Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5 Must-Read Homeschooling Books

Are you thinking about homeschooling but don't know where to start?

Are you already homeschooling but are thinking about changing a few things?


After talking with several of my homeschooling friends, I've compiled a list of 5 must-read books about homeschooling. These are good reads no matter what stage you might be in for your homeschooling.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The 2016 Reading Challenge


This is the last reading challenge I'm entering for 2016. (At least for now - haha!)

Thanks to Challies.com for hosting this challenge.

I'm planning to finish the Light Reader level - 13 books. Hopefully I'll move up as the year goes on.

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2016 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge


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Here's another reading challenge I'm planning to participate in this year.

Thanks to My Soul Called Life for hosting this challenge.

She's chosen 6 keywords for each month. The challenge is to read a book whose title contains 1 or more of the keywords for that month.

I think this will definitely help me break out of my "same old, same old" reading patterns.

January - Treasures of the Snow (the)
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The 2016 Non-fiction Reading Challenge

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

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I'm planning to really get my reading for 2016 organized. In fact, I'm trying to get my whole life in 2016 organized. I'm planning to participate in a few reading challenges this year so that I

  1. branch out from the same old books that I always read.
  2. can keep a better record of what I'm reading, what I want to read, etc. 


Thanks to The Introverted Reader for hosting this reading challenge.

The Challenge:  Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult.That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge. 

I always like levels in my challenges, so here are mine:

Dilettante--Read 1-5 non-fiction books

Explorer--Read 6-10 

Seeker--Read 11-15

Master--Read 16-20

This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2016.


I'm signing up at the Dilettante level - to read between 1-5 non-fiction books. Hopefully I'll move up to the Explorer level as the year goes on.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas and Looking Ahead


I hope you all had a blessed day yesterday celebrating the birth of our Savior. I know that our family did. It was nice and relaxing, which was quite pleasant.

I'm looking forward to sharing 2016 with you all. I'm doing some planning to make this space more organized next year.

What would you like to see more of here in 2016?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Rocky Road Candy


Rocky Road Candy is a favorite Christmas treat for my family. My mom used to make this every Christmas, and now both my brother and I make sure that our families have it each year as well.

Rocky Road Candy

1 12oz package chocolate chips
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp butter
1  10 1/2oz package  mini marshmallows

Line a 13x9" pan with waxed paper.

Melt chocolate chips with condensed milk and butter in microwave.

In a large bowl, combine nuts and marshmallows. Fold in chocolate mixture.

Spread in pan. Chill overnight. Remove from pan, peel off waxed paper, and cut into squares. Cover and store in refrigerator.

 I've shared this at:
Mama's Happy Hive

Saturday, December 12, 2015

National Junior Olympic Cross Country Meet

Sassy is the littlest one in this picture.

Sassy earned the opportunity to run in the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. Her 8 and under girls team came in first in the state and first in the region to qualify for nationals.

This week I sent her off with one of the other cross country families to go to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was so hard to let her go, but there was no way we could afford for me to go with her and there was no way I could tell her that she couldn't go.

Even though she didn't race as well as she had hoped, I am extremely proud of her for making it to nationals. I'm also proud of her for going across the country "by herself" (without me or hubby). She has made memories this week that will stay with her forever.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Hardworking Girl


This past spring and summer, Little Red found her sport. She started racewalking as one of her events for track and field. She was the state champion and regional champion last summer.

Today she had the opportunity to compete in an hour long racewalking competition. Rather than a race to be the fastest for a specific distance, today's race was 60 minutes of racewalking to see how far they could get. This was her first multi-level race; she was the youngest one there at age 10 and the oldest racer was 66! Thankfully, they give out awards by age groups. She was the state and southeast regional gold medalist today for the 10 and under age group. (Of course it helped that she was the only one in that age group.)

The medals weren't what made me proud of her today. The fact that she raced today made me proud. At her national meet this summer, she was disqualified at the end of the race. It was devastating! Rather than giving up and deciding to never compete again, she's decided to work even harder to keep from having that happen again.

For the hour long walk today, racers were allowed to stop, take a break, and then resume walking if they needed to. They could also completely stop at any time during the hour and just get credit for the laps completed. Little Red NEVER stopped; she kept going for the whole hour, even though she was tired and her legs started to hurt. She managed to complete 18 1/2 laps - which equals 7435 meters or 4.62 miles! That's a pretty impressive walking time for a 10 year old!
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