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Thursday, May 23, 2019

WIP Wednesday (on Thursday) May 23

It's been quite a week! The first summer track meet of the year was on Saturday. I made sure to bring my stitching, and I was so glad I did. Britt and Caelin raced at 8am and then didn't have anything else until javelin at 1:30pm, which meant LOTS of time for stitching.

I know I worked on something last Thursday and Friday, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was.

Saturday and Sunday were spent working on The Evil Fairy from the Magical SAL.

Monday and Tuesday were spent on The Giver of the Red Apple from the Magical SAL.

Wednesday I started Santa With List from The Design Works Crafts, Inc. Collection. This one has turned into a fairly quick stitch.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WIP Wednesday - May 15

May is probably my busiest month - between birthdays, awards programs, spring musical, and track meets, I feel like the world is spinning crazy fast. It's hard to find time to stitch each day, so I'm happy if I can just get a few stitches in - like the 8 that I did on Sunday. Since I spend 2 days on each project, I can at least see progress overall.

Ariel from the Magical Stitch-a-long (SAL) (This was one of my already started projects, and I'm excited that it's almost done.)

The Little Glass Slipper from the Magical SAL

Mulan from the Magical SAL




Friday, May 10, 2019

The Critical Thinking Co. Review

With college looming just around the corner for the twins, preparing them for the SAT is at the forefront of my mind. One of the most daunting aspects for them is the vocabulary section. I was extremely excited when we were given the opportunity to review Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WIP Wednesday - May 8

A late post for Work in Progress Wednesday.

I'm thoroughly enjoying participating in Stitch Maynia. I wasn't sure how I would feel about having so many different projects, but it's actually more inspiring to me to have multiple projects to work on. I didn't get to stitch any on Saturday because I was at a track meet for Caelin ALL day - left the house at 8am, got home at almost 11pm - and forgot my sewing bag!

I'm working on each project for 2 days before moving on to the next project. Thursday was day 2 of Harry Potter with Owl. Here's the starting point and then the progress made Thursday. It's a lot of white on white, so it's hard to see.


Friday and Sunday, The Beauty from the Magical SAL (Stitch-along) that I'm participating in.

Monday and Tuesday, The Enchantress from the Magical SAL.

Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum Review

Our family has chosen to homeschool for a number of reasons. One of which is that teaching from a Biblical worldview is important to me. Another reason is that many school curricula have been rewriting history, and I want to ensure that my children learn an unrevised history. Pathway to Liberty's History Curriculum from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum approaches the teaching of unaltered history with a Biblical world view. We had the opportunity to review Pathway to Liberty's World History.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Hamelin Stoop Series Review

Brailey is a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but finding books that are appropriate is sometimes difficult. The Hamelin Stoop Series by Robert B. Sloan from 12 Gates Publishing is a brand new series that is bridging the gap between middle grades and young adult fantasy. We were excited to have the opportunity to review the first two books in the series.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WIP Wednesday

This year, I'm participating in Stitch Maynia for my first time. What I like most is that each person can do whatever works best for them during the month of May; it really is just to encourage stitching all month.

Here is my plan for Stitch Maynia:
I’ve decided to do 15 projects in May. Most will be starts but 3 will be WIPs. I'll work on each project for 2 days, and that will give me 1 free day. I'm sure I'll need that with birthdays for 3 of the kids plus several track meets this month.

Today was Day 1 and I worked on Harry Potter with Owl. I am so excited that I finished the bottom half today. It's exciting to start seeing the details in the owl.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Techie Homeschool Mom Review

Unit studies - I love, love, LOVE the concept, but I hate the prep time that it usually involves on my end. Sometimes it's not even the preparation time that is the issue; sometimes doing a unit study is far more teacher-involved than I have time to be, especially if the unit study is for just one child. I'm always looking for new unit study products to see if I can find one that is a better fit for our homeschool. I was delighted when we were given the opportunity to review Ancient Rome Online Unit Study from Techie Homeschool Mom.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Hundred Dresses and The Golden Goblet

Oops, I completely missed posting my G read-aloud last week! So this week I'll share a G and an H book. If you've been following along for A through F, you know that my Through the Alphabet theme is read-aloud books. This has been such a fun part of our homeschooling life.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Region Champ

This one is now the reigning 2-mile Region Champion.


