Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Run with Me {Review}


From a young age, Jamaican-American sprinter Sanya Richards Ross has been chasing the clock.  Starting at the tender age of 7 years, Richards Ross felt at home on the track.  With a supportive family behind her, she quickly moved up the ranks, finally becoming No 1 in the world and on the road to the Olympics.  Through it all, her gaze never wavered from the one who gave her this gift.  And throughout this memoir she continually turns her story back to the Lord.

Based on the 4P's of her training and preparation (push, pace, position, and poise), Sanya Richards Ross tells her story of young racer, immigrant, record breaker, and finally Olympian.  From the heartbreak of Jamaican boos to the triumph of a victory lap, her story honestly tells of both the highs and lows of track and field.  Purposely written to an 8-12 year old audience, Run with Me is a story meant to inspire a generation to pursue big dreams without loosing their faith.

Having two kiddos within the 8-12 year old range, I was excited to review this book.  I was even more pleasantly surprised to see how much focus there was on following the Lord.  Every step of the way, Richards Ross brings us back to how the Lord gave her speed and she wanted to use it to glorify him.  She shares about her own self-doubts and hard work that put her on the path to the world stage, and how she ultimately made peace with God's love outside track and field.

A few days ago, I put this book in my 9 year old daughter's hands.  Typically she loves historical fiction, but she's a dancer and I thought she'd appreciate the focus on training and sacrifice.  Needless to say, she's actually enjoying it and especially likes the focus on growing with the Lord.  It's exciting for me as a mom to see good books out there, encouraging our kids to work hard, go for their dreams, but still find their identity in the Lord.  This is one such book.  Highly recommend it for the preteen, early teen years.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June Homeschool Favorites



 Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

May Homeschool Favorites:
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
We've been cooking lots of fresh salads.  The days are getting warmer and fresh produce abounds.  So we've been making lots of salads and trying several new dressing recipes.  We made one last night with avocados and tomatillos.  It was so yummy.  Lydia declared the salad her new favorite.  So that's a win in my book.

What I'm Loving:
So many things... but what am I REALLY loving?
Time to bake and cook with Lydia and time to create projects with the kids.
Just time in general... time to get things done, bills paid, clean the house... love the extra time!

What I'm Reading:
I'm still slowly working my way through Sacred Parenting.  It's my "daytime" reading.  It's so deep and full of such truth.  I like to read it in the afternoons when I'm still awake.

I'm also reading a review book that is an autobiography of a famous athlete.  It's good, but much lighter.  So that's my "before bed" reading.  :-)

What I'm Doing:
As much as we've had time lately, we've also been filling that time.  We had a friend spend the time this week.  We went swimming, Josiah attended VBS, we explored a new bookstore, and we've just stayed busy.  Plus last weekend, we went camping. That was just good wholesome family fun.  Really wonderful.

What I'm Watching:
I've been going back and watching old episodes of Little People Big World.  I hadn't watched for several seasons.  But something peaked my interested recently, so I went back 4-5 seasons and I've been catching up on the family.  

What I'm Enjoying:
Pesto Chicken Sandwiches... Swimming... Craft Projects... 

What are you up to?



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: W is for Wings of Summer



This week... We're sharing with you our experience at Wings of Summer.  We learned a ton and had some really cool experiences!

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter W playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdEwsx69jopsM__VfXLf_bmBJfIZIfba_

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter X is for... will be posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
We've had an unusual week.  Hot to cold and rainy... so we've had a varied diet.  Last weekend, we made orzo salad with tomatoes, spinach, olives, peppers, and feta.  It was yummy, and a nice light dinner after swimming in a friend's pool.

What I'm Loving:
Summer rain... it's been a cool rain here for the last couple of days.  We've been spending more time outside despite the rain and it's been a nice refreshing reprieve before the heat hits again.

What I'm Reading:
I'm reading a Charlotte Mason book on habits.  There's a lot there to think through so I've been taking it slowly.  Same with the bookmark book for June (Sacred Parenting).  Slow and steady... good, but deep.

