Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #19: Making A List

This week I want to set our minds on setting some goals for next year, whether personal, for the whole family, or for school.

Well, I don't normally make resolutions because I just never follow through. But a friend brought to my attention a new way of doing it. 101 things in 1001 days! So I'm super excited about it...I even have a new blog to keep up with what I do and what needs done. You can check them out here. AND if you want join in....leave me a comment with your link so I can follow you! :)

Wishing you a very...

Wishing you a very...

Thursday, December 18, 2008


I've been slacking! My blog was feeling soooo neglected, but I took care of that tonight. 7 posts in under 3 hours! I hadn't done any of the memes for the month of December. My time has been filled with Christmas preparations and the kiddies.

We put our tree up the day before Thanksgiving. We knew we'd be gone all day and then that Friday a WVU game was on - BTW they kicked USF's butt. It was wonderful but also sad because that was the last home game quarterback Pat White would play. He has been an excellent player and I can't wait to see how he does in the NFL draft. Until then at least I'll get to watch him the 27th playing a bowl game. Yay!

Here's a pic of the tree...

I still have so much wrapping to do. I told Robby I guessed the best time to do it would be at 2 or 3 in the morning. LOL Maybe I'll do that after blogging. Nah, it's already way past my bedtime.

I've been watching holiday movies like crazy. I love that this time of year. So many good family shows on. ABC Family and Hallmark are the best! A couple that come to mind are An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Moonlight & Mistletoe and The Christmas Visitor. Absolutely Great!

Homeschool Memoirs #18: Winter Treats!


This week I want to invite you to share one of your favourite winter treats. A treat you look forward to making when the snow falls and include the recipe for it so others can try it out.

Usually when I think of this time of year's sweets I thik of my mom's Peanut Butter Balls or Blossom cookies. I don't make them because she always makes hundreds during the holidays. One thing I do enjoy is fudge - peanut butter and/or chocolate and it's even better when it's chocolate peanut butter fudge. :oD

Here is an extremely easy recipe for it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
1 can condensed milk
1 package of Almond Bark (white or milk chocolate)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups peanut butter

Melt chocolate in microwave.
Mix: milk, melted chocolate, and vanilla in a pot
Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Add: peanut butter
Beat thoroughly and pour into buttered glass dish.


Homeschool Memoirs #17: Chores


This week I would you to share how chores are done in your home. How you order your day with school and getting housework done. How do you decide which chores should be done by which child, of which age? I’m looking forward to hearing them!

Schedules? Me? hahahaha :oD Seriously, we are pretty lax around here. I keep the house neat and presentable but it's not spotless.

Laundry gets done everyday or at least every other day. This includes the cloth diapers. Usually what happens is I wash and dry and Robby folds. Gracie will help to fold them if she is feeling helpful. I don't ask her to do too much, or I don't think it's too much. I expect her to clean up her room on a daily basis because if it's not done it will get out of control. I don't expect perfection, but I expect her to try her best. She will help out by bringing me things I need or running items to another room. Vaccuming, dusting, sweeping floors are done weekly. Most of the time. *oopsy* Gracie loves to dust!! Whih is great because I don't like it. :o) Taking out he trash is Robby's thing...though I will gather it all up, but I don't take it to the road. Dishes are split between me and Robby - it's whoever gets to them faster. I'm bad about getting them ready; water, soap, and all and then walking away to do something else. I'm trying to do better though....

Homeschool Memoirs #16: Candy


This week it’s seriously going to be just fun. This week share your favourite candies. I know from being on the HSBA Post team that Sprittibee and Dawn love gummy-bears, and maybe Bunny too. Have fun with this… and you’re welcome to post a photo of YOU eating your favourite candy. Haha!

God’s Word is also like sweetness to our souls. His sweet love, forgiveness, comfort, peace, and more is what makes our lives seem a little more bearable when things get rough. Whenever you eat your sweet piece of goodness remember that God loves you and will always be there when life seems sour.

