Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who Is Simon Miller?

What are your plans for next Saturday evening? I would suggest you add watching Family Movie Night's Who Is Simon Miller? to those plans.

When unassuming geologist Simon Miller mysteriously disappears one night, the Miller family is thrown into a desperate search to find him. Simon's wife Meredith and their two kids, Sarah, 18 and Kevin, 15 frantically search Simon's office for information. When they find a stash of passports, all with Simon's picture but each with a different alias, they realize that their father has been keeping more than a few secrets. Who is Simon Miller? And what has he gotten himself - and his family - into? Not sure they can even trust the dad they thought they knew, the Millers embark on an international mission to get him back. It's a heart-pounding adventure that tests the limits to which families will fight for each other.


I absolutely love that Family Movie Night produces movies that my whole family can watch. I don't have to worry about bad language or inappropriate content. In addition to that, Who Is Simon Miller? has enough action and adventure to keep the small people interested, especially The Boy.

Who is Simon Miller? airs on Saturday, August 6 at 8/7c on NBC.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - My Clowns

Prayer

P is for Prayer

What would my homeschool be without prayer? Definitely much more difficult than it is with prayer.

I pray about the curriculum choices I make for my children. I know you may be thinking, Does God really care what spelling program or math book my children use? Yes, I believe He does. God cares about each one of His children and desires the best for all of us. Wouldn't He then want to help me choose the best curriculum for each of my children?

I'm learning that God speaks to me about my homeschooling choices in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it's through a feeling of peace I get when I finally settle on a certain curriculum choice. Other times, it's in the way my children respond to how I'm teaching them; they learned so much more this past year when we switched History curriculum because they were engaged in the learning process. I truly believe that was God's way of helping me decide which way to go for this year.

Sometimes, God speaks to me through my husband. Robb usually takes more of a supportive role in our homeschool, letting me make most of the decisions since I'm the one "in the trenches" every day. Every now and then, though, he'll share his opinion on something that we need to do. Unfortunately, I don't always take his direction right away. One example is when he wanted me to join a particular homeschool support group. I put it off and put it off, until finally Robb made it clear that this was what we needed to do. So we joined. Now I am SO glad we did. This group has been such a blessing to my family and me. I'm learning that when Robb shares his feelings about homeschool decisions, I really need to listen because most of the time, it's the Lord trying to tell me something.

We begin every school day with Bible time and prayer. Each child gets a turn to pray for whatever is on their hearts. They're still small, so God hears a lot of "Please heal my boo-boo". But He also hears some very tender prayers coming from the small people in my house. They pray for each other. After Sassy's accident, every day each child would pray for her healing. They pray for others outside of our family. A young man in our church was paralyzed in a skiing accident earlier this year, and he has been prayed for repeatedly in our prayer time. They pray for their daddy. Every morning, at least one child prays for Robb to have a good day at work.

Prayer is one of THE most important parts of our homeschool, and I know I wouldn't be able to do this every day without prayer.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pajama Run

This weekend we had a girls' weekend. Robb and The Boy left yesterday afternoon to go to the lake, so the girls and I declared it an "All-Girls' Party". I told them I had a surprise for them at some point during the weekend, but I wouldn't tell them what.

The surprise was a pajama ice cream run. Last night, we did our usual routine and I got all of the girls tucked in to bed. After about 5 minutes, I went running upstairs yelling "Get up! Get up! Put your shoes on!" I told them that we were going to get ice cream and to go get in the van. We then drove to Sonic to get ice cream. All 4 girls ordered blasts - 2 Reese's, 1 M&M, and 1 Oreo.
Since the girls were in their pj's, they didn't want to sit outside at Sonic, so we brought our treats home to eat them. It's a good thing we don't live far from Sonic because it was still HOT when we went, and the treats were already starting to melt by the time we got home.
The laughter of my girls while we were on our escapade and then eating our ice cream was my reward for planning this for them. We definitely will be repeating this, although I can't say when because that would take away the fun of it being a surprise.







Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Week at the Beach

Every year we spend a week at the beach. We used to go in our pop-up camper, but we've outgrown it so this year we rented a house.

Our schedule was the same almost every day. First thing in the morning, we would head down to the beach before it got too crowded. The kids would frolic in the waves and sand.

Jumping the waves was a favorite activity.
Looking for shells
Soccer Girl seemed to enjoy sitting on the ocean floor and letting the waves knock her around.
Sassy was yelling at the water to "stop taking her shells" as the waves would go in and out.
Afterward spending a couple of hours at the beach, we would head over to the pool. I love the pool where we stay; there's a nice L-shaped pool with depths from 3-5 feet that the bigger kids can play in, 2 kiddie pools with depths of 1-1 1/2 feet, and then the Splash Zone with all kinds of fun water guns, pouring buckets, and a water wall.

Sassy Pants had fun shooting the "old people" as she put it. She would find random adults to shoot with the water gun.

Soccer Girl and Little Red behind the water wall.
I love this picture of Little Red getting dumped on by the water buckets.
After time at the pool, we'd head back to the house for lunch. Sassy would be in need of a nap after the activity of the morning, and the older kids would play games or go do something with Robb. In the evenings, Robb would take the kids out riding on the golf cart. It's become a tradition that they eat AirHeads while out riding. (The small people seem to think it's hilarious to stick them out of their mouths and pretend it's their tongue.)


One morning the waves were incredibly rough. Robb and The Boy decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do some decent body surfing.

We didn't spend all of our time in the water. The Boy has become quite the ping-pong player. He played in the Jr./Teen Ping Pong Tournament at the campground and came in 6th. He had a good time playing against the rest of us. He never could beat Robb, though. We spent the last evening playing mini-golf. 


Saturday, July 9, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

We just got back this morning from a week at the beach (a post for another day). I have already been to the grocery store, and I've begun the laundry marathon to get caught back up. We had a wonderful time, but it's nice to be home. I think The Boy said it well this morning as we were driving home - "I like the beach, but now that we're driving home, I just want to get home."

Sassy Pants went to her room immediately after we got home to say "hi" to all of her stuffed friends. Little Red said she can't wait to sleep in her own comfy bed.

Now, I have a bunch of pics to edit and more laundry to do.
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