Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wow....another day gone by

Here Katrina is making her Italian dish for History Class. She made Biscotti's.

Dylan's party was a huge success. Every one had fun golfing and feeding the alligators!! Baby gators of course!!

All of the boys invited to his party. Of course, Katrina is in the picture!!

The Practice green.

One of the holes!!

Feeding one of the gators.

The Ice Cream Cake.

Blowing out the candles.

Gift time!! He asked for gift cards. With his birthday so close to Christmas it is so much easier to have gift cards. He is so good about waiting till after Christmas for the great sales!!! He gets more for his buck!!

The gang.

Tomorrow is his actual birthday. He was born in the ice storm of Northern New York!! We were lucky we made it to the hospital!! Of course, once he was 3 weeks old we lost the power for a week and had to stay at the in-laws. It was tough with a new baby and not being at home, but it was so much better than a shelter!!! I can't believe my baby is going to be in the double digits!!!! Time sure does go by quickly!!
School is rufffffffffffff right now. Katrina and Dylan are on each others nerves. Mine are very frazzled. We are ALL READY FOR A BREAK!!! But we need to finish up are semester!!!

Here Dylan is measuring in inches the planets. I thought it was a cute thing to do.
We have another busy night planned. I have to help teach Religious Education, Dylan has scouts and is getting ready to receive his Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem. I believe the Parish Priest is coming to talk to them about it and he'll receive it at Mass next year.
Katrina is suppose to go to Youth group, but I am unsure if she work isn't completed.
Better go and get supper going.
Love ya all

Friday, December 07, 2007


I found a website that I have been using for a couple of months.
It gives you a character trait to work on for the whole month. I choose which character trait I need to work on with both my kids!!
They have different traits like, responsibility, honesty, gratitude, generosity, courage, knowledge, caring, fairness, patriotism and respect.
These are things my children need to be working on. They have two different levels, elementary (which I use with Dylan) and High School (for Katrina).
They give you a list of books to read, quotes for each day. I will try to post them daily, but I am sure I will forget!!
Some of the quotes hit home!! I purchased to small dry erase boards at Lakeshore for each one of them.
I then write a quote on the board, and we discuss it.
Katrina will read her quotes and come in to me and tell me "I hate you!" because they are describing her to a capital T!!
"The best prepartation for tomorrow's work is to do your work as well as you can today." Elbert Hubbard

"Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life." Unknown

For Dylan:
"Let deeds match words." Plato
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin

They have been fun, and I hope that they are learning from them!!

It is FINALLY getting a bit cooler here. I can actually wear jeans once in a while.

Mom has finished her radiation. She has a couple weeks off and will start chemo on Dec. 26th.
We are going to spend Christmas with them this year. Kids are kinda sad about not being at home, but understand why I want to go to their home.

We are celebrating Dylan's 10th birthday tomorrow (not true date) by having 6 friends come over, we will go play 18 holes of miniature golf, back for pizza, cake and presents.
I am leaving now to buy his cake, soda, chips etc!!
Have a wonderful day and weekend.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Christmas Time

Here the kids are putting their first ornament on the tree.
I don't have a picture of complete tree because I still have to
buy the tinsel!!!
I am trying very hard to make this holiday more about
our Lord, but the devil sure is making it hard.
I am trying to do our Advent Wreath and readings before
bedtime. (Last year morning didn't work)
Last night, they were horrible to each other and me while
trying to read!!!
They just CAN NOT GET ALONG!!!!
I know alot of it is my fault, I dreamed of a great time homeschooling, us
all getting along and doing fun things together. NOT!!
Oh well, I am sure I will get through this!!

We had fun at the park last week. Yesterday we went to the
Orlando Rep Theatre and saw "A Wonderful Life"
It was wonderful, though I think Dylan was a bit bored.

Today we are going bowling. So I must go get ready.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!!


Friday, November 30, 2007

Check out what I have read

I don't have to time to mess with blogging and learn how these AWESOME bloggers get pictures of their books and put them in the sidebar!!

I just finished Twilight and loved it!! I am so upset that I am 38th in line for the next book "the New Moon" I didn't want it to end!!!!! I may just have to cut the grocery list and go buy it myself!!

I added just a few of the books I have read recently to the side bar under favorite authors.
I love to read and never have enough time.

Trina and I are reading "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. She is a very reluctant reader, so that is one reason I reread with her. To get her excited about it. Of course I love to read anyways and love the books I try to get her to read.

