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Archive for March, 2013



Umm… I mean *I’M* alive!! LOL

So sorry to have been so quiet lately. I have just been nutso, crazy busy!!! We had 2 Bdays (and celebrated Colin’s as well), AND we are supposed to be leaving for a quick trip to Tennessee in the morning. YILES!!! Then there’s Easter on Sunday (and Colin’s Bday)…. GOOD GRIEF!!!!

I was hoping to sew along with this season of Project Run & Play, but that just isn’t happening. We have too much going on right now.

OH!!! Our internet has been terribly spotty the past couple of weeks! It’s making me crazy! Most of Monday and Tuesday we had no service AT ALL!! Then it was out this morning for a couple of hours! ARGH!!!! Don’t make me hurt you, Comcast!!!

Hopefully things will settle down after this coming weekend! Wish me luck!!!!





Cailey Turns 9!!!

Today is Cailey’s Birthday!!! My baby girl just turned 9!!! 9!!!! Where does the time go?? It seems like just yesterday she was learning to walk and talk.

We will be celebrating Cailey’s 9th Birthday and Colin’s 6th Birthday this weekend. (He won’t actually turn 6 until the 31st but we have always had their celebrations together. They prefer it that way.)

Here are some pictures of my little Cailey-Bird.

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New glasses!! 😀

My baby girl. She is so sweet, so loving, so smart, so beautiful. She is so loved.


March Fly on the Wall

Have you ever thought about what people might think if they saw what goes on behind-the-scenes at your house? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to catch a glimpse of someone else’s daily life? Here’s your chance. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you into their homes to be a fly on the wall.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: – The QUEEN of all things bloggy!!!




The other day I was teasing Colin about his upcoming Birthday.

Me- But what if we don’t get you any Legos???

Colin- I will just buy some myself.

Me- Where will you get the money??

Colin- At the Dollar Store. Get it?? The DOLLAR Store???





Owl Pellets 6

I am telling Cailey and Colin about how owls don’t digest everything they eat and so they puke up owl pellets.

Cailey- Well, that’s violent.





Joshua had stepped into a mound of fire ants and was allll torn up. We gave him some Benadryl to try to help with the swelling and itching. Well, we decided to take a trip to Walmart while he was under the influence. On the way home we go to cross the railroad tracks.

Joshua –  Ho, ho!! And what is this????

Me- What is what???

Joshua- Oh, for a minute I thought you were going to drive down the tracks.

Me- No more Benadryl for YOU!!!




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And my kids think I am weird and crazy. Apparently they had never heard the song “Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts” before. I had to sing it for them! ROFLOL!

This is how we always knew it:

Great, big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts,

Chopped up parakeet,

Mutilated monkey’s feet,

French fried eyeballs swimming in a pool of blood!

Oops! I forgot my spoon,

So they gave me a straaaaaw!!!

My kids were soooooo disgusted! ROFLOL!!





Do I have a story for you… Oh, my gosh!!!!!!!

Remember last month when Jacob and his friend Charles were visiting??? Remember when I took them back to the train station to go back to Virginia??? Well, here’s the part I didn’t tell you……..

We got to the train station about 30 mins early, just in case (a little late I received a text saying that the train COULD be 2 hours late). The station building itself is decent size BUT there was only one teeny tiny room open at that time of night. Soooo, we went outside to wait.

As we walked out the door I noticed someone sleeping on the bench. No big deal. We just ignored them and talked to each other. BUT the boys were in high spirits and acting goofy (nothing new there) and it woke that person up.

Here’s where it starts to get interesting.

This woman starts shooting us dirty looks. I figured she wasn’t too happy about her nap being interrupted so I moved the boys down a ways.

THEN she TAKES OUT A KNIFE!! Yes, A KNIFE!!! It was in an empty soda bottle! She TAKES OUT THE KNIFE, brandishes it a bit and sets it on top of her luggage.


We move even further away from her and I ask the boys if they saw what I saw. Yep. She definitely has a big stinkin’ knife!!!

While I am trying to decide what to do about all of this I hear a ginormous fart. I start fussing at Jacob thinking it was him. Nope. It was the woman. I heard it from SEVERAL feet away….. Then she bangs on the trashcan….


Ok…. I’ve had enough of the strange…. Let’s walk to the OTHER SIDE of the train station and take some pictures in front of the pretty fountain and the heck away from the crazy woman.

