Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Sunday Duds!

Looking his best on Sunday morning!
This post is linked to 5 minutes for mom & It's a Blog Party.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Couch to 5k Graduate!

I have officially completed all 9 weeks of the Couch to 5k program by I am now able to jog for a solid 30 minutes. This is quite an accomplishment for me. I am now going to keep running 3 times a week to try to improve my time. I would like to be able to run 3 miles in 30 minutes. Right now I am reaching the 3 mile mark in about 38 minutes. I am getting a little over 3 miles in 40 minutes. I do a 5 minute warm-up, jog 30 minutes, and then a 5 minute cool down. So, I am doing pretty good. I also hope to start running outside some instead of on the treadmill. I think the outside will condition me better. I have contemplated running in the Turkey Trot. It is a 5k race that requires you to bring 3 canned goods to enter. It is basically a canned food drive with a 5k race attached. I just think it would be nice to be able to write this down as one of my accomplishments in life. Once again, I highly recommend the Couch to 5k program for anyone who wants to start running or just needs to get in shape. It's a great program! You can find it here.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Johnny Appleseed Day!

Johnny Appleseed's real name was Johnny Chapman. He was born September 26, 1774. He planted apple trees throughout the Midwestern United States. He was a very skilled nursery man. He would plant nurseries and build fences around them to keep animals out. He would then travel from nursery to nursery taking care of the trees. He would sell or trade the trees he grew. He died on March 18, 1845 at the age of 70. The U.S. Postal Service made a 5 cent stamp honoring him in 1966.

This Sunday, September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. This day and March 18th, have been celebrated as Johnny Appleseed Day. In honor of the great conservationist and his planting of apple trees, I thought you might want to do some crafts or make some yummy apple goodies. Here are some links to some fun crafts and recipes to celebrate!

Tote bag
Apple Recipes
Apple Art

To read the story of Johnny Appleseed to your children, you can find the stories here and here.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book It!

Look what we got in the mail yesterday!

It is Chickadee's Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program packet.
I did this program with her last year and she really liked it. You can sign up each year in April and May. They send you a chart and the award certificates. You set a goal for your child to read a certain number of books, minutes, or pages per month. When they reach their goals, you give them an award certificate that is good for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! It's a fun program and totally free! If you would like more information, you can find it here. I have set a goal of 6-8 books (on her reading level) per month. I take her to the library every Friday to check out new books, so that will help her reach her monthly goal.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Relaxing!

You know it's a dog-eat-dog world out there and sometimes you just need to take a few deep breaths and relax!

This post is linked to It's a blog party & 5 minutes for mom

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Homeschool Update

I have been meaning to make a post about how well school has been going, but our internet has been some kind of terrible lately. It has it's good times and it's bad. We are hoping it will be fixed soon.
The first three weeks of homeschool have been completed. So far, everything is going smoothly. Chickadee took her first round of tests last week and made some really awesome grades. She came out with four 100's and 2 96's. She has to take her Literature and Creative Writing test today. We'll see how she comes out on this one. She is just like a little sponge. She just absorbs everything so quickly and efficiently.

We start our day by saying the pledges to the U.S. flag, Christian flag, and Bible. We then read scripture and pray before starting the school day. Sparrow has yet to memorize all the words, but he is getting there. He enjoys holding his hand over his heart and standing at attention while saying them. Since this is his first year of schooling it is all new to him. He seems to like it alright. It's a whole lot of coloring which is something he has never really enjoyed doing. He is not really into that kind of thing. He is a take it apart and put it back together kind of child. He loves the cutting and gluing. He is very hands-on. Chickadee can learn just by reading a book, but Sparrow is going to be just the opposite. I will definitely have to do a lot more hands on learning with him.

Speaking of hands-on learning, Chickadee has been learning about the different types of matter. Solid, liquid, and gas. She has a box that she has been collecting different types of matter. Of course, you can't really collect gas, but showing her on the stove how water evaporating looks explained that pretty well.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Crochet Hat

This is a project that I started yesterday. My mom-in-law bought me a book about crochet for Christmas 2009 and I have been steadily learning the different stitches and how to read a pattern. I made this yesterday. I want to try to crochet some little flowers to attach to the front to add some color. Here it is:

The beginning

A little over halfway through


I actually had about 5 more lines I needed to make, but I ran out of yarn...oops! I think it still turned out really cute. Once I get the flowers done, I will post another picture of it.


Monday, September 13, 2010


I am trying to decide what I can make with all of this...

These are all 8x8 inches and I am not sure what to make out of them. I think I could sew some together and make a couple of patchwork type totes. I could also make some wallets or possibly some of my ipod carriers. Do any of my crafty friends have any ideas to share? Please leave your ideas in the comments.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

We started our Labor Day weekend on Friday. My sister-in-law flew in for a 4 day visit. She arrived Thursday night and stayed until Monday night. We had so much fun! I gave my children Friday and Monday off of school, so that they could spend time with their Aunt P. This is another advantage to home school. We can take days off if needed for impromptu lessons, field trips, or in this case visitors!
We started off the 4-day weekend with a trip to Gattitown on Friday for pizza and games. Because it was a school day, there was only a few people there. We practically had the whole place to ourselves! It was a blast and the food was very good!

Good Food!!

And fun games!!

We did a little shopping at Old Navy. We walked away from the store with some new blue jeans for Sparrow, a new shirt for Chickadee, a new shirt for me, and a 2 new shirts for Coot. We got some great deals!

Saturday we just hung around the house playing games, reading, and just enjoying each others' company.
Sunday we all went to church together and had a great service. Everything was so good, from Sunday school, worship service, and the sermons.

Monday we had a water balloon fight, went to the park, and then finished off the day by going to grab some Sonny's barbecue for dinner before dropping Paige off at the airport. Goodbyes are so hard to say. We had so much fun while she was here. My daughter shed some tears when she left, but I assured her we will see Aunt P again. More than likely at Christmas, which isn't all that far away.

Speaking of Christmas, it is only 108 days away. Aye yai yai, I had better get busy!!