Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rush, rush, rush...

Our family is basically on the go 24-7.  My husband tells me not to complain because I bring it on myself which is true lol.  I really want my kids to have the best opportunities that I can give them.  I finally figured out all of the extracurriculars, and although we will be gone basically every evening for several hours, everything was going to work out.  I found out today that my youngest daughter's gymnastics class time is going to change, and now it will conflict with my son's soccer practices once they begin in September.  Sigh.

We are basically schooling all day long now.  My two oldest daughters are completing the bulk of their work on the computer with Alpha Omega's Switched On Schoolhouse.  They are sharing a computer, so one girl takes the morning, and the other takes the afternoon.  I am supplimenting with a mix of Sonlight Core 1, 2 and 3+4 for all of the children.  My son is utilizing Horizons Math, Abeka LA and Handwriting this year.  My youngest daughter is using Horizon's PreK program this year and loves it!  I really like it as well!  A week ago I was considering Friday homeschool enrichment classes but I'm not sure if I will be able to fit it in.  Being at the gym so many hours is really hard.  Homeschooling is so worth it though!  I love to see the spark in the kid's eyes when they learn something new.  And I couldn't even imagine handing someone else the priveledge of educating my children.  I am so very blessed to have my wonderful family!

I posted two links to articles yesterday which I thought were pretty cool. : )  If you have a moment, please take a look.  Children are such a blessing, and it is so sad that they are considered a burden to so many people these days.  Being a mom (period) is hard work, but is also the most rewarding job out there! 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Longer Condensation of Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? - Resources - Eternal Perspective Ministries

A Longer Condensation of Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? - Resources - Eternal Perspective Ministries

We Don't Love Children, We Love Drywall

We Don't Love Children, We Love Drywall

Craft Room Clean Up

My oldest daughter clened out our dining TLP room without being asked a couple of days ago and I was so proud!  She did  a fantastic still may look a bit messy, but you should have seen it before!

Look, at the neatly piled chaos!

My sewing table is still messy, but at least I don't trip on stuff to get to it. : )

In the corner is our bookshelf of homeschool material that we aren't currently using.  Wow, do we need some more space!  I fuss about the space in this house A LOT, but I need to take a step back and take a good look at my life because I am truly blessed! 

This morning I woke up to the sounds of my 4 year old screaming at the top of her lungs about breakfast, she woke up the baby I was cuddling with as well.

He was cool with it, though!

Dance went well last night, but I'm not so sure about the teacher.  She didn't seem to relate to little kids very well.  She let the parents know at the end of class to not put ties of the tap shoes because, " she had never had to take so long untying shoes in all of her life."  Seriously?  The parents were like, didn't they come with ties?  She also had a bit of an attitude...all the parents would just exchange looks with each other when she would talk to us.  I'm not so sure if I want my daughter in that class.   She said she had fun though, so for now I'll just let it be.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dancing Queen

Our 4 year old is beginning ballet and tap classes today and I'm so excited! I even made her this tutu...

and these bows...

I hope the little angel behaves!

A mom can dream right?

Just kidding...kind of lol! She is really excited too, and I think she will do great. She has been wearing her dance backpack around the house all day and keeps asking me when we're leaving. School has gone smoothly today, yay! Here is a pic of our 4 oldest at Stone Mountain this weekend. We hope to maybe go to a rodeo in a few days! It should be interesting because I'm definitely NOT a country girl. ; )

Monday, August 9, 2010

Consignment Sales

Some of the goodies I picked up. : )

This past year I have began to shop at Consignment Sales and resale shops. I used to be "scared" of these places...silly I know, I was ignorant I guess lol. I assumed everything would LOOK really used and gross, and that's not what I wanted for myself of my kids right? Well, I went into a Kid to Kid store a year ago and I realized that I could be getting some really great deals, on NICE things...whoo hoo! I try to go to consignment stores a few times a year now at least.

