Friday, July 30, 2010

Homeschool Friday

Field Trip Plans Fall 2010

Here is a list of the places I'd like to get to this Fall. We may or may not get to every one of them, but I'm certainly going to try :). I had wanted to get to some of these this summer, but we got busy diddling around town :). And as always, we are always happy to have company along for any of these adventures!


Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
* Visited 8/19 - SUPER fun and will definitely go back!
Mayborn Museum & Homestead Heritage Farm (Waco)
* Visited 8/27 - Missed going to the Museum, but had a GREAT time at Homestead Heritage. The kids loved seeing the animals and eating homemade ice cream :)


The HEARD Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Henrietta Creek Orchard (Apple Picking)
* Missed - BOO. Low apple turnout due to weather, irregular hours, and a pretty grumpy owner made me decide to give this trip a pass. We'll try going somewhere else!


Fort Worth Nature Reserve
Palo Duro Canyon


Fort Worth Museum of Science & History (Planetarium?)


Dallas World Aquarium

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday: Birthday Edition

Happy Birthday, Dave!!!

Well, today is my best Pal's birthday. 31st, to be exact. Happy Birthday, DDawggg. Love you most as toast and I like your beard :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Colorado Vacation (aka The Pictures Only Family Really Wants To See)

Our trip to Colorado in pictures - because I'm too lazy to blog about it :)

Hanging out with Family:

(It is now required that we take this picture everywhere we go.)

Cave of the Winds:

Driving up Pike's Peak:

Fireworks with Family:

Capulin Volcano:

And much fun was had by all!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Field Trip: Dallas World Aquarium

I wish I had written about this sooner - but since I didn't I'll just give a very basic over view.

This. Place. Rocks.

Seriously, it's pretty expensive but absolutely amazing. I only included my good pictures, but there were so many animals and fish and underwater awesome things I couldn't believe it. Dave's Mom, Neina, took all of us and Laura Beth and we stayed most of the day - even eating lunch there - and there was plenty to look at. Funny story, we started at the top of the place - and in the middle there is this huge rainforest area with a waterfall and water at the bottom (obviously.). Well, Laura Beth and I spent the whole time looking down into the water at these crazy fish hiding by big rocks and at the end of the trip we realized the rocks weren't rocks. They were manatees. Awesome. Anyway, the in-aquarium restaurant was DELICIOUS and much more reasonably priced than I would have guessed (they even served pizza in a fish shape with an olive for an eye). The kids learned so much and it was great for them to see all the animals we've read about. We will SO be going back and I'll give a better review then, but safe to say this is one place you really should go if you are in the area.

Crazy seahorses.

LOVE the seadragons.

Also random? Tot's ability to name even the most obscure fish.
"Mom, that's a leatherback sea turtle." "Mom, that's a scarlet macaw."
No doubt this is from watching Diego and multiple Discovery Channel shows, but it still kept freaking out Laura Beth and I.

And what would a trip be without LB and I taking this shot?
I really should do a photo album of us and all the places we have this same picture at...

And Gator?
Gator's favorite part was eating her shoes.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Random Thought

At what point did I start thinking that 8am was "too late" to go get donuts on a Saturday morning??

I have been getting up way too early for way too long, my friends.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Homeschool Friday (Yes, I'm going to try to make this a thing)

Sometimes I wonder if I chose to homeschool simply to indulge in my love of school supplies.

I love school supplies.

Clean reams of white paper, freshly sharpened pencils, stacks of folders and binders, and there is just not much better than a box of Crayola crayons (no Rose Art for me, thankyouverymuch. Only the good stuff that doesn't wipe wax everywhere.). And flashcards. Have I mentioned the stash of flashcards Dave's mom got the Tot? Awesome doesn't even begin to describe them. Shapes, Colors, Adding, Subtracting, Division, Phonics, Presidents, Landmarks, Insects, Dinosaurs....and the list goes on. We have close to twenty boxes of flashcards, all with the most awesome pictures on them. Currently, Tot is already digging through the Insect one telling me all about "God's Nature", as she calls it.

