Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Homeschool Exhibitor's Night 2014

Our local HS support group does an Exhibitor's Night every year.  This is our second time participating.  I always think it's going to be too much work and time and energy....then we end up really enjoying the process and having a great time!  Plus I'm always so proud of the kids.  This year especially.

Admittedly, I helped the kids choose their topics.  Basically, I started rattling off ideas until something sparked their interest and then they ran with it.  Our Exhibitor's Night is sorta like a science fair, except it can basically be about ANYTHING.  

Selah chose her topic first:  it was creative in nature.  It included some fine arts, plus domestic arts.  Her table displayed some of the items she has crocheted, sewn and baked ~ plus recent artwork.  She baked the bread that morning, so it was tempting us all throughout the day.  In fact, I bribed my younger boys with the promise of some of Selah's delicious 'braid bread' after the program if they were well-behaved.  They were well-behaved.  :)

Tali always wants to be like her sister.  We are working on exploring her own talents and gifts, as she can't keep up with her sister in certain areas (Nor should she expect to!  She's 2 years younger and gifted in different areas!!).  So while her table was similar in nature, we tried to customize it to her own interests.  So Tali's table included some crocheted items, a pillow she had sewn, along with a sewing machine diagram and stitch example chart, plus the sewing pattern she and her grandma had created.  She also made a Lyric/Poetry Journal, with many different poems and songs, yet accidentally left it at home.  I'm fairly certain I was more upset than she was, silly girl.

Isaac wasn't as ready to jump on board.  He was fairly ambivalent about the whole thing ~ at first.  I was searching for something, *anything*, that might interest him ~ when I mentioned Minecraft, I had him!!

We decided his Minecraft table would include various ways Minecraft can be used for learning:  different maths, logic, planning, architecture, creative writing, vocabulary, spatial reasoning, art, even as a jumping off place for topics such as spiders, soil, gems/mining, gardening.....the list goes on and on.  When I discovered how many Minecraft videos there are on YouTube, I knew we had to figure out a way to have Isaac make his own video.  What a great way for Isaac to jump right in there and learn about the technology needed to record what was on his screen, how to record his voice, how to edit his video, add music, narrate, etc.  It was awesome!

Even though we had some tech issues at the actual Exhibitor's Night (honestly, we weren't prepared early enough to request what we needed....totally our fault), I am super proud of what he accomplished.  He *can* be somewhat reserved and shy, but once you get him discussing a topic that he is actually interested in, he opens up and does a great job!   Even with our lack of up-to-date technology, he persevered.  Here's his video:

Both of my girls can be shy as well.  At the last minute, they both decided to not simply make a display table, but to do a quick explanation up on the stage, in front of the group.  It was especially wonderful to see Talitha up there.  Yes, she tried to twirl her ponytail (a nervous habit from years past), and you couldn't hear her all that well, but she did it.  And did it with little to no prompting on my part!

Selah's artwork was actually her first "commissioned" piece.  Her grandma wanted something for her kitchen and Mema loves coffee!  It turned out great!  Besides learning about this particular style of art, and the artists who design pieces like this, she is learning about how you can take a talent - something you love - and make it work for you.  Monetarily even!  Whoo-hoo!

The younger boys *could* have participated, although neither showed any great interest.  I will encourage them to do so in the future, especially as my older children need my help less and less.  Sweet Gideon slept in Mema's arms most of the time, lil' fella.....

And here is our group of HS kiddos.  There are *many* more children/families involved in our support group, but this is one of the things I love about it ~ you never know who's going to show up to which events!  You may end up with a HUGE party at one event, or a small, intimate gathering at another.  I loved talking with other HS mommas, discussing our struggles, our joys, our heartaches, laughter and even tears.  Please, please, join a support group if you can.  Totally worth it!

**And lastly, in other news, here is a sweet doll I recently crocheted for a friend's granddaughter.  Her hair is simply perfect - I LOVE it!  The dress is removable and I even made a second dress, 'cause what lil' girl doesn't want to change her dolly's clothes?!  She did end up with blue eyes and a sweet red mouth.  I hope this lil' girl loves her doll and plays with her for years!

So what about you?  Are you involved in a HS support group?  Maybe a co-op?  Do you have opportunities to vent, share, express your frustrations and joys with other women who can completely understand where you're coming from??  If not, try to find some ~ even ONE such friend can be a sanity-saver!  For both of you!!  If I did not have this group, I would at least get together with another family or two.  Do some events together, field trips, weekly classes, every other week, monthly, whatever......just get together and share this journey together.  God has given us such a blessing in the company and fellowship of friends!

