Sewing, Homeschooling and Craziness

Archive for October, 2012

~~*~~HAPPY HALLOWEEN~~*~~


 

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!! I LOOOOOVE IT!! I love the weather! The leaves falling from the trees! The hot chocolate! The costumes! And the candy… LOL ;)

BUT my two little ones are sick!!!! WAH!!! Cailey and Colin both have nasty colds. :( First no Halloween party at church because of the Frankenstorm and now no trick or treating!! They are so disappointed! But we are going to try to make it up to them a little. They are wearing their costumes all day and vegging out in front of the TV with Halloween cartoons. After The Hubby gets home from work we are going to go out and buy them some candy. At least this way they will be sure to get their favorites!

I can’t believe, with having 5 kids, that this will be the first time this has happened. The older 3 always got sick right after Halloween.

Here are some pics of Cailey and Colin in their mommy made costumes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the Halloween Rice Krispies Treats and Cailey and Colin made last night.

I think there are only 3 left! LOL

 

AND I am the very proud nominee of the The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!! Given to me by Shelly Bean at Follow Me Home. You should check out her blog, it is AWWWWWWESOME!!!!!!

 

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH, Shelly!!!

AND since I have so much going on around here I have been given a reprieve from jumping through the usual award hoops! LOL

Here is my to-do list for today –

Sorting through Jacob’s room. (He moved out the other day and left me HUGE mess!!!)

Running donations to the thrift store.

Taking care of 2 sick little ones.

Packers arrive between 8 and 9 in the morning.

Laundry, laundry and more laundry.

And all the other crap that I do everyday….

 

Heaven help me!!! LOL I’m already tired and I haven’t even started on any of this yet! I need a nap just thinking about it all!!!!

 

Fairy, Frankenstorm and Farewells


Yes, yes… I know… Today’s title is very much like yesterday’s! LOL BUT the post is very different.

I finished Cailey’s costume yesterday! YAY!!!!! She LOVES it!!!!! BUT because of the Frankenstorm the Halloween party was rescheduled. Now, ordinarily that would not be such a big deal BUT since we are moving at the end of the week, we won’t be able to go. Cailey was SO upset. SO, Momma Hope (she sort of adopted our family and I LOVE HER SOOOOO MUCH!!!!) is going to take Cailey and Colin trick or treating to all the church members’ houses so she can show off her costume. LOL That made it better. ;)

I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch Friday with Momma Hope, Grandmomma Verna and Marie. These are 3 very special ladies. I already mentioned that Momma Hope sort of adopted my family into her heart and Grandmomma Verna is her mother. You will never meet anyone as kind and generous and loving as those 2 special ladies. Marie is taking over Bags of Hope and Love for me here. She is SUCH a blessing!! I am so thankful for her!! We had a very nice lunch with lots of chatting. LOL I am so thankful that I got to go before we moved.

Today at church I said my final farewells to a very special group of people. God blessed me so much when He had Momma Hope stop at my door and invite me to her church. My life will be forever changed just from knowing those special people.

Pastor David passed around a church directory and had everyone sign it. SUCH a special going away gift. I will always be able to look at it and remember each and every one of them.

I cried and cried and cried. I know God has a purpose for us. I know that we are moving to Georgia for a reason. I may not know that reason for a while but I know there is one. Like a friend said today, it may only be to support our family better but that is a reason!

I have pictures of Cailey’s fairy princess costume!!!! I am sooooo very very sorry that I forgot to take the pictures for a tutorial. I’m not sure that I would have done a very good job with the tutorial anyway….. I was flying by the seat of my pants on that costume!!! LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She LOVES her costume!!! YAY!!!!! :)

Deanna was disappointed about the Halloween party, too. I was going to make her a long black skirt today. Last night was did a trial run with the Dios de los Muertos make up. It looked REALLLY good. She wouldn’t let me take any pictures, though. :/ I’m thinking she might want to dress up on Halloween. She will be helping Grandmomma Verna hand out candy while Momma Hope and I take the little ones trick or treating. :)

I was going to finish Colin’s dino costume today. All it needs are eyes, teeth and nostrils… But since the party was cancelled, we spent the day flood proofing the sunroom. Well, not really flood proofing…. more like cleaning and making sure all the books were above the flood level. SIGH… PLEASE PRAY that our bottom floor doesn’t flood again!!!!!

