Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catch up!

My intentions were to be better at blogging. Well, you can see that has not happened! Where have I been? It has been so busy the last few months. We had a shift in our curriculum in November. I was not pleased with the phonics program we had started in September. We took a long break and I started to search for a better program that would fit our needs. Once I found what I was looking for we began our new phonics program in January. Basically, homeschooling has been in full force with phonics. Which makes me happy! All of us! Plus, all of little man's activities(swimming & gymnastics) have kept us busy this year. 

Along with those changes we took time to visit family, friends and have some good one on one time. It was much needed! We enjoyed the Holidays! Which ones you ask? All of them! ha! Christmas we spent at my husband's family this time. Our little guy thought that was so cool to spend it at Paw's and Memaw's! It makes my heart so happy that my own child enjoys his grandparents. I did when I was young. Spring break we were sick. First time for me in a very very long time. That was tough! However, the benefits of homeschooling is Spring Break is when you want it to happen. While the crowds were piling up here in Austin we were home in bed. I don't like crowds. In a way I was happy to take our sick days during that week! 

This school year I have committed to two passions. First, I became a "team leader" for children's ministry for the kinder zone. I help during third hour worship service. I am responsible for welcoming new families, checking to make sure our teachers have what they need, stepping in where it is needed, gathering snacks, making sure children attend worship and many many other duties. Secondly, I stepped up to help with our local MOPS(mother's of preschoolers-kinder) group. They asked me to become a DGL(discussion group leader) for a table. It has been great year and we have 3 more meetings for this year's topic. 

It has also been a transition time for me. Exercise has become a priority again. Praise God for that! My friend asked me to attend a Camp Gladiator at 5:30 in the morning at 27 degrees with rain! So, I did! I loved it and joined officially in February. It has been good to get up early and take care of myself before I attend to everyone else's needs. Yay, for me I am not last on the list! 

Then I have been having some fun. Yes fun! The friendships I formed last year in MOPS has been a big blessing in my life. I can honestly say I love those ladies. We still get together for a GNO(girls' night out). My favorite so far are the sing a longs at Alamo Draft-house or the tea times with a Jane Austen movie. I highly recommend finding something you love to do and do it with people you enjoy to be around. That is a very important life lesson. 

So, how are you? Hope & pray all is well in your world. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Life Interrupted

I captured him in a moment. So much emotion behind those eyes. 
Just a few of the neighborhood kids. 

Lately my life has been interrupted. It has been messy & unpredictable. it has been beautiful! Let me explain. When I moved here 2 years ago I prayed to God to show me whom to reach in my neighborhood. Would it be my next door neighbor from Ireland? or maybe the sweet elderly couple 3 doors down? or the lady on the other side of me who is divorced with two kids? Nope! At least not yet.  This past summer a family of 4 moved into the neighborhood about 4 houses down from us.  We(hubby & my son & me) met them right away but we left for Colorado that next week so there was no time to really talk. That was in July. Public schools around here start mid to late August. My neighbor was busy getting the kids(boys) ready for school and adjusting to a new town. I would see her sons pass by up and down the street all the time. I would try to engage in conversation but when a kid is on a scooter your time is short. Though, God's timing is always perfect.  About 2 months ago around the second week of September somehow about 4-5 neighborhood kids gathered around my house. They wanted to help me make my homemade laundry soap and bake a cake with me. So they did. 4 hours later still with me busy helping and no parents to be found.  I began to wonder where are the parents? I asked the kids "ummmm, are your parents worried about you?" One kid replied " no m'am we are fine right here!" Eventually, all parentals involved found me with their kids. No questions asked! This is new to me. I am "that" mom who wants to know a lot about you before I leave my child with you or have a play date. Playdates to me are like dating! First coffee or a local park before a Chick-fil-a or McDonald's experience then maybe my house or yours. I am friendly and a trusting person but cautious. Does that make sense? Anyway, one of the moms and I have formed somewhat of a relationship. It is in the beginning phases. We now meet to pray and she has attended church with me one time. It is a process. Not an easy one. I am learning it may be a long hard road. Her marriage is not ideal nor is her life. It is a tough story to swallow and her 2 boys have their own story. They are only 7& 8.  The boys have been surrounded by a hostile environment. Yes, their parents fight and often. I don't know how but I was able to pull my neighbor aside to ask her questions about the situation. We even came up with a game plan. The boys now come to my house if a fight breaks out. Just to be clear a hostile environment does not have to be physical in order to qualify in that category. Most of the time the words that are used and the tone with it can be more harmful. I don't have the answers but I can offer love and support to this family. Well, both hubby and I are surrounding them. I am very proud of my husband. I could brag on him for hours for the way he has stepped up to show love in a godly way towards this family. I am blessed. I am not going to lie. I  have complained or commented  a times about my weight, aging skin, messy house, finances(sometimes), commitments, the daily duties or demands in my life and yes even the lack of space(a play room)in my house. I know we all have our days and plates full. I am very grateful for my life and I am blessed.  I do have an attitude of gratitude. I do! However, when I look at my neighbor and the life she leads or has to walk out, I bet she would take any of my complaints or all of them just to step in my shoes for one day. She has expressed to me I want the life you have. Your house always smells good, it is warm, inviting and peaceful. Yes, words often tell what is on one's heart and where they are in life. I believe God laid them in our path. I pray we will walk out what he has called my family to do. If anyone has advice or ideas please feel free to pass them along. I am open and willing to listen. Maybe someone reading this has had real experience in this department. 

