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Rare Disease Day 2017

It feels strange to say Happy Rare Disease Day, but it's amazing how many people I know who are affected by a rare disease of some sort.  Having a rare disease affects us all in different ways. For some we just want to know what's going on with our kid and what it means for their future.  Some people need to know to try and just live each day the best they can for their family member.  For some it's all about getting the word out and trying to help others.

Rare Disease day is something to celebrate! We are all rare in our own way, whether it's medically rare or rare in another way. We have 3 children and they are all RARE!!! Two are rare because of their abilities and one is medically rare. The one that is medically rare is also rare because he differs from anyone else in the house. He has his good hours/days and his bad hours/days :) He struggles because he has to wear 2 "torture" devices every night and he doesn't understand why his friends don't h…

Review: Math Mammoth

I have met so many people that have used Math Mammoth and especially for "problem areas" that their children were struggling with. When I heard that we were getting to review something from Math Mammoth I was super excited because then I could see what all the hype was about :) We got a choice of Light Blue Series, which is an entire grade, or Blue Series, which is individual sections to work on. I chose the Blue Series and decided to go with Multiplication 1, Multiplication 2 and Division 1. My fourth grader is still having some struggles with multiplication and division, so this is the area that I wanted to focus on! They come in a PDF file and are only $3.70 each which is a great deal when you only have a few sections you want/need to focus on.

I have to admit that when I downloaded the first 20 or so sheets for us to work on my first thoughts were I don't think I like this program! I've always enjoyed math and honestly never been one for bells and whistles. Give…

Freezer Meals

Many times over the years I've heard or read about making freezer meal, once a month cooking, etc.  It always sounded interested, but I just never did it (LOL) I've recently become part of a Facebook group called Dinner's Done! There has been a daily post of getting dinner done and pretty much all of it's in the crockpot.  A friend and I purchased 40#'s of chicken from Zaycon Fresh and I figured I'd try and use some recipes to set meals up for my family.  I used a 10# bag of the chicken and they were really big. I cut them almost into 1/3's and some were thick, so I cut those in 1/2's.  The friend I was sharing the chicken with sent me a link to The Creative Bite and I decided to try a few of their recipes.  I had the ingredients for the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Honey Balsamic & Onion Chicken and the Spicy Mexican Chicken.  I also decided to try Eat at Home and currently you can use code COUNTERTOP. I know that if I plan ahead then we don't eat out…

Review: HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study:Ancient Greece

I don't know how many of you have used any of the products from Home School in the Woods before, but I hadn't. I had checked the site out a year or so ago for something to use with our 8 year old.  At the time I wasn't sure if the price was worth it, if he'd enjoy it, so I just put it on the back burner.  Recently I was given the chance to review HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study:Ancient Greeceand I was so excited.  This is one of those items I just wasn't sure was worth the money and getting to review it made me so excited.  

I have to say that the day I received the product I was so excited that I just started printing! The program is set up in stops where you have specific tasks to complete for each stop. I really like how you can go to each stop and print everything you need. There isn't a question of what is needed for each stop. There are also several things to do in a stop, so if there is something that isn't going to wor…

Review: Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

This is the second book in the series Montana Rescue. For some reason I have a hard time getting into the books in the beginning, but once I'm in then I'm in! I don't know if maybe I need to focus a little more in the beginning because that's where they are setting the scene. I often think I skim through where the characters are being introduced and then I'm confused shortly after because I can't remember who is who!

One thing I really enjoy is how action packed these books are when you are reading them.  Susan May Warren really describes everything, so that you feel like you are right there in the scene.  The details she uses while describing the woods and wildlife really help to make this book.  Willow is one of my favorite characters. She has such a heart for God and working with teenagers. She feels like they need someone other than their parents to talk to and that she can be that person to help them. She had a rough childhood and she wants to help teens …

Week Ending 2/18/2017

I had really high hopes for this week with school and they fell flat again! I think I need to stop having those high hopes (LOL) Monday morning I ended up back at the doctor's office with Issac. They ended up saying he had atypical pneumonia. It wasn't that he was feeling poorly, it was just the bad wheezing I could hear. We didn't get much done Monday because of the appointment and just the time and distance.

Tuesday we had our homeschool group's Valentine Bowling Party. I felt like I should keep Issac home except that he didn't look sick! He was so looking forward to it, so off we went. It was the biggest bowling event that I've seen with them. We had well over 50 kids! Issac and Carl bowled 5 games and had a great time. Issac was so happy with all the valentines he got from the other kids as well as with what he handed out.

