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Top 10 Posts of 2013


Top 10 Posts of 2013

 

 

 

It’s TIME!!! Time to ring out the old and bring in the new! ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t you just love New Year’s?? You can kiss the mistakes of the last year goodbye and welcome a clean slate.

As I’ve said before, I never make resolutions. No way am I setting myself up for failure from the get go. ๐Ÿ˜‰ BUT here are some of the things that I want to do more of in the new year.

 

SEWING – ย It’s been 2 LOOOOONG months since I have sat at my sewing machine. That’s 2 months too long. I have GOT to figure out a way to unpack my sewing stuff in this tiny house!! We are only supposed to be here a few months (until the rental agent finds us a bigger place) but I am going through some heavy withdrawals already!!! LOL

 

CRAFTING – It has been forever since I made anything. ARGH!!!! I need my creative outlets!! I’ll go starkers!!!

 

READING – ย I used to set myself reading challenges at the beginning of each year. It’s been a couple of years since I have done that. Just not enough time. SIGH…. BUT I am planning a couple of different challenges for 2014. One is the Alphabet Soup Challenge made by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book. ย You can check my page for it out HERE.

The other challenge is to read 100 books. That used to be NOTHING to me. I could read 3 books a week. AHHH, those were the days.

I’ll be keeping up with that challenge over at Goodreads. You can click the Goodreads widget over on the right side. I think it will take you to my books.

 

Now, on to the Top 10 Posts of 2013!!!

 

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My Worm Unit Study!!!

That was a fun one to make. We actually haven’t done it yet… SHHHH!!! That’ll be one for spring! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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My Rocks and Minerals Unit Study! That was a fun one. The kids love anything hands on. I made sure to save everything from our ย kits so we can do it again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Apron Skirt Tutorial I just love old fashioned clothes for kids!! Not all the time but it’s nice to have some pieces. This was such a quick and easy little skirt to make. It can be easily personalized for the little girl in your life.

 

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DinoROAR Tutorial Part 2 – Colin still loves this outfit. It’s holding up well, too! HA! Little boys can be so hard on clothes!!

 

 

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Marco Polo Unit Studyย ย 

Another fun, hands on study. And another one that we have actually put to use. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Plants Unit Study – ย Ummm… another one that we will be getting to this spring…. I figure we’ll do plants and worms at the same time. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Simple Machines

Simple Machines Unit Study

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN, when we actually get to it…. (Our next science unit will be weather, which I think is perfect for winter in TN.)

 

 

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Tee to Short-all Refashion Tutorial

This was so much fun to make for my cousin’s little guy.

 

 

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Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)

Aztecs, Incas and Mayans Study Unit

I think this one was so popular because it’s hard to find great resources for that topic. Not sure why… It’s so interesting! So much fun to learn about!!!

 

 

Drum roll, please.

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Sharky Stuffed Toy 1

EASY Stuffed Shark Toy Tutorial and Pattern

My very first (and really only) pattern made to share! LOL

Y’know… I never get around to making one for Colin…. Something to add to my to sew list!! Not like it isn’t a mile long already!!

 

So, there you have it! My top 10 of 2013!!! I hope you’ve enjoyed them all!!! Please, stick around for 2014!!!! And invite some friends!! PLEASE!! LOL

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Christmassy Stuff and More Kids Crafts


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We have been VERY busy lately with Christmassy stuff. Our tree went up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was a day late! LOL

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I took Cailey and Colin to the Lowe’s Build and Grow last Saturday. They made the cutest scratch and sniff Christmas trains!!

We missed the 2 kids workshops at Home Depot this month. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ One because of a bad tire (and NO place open to replace it) and one because of the ice storm (see yesterday’s post).

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We’ve painted ornaments for the tree. Colin decided to go with an all black snowflake. LOL That child definitely has his own opinions about everything! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Hubby and I sneaked away for a few hours to go to his company’s Christmas party. It was sooo sooo sooo pretty! I was afraid that I was going to get thrown our for harassing the peacocks!

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And we have been doing tons more Christmas crafts!!

You can find the template for the Christmas Tree puppet at Scholastic.