Candy is sooooooo sweet and yummy. And bad for your teeth - remember that and brush accordingly! Ummmmkay. That was a mommy moment. :-D Now onto telling what my favorite goodies are...

Jolly Ranchers
Sugar Daddys
Gummy Bears
Kit Kats
and plain ol' Hershey bars (which I make even better by adding peanut butter)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

BFS #114 Betcha’ Can’t Eat Just One

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Assignment: Tell us about something that you can’t get enough of and what scripture(s) in the Bible you cannot tear yourself away from.

Ok, now this is the second BFS dealing with food. Ya'll are really getting to me! LOL Good food is such a weakness! :o)

I go thru little spurts of wanting certain foods. I'm a really picky eater and there are just times that even if I like the food I just will not want to eat it. Drives my mom crazy, I tell ya! We will go to visit and she'll say "I made spaghetti" and I'll be like "Oh" and she says "But you like spaghetti!" Sorry Mommy! So, anyways, back to my point - I'm going to list a few of my latest cravings of the moment.

cheese crackers
macaroni & tomato salad
grilled cheese sandwiches

As for the Bible scripture that I can't get enough of I would have to say it's the book of Revelation.

BFS #113 Finger Lickin’ Good

Memory Verse: Matthew 14:19…Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.

Intro: Finger Lickin’ Good - You can read about Christ feeding the 5,000 in many places in the Bible (Matthew14:19;15:36; Luke 5:6;9:3-17). I am a fairly new Christian and one of the many things I love about reading the accounts of Jesus’ miracles, is that there was not a big drum roll, fireworks, a thousand dollar suit or an agent building up some big preview of what was about to happen. Jesus would calmly say things such as “have faith”, “believe”, “have them sit and pass out these loaves of bread”, and then the miracles began.

Assignment: Although I am not able to produce miracles, it sometimes feels like I need to when it comes to meal time. There are times when money is tight, groceries are few and I have to feed my family. During the holiday season, you might have so much going on that you need to make a meal quickly with as few ingredients as possible. This week post your favorite recipes that require six (6) ingredients or less. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Now this is something I know! LOL There are times that I need to find something quick and easy (and of course CHEAP!)and I always pick the same things. I can't really give you a recipe because it's that simple. :)

Grilled Cheese sandwiches & Tomato Soup
Usually it's just American cheese on bread but I've added dijon mustard (or regular yellow) and an addition slice of white american cheese to give it a little kick. To "spice" up the can of Campbell's soup you can sprinkle mozarella cheese in the center. Can you tell I like cheese? :oP

This is sooo easy cause you almost always have a loaf of bread in the house. Add eggs of your choice and a side of bacon or sausage and you're good to go. You can also make sandwiches (eggs, bacon, and tomato w/ mayo or plain eggs). Again with the bread you can mix up a quick mixture (eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla) to coat it and have French Toast.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
For this all you need is about 1 lb of cooked chicken tenders (you can use breasts but the tenders are already cut :? whatever you prefer) and a box of Suddenly Salad Bacon Ranch flavored pasta and 1 cup mayo. Super easy and tasty meal that will last a day or two. Now this is good even without the chicken and I can eat it as a meal instead of just a side as some do.

Well, there are some of my fast fixes. Now I'm getting hungry. :)

BFS #112 America’s Favorite Dessert J-E-L-L-O

Memory Verse: Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Assignment: Write about your favorite ‘faith food’. Tell about the books of the Bible that you read that help to build your faith. Nurture the seeds of faith inside you. ex: Acorns become Oak trees.

It's so hard for me pick just one. I think there are so many that help me to build faith...but if I had to chose it would be the book of Genesis, Proverbs, and Psalms.

I've tried reading the Bible through and somehow just never seem to make it. My great-aunt Ruth, who is in her 90s and taught many years of bible school, told my mom that the best way to read and understand the Bible is to read the New Testament first and then the Old Testament. I believe I am going to try this and see if it works.

