Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Wow I can't believe I haven't blogged and don't forget to look at the planets!!!

Wait a minute, yes I can.
First, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did okay, it was really tough not having Mom there. I know Christmas will be hard also. I really should be rejoicing, because I know that she is in heaven with her family. But I am just a bit selfish and miss her alot.

The kids didn't do so well in the derby. I made Trina run light the am race and she placed 4th. Dylan placed 5th. In the pm race, Dylan ran light and got 4th (3rd place points) and Trina with full weight got 7th. Trina needs 1 more 1st place to be locked in and Dylan needs 2 more 1st to be locked in for the Nationals. We have a two day race coming up on Dec. 27 and 28th. Hopefully they both will get what they need.

School is going okay. Today I used the Math place blocks to teach Dylan multiplying with 3 digits. He loved it and really understood it. I need to do more hands on for him. Must admit, it's hard sometimes to keep up with two different grades and learning styles. In science he is learning about mammals. We went outside and measured the length of a blue whale which is 100 feet. After we measured, I stood at the beginning and he stood at the 100 foot mark, and his mouth dropped open. He couldn't believe how big the blue whale is. I took some pictures, but am too tired to load them tonight. I will try to do it tomorrow.

Tomorrow I go for the dreaded boob squishing. I am sure while I am gone not much will get done.

I know that there are two planets under the moon, but haven't even had time to blog which ones they are. DO you know????

It is finally getting cooler here and I am so happy.

Kiddos are calling, they should be asleep, it's 11:11. Oh well.

Miss you all and will try to catch up with you all!!
Love ya

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Derby Day

My "FAVORITE" day. I am not going as early as everyone else. They leave the house at 6:30. I will leave the house around 10. My hubby is upset I don't go early, but I feel since Trina never gets out of bed for school until 10:30 or much later.....I will do the same.
Of course, she could care less if I go or not!!!! LOL!! I can't win.
Hope all is going well for everyone.
Weather is FINALLY cooler here!!
Trina and I with some friends went to the midnight showing of "Twilight" . It was a good movie. It can't compare to the book, but it was good.
Will write later.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Dave had a great visit with his family. I am so glad he went without us. One on one is such a great thing. Weather is finally getting cooler. School is okay, Dylan has his great days, Trina is my hard one.
I just wanted to drop a quick note, that we are okay, just really busy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

To busy with life to blog

I am trying hard not to "plop" myself near the computer during the school day. So it really leaves me no time to blog.
I need to post a picture of me....I had my hair cut short and highlighted. I love it!!! I just need to find a product that works for the frizz's!!!!
Dave went to NY till Friday to see his dad (he is still very sick). We are planning to go see my Dad for a couple of days. We have so much planned this week it will be a short visit for us. We are planning to see Tennessee William's Glass Menergie at Shakespeare in the morning. Then head up to dad's for the rest of the day and spend the night. We need to be back Wednesday afternoon for Religious education and Boy Scouts. I am going to substitute for 1st grade religious education. I use to teach it, but with Mom's death, I needed a year off to regroup!!
I have been trying to be more positive with schooling, both my kids are so NEGATIVE. I am trying to plaster a smile on my face and just roll with it. I think working out is helping me achieve it. Thought not this am. We dropped dave off at the airport at 6:00am and we are not use to being up at 5 am!!! So when I asked Dylan to do his spelling and he started his complaining, I lost it. So I went and walked the dog!!!! He did it, but sloppily. I told him, if he ever did it that way again, I would make him redo it!!
Weather here is still warm.
Must go and see what subject they want to do after lunch!!
Have a blessedly happy day!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Did you do your Civil Right??

Yes, I am talking about voting. I personally don't want to know who you voted for just that you got out there and voted.
We got up bright and early and were at our poll at 7:40. Remember that Dear Florida is not the "brightest" state when it comes to voting and neither is the polling sights.
We actually witnesses a verbal fight. Then because the lines weren't visible, waited in line 20 minutes longer than we really needed to!!!! I swear that if I am not homeschooling the next election, I am going to volunteer at the polling place and run it the correct way!!!
We were home by 8:15. Not to bad.

We bought some strawberry corn at our local Publix. Here is a picture

We put them inside a paper bag and microwaved them. I did two together and put it in for 3 minutes, but it was too long. The husk of one ear burnt, so the popcorn was a little burnt tasting. I did it with only one for 1 1/2 minutes and here is what we got.

