Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations Carissa & Nathan

Carissa and Nathan's closing ceremony from school was this past Tuesday evening. It was an evening full of recognition and fellowship.

Carissa received her Blue Book Assessment, which she had to write some essays on different topics. These were timed essays. Her tutor's remarks to her were, "Good use of essay structure and interesting points ." This assessment reminds me show they assessed children in school a century ago. What did they do before the scan tron test?

She was given a Certificate for Academic and Character Excellence. She received academic excellence in Latin, Biology, and British Literature. Her character excellence was for responsibility. Her tutor recognized how every Monday morning she woke up at 4:30am to get to class by 8:20. Her tutor said, here is a student who not only woke up early every Monday, but always managed to have all of her homework done every week (which is a whole lot of work, think of a college workload, and I am not exaggerating). Her tutor mentioned how she has daily chores of taking care of animals and making dinner every night too.

Nathan's tutor did not recognize each individual student. He just did a general recognition in his speech.

We are so happy for Carissa and Nathan. We are pleased with their growth as children of our Lord and Savior. We ( parents) are stewards of what the Lord has entrusted to us. It is our job to raise them up in all knowledge of spiritual and intellect. The time will come for us to shoot them out as arrows from a quiver. That time will be here soon. Lord, I pray that they always glorify, and worship you in all that they do. Amen

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day at the Beach

We went to the beach last Thursday. We were there from 11am to about 4:30pm. We had the whole area to ourselves. The temperature was in the 70's. I am not a beach person, so I had layers on, and I stayed in the shade.

The boys had a blast. Jarrett said, "this is the best place on earth." He rolled around in the sand, dug in the sand, and went in the water. They found a tide pool and collected a lot of sea shells.

A dead seal washed up on the beach. Its face was all eaten away. The kids found another dead seal that looked like something attacked it.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Another End of a School Year

Both Nathan and Carissa's last day was this past Monday. It is always amazing how this time of the year is bittersweet. It is the escalation of academic achievements and the realization the time is going by fast. It is knowing that Carissa's junior year is that much closer. Her junior year will probably be the busiest. She wants to go to a Christian college in her birth state, so we will be visiting some colleges this summer. She has really achieved some things academically this past year. She was one of the top three students in her class in all six subjects. There were ten children in her class this year. This year she had another honors literature course. She completed her 3rd year of Latin. She completed and turned in an outstanding lab journal with all her dissections. Nathan really enjoyed his logic class and science class. Brian said he did a great job with his mock trial case too. Nathan will enter high school in the Fall.

Many people question or ask me about how we homeschool. We use the Classical Education method with a Christian worldview. You can go here to watch what is a Classical Education. Our family has really been blessed by this method of education. I thank God that he led us to this method because we had prayed for God to lead us to the right path. 

I am always amazed by how God has used "me" to school my children. Who am I? I don't have a degree in education. But I do have a deep love for my children and want the very best for them. I can't tell you how much Brian and I have sacrificed to school our children. A parent's love is amazing in what we can accomplish. Today a scripture jumped out at me. Ecclesiastes 9:10a says: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Something New for Jarrett

Jarrett loves stuff animals. He begged me to buy this stuff animal when we were out shopping on Saturday. He even said that he would pay me back when we got home. He did pay me back when we got home. He took the money from his piggy bank.

He named him Snuffels.

Jarrett is an animal lover.

Jarrett made a bed for him.

Snuffels has magnets sew in the bottom of his paws.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Fashion Show and Tea

Dress from the 1500's. The Elizabethan era, named after queen Elizabeth.

A few weeks ago I ventured to a part of L.A. called Arroyo Seco for a fashion show and tea. I went with my mother in law, G Ma T, and aunt Jo Jo. The theme of the fashion show was " women's sport attire through the centuries."

They talked about women gambling. You can see the cards the woman is holding in the first picture.

All the outfits are made with just buttons and snaps. There are no zippers. They are true to the era. I did not post the pictures of the Civil War period dresses with hoop slips and yards of fabric. These women are wearing corsets too.

Here is a French lady with a card stuffed in her dress.This dress is from the French Revolution period, which is the late 1700's. The French Revolution started about 6 years after the American Revolution ended.

 Here is a lady dressed in the early 1900's. Think 1900-1910 time period.

Bathing suits in the early 1900's. The first bathing suits were made of wool. Can you imagine the smell when they got wet? How about the itching?

Here is an outfit for a woman planning to take a bicycle ride.

A golfing outfit

Here is an outfit that the 1940's professional women's baseball team wore. Do you remember the movie, "A League of their Own?"

Outfits for going on an African Safari

Here is an outfit for horseback riding.

Here I am with a lovely lady, attending the fashion show.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shane's Birthday

We celebrated Shane turning 11 at the park.

Here is a picture of Jarrett playing Chubby Bunny. It was hilarious watching the children stuff their mouths with marshmallows. 

Here is Shane's uncle and cousin playing Suck it Up. Uncle won the game. The children did an egg relay race too. I think all the children enjoyed themselves.

Parties seem to be stressful for the parent hosting it, but it is nice to see people enjoy themselves.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Writing a History Paper

 The rough draft 

                                                                         The notes

 Here is a picture of Shane's Essentials class. There were sixteen children that took part in the Faces of History reports. These children spoke about Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Merriweather Lewis, Davy Crockett, Sacagawea, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn. Some of these children even did their reports from memory. It was amazing!

 Here is Shane, doesn't he look good in his costume? Can you guess who he is? He is siting next to Jackie Kennedy and Thomas Edison. This costume came just in time. We bought it from

     Here is the tri-fold board that Shane did on Benjamin Franklin. I did help him put it together.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Here is Shane's artwork. Shane really enjoys drawing, but that was not the case two years ago. He struggled with art until I bought some Ed Emberley books. We love his books! His books changed everything. What art books to you enjoy?

These two pictures are Jarrett's artwork.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Trip to a Museum

I took the boys to a museum on a Sunday afternoon. I actually liked the museum, but we left right after the Celtic dancers preformed. It was rather crowded because admission was free. I would like to go again someday. I think the boys enjoyed the Polynesian display. There were necklaces made from human teeth on display. There were many elaborate artifacts and head dresses on display. I did not care for the Kids Museum building. I felt it did not hold my boys attention at all compared to the adult area. I guess you can say it was too "childish" for our interest. Besides, the children were running around all wild with no parent supervision. It was chaos.

A Park Day

Jarrett with PaPa

Jarrett has asked if we could have our own tetherball in our back yard. He really enjoyed playing at the park. It was a nice day.

 I loved playing tetherball for recess at school, when I was young. It was my favorite game to play. I remember being pretty competitive. I also remember stubbing a couple of fingers while playing.