We had a little silliness going on last night. Check out these pics!!!

 

 

Clown Cailey!

 

 

Clown Colin!

 

 

 

Hubby the Clown!!! I still can’t believe Colin talked him into this!!! Sorry the pic is blurry but I only got one shot….. LOL

 

 

Joshua the Clown!!!

 

Deanna put the wig on for a split second but wouldn’t let me take a picture… LOL I was hoping Jacob would show up today so we could get one of him. Where is that boy???? He TOLD me he was coming today!!!! He better not make me call all his friends… ;)

 

They are saying that the worst of the Frankenstorm will be tomorrow night into Tuesday. Pray for us!!! The Hubby is still planning on going into work and that means I will be getting up at stupid:30 in the morning to drive him through the Frankenstorm. Yay….. :/

I will start going through closets tomorrow in preparation for the move. Fun…. LOL And toys boxes will need to be thinned out… Pray for me on that one. Colin will NOT be happy!!!!

 

HUGS and PRAYERS for all of those in the path of the freaky storm!!! Just remember that God is in control. We can depend upon HIS strength!!! He will take care of you!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Festival, Frankenstorm and Farewell


We headed out to the Frog Level Fall Festival this morning. This was our third time. I LOVE the Frog Level community! I made sure to buy a t-shirt this year. Last year it was cold and rainy so I bought a sweatshirt…. LOL I am really going to miss it here. This was the first place that I truly felt at home since I left West Virginia 20 years ago. Pray that I can find a “home feeling” in Georgia.

Cailey rode a pony but Colin said they were too stinky. LOL  And of course we had to get candy apples and cotton candy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I guess everyone has heard about the Frankenstorm that’s approaching. It couldn’t have waited until AFTER we moved??? LOL But I can’t complain… At least it will be out of the way for Halloween and Moving Day!!!!

We went out last night and stocked up on canned food and drinks. We have plenty of batteries and flash lights. We might could use some more candles, though….. I am charging all the electronics!! And I need to find our corded phone. The last time I saw it Colin was playing with it. LOL We lost power during Irene and from what I understand, this has the potential to be a lot worse.

We have cards and board games to play with the kids. I also have a Nook and about 1,000 paper books to read! LOL

OH!! I need to remember to fill the tubs, sinks and washer with water! We have a well so if the power goes, so does our ability to flush!!!!!!

Please, pray that we don’t get flooded like we did last time. We lost A LOT of books and toys when Irene and then Lee came through. It worries me….. We were bailing out the sunroom while the storms were raging. NOT FUN!!!!!!

 

 

I went on my last drop off for the Concord Bags of Hope and Love.  We took 11 bags!!!! YIPPPPEEE!! There were only 3 left in the office. It was a little sad, though. My last time doing it here…. But I am looking ahead! It will be great to get another one started in Georgia! Spread the Hope and Love!!!!!

 

I am still slaving away on Cailey’s costume… BUT…. I forgot to take pictures. I am SOOOOOOOOO sorry!!!!!! I will have to come up with another tutorial for you…. :( I need to get this costume DONE!!!! LOL I have just had sooooo much going on that it’s taking me forever to get anything accomplished!!

 

My blog views have been VERRRRRY low the past week… Not sure what is going on. Is it because it has been a long time since my last tutorial??? Or is WordPress acting up?? My numbers haven’t been this bad since the first week of the blog! LOL

 

 

Mad Scientists


So sorry for my lack of sewing posts lately. I did manage to cut the pieces for Cailey’s Tinkerbell costume! Step one – complete! LOL  I should have a tutorial up by the end of the week.

Then Deanna comes in yesterday and tells me that she would like me to make her a long black skirt to wear to the Halloween party on Sunday. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! LOL AND she wants makeup like this –

 

Yep… Nothing like the last minute! ;)

 

 

Anyway, since I have a lot of sewing to DO but nothing to SHOW, I thought I would do a post about hands on science for homeschooling! FUN! ;)

 

The Adventures of Bear: Botany Experiments

Here are some fun and easy botany experiments from The Adventures of Bear.

 

 

 

Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Unit by Deb Chitwood, via Flickr

Montessori inspired skeleton units put together by Living Montessori Now

 

 

 

Classification and Legos

OH! Legos!!! A great hands on unit for boys especially!! This is from The Homeschool Post.