It was very tasty. The kiddos want me to buy it again.

I am also trying to get both of them to be more positive to each other and about life.
I bought a tree kit from lakeshore learning supply. Then I cut out 120 leaves and everyday we all must write a leaf something we are thankful for.
Here is a picture of it.

Dylan needs to finish his grass piece. He lost a bit of interest in it....we rented Guitar Hero 4 for the wii and that's all he wants to do.

I wrote a leaf for each of the kids and mom and dad figuring that we are all thankful for each other. Dylan has been thankful for legos, his house, life and not being poor. Katrina has been thankful for derby, her talents that God gave her. I have put the health of my children, dylan's hugs, trina's smile.
It will be fun to see what they come up with. They like trying to see the new leaves.

Hope all is going well for everyone!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Time Flies

I have been so darn busy, no time to blog. Dylan was sick with a nasty cold. Then Trina had it. I had a headache for 3 days straight, then am fighting a cold off and on for about 2 weeks.
Trying to get school done with all the sickness hasn't been easy.
Then we had two days of Derby rallying. Both kids have new divisions, so brand new cars. Trina is now in a Master's car. That is where they lay down and drive, they can see, though it is hard to believe it. Dylan is now in the Super Stock Division. Trina got 2 1st places and 1 2nd place. Dylan got a 1st and 4th and I can't remember the rest. They raced total of 4 rallies. But man, oh, man are their cars heavy. I wasn't feeling well and having to lift those heavy cars didn't help. Derby is such hard work for me. Kids love it, I hate it.
Here are some pics.
Trina is in the left lane, you can barely see the car in the right lane. She won this heat.
Here she is accepting her trophy.
Here she is accepting her 1st place trophy.
Here she is again with another 1st place trophy. Looks like we are making a trip to Akron, Ohio.
Oh joy oh joy. (I am being sarcastic)
Here is Dylan in his car.
You can't even see the other car. He won this heat!!
Here he is with his trophy.
My dh parked the trailer near an ant pile. Of course, we all received bites, even poor Patches. I can't get her to stop itching and can't really afford another vet visit. I am trying to give her more baths with the medicated shampoo they suggested last time. I hate that she has allergies. I wish I had researched more about dogs and their allergies!!!!
I don't know about you.....I will be so glad when this election is over. I am so tired of all the negative ads. I am not voting early. We have already had issues with some of the voting machines. My library has early voting and I can't get a parking spot to go and get the books I need!!! The parking lot is full, they are parking on the grass across the street and up and down the driveway in the library, making it hard to even get around!!!!
I will brave going on Nov. 4th, I have never had to wait more than 5 mins., but every one is telling me that this year it will be different. I don't see how, when it seems like everyone is voting early!!!
Florida is notorious for screwing up the voting process and I am upset about it, but not so upset that I want to do something about it. I haven't got the time!!!
Weather is FINALLY COOLER!!!!!! I am so excited!!!! I even wore a hat when I walked Patches yesterday!!!!
It is late, and I must get some sleep.
God bless you all,

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Yahoo!! Trina will stay homeschooled until at least December

Okay, the whole reason Trina wanted to go to public school was, of course, Dylan. He belittles her and is just a difficult boy. Which by the way, I am working on.
But to make a long, long, long, story short. When I called the public school to set up appointment to get her in, they told me no way. She needed to wait until after Christmas break. It would be way to hard for her to make up the 9 weeks she has missed and would be hard for her to "fit" in.
When I told her this, she cried. She so wanted to go. I told her that this was God's way of telling her she is better off at home. She hates on line courses, but we both know that she won't do the work out of a textbook!! So we shall see what happens between now and Christmas.
She has started guitar lessons and I told her I would look into French class and Creative Writing at our college for night courses.
She is just not motivated enough to do things on her own. I really don't want to mess up her chances at college. I really never had the chance and wish I had. Oh well, I am praying alot to our Savior and our Mother and hopefully they will help her see the way.
We went to the Shakespeare Theatre and saw "Kiss Me Kate". It was so wonderful. It was over Dylan's head, but he behaved wonderfully!! I so love the theatre!!! We are going to see Robin Hood on Friday.
Well that's all for now. I am so happy Trina is still going to be homeschooled for a while.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

No more homeschooling for Trina

Trina has made the decision by default to not be homeschooled. It has broken my heart. But maybe this is God's way of telling me it is for the better. She is such a brillant child, and I haven't had the ability to process that potential. Not that public school by any means will, but she doesn't want to be at home. She is tired of Dylan and everything else.
I am tired, just wanted to let you all know I am alive.