We are off to the park and am trying to beat the rain.
Till later,
Laugh, love and hug each other!!
Love ya

Thursday, November 29, 2007

No time

Hi everyone,
I just haven't found the time to blog. Not much happening to blog about anyways.
School is going okay, we have a good day, then a bad day, etc.
Today is a bad day. I overslept and have felt horrible all day. Just no energy, low grade headache that won't go away. Just plain yucky :(

So because of me....not much is getting done. We are trying, but with the fights and yelling I am ready to give up!!!

I hope your day is going better than mine!! :)

Hoping to have a better day tomorrow!!!
Till then,
Grumpy Bunny

Monday, November 26, 2007

Spelling Lists

This is a great website for spelling lists. While I am not using it yet, I am going to as soon as I am done with the curriculum that I am using.

It goes by grades and looks good.

Our spelling is improving so much!!!

Here is what we are doing:

Each day he has a worksheet that came with the curriculum. So he does one each day.

Day 1

I go over the spelling hints with him. Then give him a pretest.

Then he writes the words on his spelling paper. He decorates it with stickers and uses this list all week long.

I then make a fun sheet with the alphabet on it and he must put the words into ABC order.

Do worksheet.

Day 2

I pick 5 words and we concentrate on these. Dylan has trouble with the vowels and phonics of words. I give him the vowel tiles and then I hand him the consonants tiles and have him spell the word. We then split the word into syllables.

He also makes up a wordfind with his words. He also has to write the words again so I know what words to find!

I make him a word find and he finds the words.

Do worksheet.

Day 3

We study the next 5 words. We again do the tiles for the 5 new words, and the 5 words we practiced yesterday.

Do worksheet.

Day 4

We study the next 5 words. Today we go over all 15 words. We play a spelling game. He uses the dictionary for my spelling words. (He sometimes doesn't pronounce them correctly and I spell the "wrong" word.)

Do worksheet.

Day 5

Spelling test with a bonus word usually from History.

He has been getting 100's!!! It sure does work.

I am going to try to upload some photos.

If anyone wants a copy of this stuff, send me your email and I will email them to you.

Of course, I ask him the words everyday. While in public, at home, on our walk. He gets mad at me for asking in public, but tough luck!!!

I also have a binder that has 3 sections: Rules, Trouble Words, and All about Words.

I have him write the rules down ex: short o is spelled with o dog, log,

long 0 an be spelled

o oa ow

ago coat low

Under trouble words, we write the words that he misses on his final spelling tests.

We go over the words once a week. I try for daily, but it never happens.

Under all about words, he writes about the grammar part of a adjective describes a noun.

Root words are.....etc.

I hope this can help someone else out.

New Look

My daughter is the one who told me about this great new look.
go to my space layouts. Click on the one you want.
Make sure you add html to your template and you get a new look.
I just don't like that I can't enlarge the text font size. I hate small fonts. It's cause I'm so old!!!
Have a great day!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Virtual School

I have had many people ask me about the Virtual School my daughter does.
If you live in Florida, the one we use is free. I don't know what it costs for out of state, but here is the website

You might try to google your state and Virtual School.

My daughter is a struggle with school work. I like the courses, she doesn't like the work load. I know that it is much more simpler than public school. I like that you are in contact with the teacher, and they are VERY helpful. I like being able to check her work, and work with her.
She hated Algebra on line, it was very hard to type up the equations and we spent more time looking for the keys to use than it took to do the work.
You do follow a pace and must do so many assignments per week. It works for us, but not for some.
I hope this helps everyone out!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are enjoying our time with Mom and Dad. Mom is doing well and is very upbeat. My aunt put on a wonderful dinner and we are all tired and full.
School has been doing okay. I had to push Katrina, but she is almost finished with her 1st semester in Earth Space Science online course. She has one more assignment and then she is going to take the month of December off. She will start it up again January 7th. Her teacher is thrilled with her work.
We took most of the week off, just did little odds and ends.
I think Dave and I are going to brave doing some shopping tomorrow without the children. I need to Christmas shop with out them around!!!
I hope the holidays are wonderful for you all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Great Children's Online Dictionary

Today's Word with Joel and Victoria Osteen

You can sign up and get messages directly to your email. I find them greatly uplifting!!

I see they are coming to Orlando.....I might have to have my son miss Religious Education and have the family go. It does kinda bug me that I have to pay for the kids!!! Oh well, when money is tight you tend to be "cheap"!!! LOL!!!!


