Friday, August 28, 2009

King Luke

At our local commonwealth Luke is taking the Shakespeare class. Last week in class, the challenge was given to read/watch/listen to 17 plays before the end of the semester. Then the scholar would be crowned a King or Queen of the conquest class. So on week two, 7 of the scholars had finished the challengs and my Luke was one of them! I know you won't believe me, but I didn't push him or anything! I told him where some resources were but that's it. He did it all on his own! He really liked The Tempest and Comedy of Errors and Midsummer Night's Dream. GOOD JOB LUKE!

Way to go boys!!

For the past 6 months the boys have been doing the "bean game." It is when they do little things for me and each other to earn beans. When they decrease their math fact time they earn beans. When I don't have to ask them twice to do things they earn beans--you get the idea. I never take beans out of the jar. Once they have earned the beans, they are theirs for the jar. For their prize they choose a Star Wars LEGO set..thank goodness they were on clearance that week!! Next time, instead of a prize, when the jar is full we will do a family service project and then a family dinner.

Good job boys!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Enjoy the journey

This has so many truths on so many levels.

Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Floating the River!!

To celebrate Luke's birthday we floated a little bit on the lazy Virgin River. It is more like a large canal..very slow and curvey. I stayed with the little two and Cory took the older two down the river to wait for them in the shade. It was a great time!

Two gals walked into a store...

Two gals walked into the store and walked out with a lot of groceries!
I haven't had a huge grocery trip in some time. I have been loving summer and all of the fresh veggies that come from it. Lots of cherries, plums, zucchini, squash, etc. Besides, the sales have been a little lacking lately. But today I tackled Alberstons and what a blast it was! I did 7 different transactions and my last transaction was only .76!! :--)

The bill would have been 373.62
Total spent: 77.16

Included was 4 bottles of ALL, deodorant, soap (no laughing please)6 spaghetti sauce, 12 peanut butter, 20 boxes of cereal, 3 packages of Pampers diapers, cake mix, brownie mix, mayonnaise, blah blah blah...

I'll brag on Deb spent 47.29 and her bill would have been $341.12.

Doing the happy grocery dance! :--)

Anyway, it was fun!

Common Sense

My brother would call this propaganda...which is probably is since it is so one sided. --But ya know, we get the other side everytime the nightly news is shown. My brother never reads this anyway, so it doesn't matter!! Its my blog I can write what I want. :-P

The whole country feels insane to me right now. It feels chaotic. I feel like the government is trying to control everything. First the banks, then the car companies, now they want to control co2 emissions with cap and trade, not to mention how they are trying to control the oil companies, and recently trying to control which car you can and cannot drive. The debt is out of control--I've heard it said that it was an "investment"...WHAT??? Agency is a sacred thing that has been given to us by God. It is so sacred that God would rather have 1/3 of his children leave his presence than have his beliefs forced on them. I know that we must give up some agency when a government is established, but when the gov't starts taking away an extreme amount of agency, it concerns me.

some ramblings...

I am so thankful that I live in a country where I can homeschool my kids. They are the most important part of me. God gave them to ME. I know what is best for them, not the gov't. God is NOT taken out of our classroom because God is in everything...he doesn't leave my life when the school books are opened. When we learn about science, math, writing, anything...God is a part of it. I am so thankful for that.

The video clip is a little extreme..but he gets to the point. (Thomas Pane was a little extreme in his day
Until we decide to be united as a country...we won't be.