3 down, 177 to go

Woohoo, the first 3 days of school are finished!! We started on the 15th and it has been an interesting 3 days. Overall, it has been good getting back to a routine and officially kicking off Kindergarten. Of course, the last 3 days have also revealed some necessary tweaks to the schedule as mom was a bit ambitious with her schedule and didn’t account for the split pea fog that had settled into their brains. 🙂

As for curriculum:

Math – Math-U-See finishing up Primer book
Language Arts – Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, McGuffey Eclectic Primer, copywork from these items and from History/Science
History/Science – Creation Unit Study, day 1 complete and prayerfully the weekend will allow me to post what we used/did

We read some fun books during our morning read-aloud:

1) Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock

Adele & Simon

Brother and sister story of little brother losing items as they journey home.

2) The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone

Beastly Feast

A delightful rhyming story with animals and foods, the kids loved it!!

Also, as a part of our unit study, we did do a volcano experiment today.

Here is our Starbuck’s volcano, named because that is my frappuccino bottle inside that paper and modeling clay. 🙂

Starbuck's volcano

Here are your other supplies sans baking soda as it is already in the bottle.

other supplies

Yes, our grass is pretty dead, hubby rely’s on God’s sprinkler system and it hasn’t been working in our area this year. 😉

The Eruption


It’s over

it's over

Next week is a full week of class, so off to tweak the schedule, secure any additional library books and review what needs to return to the library. Enjoy the weekend!!

Dumpster Diving – it's so good!!

Hi, I am a dumpster diver and I have a problem, but I do not want any therapy. 🙂 Before anyone’s mind begins to wonder, I don’t actually jump in dumpsters but I am not above trolling the streets prior to trash pick-up looking for tossed treasures. On the way home from Lowe’s after my whiteboard buying spree, I was lucky enough to be in the passenger seat as my dad drove and in this neighborhood near me, the sanitation engineers had not picked up yet and I began to get a butterfly feeling in my tummy as I watched with anticipation the offerings at the curb.

Me: Dad, slow down, I can’t see everything!

Dad: Well tell me that you are looking.. (yes, he is always one for a wise remark)

Me: Back up, let’s look at that basket.

(car door opens)

Me: Nevermind, the side is busted.

(car door closes)

Children in backseat: Mommy, what are you looking for?

Me: Nothing in particular.

My mom: (sly chuckle)

Dad keeps driving

Me: Back up dad, I see a sewing machine!

(car backs up and door opens)

Me: (I jump out and grab the whole box not knowing all of its contents but I saw this…)

curbside find

(car door closes)

My mom: Ooh, I wonder if it works

Me: Even if it doesn’t, they included the book and accessories

Dad: Can I go now?

Me: Yes, proceed home driver. 🙂

I was quite tickled as my machine that I learned to sew on and had fixed for my birthday is a Kenmore. The machine doesn’t work, sounds like it just needs a belt so I am debating about getting it repaired. In the meantime, I thought I would look at the accessories..


There are different size hemmers, binders, edgestitchers, and other goodies and then there was this…


I admit I was scared of it and here it is from the side

side view

What is it you ask – a ruffler!

I had been experiencing some craft envy of others and really prayed about it and I was led to a wonderful article in an old episode of Threads that I picked up at the library about a lady who sews great things on her 40+ year old machine. Admittedly, as a SAHM there are times when I have wants and know they are not needs and then I read a devotion that talked about wants vs. needs. I made confession of my want and truly just left it at the foot of the throne.

Why do I share all of this because God is good all of the time no matter where you may find yourself, he wants our obedience more than our sacrifices. Yes, we live off of 1 income and it is a pretty nice income but I still strive to be a good steward with everything that we have and God honored my obedience to Him and to my husband. All of this was free just like salvation, have you accepted your free gift?