Book List

All over the net right now you are seeing bloggers posting their book list for 2015.  The ones I have seen consist of at least 15 books for the year covering topics from marriage, parenthood, homeschooling, finances, blogging, almost everything really.  And then there’s me.  By about 4th grade, I LOVED to read.  Loved it.  By 8th grade I was reading while walking between classes (even if that walked included stairs).  You could almost always find me with a book in my hand.

Then I became an adult and work and kids and schooling kids and well you get the picture.  Besides reading my Bible (which let’s be honest isn’t always as consistent as I would like it to be) I’m not even sure what the last book I read was.  Well that last book that was for my personal enjoyment or enrichment.  I can tell you what I have read to the kids.  Give me time and I can read you the list the older 3 have read so far this year.  But me.  I don’t have, make, take the time to read myself.  In fact when the idea for this post came to mind, I was going to make a goal to read 3-4 books that have been on my shelves just waiting to be read.  But, I’m sorta sure that’s a goal I won’t accomplish so I’m not making it.  If my little world changes and I get a book read, I will share it by all means.


So what about you?  Do you find you can get books read?  If so how do you do it and how do you decide which books to read?

This was Bam-Bam's summer reading goal one year.  If I remember correctly he read them all and then some.

This was Bam-Bam’s summer reading goal one year. If I remember correctly he read them all and then some.

The first 80 or so days of school

I was actually ready to write about the first 80 days or so in November but it didn’t happen.  So now we are actually just passed the 90 day mark.  And up till a few days ago I thought everything was going great.  Then a curve ball, Pebbles came to me and said she didn’t feel like she was being challenged enough with the C.C. course work and really wants to do other, harder things.  Well seeing as we were just about to start back to school after Christmas break her timing was absolutely horrible.  Honestly, I was thrilled she feels she needs more of a challenge and spoke up about it but seriously, I had 2 plus weeks where I could have been searching for things and making plans if she would have said something sooner.  Other than that most things are going well.  Bam-Bam is doing well with his courses and really only complaining about one in particular which is the one I expected.  He has slacked on doing Family Time Fitness but so have I with having the other kids do it.

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

I really just feel like this year has gone so much smoother than others.  Now to figure out what to do with Pebbles that won’t completely derail our progress.



Fitness Blender

I love Fitness Blender! I’m not completely sure when I found them but I’m guessing sometime around the summer of 2012 as that is when I have an email with my login and password for their site. Well now they have gone and made it even better!

As of January 5th they updated their site to include a workout calendar, new programs and other cool features are to come. You can check out their announcement about things here. This morning was the first chance I had to get on and I was floored and what perfect timing to help with New Year’s Resolutions.

Which leads me to my goals that I will be brave enough to share here. My long term goal is to hit my goal weight/dress size by my birthday in late June. By 12/29 I had a rough idea as to how I wanted to accomplish that goal. I planned on taking a month of doing walking and light strength/core training, moving on to Fitness Blender’s 4 week low impact program, then their second one that they said they would be coming out with and then evaluating from there are to what to do. Well, while I was doing some sort of strength training last week nothing was feeling right and now I know why. Fitness Blender came out with a four week stretching, yoga, and pilates for flexibility and total body toning program with the new release. It seemed like the perfect fit to go along with my walking so I bought. I was then able to add it to my calendar and now each day I just click on the day that it is on my calendar and it will show me which workouts I’m doing. No money to buy a program? No problem! Fitness Blender videos are completely free and you can pick and choose at will. Plus you can still add them to your calendar. It is awesome.

I’m am pumped up and motivated to see what the next 28 days will hold. And while I haven’t taken before pictures (at least not yet, still thinking about it) I have taken my measurements and I’m determined to see some changes in the next 28 days.