Friday, September 26, 2008


I must admit that I have been a bit depressed. It has really hit me that my Mom isn't here. It has only been six months, yet it feels like forever. I miss her so much, she was my best friend.

I called her to just vent and get things off my chest....even if I didn't take her advice, it helped me deal. I have tried walking and talking into my cell phone pretending she is listening, but it's not the same. I think it is hitting me because of school. She would always call me to see how the kiddo's were doing, and if they weren't doing their work, she would talk to them. She always called Dylan to tell him that she finally beat a level on Mario. (She had her own Game Boy Advance and loved to play!!) She was such an amazing woman. She could do anything!! I miss calling her and having her walk me through how to upholster my kids new stools, or how to apply the leather patch to my couch. I use to complain about my dh to her also. I love my dh, but sometimes I just need to vent about him. Now I have no-one. I can't complain to him about himself!!! I can't complain to his family about him!! I can't complain to my kids about their dear daddy!!
I know that death is part of life, and that she is in a much better place. Pain free and with all her family and friends whom have been waiting to see her, but it still is hard. I do have my Faith, but sometimes it just gets to you.
Another blogger friend Vaperessence ( I think that was her blog), lost her mom to cancer, but now her blog is gone. I hope she is doing okay.
Thanks for reading and please pray for me. I need it.
Enjoy each other and take alot of pictures and memories of your life.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My family doesn't care...maybe you do!!

If you look at the moon and notice the "bright" planet to (my right) it is the planet Jupiter.
My family could care less....but I thought someone out in blog land might want to take a look.
I noticed it last night and said to dh that I thought there was planet. I finally had a chance to
look it up and yes, oh yes, I was correct.
So enjoy the evening and bring your binoculars and take a gander at Jupiter.
I love nature and history!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

First day of School

Our first day was August 26th, and I am just now posting pictures!!

I always take a picture of them in front of the tree in our front yard. It is so much fun to see how much they have grown each year.

Here is my darling son, Dylan.

Here is my darling daugher, Katrina.

A close up of them actually being nice together!!!
We have had a great start to school, some interruptions,: family from out of town, a bff of Trina dancing with the Russian Ballet in Romeo and Juliet which was awesome.
Each day gets a little bit better.
I will try to post more each day.
I hope everyone is doing well. I pray that none of the hurricanes/tropical storms are doing any damage to your homes.
Blog with you soon.

Homeschool Swap

I participate in a Swap from The Homeschool Blog Awards (http://homeschoolblogawards.com/ ). It was my first ever swap and it was so much fun. You filled out a questionnaire all about yourself, your likes, your decorating style, etc. I received my items weeks ago, but no time to post.

I had the fun of meeting Motserrat a.k.a. Cocoa over at http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/. What fun it was to meet her wonderful family!!

She sent me the greatest swap items.

She makes cards, bookplates, notecards and so much more!! You really should check out her Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5371427
I love all the wonderful new scrap items she sent me.
I would definitely recommend this. It was so much fun!!!
Thanks Cocoa!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I am in Heaven

We checked in and went to the ocean...OHGoodness it is so beautifully breathtaking.....I really am in heaven. I know that from the news a hurricane is going to hit us on Tuesday and I am no way prepared for it. My house has no food in it, well a bit of frozen meat, but nothing to survive on like Charlie. But looking at the ocean today...doesn't seem even possible. The Lord will provide, and I refuse to worry. this is my heaven from the terrible year I had to deal with. MMMMMMM....doesn't seem to thankful does it???? Oh well, here are some photos.

Miss ya and hope you all are well

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm so Excited and I just can't hide it!!!