This song came over me this morning..... 

Angry words! O let them never,
From the tongue unbridled slip,
May the heart’s best impulse ever,
Check them ere they soil the lip.


Love one another thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father’s blest command,
Love each other, love each other,
’Tis the Father’s blest command.

Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moment’s reckless folly,
Thus to desolate and mar.


Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,
Brightest links of life are broken,
By a single angry word.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween Redeemed & How to "Save" on Fall Clothes

You ask how can you save on buying fall clothes for you kids? Well, buy them a costume & they will wear it for 2 months! No need to buy the latest & greatest when you have Costume Shops galore! I am not kiddin' folks! 

I hope you have a safe & Happy Halloween Redeemed! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Momma's Lil Bat

Last month at the Austin Nature & Science Center we learned all about Bats! They explained the difference between micro-bats and mega-bats. We learned where bats fit on the food chain and what they need in order to survive. We observed a bat skeleton, a live bat up close and discussed their behaviors along with the anatomy of the bat. It was a very interesting class! 

Micro Bat(small eyes, large ears)

She made this bat costume! Ah-Mazing! 

waiting patiently to see the live bat. 

Now the best part about was my son thought we were going to learn about Batman. I was relieved that he was not disappointed to know it was truly "just about bats." However, at the end he did ask about Batman. The teachers looked at me with a smirk and chuckle. I just shrugged my shoulders. After all it is so close to Halloween and he does have an imagination! 

*below I took pics with my iphone and then used Rhonna Desgins to add the captioning along with editing. 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Austin Nature & Science Center

Last year, we participated in the Austin Science & Nature Center Home School program for our science lab. They picked different topics to feature for each group every month. My son's group assignments included insects, fossils and faults, reptiles, roller coasters and very small(fish). They enjoyed learning what qualifies as an insect. Once the group determined that they collected samples from the field.  The whole group gathered their nets then off they went to search for specimen. My son's group did an excellent job of finding different insects. Then we had the opportunity to take the insects to the lab and studied them under a lens. That was super cool according to my son. He loved the petri dish and all the different type of bugs that he investigated. They also had the opportunity to make a craft. A butterfly! WE.LOVE.CRAFTS! 

For the reptile unit I don't remember much. I know sad, right? My son did walk away with a reptile tie craft. 

The roller coaster unit they built a roller coaster together. They talked about g- force. Very cool stuff. 

The fish unit was all about catching them in the pond. That day was messy! 

We will be partcipating again this year starting next week. We are so excited to learn all about bats next week! 

Here are a few pics from last year! Enjoy! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Unofficial" Kinder Pics

These are not our official Kinder pics. The reason why I say that is my son needs a haircut and I need to pick the outfit for his official pictures! We wanted to continue to participate in the Not Back to School Blog Hop since this is picture week. So here they are...."unofficially"(lol)

He loves the color orange so he picked a flower to hold! 

He wanted to show his big feet! They are the wrong size but he thought it was funny! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Favorite Part

was his prayer from the first day of homeschooling....

"Dear Lord, Please help me to be a good learner so that I can become a reader. Thank you for listening and for school."

star wars shirt with spiderman glove is what every boy needs to pray!