Fellow Bloggers

I want to know when you find the time to blog. I must be horrible at managing my time...because I have no time to blog!! Oh no, wait a minute, what's that I hear????
Oh it's my kids fighting, calling me, bugging the dog, not doing their school work, the phone is ringing, the wash is done, the dishwasher must be loaded, bed sheets changed, I must look up the Milky Way, Dylan needs the computer to do his Math Blaster Mastering the Basics, must print out SOTW test, must see if the library has all the books for the next two lessons in SOTW, Trina get doing your school work, Patches need to go out and do her business, what now!!! It's lunch time!!!
I swear that my kids are way tooooooooo needy!!! They need me for everything and even though I am trying to get them to be more independent...IT"S NOT WORKING!!!!

I hope everyone is doing fine.
I will try to blog more later.
P.S. Sign up for Scholastics letters from History which are from the Mayflower and the Tribe. They are great and the website to visit is good also.

Enjoy your fall's warm again in Florida. RATS!!!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Calling my fellow blogger "Daisy"

Daisy, Daisy, Daisy,
I can't get to your blog!! It has this message:

Page Not FoundThe requested URL was not found on this server. Please visit the Blogger homepage or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance.

How can I find you again????

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Discovery Landing

Yesterday when were eating lunch and we heard a huge "BOOM". I still jump everytime I hear it and think the worst. But yesterday, I knew it was the shuttle landing.
We have a friend who works at the NASA and he gets the most amazing photos.
Here are some awesome photos.

Where does time fly to?

Here is a picture of the pumpkin Dylan and his Dad carved. I thought it came out great. The only problem with living in Florida, the very next day the pumpkin had a ton of mold in it. YUCK!!!!!

Here Dylan is learning about fractions. We took a bag of M & M's and a worksheet that showed him how to make a fraction. He, of course, had fun with this!!

Here is my sweet, sweet daughter doing her work on her computer. She still hates History, but is doing her time!

I have tried to start teaching about artist, composers, etc. While I am not very good at it yet, I found some books I had on Vincent Van Gogh. I had a worksheet that had the artist do a picture like Van Gogh. First, you color with bright colors on a heavy piece of white cardstock. Then you take India Ink and cover the whole picture. Finally you take a sharp object, (they suggested a penny..didn't work) and scrap out a picture. I think Dylan did a great job!! Then I found some great notebook pages to go with artist and A&E had a show on Van Gogh!! I love it when it all falls into place. So tomorrow we will watch the show and fill out the notebook pages!!

Fridays is our lazy school day. It's always test day, then fun things. Here is Florida Wednesday is a half day for most kids, but we prefer Friday to take it easy.

I am going to try to finish up our little mini unit on Florida. I was "planning" to do a state a week, but it never goes as planned!! I purchase from Highlights the "Which Way" books. Dylan loves puzzles and is enjoying it. I then bought the state notebook pages from "Homeschool EStore" and we are using some of the sheets. I also downloaded from the US Mint, the booklets on each state. He colors the state quarter, and we do the fun activities with the booklet. I try to give him coloring pages to do when I have to help Trina. This way it is all in a folder for him, and he can color what he wants and it's okay not to finish it!! It seems to be working. (Knock on wood.)

I am also doing a Character Counts with the kids. Here is the web address:

I downloaded the quotes and have dry erase boards for each of the kids. We have a theme for a month. I put up a new quote (almost) every day. It is so funny how the quotes fit my children perfectly!!! They have a quote for Elementary School and High School. You can download a list of books that go with each theme. We read the books and discuss how it goes with the theme. I love it and feel it helps them also!! This month we have chosen "Responsibility". Today's quote for Katrina is " Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life." Unknown Dylan's quote is "There's only one way you can fail and that's to quit." Brian Hayes Dave even comes home from work and reads them!! Katrina, of course, will always say that she hates me. That's because it is describing her!!!!

Weather is finally cooler. I even put on the heat. Only because Katrina wouldn't leave me alone about it being so "cold". Me....I would prefer to just put on a sweatshirt and not have the heat on. But my kids are wimpy, wimpy, wimpy!!!

Mom starts her whole head radiation today. She is hanging in there tough!! She has whole head radiation for 4 weeks 5 days a week. They did tell her she would lose her hair, but she hasn't lost any throught this whole thing, I don't think she will!!

I just finished reading:

I loved the book. I am now adding her to my favorite author list.

Well, I must go and get the kids up.

Have a wonderful day.

Love ya and God Bless,


Monday, October 29, 2007

So much to say and so little time

Thank you everyone for your wonderful prayers.

I am home for a while. Mom's procedure went okay. She has to start whole brain radiation as a precautionary measure. She will start around November 6th and have to go 5 days a week. While doing radiation, she can't have any chemotherapy. She has her pet scan tomorrow. This will tell if the cancer in her lung has grown and if it has gone anywhere else.