What I'm Doing:
We've been filling our days with visiting friends and reading lots of good books.  Just this week, I spent time with a Mommy friend while the kids played and then we went to the Children's Museum for a playdate.

What I'm Watching:
We've been watching tons of Friends episodes.  Gotta love Netflix!  :-)

What I'm Enjoying:
Summer rain... swimming... baseball friends... board games... story time at the library... 


What are you up to?


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

One Second Every Day {May 2017}



 May kept us busy!  With three kids, baseball in full swing, and finishing up the school year... Mom and Dad were just trying to keep up!

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Homeschool ABC Collab: V is for Various Things



 This week... I'm chatting it up about various things.. volcanoes, vacations, and Veritas Press.  What are our vacation plans for the summer?  Will we get to hike volcanoes?  And does anyone have experience with Veritas Press in their homeschool?

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

2015 Homeschool Collab: Volcanoes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOXQGaskbK8

DITL 9/15/15: Hiking Volcanoes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3ZJF4ncONQ

DITL 9/19/15: Lava Tube Exploring
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOFj3yqTytg

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter V playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter W is for... will be posted on Tuesday June 13, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The Ebb Tide {Review}


When tragedy strikes the close knit Amish community, Sallie Riehl freely gives her finances, and travel opportunity, for a little boy facing healthy challenges.  After spending years saving for this trip, she finally concedes that it may be time to be baptized into the faith.  But when the Logans offer her a summer nannying job at the sea, Sallie sees this as her last opportunity to travel.

Determined to have this last adventure and then settle down, Sallie embraces every opportunity, enjoying her nannying job, exploring the seaside town, and striking up a friendship with a young biology student named Kevin.  As the summer goes on, Sallie begins to question her decision to join the Amish community.  Is this desire to see the world simply because of Kevin?  Or does the Lord have plans for her that she can't even imagine?  

Overall, I've been a big Beverly Lewis fan for years.  She is definitely the queen of Amish fiction.  As far as this particular book goes, the nannying storyline and Cape May setting were well done, as well as the conflicting love story between Sallie, Kevin, and Perry.  Near the end of the book, the storyline started to lag.  It wasn't really clear how Sallie came to her final conclusion, and the ending seemed rushed.  Not the typical wrapping up of a Lewis book.  Overall it was good, but I'd probably wait to pick this one up at the library or at least wait for the price to come down.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Last Day of School and Too Cool for the Pool? {DITL 5/26/17}



 In this Day in the Life... we shop for our reading rewards at Barnes & Noble, hit up the park, enjoy a poetry tea time, and realize the weather is too cool to swim????

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Weekend Links












This Week:

What I Made:
We made lots of memories this week.  We started out with a 3 day weekend that was a blank canvas: no plans, no agenda.  And quickly filled it up.  Saturday we took a family hike to some waterfalls near the lake.  It was a moderate hike so even my 5 year old did well and we got some gorgeous photos.  Lots of fun!

Sunday we met some friends for a BBQ and swimming.  Our church friends were kind enough to open up their hope and the kids swam, and swam, and swam.  While I ate way too many cherries.  I love this summer fruit season.

And then on Monday, we met some more church friends at the lake and hung out for 6 hours.  The kids played and played in the water while Mom and Dad got to relax.  It was a lot of fun and a good way to top off the weekend.

What I'm Cooking:
We're in a funny season right now.  Typically I'd be switching over to fresh sandwiches and salads, but we actually got rain this week.  So it's been a funny mix of crockpot soups one day and then a summer salad the next.  This weather is keeping me on my toes.

But one thing never changes:  Pizza on Friday Nights!  :-)

What I'm Loving:
I am so loving having open days to pick and choose as we will.  Now, this is a two-edged sword.  Days are open and free, but we still need some structure.  So we're starting to hit the swing of things with a loose schedule, but one bigger project to complete each day.  We're enjoying it.

