Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Look What I Made!

I attempted to make a new scripture bag. The scriptures I have are an older version of scriptures. The ones they make now are made with a thinner paper, so they are skinnier. My case is made for the newer ones, so I got tired of trying to stuff them in. I decided to use some fabric I have leftover. I originally was making a quit, but realized it was smaller than what I had envisioned! So, I decided to turn it into my very first scripture bag. I am definitely no 'Martha Stewart' when it comes to sewing, so it's not perfect, but I have to toot my own horn and say I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I got the handles at JoAnn Fabrics for only $1!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lazy Summer

The summer has whizzed by and we haven't done very much. Chalk it up to my laziness. Wally is heading to the fair to sing with the choir for a while. Pokemon King will be leaving for scout camp soon. We are planning a vacation. We're thinking Universal Studios. But, we want to wait until September or even November to go. Florida in the summer is crazy! Not to mention hot! When we went to Disneyworld a few years ago, it was November. The weather was perfect and it wasn't very crowded.

Next year I've decided we are getting pool passes. It's been pretty hot here and I know the boys would like to swim. My goal until then is to get them some swimming lessons. Plus, by then Babymoon will be almost 3, so I think it will be a lot easier on all of us!

In the meantime, I've been getting school ready for the new year. We've changed some things for the new school year. Surprised? LOL! I know, I'm always changing things. I've been reading up on Sue Patrick's Workbox System found here. Now, I kind of cheated, because I didn't buy the book. I skimmed through tons of blogs and made up my own similar system.

The boys each have a bin with mailing envelopes in them.

They range from 6-12 depending on the child. In each folder is an assignment written on a card and a card for the different type of narration required.

Also included are any books or papers that are needed. They must complete each folder before moving on to the next one. Pokemon King and Dinodude each have 12. So, once they have completed their 12 folders, they are done with school for the day. I've also included at least one fun item, like computer time, wii fit, ride your bike, have a snack, etc. So, in reality they are only completed 11 items. I'm also working more towards the two of them working independently. Obviously if they need help, I'll help, but I want them reading the assignments and trying to do them on their own first. I really think they learn better when they try for themselves. Rocket and Babymoon also have the envelopes too, but not as many. I'm really looking forward to using this system and hope it really works. Wish us luck!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Motherhood: An Eternal Partnership with God

I've seen this on blogs and facebook and love it! So, I thought I'd share it with you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.