Anyways, time for laundry, dishes, dinner prep.....
Ah, it never ends, does it?!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Recap

Hi y'all,

Just thought I would jump back into blogging.  Nothing big and momentous.  Nothing that's gonna go viral.  Just some of my thoughts, some documentation of our ordinary, yet spectacular life.

As a recap:

I am a 39yo daughter of the King!  Been so since I was a kid.  We're looking for a church.  More on that later....

Me ~ with my earbuds.

I have been married to Dean, who is my best friend and I love fiercely, passionately and dearly, for 15 years.  We have 6 amazingly lil' blessings.  I must admit, there are times I have to walk around the house, repeating to myself - "Children are a blessing.  Children are a blessing.  Children are a blessing."  If you have children, you understand.... ;)

I have a few pyromaniacs.....

Lawn Mower Rides!

We live on our own lil' 5 acres, in the thumb of Michigan, with a pond, a wooded area with a few trails, some great climbing trees, a fire pit, oh just a little piece of Michigan-heaven - in my humble, ever so biased opinion!

Isaac ~ my pre-teen!

We homeschool.  Mostly year round.  Eclectic & relaxed.  No testing, no grade levels, no trying to keep up or falling behind.  We learn at whatever pace works for us.  We love the arts, be it music, drawing, painting, singing, acting, you name it!  We group study as many subjects as possible (for my sanity and everyone else's benefit as well).  We don't have tons of money for outside activities, but we have fun whenever possible and I am trying to be content where we are.  God has us here, in this season, for a reason.  I'm good with that!
My baby, um, I mean, my clarinet!

My hubby is a mortgage loan guy, as well as an IT student (something to do with with computer networking, don't ask).  He also does some social media, um....stuff.  He has the desire to use his new lathe, once he has a spare moment to himself, but right now spends any free time with us, cutting down dead trees on our property for firewood.  We got a wood burning stove recently, and need to stock up for our Michigan winters.  Hello, polar vortex!!

Ok, is that it?  Oh, my folks live in our lower level, so technically we are a multi-generational family living here in this home.  My parents have their own *everything* (kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, their own entrance - everything - basically their own home), so it's not near as complicated as you might first think.  We give each other space yet love this opportunity to be with each other!

I love my slippers!

I don't blog for a cause, or blog to make money, or schedule my blogs out, or really plan ahead with blogging at all.  I've tried, but honestly, I'm too busy!  I blog for pleasure, to vent, to express myself, to talk through my feelings - my own personal therapy.  It comes and goes and I love it!!

I crochet A LOT!!

And there you go!  Now I have to go heat up my cup of coffee, give the kiddos a snack and read Story of the World to my crew for a while.  We are on the Phoenicians and the return of the Assyrians.  I must admit, I get them all confused....Then some lunch and off to the library before it storms (and hopefully we can still fit in a nap for the baby and quiet reading time for everyone else before dinner).  See?!  Just life!

Selah ~ my artist!
Tali ~ handworking & sassy!

Micah ~ I LOVE 5 YEAR OLDS!!

*****Here's a pic of my sweet baby, Gideon.  He's our newest baby and our last baby ~ I wonder if he's gonna be a spoiled baby of the family.....??

 Have a great day y'all!
I'll see ya later ~ so we can discuss school, coffee vs. tea, how you handle babies, toddlers, lil' kids and pre-teens ALL TOGETHER, God, church, discipleship, potty training, gardening, healthy foods, marriage, house cleaning, praying....oh, just anything you wanna talk about, I'm willing to give it a shot!

Micah & Elijah Rock ~ My Lil' Cherokee Braves!

Please, leave me a message and say "Hi"!  Let me know who you are, if you are hs'ing, how many lil' ones you have, are you a newbie or have some years of experience under your belt (re: hs'ing or parenting or marriage or whatever), what you may be struggling with, what you'd like to talk about....just whatever!  Hope to hear from you soon! :)


Friday, May 11, 2012

For now...

Well, for now I am putting this blog to rest.

I have blogged for YEARS and it has been wonderful!  There were times when I had a bunch of littles that this blog was a peaceful blessing in my day ~ a great way for me to vent & share & work out my thoughts on life, God, motherhood & marriage.

But now, with the kids getting a bit older, with my 6th lil' one arriving in 8 weeks or so...I just need a break.  No pressure to blog, no guilt.  There are wonderful blogs out there that I still love to visit, so I'll still be checking in with y'all :)

Perhaps this blog will be resurrected in the future.  Not sure?!  Who knows what life will look like in a year, 5 years?  If so, I hope we'll meet again!

If you want to stay connected, I am on FB and update fairly regularly (I love it that some of my "bloggy" friends are now some of my "FB" friends too!).

