Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:  We've been baking lots of pumpkin muffins and even made pumpkin/gingerbread waffles last weekend.  Our brains are on fall flavors.

What I'm Reading:  I'm working my way through a 30-Day marriage challenge book.  It's similar to the 30 Day Kindness Challenge in that there are specific action steps, but there's extra journaling space in the book as well.  It's certainly been good food for thought.

What I'm Doing:  My husband and I are attending some foster care training this weekend.  It's our Retention Weekend and a good chance to network and be encouraged by other foster parents.

What I'm Watching:  We watched Saving Mr. Banks this weekend.  It was a lot sadder than I thought it would be.  Very good, but tough to get through.

What I'm Enjoying: pumpkin... baking with Lydia... decluttering...

What are you up to?

2017 February Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for February was The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

These are the books I read this month:


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley--I had originally picked up this book for my daughter, but she wasn't interested.  So I read it!  Ada and her brother, Jamie, flee London during WWII because of the bomb threats.  They also flee a very abusive home life.  Once in the countryside, they meet Susan Smith, mourning the loss of her dear friend.  Though reluctant to take in the children, Susan quickly realizes she needs them.  And they certainly need her.  As the three characters recover from their emotional scares, war moves closer and closer.  Until one day Ada and Jamie's mom shows up and the children must decide where they really belong.  Must more than a historical fiction novel, this book also touches on emotional abuse, recovery, and the definition of family.  I'll definitely be including this one in our WWII unit.



Our suggested reading for February was The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines--

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Also don't forget to come back on March 31st as we discuss A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Disneyland, Tea Party, and Moana IS Real! {DITL 2/5/17}



Yay!  We're in Disneyland!  We took a trip to Disneyland with our 11, 9, and 5 year olds, Grandma, and our cousin, Bill.  On this day, we visited Disneyland Magic Kingdom, had a tea party, rode 3 of the mountain rides, and discovered the Moana IS real!

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Let's Go to Mickey's House {DITL 2/4/17}



Adventure Awaits... and we are on our way!  Do you know where we're going?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Historical Fiction Books

I love how historical fiction has revolutionized our homeschool.  The genre truly has a way of bringing history to life.  Over the years, we've really dove into historical fiction to supplement our studies and make history more relatable.  These are our top 10 Favorite Historical Fiction Books and Series:


1. Magic Tree House Books

  From around 2nd grade these Magic Tree House books became a staple in our house.  They're great for read alouds in a unit or assigned as independent reading.  My kids loved them and have traveled all over the world through these stories.


2. American Girl Books

  The historical American Girl books have taken my daughter all the way from the American colonies to World War II.  Not only are the American Girl books full of historical facts, but the girls are also great role models.    


3. Dear America Books

  Dear America books are written in a diary style.  Similar to the American Girl books, Dear America lets the reader hear the story in first person, taking on adventures from the colonies to the prairie to the wild west.


4. Royal Diaries

  Like the Dear America books, the Royal Diaries are written in first person journal entries.  Taking the reader all over the world, these books focus on real royal figures in history.


5. Little House on the Prairie series

  This series was my children's first introduction to historical fiction.  Following the growing years of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Little House on the Prairie series takes readers from the cabin the woods across the American frontier.


6. Island of the Blue Dolphins

  Island of the Blue Dolphin tells the story of a Karana, a girl left on her home island as her family leaves for mainland California.  It's the story of native California people and what their life was like before the missions.


7. Esperanza Rising

  Through a cruel turn of events, Esperanza and her mother must flee Mexico and a thriving farm.  When they arrive in California, her mother works in the fields while Esperanza learns what camp life is like.  Desperate for her old life, Esperanza struggles to embrace both the good and the bad of her new life in America.


8. By the Great Horn Spoon

  Full of comedy and adventure, By the Great Horn Spoon follows a young boy and his butler as search for riches in the gold fields of California.  A humorous look into a time before California became a state, this book is also a great study in literary devices and character development.


9. Blue Willow

  The daughter of a migrant worker during the Dust Bowl, Janey Larkin carries with her the most valuable treasure she owns: a Blue Willow plate.  The scene, a tranquil home, is an ever present reminder of the thing she longs for most: home and the last relationships that come from putting down roots.


10. The War That Saved My Life

  Ada has never left her one room apartment in London because her mother is too ashamed of her club foot.  When London is evacuated during WWII, Ada and her brother, Jamie, sneak into a group of children headed for the countryside.  What unfolds is a tale of war, friendship, and two people that save each other through the bond of family.

What would you add to the list?
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