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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Night with the Smokies

Last night we went to watch the Tennessee Smokies Minor League game. First we stopped by Bass Pro Shops and bought a few items Dh needed. Then we ate at Uncle Bucks restaurant in BPS. After dinner we headed across the street to the stadium.
We had great seats right behind home plate. The kids had a great time watching the game, dancing to some of the songs, and eating ice cream out of helmets.





The Smokies vs, The Carolina Mudcats. The Smokies won 3-1.


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It was a mild night out. Not too warm, just right for a fun summer night. No mosquitos, no rain out!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dixie and Buddy

Here are some recent pics of the less mentioned members of our family. 

Dixie who is now 1 1/2 years old. She is a Chiweegal. Chihuahua, Weenie, (Dachsund) Beagle Mix.

She looks so serious here, and she just hates squirrels, and goes nuts whenever they get in our yard.


Buddy who is now 13 years old. He has cataracts in both eyes, doesn't hear so well anymore. (But at least he isn't scared of thunderstorms anymore-since he cannot hear them.) He is getting a little grumpy in his old age though. He growls in the morning at me to get up because he wants breakfast before 8. He also growls for a scrambled egg every evening. (Sometimes I give in and make them both one.)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Home School Planning and Curriculum

This week the kids are going to VBS at a local church. I always love this particular VBS because they set their times for 9-1 dail and it is right around the corner from my house. Also many of my friends attend this church. My kids always love going to it, and I can always see that it makes a big difference in them.

Being a homeschool mom-doesn't give me much opportunity for time alone. So this is a big blessing for both me, and the kiddos. So I plan to spend much of my time alone this week, planning for our first unit (11 weeks) of Homeschooling.

The curriculum I chose this year is America, by Christian Novel Studies. I really wanted a literature based unit study curriculum that would take us through American History chronologically. After looking over a few different programs I chose this one. I had a few things that I really wanted and this program seemed best to accomplish what I wanted to cover over the next couple of years.


1. It is integrated. (So Bible, Language Arts-including spelling, reading, writing, grammar and even poetry.) History, Science, and Art all are contained in the study.) I only need to add math. The levels are laid out so that Dd can work at her level, and Ds can work on his level.

2. It is a complete history course from the time of the Pilgrims -to present day.

3. Each of my children will make a Poetry Journal, A timeline, a States notebook and a Presidents notebook.

4. Everything has already been planned out. (All I have to do is gather the materials and books needed, follow the script, and assist with read alouds.) This is a big difference from our last few years, where I spent much time on the computer searching subjects and making up my own studies, or pulling from many different resources to get enough material for a unit study.

5. It is written from a Christian Perspective, and it also includes many hymns, and other patriotic songs.

6. Since it is literature based, we will be entering the adventures of many of the lives of the people who came before us-both through fiction and biographies. We will also be making time related crafts and making relevant recipes. (So we can get a real feel for the life those before us led.)

At the Homeschool Convention I purchased some extra math manipulatives.

The first set is a set of dice for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.


This set is also for all computations, but is just for number sense operations in general. (And also to aid with mental math techniques.) You actually decide how many digits you want to work with and can do the problems right in the box as you see.

This set also comes with a dvd with about 60 different lessons on it. (The kids can watch this and then practice doing similar problems.) Which will also help make my life easier-in that I can don't necessarily try to be the one to do all the teaching. One of the things the man advised me to do was to keep math (REAL) use math-in the kitchen, outside, at the store, in real life applications as much as possible. So we will be pushing aside the paper curriculum for a time or using it in conjunction with this. After we master the addition and subtraction facts, we will continue Dd in MUS Gamma. (Where she is learning 2 digit multiplication.) I am just going to stop until I believe she is ready to continue on.

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This is a fraction kit. (It also explains what to do when adding, multiplying, dividing etc. ) It gives quick tips too.

Ds will be using this with a fractions book (for review) from pbswap (Funtastic Fractions) and then he will be using Life of Fred Decimals and Percents.


We will begin our new school year July 11th. So the first thing I did was plan out which 8 weeks I want to take off during the next few months. Since we homeschool 36 weeks and can take off 16 weeks a year. I like to plan when I want off first, and then make our school schedule around it. We have taken off 8 weeks so far this year. Next week will make 9 weeks. So that leaves us 7 weeks left to take off.