She FOLLOWS  us!!!! Now only does she FOLLOW US but she has a big piece of wood in her hand!!!!


This is getting out of hand.

We then decide to go on the other side of the station and get the heck away from her. I go into the station and tell the waiting travelers exactly what is going on out there and if they know of anyone there that I can alert. Nope, no official from the train station is there. Time to call the police.

I call the police.

Now, we live in a TEENY TINY town. I can almost see the police station from the train station. It took 15 minutes for the officer to arrive.

I tell him everything that happened from the time we walked out the station door and saw the woman. He goes to talk to her.

He comes back a few minutes later. He says that the woman was scared because of Charles’ backpack. Apparently where she is from, if your backpack makes a V on your back it means you are a murderer.


Sorry, but that doesn’t add up. If you think someone is a MURDERER do you FOLLOW them??? Do you act in a threatening manner to them???? I don’t think so!!!!

I told the officer in no uncertain terms that I did NOT want that woman on the train with boys. He assured me that she wasn’t going to take that train. He says to just stay away from her. Ummm.. yeah… we have been TRYING to do that VERY thing….  I tell him that we are just going to sit in the van and wait.

The train FINALLLLLLLY shows up and I watch to make sure the woman doesn’t get on it with the boys and then I high tail it home.

Just crazy. And it only goes to show how much we need some sort of mental heath reform in this country. I am in NO doubt that the woman was unstable and in need of mental health care. Scary.





Liam’s Leggings and Bandanna Bib


I promised pictures of my little cousin Liam in the clothes that I made, there he is in his leggings and bandanna bib that I made for him!!!! Isn’t he an absolute DOLL?????  If you want to more pictures of Liam the cutie patootie, just go to Rivas & Co.


I am still feeling a bit BLAH. This fibro flare up has dug in and won’t let go. Pray for me, please! We have Birthdays and travelling coming up and I need to be feeling better!!


Tomorrow I will be posting a new unit study and on Friday it will be time for a new Fly on the Wall!!! YAY!!!!

After all of that I am hoping to get my art inspired dress done in time for the linky party over at Project Run & Play. So far my machine isn’t playing well with others. GRRR!! My stitches are all off again. I think I need The Hubby to take it apart. The last time this happened something had broken loose inside. :/ I have had to rip out some stitches in the bodice twice already!!!



Bee Unit Study

Well, I am FINALLY getting better! The crud is nearly gone and the fibro flare is trying to wind down. SHEW!!!!! Now I am busy planning and working on my look for the first sew along challenge of Project Run & Play’s All Stars Season.  YAY!!!!! And that means I should have a new tutorial coming soon!

On to the unit study! 😉

As always, I try to incorporate resources for all ages and most of those resources are either free or cheap. The books can all be found at your local library, on Paperback Swap or on Amazon.





















Honey Bee Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Bee Lapbook – Squidoo

Bee Paper Crafts, Coloring Pages and Worksheets – DLTK-Kids

Bee Life Cycle Printables – Teacher Resources Galore

The First Book of Bees

Bee Worksheets –

Bee Printables – First-School

Bee Anatomy – A Kid’s Heart

Bee Preschool Unit – 2 Teaching Mommies

Bee Notebooking  – HS Launch – scroll down

Bee Worksheets –

Honeybee Lapbook – Hands of a Child – $6

Bees & Wasps Study Starter – Currclick – 50 Cents

Simple Schooling All About Bees – Currclick – 99 Cents

Honeybees Notebooking – Currclick – $1.99

Bees! A Fun Study – Currclick – $1

Bees – Speedy Lapbook – Currclick – $1






Make a Honeycomb – Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational

Bee Unit Study – Lesson Tutor

Bee Info – Bee Magic

Bee Info – San Diego Zoo

Bee Anatomy – How Stuff Works

All About Bees – Buzz About Bees

The Importance of Bees – CC Pollen

Bee Preschool Unit – Squidoo

Bees & Wasps Unit Study – Squidoo

Bee Types – Squidoo

Bubble Wrap Beehive – All Kids Network

Honeybees – National Geographic

Killer Bee Video – National Geographic

Silence of the Bees – PBS Video




Honeybees Life Cycle




Honeybees Drinking Water in Slow Motion





I Have the CRUD! BLECK!



