Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Homeschool - Science - Seed Sorting

No matter which 
curriculum you use,
whether you homeschool
or not.

One of the first topics
covered in science is
the study of plants and seeds.

We have studied them in the past:

We revisited this concept 
again in this year's science:
Abeka 3.
Side Note: I am doing Abeka 3 for Jackson,
because I couldn't find my Abeka 2 science book.
Come to find out, I never bought it.
For second grade for Rico,
I started using Behold and See,
but never finished
(I wasn't too impressed).
So I didn't really do a 
Science curriculum per say with Rico.
Jackson is doing GREAT with the 
third grade book,
he is NOT ready for the 4th grade book next year
(which Rico is doing this year).
So I have ordered a 2nd grade book for Jackson,
it is on its way.
Yes, we are way into our school year,
but its ok.
(don't tell anyone but we are only a few months in...
we still have quite a ways to go!)

one of the activities they list
is to sort various seeds and to examine them.

We eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies.
So I started saving the seeds!

I was pleasantly surprised with the variety we came up with:

green beans

Jackson had an audience when he sorted.

(Who knew it would be a spectator assignment!?!)

Then I asked Jackson to try and label them.
to try and spell the name!

He did pretty well!!

Then Ms. Priss enjoyed watching so much...
she wanted a go at it!

 Sorting is a very favorite activity around here.
(This includes sorting laundry!)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fall Family Sports

Our kids play sports...
whether they really want to or not...
we kind of insist.
For many reasons,
there is a lot to be learned from playing team sports.
Especially by homeschooled kids!

We started insisting on the sports thing,
before we started homeschooling.
It is chaotic with multiple children
on different teams.
We are now officially up to 3 players...
on 3 different teams...
with 3 different game and practice schedules.
We are being eased into the real chaos though.
This past fall,
we started playing with
Upward Sports Leagues.
They are smaller
Christian leagues
played at churches.
It is not the gigantic rec league.
It has its benefits and drawbacks,
but right now,
the biggest benefit...
we will never have games for
multiple kids
at the same time
at different locations!
All games are played in the same place,
at different times.
So the drawback...
our Saturdays are SHOT!

And if you have hung around long enough,
you know that NC State football games
are rather important to this family.
So having our Saturdays 
because of kids sports...
reeked a little havoc on our 
State football game attending this year.
There was more than one game 
where we rolled into the parking lot
AFTER the game had started.
That was TOUGH on this girl!
But I survived.
We have now resolved ourselves
to the fact that we aren't going to make it to
every home game
every season
like we did when we were
had really young kids
who weren't playing sports.
But its ok.
(i think)

I took a TON of pictures.

Here are some of the highlights of our

Upward Flag Football and Cheer Season
Fall 2013 

One of the awesomest
(my spell check says that isn't a word - but it is for this)
One of the awesomest things this group did
was to announce each player,
by name,
then they ran through a tunnel of "fans".
Look at the sheer joy on these kids faces!!!

 The coaches even got to run through the fans...
so daddy got to take a turn 
and this big kid always had just as much fun as the little kids did!

Lex was our little cheerleader and
 liked to play and goof around
more than cheer.
We had to have a couple of discussions about that.

This is her pouty faces after we had one of our little 
"you better get up and cheer and listen to your coach 
or I am putting your tail in the car" 

 And some action shots from my football players!

Rico getting "mad"

"yeah, baby, that's how its done!"

Getting a little coaching from dad.

 Jackson makes the best faces when he is playing!!!


 Photobombed by the brother!
(this was one of those days that we left 
directly from the kids games
and headed to Raleigh to see State play - 
can you tell from the looks of the car?)

Not sure if Rico was going for the interception or the tackle here.
But he didn't get either one...
it wasn't from lack of trying though.

Poor Mr. T was left to fend for himself on Saturday 
Mommy was taking pictures.
Daddy was coaching.
The boys were playing.
Ms. Priss was cheering.
So he found ways to entertain himself.
Thankfully we played in a completely fenced in 
area, so I really wasn't worried about him disappearing.

Sometimes he would throw a fit...
just because.

Other times he would use the water cooler 
as a log...

or count the laces on the football,

or eat breakfast,

or play football with one of the other dads,

or stick his head into a cone
and make funny noises.

But for the most part, 
he was happy.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Halloween-y (in January!)

Well we are making progress...
lots has happened in October
it has only taken a total of a week to get
you up to speed!

I can't wait to move to November.

We sent October out in 

We found these cuties
at the store!

I was all over this.
Meant I didn't have to make 
and the kids got the joy of 

Jackson disappeared
before I could snap a picture of 
him with his creations...

A few days later
we headed 
over the river and through the woods 
to grandmother's house!
And that is the truth!
My grandmother lives in the woods.
It is a modern house built about 20 years ago,
so its not the old charming house my mom 
grew up in or anything...
but it is still in the woods!
Down a gravel path.

The hubs and the boys hadn't been out 
there since we had gotten back from 
I don't think the hubs had gone out there with us
since well before we left for Texas.
So grandmother enticed us down to her 
neck of the woods
by telling us her church was having a 
fall festival.
So we figured we would give
it a try.
Fall Festival 
in small town
South Carolina...
why not?

We hadn't carved our pumpkins yet,
so we loaded them up
(the ones we had gotten at 
and took them with us 
to do there.

(then of course I had daddy load them
back up and bring back to the house)

My sister and her hubs and daughter showed up too!
We paused for a quick picture of the kids
in front of the decorations 
at the church.

this was the best out of about
10 pictures.

They had cute team games
relay games set up for the kids

One of which was trying to put a frozen shirt on.

One of the older ladies there had put a couple of
shirts in the freezer days before
couldn't understand why they weren't freezing.
After we wet the shirts the day before the festival...
they froze.

Then they grabbed a couple of unsuspecting kids
out of the audience...
and had them attempt to put them on.

It was actually really cute to see them struggling to 
pull the shirts apart.

After a fun filled weekend,
we picked up an extra passenger,
and deposited her back at her house. 
I honestly can't remember how 
she got down there,
I am guessing she rode down with
my sister and her family...

Then we celebrated Halloween night 
in our neighborhood.  
Rumor had it our neighborhood was
one of the places to be on Halloween night,
in our small city.
The neighborhood newletter went out
a week or so before telling people
to expect upwards of 300-500 
trick or treaters!

Because of this,
less than 25% of our neighbors
were giving out candy!
I was very disappointed,
but at the same time,
Each of my kids only got about 20 pcs
of candy that night!
But it was GONE
that night and we didn't have to worry about it anymore!

We hit the neighborhood streets with
a couple of neighborhood friends.

And a couple of pics of 
my crew.

A couple of irresistible
pictures of the littlest 
member of our family! 

Stopping to pose for a quick pic.

Daddy with the princess and the pirate.

Pausing during the trek around 
our neighborhood
for a quick candy break
in a random yard!

Once we got back to the house,
our friends hung out for a bit
daddy had a little
6 on 1 
wrestling match,
just to zap the last bit of energy 
out of all 7 of them!