Proverbs 2:1 - 2:5 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs: #15 A Thankful Heart


This week, you guessed it, is going to be about having a thankful heart! Yes, of course, we should always be thankful for everything we’re blessed with, but it’s not too often we actually sit and ponder what. This week please join me in writing 27 things you’re thankful (There’s got to be at least 27 things!). I picked 27 because this year Thanksgiving is on the 27th of November.

1. My husband Robby; we've had a rough couple of years...and I'm very thankful we survived it - together.

2. my sweet daughter Gracie

3. my adorable son Matthew

4. My parents, they are amazing and have helped us out greatly this year.

5. The medical care I received this year while pregnant.

6. God for always being there to guide me and get me through.

7. Jesus for dying for my sins.

8. - I have met so many wonderful friends from there.

9. Internet!

10. books, books, and more books

11. Sites such as Facebook and MySpace to connect with friends.

12. The digital camera that helps me to capture those special moments.

13. Big white fluffy clouds in a deep blue sky.

14. The dishwasher :)

15. A hot, uninterrupted bath.

16. This time of year - Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.

17. All the holidays shows on tv, especially the Hallmark Channel & ABC Family.

18. A warm crackling fire heating the house.

19. The home that I've built a family in.

20. The sound of birds chirping early in the morning.

21. The feeling of being loved.

22. Hugs.

23. The telephone that I used to call my mama everyday.

24. The peace that prayer gives you.

25. Best Friends

26. My siblings and their families. All of my aunts, uncles, and cousins..

27. The promise of Heaven for all those that believe.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #14: Award The CATEGORIES!

This week I want to invite you to nominate your family to their correct categories as well has have others nominate them. While my two sisters are listed under Best Teen and Best Design, those definitely are NOT the best traits they have nor the funniest.

This is how you do it…. you post the category that best describes each of your family members and write something about why you nominated them in that category, and you’re welcome to post photos.

Best Creatively Goofy Daddy Category: Robby
You know that saying "Any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy"? When I hear that I think of Robby. He's not afraid to act goofy and play with the kids. He relishes it! I ♥ him so much!

Best Super Hero Big Sister Category: Gracie
Being an only child for 5 years, Gracie was our that she has to share Mommy & Daddy it hasn't always been easy for her. BUT she has done wonderfully and she loves her little brother so much.

Best Brighten Your Day Smile Category: Matthew
A baby's smile holds many wonders. No matter what kind of day I'm having, when Matthew smiles at me everything is ok again.

Best Lazy Dog Category: Blondie
She looooves to sleep. LOL And boy, does she get in weird positions!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Feelin' Scrappy!

Created in Scrapbook Flair software using graphics from DWW.

Prince Ribbit Kit & Luv My Girlz alpha by Nikki

Got Sugar kit by Designs by Tishia

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

BFS Assignment #110 - Computers Help People Help People

Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Share some of your favorite homeschooling sites. The only “rule” for this assignment is that you have to list at least one “free” site. Many homeschooling families have made the choice to live on very little income to do what they believe is best for their children and I want everyone to be able to benefit from this assignment. If you have other sites that are “paid” sites, feel free to include these also as it might be something someone would really appreciate. If you feel led, share your curriculum choices with us. I always love to learn what is out there that I don’t already know about. Please make sure to include links to the sites you share.

I am the queen of Google searches! &:o) I am all the time looking for something, whether it be for Gracie or encouragement for myself. However, there are some sites that I am a regular to...they are always right there offering me exactly what I need. :)

Those sites are:
1. Sonlight
2. Christian Books
3. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
4. Starfall
5. DLTK-Teach
6. The Homeschool Lounge
7. Blogger Friend School
8. Homeschool Memoirs

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #13: “Mom” Help!

This week I’d like to invite you to share what YOUR “Mom” help is. Some drink coffee, soda, or chia-tea. Others check email or read their favourite blogs. Some talk a walk…. what do you do when you need to clear your head and take a breather?