I went to a huge consignment sale this spring and was so disappointed. Everything was, well, not too nice. The clothing had stains, holes, etc., which was not supposed to be allowed. I went to the same sale (fall) this weekend, and got some great things! We left with an exersaucer, lots of clothing, books and a crib toy for under $70. : ) We then went to a really nice antique store and a craft show. This is a craft show that runs monthly, that I actually participated in last year. I only made $250 for the whole weekend, so needless to say I didn't return. I felt so badly for the vendors there this past was SO hot, and nobody was there. We couldn't take the heat so left as soon as we arrived basically. I love the fact that my husband only works 4 days a week...he is such a good sport even though it wasn't his idea of a fun Friday.

Friday, August 6, 2010

What?! No school today?

Today the public schools in our county began their fall session. Summer is nice because I don't have to explain to the general public why my children aren't in school if we run errands. (Although I still have to answer tons of questions such as, "Are they all yours?,"You sure do have your hands full," and even, "Haven't you heard of/own a television?") I came across this list of things homeschoolers should "not" say if asked this question. : )

Top 10 Things NOT to say when asked "What?! No school today?"

10. Well normally yes, but this time of year I need help with the planting and plowing.
9. Goodness, no!!! I graduated 18 years ago, but thanks for the compliment!
8. No, we homeschool. We're just out to pick up a bag of pork rinds and some Mountain Dew, then we gotta hurry home to catch our soaps.
7. What?! Where did you guys come from?! Oh my gosh! I thought I told you kids to stay at school! I'm sorry. This happens all the time. (sigh)
6. There isn't? Why, you'd think we would have seen more kids out then, don't you?
5. We're on a field trip studying human nature's intrusive and assumptive tactics of displaying ignorance and implied superiority. Thanks for the peek!
4. On our planet we have different methods of education. (Shhh! No, I didn't give it away... keep your antennae down!)
3. Oh my goodness! I thought that today was Saturday...come on kids, hurry!
2. Noooooope.Me 'n Bubba jes' learns 'em at home. Werks reel good!
And the number one answer we should NEVER give to the question: "What? No school today?"
1. "What? No Bingo today?"

Are Girls Supposed to Act This Way?

Here she is, planning her escape lol!

Our 4 year old had her 1st Fall Gymnastics class yesterday. She was asked to join the advanced preschool class last spring, and we were really excited about it. During the summer the advanced classes didn't run, and I enrolled her in a normal class. She also participated in a week of gymnastics camp last week. Well, we go to her 1st class yesterday, and discover that she is the only child enrolled for this month. I really didn't mind, I thought, great, it will be like private lessons for much less cost. I do like her to socialize with other children, but most likely other kids will join in soon, and she will begin dance classes next week as well.

At first she seemed to be listening to the teacher's instructions fairly well...and then it went downhill from there. The teacher was like, "What would you like to do next?" because she was the only student there. She recognized her freedom, and began to goof off. She slide backwards down the slide about 4 times. She hid underneath a pile of mats in the corner 3 times. She flopped around like a fish when asked to do anything. I have never been so embarrased! The teacher said that it was fine, and that she would behave better once other kids were in the class. But OMGoodness, she sure does keep me on my toes. My other 2 daughters were so well behaved at this age...our 4 year old has been a fireball since birth however.
She was so excited about this class, she insisted on putting on her leo at the beginning of the day, and asked me ALL DAY long when it was time for gymnatics. She promised me sweetly that she will behave next week, and we will see... : ).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Homeschool Days

This morning I've been chained to the computer...ugh! I've paid about 4 bills, purchased boxes, set up payment for my older girl's first meet this season, sent invoices for a facebook sale I just ran, etc. I also began looking briefly for local homeschool days! I really want our family to connect with more homeschoolers this year. Some of my findings:

Stone Mountain Park, Friday, October 1 from 10-5, $17 admission to all of the attractions

Sun Valley Beach, August 5 and 6, $8.00 (This is today and tomorrow! We will probably miss this one.)

TN Aquarium, Monday, September 27, $5 behind the scenes tours!

Atlanta Braves HS Day, August 19th

Zoo Atlanta, August 18th

It stinks that all of these days are so close together at the beginning of the school year. We will probably go to the Zoo Atlanta and TN Aquarium days if we can (we are already members), and hopefully the Stone Mountain day as well.

