG_3374

This part of the room pretty much stayed the same. The bookshelf on the left is my stuff (teacher manuals, CC file box, books, etc.). The shelf on the right is craft/office supplies. The trunk under the window is filled with toys for Darcy. IMG_3372

I put the art desk that was in Delaney’s room into the window nook for Darcy. I think she will like coloring over here. IMG_3371

The area over by the attic is all Matt’s. He has a shelf for his books, guitars are in the corner, and his road bike is still waiting for a permanent home. IMG_3376

This is Delaney’s desk. My grandmother gave it to her and she loves it. She would much rather sit here and do schoolwork (or on the floor) than at the big table…and that’s fine with me!

So that’s the room for this semester. We kick of school tomorrow. Last night, Delaney had a meltdown and was screaming, “I don’t want to do school never forever!” Great. We sat in the floor of the kitchen and cried and prayed. This morning she said she felt better about it.

I’m thankful we get to do this, that I get to be with them everyday and see them while they are learning. Last night, we had some friends over and Delaney and Darcy were saying “pumpernickel” (they think it’s a funny word). Someone asked Delaney what it meant and she said, “I don’t know but it has part of the word “pickle” in it!” Yes, sweet girl, it does. She learned that from me:)

A Goal for 2013

For the past several years, I’ve made goals at the beginning of the year. I usually break them into categories (marriage, health, spiritual, parenting, homeschooling, etc.) and make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. . One of my goals for this year is to write each night in a journal I know it sounds kinda corny, but I want to write down anything memorable about our day. So far, I’ve just been writing what we did that day, anything that the girls are doing (struggles, cute things they say, milestones, etc.), things that I am thankful for, etc. I don’t take a lot of time to write, so they are just short entries about our life. I know that I will be so thankful one day to go back through my journals and read what our life was like through all the different seasons of child rearing! IMG_3359

Do you journal? What are some of your goals for this year?

Ice Skating

Delaney really wanted to go ice skating this year. She was taking dance lessons for a little while, but decided she really didn’t like it and wanted to try ice skating. A local rink has a homeschooling day where we can go for a great price. I took her for her first time a few weeks ago.IMG_3238

Her cousins were there, so she had a lot of fun skating with them! She started off holding onto the bar thing, and then talked me into skating with her. By the end, she was skating all by herself and doing great!IMG_3251 IMG_3248 IMG_3247 IMG_3239 IMG_3244


She asked if she could take lessons:) We go back next week!

Christmas Day 2012

We all slept late on Christmas Day. It was so wonderful! Around 9am, we all found our way to the den. I popped the french toast in the oven to bake, and we settled in to open the gifts we got for each other. The girls were so excited to open their stockings and other gifts…DSC_0079 DSC_0086 DSC_0087

Delaney got exactly what she wanted…dress up clothes. Not just any dress up clothes…My Little Pony dress up clothes:) Darcy got Yo Gabba Gabba plush toys that she really liked also. They also each got a new bedtime book (Winnie the Pooh for D2, Disney Princesses for D1), and some new art supplies.

Matt and I always fill each other’s stockings. This year, my sweet husband got me a new book (Seven by Jen Hatmaker), Apple Airport (so I can play music throughout the house a little easier) and a gorgeous new coffee mug. I love that his gifts reflected three things that he knows I love: books, music and coffee.

It was such a sweet time with out little family. We read the nativity story from the Jesus Storybook Bible and ate our french toast (which was amazing…let me know if you want the recipe) and bacon that daddy cooked. The rest of the morning was spent with each other, playing with all of our new toys:)DSC_0089 DSC_0091 DSC_0090

After rest time, we headed to Matt’s family’s house to eat dinner. The girls loved getting to play with all of their cousins and Aunt Amy. DSC_0122 DSC_0105 DSC_0094

Every year, all of the grandchildren preform a Christmas song either by voice or piano. All of the boys played the piano, and all the girls chose to perform a song by singing. My girls sang Jingle Bells…DSC_0140

We opened gifts and had a great time spending time with Matt’s side of the family. We had such a wonderful Christmas!!

Christmas Eve 2012

We had a wonderful Christmas. One of the best I can remember! Probably because the girls are at such a fun age. They just loved every little thing that we did this year. We started off with a Christmas Eve morning spent at home relaxing. We did a little craft, and the girls went down for an early rest time.  We met up with my family at our favorite Chinese restaurant for an early dinner. D1 was the photographer behind these pics…

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After dinner, we went to my parents’ church for their candle light service, and then back to their house for presents and more food. The girls were so excited to dig into all the presents. They each sang a song for us before we started…DSC_0021 DSC_0023

The girls got their first American Girl dolls this year. D1 got one with brown hair and blue eyes and D2 got a Bitty Baby with blonde hair and blue eyes (she got the doll for her birthday a few days before). They were so excited to get doll stuff!DSC_0032 DSC_0046 DSC_0037 DSC_0038 DSC_0050

They had such a fun time:) Everyone else waited until they were finished to open their gifts…DSC_0069 DSC_0061 DSC_0059 DSC_0052 DSC_0057 DSC_0026

D1 got all of her stuff set up and played “cafe” for the rest of the night. At first, her new doll’s name was “Cakebaker,” but the next day she changed it to “Snowflake.” DSC_0074 DSC_0077

After all the presents were opened, we ate some more:) Mimi helped D1 write a little note for Santa, and we headed home. IMG_3319

Almost forgot, my sister has this ridiculous bear costume that she has had for years. She loves it and it makes random appearances. Well, on Christmas Eve, we got a visit from the Christmas Bear…DSC_0004

Matt and I were worn out when we got home, but we managed to get the stocking stuffed and the gifts laid out for Christmas morning. I also made a french toast bake that sat in the refrigerator over night. Stay tuned for part 2!

