Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jadyn's 3rd Birthday Party

We celebrated Jadyn's birthday party a couple of weeks early since we'll be on vacation and moving.  I loved watching her excitement as today got closer!  She was so excited to blow out her candles!  So thankful for family to share this very special day with!

The cousins enjoying some hot dogs.

Jadyn blowing and blowing and blowing out her candles!

She was very excited about her presents!

My brother's kids and my kids - Wise Cousins!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boxes, Boxes, & More Boxes

We're in packing mode!!!  11 days til our vacation with all the in-laws!  19 days til we move to Miami!  The sale of our house looks very promising (hopefully it will be sold by the weekend!).  Wow!!!!  So my posts will be few and far between until we get settled into Miami.  So excited to see God continuing to work in our lives!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Suprise Party!

We had a great last play date with our co-op today and they surprised us with a party. Love these group of ladies and children! I'm so thankful for finding Grace Homeschool Fellowship when I started homeschooling Mj in kindergarten.  The ladies have always been such an encouragement to me!  Mj loved his classes and made a lot of great friends.  Sure going to miss them!

The kids enjoyed a yummy lunch.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

180th Day

Happy Last Day of School, MJ!!!  Can't believe my boy will be in 3rd grade this fall!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

One Month from Today....

We'll be loading up the moving truck and Explorer and moving to Miami!  Cannot believe it's only 1 month away!  So many emotions as we get closer to moving day.....  Now, I probably should pack some boxes! =)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Our Week in Review - Research Report, Division, & George Washington

I can't believe our school year is almost over and Mj will be in 3rd grade!!!  We will be done on Tuesday!  Then my boy will be going to Christian school in Miami and will be in 3rd grade.  Wow!  So many changes for both of us!  Here's what Mj learned this week!

Bible:  Mj learned about some of Paul's missionary journeys.  He memorized Proverbs 20:11 "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."

English: Mj researched monkeys and wrote his first research report.  He did an excellent job.  In his paper he wrote about what monkeys look like, where they live and what they eat!  Great work MJ!

Mj reading about monkeys.

 Mj's finished research report!  Jadyn decided to make a cover to her research report, too! =)

Reading: Mj read about Fanny Crosby.  What a testimony!  He enjoyed finding hymns in the hymnbook that she wrote!

Math: More division!

Heritage Studies:  Mj learned about the Constitutional Convention and George Washington.  What an exciting time in our nation's history!  I hope Mj sees the importance of these men and the decisions that they made to make our nation great!

We looked at a dollar bill.  George Washington is pictured on the dollar bill. We also looked at the seal of the United States on the back of the dollar bill.
Mj wrote down character qualities that made George Washington a good first president - he was a good listener, he was a quiet man, he was wise, and he was brave.

We couldn't just stay inside and steady all week!!!!  It was such a gorgeous week we had to get out and enjoy it!

This will be my last "Our Week in Review" post.  I've enjoyed looking over the other blogs and getting ideas!  I'm excited for the opportunity Mj has this fall to attend Christian school.  We know God has been a part of the whole move to Miami, new job for my husband, and school for Mj!  It's been exciting to see the Lord work!  I will miss homeschooling, but I'm also looking forward to not homeschooling, too!  Does that make sense?! =) 

Tot School - Reviewing our ABC's

Jadyn is 34 months old &; Gabe is 15 months old
Tot School
This week we reviewed our ABC's and enjoyed the beautiful weather!  We'll be taking a "Tot School" break until after we move!  Next week we'll start packing boxes!!!

Jadyn laced her butterfly.

Jadyn put together her Dinosaur puzzle.

Jadyn & Gabe played with their number circles. Thanks Confessions of a Homeschooler for the great activities!

Jadyn loves the alphabet power point from 1+1+1=1.

Jadyn enjoyed coloring her Madagascar coloring book. She thinks King Julian is so funny!

A backhoe ride with Uncle Seth & Mj

Mj made a cover for his research report and guess who else decided to make a cover for their paper! Monkey see. Monkey do.

Gabe was sick part of the week with a fever.  Doesn't he look so pathetic? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse made him smile a little bit.

Enjoying some fun in the sun!!

Thankfully, Gabe was able to enjoy some sunshine, too!

Gabe & Jadyn playing with the scooter!  I love watching them play together!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

11 Years Ago....

...Mark asked me to be his wife and the rest is History!!!!

Joy in My Morning

"When darkness falls,
Temptations call,
And all around me seems undone.
You hear my pleas,
Supply my needs,
And tell me of Your wondrous love.

You are the joy in my morning.
You're my song of praise,
Just like the new day dawning,
Flooding my world with grace.

Though trials come,
And every one,
Can take me further from Your truth.
You calm my fears,
Dry all my tears,
And draw me closer, Lord, to You.

In Your there's no shadow of turning,
Constant in all Your ways.
You're growing my faith,
And I'm learning to lean,
On You all of my days.

You are the joy in my morning.
You're my song of praise,
Just like the new day dawning,
Flooding my world with grace."

Words by Peter Gagnon

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I see Rice Krispie Treats in Our Future!

