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Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up


I didn't do a wrap up last week, so I will just list where we are and what we are learning.

We are back on schedule with our chores.

I spent some time de-cluttering this week. I hope we can spend some time cleaning the garage this weekend. Not that I enjoy it, but that it needs it so badly.


As for our unit studies in History-we have been reading "Caddie Woodlawn" the last 2 weeks.
This is an extra book I am trying to squeeze in. The kids have been reading individual books on frontier life. Peyton just finished "Wild Bill Hicock", and Lexi is reading "Little House on The Prairie." They are doing these independently.

We are reading "From Sea to Shining Sea" and need to catch up a bit on that.

For Science we have been studying mammals and reviewing animal classification.

In Writing -Peyton is working on Topic Sentences and Main Ideas of paragraphs.

In Math-
Peyton is working on his final fractions book-Mixed numbers.
Lexi is doing very well so far in her Kumon Division book.
(It has been a very good fit for her.) Much less intense than MUS.

They are both continuing their Queen's Language Lessons each day.
Peyton had his Greek 1 final exam today and scored 96. So he begins book 2 next Monday.

So that puts him with a semester of Latin (Books 1 and 2) and Greek books 1&2,
if he has time he may even complete book 3 this semester.

In extra curricular activities-Lexi almost quizzed out at our JBQ meet last Saturday.
She was so excited. She got a ribbon.
Tomorrow both the kids have BB games.
Peyton had art class this week, and Lexi had Musical Theater and Jazz class.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday Thoughts-Decluttering

De-Cluttering again! Well I have made a commitment to de-clutter some much needed areas. I try to work on a little area at a time, just a few extra minutes a day. This week I have been working on my craft room. I cleaned off my big craft table, organized it a bit. Established a separate Cricut station, with my Big Shot and Embosser, put little storage units under to store cartridges, die cuts, embossing folders etc.

My craft table

My Cricut station







Today I worked on an area of the garage. Which is a place I usually try to avoid. This is the man cave-and a nightmare. We don't have an attic, or large closets, so all our storage is in the basement/garage. This area also houses my husbands vehicle and his boat and fishing stuff. Anyway, he has his tools in the room where I want to move my craft room into. So I have an incentive to get his tools out of my area, so I can move the things I want into this new basement room. We also plan to paint the paneling, and put in some time of floor, or paint the floor. (We can't decide if we want to tile it or carpet it.) I don't like the carpet idea-because we would eventually have to do it again. I prefer to do things ONCE.


The room right now, taken over by the kids. Always kept in dissaray. I finally just decided to stay away from that area. I make the kids clean it once a week. But I now decided that someone that will keep the area nice-ought to get the better area!



I can't show a picture of the garage before-it is just too bad. Ugh. You would not believe how many empty boxes we keep in case we need them. The box the Wii came in, the box my food processor came in, every box every tool ever came in. Ugh A big box that the pressure washer came in, another box that the shop vac came in. No wonder we don't have any room. We have the item and then the extra box too. Anyway, they were taking up a ton of space. So today I took 1 load of stuff to donate down to the local donation spot, and then threw away another load of trash. And I now have 3 empty large plastic tubs, and two large boxes for dh to go through.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Our 1st Grand child was born yesterday morning.



He is adorable, the delivery went great, mother and baby are doing great!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Our New Grandson


Jessica went into labor last night. (They were planning to induce her, but when she go to the hospital to be induced, she was already at 2 cm.) This morning about 4:30 her water broke and he was born around noon today.

Kylan 7 Pounds 15 oz. Gary and I are now Grandparents. Mimi and Papaw.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday


Monday-(Since we didn't get bacon and eggs on Saturday) Bacon, Eggs, Grits and toast.

Tuesday-Fried Shrimp, Baked Beans, Salad

Wednesday-Dinner out w/ hubby, Ds eats at youth.

Thursday - Baked Spaghetti, Salad and Garlic Bread


Friday-Sweet chicky nuggets (Didn't make them last week.)
Roasted Veggies, Baked Beans

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Saturday -Salmon Patties, Angel Hair Pasta, and Corn
Sunday-KFC bucket-lunch, Taco soup that night.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Craft Time

Today we had our Mother-Daughter Crop (scrapbooking.) I opted to work on sewing instead.
I recently got this kit which includes both aprons. So I decided to sew them.

Lexi worked on scrapbooking some pictures. Then when I got home I made this digital page.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chasing a January Sunset

I looked out the window about 5:15 and saw the sun peaking out a bit. So I thought I might catch a sunset.
I looked up the time of sunset and it was 5:48 PM
So , Lexi and I grabbed the camera and Dixie and jumped in the Jeep to go catch the sunset.

I just drove in the direction of the sun, trying to get up on top of a mountain-or on a hill where I might be able to
look down on the land and actually capture the sun before it went down.
No luck there though. It was gone by the time I had chased it to a place where I could get a good view.

But I did manage to capture a few good pics. Glad I took them in RAW format, because the Jpgs didn't turn out well at all.
The sky was beautiful it looked like it was on fire in some places. It has been a while since I have even seen the sunset.
The trees sheild our house from seeing the sunrise or sunset and our house faces north. and with hills it is harder to capture it.



First picture, I stopped on the road.


Then I stopped at another place to catch this one.




I went on further hoping for a better clearing, by then the sun was going down fast.

Another thing I am really glad about is that I shot in Jpg and Raw formats. The jps were almost useless. May exposures were overdone, or underdone. (Probably b/c I am still learning my camera.) But anyway the RAW ones were easy to convert over and stayed beautiful.


