Friday, December 25, 2009
Evan is your typical youngest of five, spoiled!!! At three years old, he thinks the world revolves around him!!! He is a very sweet boy who still loves to snuggle with mommy and wrap his arms around my neck. I hope that last for awhile. He does have a temper as do all the kids (that is from me) and he doesn’t like it when he doesn’t get what he wants. He has been known to show himself in the most inappropriate places!! We are working on that, I have to help the older kids remember that just because Evan wants something doesn’t mean he should get it!!!
He started preschool at Kenwood Heights this fall, he is our fourth kid to go there, we love it. We are the “old” parents too by the way. Surprisingly he goes without crying, Caroline and Jack had so much trouble going to preschool, but Evan goes without any fuss. I look forward to seeing how his personality develops, so far is very different then the other ones.
He is a great kid and has defiantly completed our family. It is really funny how God knows just how to make things perfect. That is what our family is PERFECT.
A few words to describe Evan:
About to be FOUR
Good for the ego, mine.
Innocent, yeah right
Jack’s “bef friend”
OCD, aren’t they all
Sponge Bob loven’
Under the table
Wants to learn
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
One thing I have realized about Caroline just in the last few months is she is the female version of Steve. She is very attached to Steve and me to the point she had to come home from Homeschool Church camp early even though Steve was there. Since she wasn’t with him 24/7 she was too upset to stay! That was hard, but not unexpected.
Caroline like Sam is dancing, this is her 6th year, I think of the two Caroline likes it the best. She does have a little trouble with direction, but that goes back to the disorder.
She is the helper of the family; she loves to help out. Sometimes she will start cleaning anything she thinks needs to be cleaned (that comes from Steve too). We are looking forward to reading lots of Chapter books come the spring.
A few words to describe Caroline
Baptized this year!!!!
Joined at the hip
Learning lots of new things
Reading a lot better
Yearning for as much attention from Daddy as possible
Monday, December 21, 2009
I thank God daily for blessing me with five children and I try to thank Him for one quality He has blessed or cursed the kids with. When your family seems to be put together divinely that because God is in control. Tyler is a great “oldest of five.” He is a very responsible son who wants to please his parents and God. Could I ask for more????
Brotherly (doesn’t have a choice)
Dependable most of the time
Energetic all the time
Faithful to our Heavenly Father
Helpful even if he doesn’t want to be
Just plain sweet
Kind to others
Manly, he is working on that.
Quiet just like his dad
Victorious in Christ
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We started yesterday at 5:00 am and I got home around 9:30 pm. That wasn't the longest day one year I was home after Midnight. We started going to a movie a few years ago, last year we saw "Four Christmases" and this year they did a movie again, but my sister and I didn't go. They went to the 4 o'clock show and I had to much shopping to do.
I did get alot done, but nowhere near what I wanted. Trying not to go overboard on the kids, but that is very hard.
We had matching t-shirts this year (Mom, my sis, aunt, cousin, and I). They said Black Friday Team--Official Bargin Hunter; my mom's said, Offical Cart Guard. They were surely a topic of conversation. I became a little self-conscious about my chest with everyone staring at it.
All in all it was as fun as always!!! Will say "I can wait till next year."
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Last night was our Fall Dinner and Display and it went off without a hitch. I think all the families were there except two. That is a great turn out. At a Dinner and display we have tables that teachers decorate, they all looked great! On the tables they put all the things that their classes did the whole semester. Wow, did our kids learn some great things. It is a blessing to have other moms and dads (yes we have two dads that come every week and help teach our children) come beside you and help educate your children.
We also have dinner and that was Chili, everyone brought their own chili, I didn't realize there were so many different kinds of chili. I only tasted one other than my own and it was Black Bean Chili, yummy!!!!
After dinner we had a short presentation where some of the classes presented something. We had a drama by only four students, was suppose to be five but one was out sick, and it was great. They did such a great job. We had two students do presentations from their Communicators for Christ class, one was my daughter Samantha. She did such a good job, as did the other student Steven Lee. We then had lots of songs sung, the end of the day music class lead by Mrs. Askew was great!!! We had some preschooler, Evan was in those, sing about good manners, ABC's, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Being in the Lord's Army. What a successful evening.
