Monday, November 11, 2019

What a week!! Welcome Saige!!!

So we are normally a very busy family.  With 4 teenagers playing sports and having jobs, life keeps us very busy.  Last week I had a mammogram done and after the ultrasound, it was determined I needed a biopsy.  So needless to say I was a bit nervous all week.  But I also had some very weird medical issues start.  I had some extreme swelling from my hips down, in both legs.  So I was balancing the kids activities, my medical appts and not feeling well.  You know, the typical mom life.  I tried my best to keep my legs propped up wherever I could find time.  That is a bit difficult.  But by 8-9 pm at night when I finally get to sit down it was crazy.

Of course, then I woke up to this....

We had all the typical stuff going like basketball practices and bowling.

We fit schoolwork in around life.  This weeks State geography was Florida.  A state we have spent a lot of time in.  For our meal we had Key Lime Pie.

I made them Hearts of Palm also with bacon.  I found the recipe called Swamp Stew.  This was not a big hit.

Our books for the week.  We also watched State Plate - Florida, and Aerial America Florida on Amazon.

Lydia's hard tack after a week.  It turned rock hard.  We tried to "rehydrate" it in some milk.  I it never really softened up.

In history they started Book 2 in A History of U.S. by Joy Hakim - Making Thirteen Colonies.   So we finished talking about the Roanoke Colony, and started Jamestown.  They watched a few documentaries.  One I have had for years, and can't find a link for.  It's a Jamestown special from the History Channel.

Lost Colony


Jamestown:  The Beginning

Pocahontas - Beyond the Myth

This crazy rooster is driving us crazy.  So we are trying to find a way to cut his crowing down.  Lydia tried putting a velcro collar on him.  *** far not working.  I think she needs to research this one more, because many people swear by it.****

At co-op this week, there was a guest scientist doing experiments at lunch.  It was cool to watch, and even better to not have to clean up from a science

Caty worked on a quilt square in class.

Enjoying some of the last beautiful, bright fall colors.

Road usual.  Lydia was working on her math.

We had two history presentations we went to this week.  One was the importance of Northwest Ohio with the Underground Railroad.

And the other was the War of 1812 in Northwest Ohio

On Thursday, after my biopsy we visited a local dog shelter.  They were having an adoption special, and there were two English Bulldogs I wanted to go and see.  An English Bulldog is my dream dog.  And I was so excited.  Just as we got there, they were leaving.  We explained what we were looking for and the shelter matched us with a perfect for our family dog.  Meet Saige.  We welcomed her and she has so much love to give us too.

Friday am, Saige had already taken her spot and loves everyone.  She was helping Lydia with her Geography Fair poster board.

Now I need to walk more outside.  It's almost winter though, so I'm not sure how that's going to

We ended up with a lot rain this week!!!

It was a rough week, and some dear friends brought me a surprise.

I felt a little better on the weekend.  We had to tackle lots of outside work, including closing the pool up.  Saige though wanted in on the fun.

We ran to Costco and one of the hundreds of items bought was some bread bowls.  Caty has been begging to try this.  So I grabbed a pack.  I taught her how to make homemade potato and bacon soup.  The soup was a hit.  The bread bowls were a 50/50 like.

Another project this weekend was hanging up the antique ladder shelves I saw on Facebook.  I found the ladders at a local Pickers event.  We finally had the time to conquer this.  Joe did great.  We have a shelf on each side of the room now.

It was a busy week.  We got a lot done, but still have a list to go.  Why we were always in a rush to be adults?!?!  Boy could 44 year old me tell 17 year old me to slow down!!

Hope everyone had a good week and stays in good health!  Linking up with other moms at Homeschool Coffee Break!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts - Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! Review

Amazing Names by CrossTimber

We recently had a chance to review a very unique gift for kids.  Caty had the privilege to have a Your Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! video made of her name from CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts.  This was such a cute video and one that littles will appreciate for a while!

CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts provides quality products for families featuring the meaning of their names.  These items include stationary, name plaques, frames, and origin scrolls.  But this time we had the privilege to have a Personalized Adventures for EVERY name!.  This video is roughly 28 minutes in length, and personalized to your child.  Featuring a Christian perspective, your child will discover that their name is more unique than they may think.  We received the digital download, which we were able to watch on both our laptops and also tablets.  For a few extra dollars, you can also purchase a DVD print of the video.

Benjamin the pencil takes your child on a journey through the meaning of their name.

You land in your video with a personalized room for your child.  It features many little touches that have their name.  Caty found this hilarious, and wants pillows embroidered with her name now.

You also see a piece of their artwork float into the room.  She perked up when she realized that this was her painting! 

The artwork is converted into a rocket ship that take your child and Benjamin to outer space.  They meet the stars and make their way back to earth where they meet Mr. Owl.  

Benjamin and Mr. Owl explore the meaning of names and where they come from.  I found this very interesting as an adult while we were watching it together.

The story encourages your child in continuing to explore and build their relationship with God.  They also meet Rescued, who was formally known as Lost.  Scriptural thoughts are shared to help your children to continue to build their relationship.

To complete this project, you will send in pictures and information upon your order of the Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name!, but the real personalization is the letter that you can write to your child about why you chose their name for them.  This is a very touching addition to this already meaningful gift.  It can really show your child how you spent time thinking about what they would be known as.

I thought that this was just a beautiful touch that can be added.  The letter is read to your child.  Caty really thought this was sweet and said she understood the people she was named after better.

Your child is really the center of their very own video production, and their name is mentioned more than 20 times.  At the end, they are presented with a certificate featuring the meaning of their name.

Caty has this saved on her computer now.  She can watch it anytime she wants.  This is such a sweet and touching gift to give to a child to have saved in their memory.  The price is very budget friendly, and can be given by parents and grandparents alike, depending on what you want the video to say.  It could be given for all ages,  but would definitely make the most impact on elementary aged students.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name!.  Click on the link below to see how their families felt about the Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! .

Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! {CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts Reviews}

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