I'm also looking into Friday enrichment classes at a local church. I hope that this works out!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Times Two!

As is our family tradition, we go to Build A Bear as part of our birthday celebrations. We had not one, but two birthdays in July, and we finally made it to the mall today.

Let the stuffing begin!

So many choices...

Bath time!

Presenting our newest bears, Joe and Mackenzie! Granted, these bears will be forgotten in no time at all, but I'm all about the memories for both our children and us. I hope that they will look back on this fondly. BABW was also running a special...$30 for a bear, outfit and shoes!

Our oldest daughter opted to not make a bear this year for her 10th birthday. (So sad! lol) Instead we took her out to dinner and double pierced her ears. It was on my 10th birthday that I was allowed to do this, so I carried this over to my daughter.

Fernbank Natural History Museum

Sunday afternoon we took our family to Fernbank. We are members there (our 4 year old LOVES dinosaurs) and we wanted to check out the new Gecko exhibit. We headed upstairs to the Naturalist Center first, and heard a great lecture on reptiles. At the end of the lecture the kiddos were able to touch a snake.

I love hands-on type activities! Granted this was a small snake, but the kids enjoyed it all the same. We then took our time looking at the Gecko exhibit. We learned some interesting facts, such as:
-Geckos can break their tails off in order to run faster to escape predators.
-Geckos can slither right out of their skin to escape a predator's grasp.
-Some geckos have no limbs and resemble snakes.
-All of our family favorites originate from Madagascar!
We then looked at the dinosaur skeletons briefly before eating some MONSTER sized brownies at the Museum's cafe. The kids were a bit hyped after this snack!

After this we decided to head on home. It was a relatively short visit and we didn't see everything that the museum had to offer but I had tons to finish at home. We also ate at Buffalo's Cafe for dinner (kids eat free on Sundays and Tuesdays!) and looked through Kid 2 Kid. I got 3 pairs of really nice jeans for my 2 older girls for $10. : ) The rest of the week so far I have been working and have actually sent out 10 orders in a little over a day. Today I am working on matching tutus for an adoption reunion, and am really excited about it!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Our 1st (and possibly last) Yard Sale

The leftovers...

This past Saturday our neighborhood had a community yard sale. Of course with my schedule last week, I was scrambling to get ready at the last minute. I sorted through clothes for hours on Friday evening, and I was able to fill up two large racks. I priced one rack as $1 per piece and the other rack (which contained brand new items with tags) for $2-$4. We were outside at around 6 am on Saturday getting everything ready. The shoppers showed up at 8:00 exactly and we pretty well. All in all, we made right at $200, we sold a bed, a crib, a portable crib, bumbo seat, a few toys, and probably 75 or so pieces of clothing.

The problem that I had was the bargaining! I priced everything really well to begin with, so to have people try to bargain really bothered me. I know, I know, that is what people do at yard sales but it drove me nuts! One lady wanted to purchase $9 worth of clothing for $0.25...we ended up selling it to her for $8.00. Other people would grumble and fuss while purchasing, and my husband was like, "do you want it, or not?" I purchased 3 zebra pettiskirts for my girls to wear to the beach and they didn't come in on time so I was trying to sell them for cost. I cannot tell you how many people tried to talk me down on those...I ended up selling one of the three for my asking price. After being asked about the pettiskirts for the umpteenth time, I said, "I'm selling them for that price, and I will just sell them online if they don't sell today." Oops, the other people browsing our sale left, and my husband said it came across rudely lol. I just couldn't understand the problem with the cost of clothing especially, I only sold good items with no stains, holes, etc., and if I sold them at a consignment store they would be over double the price that I listed them at.

After our loooong morning, my husband, our baby and myself went out on our weekly Saturday night date. Wherever mommy goes, baby goes. We ate at Provinos (so yummy), went to Lifeway and the School Box. I love my husband so much, he's usually like, "whatever you want to do." I picked up the older girls handwriting curriculum, a new homeschooling book, a novel, a lesson planner and a new calender set for our 4 year old. I am so thankful that it is finally a new week, last week was so incredibly hard! This week I will be working like mad to catch up on tutu orders, but at least I will be home! : )