What I'm Reading:
Wow!  Just !WOW!  So I'm started the June Bookmarks selection (Sacred Parenting) and I'm remembering how life changing this book is.  It's been easily 4 years since I read it.  Amazing!  I'm only on chapter 2 and already feeling super convicted.  In a good way.  :-)

What I'm Doing:
This weekend is a little open.  Today we're going to the library and story time.  My Kindergartener has really missed going there.  And hoping to do a little hiking again this weekend.  We need to get some yard work done.  If anyone knows anything about fixing a sprinkler system, call me.  :-)  And I know Lydia is dying to go swimming!

What I'm Watching:
I finally watched the finale of Once Upon a Time.  Sad, but satisfying.  I know the show will continue, but it will certainly be different.  Love this show!

What I'm Enjoying:
summer rain... lazy days of summer... summer salads... library time... family hiking... 

What are you up to?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Speed Cleaning/ Power Clean Before Fun!/ Power Hour {6/1/17}



School's Out for Summer!  Which means it's time for mom to get this house in order!  Doing some quick (speed) cleaning before heading out to go waterfall hiking.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: U is for Update!



This week I'm sharing with you the highs, lows, and all the in betweens of our 2016-2017 school year.  What curriculum did we like?  What did we hate?  And what are we looking toward changing next year?

2016-2017 4th Grade Curriculum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myr_TrHlrGg

2016-2017 Kindergarten Curriculum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQVb4xLroZY

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter U playlist:

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June Holidays and Homeschool Ideas

Look for a few ways to add some fun to your homeschool?  Here are just a few of the holidays and fun days you can celebrate this month:

June 2nd--Donut Day
*Make some Apple Cider Donut Holes
*What about some Baked Churro Donuts?

June 3rd--National Trails Day
*Organize/ take part in a trail volunteer clean up crew
*Find a new trail to hike
*Purchase a new wildlife guide and see how many plants/animals you can identify on your hike

June 8th--Best Friends Day
*Send a small gift/card to your best friend
*Phone an old friend
*Find a pen pal

June 15th--Nature Photography Day
*Create a nature photography challenge list
*Take an online photography course

June 18th--Father's Day
*Fill out a Father's Day memory sheet
*Draw a Father's Day portrait
*Create a Father's Day gift

June 24th--Great American Campout Day
*Put the tent up in the backyard
*Make s'mores in a solar oven
*Go Camping!

What days are you celebrating this month?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our 2017 Summer Bucket List

Summer is here and we're creating our Summer Bucket List!  The kids have things they want to do, and we want to swim... A LOT!  But for those warmer days and planning purposes, we're putting together a variety of ideas for the months ahead.  Here's what we have so far:

Make galaxies in bottles
Make solar system bracelets
Complete the Barnes & Noble reading challenge
Make edible solar systems
Read The Black Stallion
Do 25 Days of Drawing challenge
Try frozen yogurt/fruit treats
Hike Brandy Creek Falls
Make homemade ice cream
Go camping
Try Foam paint
Become a Junior Ranger
Complete the library reading challenge
Make 4th of July crafts
Visit a National Park
Try grilled fruit
Make homemade granola
Read By the Shores of Silver Lake
Learn to use a compass
Explore tide pools
Have a water balloon fight
Visit the Farmer's Market
Make a fun fruit dessert
Hike a volcano
Camp out in the backyard
Find 3 new places to explore around town
Learn about ocean animals
Hike Crystal Creek Falls
Stay up and star gaze
Visit the Icee Shack
Read The One and Only Ivan
Make popsicles
Take swim lessons


Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:
You know Lydia and I ... we've been in the kitchen.  Today is actually our final day of the school year so I baked chocolate chip zucchini muffins for breakfast (a family favorite) and we're trying a new ice cream recipe: fresh mango!  It should be good.  I sampled a little.  :-)

What I'm Reading:
I just finished Atlas Girl that was the bookmarks selection this month.  So good.  A little quirky, a little off timeline... but good... like deep thinking good.

