Sunday, December 8, 2013
Well we are back to "regular" school this week. It was nice to have a week off, but seriously....I didn't even make a dent in my to-do list. Although I did watch all of Season 8 of Bones...lol. I should've let Joey watch it with me and counted that as Science for him.
Well we have a few activities this week, including LEGO class at Build-It. And we also have American Girl Club. The girls have their dance recital this Friday also.
Combined subjects this week are Art, Health, and Ohio History.
Art - Line drawing using colored pencils to add color and detail
Health - Safety
Ohio History- How the Americans displaced the Natives...after the Revolutionary War.
Joey and Brayden will be working on even/odd numbers (large ones) and accurately reading word problems to find the solutions. Lydia is working on fractions and reviewing a math program which is showing her easy techniques for adding. Caty....well whatever we decide to play in this area.
Joey is working on animal traits. Brayden is finishing reading about Animal habitats. The girls will be working on Living things.
The boys are working on apostrophes and commas. Lydia is reviewing pronouns and working on action verbs. She is also going to continue learning how to write sentences.
The boys are learning how to read a globe. Lydia is working on reading basic maps and using the compass rose.
The boys have their books. Lydia is working on the -ad family and using Explore the code Book 2.
Side projects include....Lydia finishing more drawing in her Birds of Northwest Ohio book. She only needed to do 5 birds, but decided to fill the book. So this is an ongoing project. She is also working on her Zoo Class Amphibian report.
Caty is working on her Community Helpers project. For History she will be working on "Then and Now". For reading/phonics, we have some alphabet games and she is continuing her online Essential skills program.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week. See you on Saturday for our Weekly Wrap !!!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I am really liking this blog hop :)
1. Since I revealed my love of the movie Twister last week.......I guess I will confess my love of the actor Bill Pullman. The only movie I watch as much as Twister is, While You Were Sleeping. Oh and you can't watch that without watching Independence Day too. He hasn't done much that I remember lately, but I still love a good Bill Pullman movie.
2. The food that I miss the most (that I can't eat because of allergies)......The seafood dip bread bowl from Red Lobster served a side salad with blue cheese dressing and red onions. I don't think they serve it in bread bowls now, but back then....yummy!!! I LOVE blue cheese, and miss eating it. The goat cheese feta I found from a local farmer has a bite to it, but it's still not the same. I used to get out of work at the video store (oh...that'll be another post), and get Joe and I take out appetizers from Red Lobster for a very late dinner. The kids would be asleep. It was delicious!!
3. My favorite color is Yellow. Most people think it's autumn tans and browns. I used to like green a lot, back in high school. But my favorite color is now Yellow. It has been for several years now. It's bright and cheerful, although I do like all shades of yellow not just the sunny ones.
Linking up with Heidi.....
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Lydia, Caty and I recently started reading the Rebecca series. Set in America during World War I, it's the story of a Jewish family living in America. They are not rich financially, but they make a good living. Still there are challenges they must face, and Rebecca seems to be drawn to drama.
The girls and I are enjoying the story right now, and we hope you do to. Below you will find the link for the Reading Comprehension Questions for Book 3 - Candlelight for Rebecca. You'll also find the link for Book 1 - Meet Rebecca and Book 2 - Rebecca and Ana.
Other books in the Rebecca Series.....
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Monday, December 2, 2013
We did really well last week staying on track. I mixed some days up, but we still stayed on track for most of the meals. One day I changed it up a bit and we ate regular turkey leftovers for a couple days with mixed up side dishes.
This is the plan this week....
L- Spanish Rice
B- Cereal and toast
L- Snacky Lunch (diced turkey, cheese, crackers and grapes)
D-Fajita chicken and chile potatoes
B- Smoothies and toast
L- Packed lunch
L- Packed lunch
D- Take out
B-Cereal and Yogurt
L- Baked potato bar
D- sloppy joes
B-Doughnuts and Milk
L-Breadsticks and pizza sauce
D-BBQ Chicken Wings
B-Hashbrowns and gravy
L- Tuna patties
D- Stuffed peppers
Sunday, December 1, 2013
In My Life this week.....
Well I am trying to get control of the clutter. Areas of the house that have been neglected, I am trying to keep up with that stuff.
I really have been experiencing a major set of the "blahs". This has really been zapping my energy and focusing power. I am working at getting out of this funk though. I have to do something, this is really killing me.
In Our Homeschool this week....
We only did school a couple days. And I am proud to say they finished their work that needed to get done. I am very proud of the boys stepping up and not fighting me to finish their work. It scares me to give them this next week off from school. I am fearing what it will be like when we start back the following week...lol.
Projects I am working on.....