We are going to the beach for four glorious days (if the weather cooperates!!!)!!!!
I just *sniffle, sniffle, sniffle* dropped of Patches at the vets. I feel so guilty, but she wouldn't do well in the hotel. She would be barking at every little noise. I miss her already. She so loves the beach and water. I will have to plan a day trip just for her!!! Tee Hee!!
Kids of course are already fighting. I just bought the book, "Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends" by Sarah, Stephen and Grace Mally. I received it today, and it looks great. Lots of bible references and funny, funny cartoons. I can't wait to start reading it to them. I even bought the coloring books to go along with it. They are already complaining about the title and I am (trying) to smile!!
I think I packed too much to go for just 4 days. I packed snacks, fruits, veggies, lunch meat, bread, chips etc. I just hate to eat all three meals out. So we are going to do lunches everyday.
We are going to go to my Dad's tonight. He is very lonely without Mom, and I think it will be a good diversion for him, even if it's only a night and part of a day.
I am going to see if he wants to come down next week and see my COMPLETED FLOOR!!!
I will try to post some pictures soon. It looks so nice!!! I am still cleaning up the dust. I opened a drawer to get some knives and wanted to cry....all that dust!!!! Oh well...The Lord loves to keep me busy.
Must go and load up the truck!! I will post pictures!!
Love ya all

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nasa celebrates 50 years


This is a great website. Please visit it to learn more or refresh
your memory!!!

Let me know what you think of it!!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

I finished Breaking Dawn

Can u believe it? I finally finished it!!! Who wants to talk about it????

Friday, August 08, 2008

Click here to see a picture of it

trying to get a picture of the book

Book America's Lost Dream


Click on the above link and get this book for $1.00.
It is the most beautiful book ever!!! I can't wait to teach with it!!!!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Breaking Dawn Pictures

Erin, Trina and Katie.
Katie dressed as a character. Can you guess who?

Yes, Bella at the baseball game in the forest!

The girl who made the Breaking Dawn Party and my crew.

Beautiful daughter an me.

Erin, Katie, Trina and me. I have "Jacob" attached
to my bracelet. Of course, the girls kept telling me
Jacob was not gray. I kept telling them, that I knew
but it was the closest thing to a wolf that I had!!!

I still haven't finished the book. I am now on Book
three. I just don't have time to read!!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Breaking Dawn

Trina has her 2 bff's over. We went to Prom and got our books. Everything is so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
I must go and start my copy of "Breaking Dawn" I will post pictures tomorrow!!!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ever feel like God is talking to you??


I have been struggling with the guilt of my mom's death. I know alot of it is emotional due to the hormones in my body. I also know that guilt is one of the grieving process's. But the guilt is still there. I have been reading the blog of Proverbs 31 daily devotions.

Today's theme was like God telling me I am okay. I did enough for my mom. She knows that I did and appreciated it.

But Satan likes to throw those thoughts in your head,"You left her when she cried and begged you to stay. She needed you and you abandoned her." Even though I will struggle with these thoughts, I now know that Jesus is here with me and I am worthy!! She is in heaven and happy!!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

I'm here

AS soon as I can find the camera, I will post some pictures of what is finished.
The entryway has to wait for there were some problems. This is a job that just won't finish!!
I am trying hard to dust everything and get things put back in their places. Finally finished Dylan's bedroom, Katrina did most of her room, the guest bedroom. I can't believe how much dust this made!! I also did most of the laundry room, am so tired.
We have the family room almost together!! The computer is back in its home and up and running. Still need to do...livingroom, dining room, master bedroom and finish the laundry room. My many, many, many cookbooks and cooking binders are so dusty!!!! Oh well, it will keep me out of trouble.
Trina is doing awesome on Driver's Education. WE will finish Algebra soon. Dylan needs to practice writing and multiplication facts. I am hoping by the end of this week, things will be almost back to normal and I can find things!!!

Weather here is so hot and thunderstorms every afternoon. It really saps your energy!!
"Breaking Dawn" is released this Friday. Trina and two girlfriends are coming over for the day to prepare for the "Prom" for "Breaking Dawn". I even bought myself a dress to go with them. I actually read the series and am excited about the book also. I even bought myself a copy, so I don't have to fight with Trina to read it!!!! I will donate it to the library when I am finished with my copy.

I haven't started planning for school yet. We are going to the beach for a long weekend in August. I am going to wait till after that!!! We had a very tough year and need the break.