Her mouth is still drooping, drooling and talking weird. They told her it may never get better and it might go away completely. I know that it depresses her alot. I try to keep her upbeat. I will probably go up every other week to give Dad a break. But I will have to be home for Kat's acting classes on Friday!! Busy, busy, busy!!

I am going to attempt to add some photos in the order I want. HAHAHAHA. It never works that way for me!! won't even let me do it. I will try again tomorrow.

I never did get to post my reading list!! But I have been busy reading.

I finally finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Sure I can post pictures from the web, but not my own!!!

I also just finished "Courting Trouble" by Deeane Gist
Loved it!!!

I am now reading "The Marriage Game" by Fern Michaels

I love Fern Michael's books.

They are a great funny lighthearted romance books.

I love to read everything.

My most favourites authors are:
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Jude Deveroux (she even answered my letter personally!!)
Diane Gabaldon

I have a few others that I read. But these are my top notch writers!!!

I must go and put my kiddos to bed and enjoy a nice cold leisure beer.

Love ya all and thanks for listening to me.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I am still alive!!

Life is so busy...I don't even have time to be on the computer. I try to read everyone's blogs, but no time lately.

Update on Mom, she is going to Jacksonville on Thursday to have the cyberknife procedure done on her lung cancer in the brain. I am going up tomorrow to be with them. Dave is able to take time off from work to be home with the kids and dog. (Another story for later.)

The procedure should take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I am going to be there with Dad for support. And of course to help out after. She has been having a very tough time with it all lately. The poor girl calls me crying quite a bit. Glad for those free minutes!!! I am also glad that I am able to listen to her and try to cheer her up.

School has been tough. Trina always blames everyone but herself for her work not being complete. I was very "lenient" and let her go to Derby on Saturday. She wasn't suppose to go because her weeks work was not complete. She does her core subjects on line, so she must keep on pace!! (Which I love.) Monday she did nothing but complain, headache, tired etc. Hmm...wonder why I hate derby!!! I made her redo 2 assignments in History and had to listen to the complaining!!

On the other hand...

Dylan is doing awesome!!! I am so proud of us both....he use to get 40% on spelling tests and since I read Dr. Mel Levine's books...he gets 110% (we do bonus words)!!! Yahoo!!!! His tips really work!!!

Today for writing...he started a report on the Space Shuttle Discovery Launch. It fit perfectly into the writing topic!!!

I must go and eat. I will try to blog some more later.
Love ya all!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Daily Focus from Alpha Omega

First I want to thank all 4 of my blogging friends for their support and hugs. It meant so much to me....(I even cried)... Thanks for listening to me, it helps sometimes just to write and then when I got the wonderful replies it made it better to deal with. I still can't talk on the phone without "losing" it!!

I get this newsletter from Alpha Omega, and some days it seems to fit me to the letter T.
Not only in my homeschooling life, but my everyday busy part of life. It really "perks" my feelings. Now if they would only do one so I wouldn't want to drink beer!!! (I know you don't "know" me, but I LOVE my beer. I am trying not to LOVE it so much. It is hard.

I will write more of what is going on soon. I am so tired, and trying to get back to schooling daily, and clean my house among other things!!!
I miss reading all my blogging friends and will try hard to catch up this week.

The Dark Side of HomeschoolingTuesday / October 16, 2007

"The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness." (Psalm 18:28b) Who do you trust with your secret homeschooling anxieties? With an antagonistic public already waiting to pounce on your educational or parental failures, many homeschooling parents are reluctant to talk about their frustrations. Even within the homeschooling community, homeschoolers struggle alone in silence as they listen to other parents expound on their wonderful homeschooling activities and successes. Although spouses, homeschooling coops, and Websites offer some helpful advice and encouragement, most homeschooling parents long to talk to a soul mate - someone who truly understands the dark, ugly emotions of resentment and selfishness that can surface when homeschooling.No one wants to be negative, but the pressures of everyday life can put out the Lord's light in any homeschooling parent. The Apostle Paul understood his capability for evil and sin when he cried out, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do" (Romans 7:18-19). Praise God, when Satan tempts us to be our worst, God is waiting to help us be our best. He gives us the power we need to say "No" to our selfish desires. He understands our homeschooling hurts and need for understanding (Hebrews 4:15). Most of all, in His warm embrace, we find the truest friend who is ready to listen and light our way through the dark times.If you sense the darkness growing inside your heart, don't sit in your silent pain any longer. Chase the shadows away and cry out to the One who cares about your every need. Let Him gently guide and lift you up with His forgiving love. "I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." (Psalm 40:1-2)