 

 

 

Science - Open up the pumpkin, add a little soil and water, and watch the seeds (which are already inside the pumpkin) grow. // FUN - need to remember this!!!

This is an AWESOME idea for this time of year!!! Basically you just fill your pumpkin with soil, water it every so often and watch the seeds grow! :) This idea comes from Growing in PreK. Although it says Pre K, I think this would be excellent for any elementary age child!

 

 

 

I <3 the Crafty Classroom!!! This fossil craft would be an AWESOME addition to a fossil or dinosaur study! The page has more hands on idea for fossils. And you should check out all the other themes on the right side bar. AH-MAZ-ING!!!!!!

 

 

 

This is BRILLIANT!! What a great way to show the molecules in the different layers of the atmosphere! A really good visual from Science Matters.

 

 

 

E Is for Explore has a lot of great ideas to show static electricity!  And we are quickly approaching the time of year when static electricity will be zapping us on a daily basis….. LOL

 

 

 

Earth Science Unit.....A great visual to explain plate tectonics and the formation of volcanoes and mountains. So many other engaging (and easy to replicate) Earth science activities on her site!

I thought this was just brilliant. I would never have thought to use a soggy graham cracker to represent the tectonic plates! Thank you to the Homeschool Den!!!! This page has a lot of other ways to explore plate movements. ;)

 

 

 

weather forecasting with pine cones, science for kids

Another perfect for fall science experiment!!! This one was put together by Science Sparks with a guest post by Rainy Day Mum.

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter

The Science Behind Who Gets Magical Powers would be great for high school biology. It’s not exactly hands on but it is definitely an attention grabber for those HP fans!!!

 

 

 

 

If this shows up (FINGERS CROSSED!!!) it will be a video from BBC One that shows how your ear works.

 

 

 

 

An experiment about brain fluid from Life With My Giggle Girls.

 

 

 

 

Engineering for kids! Build a bridge out of drinking straws, paperclips, duct tape, and cardstock.

Here is an engineering idea from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.

 

 

 

Boy on merry-go-round

Launch a rocket from a spinning planet with this guide from NASA Space Place.

 

 

 

Water Cycle Wonders from Practical Pages. And while you’re there, check out allllll the other amazing things on this blog!

 

 

 

Making different types of rocks out of crayons.

Another brilliant idea!!! This can be found at Momma Owls Lab.

 

 

 

 

It's Bug Bunny's skeleton, and there's a load more too!

Here is another one that isn’t actually hands on but definitely an attention grabber. It shows the skeletons of different cartoons!! How cool is that???

 

Speaking of skeletons, we had an interesting science time yesterday. LOL Cailey was petting Bonnie and asked if a cat has bones in its tail. Instead of just saying yes and moving on, I looked up cat skeletons on Google to show her. Then we dragged out our DK Eyewitness Skeleton book and looked at all the different types. That led to dragging out the starfish as an example of exoskeletons! LOL

Whenever your kids ask a question, don’t just answer it. Help them explore it. See where it leads! You never can tell….. LOL Science is a natural topic for kids. They are always wanting to know the how and the why of everything around them.

We haven’t been doing any “actual” homeschooling since we decided to move. There have just been a thousand things going on around here…. BUT they have still been getting their daily dose of science just by being interested in the things around them. Such as, “why are the leaves turning colors and falling off the trees?” “Why do squirrels collect nuts?” “Why are the buzzards circling over there?”

Sometimes you even get really lucky and can add some history in, too. ;) “Why do we use pumpkins on Halloween”, can be both a science and a history question!

And don’t forget with Thanksgiving just around the corner that the opportunities to combine the two subjects will continue! Weather, crop growing, and the different animals of the New World just to name a few science items to go along with the history!

And I just had to pause this post to explain how the earth tilts for the different seasons and why there will most likely NOT be any snow in Georgia this winter…. LOL Geography AND science in one question! LOL

 

I need to get sewing on Cailey’s costume but all I reallllly want to do is take a nap! LOL I am trying to fight an oncoming cold….. WAH!! I do NOT need a cold right before we move!!! AND right before Halloween!! Not to mention that I am still having awful fibro flares. I think they are due to having to get up at 4 am this week to take The Hubby to work. WAH!!!!! BUT when we move he will have more decent hours! YAY!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

YUMMY for the TUMMY


Yep, you guessed it! This post will be alllll about food. Maybe I should eat something BEFORE I start posting yummy goodness…..

