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a little this, a little that

 miss ellie knocking on my door. love her

we had some rain this week, to spend some of the time, i gave the kids paint, paint brushes and sent them to the tree house to paint. and that they did. they spent hours out there!  
 painting the beams
 my chairs are also now painted. haha

 ellie found a hat and had to wear it...adorable!
 trying for a pic. these were the best. johana was taken with ellie's sparkly shoes....and yes dad, i know.  johana looks like baby melanie
 nate looks so pleased with himself
 nate and i, late at night...awawwww some day he will hate me for these pics but for now, he's happy sleeping in my bed
 yesterday, as soon as the rain stopped the kids were back in the pool. nate was the only guy, hahaha
 how to keep a baby busy while you have things to do?  give her an apple and let her eat it. for an HOUR!  she had a blast!
 my little jo jo bean


to rapture or not?

so, a few weeks back, while sitting around the camp fire, chris discovered one of my secret secrets. i shared with him, that im scared ill miss the rapture!  not only that, i do secret 'tests' to make sure chris is still here and i havent missed it

you see, i grew up Pentecostal, there is nothing with with the poac, but we left it a few yrs back to join more nondenominational churches.  so growing up paoc, a fear and the warnings put a holy fear in me, one that i still fight with as an adult!  that you do not want to mess with the rapture!  the horrors you will endure, the fear of me missing this event kept me up at night and looking over my back...

now, with all the talk of the blue moons, the economy crisis, the predictions, the middle east, the state of isreal, the global climate and shift of morals/beliefs mixed in with the right and freedom to be what ever you want, act how ever you feel and do what you wish...with a lot of political correctness...cough...makes a lot of ppl look towards the main event. the rapture is coming.  maybe in sept? 

last night we had good friends over and towards the end of the night we shifted conversation to a new topic.  one that i have never really thought of before....the theology of no rapture.

this opened a lively and fun discussion, well past midnight!  on a school night!  on this topic.  it really had me thinking...and i havent stopped

each chance i have had today im googling and reading....and my old school, church teachings are being questioned.  now to seel and explore for myself and have the holy spirit show me new things....

for a quick but deep read check out

no longer do we ponder the old school questions.  pre-post-mid rapture beliefs but now, this is a whole new rapture

so, what do you think?  are you riding the rapture bus or hoping on the no rapture plane?



this is a total brag post about nate...

yesterday morning he came to me and showed me the trailer to the movie hotel Transylvania 2.  it was a cute clip, i chucked along with nate at the silliness of it...when it was over i decided to use it as a teaching moment. the movie its self is cute and silly. nate really wanted to see the movie

i told him that there is a fine line between cute and silly and serious and leading you down a road...the movie is about vampires and what not. i shared with him what i feel, that althou the movie itself is harmless, not scary but funny and silly, it still talks about vampires.  which could lead him into some not so silly things in the future...

when the girls went to nap, nate and i sat down at the computer. with a pen and paper in hand (nate likes visual charts) i wrote down

then we did some reading up on the place, which lead us to our next google search (wikipedia)

Dracula. so we read up on him which lead us to the next search

vampires and after reading up on that we found
\folk lores/stories which opened up a lot of not so funny things

i asked nate to ask god about it, ask him if he should watch the movie.  i told him i was leaving it up to him.

a few hours past and nate came back to me and he said he felt in his heart that god said it was not a good idea. and he was ok not seeing the movie

i gave him a hug and we talked some more about how easy it is to go down the wrong road, making bad choices...

i shared with him my own revelation back in june. i felt that i was watching too much t.v. so i stopped watching t.v (all but 1 show, once a week)  so 6 nights a week i am doing other things, mostly reading.  ive gone through a dozen books or more! spent time with chris, gone on a few *cough* 4 HOUR coffee dates with friends...enjoyed the outdoors all because what started as watching a few shows turned into a lot of shows....resulting in watching tv every night!  not good for me! 

even as adults we have to be careful!  anyways, i am SO happy that nate and i were able to spent time figuring out his problem and come to a solution. 


peek a boo

 johana discovered the outside world. ha.  she just stood there in the door, marking up my winders with slobbery marks and tiny finger prints that i get to clean up. get to as in a blessing to do it!  she just wiggled and giggled and called " HI! HIYA!" to everything that moved
 "hi ya!" look what i can do!
wiggle wiggle giggle giggle
my little monkey.  she's growing too fast! 4 comments

sunday parkness

 i found a great park that has awesome swings, so we spent a good hr yesterday enjoying them
 johana is just happy.  ellie loves to swing. i adore having these 2 girls and on the bad days, i am so grateful that they are in my life.
 ellie discovered climbing up the slide...
 and down
i hope we can get a few more park days in before it turns to fall. i think this has been the best summer that i can remember!  0 comments

camp out!