Lord, I cry out to You today. I feel so bogged down in these emotions that are trying to lead me to despair. Help me find my way and remind me of the homeschooling blessings that You have given. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Hugs to you all

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Never a dull moment

Life is so terribly busy. I have tried to sit down and write my book list, but life gets in the way.
I am up helping my mom out this week and life took a turn for the worse.
For those who are new to my blog, my mom has lung cancer. I visit her every couple of weeks to clean her house and take her to her chemo treatments.
While visiting this week, I noticed that she talked a bit funny. She thought I meant her voice. We asked the cancer doctor about it, and thought it was a sinus infection.
I kept on noticing her talking differently. My hubby came up and said that she was talking out of only one side of her mouth!!
She started having facial spasms. She had 8 just this morning, so we took her to the
emergency room. After a 4 hour wait, and many tests, we find out that she has a tumor on her brain.
Needless to say, I am staying longer to try and help her and my dad.
I will keep you all updated and Please keep her in your prayers.
Love one another, our time here on earth goes way to quickly.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fall into Reading 2007

Let's all have some fun doing this!! I love reading everyone's reading list, it gives me
more ideas on what I can read.
I love to read, and will stay up all night reading!!

I am working on my list and will post it soon.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Doctor said that Katrina should stop using the crutches and only use the brace when in public and at bed!!!! I am so excited!!!!! She says that she has forgotten how to walk. The complaining hasn't gone away yet, but hopefully she will "remember" how to walk soon.

I am trying to get us up earlier and lessons done early, but it just never seems to happen. I am slow moving in the morning, which doesn't help.

Dylan learned about triangles today.

Here he is with his Equilateral, Isosceles, and Scalene triangles made with graph paper.

We read the book "The Greedy Triangle" by Marilyn Burns and this picture is where the Greedy Triangle liked it the best. Can you find him???

I really like how we can have fun learning like this, but sometimes it is hard. Especially when Katrina wants my attention also!!
So today I tried hard. Dylan is using Scott Foresman Reading grade 3, and his story to read this week was in the form of a play. I asked Trina to be the girl part. We had fun reading the play. We laughed alot because it was Dylan's first time reading a play and he would read the name of the character and all the directions with his lines. We had fun with it.

Then tonight we took Dylan's multiplication by 2's and did them over and over. I also had him spell his first 5 words from his spelling list over and over. I am going to try to do this all day and in the evening hours also. Some nights it won't work with Religious Education and Scouts, but I can try!!!

I still plan too much and never seem to get to it all. I have had a cool art lesson planned for about a month now, just no time to do it!!!

Oh well.....must go and get the kiddo's to bed.


Monday, September 24, 2007



Trina went and saw this play on Friday. I thought it would be way over Dylan's head, so we sat in the lobby. We were able to watch the play on a TV, and we laughed quite a bit. I am sad :(
that we didn't go.

Today, we didn't get much done. I was feeling a bit under the weather. Tomorrow is Doctors appt for Trina's leg.....please pray that she can walk on it without the crutches. I am sick of her using "broken leg" as an excuse for getting nothing done.

She starts her Life Management Course on line next month. The teacher told us she must
become CPR certified to take the class. So now I have to find somewhere close by, since I hate to drive to do this. I figure I might as well take the class also. It's been over 18 years since I took a course!!!

Gonna go clean up supper dishes and relax.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Luv ya,

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Quiz for People Who Know Everything

These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or

the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons.

All other vegetables must be replanted every year.

What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear

is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way.

How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common

words. Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English Grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in

any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "S."

Okay are you finished thinking????
I want to post a cute thinking picture, but can not get blogger to cooperate with where I want to put it!!
I am leaving spaces so don't cheat!!

1. Boxing

2. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Asparagus and Rhubarb

4. Strawberry

5. It grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire gowing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

7. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation makrs, brackets, parenthesis, braces and ellipses.

8. Lettuce

9. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Hope you all enjoyed it!!


A BOring School Day

Well here it is Tuesday evening and we didn't do anything fun at school yet.
Dylan did have his first guitar lesson yesterday. He loves it and can't wait
to go again next week.
I am just plugging away at getting organized with our school stuff and trying
to get rid of what we don't need!! Just doesn't seem like enough time in the day
to get everything accomplished.
Weather was a little bit cooler today....can't wait to go out and not sweat!!!
NOt much else is new....sorry it's so boring here this week!!!
God Bless,

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Katrina's Science Experiment

Here Katrina is measuring the water to put the hot can into.
She is learning about air pressure.