I have the CRUD. BLECK!! I have been fighting this thing since Saturday! It’s a tough one. Thankfully I am starting to feel a bit better. My throat isn’t as sore anymore but the old nose still doesn’t want to play nice. :/  I haven’t sewn a single thing since last Saturday and I haven’t written a single study unit since… I can’t remember. LOL  I just wanted to let you all know that I still here, just trying to get better.

We have a lot of Birthdays this month! YAY!! Cailey will be 9 on the 23rd, I will be ** on the 25th and Colin will be 6 on the 31st! LOL  On the 5th Deanna just couldn’t take the strain anymore and gave me my Birthday present from her. It was a $50 Visa card! YIPPPEEE!! It came with strict instructions to use it on myself and ONLY myself. 😉 So, I bought books. LOL I got Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible, Fashion Design Course and Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, Bk 2).  I have been reading the first 2 off and on since I got them. I LOVE Tim Gunn! His book is not only informative but hilarious!!! I never realized how much I already knew about fashion history, but I guess since I love history it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise… LOL I have already learned a lot from the Tim Gunn book AND the Fashion Design book. I am SOOOOO glad I got them!!!

I have to mention that I already have my present from Joshua, too. LOL He gave it to me at the beginning of the month. He got me The Calling (Darkness Rising, Bk 2).

I have realized that my kids are just like me, they can’t hold onto a present once they have it. LOL

OH!! Project Run & Play has the theme list up for their All Stars season!!! Looks like it will be a lot of fun! I already have a few ideas running through my head and I plan to sew along again! 🙂


Hopefully I will be kicking this crud to the curb soon and will have some new stuff for you. I might try to work on some unit studies today and see what I can come up with. Wish me luck!!







Plants Unit Study

Moving right along, the next unit on my list for science will be plants! I hope you find the resources helpful!

As always, everything I use for our studies are either free or cheap! The books can all be found through your local library system, Amazon or Paperback Swap.





DK Eyewitness Plant

DK Eyewitness Tree 

What Happens When Flowers Grow?

What Shall I Grow?

Hungry Plants

From Bacteria to Plants

One Hour Nature Crafts

Flowers, Fruits and Seeds 

Insect-Eating Plants

World of Plants

The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds





Handbook of Nature Study – $2.99 (This is a WONDERFUL book to have in print, though.)

How to Draw Plants – Free for Prime

My First Book About Flowers – Free for Prime

Interesting Facts About Plants – Free for Prime


Kindle Botany Books for Older Kids (a good list and mostly free)





Plants Lapbooks and Unit Studies – Homeschool Share

Plants Lapbook – Homeschool Helper Online

Plants Lapbook – Squidoo

Plants Worksheets – Squidoo

Plants Worksheets and Notebooking – HS Launch

Plants Worksheets – Classroom Jr.

Plants Worksheets –

Gardening Pre-K Pack – Homeschool Creations

Tree ID and Coloring Pages – Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs

Montessori Inspired Botany/Gardening Unit – Living Montessori Now

Botany Calendar Connections – 1+1+1=1

Learn About Flowers Paper Craft – DLTK-Kids

All About Plants – Montessori for Everyone

Plants and Tree Printables – Handbook of Nature Study

Botany Printables – Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

Plant Worksheets – Have Fun Teaching

Plant Printables and Activities – A to Z Teacher Stuff

Flower PreK Unit – 2 Teaching Mommies

Plant Coloring Pages – Squidoo

Plants Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $9

Botany Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $9

Traveling Seeds Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $7

Get Ready to Garden Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $7

All About Plants Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50

All About Plants – Simple Days Unit Study – Currclick – 99 cents




30 Free Learning Resources for Gardening and Farms – Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Botany & Plants Unit Study – Squidoo

Flowers in Art – Squidoo

50 Delightful, Edible Flowers – Squidoo

The Plant Kingdom – Squidoo

Creating a Terrarium – Teaching Tiny Tots

Nature Detectives

Plants for Kids – Science Kids

Plants – Biology 4 Kids

Plants Video – Nat Geo Kids

Plants – Kids Biology

Botany – Homeschool Escapade

The First Book of Trees – download

Plants – neoK12

Plant Videos – BBC

Plant Crafts – eHow



They Might Be Giants – Photosynthesis



Plant and Animal Cell Rap



Learn About Plants – Photosynthesis



Learn About Plants – Life Cycle



Parts of a Flower



I hope you enjoy the resources!!! 😀

Have fun learning!