These will all be recipes that I WANT to try, not ones I have tried. ;) And they can all be found on my Pinterest boards!

Are you stuck in a cooking rut??? Well, I am…. I get soooooo tired of cooking the same old crap, day in and day out….. SIGH….. It makes me hate cooking! I really love doing the BIG meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas but even they are getting to be too much of the same. I need some NEW things to cook! And thanks to Pinterest yummies are easier to find than ever. ;)

Anyway! On to the YUMMIES!!!

Chicken Tortilla Bake by Homemaking Challenged

It looks SUPER easy and SUPER yummy!! I think my tribe will like it. ;)

Chocolate-Banana Pudding

Chocolate-Banana Pudding from Recipes.com

OMGosh!!!!!! Just OH MY GOSH!! Why have I never thought of this before???? But I think I would leave out the pecans… BLECK!!!!!

Truffle Pie

Truffle Pie from the Deen Bros.

And now I am drooling on my keyboard…. That is going to be a definite for Thanksgiving!!!!

I wish I could climb into my computer screen!!!!

Mini Mexican Pizzas

Mini Mexican Pizzas from Dashing Dish

Minus the olives, please and thank you… LOL

This looks like another family pleaser. Quick, easy and cute! ;)

Heaven, thy name is Oreo Caramel Brownie Bombs!!!!

Let’s say that again. OREO. CARAMEL. BROWNIE. bombs. OH MY GOSH!!!!

Do not try licking your screen… it just makes a mess and tastes yucky. You will just have to trust me on that…. ;)

Dorito Chicken Casserole from Quick and Easy Recipes

Yep, another HAVE TO TRY recipe. I love finding new recipes for chicken! We eat a lot of it around here but I get sick of the same old casseroles. And you know kids will eat anything with Doritos in it!!! LOL

No, I don’t remember saying ANYTHING about healthy….. LOL ;)

Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting @Sandra Rivas

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing from Use Real Butter.

Now THAT would be absolutely PERFECT for Thanksgiving.

That’s OK, you can thank me later…. ;)

This site has 40 Breakfast Casserole Recipes!!!

Awesome for Sunday mornings or holidays!!!! And who says you can’t have breakfast for supper?????

Asparagus Gratin from Apron Appeal

Now, wouldn’t that make a different side dish?? Tired of green beans, carrots and peas?? Try that recipe out!

Classic Baked Ziti by Budget Savvy Diva

Tired of spaghetti and lasagna?? Try out baked ziti!

Taco Pie by BS Recipes

YUMMMMMMY!!!!!! A new way to do an old favorite. If you are tired of cooking tacos but the kids love them, here is a way to do something different but still keep the same taste! More or less… LOL

Pie Fries from Heather’s French Press

This is pure genius!!! Genius I tell you!!!! I can see it coming in handy for families like mine, especially. You have a ton of kids and they all like different pies… Here ya go! LOL

Top 5 Freezer Meals.

Top 5 Freezer Meals from Joyful Momma’s Kitchen

I have wanted to start doing some of this. I think it would realllllly be a blessing. Some days you just do NOT want to cook. When one of those days happens, just pop one of the pre-made, frozen meals in the oven!!

Slow Cooker Pork Chops by Eat Cake for Dinner

This is what I will be making today. I have made it one before and it was AWESOME!!!!!!

We are trying to use up all the meats we have in our freezer before moving day…. Almost there! LOL

52 Quick and Healthy Meals

Ok… OK!! So you really want something healthy… SIGH….. Here you go! 52 Quick and Healthy Meals from Greatest

Brownie Cookie Candy Goodness from Couponers United.

I have friends who have tried this and they have raved about how awesome they are. They would have to be, wouldn’t they???? LOL I can’t imagine them NOT being awesome. ;)

Bacon-Cheese Pull Aparts. Photo by TnuSami

Bacon-Cheese Pull Aparts from Food.com

OH MY GOSH… those look soooooooooooooo good!!!! I need to start making my store list!! LOL

OK, so I think that’s enough yummy goodness for one day. I am now starving!!!! LOL

I will be back to sewing today. I finished Snoopy and will be mailing him out this afternoon. Now it’s time to start on Cailey’s Tinkerbell costume! I need to have it finished by Sunday night for the Halloween party at church!  Wish me luck!