Oh wow...what do I do when I need a break? Pull my hair running for the door? LOL I'm just kidding. Maybe. ;) When I really need to relax and just get way from it all I will pile up in a comfy chair with a book and something to drink and/or snack. When I read I get lost in what I'm reading. I especially love books that are series. The only problem is when I'm done with them I feel as if I've lost a friend. But then I pick up another book and all is well again.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Snow Day Scrap Freebie!

I've got another scrap freebie to share with you all! It's called Snow Day and it's by my buddy Tishia @ Designs by Tishia featuring clipart by ©Scrappin Doodles. It is super cute! You can download it FREE at her blog.

While you're there be sure and check out her stores on the right sidebar for other scrap items she has available. You'll love 'em! ♥

BFS Assignment #109 - We Bring Good Things to Life

Memory Verse: Philippians 4:8 In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.

Assignment: Share a field trip/lifestyle learning experience where you really felt you were bringing good things to life for your children, where something came alive for them, or ignited a passion.

Well, my daughter's passion is animals. Any kind of animal, though she is partial to kitties and puppies. :) She is constantly asking questions and demanding a fulfilling answer. We watch Animal Planet. And she just enjoys being outside watching the wildlife. She will go into the woods with Daddy and look for deer tracks. Which I am proud to say she can now spot. She can sit on the porch with her kitty and talk up a storm and of course the cat talks back. I'm not all together sure what the two of them are plotting though.

This assignemnet made me think back to last April. My husband was away for a few days and we went to stay with my parents. I was pregnant and we had been out earlier in the day and we all were resting. Gracie & I were back in my mom's play room and the window was open. I was dozing a little and enjoying the quiet. All of a sudden Gracie jumps up and says "did you hear that?" I wasn't sure what she was talking about and she said listen. All of a sudden a cow moos. She got so excited. She ran down the hallway screaming "Grandpa, I heard a cow moo". LOL I thought it was so cute...and I guess I had just forgotten that excitement. I know that I myself take too many things for granted. You forget just how much the little things count. And they really do count for so much more than we know....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #12: Let’s Play A Game!

This week I want to invite you to share what different games you use for learning in your homeschool. Outside games, board games, or card games, and what purpose or subject you use them for.

We love to play games! Gracie is constantly wanting to play something. Her latest obsession is checkers, which I am NOT good at, so Robby is teaching her that. I'm not sure what that game is teaching her, strategy maybe?

The others we play are:
Candyland - colors and numbers/counting

Chutes & Ladders - numbers/counting & patience (If you've played this, you know what I mean)

Scrabble - letters and spelling

Memory - memorization and matching

I Spy - colors - We play this inside and outdoors so we are constantly finding new things. Never gets boring.

Card games - Numbers/counting - Especially, poker. Yep, I said poker...she loves playing with a deck of cards and she is pretty good. Hmmm, maybe next card counting. Vegas here we come! LOL I am SO joking!

The most important thing I want her to learn while playing these games is how to lose gracefully. I've seen so many children get upset when they don't win. I want her to know it's ok, that you can't win every time. I really can't think of any other games at the moment. She's really big on puzzles right now also. We went to the Dollar Tree and bought six the other day. Big puzzles - 200 piece puzzles that she can do herself! I'm so proud of her!! She's such a smartie pants. ♥

Election Day

has arrived!

Today is the day that will determine the path of the next four years for this country. Will it be McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden? Right now the economy is in trouble, we watch the stocks fluctuate. We worry about gas and food prices. Our troops are still fighting a war that was started 7 years ago!

What's in store for us? None of us know, but we hope and pray for the best.

Change is evident. No matter who is elected, it's a monumental event. We will end this day with either the first black President or the first woman Vice-President. Did you ever think you would see this? I certainly didn't. I thought maybe one day, but really didn't think it would happen so soon.

Personally, I'll be glad when it's over. So we can stop all of the bickering over he said/he did and start focusing on rebuilding this wonderful country. And making it what it once was...the United States of America - land of the free and the home of the brave.