Reverse Applique Knee Patches Tutorial

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Here is what I have been working on for so long…. A while ago my cousin (Sandra over at Rivas & Co.) commissioned me to make a t-shirt into short-alls and a pair of leggings with diamond shaped reverse appliqued knee patches with a matching bib. It took me FOREVER, or at least it felt that way!! I goofed SO many times on this…. I think I made 4 different sets!!! The first time my machine at the leggings. GRRRR!! The 2nd time I cut and/or sewed the patches in the wrong way. The print is a little crazy and the lines are not straight. I had to cut, pin and sew them JUUUST right. Then on the 3rd, I did every thing just right but when I went to cut the top layer over the patches, I cut the leggings instead!!! YILES!!!! Finally the 4th time was a charm! Good grief! LOL

So here is what I did.


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The 2nd and 3rd attempts were made from this black t-shirt. The 4th attempt was from a different one. The 1st attempt was from some black jersey knit.

First I cut off the sleeves and collar. Then I cut the shoulders and sides. That left me with enough fabric to make 2 pairs of toddler leggings.



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Then I cut the legs. These are for leggings so the legs are skinny and there is more room in the seat. 😉

When I cut them, I used the t-shirt hem for the leggings hems. 😉



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Next, I cut the diamond shapes from 2 fabrics, 1 main and 1 for stabilizing.



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Then I pinned and sewed the patches to the INSIDE of the leggings.

Next, I trimmed the excess from around the stitching. Be very careful here! THAT’S where I cut the hole in the leggings!!!



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Now, I very carefully snipped the fabric from over the top of the patches and cut off the excess.

After that is done, you simply sew the leggings like you would any pair of pants. 🙂



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This is the matching bib. 🙂 I hope she loves them!!!


If you would like a step by step tutorial for making the leggings, you can follow my tutorial for the T-shirt Tunic and Leggings.

If you feel that you would prefer a pattern, try SquigglyTwigs Designs Quick Pants (you might recognize the model over there), just be sure to cut the legs narrower. 🙂


My next few projects will probably be very hush-hush. 😉 I’ll be working on my Pay It Forward gifts for 2013! I can’t wait to get started!!




Secret Subject Swap – March – Take 1

Welcome to Take One of March’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My subject is: There is no such thing as a do-over, but let’s pretend there is.  What is one thing you would do over and what would you do differently?  It was submitted by Sadder But Wiser Girl.  Here goes:

Just pick one thing???? YEESH!!! That’s a tough one… ONE thing… I can think of MANY things that I would like to do over. Not that I would necessarily do anything differently. I think my choices, good AND bad, are what helped to make me the person I am today. The bad situations/choices only made me stronger. Without tears there can be no laughter. 😉

If I were to do ANYTHING over it would be just to relive those precious moments that are gone soooo quickly. I guess I would go back to the day that my oldest child, Jacob, was born. I would start there and live each and every day to its fullest. I would relive the births of all 5 of my kids over. I would redo those baby years, the toddler years and even they WHY years. Then I would fast forward back to THIS day!!!!! LOL I am not done with teen years yet and I think going through those once is DEFINITELY enough!! I pat myself on the back everyday knowing I managed to get THIS far, 19, 17, 16, 9 (this month) and 6 (this month). Yeah. That is what I would do. I can relive sleepless nights and clothes covered in spit up. I DO NOT want to relive the pod people years.

Yes, POD people. One day they are your sweet little angels and the next day it’s like a pod person has taken over their bodies!!!! THAT is the teen years. I wouldn’t want to even do MY teen years over again. BLECK!! No, thank you!!

I miss my babies being babies. I love my kids and I am proud of who they are growing into, I just wish that it could last longer. This whole leaving the nest thing is almost more than I can take! I may go around the bend when the last one leaves. THANKFULLY, I have 12 more years before that happens!

THAT is going to be ME!!!! LOL

Now, be sure to check out all the other blogs!! They are AMAZING!!!!!


Middle Ages Unit Study

Yesterday was crazy busy here. Both girls had appointments at the eye doc. Both girls will be getting new glasses. SIGH….. Seems their vision is getting worse. BOTH OF THEM!!! Deanna is going back to bifocals and Cailey’s astigmatisms are getting worse. SO not good news!!!! I had hoped to have a new tutorial up for you today but it looks like that may have to wait until tomorrow or the next day. :/ In the meantime, check out this unit study!