Boys Don’t Cry – A Rant


I was on Facebook the  other day and I saw a blogger post a question from a reader. The lady had 3 girls and the middle girl has severe middle child syndrome. The mother wanted to know how she could try to get her child beyond that.

OK. Good question. I know there are a lot of kids out there that might have that same issue and I bet a lot of other moms could help. THANKFULLY I have never had to deal with that, I’ll explain a little more about that latter. I want to stay on topic here. ;)

ANYWAY, there was A LOT of advice but I also kept seeing a recurring theme among mothers to boys…… Here is a little taste.

“I tell my middle son to suck it up and quit being a baby.”

“I always say to my boy to quit crying, I thought I only had 2 girls.”

“I tell my son to quit being a sissy.”

REALLY?????? Are you SERIOUS????? What year is it again? Did these mothers just pass through a time warp????

It hurts my heart so much to read that these women actually say these things to their sweet little boys. Telling them that boys aren’t supposed to show their emotions. That they need to, essentially, shut up and deal…. These are CHILDREN!!!! They are precious! Their feelings COUNT! They are not small adults! They are watching, listening and learning by everything you say AND do! You are molding them into the adults they will be! Do we really need more grown males that can’t/won’t express emotions except for happiness and anger???

I really wanted to let those women have it. I didn’t. I didn’t say anything. Maybe I should have. I don’t know….. I didn’t want to be “that person” that jumps into a thread simply to tell someone off. And I think even if I had done it in a calm manner, it would have escalated into much more….

I just can’t believe that this is still how some people think! Why should a child’s gender matter when it comes to emotions? Why shouldn’t little boys cry??? I do not understand this way of thinking and I have 3 boys!!!

Are they saying that men that cry are not really men?

I bet anything that most of them wish their husbands showed more emotions……

My heart hurts so much for these boys. I can only pray that their mothers wise up and stop treating them as if their feelings and emotions don’t count. How very, very sad. Keep children like this in your prayers, please.

 

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

1There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

2a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

 

The Crazy Things My Kids Do


Ok…. So today we were driving back from picking up take-out, just Deanna, Joshua and me. Joshua starts throwing himself around in the front seat. For a moment I thought he might be having some sort of fit! I ask him, “What the heck are you doing???” This was his reply, “I wanted to know if there was a tractor-trailer that went sideways and was headed for us, would I be able to get my body under the height of the dashboard where I would be safer.” Ummm……. OK…… But he is 6″2″ and 240 lbs……. Yeah…..

That reminded me of some of the crazy and strange things my kids have said and done. And some of the crazy things that have come out of my mouth in reply to the crazy and strange things my kids have done.

For instance, I was chatting away with my cousin one day (Hi, Amy!!) while the older 2 boys were building a fire in our outdoor fireplace. I see Jacob heading toward it with a gas can. He has on ear buds, so I KNOW he can’t hear me. I start yelling to Joshua to tell his brother, “to NOT throw GAS on the fire!” Yeah…. Who would have thought that I would ever have to say that????

Here is a list of things that have come out of my mouth-

“Don’t set that on fire!”

“Don’t duct tape the cats ears!”

“No, cats do NOT like to swim in the toilet!”

“Do NOT glue your sister’s mouth shut!”

“Take that outside to shoot it!”

“Don’t melt that!”

“No, you can NOT shave the cats!”

“Untie your brother now!”

“Who threw your sister’s glasses out the window???” (This was as we were driving down the road!”

“Who cut off the monkey’s tail???” (It was a stuffed monkey, I swear!) (And I found out YEARS later that it was Joshua.)

“No, you can’t shoot your brother in the butt…Or anywhere else!!!!”

“Get that firecracker out of your nose!”

“No, you cannot ride the goat.”

“Guinea pigs do not like to wear clothes.”

“Do NOT grab the snapping turtle by the tail!”

Then there are the things that I cringe when hearing….. Any time a child is in the bathroom, flushes the toilet and says, “Uh, oh!”

Anytime anyone yells for a towel, QUICK!