American Heritage Museum in Gettysburg

This week I had the opportunity to go and preview the American Heritage Museum in Gettysburg, PA. This museum in in the old Wax Solider Museum on the south side of town. While the museum is not completely ready, they opened it up for free for the community during the last half of December. The museum consists of 3 parts if you will; displays, a theatre, and gift shop.

I went with 5 of my children and a friend and her child. We had ages 14-5.

The displays are well laid out have have interesting facts and pictures. The pictures are 3D (you are provided with glasses upon entering) and there are even 3 mini movies done in 3D. The children were fascinated with the 3D pictures and the displays but not so much the mini movies or fact posters. What I could see of the one mini movie it was well presented.

The theatre is a 20 minute movie about the 3 day battle. Having grown up around the town I knew all the locations that were mention but the movie added to my knowledge by giving an aerial scene of how the armies moved during each day and how the battle played out. It also gave a clear picture of which commander was where.

The gift shop is about what you would expect with plenty of souvenirs for all ages. My 5 year saw a southern belle dress costume which she thought we should get so her daddy could see her in it. You could get something for all ages.

There is ample free parking behind the museum which is nice. They do have public restrooms which I mention because not all of the museums in Gettysburg do.

Overall I would this is a great museum for 12 and over, maybe 10 and up depending on their interest level. There was some warnings that I felt could have been given upon entering and will share with you. One is that the movie is graphic at some points with people dying. My youngest was turning her face into me during these parts. Second at one point during the movie in the theatre lights start flashing which I can see giving some people mirgaines or triggering seizures if they are sensitive to that.

Curriculum Choices 2014-2015

 As I sit here typing this I realize I have gone through a lot of Curriculum over the years, a lot.Some of it has stuck around and is continued to be used.  Some has been passed along to other families in hopes that it will benefit them more than it did us.  So what’s this year looking like?  Completely different from any other year.  Why?  Well one big factor is the fact that I have a high schooler this year.  Did you just here a loud thud?  That’s me falling over again at the thought of entering the high school years.  Also as is kinda par for course around here I will be officially adding in another student.  Those 2 factors, along with just taking a long, hard look at where everyone is has lead to my choices.

The Highschooler:

  • Mystery of History Vol 2 and 3
  • Life of Fred Pre-algebra 2 and Beginning Algebra
  • Skills for Rhetoric
  • For You They Signed
  • Family Time Fitness
  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science
  • French?

He claims that he is excited about this year.  Here’s hoping that will continue.

6th Grader

  • Learning Language Arts through Literature orange and purple
  • Making math Meaningful
  • Classical Conversations
  • Family Time Fitness

4th grader

  • Learning Language Arts through literature yellow and orange
  • Math Mammoth
  • Classical Conversations
  • Family Time Fitness

2nd grader

  • Reading Made Easy
  • Math Mammoth
  • Life of Fred
  • Classical Conversations
  • Family Time Fitness

And then there are the littles.  They are rather eager to do school work but I’m not really sure what I want to do with them yet.  When I have that figured out, I’ll share.

Now you may be questioning the Classical Conversations up there.  Here’s the short story.  We are not attending CC.  However, I was blessed with a copy of their foundations program and time line cards and plan to do CC at home.  I’ll share how that works out too.

Lego Christmas Writing Prompts

So I was checking my emails and opened up one from Free Homeschool Deals.  In there was a link for free Lego Christmas Writing Prompts from HomeGrown Learners.  Now my children LOVE legos but not writing.  I figured I wouldn’t use it but decided to look at it anyways.  The first prompt is:

You are a minifigure.  What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Bam-Bam reads it aloud and says, “Maybe I’ll get some new friends for Christmas”.  I don’t know why, but I busted out laughing at this thought.  Then I thought about it in “picture” form and asked Bam-Bam to bring me a minifig.  I didn’t ask for Gollum but that’s who he brought over and it made the whole idea that much more funnier.


My favorite thing about Christmas is maybe I'll get new friends!

My favorite thing about Christmas is maybe I’ll get new friends!