Not much else is new here. Oh yeah, I will be turning 44 tomorrow. Yipee!!! Man the years sure do creep up on ya!!!
Have a great week!!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Why I haven't blogged

The entry way

Here is all of the tile from our house.

We are in the process of tiling our home. We tore up the entrance way, family room, kitchen, computer area, and hallway. I have never seen so much dust in my life. I clean and the next day it is back again. I just quit. Since we couldn't lay tile over the weekend....we decided to paint. Every room in my house has furniture in it from the three rooms. Poor Dylan can't even get to his bed. Thank goodness I have a spare bedroom he can use!!!

Dylan was a huge help. He helped me paint every day. We even painted the kitchen with the sandstone paint. I love it. I will get pictures of the kitchen soon.
So needless to say, no summer school for last week and this week and probably next week!!! We will be spending the week cleaning up!! Every dish in my kitchen cupboards have dust on them. It is so bad!!!! I keep telling myself that when it is all done, I will be a happy camper!!!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Heart of the Matter Friday Meme

This is a great Meme and I have had fun reading everyones blogs. I must admit with my mom's illness and death this last school year was anything but easy. We didn't work at school as much as we should of. Except for my high schooler, she kept up on at three core subjects and I am proud of her for that. This was my third year homeschooling my children.

What hasn't worked for us:

1. Homeschool groups....we have tried so many and just don't fit in with any of them. I really thought it was us, and it might be, but I am now not fretting about it.
2. Classes outside of the home...just ruins our whole day, while we do go to plays, art and science museums and even the zoo, I don't participate in the classes. When the kids did the classes they talked more about how the other kids acted and not what they were learning!!
3. Not planning a schedule...we tried to just wing it and it doesn't work for my children. They do need structure and a set schedule. Of course this year was totally different with dealing with mom.
4. Yelling and screaming when they really needed a hug!!
5. Threatening to send them to public school, when I really don't want to do it!!
6. Trying to plan too much in a day, week and even a month!! There is just so much fun things to do with every subject, we don't even get to finish the projects!!!
7. Not taking a day off when we really need it!!!
8. Not putting the Lord first.
9. Not giving each child individual time with me.

I know that this year will be different, not sure if it will be better, but we are still going to homeschool!!!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Did you have a great 4th of July??

We did some fireworks in our street. Our neighborhood had fireworks from 2pm until midnight. It was quite noisy!!!
The kids had some friends over on Thursday the 3rd. They had fun swimming, playing outdoors, playing on the wii and hanging out. Then their Mom's boyfriend, who is a friend of ours, came and had some hamburgers and sausage with us. They went home about 11 pm and the kids were sad :(. I don't do many sleepovers and we had alot going on. They got over it quickly.
Dylan went and bought Guitar Hero Aerosmith for the Wii and has been having fun unlocking all the songs. They are so much better than me...I am still on easy, can't master the double notes or the blue notes!!! I keep trying when I can get them to let me play!!
Weather is very hot, glad we have a pool.
Trina starts her driver' s ed on line today and Algebra with Mom.
I am going to have Dylan do Math and writing daily. Of course the complaining has already
started and they haven't even done anything yet!!! Oh well...my kids are complainers and I am learning to just state what we are doing and dropping it!! Hard to do!!!
Well, enjoy your day today. Keep smiling and try to stay cool!!!
Love ya all

Monday, June 30, 2008

Back home

We are home and trying to get everything back in order. Patches did fine at the vet's for boarding. She sure was glad to see us all. Dave and Trina went and picked her up as a surprise for me. I was sleeping in and heard them come in.
Dylan has a terrible cold. I have one also, but his seems worse. He couldn't get to sleep last night until 4:00 am. He just couldn't breath. For some reason, when I take him to the doctors, they tell me not to use a decongestant and I can't remember why!! It is hard to know what to give them to give them relief!!
Trina is enjoying no school for awhile. She is going to start Driver's Education on FLVS next week. And we will be doing Algebra I.
Weather is very hot in Florida, and with colds we don't want to go in the pool. Maybe we'll just float around.
Been busy ordering books for 10th grade and 5th grade. I found lots at the curriculumn sale and even sold a few of my things!! Trina is going to do English II Honors, American Government Honors, Biology Honors on line. But I still purchase the books for her, sometimes she likes to use the books instead of websites. I also go to the library and get books on each subject. I hope this year will go a bit more smoothly then last year. It was so hard on the kids traveling and taking care of mom. But I am so glad we did it.
Must go and take care of kiddos,
Love you all and hope the summer is going well for you all

