Thursday, May 28, 2009

School is finished

Well, we finished school this week. The kids are excited and I guess I am too. I do need a break, but I look back at this past year as my favorite of the 4 years I have homeschooled. I was more relaxed in some areas and it seemed to make the year flow much more smoothly. We discovered workboxes (Yay!) and did more nature journaling. We joined a co op that has been so much fun and finally found a math curriculum that meets both student and teacher needs! (Math U See).

I would like to do some summer school, but my kids are totally against it, so I do believe I will slip some school into our summer by calling it book clubs and field trips. Esther and I are reading some American girl books and I am hoping to finally make it to Sciworks and to the NC Aquarium.

We have canoe and river rafting trips planned. I am trying to get up the courage to tent camp. We have Vacation Bible School 1 week and 1 week Greg and I are going to teen camp and the kids will spend a week with my parents. I am going to begin the New Beth Moore Esther study with some ladies from church. Throw in plenty of swimming and cookouts and that will be our summer!

I am already planning my first month back in school in August and am so excited about some of the new things to incorporate into our homeschool.

Tomorrow is our official end of school day and we are going out to dinner to Moe's and then to see the movie UP. We are all looking forward to that. Happy Summer!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A few of my favorite things

~ A good book

~ Spring flowers
~ homeschool conferences
~ Heroes season 1
~ Homemade strawberry jam
~ homemade ice cream
~ end of school (1 more week)
~ my new Mac...happy mothers day to me!
~ 14 years of marriage
~ scrapbooking
~ Laundry on the line
~ Summer plans

Thought for the Day

I Choose ~ 

*I choose to stop myself before I yell
*I choose to phrase things in the positive
*I choose to accentuate the positive
*I choose to see my children as fragile gifts that I have the ability to cherish or break
*I choose to keep short accounts with my kids
*I choose to have a cheerful spirit
*I choose to respect my children
*I choose to discipline in love
*I choose to model Christ for my kids

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bike Rodeo

We had a bike Rodeo at church Saturday. It ended with a barbecue dinner and an all church softball game. We had so much fun and had a really good crowd. Here are some pictures of the day.

Mother Daughter Banquet

Here are some pictures from the Mother Daughter Banquet we had a church last weekend. The theme was generations and so we had 10 tables all representing a different decade decorated and then we had a fashion show with models from each era. It was soooo much fun!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Friday

I have a crazy weekend! We have a Mother Daughter banquet at church that I am helping to organize, we are having company this weekend, it is Mother's Day and I have only been back from vacation 5 days! I saw this quote today and it reminded me to stop and enjoy the simple things that the Lord gives .

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.    -Robert Lewis Stevenson

Monday, May 4, 2009

Our Disney Cruise