I am so thankful that the Lord "forced" me to start going to a co-op!!! I have seen all of the kids blossom this last year and I really believe that it is from getting to spend time with their friends. Tyler happens to be the oldest student at our co-op, a fact his is very proud of even though he had nothing to do with it. LOL I get complements weekly on what a great kid he is. Samantha actually has had the best school year, I see that the interaction she is getting from co-op spills over into her school here at home. She is willing to work much harder here. Caroline has really struggled with school the last couple of years, we are getting ready to start intense tutoring at the Langsford Learning Center which should help her and me. We are working on getting her to be more outgoing and talkative, but let's face it she is just like her father. This could be a life time of work. Jack what can I say he just wants to hang out with who ever will hang out with him. He loves co-op for no particular reason. Evan did not like co-op at all when we started last fall, he didn't like being away from me. But this year as a preschooler he has done great. He loves co-op and loves going. He has learned so many new things.
But, I think I have loved it most of all. I too have made many new friends, I didn't realize how much I needed to be around other moms doing the same things I was until I started co-op. This has been a hard year, I have spent countless hours working on "co-op stuff." I believe that now that we have gotten through the first session with new leadership it will be much easier from here.
If you have ever considered homeschooling a few things you have to remember are:
1. You are not in this alone, there is great community out there to help support you.
2. It is the best experience, yes some days I wish they were getting on a school bus. I not only get to watch them grow, but I get to watch them learn and teach them all the things I believe that should know.
3. Homeschooling is fun!!!
4. "A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher." Luke 6:40
I thank God and Steve everyday for the blessing of homeschooling!!!! Do you want to join me in this wonderful journey? If so, "come on down" we are waiting for you.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
They did lots of fun stuff: hay ride, corn maze, feed cows and goats, got to pick a pumpkin, shucked corn, and feed chickens. He wanted no part of the cows or goats, can't say as I blame him!!! He did love the chickens, he really wanted to hold one. When it was time to go Evan wasn't very happy. He started one of his screaming attacks, "I want an egg!!!" Well, the farmer told him to go in, hen house, and get you an egg. So Evan got to come home with a farm fresh egg.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It was lots of fun and it free to go look around on your own http://www.louisvillenaturecenter.org/
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We went to Dollywood on Friday along with lots of Senior Citizens.
It took Jack FOREVER to pick his pumpkin!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The older three weren't to interested in going, but it was good for them. We stayed about an hour, we had to get home and finish school so we could meet friend @ the park after lunch.
The girls on the pyramid, happy.
Jack kept the "little" kids entertained with his car.
What can I say? "Mr. Adorable"
Evan will have a field trip almost every month, this month is to Slow Poke Farm in Shepherdsville. Daddy is going on that one, they get to ride the bus!!!!! Pictures to come, if Daddy take some.
I found a free Johnny Appleseed lapbook on Homeschool Share http://www.homeschoolshare.com/johnny_appleseed.php
They got to take five different varities of apple, tasted each one them picked out their favorite. That was a rather expensive experiment, five apples with only three or four bits out of them went into the trash. We are going to make homemade applesauce next week after we buy our favorite apples from Huber's.
Nothing better then a little history and cooking lesson to go together!!!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
We have been having school for about three weeks and it is going really well. Monday was our first day at co-op for this session. I felt a little stressed out. Teaching usually stresses me out, but being the Director is my stress point now, teaching is actually relaxing. I think the kids are all going to enjoy their classes!!!
Audrey Bolin, a 16 yr. old homeschool student, has studied forestry for 7 years with a focus on entomology for the past two. A week this summer she attended the Forestry and Entomology leadership program through UK. She loves sharing what she had learned these past few years with others... posted on HFHG yahoo group.
We then wondered around and "looked" for bugs. No one wanted to pick up a rock or anything so all they did was chase butterflies. We ended up coming home with four and they are now in my freezer (they are in ziplock bags). Why, You ask? That helps preserve them better. Now we can pin them to a board and I can use them to teach insects at co-op next session. That was Jack's idea. Really neat.
I sure am enjoying this school year so far!!!! It is nice to do different things, instead of sitting at home all the time. Jack was excited that the Creation Club was all he had to do for school today!!! What an awesome treat.