Here is the can with about a centimeter of water in it, being
heated on the stove burner. Once the steam came out in a steady stream,
she used tongs and inverted the can into the pan of water.
Then the can made a loud POP and was dented in!!
It was really fun to do. She said she didn't understand it, so we did the experiment that used a candle, jar, colored water. I forgot to take pictures of that one. For those who want to try it at home, you take a shallow dish and add about an inch of water, add a few drops of food coloring to it. Put a candle in the middle of the water and light it. Put a glass jar over the candle and watch it go out and the water goes up inside the jar.
Because of the air pressure being greater outside than inside, the water goes in the jar.

Finally a picture of her cast. We go back to the doctors on the 25th to see if she can start walking without the crutches. He said that it was healing very nicely.

We had a truly great week of homeschooling and hoping that it will continue.
Dylan starts his guitar lessons tomorrow and is very excieted about it.

I must go and read to them and hopefully get them asleep before 11!!!!
God Bless you all!!
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Math and Science Fun

Here is Dylan learning how to divide. I had him make a snack mix.
I would put 56 goldfish in a bowl and tell him to divide it by 8 bowls. How many goldfish in each bowl? He did use his multiplication chart, but loved doing it!!! We used goldfish, cashews, M & M's, peanut M & M's, little marshmallows, Cheeze -its, Teddy Grahams, and sprinkled sunflower seeds on top.

Here Dylan is with our homemade Barometer.
Katrina is learning about air pressure and Dylan
wants to be included also!!

I am try to post more pictures, but haven't learned how to use blogger yet!!! LOL!!!!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Well, it's September 12th and I can't believe how I never have time to blog anymore.

Just a quick recap.....still homeschooling. Dylan is in 4th grade and Trina is in HIGH SCHOOL 9th grade.

Akron was horrible, Katrina was very ill on race day and she still managed to place 9th in the World Championships!!! Dave is having a hard time with it all, because she had the fastest times and the fastest lanes for the next 2 races and would of won it all. He is so heartbroken.

Katrina and Dylan bought skateboards. Katrina used it twice and on her 2nd try, she fell off and broke her leg. That took us two weeks to find out and how I dislike doctors and the way they do things here in Florida. And to boot, we just switched to this new doctor!!!! She has been in an air cast for 3 weeks with apply NO PRESSURE at all on it. (This has been driving me nuts!!!!) Orthopedic doctor told her on tuesday that she can start to put a "little" bit of pressure on it. NOt alot!! More next week and then we see him again on the 25th for more updates.

Mom's cancer is not spreading (Yahoo) and is she is doing okay. My aunt on my Dad's side has cancer also. She is not doing so well, lost her hair, is very sick from the chemo and is trying to keep her spirits up.

Me.....tired of life. But Jesus keeps giving me the strength to go on each day. The above picture is of me at Dave's Fantasy Football Picking Get together. Dave is not in the picture...he's the one taking it.

It's 10 and I must get my kids to bed.

Love to you all

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Free TV Giveaway

Another blogger is giving away a 37 inch flat panel lcd hdtv tv.
Click on the link and leave a comment.
Here's hoping one of us will win!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Akron Ohio

We are here in Akron Ohio!!! We are having fun getting ready for the World Championship!!!

Poor Dylan is sick with a cold. He and I stayed home tonight instead of going to the Areo's Baseball Game. We are ordering Room Service and trying to make him well!!

If you want to visit my photo album daily (I hope I can do it daily) here is the first link:

I know you are not Derby people, but we had to drop Katrina's King pin....we now have to do this because of cheaters and it is kinda a big deal. Dave did it and we are a okay for now.

Both their cars past inspections and they even got a VIP Ribbons!!! We are so special because of it.

I would post more photos tonight, except Dave has the camera!!! Tomorrow is another day.

We are staying at the Quaker Square Hotel and it is soo cool. All the rooms are round and the murals in the lobby are awesome. I will post some pictures tomorrow, but you can visit their link at:
Tomorrow we leave the Quaker and go to the Fairfield hotel. We stayed downtown the first couple of days because all the festivities are downtown. Plus I hate to get up early!!

Food is here, so I will write later!!

