Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things I've enjoyed in 2010


Hearing Bethany play jazz, gospel, modern, and having fun each day. I do not ask her to practice the piano. Amazing what 6 months in this program can do.




The joy of reading weekly the words and counsel of prophets and righteous leaders.








Is this not true?








My heart runneth over with gratitude.
Where would I be without the words of Jesus Christ?








To sleep peacefully is all I need at night and it helps to hear the suave voice of this gentleman. I love the line when he says, "just sleep and make love..." That line usually wakes me up....











My marriage to Gove. It will be 16 years in May.






My good husband just happen to buy this 2005 Tahoe for me last week. Four wheel drive. Oh my, you should hear it purr (fancy air intake and muffler). Love love love it!






Our marriage keeps getting better. Sure there are bumps but we're moving in the right direction.








Great way to introduce ancient history for the first time. Fun activities and great resources.








I loved camping with my family this last summer. And now with four wheel drive we can arrive with peace of mind.








Betty is a great resource for telling stories to children to improve behavior without a lecture from mom.

Plus I love reading to my kids.







Though I'm only a short way into this magical book, it has been a blessing in my marriage already. What might be a key you ask? I'll share with you. It's appreciating something about your man every day and not just once a day. It does work. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose and much to gain.










It's happening all around you. Read to open your eyes and mind.










So far I like this math program. It's like having a 30 minute tutoring session and then practice and reviews. I like the self pace and ability to track the kids progress or lack thereof.









This book will forever by my favorite novel. To be like Uncle Tom is to be more like Christ.








And of the utmost importance to me, as I have learned this month is attending the temple weekly. A blessing of help to me.
I learned it's fun to also take your children each month for baptisms. It's like a date and your kids will grow to love it also. Twice a year just isn't enough.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Progressing forward...


Why did summer have to pass so darn quickly? I miss our little bit of camping property. We were there about three weeks ago to put everything away for the winter. Fall is upon us with bright beautiful autumn colors. The mountain sides are flaming with red, pink, gold, orange, and lighter shades of green now.

Speaking of Fall, we started our homeschool year with the Annual Utah County Homeschool Picnic. This was our third year sponsoring the picnic at South Fork Park. I'm not kidding when I say that I think we must have had over 400 people come. Gove thinks it was closer to 500. I think everyone have a fun filled day.

We are studying ancient history using Story of the World by Susan Bauer this year; we are using her Writing with Ease program and her mothers grammar program. I decided to use a planner like I did the first of the year at Lehi Academy and it's really helping me plan our weeks and see how much the children are doing and how they are acting.

We remodeled our main basement room and I/we now have a 14 foot time line, roll up maps of the world, chalk board and lots of potential now. For example, today we built step pyramids like in Egypt except ours are much sweeter because of the sugar cubs. We started the 6 week process (almost two months) of mummifying a Cornish hen. True it sounds gross but the kids are all for it and once it's ready we are going to wrap the poor little thing in linen strips and add spices and maybe some precious jewels I happen to have just laying around for times like these.

I and Gove are exercising while we watch the Great Lectures series on the subject of Ancient Egypt. I have found this to be very much worth the investment. For example, I always thought the Rosetta Stone was in three different languages but it's just two. Egyptian (hieroglyphs and a type of long hand) and Greek. We will be attending the King Tut exhibit later this year while it's still nearby. The kids are very excited for this.

With th
e changes made to our home education of our family, I'm pleased with the directions we are taking.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pictures are worth more words then I want to type...



















The picture above and below took third place at the county fair.This picture of Tia also took 3rd place at the county fair.




That about sums it up. I've been blessed through the good and the difficult. But never have I been left alone without any hope of a new and brighter day. Learning...there's just so much! Thank goodness.