So our weeks off will be:

(The kids will be in Science Camp the last week of July.) But it will not count for a week off, because they will be doing school related stuff. The camp is from 9-3 daily. But they will feel like it is a week off, since it will be off from our regular routine.

Late Summer Break August 29th-September 9 (2 weeks)

Fall Break October 17th-28st. (2 weeks)

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25th (1 week)

Winter Break December 19th-30th (2 weeks)

totaling 7 weeks. Then in January we will start over with 16 more weeks off.

This will have us completing Unit 1 of our history, we will be midway through unit 2 at the end of the year.

Hanging Around the House

Here is a picture of one of Dixie's favorite things to do. She loves wagon and stroller rides.


Friday, June 24, 2011

House Maintenance/Repair

We needed to paint the house this year. (And replace the gutters.) So this is a picture of the new paint colors. Last year, we got 3 new doors. They are almond colored, so I wanted the shutters to match. We went with a Creamy Beige color for the trim, and got new soffit under the eaves. I really like the lighter colors. The new gutters are not on yet. (We have had some roof damage due to hail and high wind, so we may have to replace our roof too.)

The old color was sort of a yellow/beige color and we painted the shutters maroon when we moved in. They had been teal green.



Now the main color of the A frame and trim is a light creamy beige. Not yellow. You can tell it is a brighter now.

The view from the road isn't good, because this Birch Tree is so full of leaves this year, you can hardly see the A frame.




We still need to add border rock to this front rock garden, and have a few other landscaping things we need to do. It does feel good to have this done, now. It is something we won't have to worry about again for a while.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Fun at the Splash Pad

Today we met some friends at the park for some water splashing. It was in the 90's, so it made for a great day to do it.





Monday, June 20, 2011

Baked Spaghetti

Brown ground beef, deer or turkey (drain if necessary). Season as desired adding garlic or spices.

Add sauce to meat.

Cook spaghetti noodles

Layer dish (I use a 9x13)

layer 1 noodles

layer 2 spaghetti sauce/meat mixture

layer 3 Itallian type shredded cheese

then repeat all 3 layers.

Mix together 1 can cream of mushroom soup and water. I mix in blender.

Then pour that over the casserole. Cover with Parmesan cheese.

bake for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Cheese/Garlic Toast

Tuesday-Blackened Talapia, Roasted Veggies, Brown Rice

Wednesday-Roast, Carrots, Rice and Gravy

Thursday Grilled Chicken and Veggies

Friday-Roast sandwiches

Saturday -chicken fajitas

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

We celebrated Father's Day today. The kids got Gary this t-shirt. (He even wore it to church today.) And I got him the Bass Pro Shops coffee cup, and the helmet. (The helmet is for riding in the boat.) So he can protect his face from wind and rain, and bugs. It will mainly come in handy in the winter, he does have a windshield. But, he fishes in the cold rain anyway. (So this will help him out.) . After church we went to Gondolier to eat.


                                      Dixie growled at him when he put the helmet on.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Home Grown Garden

More pics of fresh veggies from the garden.





Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pool Fun

A day with friends at the pool.

DS cooling off.


DD having fun.


DS trying to float.


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Dd going off the diving board.


Libby (a friend) going off the diving board.libbydive

Sunday, June 12, 2011

So hot it is steaming, literally!

I haven't seem steam come off the road after a rain, since we left Texas. Well today I got to see it again. With temps in the 90's ever day already, the streets are hot. We haven't had much rain in the last 2 weeks either. Today we got a brief afternoon shower after a hot sunny day. Here are some pics of the steam.




Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cooling of in late Spring Heat

Well we didn't get much of a Spring this year, with Temperatures already into the 90's in May. So in order to cool off some, the kids hit the sprinkler.




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Friday, June 10, 2011

Dixie's Tricks

Lexi has been working with Dixie to teach her some tricks. We got a few books about dogs, (discipline and teaching tricks) at a local book sale.

Here is her teaching her to sit. When she obeys, she gets the treat. (She will do pretty much anything for treats!)


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She is doing well and learning fast. (If we could just teach her to leave our shoes and my kitchen towels alone!)