I also know that if someone throws goop at the ceiling and you don’t get it down right away it will dry like CEMENT! Same goes for silly string. Also, if you spray silly sting in the shape of a smiley face on aluminum siding, the smiley face will stay there even if you wash the silly string off quickly…..

Jacob was 2 yrs old and climbed into the washing machine while it was filling up with water. He has soap suds all over him.

Another time, also when Jacob was 2, he climbed into the dryer and couldn’t get out. All I could hear were his muffled cries of help.

When Joshua was 3 he climbed on top of the washer and got a box of cakes out of the cabinet. He ate EVERY SINGLE ONE.

At Christmas time when the older three were small, I would have to sleep in front of the Christmas tree after we put their presents out to keep them from getting into them. One year when Deanna was 3, Joshua 4 and Jacob 6, it didn’t matter that I was asleep in front of the tree. The little boogers grabbed presents and sneaked out to the garage. Deanna woke me up to tell on them. I go out there and they had already opened several presents. I took the ones that were left in the packages BACK to the store. The other ones I took away and never let them have them back. Rotten, rotten, rotten.

Those are just a FEW of the crazy things my kids have said or done….

Now for some great pictures I have taken over the last few days. ;)

The first few are Cailey and Colin dancing in the falling leaves.

And the next couple are of Cloud, the crazy cat…. LOL

The Ramblings of a Half Crazy Person


Soooo…. Jacob got a job today. He starts tomorrow. That’s good. BUT last night was his last night under our roof. He will be back tomorrow evening to get all of his things and move into his new place with his friend. My heart is broken. I can’t believe it. I mean, I knew it was coming… But that’s my head, not my heart. It’s realllllly going to hit hard tomorrow when he comes to pack up.

 

We now have appointments with 4 different moving companies. They will be coming out to give us estimates on moving us. Did you know that some of them offer CLEANING services???? Oh, yeah, I am ALLLLLLLL over THAT!!! LOL

We will be sending in the deposit for our house on Friday. Here are a couple of pics. I think these were taken a long time ago because I am almost certain one of those walls was painted red….

 

Living room

 

 

This room will be the sewing room/homeschooling room/library. The Hubby THINKS it will be his office… Umm… I don’t THINK so! He can have the garage!!! LOL I am SUPER excited to have a room for all of that!! :) I wonder if I can fit all the bookshelves in there… Probably not….. LOL

 

One of the three bathrooms. I believe this is the one off the kitchen. It only has a shower, not a tub.

 

Another of the bathrooms.

 

The dining room.

 

There are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom has 2 walk-in closets!!! Yes! 2!!!

The girls will be still be sharing a room. Cailey wouldn’t be able to do without Deanna. ;) Joshua will still have a room of his own. Colin will still be sleeping in our bed BUT the 4th bedroom will be a playroom!!!! No more toys all over my room!!! WOOO HOOOO!!! No more stepping on Legos in the middle of the night!!! YIPPEEEE!!!

There’s also a large laundry room. That will be nice. We have a tiny one right now. There’s a cat door leading from the laundry room to the garage.

It has a gas stove, which I have never used before. I am a little anxious about that. I remember having one when I was little and my mom would tell me over and over to stay away from it because it would blow up. LOL Yeah, I’m a tiny bit anxious…..

The house has a nice foyer and the sewing room/homeschooling room/library opens off of it. There is also a door that lead from it to the living room.

I love that it has the vaulted ceilings and TONS of windows!! There are 3 different sets of french doors!! I might need some more curtains. LOL

There’s a brick floor in the dining room and a stone floor in the kitchen. Pretty cool.

Tonight for supper we had a turkey! LOL We are trying to use up everything in the deep freezer.

Just over 2 wks and we will be Georgia bound. Gosh, I hope our old van will make it! Good thing that we have friends and relatives on the route down!

Well, the tooth is still acting up but is is somewhat better. I’ll take what I can get!! I have still been sketching like crazy! I have filled up almost 2 whole sketch books! I’ll have enough stuff for at least 5 collections before this tooth is all better! LOL If I didn’t sketch like crap I would show you a few…. ;) I have soooo many more projects floating around in my head!! I want to go to Goodwill and find some sweaters to work with. I would like to make Cailey a few sweater dresses. She has one sweater that I LOOOOVE. Unfortunately she has outgrown it. We called it the macaroni and cheese sweater. LOL It looks sooo much like mac and cheese!! I am going to try turning it into a skirt when I get the chance.

