Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Having Fun

Very funny Jarrett. He looked so funny running around the house looking like this. He is not making fun of anyone. He is just having fun bouncing off people and objects.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

First Day of 7th Grade/Challenge A

This boy got up at five in the morning on Monday to endure the two and a half hour drive to get to class. He has to be at his first class by eight twenty-five. He was so excited to start 7th grade. He is taking a big step up from 6th grade. There is more required of him now that he is in 7th grade. I did my best to prepare him for the expectations of 7th grade. I think he will do just fine because he enjoys learning. He said that Math, Latin, and Geography will be his favorite subjects. I wonder if he will feel the same at the end of the year.
A picture of the white board during science. Tutor teaching how to write a research paper.

Shane is in Classical Conversations Challenge A. This will be his first year in the Challenge program (with one of the best tutors around, Mrs. Phillips). The Challenge program will dictate the bulk of his studies during the week. 
Here is a list subjects he will be studying this year.

  • Latin Alive! for Latin [We are substituting this program for the CC recommendation of Henle.]
  • Math-Saxon [Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1]
  • Science- research natural science, biology, and draw body systems. A research paper due every week.
  • Literature & Composition- (read 10 books & write a paper on each one) will use The Lost Tools of Writing
  • Geography- drawing the whole world (countries, capitals, land forms, 150 geography terms, and all by memory)
  • The Fallacy Detective and It Couldn’t Just Happen for Rhetoric (science catechism questions, note taking, class discussion, and apologetic paper)
  • History- Veritas Press self pace online program.(Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation)
  • Vocabulary-Word Build online program
  • Archery Lessons
  • Piano Lessons

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Boy's Friend

Who says a dog has to be a boy's best friend? Take a look at these pictures. Here is a cat that love his boy. Let me tell you, this cat really does love Jarrett. He is always around him. I know this boy would not mind sharing his bed with his cat but no cats allowed inside. Mama is allergic to cat dander and fur.

Stripes decided to take a nap on Jarrett's homework.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

More Summer Fun

Bumper car fun.

Brian bowling

Here are some pictures from about 3 weeks ago. They were taken by my cellphone, so they are not the best quality. I did not take my new camera with me. I received a new camera as a birthday present. I will have to show you it sometime.

Anyway, back to the pictures. We took Maria and the kids for one last fling of fun before she went back to Spain.

Summer is gone now. Shane officially starts 7th grade on Monday. Carissa and Nathan will start classes this week too. Jarrett officially starts 4th grade on August 29th. Time is going by too fast.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Fun

 Here is Jarrett enjoying one of our local pools. We need to go back. We paid $3 a person to swim from 5-8pm. We went on a Saturday and there was not a crowd of people.

We have been busy this summer. We have been doing extra things, since we had an exchange student staying with us. 

 We just had to have some shaved ice this summer. Maria really liked the lemon lime flavor. I had the watermelon. Everyone else had the tiger blood.  This was Maria's first time having shaved ice. 

 Bowling is great way to have fun and get out of the heat. 

 Time to hit the pizza buffet. This is a family favorite.

Of course, you just gotta make your own homemade pizza. Carissa made the dough and it tasted so good. 

 Jarrett got a two pair of new glasses. So he is on is 4th and 5th pair within the past 9 months. His prescription changed, so he could not use his 1st and 2nd pair anymore. His 3rd pair was destroyed by a 5 year old boy. Insurance paid for most of the 3rd pair. 

Slumber parties, playing games, fireworks, watermelon, birthday celebrations, swimming, smores and making chocolate covered popcorn are part of summer time in our home. 

Summer time will soon be over. Shane starts 7th grade on August 15th.

Carissa is in Minnesota until next Thursday. She has been there since Monday. I talked with her today and she said that she went to the Mall of the World yesterday. She said that it is 4 stories. That is a lot of walking! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Carissa asked to start archery lessons, so I signed her up in June. I actually signed up the three boys too. They all enjoy it. Nathan and Carissa are doing well with it that the instructor mentioned they should be in the tournament this winter.

Shane and Jarrett have asked to buy their own arrows and bows to shoot at home.

Our exchange student even got a chance to shoot. Yes, we are hosting an exchange student from Spain for a month. Teenagers are basically the same in the U.S. and Spain, except for a few things. In Spain it is legal to drink alcohol at 18. Teenagers have way more freedom there. They go to disco's and stay out all hours of the night and this is normal and accepted. Teenagers take public transportation everywhere. There is a small amount of parent supervision. They eat dinner at around 8 or 9pm. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day and it is eaten around 2pm. Most families have only 1 child because of the cost of living there. 

Maria (exchange student) said only the rich people in Spain learn archery.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Night Pictures

Brian took these awesome pictures from our backyard. They are beautiful.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Congratulations Carissa

We are very proud of Carissa's achievements this year.  At her closing ceremony, she was given the The President's Award for Educational Achievement. Her tutor/teacher applied for this award. She had to give a recommendation in order to receive it. 

Anyway, we are preparing her high school transcripts and course descriptions. I thought I was keeping good records of everything but I was wrong. I am using the Total Transcript Solution from The Homescholar.com  She will start applying to colleges in September. This is hard to fathom. Where has the time gone. She was just born yesterday.

 Here is the letter she received.

Here is the pin she received.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Adoption Love Story

This is such a touching story. Warning: You will shed some tears, while you are watching the video.

Go here.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Finding Treasure

 I found these gems at a garage sale. Where I live, it is very popular to go to garage sales. You can find really nice things for very little money.
 I paid a quarter for this tea cup.

 I paid a dollar for this dish and a quarter for the item below.

 The plate set was one dollar for a set of four.
 I paid three dollars for this beautiful plate. 

 I paid five dollars for this rocking chair. I bought this rocking chair, the patio set, and desk from a retired school teacher. All the items are in excellent condition. I paid ten dollars a piece for the patio set and the desk.
This will be Shane's desk. He likes having his own space to do school work. I wanted him to have his own space now that he will be in 7th grade. I wanted to maybe paint the desk but Shane does not want me to do anything to it.