Monday, November 3, 2008

November already?

Honest to goodness, time has flown by. I feel as if I blinked and months have passed by me. I guess it's having a new baby and just focusing all of your time and energy on him. I dunno, but WOW!

Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season. The changing of the leaves. The crisp smell in the air. It brings back such memories of childhood. I can walk outside early in the morning and take a deep breath and I'm back at the bus stop waiting to head off to school. As much as I hated those days back then, I miss them too. I say hated because I was always fighting going to school. Sawyer Brown's "The Walk" comes to mind. Man, I ♥ that song! I had lots of issues with feeling out of place and also just not wanting to be away from my mom. I was such a mommy's girl. I guess I still am in ways. :) But anyways, let's get back to the wonders of the season. It's always so beautiful here. The mountains full of reds and oranges are just amazing!

The holidays will soon be approaching, Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I'm ashamed to say I haven't even given Christmas that much thought as far as presents. I'm going to have to get serious and make a list soon. Or no one will get anything! Mom's birthday is the week before Thanksgiving so I've atleast taken care of that. *swhooo*

Mom had surgery around the first of October. They removed the lump and all the lymph nodes under her arm. They don't think she will need chemo, but they are testing the lump again to be sure. She'll definitely have to have radiation. She's been a little down lately. I think it's just so much to have on her mind during the holidays. She wants to focus on the kids and not herself. She's one tough cookie. An amazing woman. I can only hope I will be as strong as her one day.

Gracie is doing great with her schooling. She is learning SOOO much. When we first started she was trying really hard to learn all her ABCs. Well, now she can say them all (only missing L now and then?), she can recognize them, and she is trying to spell everything! She is one smart little girl. :) And she wants to learn so it's pretty easy for me.

Matthew is amazing! He just keeps growing and getting bigger before my eyes. He is such a different baby than what Gracie was. She was always able to be laid down, never needing to be held (I still did it anyways :oP). He adores being in my arms wrapped in a nice snuggly blankie. He only fusses when hungry. He's a very happy baby. Smiles ALL the time. I can just look at him and he busts out that precious smile. I could look at him all day long.

When I look into their sweet faces I get teary eyed (post pregnancy hormones?). I can't believe that I was so lucky to be blessed with two such beautiful babies. God has been so good to me. I have a husband that I love more than anything, even when things get tough, and two precious children who are my world. That's what I will be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

BFS #108 - Quality is Job #1

Memory Verse: I Timothy 4:12-13 - Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Intro: Quality is Job #1 (Ford)

Assignment: My family and I rarely do anything apart from each other. We don’t really have quality time together because all our time is together. We feel like the more special moments are when we have dinner together or when we worship God together. For this assignment, tell how you and your family spend QUALITY time together.

We aren't apart for any length of time. I chose to be a stay at home mom and my days revolve around my children. It's a special moment when I can get away for longer than 15 minutes to take a shower. :) But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Our quality time together? What I consider quality time is when I can sit down with Gracie and read her a book and just hold her close and listen to her giggle. It's when I am holding Matthew or I'm playing with him in the floor and he smiles up at me with that beautiful baby smile. There have been many nights that bedtime passes and we are still awake just enjoying the time we have with each other. Robby in the floor playing cars with Gracie, or even snuggling on the bed watching Justice League. Matthew - all he wants right now is to be held and loved on, which I am more than happy to do. But I can't wait for those moments with him also. Watching them with their Daddy and listening to the sweet laughter. Those are the moments that really matter to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #11: Field-trips

This week I’d like to invite you to share your favourite field-trip that you’ve been able to go on since you’ve started homeschool. I’d encourage you to include photos, but you don’t have to.

We really haven't been able to go on any "real" field trips yet, however, we did get to go visit a pumpkin patch earlier this month. We went with a group of local moms from BeckleyMommies. I know that if Gracie was in public school, this would not have been an experience I would have gotten to share with her - so I feel very blessed in that aspect.