I am trying to find a hobby that will fit into our lives. This is really hard, because it needs to be something that doesn't take me out of the house a ton. So I am working on crocheting, sewing, reading, and photography because I enjoy all these. I figure one of these things might pull me out of my funk....oh and I am working hard at getting back into my exercise routine again.
We are working on gradually cleaning out the mess we call a basement too. It is so neglected because I struggle to keep the work done upstairs. So we are spending the month of December working our way through boxes and boxes......and boxes of junk. I need to suck it up and actually throw away some of their school papers.
What I am cooking....
Well, I made a turkey last Saturday and we ate on that all week. I made gluten free bread, which we turned into a stuffing skillet dish. I also made some really yummy cranberry sauce to go with that. It tasted like a cross between canned jellied and whole berry sauce. But it wasn't from a can...all natural. Super good! We sautéed butternut squash one night to go with turkey I sautéed in coconut oil. It was yummy too. I also made peanut butter pie (allergen friendly....dairy,soy,gluten free). The crust didn't turn out great because I used quinoa flour and still learning to work with that. But the filling was awesome!! I did use quinoa flour to make tortillas and then used those to make mexican lasagna. Super yummy! Joey was begging for 2nds, 3rds and whatever else I would let him have from the pan.
What I am reading.....
Still working on the Tracie Patterson book..
Where we are going and what we are doing....
We are hoping to spend some time with Joe next week. Has has vacation all week. So hoping to take a trip to a couple museums next week in Columbus and just spend some family time together.
Pictures from our week....
Our tadpoles came in and we started learning about frogs.
adding multiple column math. He actually took to this method well. I wish I would've found this blog a long time ago.
Linking up with other homeschool moms at So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.
Friday, November 29, 2013
So I was experimenting and searching recipes and combined a few to make this super yummy dinner last night.
This is super easy, and I called it Mexican Lasagna, but I have also seen something called Enchilada Casserole that looks similar.
You will need:
Approximately 20 Quinoa flour tortillas
1 pound ground beef (or meat of choice) prepared and season with your choice of taco seasonings
5 oz goat cheese
8 oz goat cheese curds (or cheese topping of your choice)
3 cups of enchilada sauce of your choice (I make mine homemade with tomato sauce, cumin, coriander, salt, dash of sugar and cayenne pepper)
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 diced green pepper (or poblano would be good)
First I made the link for the above Quinoa flour tortillas. They are super easy to make! I did add some salt to "flavor" our tortillas.
I then used my 13 X 9 casserole dish, which I also lined with baking paper. And I started layering.
Layer of tortillas, add beef, break up goat cheese and spread sauce on each layer.
Now I didn't put the suggested items in our lasagna because of Joey's fear of beans....yes I said fear of beans. So I served the black beans mashed (refried beans style) along with a side of rice and carrots and guacamole.
This meal really is an empty canvas. You can add/subtract whatever ingredients you would like. Really make it your own family's style. This was turned out very yummy. Joey begged for seconds, and lately him trying anything new is really shocking. Those quinoa tortillas will be a regular on our menu!!!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I think this new blog hop is going to help me re-discover myself....lol. Here are 3 more things you may or may not know about me.
1. I can't decide if I like jogging. I am just on the fence right now. I used to love running on a treadmill, but now not so much. I find it boring unless I am watching something on my Kindle. I tried to read while running on the treadmill and that didn't work so much. Audiobooks made it a little better, but my brain still found it boring. I really do like getting outside and running, but maybe I need a change of location because running the streets of our little town is boring. Maybe I'll try to run in the state park in the next town over. It's about a 10 minute drive. Unfortunately though I have to figure drive time into my workout then, so that cuts into my running time. It's frigid outside now, so I don't run in the cold, bitey air...too much for my fibro. Maybe try it in the Spring.
2. I wasn't always a health nut. I used to eat out constantly when I was younger. I lived on ramen noodles and canned yuck. When Joe and I got married, and we were both working....and it wasn't uncommon for me to work 80+ hours a week, we ate all 3 meals from restaurants. And not off of the "healthy" menu. Even when we had kids and lived so close to restaurants, we ate out constantly. If we didn't eat out, we had it delivered.....Waiter on the Way after all brought more than just pizza, we could order Indian, Italian, Korean...you name it...we could get it. Hind sight is 20/20....I wish I had the same knowledge I have now, back then. Our diets would be totally different. We may not have the same health issues or at least would have had them under control much sooner before damage was done.
3. My all time favorite movie is Gone With the Wind. I could watch it all the time. But did you know that I also really like the movie Twister?!?! I loved the soundtrack too. I think it would be fun to go and Storm Chase. I probably wouldn't do it now with all my responsibilities. But 17 years ago when that movie came out, I would've gone in an instant. I still watch this movie when we see it on TV. ..... I gotta go now, "We got cows!"
Linking up with Heidi!!!