Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Toby

Today Toby turned 12! He is my sweet, lovin boy. He wanted fried chicken, mashed potatoes, texas toast and grahm cracker cake for his birthday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Never thought " Daughters" would be in my vocabulary

It's a Girl! Mark and I just got back from our 20 week ultrasound. We were able to get some really great pictures of the baby. A technician did the first series of looking and then the doctor came in to take a peek. He assured us that all was well and that baby Girl Davis is healthy and right on target. I have to admit that I breathed a sigh of relief.

The funny part of the ultrasound was when the doctor got a shot of the baby holding up her index finger as if to say, " I am number one!". The doctor knowing she is going to be the youngest of seven the said, ". I believe this little girl already knows her place in the family and it's not number 7". He then took a picture and gave it to us.

We are so thankful that baby girl Davis is healthy and right on track. We know that can change in an instant and so we continue to ask for your prayers that she would continue to develop and that this pregnancy would go full term.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

whats in your library

I don't know of many home schooler's who don't love books. I am not one to feel like making multiple trips to the library so that means I have to have a collection of books at home. With a growing family but limited space I have learned that I have to be choosy about what I keep in the house. No room for twaddle as Charlotte Mason would say. Hubby is a pastor and loves to collect books. He has a book case at the church office full of books and then there are the ones that he has at home that have not maCheck Spellingde it to the office! I store all of my books on a few book shelves in the craft room that hubby and I share. Here is some of what I collect:

Sewing, crafting, parenting, decorating, homeschooling, historical fiction, gardening, cookbooks and spiritual. I also have a collection of audios and DVD's that pertain to the above categories.

For the children I mostly collect classical literature. I also have a collection of children's audio books, DVD's, drawing books, and art books. Poetry and nature books are also a must. I even have a set of encyclopedias, but not sure for how much longer I will keep them since they are getting old. Picture books are kept to a minimum and only the ones that are classics and have great illustrations. A bi-monthly trip to the library keeps us happy with a nice selection of picture books for my youngest.

I have collected over the years alphabet books but not just any alphabet books but ones that are unique. Today I picked up one at Borders that centered around the Von Trapp family! Not only is the content wonderful but the illustrations are beautiful.

I also have a small collection of Tasha Tudor books and Landmark books. Of course we have lots of educational books that we use when we need to look up certain information but for the most part google is our best friend to save on space.

Last but not least is our collection of bibles. We have a lot! I can't resist purchasing a bible when I see it at a good price. We also have our share of bible commentaries and studies.

I am in the process of finding a bible on CD that I think I will enjoy for those days when I am busy in the kitchen.

I am sure I haven't listed everything but this is the bulk of what we collect in order to have books at home and save trips to the libray. I also collect a few magazines but recently have decided to only renew two of the 4 that I subscribe to.

So... what do you collect?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Some thoughts

I have been MIA with the blog for some time. Mostly because I still have not figured out how to down load pictures to my I- pad. I really need to take a trip to the apple store but just have not had time form that.

As winter lingers my patience seems to running thin. I am trying hard to keep the kids on course but it is hard when we are all tired of the same old same old.

Here are some things I have been working on:

1. Sticking to our home school schedule. This includes the grading and assessing of skills that need improvement.
2. De- cluttering the school room. Getting together all the things I will sell at the curriculum fair and purchasing and researching curriculum for next year.
3. Trying to sew myself a maternity dress. A work that has been slow in progress!
4. Planning out the summer. As the calendar starts to fill up I have to decide what we should be doing vs. what we would like to do.
5. fixing the home pc so that I can blog with pictures again!
6. Plan some improvement projects- shelves for the school room. Paint for the master bedroom and hallway upstairs. New doors for upstairs or at least paint the old ones and lastly do something about the master bath that has needed a total gut since we moved into the parsonage.

Lastly, I am working on a notebook To keep all my lists, goals, calendar etc.... More on that later.

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