Our weekend started out at my favorite place...the pool! Back before we moved to Georgia, little Sydney was praying that our next house would have a swimming pool. Little did we know at the time, but we were about to be blessed with a home that would have, not one pool, but TWO. God answered the prayers of a little girl longing for a swimming pool by blessing us with access to two gorgeous pools in our subdivision. We have had a blast swimming in both pools all summer, and we are so grateful to the Lord for His provision! It helped make moving to a new area, a lot less scary and much more fun.
After some fun in the sun, we took a trip to the library for books, DVDs, and Wii games.
The kids and I are big fans of trail mix but not fans of raisins, so we decided to make up our own bag of raisin free trail mix.
I can't keep enough index cards in the house! They are indispensable! I use them to make homemade math flashcards, vocabulary game reviews, to write "to do" lists on, prayer requests, chore cards, art projects and the list goes on and on. I had to make another run to Dollar General for more cards and to my horror, they only had one pack left. So, needless to say, I bought the last pack! I hope they stock up soon because I'll be out of these in a week or two! :D
I tried making salmon cakes without any carbs. I have made them using bread crumbs, and even with oatmeal for a healthier alternative, but this time I left out the carb altogether. It worked out pretty well. I just added a little red onion, broccoli, parsley and one whole egg, formed them into patties and fried them. The carbs weren't even missed!
For a special Saturday morning breakfast for the kids I wanted to make cinnamon sugar toast, but then... I wondered... what would brown sugar cinnamon waffles be like? Well let me be the first to say, they are pretty fantastic!! It wasn't even necessary to drizzle syrup over them. They were yummy enough with a little sprinkle of powered sugar to finish them off.
Wow, after leafing through the Saturday morning paper, I have a sneaking suspicion that people in Georgia take their football pretty seriously. I guess football is the only newsworthy topic around here! :D So much for our current event project this week! :)
I think this might be enough vegetables to make a salad fit for my father! He makes fun of me for making plain, boring salads...pretty much just lettuce in a bowl. :D Well, not today! I have a whole garden in my kitchen to use for salads.
After chopping, slicing and dicing, rinsing, marinating chicken for about an hour or so...my bright, colorful, nutritious chicken salad is complete.
I am looking forward to tomorrow. Clint is going to make his version of stuffed french toast for breakfast and for supper he is planning to make meatballs and homemade pasta with salad and breadsticks.
A few quick highlights from our last week of August!
Syd wanted to practice reciting Hebrews 11:7-10. She has her first oral verse quiz in a few weeks.
She also wanted to define the different kinds of sentences using hand motions to help retain the information. She scored an A+ on her first Language test today. This practice really did help her!
Aaron started a Geology (the study of the earth) unit in Science. I thought his teacher, Mr. Enders, was clever in using an avocado to compare the three main parts of the earth - the crust, the mantle and the core. This is going to be an interesting unit.
He took his first English/Literature test today and scored a 98%!
Of course with Aaron in the house, the chalkboard inevitably becomes an artist's canvas.
He sent this picture below in to the Disney Infinity community. Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones are characters that Disney Infinity used for their game.
Syd continues to improve her speed and accuracy with math facts the old school way. Every day in Arithmetic the first ten minutes of class are devoted to the use of flashcards in building that speed with addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. After working with the flashcards, it's time for a speed drill test. Arithmetic becomes easy if your child knows the facts really well. I marvel at how fast the students in Sydney's class know the facts well and FAST. I have a hard time yelling out the answer to some of the longer combinations before the 9 year old boys do! It is pitiful! :D The only solution I know to combat this weakness is by drilling facts with flashcards, flashcards, flashcards!
And now, without further ado, let's start our four day weekend! Y'all know I'm going to be at that pool tomorrow! :D
Here's to the little "highlights" in life that make the week worth living for.
I had a busy, busy weekend! It took me most of the weekend to get prepared for this week. Now that the week is in full swing, I barely have a moment to spare.
I was reminded of this verse on Monday and it was a great encouragement to me.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
It takes work to plan meals out for the week, find deals on the groceries needed, grocery shop (sometimes at three different stores), in order to gather up the necessary food for the week. The work doesn't end there, no sir, that is just the beginning. The daily food prep, cooking, cleaning it all up, three times a day, seven days a week. Yep, preparing twenty-one meals a week, fifty-two weeks out of the year will keep one quite busy. :D
I spend some time over the weekend working out the meal, deals.
I also spend about 2.5 - 3 hours, over the weekend, preparing things for the school week ahead. Homeschooling is a full time "blessing" that requires my full time attention. I have science activities to plan, supplies to gather up, lesson plans to read over, paper work to organize, test packets to put together, visuals to prepare. Yep, I am a busy girl!
With all the work that is involved, I try not to get lost in it and miss the blessing of it all.
We did some neat things this week already. Sydney was learning about her sense of smell and taste in science. She learned that taste and smell go together (they are bff's) and that we are much more sensitive to what we smell, than what we taste. She was surprised to find out that "smells" (odors) are made of very tiny particles called molecules, in the air. These molecules bring odors to us as gases or vapors in the air. We did an experiment to see how long it would take the tiny molecules to bring the odors to us. How long would it take for molecules to travel across the room? Well, from the time I sprayed perfume into the air, until it made it's way across the room to noses, it only took fifteen seconds. That was a fun experiment.
Another experiment we did was to find out whether a wet or dry tongue would help your taste buds taste food. I had Syd stick her tongue out and pat it dry with a paper towel. She placed a piece of candy (lemon drop) on the tip of her tongue. She couldn't taste it right away. Next, she stuck her tongue out but didn't dry it off this time. When she placed the candy on the tip of her tongue she could taste the candy immediately. A wet tongue does indeed help your taste buds taste foods. :D
We also tried some weight training this week and by the expression on Syd's face, you can tell that I have my work cut out for me with P.E.
Aaron is plowing his way through his classes. I got a kick out of one of his vocabulary words this week - chortle. Chortle, a joyful chuckle!!! Chortle combines the two words chuckle and snort.
Later this week I hope to post a couple videos of Sydney. She already knows her memory verses for the month and has also has been practicing some hand movements to help her remember the different kinds of sentences.
A chortle or two a day helps to keep the doctor away!
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