Saturday, June 14, 2008

In New York

Dave's Dad was in the hospital, so we planned a week to come and visit and perk him up. We had a wonderful flight, and made it in last night.
Dad looks great. He got out of the hospital on Thursday. It is nice to be back in Massena, but I was hoping for a bit cooler weather. It's just like Florida except much much greener and a nice breeze. It's as humid as I remember. Kids are excited to be back "home". They can't wait to see their cousins and play!!!
Will keep all you posted!!
Enjoy each other!!!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Heart of the Matter Meme

This week's question is about "How You Schedule." I have two children, dd 9th grade, and ds 4th grade.
My daughter does 3 of her courses online. So she has a set schedule with them.
This year I scheduled day to day. We do get up late, so we do one subject in the morning,
take a lunch and recess break and start in again.
My mom was sick and passed on this school year, so it was a bit different.
I tried to set up a schedule, but it just didn't work with all that was going on.
I do get teacher's planners for each child and fill in what we do each day.
I tried to fill it in for each semester, and when we would get off track, I would have
to white out every page. So now I look at what I would like to accomplish for the week.
I will write it down on a loose piece of paper. I look at all the many books, ideas, games, papers that I have saved and get everything together for that subject ex. commas, the earth, ancient china, etc. The I search the internet for fun ideas and games to go with it all.
As we do each activity, I write it in my planner. No more messy planners!!
Our test day is on Friday. We have a spelling and grammar test and we are done for the day. Sometimes a math test, but we don't plan too much.
I would love to be more structured and maybe this year I will!!
Read some more great ideas at :

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Is Summer Here Yet??

WE all want school to be done. Trina has alot to do to finish within the next 2 weeks. She doesn't want to do the work, yet wants to be done.......hmmmmm.

We will still have to do math all summer, but I plan to take at least 2 weeks off for my sanity.

My Aunt Bernice and Uncle Ken stayed with us for a day. They are from Utah and we haven't seen them in 13 years. It was fun. We took them out to eat alligator and to see our "Big Tree" in Sanford. I'll post pics tomorrow.

Not much else is new here in Florida.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Calligraphy in China

Dylan and I are studying Ancient China.
I am trying to use writing for his history.
He hates to make up a story. So I am
using notebooking and he seems to
enjoy it.
Here is his page on Calligraphy.
We even did some!! I had some
India Ink and SOTW showed
us some of the characters and

Trina looked up her characters
on line. Not sure why this is in
blue and unlined, but whatever!!!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Proud Mom

I am so proud of both my winners.
Dylan 2nd place in Stock Division
Katrina in 3rd place in Super Stock Division.

Maybe next year guys!!!
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Dylan almost won it all

Dylan's face says it all. Look at poor Andy.
Dylan hasn't been able to beat Andy all
season. The winner of this race would gofrom the
losers bracket on to race the for 1st place.

Even the other racers couldn't believe he won this
heat. That' s me waiting for Dylan to get
out so I can send him to the top of the hill to win.

We honestly thought he was going to win
it all. But he didn't. He did get 2nd place and
if the 1st place winner can't go for any reason
Dylan would go in his place.

Dylan at the All American Soap Box Derby

Here Dylan is with his car.

Dylan is the car on the left hand side. He won that

Dylan is now on the right side and he won.
Not sure how, because he sat up before he
crossed the finish line.

Another picture of him winning a heat.
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Katrina at the All American Soap Box Derby

Here she is with her car.

She won this heat by so much, you can't see
the other car!!!

Here she is winning again!!

She took 3rd place in her division which
was Super Stock. Here she is receiving her
trophy from Sam.