I have been looking online at churches in the new area. I think I found the one we will try first. They have youth meetings twice a week and children’s groups twice a week. That would certainly help the kids make friends quickly!

There’s a sewing group that meets once a week at the library. I am really looking forward to that!!!

 

Anyway….. I need some cheering up! So, here come the funny pictures and uplifting sayings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am putting all my trust in the Lord. He will see Jacob through this. He will see me through this. He will see our family through this move.  I will rely on Him fully.

 

 

 

Cool Homeschooling Stuff


Ahh, another great title… :p One of these days I’ll be back in my groove. I hope.

Anyway… Here you will find a bunch of cool resources for homeschooling, such as, unit studies, free lapbooks, kindergarten packs, etc.

Enjoy! (I hope!!!)

 

Hotel Transylvania Pre K Pack

This is the newest pack from Over the Big Moon. It’s so cute!! LOL My little guy loves their packs!!

 

OOOH!!! Here is a great site that I just found!!! Documentary Heaven!!  You can watch all sorts of documentaries for FREE!!! Yes, FREE!!!! LOL

 

Over 70 Activities for Lois Ehlert Books!  We invite you to get to know the author with interviews and tons of activities for the Lois Ehlert Virtual Book Club for Kids!  {Blog Hop} *Enter to win a giveaway*

We love Lois Ehlert’s books!! Right now is a perfect time for Leaf Man!! Here are over 70 activities to go along with the books from a blog hop on The Educators’ Spin On It.

 

 

Are your kids as Angry Bird crazy as mine are??? Everyone in the house, including The Hubby, has gone totally nuts over them! I tried to play it once, got aggravated and gave up…. LOL Here are a bunch of cute printables from The Activity Mom for those cuckoo for Angry Birds!

 

50+ Eric Carle activities.

OOOH! Here’s another great group of activities from The Educators’ Spin On It!! There are 98 links in this blog hop!!!

 

 

the book diaries: 15 Dragon Loving Picture Books

Well, that name says it all. LOL Both Cs love books about dragons! Here is a great list from The Book Diaries.

 

 

notebooking printables

Here is a link for a few notebooking pages from The Crafty Classroom. And, if you scroll down a little and look to the right you will find a  GINORMOUS list of crafts for just about any theme you can think of!!!

 

Top Ten Websites for Homeschool Notebooking

Yep, Top 10 Notebooking Sites!!!!  The Notebooking Fairy (one of THE best places for notebooking) has compiled the top 10 notebooking sites! Awesome!!!

 

 

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I love Mama Jenn’s list. I have used every single site mentioned! They really are great!!!

 

 

Making mini offices for homeschool learning.

My kids used to all have their own mini offices… Then the big kids lost theirs….. Looks like I will be making new ones soon!

 

 

10 blogs that bring books alive for children in all sorts of ways from crafts and play ideas to outdoor adventures and cooking

This is a very good list from Rainy Day Mum. I am always looking for new and fun things to do to go along with books that we are reading.

 

 

Free and Cheap Homeschooling Resources

 

Ahhh!! Here you go! Free and Cheap Homeschooling Resources!!! Perfect!!

 

 

NatGeo videos

National Geographic Videos! ALL my kids love to watch NatGeo!!!!

 

 

A quilt square by Donna Young

Donna Young’s Homeschooling Resources has everything! Need a transcript guide? She has it. Need a calendar? Or a planner? Yep, she has those, too!

 

 

Gamequarium has a lot of free games and videos to go with a ton of different themes. LOTS of fun! They even have some Schoolhouse Rocks videos!

 

HippoCampus is exactly what you need if you are teaching high schoolers. They have advanced math and science and a few other high school subjects. They even have online text books. Between them and Khan Academy, there is really no need to buy high school math or science curriculum.

 

 

Lapbooks and notebooking pages

I love Dynamic 2 Moms. They have some realllllly nice lapbooks and printables. I mean realllly nice!! They go really in depth with the topics, too.

 

 

This site has some amazing ideas. I really love to see what all they have been doing. I hope you enjoy All Things Beautiful as much as I do. I even follow her on Pinterest! ;)

 

 

Printable  History, crafts, coloring pages, etc.