I left Issac home with Carl on Wednesday, so that I could take Brianna to her class. I left Issac a note of what to do. When I got home …

Review: The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas: Volume 2

I am one who always enjoys reading what others are doing in their school. I know for some people it's overwhelming because they feel they need to do it all. For me I find I can take little pieces of what others are doing and bring it into our school day. I think most homeschooling moms are pretty real about what they do each and every day. As well as what it's really like to homeschool. I took notes while I was reading this book. I don't always do that, but when I want to make sure I don't forget something then I jot notes down. I have so many pages of blogs and little tidbits that I picked up from this book. It's really chocked full of information for middle & high school.  I'm just going to make a little list here of things that stood out to me while reading:

* We are not just teaching them skills we are teaching them and building in them good character traits. * In middle school we need them to become independent learners. * Loneliness adds negativity t…

Week Ending 2/10/17

This week was not very productive! The two younger kids were pretty sick.  Issac's asthma was really bad as well as he ran a fever for four days. Brianna had a sinus infection and I wondered if she had the flu as well.   Issac was up to doing some school on Thursday, but Brianna didn't do any. Hopefully next week we can get a full week of school in. We have a Valentine's Bowling party Tuesday and Thursday both kids have rechecks.  Issac is still wheezing and has completed his meds, so we'll see what happens on Thursday.
I got a little bit extra done around the house this week. Started reading a new book that a dear friend gave me.  It's called Homeschooling The Journey is The Reward

This is a book of stories about homeschoolers. The original was published in 1999. This version was published in 2007 and they've added updates to the original book. For me, reading about other homeschoolers is refreshing. I know that I'm not like everyone else, but you can eas…

Thankful Tuedays 2/7/17

I'm thankful today for my oldest son! He turned 18 today and I wonder where the time went. I know that tends to be something that we all say :) Seems like just yesterday that I was holding his hand while we walked around our neighborhood.  I'm so proud of the young man he's become.  He's learned to do so many things from his dad as well as on his own. I have no doubt that he can handle anything that comes his way.

Review: Times Tales the Fun Way

We recently got to review Times Alive by Times Tables the Fun Way from City Creek I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. Our youngest son seems to find many programs and books that I think he'll love to be too "babyish" as he says. I knew he'd either love this program or hate it from the minute he sat down to try it. I am excited to say that he has really enjoyed it. I showed him how to log in with his name and helped him navigate the first lesson. He didn't complain, he sat right there engaged with the lesson.  I knew the first day would tell me what he thought and he did about 4 lessons the first day.  This program is different from others.  It's online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way! 

We have been working on times tables for far too long. He seems to pick up some and then others he just can't seem to remember.  He often has trouble remembering and I've found that we need to review certain thin…

Really hate seeing what asthma does to my kids!

I really hate seeing my kids sick. I think any parent feels the same way. For those parents that deal with asthma I think it takes it to a different level. It's really hard when you see your child struggling to breathe and there isn't much you can do for them. Both kids went for allergy testing on Thursday. That morning Issac coughed a few times and told me he thought his brother made him sick. Zachary has been coughing for a bit, but nothing else. Friday evening Issac's cough was much worse. He's been running a temperature ever since that night. My kids really don't tend to run fevers or even get sick to their stomach. The asthma has probably been the biggest issue. It seems when Issac starts to get a cold that the asthma kicks in. Brianna was the same when she was younger. We thought she had outgrown the asthma like Zachary, but in May she had a terrible flair up. It was the worse I had ever seen her and even the doctor was very concerned. Issac's fever has b…

Book Review: Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

Andi Hollister is a journalist who seems to find herself in life threatening situations often. Her sister was killed when she was younger and the cousin of a family friend was convicted. He is almost to his execution date when he receives a letter that he didn't kill Stephanie. Andi doesn't believe this can be true, but Jimmy's cousin, Will, starts to search for the truth. Lacey, who wrote the letter, turns up dead and her death is thought to be a suicide. Later it is revealed to be a murder. There are too many questions and not enough answers and Will fights to have his cousin's execution stalled. This book contains diamonds, death and deceit. ** I received this book free for my honest review. #revellbooks

Thankful Tuesdays-2/1/2017

I'm thankful today for the chance to have been able to travel recently to Boston. I wish that I had thought ahead a little more and maybe I could have taken a family member and/or stayed a little longer. It's a beautiful city full of history. I'm thankful that I could leave my family. I know many people think they can't leave their husband/children or they just won't.  Things weren't perfect when I arrived home, but then again they never are. I had the support of my husband and children for me to go and be involved. I'm thankful I had them to give me that support.