 sat am, chris and his buds took the kids on a father son hiking trip. they hiked for 3 hrs to their camp site, beside a lake, where they ate, farted, burped, cut up things with knives, swam, ate, had a bon fire, told stories and made memories, together
 nate carried his own pack, and didnt complain!  i was so happy!  the things was almost as big as he is!
 off they go, but not before a pic
 the boys just before they took off
the kids, weston, jake, nate and nelson. the big boys, jason, chris and pat
 i spent some of my time digging through the curric i picked up last thurs
 2 of the books were on my wish list for next year! score!
 and a stack load of readers. i left behind a good 20 more! i was trying to figure out a way to get them to you ursi!  see, i wish we lived closer to each other! 


sunny days of summer

 the weather was so beautiful last week, i set the older 2 kids up in the play house to have lunch
 they loved it. nate was chewing, not frowning. haha
 while i rested on my swing and watched. can summer happen all the time?
 ellie boo came to join me
 johana! she is now pulling herself up, standing with help, clapping her hands, waving bye and can say "hi! hi ya! oh ohhhh, and my fav mama"
 our little boo
 ellie likes to feed jo, normally its like this but the other day i found them like this
 my heart. 


school 2015/2016 part 1

 Grade 3
-math u see. gamma                                                                                  
Flash cards, work sheets

-god leads his people. Units 1-5
Work book units 1-5
This is a newbie.  We have never used rod and staff before, but having the chance to peek at the books at conference, I bought them to try out this year.  I plan on reading the text book with nate and have him read the scripture from the bible, then he works indep in the work book.  I decided to invest in the books, buying them new and plan on using them with the girls.  Last year I did not spend much time with a formal bible study/lesson because I found nate was just tired of it and I really don’t want it to become religious.  I am excited with these books and I hope they are worth the money!

Social Studies
Discovering Canada series
-new france
-The defenders
-The loyal refugees
-The fur traders
-Black heritage
-Native people
-The railways 
I scored these books used for 50.00, they are in mint condition and have already finished the Vikings last year, I plan on doing the series with nate and making up the assignments as we go along J
I also plan on accomplishing
-spectrum geography
-clearly geography
And read the book a trip across Canada…

-apologia exploring creation with zoology 1
 flying creatures
I will read the text book with nate (I enjoy the books!) and he can work indep in his work book after. We really enjoy the exploring creation series, so I bought the text book new and plan on using it with the girls, that way I only have to buy them their own work books when the time comes

Language Arts
-photo copy work sheets from the internet in a binder…free! Ha
-all about spelling!  We love this program. I have the white board for the tiles, but its put away behind my a/c unit so I cant snap a pic!  I bought it new at the conf, unfortch I couldn’t find it used anywhere. But again, ill use it with the girls and it will be free then!  I do work with nate on the spelling, he does his work in a note book…which cost .5. ha
-daily review- I found this for free on the free table at conf!  so I photo copied it and stuck it in a binder! Free curric is awesome. Har har
-daily journal- I write out questions for nate to answer on a daily base.  He actually enjoys this! It’s a bit time consuming, but worth it.  I love to read his answers and its often creates fun conversation. Nate does needs to put effort into it and fill the page up…which is a struggle bec this kid LOATHES writing!
-just write- I haven’t prepped this yet…so I am not sure exactly what im gonna do with it. Haha
-grammar- grammar work book…I haven’t prepped this yet….cough
-homophones (all about reading). I still have to prep this…cough…..someday….no pressure
-reading review and book reports. This year I am going to try something new. Each day nate gets to pick a book, read it and do a mini review on the book.  Im hoping this will boost his lack of eagerness to write…ha.  The books will be small, say 20 pages tops but mostly it will give him a great opportunity to work on his own, or do ‘busy’ work while im with the girls…
-independent reading. Nate will choose a novel and read 20 mins a day.  Once he’s done he will write out his report and at the end of the book he will do a proper review
Independent reading list
-          The hunch back of notre dame
-          Ivanhoe
-          The wizard of oz
-          The wind in the willows
-          The call of the wild
-          The count of monte cristco

More Enjoyable books J
Two minute mysteries
Doctor dolittle
How to eat fried worms
Chocolate fever
Thomas Edison
Knowing me, this list will change as I find more books during the year. Har har

I also have poetry and 3 more writing books on back up, in case he gets all this done…or something is not working and I need to switch it up.