Love ya all,

Monday, July 09, 2007

World Championship

Well, it's official. Katrina and Dylan both qualified for the World Championship in Arkron Ohio. We leave on Friday for the week long festivities.
They are both extremely excited and can't wait to leave. In fact, Katrina wants to pack her suitcase last week!!!
We are busy getting ready. We have made most of their buttons for trading, but I forgot to count when I ordered them and was short 50 backs!! Emailed the seller, will send them, but not in time. So I ordered more from another seller.
Will try to post a picture of them.
Weather here is extremely hot and we are enjoying the pool.
Not much school work getting done. I do think I will have them do some state worksheets on our trip to Ohio.
Sorry I haven't blogged much!!
Hugs and kisses,

Friday, June 22, 2007

Time Flies

I can't believe how fast time does really fly by.
We have been home for two weeks and have been so busy with catching up on housework, laundry, getting the kids evaluation....everyday life.
Mom is doing okay, she has finished her treatments and gets two weeks off. She will go see her doctors on July 5th. Both my Dad and her are happy to be done with this part of her treatment. It really was hard driving to town everyday, waiting for the treatments, doctors etc.. One of her doctors told her that the tumor has shrunk. I am trying to find out how much it shrunk, but haven't received an answer yet.
My cousin Amie and her family were in a horrible accident. Luckily they are finally all at home and recovering. The middle child was hurt the worst, but from her pictures and blog, they sure are bouncing back quite nicely. (It sure doesn't look it from the pictures!!) I don't know how she doesn't cry everytime she looks at Cameron!!! You are still in our prayers, Amie.
Both my children passed their school evaulation with flying colors. I still don't think I do enough, but was told by the principal who does it that I am doing wonderfully. Still hard to believe!! LOL!!!!
We won't know if Katrina will qualify for Akron, OH for Soapbox Derby until tomorrow.
She is quite upset about the whole thing and has been making our lives miserable because of it. MMMMmmmmmmmm....wonder why I HATE Derby????
I have lots of other things to blog about....but no time.

I do want to say if anyone is studying the Holocaust that Elie Wiesel's Book "Night" is wonderful. Katrina did not read it, but I did and cried. It is more for the high school students, but should NOT BE PASSED UP!! I know that the Diary of Anne Frank is a must have also. I also read the book "Surviving Hilter" by Andrea Warren. I honestly must say that I read alot of books on the subject. I remember how I cried when I first read Anne Frank. I wanted to read more, but at that time in school we barely touched the surface with this subject. Now I read in the newspapers how some people believe that this never happened!! I am so upset about that!! I will never let my children forget the horrors these poor people went through. In fact, I read in one book that the American People had a chance to help them and didn't!!! The "excuse" was that America was going through the Depression.
This was under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's time and here I thought he was a great president!!! I wish I had written down all the details, but I don't remember EVER learning about that in school!!!

To a bit of a lighter side, Dylan and I just finished reading "Runt" by Marion Dane Bauer. It is a novel about wolves. It was very sad and happy. I cried and laughed and cried some more!! Some were even happy tears!! It is about a wolf family and how they deal with their lives. It really does make you ( least me) think about us humans are making life difficult for all animals. With the constant construction and building going on. Which is another reason, why I personally won't kill the wildlife around my home. I know the snakes aren't venomous and I leave them be.

Okay, okay, okay enough for today. I will try to post some new pictures soon.

Give everyone a hug and make sure you tell them that you love them. Life is very short. Enjoy one another!!


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hello I am back

I can't believe how much time has passed! I have been so very busy. I spent a week with my Mom & Dad. I took her to all her treatment appointments, helped her around her house, tried to keep up with the kids schoolwork, and take care of the dog. Needless to say when I got home, I was exhausted. Both physically and emotionally!!
It was hard to see my Mom in so much pain! She is just now starting to feel all the side effects from the radiation and chemo. She hasn't lost her hair yet. She had some broncospams, and took some Ceftin and had an allergic reaction. Dad had to call 911 and get the ambulance to take her to the hospital. Never a dull moment!!

Then the kids had the Local Soapbox Derby race. Trina came in 5th and Dylan came in 8th. Since they didn't win 1st place, if they go to the World Championship's in Akron, Ohio it will be on their points. Dylan is definetely going in his division on points. We have to wait and see is Trina makes it. Right now she is in 10th place and we only send 8 cars. We are hoping that two people ahead of her win their local and move her up. Trina's car recieved a VIP and she received a $10 gift card to Walmart. We ended up giving Dylan $10 because it was Dave's fault his car didn't make it. It was a great race day. Tiring for me!! You can check out photos on Tampa Bay's website. It is called the 2007 Central Florida Local.
I took over 500 photos and they were all blurry!! I was so upset.
Dave is going to get me a new camera for my birthday.

This link has the video that aired on Cartoon Network a couple of years ago. It is located in the second row, the one on the right. That is Katrina!!!

Trina's 14th b-day is Friday. She is having a few friends over for a sleepover. We are going to the opening of "Pirates of the Carribbean" and a pirate themed party. We got some really cool pirate things for everyone. I will post pictures!! I can't believe that my baby is going to be 14!! It seems like I just had her!!