Most of the units I put together can be used for elementary through middle school and some could be stretched to high school, as well. I usually try to throw in some things for younger kids, too. I know that most of us are teaching a few ages at once! LOL


Most of these can be found at your library, cheap on Amazon OR on Paperback Swap (my favorite book site).

DK Eyewitness Medieval Life 

DK Eyewitness Knight

DK Eyewitness Castle

Castles, Pyramids and Palaces

In the Time of Knights

The Great Castle Search

Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures – Medieval Castle


Discovering Knights and Castles 

Knights & Castles : 50 Hands on Activities to Experience the Middle Ages

Knight : A Noble Guide for Young Squires

The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, Bk 2)

Magic Tree House – The Knight at Dawn

Magic Tree House Research Guide – Knights and Castles

Days of the Knights – Eyewitness Reader (Level 4)

Measly Middle Ages – Horrible Histories 

Terrible Tudors – Horrible Histories

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Medieval Knight

You Wouldn’t Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century

You Wouldn’t Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon

Saint George and the Dragon

Time Warp Trio – Knights of the Kitchen Table

Mary, Bloody Mary

Beware, Princess Elizabeth

Nine Days a Queen

Catherine, Called Birdy

The Whipping Boy

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Ghosts of the Tower of London

Beware the King

The Door in the Wall

The Ravenmaster’s Secret 





If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry! You can add the app to your computer or cell phone for free! We have it on our desktop, laptop and my iPhone! LOL My e-reader is a Nook. 😉

Medieval Kings of England – free for Prime

Medieval – Picture Book – free for Prime

Knights! – Kids Look and Learn – free for Prime

Knights! For Kids! Learn to Read! – free for Prime

Castles – Picture Book – free for Prime

Discover Series – Castles – $2.99


The Elizabethan Renaissance Unit Study – free for Prime






Knights and Castles Lapbook – Homeschool Share

The Plague Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Connections – Middle Ages – Homeschool Share

William Shakespeare Lapbook – Homeschool Helper Online

Notebooking – Homeschool Helper Online – scroll down

Notebooking – HS Launch

Knights – Activity Village

Tudors – Activity Village

Castle Coloring Pages – Activity Village

Shakespeare – Activity Village

St. George – Activity Village

Knights – DLTK-Kids

Castles – DLTK-Kids

Medieval Coloring Pages –

Middles Ages Study and Lapbook – Squidoo

Medieval Coloring Pages – Squidoo

Medieval Pack – Royal Baloo

Knights Preschool Pack – Homeschool Creations

Knights Notebooking – Last in Line

Medieval Pack – 3 Dinosaurs

Notebooking – Notebooking Fairy






Medieval Castle Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $7

The Middle Ages Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $8

The Renaissance Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $7

The Norman Conquest Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $9

The Anglo-Saxons Curriculum – Hands of a Child – $9


The Middle Ages – Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50


Simple Schooling Middle Ages – Currclick – $7.50


Timeline Add-Ons: Middle Ages – Currclick – 50 cents


Make Your Own … ABC Book About the Middle Ages – Currclick – $1.99


Who’s Who in the Middle Ages Booklet – Currclick – 25 cents


History Scribe – Medieval Times – Currclick – 96 cents


Medieval Life: Fedualism and Beyond Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50


Daily Life in the Medieval World – Currclick – $3.60







Middle Ages Coat of Arms – Crayola

Learn About the Middle Ages – Squidoo

Middle Ages Freebies – Squidoo

Music in the Middle Ages – Squidoo

The Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Reformation – Squidoo

Medieval Feast and Field Trip Ideas – Squidoo

Knights & Ladies Lessons – Squidoo

Magic Tree House The Knight at Dawn Study Guide – Squidoo

Learning About the Middle Ages Through Crafts and Stories – Squidoo

Knights & Castles Theme – Our Montessori Home

Medieval Castles

Mini Siege Engines –

Middle Ages –

Middle Ages for Kids

Middles Ages – Kids Konnect

Middle Ages – A to Z Kids Stuff

Skipton Castle

Chillingham Castle

Castles, Knights and a Medieval Village Unit – Our Busy Homeschool

Medieval Life


Middle Ages – BBC History

The Renaissance Connection

Tudor Britain

Middle Ages – Online books – Heritage History

Medieval Crafts – A Book in Time

Middle Ages for Kids – Mr. Donn






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