My goal this year with nate is to really crack down on his writing, or rather his lack there of.  He really doesn’t like to write (pen to paper) and I have to force him to take pride in his work.  We have studied the writing type (narrative, persuasive, objective etc…) but im wanting to boost his writing skills, spelling and penmanship
This year I am not doing any electives with the lad (art, music etc) he really doesn’t like them, so im not going to force him.  I rather fight with him on his writing. Haha
My ideal day/plan is going to be something like this…
8ish-wake up, showers, dressed clean up rooms
8:30ish- breaky at the table, all together with a quick devotion
9-nate starts school in the school room working independently while I clean up, start laundry, prep supper and keep the girls in tow
10ish- ellie starts her loose preschool with jo and nate in the same room (im expecting a gonk show till Christmas, it take time to intro a new routine) nate works on his school alone
11ish prep lunch, eat
11:30ish girls nap. Jo in her napping hammock in the basement (totally made her an awesome nap area) ellie naps./reads in her room
11:30-1 one on one with nate for his school, im thinking an hour and ½ should work
1:00ish Get ellie up ( she cant nap more than 2 hrs or she will be up all night)
2:30 get jo up, yes, she really naps that long in her hammock
3-4 clean up, kids play, I check emails (ha ha like I can with 3 kids up!) prep supper
4 CHRIS IS HOME AND I GET A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fyi-the main reason why I typed this out is 2 fold

-it will help me stay on track! I actually used last years plan a lot and felt great satisfaction by checking off the list and making changes on the way, as to what did not work and what did
-its helping me start practicing how to record keep from an early age!

Preschool age 3
I have a drawer for ellie with all kids of fun things for her to play with, she is amazing at keeping herself busy/playing on her own, so on the days she needs help J I will toss a baggie on a tray and help her come up with something to do during nate’s school time. For the most part, she likes to sit in my lap while I read out loud to nate or play with jo…

I am not doing a formal preschool program for her. She’s 3. I want her to play and laugh and love life.  When she shows interest, I will set her up with crayons and what not at the table. Althou, she really likes making pictures with me…yeah! Haha

I think just by having her see how we do school, it will get her into a routine of sorts, which will help when she starts k…but honestly, I truly believe, that just having ellie with us is what is best for her.  I am not going to run myself taking her to preschool and play groups.  God has really shown me a lot in this area, and I have asked him to show me what he desires for my school this is…as well as what is best for my kids/family

I truly, even on the bad days, love that we home educate.  For us and our family, it is the right thing to do…and the older nate gets, the more independent he works. Sob sob. 


school 2015/2016 part 2

all summer long i have been putting off and poking around with the new school year's plan. but i finally started it last that i almost finished it, i was invited over to a friend's place last night to poke through her 4 boxes of curric that she no longer needs (she put her kids in public school last yr) so now, i have 2 more boxes to sort and rework my above plan...hahaha

this post is a photo blog to show you the books i have and as always, a record for moi. ha

above, ellie was helping me get her preschool ready. haha

math u see. nate's work book, i do have the test book that i use with him. he did 6 chapters last yr before we stopped, so im thinking a week or 2 in sept/oct will be spent on review
brand new, rod and staff books
the complete set, plus a teacher book that is 2' think! 
the amazing experiencing canada books i scored used for 50.00!
more geography books.  after we do the unit studies above, im thinking we will do some geography and maps
science. the text book is on the left, the work book on the right. the workbooks are 17.00 american, which to me is affordable to buy for the girls
free cursive...but this will change cause i got a whole cursive course last night!
spelling, i need to set this up, and prep it
brain booster!
journal sheets
just write curric, i need to plan, prep and read the book....
grammar, again...i need to prep this....cough....
homophones, this is an awesome book. filled with games (that i have to prep ha) and i think nate will enjoy it
book report sheets
his serious books
fun books
the books that have the green sheets dividing them from the rest are books i plan on using from jan-june, if i need them
my full bookshelves that chris built 6 yrs ago while building the house. we had no idea how much i would need/use them!  i LOVE them! 
the bottom shelf books are nate and ellie's to pick up and read. the rest are curric/school ref books
nate's new awesome planner. i scored it for 5.00, i should do a blog post alone about how awesome it is!
flash cards/school stuff storage
last yr's plan. i totally used it, i made changes to it and adjusted it as we went along. i am glad i made a plan for us to follow, it really helped guide me along...
ellie's preschool
i scored these 3 trays at micheals for 3.00!!!  i went back and got 1 more pack of 3. they are the best at keeping her school stuff together
this is her drawer. i have added some more manipulative s to it. i just got some zip slide bags and put in what ever i have around the house, and voila...items she can use for school. she likes having her own drawer