The fires in Georgia have sent the smoke to us. Somedays it is really bad!! We don't even go outside on those days. Hurricane season is just around the corner. I need to start preparing for it. Getting water and canned foods on hand. I need to get gas for the generator. I can't believe the prices of gas. It's $3.03 a gallon here in Central Florida.

Dave went to NY to spend some time with his parents and go on a fishing trip. He caught the biggest fish in the group. He had a wonderful time and I am glad he was able to go without us!!

I guess that's all for now.
I miss all of you and haven't even had time to visit your blogs. I hope to do this soon!!

Love to you all.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Home Sweet Home

We are finally at our own home. It sure does feel nice to get back home. Dave was a busy guy while we were gone. He took out the kids old bathtub, and put in the new one. He also put up the new tub walls. Installed the adjusting shower head rod.
I am off to buy the rounded shower curtain rod.
Needless to say we aren't doing much school work today. I HAVE to pay bills!! Finally got some food yesterday. We had nothing to eat!!!
Mom is going to meet with the radiologist today. I don't have any more information yet. We did meet with the surgeon on Friday (before I came home). I thought it was positive information. He said that if the tumor shrinks, he may be able to perform surgery. Just not at this time. Also her cancer is at Stage IIIa and is NOT the fast growing cells!!! I left feeling very positive and hopefully it rubbed off on Mom and Dad. Then when we got to their home......OUR HOLY DIRT FROM CHIMAYO CAME!!
I rubbed it all over her chest and back and hopefully that will help it disappear like I read about it!!! POSITIVE THINKING!!
Once I get unpacked and caught up on housework, school work etc..........I will post more.
Love one another each day....give positive thoughts, smiles and hugs to everyone!!
Life is way too short!!
Enjoy and encourage~~

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hi...Sorry I haven't written

I am still at my Mom and Dad's. What a busy week!! I am getting my farm roots again!! Been busy Pooper Scooping the horse poo!! Brings back many memories!!!
We are still doing school work. It's hard with not everything here....but we are comprising.
Weather is back to being hot.
my show criminal minds is on...I will write later.
Much Love

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Out of sorts

Well....the reason I haven't been writing that we have received some bad news.
My Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. We still are unsure of what stage it is at and what type of cancer cells they are. She goes in for a needle biopsy on Tuesday. I will now more then.
I, of course, immediately packed up and went to be with them. I finally went home on Saturday and today she called.
Dad had to go for emergency appendisits. He finally is out and is in a lot of pain, but we think he will be fine.
With all this happening, I forgot to get Trina evaulated for her homeschooling!!!
So now I need to call them and ask for an extension!!!
Never a dull moment.
Mom didn't have a computer with internet access. God truly watches out for me....a Derby fellow friend told Dave about an organization that gives away computers for education! We got a cute little laptop!! We went and got an internet card for access so that Katrina can keep up on her online classes.
I will write more when I find out more details.
Keep us in your prayers!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Great website for phonics

Here is a fun phonics site with worksheets.

I will write later.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Making a rubber bone

Dylan took a drumstick bone from our chicken supper. Mom washed it and then we put it in a jar of vinegar. We left it in the jar for 3 days.

What does it make??? A rubber bone!!!

We had fun doing this experiment. FYI, the vinegar acts as a mild acid, but is strong enough to dissolve away the calcium in the bone. Once the calcium is dissolved, there is nothing to keep the bone hard - all that is left is the soft bone tissue.

This is a great experiment to show our kids why they must drink milk!!
I broke my wrist twice when I was younger and they told me that my drinking so much milk was the best way for me to heal my bones!! I love a nice cold glass of milk with my supper!!


Happy St. Patricks Day!!

We have been so busy with Derby racing every weekend that I am soooooo tired!! Last weekend we went to Lakeland. Katrina is the only one who placed, she got a 3rd.

We took this weekend off, only because we are traveling all the way to North Carolina for a two day race next weekend!! We will be taking Friday off from homeschooling to travel there and Monday off to travel home!! My mom has agreed to
take Patches for the trip.
We had a great day today. We went and had "lunch" at Chilis. We ordered 4 appetizers and had fun talking and laughing as a family.

Then we made a stop at the mall. Dave got some jeans and I purchased some much needed bras. Mine were at least 3 years old!!! Isn't it terrible how women neglect themselves!!
Then we went to the $1 theatre and watched "Happy Feet"!! What a wonderful family movie!! I couldn't stop my feet from moving!!!! It makes you want to take tap lessons!!!