Anyway, I've spent the last week or two trolling the school supply shelves for all the goodies I could find and everything we're going to need to start school on August 2nd. We'll be doing 36 weeks of school starting August 2nd and ending on May 20th. I'm giving us a little wiggle room here, so that that if for some reason we need an extra week or a day here or there, then we have the last week or so of May to get caught up without creeping in on our Summer. But that means that school starts in a week. A WEEK. I've got lots to do, my friends. Thankfully, I've already had one good morning dedicated to getting everything in order - thanks (again) to Dave's mom watching the kids :).

My project for the morning the kids were gone was gathering all of our materials and separating them by week. I did this so that all I will have to do each week to get ready will be to get out a folder. All our work will be in one spot (save our hardback books) and I won't have to hunt and gather every day. So, I made a folder for each week, labeled them (Week 1, Week 2, etc) and put them all in a crate.

Then, I got out all of our workbooks and notebook pages and ripped them all out of their binding. It was both exhilarating and terrifying. I took each subject and separated them by week (most were already done that way) and then put them in the corresponding folder. So, for example, I took our Math book and tore out all the pages. We will be doing 1 page a day, so I put five pages in each folder. Then I took our Science book out. We will be doing one unit of Science a week, taking about three days each week to complete the work - with some taking four. So, I took each unit out of the book and all the corresponding lab sheets and materials lists, etc. and filed them by week. Bonus Find? I realized that there is a Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD for almost all of our units! Score! Then on my master Science unit list, I wrote a note on each week reminding me what video to reserve at the library. I found the library also has videos on each country, so I may do a little reserving for that as well :)

And that is my major accomplishment to date. I've filled our folders with all of Tot's subjects, and now I just need to add a few enrichment activities, make a master list of books/videos to reserve, field trip list, get the last few science materials, and hang up my fancy whiteboard and I'll be ready to go.

But will I be ready to have a 1st grader, a Pre-K-er, and a small thing learning to walk?

That is whole 'nother story.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thankful Thursday

.I'm back, baby!

I'm going to try to rock out Thankful Thursday on a regular basis for awhile ( no promises, though, I know myself too well) because it's always nice to shake myself a little to think about all the great things going on in my life. Like the saying goes - I'm too blessed to be stressed. Sometimes I just need to remind myself of it :)

So today I am thankful...

1. That despite having two kids with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease, we are actually having a pretty great day.

2. For my Kuerig. Solid gold, my friends, solid gold. This wondrous machine makes perfect coffee in 60 seconds, heats water to the perfect temperature for hot tea, and can even be used to make oatmeal. I heart it, I heart it, I heart it.

3. For the book "I Love You, Stinky Face" that my friend Kyla gave Allie when she was born. It has an alligator in it (of course) and the mama is telling her little boy all the ways she would love, even if he was something else. After reading it, my kids have dubbed themselves with some of the names from the book. LD is Stinky Face, Tot is Slimy Swamp Monster, and Allie is Dangerous Alligator.

4. That Dave works from home. We all had lunch together today and got to sit and nibble sandwiches and chips and salsa while chit chatting. Perfect family time.

5. For coffee creamer. I will say without (much) shame that my fridge currently houses five different kinds of creamer. It's an addiction. But who can pass up Peppermint Mocha?? Not me, it's my FAVORITE. And what about your basic French Vanilla or Hazelnut? And the slightly more fancy Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Chip Creme Brulee?? I know!! It's a cornucopia of coffee awesomeness.

6. For Magic Pants. Yes, magic pants. I went shopping this weekend at Eddie Bauer, really just to look around there because the clothes always look great on the hanger and never seem to lay right on me. But, I saw pants and they looked comfy, so I tried them on. Dude, they fit like butter. Just a dream. No muffin top, made me look like I actually had a butt, and so so so comfy. I will never take them off. Never.

7. For school starting in just over a week!

8. For the snickerdoodles I just ate.

9. For the wonderful heat that warms me up to my toes. I do love a good sunny day.

10. And finally, that tomorrow is Date Night - and you all know what that means during the summer, right? EUREKA, BABY! Eureka and Pizza, here I come :)

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lake Tyler

This is why we love going to Lake Tyler:

The best cousins ever.

Awesome swimming.

Naked Gators.

Did I mention the best cousins ever?

Isn't it gorgeous?