This site has all sorts of printables and activities for just about anything topic you could think of. I have printed TONS from Activity Village!!!

 

 

Here are a couple of my go to sites-

Squidoo

Homeschool Share

Homeschool Helper Online 

Currclick  – this site sells things BUT they always have freebies and sometimes they have special freebie hunts

Homeschool Creations

Practical Pages

No Time for Flash Cards

An Old Fashioned Education

 

 

 

 

Holiday Sewing and Crafting Ideas, Tutorials and Recipes


Once again I am posting under the influence… LOL Apparently pain meds are good for my creativity because I sketched at least 50 new sewing ideas last night! LOL  If I was a decent sketcher I would show them to you but I am HORRIBLE! ;)

I was thinking that I would share some of the sewing ideas that I have Pinned for the holidays. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

 

DIY Black Cat Tutu Costume for girls

Here is a DARLING cat costume tutorial from Crafts N Things for Children.

 

 

making costume wings is fun project for the family

Fairy wings tutorial from DIY Network. I can’t decide if I want to make Cailey’s wings or just buy a cheap pair at the Dollar Tree! LOL

 

 

Look at these cupcakes!!! OMGosh! SOOOOO cute!! I am definitely going to have to make these!!!  They are from Sweet Simple Stuff.

 

 

 

OOOH!!! Top 20 Handmade Gifts! AWESOME from Craft-O-Maniac!!! I love getting and giving handmade. You know that it’s something special, made with love and care just for you!

 

 

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How to make new ornaments look vintage from Finding Home.

 

 

I LOVE this idea!!!! Christmas coal from Rice Crispy treats!!! COOL!!!! This comes from Big Red Kitchen.

 

 

TOOOO CUTE!!! Googly eye headbands from The Crafty Blog Stalker! I am sooo making these!!

 

 

Chocolate Mocha Mummy Cookies

Mummy cookies from Betty Crocker! I am adding them to my Halloween baking list! LOL

 

 

Halloween witchy broom from Imperfectly Beautiful!

 

 

101 DIY Christmas Crafts.... Get busy!

101 Crafty Christmas Projects from Susan Tuttle Photography.

 

 

This is so cute! And it looks fairly easy, too!! A Christmas candy cane wreath from Watch Me Daddy.

 

 

Fall pumpkin and pumpkin pie Rice Crispy treats from Grin and Bake It! I think I will make these for the church fall party!

Here are a couple of pictures of what I made last year.

 

I used Tootsie Rolls for the pumpkin stems and then just added icing for leaves.

The other cupcakes have M&Ms around the candy pumpkins.

 

These are candy acorns using Nutter Butter Minis and Hershey’s Kisses. SOOOOOO good!!! You stick them together with chocolate icing.

 

 

101 Handmade Halloween Ideas put together by Everything Etsy! I love that blog.

 

Christmas craft - gumdrop wreath

25 Fabulous Christmas Crafts from The Daily Buzz!

 

 

This site shows you how to make these 3 Christmas trees starting with cardboard!! Thank you, SISTERKINS!!!!

 

 

40 Easy Halloween Recipes

40 Easy Halloween Recipes put together by The Miracle Momma!

 

 

Paper snowflakes

400 (yes 400!!!) Christmas crafts for kids put together by Sassy Sites!

 

 

 

Finally! Something for Thanksgiving! I am LOVING this cornucopia from The Craft Patch!!!

 

 

This is so pretty and so simple! I am definitely making some for the new house! We won’t have a mantel for Christmas this year so this would be perfect for Christmas cards!! This gorgeous idea comes from Pens and Needles.

 

 

I <3 Everything Etsy!!!!

 

Again from Everything Etsy!

 

 

Fall activities, play ideas, and crafts for kids

101 Fall Activities for Kids from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

 

 

Here is a large list of Thanksgiving recipes for kids from Kid Activities.

 

 

And that is it for today, folks!!

Pray that my tooth hurries up and gets better so I can finish up Snoopy and get started on Tinkerbell!!! LOL AND get more work down towards moving…. YILES!!!!

OH!! And don’t forget about the Halloween skirt tutorials I have under the Tutorials button at the top of the page! ;)

 

 

 

 

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