Labor Day Weekend in Pics

We had a wonderful time over our long weekend. We made the journey to Alabama to visit some of Matt’s family. The girls got to experience country living (which is a treat since their mom is 100% a city girl), and spend time with TONS of their cousins. Matt’s rockstar aunt and uncle have nine children that were all there with their families. It was a ton of fun. Definitely a needed getaway from the day to day. Enjoy the pics!

A Day in the Life…

I always enjoy reading these, so I thought I would do one for our family. Here is what we did yesterday…

6:00am- run with Traci.

7:00am- Devotion and early morning reading time with Matt. Also drank a protein shake for breakfast and ate a peach.

7:30am- Girls got up. We all piled on the couch and played for a little bit.

8:00am- Darcy helps me unload the dishwasher and we eat breakfast, read the Bible and review our memorized scripture.

8:30am- Shower, get dressed, make up beds, sort and start laundry.

9:00am- head upstairs for school. We watched a lesson from Math-U-See (lesson 5 on rectangles) and did a few sheets on rectangles. We picked out all the rectangles in the house. We did one lesson in All About Reading level Pre-1 (capital G), colored, practiced writing Gs. I read to them while they colored and played (they halfway listened so it was a success!). Then we reviewed all of our new CC stuff (sang songs, looked at cards and learned new motions). School was done in about an hour!

10:15am- Head to the Little Gym to test it out. Here’s how it went.

1:00pm- Ate lunch at my mom’s house (she lives close to the Little Gym).

2:00pm- Both girls have rest time in their rooms. Darcy sleeps, Delaney does whatever she wants as long as she is quiet and in her room. I read, worked on some PT stuff, emailed the parents in my tutoring class, paid some bills and set up some Advocare appointments (I’m on day three of my 24 day challenge and am already down 3 lbs.!!).

4:30pm- I finally woke Darcy up. Matt took them outside so I could start dinner.

6:00pm- Sat down to eat together. We had lemon chicken, quinoa and corn on the cob. It was a 75% success (D1 is a tough one to please).

6:30pm- Watched Wheel of Fortune…like we do every night (totally counts as spelling when you’re a homeschooling family).

7:00pm- started bath/bed routine.

7:30pm- Girls in the bed, parents crash on the couch! I finished some laundry (that I started at 9:00am!) and we watched the pilot of The Mindy Project. We snacked on hummus and almond chips and talked.

9:30pm- Fall asleep on the couch.

10:00pm- Wake up, start the dishwasher, go to bed!

That’s a typical day for us!

Plans this week…

Good morning! I just love Mondays. A new week! Matt and I started our 24 day challenge today! I’m really excited about getting all of the yucky toxins out of my body, and pouring in the good stuff for the next 24 days. Should be fun:) I even took some before pictures and measurements…that you will never ever see. Here’s what else is on the agenda for the week…

Tuesday– 3 mile run in the AM, then taking the girls to try out some classes at The Little Gym. Also to do on Tuesday: schoolwork, laundry, bank and pay the bills:) For dinner we are having chicken that will cook all day long in the crock pot with some herbs (whole chicken that I’ll debone and use for other meals this week) with quinoa, squash and zucchini.

Wednesday: Early morning strength training at the gym, then home for schoolwork. At lunch, I get to tell some lovely ladies about the glorious world of exercise, supplements and being healthy. I also need to get the towels washed before we go to friends’ house for dinner!

Thursday: Classical Conversations in the AM! Home to crash and make chicken noodle soup using the leftover chicken from Monday (with rice/veggie noodles, veggie broth, carrots, bay leaves and other spices).

Friday: 3 mile run in the AM, followed by schoolwork with the kiddos. I have a lunch meeting for a personal training consultation, and then we will get ready to leave for a little Labor Day getaway:)

Weekend: Rest. Get in one 3 mile run.

Here are some goals for the week:

-Finish Don’t Make Me Count to Three (parenting book) and Ignite the Fire (personal training book). Book reviews coming soon!

-Complete all three runs, and one strength training session this week.

– Successfully complete first week of challenge (cleanse phase) by taking all the supplements and sticking to the diet.

– Finish all the lessons I planned for three days of homeschooling this week.

That’s my week! What do you have going on this week? Are you looking forward to it?

Things homeschooled kids say…

A friend and I were talking about this the other day. Because we teach our kids at home, there is no segregation between what they “learn at school” and everything that they play with at home. I was not educated this way (It’s okay mom! I loved school!), so I am still trying to train myself to bring our education into every part of our lives…looking for those teachable moments along the way, because it’s our conviction that God created us for community, not compartmentalized living (disclaimer: I think you can still totally have education at home and send your kids to school, it just might be a little trickier because you aren’t there learning with them.)

Anyway…because we are based at home, play time has started to look a little different in our house. Example: we study history chronologically, so last week we were talking/singing/playing games about the Fertile Crescent. Here are some of the things I heard…

“That moon [while reading Goodnight Moon] is shaped just like the Fertile Crescent.”

“Can we build a Shofar in our back yard for our garden?” (A shofar is an ancient irrigation tool.)

And my favorite happened while we were riding bikes yesterday…

D1: Can we take a pretend trip to the Tower of Babel in ancient Mesopotamia?

Me: Huh?

D1: Remember? It’s next to the Euphrates River.

Me: Or we could just play princesses?

D1: The princess could be stuck in the Tower of Babel.

She even pronounced everything correctly! We are two weeks in, and I’m pretty sure this is the new normal for us:)