Here is my post about the trip from the BeckleyMommies blog;
Today was our visit to the Okes Family Farm or as I heard many of the children call it - the pumpkin patch.

The Okes farm consists of a very nice sized pumpkin patch in which you take a wagon ride and pick your own pumpkin. They also have a corn maze, at the time we were there it was 1 acre - but they were getting ready to cut it to an 8 acre maze! Can you imagine? I don't think any of us were brave enough to face the maze though.

All of the kids had a wonderful time playing in the corn box. A corn box is very similar to a sandbox, but instead of sand it's filled with corn. A much easier clean up! They also got to chase sheep and pet a pig. What more could they have asked for on a beautiful Autumn day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

BFS Assignment #107 - When There's No Tomorrow

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Intro: When There’s No Tomorrow.(Marketing credit: Mercury)
Imagine you’re standing before God. There’s no Tomorrow, you can’t go back and finish up what you had planned on getting to sometime in the future. What was that thing that you planned on getting to, that thing that now, you’re standing before God and thinking “I wish I had gotten to that…”

Assignment: We only have today. Should God take you today, have you accomplished everything that you wanted to, needed to. Have you said all the things that needed to be said? Let’s have no regrets, let’s make sure we get to those things, so that when we’re standing before the Lord, the only thing we need to do is to worship him.. and not regret not getting to that thing on our to do list. Stop - go take care of that thing…. then, come tell us what you choose to share. Don’t embarrass yourself or any of your loved ones.

Wow, this is a really hard assignment. It makes you face your immortality. We all know it's coming one day, but none of us want to actually think about it. I'm not perfect, far from it in fact. I've done things in my life that I've regretted. From that I've tried to become a better person. I've finally realized that I can't control how others around me behave. The only thing I can control is how I react to the situation. Unfortunately, it's not always in a way that I feel God would want me to. I'm working on that. But no matter what happened yesterday or what happens today, if I should die tonight, I want to know that my family knew I loved them with everything in me. And that by knowing that they could continue on to have a wonderful, happy, full life. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I want them dependant on me for happiness, but that being loved by me gave them the ability to be happy. I hope that makes sense. I know what I'm trying to say, I just hope it comes across the way it should. :)

My beautiful family - Robby holding Matthew & Gracie

I couldn't pick just one verse for how I was feeling about this assignment. So here are the few I chose...

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. - Mark 11:25

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:12-13

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Scrap Freebies!

I have a MySpace friend - Tishia - that is giving away a spook-tacular scrapbook freebie just in time for Halloween! 'Got Sugar' is adorable! It includes 10 papers, 29 elements and is for Private use only. You'll also find a surprise when you get there, maybe more treats? And be sure while your at her blog tocheck out her stores, the links are on the sidebar. :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Homespun Holidays FREE

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #10: 10 Timely Facts

Things about Lesley

*Robby's Wife*
*Gracie & Matthew's Mama*
*misses her grandparents*
*has many, many cousins*
*believes in love at first sight*
*avid reader*
*loves being barefoot*
*adored being pregnant*
*likes puppies*
*does not like cats*
*watches soap operas*
*watches football & NASCAR*
*favorite season is Autumn*
*watches clouds*
*hates scary movies*
*enjoys falling snow*
*addicted to cloth diapers*
*has watched someone die*
*likes the color pink*
*doesn't like to clean*
*enjoys a clean house ;)*
*does laundry daily*
*hates driving*
*can be moody*
*enjoys fishing*
*wants to learn to knit*
*can sew*
*loves to watch Little House on the Prairie*
*favorite movie is Dirty Dancing*
*listens to all kinds of music*
*wishes she knew how to dance*
*doesn't like being sick*
*misses being a kid*
*used to suck her thumb*
*amazed by nature's wonders*
*wants to travel the world*
*is constantly running out of printer ink*
*needs to organize her house better*
*likes history*
*enjoys fast food, especially steak hoagies*
*favorite snack, right now, is cheese crackers*
*enjoys working on genealogy*
*likes digital scrapbooking*
*loves babies*
*enjoys crafts*
*thinks flowers are pretty, but has a black thumb*
*wants a garden*
*wishes for peace*
*failed Algebra II*
*needs a haircut*
*doesn't wear lots of makeup*
*had braces*
*bites her nails*
*likes blogging*
*reads lots of different blogs*
*enjoys taking pictures of her kids*
*doesn't like going to the doctor*
*has some of the BEST friends in the world*
*has watched a cow birth a calf*
*wants to be a farm girl*
*wishes for a big ol' country house*
*doesn't have lots of $$, BUT does have lots of LOVE!!*