I have to say I am glad I chased the sunset tonight. I ended up losing my glasses over it.
When I jumped out of the jeep to capture the picture, I was leaning on the hood of my jeep. My glasses are bifocals and I could not get the shot in focus. So I took my glasses off and set them on the hood. Then I proceeded to snap some shots. When I was done I jumped back in the jeep. A little bit down the road, something hit the front lower windshield and I though "Was that a branch?" Then about 1/2 mile down the road I realized it was my glasses. Ugh. (Well I went back-but by then it was getting even darker. ) Good news is-I go pick up my new pair tomorrow. Dd and I both went to the Eye Dr. last week and both are glasses are in. So we will get them tomorrow. Tonight I am using readers.

Speed Scrap

MyMemories on FB hosts these usually on Sunday nights. I was able to get in on 2 of them over the past 2 weeks. They also did one today and I was available to do it. It is fun, they list the steps one by one about every 10 minutes. This is all done with digital papers, and elements in the My Memories Suite software. I have been having fun with it. Also it is much quicker than getting out all my traditional materials and doing a traditional page. (Not that I don't still enjoy doing that, I just have to set aside time to do it.)



This was today's challenge and here is my page as a result.


This was Sunday's Speed Scrap


Here is the page I made.


Thoughtful, thankful- Thursday

Well today I thought I would just share some thoughts and some thanks.

I have been listening to the audio version of "1000 Gifts" on my Cruz tablet. I really love the way she brings out how to be thankful in the midst of just every day things, and in all circumstances.

Just last week when Lexi had a stomach virus, it was easy to be thankful-knowing it was just a short lived virus-and not something worth. It makes me want to watch Pollyanna all over again. To see the positive in the world and not focus on the negative.

The kids and I have been going through this months' list during our morning devotions.
I found it somewhere in the Share the Dare. (Cannot seem to find it now.) There was a list of things to go over each day-to help us think about the gifts we have.
Today was a gift in the kitchen, a gift in the weather and a gift that almost wasn't.

My answers were-my kitchen sink, (I love the large single sink I now have.) the lovely, mild winter day, and both of my children (that almost weren't). Thanks to God for the guidance, Dr. Jones -who did the endometriosis surgery and Dr. Presley who delivered both of them-I now have them.

As I use my camera more this year-I realize how precious and beautiful things and people are. How many gifts God has given us to celebrate-gifts of perspective to see Him in all things.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Thanking God for the progress we have made in the quest for civil rights for all.

Bald Eagle taken at Wilderness Week-I went to a photography class there this past Saturday.
Isn't he majestic?

Lexi playing Basket Ball.

Bracelets Lexi made to raise money for an orphans.

Lexi's poem on Birds.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Weather Station Field Trip

Today our Homeschool 4H group took a field trip to our local weather station. We are really fortunate that the weather station for 40 surrounding counties is located just a few miles from our house.


This equipment reads wind speed.



More equipment here that measures rain fall, snow fall, barometric pressure.




The high tech rain gauge.


We watched a tornado video.



Here the computer shows us the 40 counties this one station is responsible for.
32 in Tennessee and 8 counties in Virginia.


The screens showing the doppler radar.
The green is rain, the red is severe storms.


Another computer that is monitored.




Explaining how a tornado or thunderstorm warning is issued.



I was really surprised to learn it was the only station around for 40 counties, the next one is over in the Nashville area, one in Kentucky, one in Al. This station here employs 38 people full time-and their is someone there 365 days a year.

The clouds outside were really neat today too. Dark clouds with areas of clearing over the mountains.


Monday, January 16, 2012

This Week's Meal Plan


I usually have a meal plan in mind for the week. It usually changes though. So my menu plans are always flexible. If dh works late, or had a large lunch and isn't hungry then I can always change it. So this is the plan for this week.

Monday-Crockpot chicken and Rice. (from Pininterest)
(the kids have BB practice from 7-8. We won't eat until after 8 pm.
So I try to keep this in mind when deciding what to make.)

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Tuesday-Spaghetti and Meatballs, Mediteranean Salad and Garlic Bread.
Tuesday afternoon is grocery shopping day. The kids have art and dance in the afternoon.
So I usually try to go then. We won't get home until 5:30 so I want something easy.


Wednesday-church (kids clubs) The kids eat before they go around 6:00 so probably burritos or something easy (grilled cheese) Dh and I will probably eat at out -Mexican.
No big meal will be made.


Thursday -Chick Fil A nuggets Another one I want to try from Pininterest
Roasted Veggies, Baked Beans

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Friday-Roast, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls

Saturday-Bacon and Eggs, Roast Sandwiches & chips.


Sunday-KFC and Baked Beans

I don't like coming home and cooking after church, and since I like football-it
was always an ordeal to try to get lunch cooked and watch the game. (Since they are in 2 separate rooms-the tv and stove. ) LOL

I didn't mind crock potting meals but after a while we liked some variation.
When KFC started running their Sunday 10 piece buckets for $10.00 we
thought it was a great time to take advantage of it. So we usually grab a bucket
and then I heat up some Bush BBQ Beans when we get home.
We are usually eating within 15 minutes.


If we have to go into the city this week-we will be eating Papa Murphy's Pizza that night.
Since that is the only time we get those pizzas. So I may just continue the menu the next night-or save that night for next week. We love their pepperoni delight and their cinnamon wheels.
Last week I got one of their Mediterranean salads. (I didn't have any salad at home and just wanted to grab a go along quickly.) I loved it so much I have decided to go get the ingredients in order to make it at home. (I must admit It isn't cheap-by the time you get sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, black olives, red onions, etc.) The actual price at PM is $5.00 and worth it for all the ingredients they actually put in it.


Pepperoni deLITE®

Cinnamon Wheel