Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wow - Way too long since I've been here!

My only excuse! Doing too many other things to think about telling you all what they are! Hmmm... and what are they? I'm knitting a project for DDs upcoming birthday, I've shopped till I dropped getting bargains for school projects with the kids and a little project for DHs birthday (of course, it won't be done in time and he knows it!). I've joined the local knitter's guild, Knitters of the North, thanks to a new friend who insisted on paying my dues because DH and I have now fixed her computer a couple of times. I've done so little scrapping that you could hardly say I've done any at all, but I have designed a few greeting cards (I'll hopefully have them in the store this weekend and will let you all know so you can go and order some for your sweeties). And I finally got the entire Book of Centuries printed for the boys. DDs will have to wait a year or two, but she isn't ready for it any way. Of course, then there was the regular school days stuff, the online chats, the bill paying marathons and the meals to be fixed and housework to be done (oh, I know, those are both dirty words aren't they, sorry).

So, that is life in a nutshell!

And for those of you scrappers: we now have a new challenge for the Sunday Scrappers. Come and join us as it looks like it will be tons of fun!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Yeah! My 2 week project is now printing!

OK, I know it will sound silly to many of you, but this project better pay off with the kids! In preparing to start the boys on a much more ambitious reading program I ran across a thing called the Book of Centuries. It is used by many who teach with the Charlotte Mason method (very long so won't try to describe it here). Any way, I also found a little game on the web site for the books we will be using at least part of the time and it included placing the books you have read on the timeline. Hmmmm.... how can I combine the two. And off I went to research the best way to build the timeline so that the kids could record which books have been read and where they fit in history. As of now, the book timeline is printed (yep, it finished while I was typing) and now all I have to do is the blank pages they will fill in as they do the actual historic records too. This is a project that will hopefully follow them throughout their school years and I for one am excited to see how much we can learn!

In the mean time, you all can enjoy a little of what I learned along the way. There is now a timeline widget here on my blog. Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I got brave today!

And signed up for Facebook! I don't know if I will keep it or not. It just doesn't seem secure enough to me. But will give it a try. I do know some of you that are on it. Problem is I've had the account for an hour and already have a request from a total stranger. OK, so I don't mind making new friends, but it does seem a little odd that total strangers want to connect when they know nothing about me.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Look what my boys are doing!

I'm so very proud of them both. With just a little help they are both knitting away! DS#1 is especially excited and seems to have taken to the project with gusto! DD is having a bit more difficulty making a crochet chain, but she isn't even 4 yet! Practice, Practice! (And just a little help from Mom!)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's been a whirlwind week and yet slow as can be. We have visited libraries and attempted to see a lunar eclipse. The boys have worked hard and finished their reader. I'm confident that they could easily test at a second grade level at this time. DD is working slowly and only does her lessons when she wants to, but is absorbing more than she realizes by playing while the boys and I work. She pops up with recognized words at the oddest moments. All in all, the year ended quietly and well.

There were a couple of conversations though that really should be recorded:
DS#1 to DH: "Daddy, how long are you dead?"
DH: "Permanently"
DS#1: (small pause) "That's a long time!"

While watching New Year's Fireworks
DD: "Mommy, are those fairies?"
Me: "Well, they might just be!"
DD: "If I could go over there, the fairies could teach me to fly without wings."
(Isn't that a lovely dream!)