We won't be going to the World Championship
in Akron Ohio. (Shhhhhh, but it didn't break
my heart. :) )
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Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe

Chapter 2
Let's Talk
1. Of the lies mentioned in this sections, which one(s) do you most identify with?
* Everyone's kids are better than yours
* Everyone's house is cleaner than yours
* Everyone fixes better meals than you
* Everyone is more disciplined than you and way more spiritual

I would say that I believed everyone's kids are better than mine and Everyone is more disciplined than me and way more spiritual.
I work very hard to help my children in their education, yet I still compare them to where they should be and why they aren't!!! I have such a hard time motivating and the complaining gets to me. So some days I am not disciplined and say "Fine, just leave me alone." The same for spiritual. I have great ideas and we start on them, but they just get pushed aside.
I shouldn't be so hard on myself or my kids, but I am. We went through a tough year, taking care of my mom and watching her die from lung cancer. It put us behind schedule, I shouldn't care, but I do.

2. Why do you think women in particular are so prone to comparing their kids, their homes, and their spirituality against each other?

Good question. I think we are more "emotional" and tend to compare to make sure we are doing an okay job. We worry that we are "falling" short of what is expected of us. At least I am!!
I always thought it was my job to make everyone happy!!

3. Do you usually feel encouraged or discouraged after reading a homeschool magazine or book?

With the exception of this book I am reading and Heart of the Matter, usually discouraged.
I never seem to have enough time to complete what I would like to, yet everyone else seems to be doing it wonderfully. (I think that's a Homeschool lie I believe. LOL!!)

4. Why do you think that homeschooling moms feel the need to "brag" about those things that they do well or enjoy?

Because homeschooling is not all well and there is not alot to enjoy most times. When something does go well or the kids really enjoy it, I want to share to encourage!!!!

5. Are you guilty of trying to portray that you have it all together?
PPPPLease. Never... I wouldn't know where to begin!!!
6. My prayer.
Please ,dear heavenly Father, let my own confusion not pass to my children. Let kind words pass from my heart to my mouth and help me to know that I am working for you. Help me to find the best way to care for my wonderful childrens education.
The other lies is that I do believe everyone else can do it all and loves to homeschool their children, I am falling apart and feels that way.
Isn't it terrible how we "short-change" ourselves. I have had a terrible year and really need to come to grips with it. I need to let go of those feelings. It is hard when both my kids fight from the time they get up to the time they go to bed. We can't even take the dog for a walk, without a fight between the two of them. When I am excited to learn with my daughter, who is in high school, she belittles me and it hurts.
I want to keep homeschooling, but somedays I wonder if it is worth it all. Then I hear the Lord telling me to hang in there, he wishes me to do it!!!
Wow.....didn't mean to be so long!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Today is May 15, 2008

I am not thoughfully creative and no title came to me.
Did some school and then had Derby cars inspected for
the big race.
Both cars received VIP status.
Then we went to Sam's and home to do chores.
A very dull day.

Love to you all

Monday, May 12, 2008

Survived Mother's Day

It was a sad day for me. My first Mother's Day without my mom. I had a headache all day and couldn't do what we planned to do. Which was go see "Ironman". Last time I had a headache and went to the movies, I was sick for a day!! So I rented "The Seeker" and "Becoming Jane", both great movies by the way.

School is going on. Trying hard to get Dylan into writing. He hates it so much!! Found a book at our library store "Write Away" so we began reading it today. Hmmmm...everything it suggests is what I AM DOING!! Oh well......I keep reading that it will come to him, I need to just RELAX!!

Weather is hot. Many fires going on in Florida.

Please pray for all those families and all the families in China.

Not much new is here. Kids' All American Derby is this Saturday. It is the Championship for Derby. The winners get to go to Akron Ohio.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Thursday, May 08, 2008


I recently read "the Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom while Katrina was studying the Holocaust. While the subject matter is very horrifying, the book is very uplifting. Corrie had
such a wonderful outlook and so trusted in the Lord. In one part of her book, she tells how when her sister and her where transferred to a new concentration camp, they had to thank the Lord. They thanked the Lord for many things, including the fleas. As I read this, I thought as Corrie did, why should they (we) thank the Lord for the fleas? Later on in the story, it tells you why. I don't want to tell you in case anyone has an interest in reading it....I highly recommend that you do. If you don't want to read it, email me and I will tell you.
The whole reason I am bringing this subject up is that today I was down in the dumps. My children whine and fight with each other, bother the dog, mope when asked to do over work, and bug each other.
I really need to thank the Lord for all those things. Like them whining, at least they can vent how they are feeling, with no worry of ridicule, bullying or abuse!! I am going to sit down and try to look at the positive sides of what I consider negative!!!

Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Free Math Curriculum Trial for a Year

I found this from one of the many newsletters I signed up for.
Let me tell you so far it is wonderful. Dylan is loving it!!! No more fighting on Math.

I am not sure if they have any more available spots, they were only taking 50 families. It is for grades 4-8.
What you need to do is email kim@ilearn.com and ask if she has any free spots available. Tell her what students and grades and how you are willing to fill out a survey each month. I also told her how honest I would be in the survey.

Dylan is loving it and I wanted to share with my blogging friends.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm so tired and don't care

I am so stressed and tired. I really need a vacation and it won't happen for at least two more months.
We have family going and family coming and school to get caught up with and finished.
I just want to go away and rest. Like that will ever ever happen!!! What is rest anyways??
Weather is cooler and I am enjoying it. we try to walk everyday. I even made a pot of chili.
It is so good. I love cold comfort food and don't have much of a chance to cook it.
Of course the chickadee's won't even try it. Oh well, I made them the way they are, so I can only blame myself.
Must go,
Love ya

Friday, April 11, 2008

Trying hard to get back into the swing of things

It has been hard for us all to get back into the swing of things. I must admit Dylan has done the most while Trina and I are trying.
We are using Dinah Zike's World of Space for our Planet study. We are on the moon right now.
He made a moon book and we look at the moon each night. I drew all the circles and he fills in the colors!! He is really loving it. Dinah showed a cool experiment on reflection for the moon. We took a hand mirror into a dark room. We shined the flashlight on the mirror. You see yourself clearly and the room is bright. Then you take hand cream and cover the mirror. Now you shine the flashlight on it and see no reflection, but the light bounces off the mirror and you see the room is lite up more. AT least that's what I got out of it. Dinah doesn't explain enough for this brain!!! I did not excell in math or science!!!
Dylan was having trouble with his memorization of multiplication facts. I put it on hold and tried again. HE GOT IT!!!! We do two worksheets a day of the same facts like 7. Then I lay out the 7 flashcards on he floor. I give him the product and he has to find the flashcard that matches it.
He loves doing it!! He asks me everyday if we can do it.
I am now a firm believer that if they aren't connecting, but it away for awhile. Come back to it later on.
For history Dylan was learning about Hannibal and Carthage. He had fun making Roman jewelery out of coins and the Hannibal elephant flip out from Story of the World. He enjoys it so much he tells me over and over "that it is not schoolwork, it's fun work." He sure does love his history.
Trina is learning about fossils in Florida. I wish I could incorporate a trip it for it, but we are soo busy there is no time!! She is studying WWII in history and hates it. English she is reading "Romeo and Juliet", we finally rented the ballet story of it.
She is preparing to make her Confirmation this Saturday. She is taking my Mom's name Anne for her Confirmation Name. We have been at church everynight this week. Monday she had an Atlar Server meeting, Tuesday was our last Confirmation class, Wednesday we teach First Grade Religion and she had her youth group. Thursday was Dylan's Religion Class. Tonight is rehearsal for Confirmation and tomorrow is Confirmation!!
She asked me to be her sponser, and today the two of us received the Sacrament of Reconcilation. I was very proud of her for doing it with me.
My Dad and sister are coming down tomorrow to stay with Dylan (they aren't "church" people) and I know the mass will be especially long for Dylan. We plan to go out for dinner. We don't have enough family to do a big party for her.
Next weekend we have derby both on Saturday and Sunday. Dylan is going to race Saturday and Trina on Sunday. It makes it easier on me. I am too out of shape to be handling both cars in one day. I still dislike derby, but do it for Dave and the kids.
I will try to start blogging again. I miss you all.
Love ya

Friday, March 28, 2008

Anne M Becksted

Her is a picture of my mom. She was only 63 when the good Lord needed to
bring her home to heaven.

She had a very rough year battling her lung cancer. The cancer spread to
her brain in October and she has fought a long battle.
She passed to heaven on March 25, 2008 at 4:50 p.m.
I know that she is no longer in pain and in a much, much, much
better place, but we will miss her greatly.
I will greatly miss our many phone calls during the day and when
I am walking Patches.
Katrina will miss calling her when I make her angry.
We will learn to deal without her, but we won't like it.
Please take the time to tell everyone you love them.
You might not get the chance to!!
God bless you all
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