hehe That's more than 10, but it is me. :)

BFS #106 - Have It Your Way

Memory Verse: Isaiah 40: 1- Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Assignment: Tell us all about how your have “your” relaxing time, more especially how during the cooler months you take time to curl up with your favorite movie, book, Bible study, and what your favorite warm drink would be.

I love reading. So I would have to say that that would be my favorite thing to do; read while drinking a nice mug of hot chocolate. I can read just about anything. It's funny because I was reading an article on iVillage that gave a list of books recommended by women for women to read. So I made my own list that I'll share with you. Now keep in mind I could go on and on and this is just a very small list.

1. Letters for Emily by Camryn Wright

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

3. Why the Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner

4. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

5. The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland and Angela Elwell Hunt (this is #1 in a series and 4 more follow - read 'em all!)

I hope that you decide to read one of these, and please let me know what you think about them...and of course if there is something you think I should read - share it with me!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

BFS Assignment #105 - M’m M’m Good

Memory Verse: Psalms 13:6 NIV
I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.

Intro: M’m M’m Good (Campbell’s Soup)
The fall is such a wonderful time of year. The beautiful foliage and cool, crisp morning air is such a wonderful change from the hot summer. I also love the M’m M’m good smell of fall cooking and baking. The wonderful fall veggies, fruits and Thanksgiving foods.

Assignment: Post your favorite fall recipe/recipes to share. I love trying new recipes, do you? It can be baking, main dishes, veggies, dessert or anything else you can think of. There are no limits. Mmmmmm..I can’t wait to take a look at some of those recipes.

Created using Scrapbook Flair software. Layouts are Harvest Spice by Shabby Princess and Sun Porch by Amy Teets.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs #8: Study Spot

We don't have a designated study or school spot. However, it's normally our living space, which includes the living room and kitchen/dining room. It just depends on what we are doing. If we're reading we sit together in the recliner. Worksheets are usually done in the living room floor or at the coffee table. And all crafts, cutting projects are done at the kitchen table. Gracie has a little desk that she will sit at occassionally, but she is SOOOO messy that most of the time it's covered with her things. And me being stubborn, I think she needs to clean it off, and she thinks I should clean it. So it stays dirty. LOL

I'm posting some pics that I just took so please don't judge me on my messy house. :)I do try to keep it straight...

Oh, I forgot the fridge as a writing/drawing surface..*shrugs* whatever works!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

BFS #104 - Never Leave Home Without It!

Memory Verse: Matthew 28: 20 - Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

Assignment: In the memory verse Jesus tells us that He will never leave us, not even at the end of the world. He assures us in this verse that He will be with us and that means through everything we go through in life. I thought it would be interesting to write about the things we would never leave home without. For some it might be baby needs, others it might be a gym bag and bottle of water, and for some it might be your Bible and a notepad or small journal, maybe even your son or daughters favorite blankie! I’d like for you to write about something that you would never leave home without.

