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Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekly Recap: with the lazy summer

It feels like summer is dragging on. It's hot, lazy, and it's starting to annoy me. I was feeling a bit down last week anyway, which adds a lot to my opinion and attitude. I'm trying to have more good energy all around this week.

One thing I love about this summer is the summer squash! I finally have one almost ready in my sad little garden, but our neighbor has been supplying us with his extras! WE eat zucchini and yellow squash SO MUCH that this has been a wonderful and very appreciated gift. We had extra last week so my kids made zucchini bread and chocolate zucchini cake (from the THM cookbook).

Trust Fund Movie Review

I am always happy to find good movies that we can watch as a family, so when I was given the opportunity to review a DVD of Trust Fund from Mapelle Films, I set a movie night date with my husband so we could preview it and decide if we would watch it with the kids or just the teenager.

Trust Fund Movie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How We Homeschool: Zen (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

Oh my, we've made it to Z! I am a little surprised that I've completed this blogging series, but I'm proud that I stuck with it!

For this letter I chose the word zen. I'm going with the urban dictionary explanation of the word - "a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekly Recap: The one with Independence Day

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What a fun week! My son was called to be a counselor in the Deacon's quorum presidency. That means that he'll help plan activities and coordinate service projects for the boys his age at our church. They focus on coming closer to Christ and serving him by serving others around us.

We attended a family barbecue for my husband's family. It sure was nice to see his brother and their families, especially since a couple of them live out of state. My kids really enjoy spending time with their cousins, and I must say my nieces and nephews are adorable.

Home School in the Woods: Make-a-State Activity Review

Last year in geography we studied North America. My children had to choose a country, province, or state to create a report on. The problem was that everyone had a hard time deciding which to pick! So when Home School in the Woods offered their new Make-a-State Activity, I knew this would help us learn about the states we wanted to but didn't get a chance to study.

Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Make-A-State

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How We Homeschool: Yawn (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

Yawn... that's how I felt all day today! We stayed up late on Independence Day and we were all tired this afternoon. This is also how I feel every morning during the school year. I am not a morning person!

Even though I don't do mornings well, my children do. We have always been huge respecters of bedtime. When our oldest was a toddler, our teacher friends put their son (who was the same age as our daughter) to bed at 6 p.m. It was necessary for their schedule, and worked for their family. Once my husband's work schedule changed we started putting kids to bed at 6:30 p.m. It was amazing, Mom and Dad had time together, mom got more done after the kids were in bed, and the kids were always well rested and (mostly) happy. There was that difficult time when they started to outgrow naps. We've adjusted as they got older, they stay up after 6:30 p.m. for various, individually appropriate times to read, study scriptures, journal, or work quietly (teens only).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekly Recap: Without the braces

We had a busy week, but it was a lot of fun! My husband had to work last weekend, so he only came to the first part of church with us. There was a great lesson on Nurturing the Eternal Partnership of Marriage in my class, and one of the sisters mentioned something she has found that has been a huge benefit in her family. When a child gets married, she contacts both the child and their spouse when discussing something, rather than just her child. It has made a huge difference in unifying the new couple and creating a happy extended family. I thought about that and realized that I already do that in most situations (siblings, I don't have married children yet!), but I'm going to make an effort to do it always. I also thought about how it makes me feel when family and parents do that to me and how much I appreciate it. I wish that all of our extended family would do that though. The entire lesson was great, but that was one tidbit I shared with my husband after, and he agreed that it makes a huge difference.