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 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.