I think I'm a bit OCD, when I leave the house I have to check, check, and double check just about everything. I make sure the thermostat is set, all appliances, lights, and fans are off, doors locked, etc., etc. *sigh* and while I'm doing that I have to lug around all my stuff. haha I have lots of stuff that I require. My big ol' purse filled with everything I really don't need. Umm, Gracie always has an activity bag and at least one stuffed animal - if I'm lucky. She tries to bring more but I talk her down most times. Then we've got the diaper bag. A drink for me, a drink for Gracie. AND if you count Matthew in his car seat (man, do I want a sling!) & Gracie, I have a lot to carry around. You would think that I would have muscles like Wonder Woman, but yet I don't.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs: #7 Snack Foods

I love this assignment! I get to talk about food. *sighs* I'll be so hungry by the time I'm done...LOL My husband and I always laugh because when we dated I didn't eat alot (like a lot of women do)...but after we were married I couldn't continue to starve myself. :-D So he found out just what kind of an eater I can be. Picture a big man at a truck stop. Ummm, yea, when I want I can put it away. However, since I'm still trying lose a couple pounds of baby weight, plus what I had just put on before, I'm not eating as much. But, boy, do I enjoy it when I do!

These are a few of my favorite snackies...

muffins (apple cinnamon, triple berry)

fruit (strawberries, blackberries, Granny Smith apples)

cheese crackers (usually Cheezits BUT Disney Magic has baked shape crackers that are GOOD!)


pretzels with ranch dressing

Colby cheese slices with crackers and green olives

plain popcorn

nachos & cheese

grape tomatoes, croutons, and sprinkled with cheddar cheese (ranch or french dressing)

and when all else fails....go back to the great original PB & J.


Assignment: This is WACKY WEEK here at Blogger Friend School! Everything is wacky fun! This week YOU, the student, get to share something of your choice that is little “Wacky”!!!

Have you done something crazy in your homeschool?
(Yep, I'm sure of it, just because most days I feel kinda cRaZy!) Do you fingerpaint with your toes? (No, but that sounds neat...and squishy.)Do you let your children do your hair? (Yea, she has done it many times...but after the first few times I learned to comb it before she started as it made a less painful experience.) Do you wear your pajamas during homeschool? (Oh my goodness YES! I love my PJs and think it would be absolutely wonderful if it was a law that we must wear them 24/7. ;oP) Oh, the list is endless, but it’s up to you and how much fun you want to have.

To make it even “wackier” (not sure if it’s really a word, but hey, we don’t check spelling this week at BFS either!!!…..try and type some or all of your post sdrawkcab. (backwards!)

!keew gnixaler dna nuf a siht ekaM

(…and forwards…Make this a fun and relaxing week!)

Ykcaw? em? On yaw! LOL M'i yllaer ton. I onnud yhw. Ev'i syawla neeb na dlo luos. *sgurhs* BUT I guess I try for Gracie...cause she is one wacky little girl. She loves to dance and jump around and make LOTS of noise! Which is normal for kids, but I think she takes it to a whole new level. She pretends to be an animal at least once a day. Sound effects and all. :) I try to be really relaxed and chilled out because I think she learns better that way...and I think her way of learning is by being loud and active. So whatever works, we'll do it. I can't wait to read what other "wackier" moms post, cause I might just try it out!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: leftovers; Pork BBQ sandwiches & Macaroni Salad

Tuesday: Beef Tacos

Wednesday: Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Veggies

Thursday: Brown Beans & Cornbread

Friday: Mini Meatloaves (sides to be determined)

Saturday: Family Reunion - eating @ parents' house

Sunday: Family Reunion - eating @ church

Note: The meals could switch days depending on what we are craving on a certain day. AND if there is some money leftover from the paycheck we may eat out one night. Maybe. :)

Friends of Coal Bowl

Ok, after a devastating loss to Colorado in overtime due to a missed field goal. :( Ack! McAfee I could kick you!! (no pun intended...well, maybe a little :)) We pulled it off...FINALLY, with a score of 27 to 3! This was the 3rd matchup between the Mountaineers and Marshall's Thundering Herd. The Friends of Coal Bowl was created to be a 7 game series between the two rival schools in WV. So far it has been amazing to watch and I can honestly say if we would have lost this game it would have been the worst loss the Mountaineers could have this season.