Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sharing Pictures

Today, I want to let you know about a few changes you may see on my blog. Maggie and I are applying to be designers for a few different craft blogs, so you may be seeing card challenges posted or other craft projects we are[ trying. In addition, I hope to be doing some reviews of homeschool products. I plan to continue blogging about our life, or whatever I feel like sharing! These pictures are of cards Maggie and I created. The bird one was for my Sister in Law's birthday in February and the thank you card was for a card challenge and will be used later this year.

I have been looking back at lots of pictures lately and found a few I really want to share. The ones I am posting today are from Christmas 2009. I hope you enjoy them!
The picture to the left is of Fastest Runner building a bat house for his Mimi. This was his Christmas gift to her and he was very proud of it! In the picture to the right, you can see he and Dad are gluing the wood before screwing it in. There is screen material wrapped around the wood for the bats to cling to.

This picture is of two of my nieces preparing for a photo shoot. This was one of the neatest Christmas gifts ever! Riley dressed up my children and her little sister, Daphne, as various Bible characters and photographed them for a gift for Papa and Mimi. She included a nativity scene, David and Goliath, and Joseph's brothers throwing him into the pit. It is a very special, one of a kind memory! One the left Riley is dressing Daphne as an angel for the nativity scene and on the left, she is getting "David" ready to throw a stone at Goliath!

Here are some of Dad's Christmas presents. FRitW and MT each gave him a set of Lego's to build and Maggie made him some delicious Eggnog Fudge cut out in a sweet message.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My To Do List

 I like to have a To Do list for each day. Most mornings I sit down with the kids at breakfast and we make a plan for the day for each of us. Everyone gets a piece of paper and a marker and I pass out chore assignments, school assignments, and my plans for the day. I may not even look at my list again until evening, and then be surprised that not much is left undone.

My list stays pretty simple. It is not divided into minutes or even hours, I just simply list 5-10 things I really want to get done. I then note which can wait until another day and which need to be done today. I always put one or two things I would just enjoy doing, like crafting or playing a game. These things may not meet a specific goal, but they give me something to look forward to as the day goes forward.

I have tried a timed schedule: Scripture memory work from 7:30-7:45; spelling with Maggie, while Kirk does math and little guys play with playdoh from 7:45-8:20; 8:20-9:00: math for Maggie, Geography for Kirk, little guys play in living room etc. This just doesn’t work for our family. If I try to help Kirk with math, Maggie needs help with spelling, and the little guys really don’t want to play with playdoh, they want to play cars in Kirk’s room or go outside or anything that isn’t on the schedule. Or if they play with playdoh, MT throws FRitW’s playdoh on the floor and I have to go stop the argument. By the time we find the correct page in the math book it is time for geography, or lunch, or it is the next morning!

Instead we keep it flexible. If it is pouring rain in the morning, we try to get school type work done early and leave time to play outside later, but if it is a beautiful morning, we might head outside and play until lunch and get some school done during naps. This allows us to be so much more successful because I am not stressed by the interruptions, but can enjoy the spontaneity of living with these children we have been blessed with.

So, this afternoon, I will spend preparing for this week. I will plan activities to fill the teachable moments that appear, and be prepared to have as much fun as they do this week. We will cook, sew, craft, plant, dig, run, and ride bikes. We will read and play games. Most of what we do will not look like school, but they, and I, will learn. And next Sunday, I will look back and be surprised again that not much is left undone.