Went out to Target yesterday and here's how I did.

Total: $86.34
Saved: $55.24 (64%)
Total OOP: $31.10
And I got a $5 Target gift card!

The outfits (for my sweet niece Bria who turns 1 soon!) were on clearance for $5.60
The Rice Krispies had peelies on them - Buy 2 Rice Krispies get 3 bags of M&M's free plus I had 2 Target coupons $1.50/3 and 3 man. coupons $1/2  Making it $1.43 for each bag of M&M and box of Rice Krispies.
Aqua Fresh Kids Toothpaste - $1.89 use $1 man. coupon and stacked with $1 Target coupon = FREE
Nivea Body Wash for Men - price cut $2.43 used a $3 man. coupon = FREE
Nivea Body Wash for Women - price cut $2.43 used $3 man coupon = FREE
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - $1.52 signed up for a free coupon = FREE
Glade Candle - $2.99 signed up for a free coupon = FREE
Heinz Ketchup - $1.98 each used 2 $2 coupons = FREE
Finish Dish Detergent - $2.99 used $1.75 coupon = $1.24
John Freida Hair Color - $11.99 each.  Target sale was buy 2 get a $5 gift card.  I used a buy one free coupon that I got from their facebook page.  I used a $5 Target coupon and stacked with a $5 man. coupon from this weeks paper = paid $1.99 for 2 and got $5 gift card = MONEYMAKER!!!!!

Not too shabby!=)

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Lego Banner for Mother's Day!

Saturday night Mj worked for 2 hours making me the best Lego Banner I've ever seen!=)  It says "Best Mom Ever!"  Isn't it great?!?!=)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

This is what was delivered to my door this evening!  Aren't they beautiful and I love the tote that the flowers are in!!!!  So blessed to be a mother to my wonderful children!
I told Mark that I thought it was so neat that there were so many carnations in the arrangement.  Carnations were my mom's favorite flower.  Missing her so much this Mother's Day!  She's been in heaven for almost 10 years, but I think I miss her more with time.  Miss our talks Mom!!!

Rubbish Rangers!

Today our youth group cleaned up our road we've adopted.  You never know what you may find on the side of the road.  My group found a snake, many soda and beer bottles, lots of straws, paper bags, and a no hunting sign.  After trash clean-up we enjoyed a healthy McDonalds lunch and then went mini-golfing.  Can't believe that this is our last activity with our teens.  We're going to miss them so much.  Enjoy pics from our day!

The Rubbish Rangers!
What is Josh doing with that flag?
Natasha's ball ended up in the water and it was a group effort to try to retrieve it!  Josh ended up digging in there with his hand and getting it.
My team!
All the girls!  Gonna miss them so much!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Our Week in Review - Division, Dulcimers, & Lego Dictionary

We're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  7 more school days to go.  Mj had a good week; here's what he learned.

Bible: Mj read 4 more chapters of the book Pelts & Promises.  He also learned about the Last Supper and we talked about Heaven.  Mj memorized John 14:2-3 "In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again. and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

English: Mj finished his unit on sentences.  He learned about run-on sentences and how to fix them.  Then we started on his last unit - writing a research report.  He will be doing his report about monkeys.

Fixing run-on sentences.
Reading: Mj read 1 story about dulcimers and an article about dulcimers.  During his "free" reading time he has been reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  He is over halfway through this book.  He's loved it!  Yesterday, he said to me, "Mom, this book gets more exciting as I read it.  I can't put it down!!"  Music to my ears.  He also loves to read through his Star Wars Lego Dictionary.  I think he's read this book through 50 times since he got it at Christmas!=)

Mj telling me all about the Star Wars characters while I work on school.

Math: Mj started doing division this week.  He's got a great grasp on it!

Mj reviewed his multiplication facts with his Education Cubes.
Heritage Studies:  Mj finished his chapter on clothes through history.  We looked at colonial clothing.

Mj made a 3-cornered hat.

Science:  Mj finished Science for the year!  We talked about the coast and sand.  Mj learned that sand is made of shell, quartz, and sometimes basalt.

Tot School - "Z"

Jadyn is 34 months old and Gabe is 15 months old.
Tot School
Our last letter of the alphabet!!!!  Next week I plan on reviewing the letters with Jadyn and then we'll be taking a break from "formal" Tot school while we pack, go on vacation, and move.

Z is for zebra and zzzzzzz!!!!!  I love the craft ideas on Totally Tots.

Ok, I'm warning you now - A proud momma is getting ready to boast!!!=)  Jadyn did such a great job coloring her zebra and did awesome trying to stay in the lines!!!!!  Proud mama right here!=)
Her Zacchaeus craft.  She glued Zacchaeus in the tree and colored her tree.  Thanks 1+1+1=1 for the great worksheets!
Gabe is teething and has not been very happy this week!=(  Here's a happy moment playing basketball and drinking milk!

Jadyn, Gabe, and our dog Streak watching Sesame Street.

Gabe showing off his improving walking skills and Jadyn being her silly self!=-)
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