So goodbye for now y'all ~ this blog needs a nap!!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Pool, Park & Painting....oh my!

Nothing special going on around here ~ just everyday life, which I guess is pretty special in it's own right!

My son, playing his first ever game of pool.....he *almost* beat his Dad :)
(*Just another reason I LOVE Dorsey House ~ the upstairs!*)

We've been working on school (kids finishing up the next few months, me planning curriculum choices for next month ~ but THAT will be another blog post of its own), Dean is still trying to find a full-time job (all the while working a ga-gillion part time gigs to get us through), I'm crocheting a lot and...well...making a baby :)  26 weeks along now ~ I am getting very excited!!

We are also enjoying the spring weather (which is ever-so-slowly joining us with warmer temps).  Kids playing in the backyard, Isaac learning how to bait his own fishing hook & even take the fish off ALL ON HIS OWN (which is quite the feat for this not-so-country boy - he's gettin' there!), bike riding & even a park day this past weekend.

Micah Dean, lovin' the BIG slide ~ a great Saturday afternoon at the park!

Selah playing hopscotch ~ and yes, she was using our new
Hopscotch Bean Bags

Elijah, enjoying a treat of a juice pouch ~ we don't get 'em that often, so he was lovin' it :)
This park has LOADS of playground equipment, an awesome bike path & a couple covered picnic tables!

A cool teeter-totter the girls were enjoying!

Mostly Isaac just rode his bike around & around & around the bike path
~through this lil' grove of evergreen trees.  Great planning on the county's part ~ it's beautiful!

We are *finally* going this week and purchasing the first few gallons of paint to start the "Painting & Reorganizing Upstairs Project of 2012"!!!!  (this is a big deal around here).  Unfortunately, with Dean working so many part-time jobs and simply not making a lot of money, our painting fund is *sorely* lacking. Therefore, I have made it my current goal to sell as many crocheted items as I can, as quickly as I can, through my Etsy shop (I'm got a lil' mini-etsy widget in my sidebar over there ----> check it out!).  I've finally made enough for this first shopping trip!

We've got an OB appointment this week, which also happens to fall on our 13th wedding anniversary (13 YEARS?!?  How did *that* happen? :)  We're gonna head on over to Home Depot and grab some supplies ~ the boys' room is first - and it's HUGE!!  It's gonna be OHIO STATE all the way, baby!  (yes, I know we live in Michigan.....;)

Once that room is done, the boys can move back into it, opening up the girls' room for painting - then the girls will move back into their room, opening up the spare/music room for painting - then the bathroom, followed by the HUGE "game/play" area & hallway.  I am *so* wanting to finish this huge project up before lil' baby Gideon arrives, but as the days slip by and our painting fund wanes....well, I'm gonna keep up the hope for now!!

Lastly, here's a recent crochet project.  It's not even something I have for sale in my shop, although I guess I could.  Just some sweet lil' owls, handmade for playtime!  Adorable :)

Aren't these lil' owlets adorable?!

I found a pattern HERE and then changed it a bit as needed (they are *tiny*)
I've been enjoying crocheting lil' cute, stuffed animals for the kiddos!

Now it's time to get my house clean!
(well, picked up and somewhat clean....maybe....okay, but I GOTTA clean the toilets!)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring in your Kitchen

Why have square, boring, plain ol' dishcloths??

100% Cotton Dishcloth Duo ~ Aren't they cute??

So much better than my plain ol' square dishcloths.

I'll eventually use 'em, but goodness...they're just so CUTE!
(check out my etsy shop for this & other spring items)

When I have the time (and the motivation, both of which I have been lacking lately), these types of projects are exactly what I need.  They are practical, beautiful and make me smile!  They make my house feel like a HOME and I feel happy in my role of 'keeper of the home'.

It's amazing how such a simple item can change so much....


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Springtime "First"

~Taking a Ride~

First lawn mower trailer ride of the season!

Elijah wasn't in the picture 'cause was too busy playing by the firepit ~
That boy has a bit of "pyro" in him, I'm telling ya....;)

Micah finally got the nerve up to let go on the trailer & wave!
Fun times with Papa!!

A ride around our lil' 5-acres, having a quick fire in the firepit, fishing for a few hours in the afternoon, watching the frogs jump into the pond as you walk by....simple ways to enjoy this early springtime weather...

Luv it.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hopscotch Fun


It's Springtime & time for some outdoor fun!

So I whipped up a few Hopscotch Bean Bags ~ for the kids & for the shop!

Stop on over & check 'em out ~
and be on the lookout for more springtime items.....

**I got this FREE pattern over at tangledhappy.com ~ she simply has the best patterns, so check out her site!