What I'm Doing:
This is our first weekend without baseball.  I almost don't know what to do with myself.  But today, we're celebrating the end of the school year.  And this weekend, we plan on doing some hiking to some waterfalls.  I'm excited.

What I'm Watching:
Not a whole lot really... Oh, I've been watching old episodes of Little People, Big World.  I haven't watched that show in years, but got sucked back in so I went back several seasons and I've been binge watching.

What I'm Enjoying:
Homemade Ice Cream... good friends... cool evenings... 

What are you up to?



2017 May 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 May was Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

These are the books I read this month:


Are My Kids on Track by Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan-- See my review here.


What We Read With The Kids:


On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder--  We are book #4 of the Little House series and the kids are soaking it up.  Especially my 5 year old; he loves them!



Our suggested reading for May was Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga--  This book was so good.  Memoir written in rich language, Wierenga explores a life marred with imperfect people, an eating disorder, and trying to make sense of a loving God in an unlovable world.  Leaving home at a young age, Wierenga finds the love her life, but learns that battling her demons will follow her.  And when her mother is diagnosed with brain cancer and she's needed at home, those demons continue to follow along.  Written in a nonlinear, quirky, thought provoking way, Atlas Girl discovers that sometimes the last place you want to be is the place that will heal you.  Meant to be read slowly and savored, Atlas Girl is a great book for gaining deep perspective.

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 Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

Also don't forget to come back on June 30th as we discuss Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas.

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Homeschool Favorites



Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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This Week:

What I Made:  The kids had a baking presentation at school last week and King Arthur Flour sent home baking kits with them.  Each kid baked at least one loaf of bread to share with a local charity and then a baking project of their choice.  Each one was so different.  Josiah baked bread to have with pasta one night, Lydia made rolls for Mother's Day dinner, and Noah made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  It was nice to take the time to bake one on one with each kid.  And I'm seeing how quickly they'll be taking over the kitchen.

What I'm Reading:  I've been reading a wonderful Amish adventure by Beverly Lewis set at the ocean.  It's entitled Ebb Tide and is reminding me how much I love the coast.  I'm also reading 2-3 chapters a day in Atlas Girl for May's book club selection.  Very deep.  But simply beautiful.

What I'm Doing:  Oh, this weekend I'm on a scrapbooking getaway with my mom.  What a wonderful way to cap off celebrating Mother's Day this month.  So we're scrapping the weekend away and enjoying some rest and relaxation.  

At the same time, I'm missing my boys' baseball games on Saturday and that makes me sad.  The season is nearly over and I realize that they're growing so fast.  This days are going to fly by and as much as I wish some of the days away, I ache for them to last.

I also broke a month long sugar fast this week.  I was fasting from Easter to Mother's Day and it really helped reset my cravings.  So I'm hoping to successfully limit my sweets intact in the future.

What I'm Watching:  Season finales are happening, but one of our favorites has been watching Masterchef Jr.  We even let the kids stay up late and watch.  The judges are so good and encouraging with the kids and it's amazing to see the dishes they prepare.

What I'm Enjoying: Asiago cheese... roses... baseball season... smoothies... 

What are you up to?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are My Kids On Track? {Review}


We track our children's physical growth with doctor check ups and percentages.  Vaccinations and vitamins are a regular part of the routine.  Their intellectual progress is tracked in the classroom and standardized tests.  But in terms of social, emotional, and spiritual growth, it can feel like we're stumbling in the dark.  What should be expect?  What's reasonable?  And how in the world do we get there?

These are the growth markers Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan tackle.  These three counselors identify and outline 12 key milestones in your child's social, emotional, and spiritual life.  These milestones include: 
  • Perspective
  • Empathy
  • Ownership
  • Identity
  • Mercy

Each milestone is identified, stumbling blocks for both boys and girls are explained, and hands-on practices are given.  And the end picture is inspiring.