 

 

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We made Rudolph with hand print antlers. Colin’s is on the left and Cailey’s on the right. She said she wanted hers to look like it was facing her.

 

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We listened to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker and I asked Cailey and Colin to paint what it made them think of while they listened to it.

 

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Then I let them watch it with me and paint what they thought of it after watching it.

 

 

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Here we did white crayons with water color paints over it. If you look very closely you might be able to see their snowflakes. I think next time we will try construction paper instead of butcher paper.

 

SHEW!! And that is what we have been up to lately. I’ll surely have more crafts and activities in the days to come! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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The Ice Storm of December 2013


The Ice Storm

 

 

So you may have heard about the ice storm some of us in south received about 10 days ago. YILES!!!! Luckily we were without power for only a few hours. The roads were an absolute mess!!! There were trees down all over the place. We lost a TON of big branches.

Here are some of the pictures I took the next morning.

 

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This is what our power lines looked like! YILES!!

 

 

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It was soooo pretty!! But I think I’ll take snow instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

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Hilton Head 2013 – The Family Reunion


So you’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been….

At the beginning of last week my dad was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. He was still bound and determined to go to the family reunion on the weekend. Prayers were sent and he was released on Wednesday. ย They drove from Nashville to here that evening and we left on Thursday to go to my aunt’s in Columbia. On Friday we visited my grandparent’s grave and placed flowers. Afterwards we headed to Hilton Head!

We had SO MUCH FUN! I can’t even describe how wonderful it was to see and spend time with everyone. My dad has 7 siblings and all but one attended the reunion. Then add in all my cousins and 2nd cousins and a couple of 3rd cousins! LOL It was a BLAST!!!!

On Saturday we had a cousins day at the beach! It was just so cool to see all lined up down the beach and hanging out with each other and watching our kids play in the sand and water together.

We had pool time, family meals, park day and family worship on Sunday. ย I can’t wait for next year!!!!

Here are some of my favorite pics from the weekend. (At the time of writing I didn’t have permission to show everyone’s face.)

 

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My dad and Colin at Golden Corral.

 

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At the beach! Almost all of my cousins that attended the reunion were at the beach on Saturday, one of my 2nd cousins and her 2 little ones missed this trip. The kids all totaled 12.

 

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At the pool!

 

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At the park. All in all, I believe we had 9 kids at the park! SO MUCH FUN!!!!

 

 

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At Sunset Bay Restaurant.

 

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At Hilton Garden Inn.

 

 

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I think this picture says it all!! LOL We ran around alllll day long everyday and then hit the pillows HARD when we finally made it back to our room! LOL

 

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with my wonderful, loving family!

 

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First Day of Homeschool 2013


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Yesterday was our first day of the new homeschool year! YAY!!!! I thought I would share a few of the things we did.

 

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For some reason all of our cats seem to LOVE Cailey’s school work! They never bother any of the other kids! LOL

If you recognize Cailey’s dress, it’s the Red, White and Blue dress (click for the tutorial).

 

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Here is Colin doing some streak tests from the Young Scientist Club kit # 7 – Minerals. (These are MUCH cheaper through Amazon and you get 3 kits in one.) (Amazon was down while I was working on this post.)

 

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Here, Cailey is examining rocks from our trip to Pigeon Forge on the 4th of July.

The Rocks and Minerals unit that I put together can be found HERE.

 

 

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Cailey and Colin are drawing maps! This is the first activity in the book Marco Polo for Kids.

 

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Here are their finished “mythical maps”! Colin’s is the top and Cailey’s the bottom. They had SOOOO much fun with this activity! I didn’t think they would ever be finished! LOL

For our Marco Polo unit click HERE.

Books that we read –

For our Bear Unit click HERE!!!

Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Parts of this one.

 

You Wouldn't Want to Explore With Marco Polo!: A Really Long Trip You'd Rather Not Take (You Wouldn't Want to...)

Half of this one

 

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Most of this one!

 

Not bad for the first day! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course we also did the usual math, spelling, reading, etc…… ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

HAVE FUN HOMESCHOOLING!!!!!

 

 

 

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