However, the book in its entirety is quite overwhelming.  While reading through each chapter, it felt like everything I say and do with my kids is at critical mass.  Like the slightest word could tip them over the edge.  And while I do believe there's good material in this book, the authors seem to be overly critical and targeting parent's insecurities.  There's so much information and warnings to parents; the entire book become overshadowed with a negative tone.

All in all, the tone of this book outweighed any good it could do.  If you can read this book with a lot of wisdom and perspective, there are nuggets of truth to be mined.  Otherwise, I would pass on this book.  There are better parenting books out there.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: S is for Summer Learning Plans



Dance Mat Typing--
http://www.typing-games.org/a/learning/2010/0723/90.html

ABCYa (math, reading, and strategies for grades Pre-K through 5th):
http://www.abcya.com

Cool Math Games:
http://www.coolmath-games.com

Who Was Journal:
https://www.amazon.com/Who-Your-Name-Here-Story/dp/0448487152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494908230&sr=8-1&keywords=Who+was+journal

Writing Prompts Journal Gr. 1-2:
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C929%2C053&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1494908294294

Sourdough Series:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/search?q=sourdough

Lava Beds National Monument:
https://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm

Tule Lake Unit:
https://www.nps.gov/tule/index.htm

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This week we're talking about our summer learning plans.  We don't homeschool year round so we're going for a light summer learning schedule with plenty of fun activities, extra curricular opportunities, and some home ec.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter S playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter T is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Links













This Week:

What I Made:  Oh, we've been busy this week.  We made muffins, humming bird food, "sea life" jello.... :-)  I love having kids who are interested in cooking.

What I'm Reading: I finally had a chance to pick up Atlas Girl, which is the May bookmarks selection.  Good so far, but I'm only a few chapters in.  Not the typical style of writing I go for, but good.

What I'm Doing:  We're hosting family this weekend.  My mom is in town for her birthday, and my in-laws are visiting to watch the boys play baseball.  So I'm spending the weekend in the baseball bleachers.  Planning on getting some time to prune my roses and firing up the grill.  

What I'm Watching:  We started the Friends season again and we're on Season 2.  Never gets old.  We've also been watching Master Chef Jr.  There's a kid in there from Sacramento so we've been cheering for him.  Amazing what these kids can create.

What I'm Enjoying:  Fajita salad... fresh fruit... smoothies... watching the kids play in the sprinklers... baseball season... Greek & Roman mythology... new friends at church...

What are you up to?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: R is for Rev, Rumble, and Roar



 This week we're going to Rev, Rumble, and Roar with some of the businesses here in town... all while visiting our local library.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter R playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7FwY6p1R3M&list=PLdEwsx69jopsbqApM9znuavRNm4AwJjQu

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter S is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Lucky Few {Review}


Parenthood didn't come about as Josh and Heather Avis thought it would.  After struggling with infertility, the pair decided to travel the adoption road.  Despite the bumps in the road, Heather still had a very clear view of how her family would look. That is until an email from her adoption agency left her questioning everything.  Through an amazing turn of events, Josh and Heather ended up adopting Macy, a precious little girl with Downs Syndrome requiring open heart surgery, medications, and multiple therapies.  Not ones to back down from a challenge, they went on to adopt a second child, and later a third child, also with Downs Syndrome.  Through it all, Heather chronicles the ups and downs that not only created their family, but also ultimately found her in a deeper relationship with her Creator.

The Avis story is one of encouragement and truth.  From struggling through infertility, to managing birth family relationships, to waiting through two open heart surgeries, Heather Avis isn't afraid to tell the honest truth about the messiness of life.  Despite her parenting journey not playing out the way she planned, Avis is honest about the ups and downs of adoption, foster care, and special needs, all without coming off as angry or looking for sympathy.  Instead, she reminds the reader of how she was constantly pointed to the greater reality of our Lord, walking in faith, and the joy that comes from obedience.  The Lucky Few isn't just for those looking to adopt.  Rather it's a book for anyone trying to understand adoption, how to support families, and more broadly for those catching a glimpse into the Father's heart.  I couldn't put it down.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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