She also came in 2nd in the 1 mile and anchored her 4x800m relay team to 3rd place (they were in 4th when she got the baton).

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

YWAM Publishing C. S. Lewis - A Christian Heroes: Then & Now Review

At our house, we are HUGE fans of YWAM Publishing, a ministry of Youth With a Mission. In fact, you know how usually the mail leading up to Christmas is loaded with catalogs? Well, when the YWAM Publishing catalog was delivered, Brailey took it and marked all of the books she wanted from it - and there were a LOT! Needless to say, when we were given the opportunity to review one of the Christian Heroes: Then & Now books, we were ecstatic. We chose Christian Heroes: C.S. Lewis as our book to review since it was one of the ones at the top of Brailey's wish list.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Fix It! Grammar Review

Several years ago, we were introduced to Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) through our homeschool co-op. To say that this drastically changed how I approached writing in our homeschool since then would be an understatement. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review IEW's Fix It! Grammar with Brittany so that we could see if this might be the right grammar for her.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Family Under the Bridge

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Egg Tree

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tied 2 Teaching Review

Brittany absolutely loves math and science. Last year her favorite class at our homeschool co-op was her STEM class. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading from Tied 2 Teaching.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Drive Thru History® Review

If I had the money, I would love to take a road trip (Would a road trip where you have to fly to your destination be called a plane trip?) to the Holy Land. Of course, I would have to take Brailey with me as my traveling companion since she has such a love for the Bible. To be able to visit places we've read about in God's Word would be absolutely thrilling. Although this may probably never happen, we've been able to experience the next best thing during our review of Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" from Drive Thru History®.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Door in the Wall

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Read-Aloud: Calico Bush

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up on the couch after lunch to devour a good book. My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Homeschool Complete Unit Studies Review

One of the perks of homeschooling that I love is the ability to choose what and how my children learn. Letting them dive into a topic that they are interested in makes learning more fun for both them and me. I was extremely excited when we had the opportunity to review one of the Unit Studies from Homeschool Complete.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Bronze Bow

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Read-Aloud: Amos Fortune, Free Man

I've rejoined the Homeschool Review Crew for 2019, and now I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. So I've decided that my theme for this trip through the alphabet will be read-alouds.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WIP Wednesday - February 13

It's been a while since I've shared my Works In Progress. I'm still stitching away at Harry Potter and Hedwig and the Winter Wonderland Stocking.



Monday, February 11, 2019

Drop Everything and Read - February 11

Even though I try to get in some reading time every day, I wasn't able to finish any of my books that are in progress. The Harry Potter book I'm on now is extremely long - interesting, but long. ­čśä

Friday, February 8, 2019

Five Minute Friday - Build

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Five Minute Friday. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "build."

Monday, February 4, 2019

Drop Everything and Read - February 4

It's the first Drop Everything and Read of February! I don't know about you, but January felt much longer than 31 days. The good thing about that was that I read more books that I anticipated. Here's where I am in my Reading Challenges, in addition to my list of what I'm reading now and what's up next.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Where - Five Minute Friday

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Five Minute Friday. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "where."

Monday, January 28, 2019

Drop Everything and Read - January 28

Another week, and I've added more books to my list of finished books this year. So far I have finished 5 books in January! I'm hoping I can continue to fit in reading this much the rest of the year.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WIP Wednesday - January 23

Due to the extreme busyness of my past week, I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with my needle and thread. I'm really hoping that this weekend will give me some stitching time.

Caelin did attempt to teach me to crochet on Saturday. I think once I finally understand how to do it, I might enjoy it. For the moment, though, it just makes my head hurt. Ha ha!

I didn't get any work done on the stocking, so I'm not going to share that. I did do a little bit of work on Mr. Potter, though.


I would love for you to share what you are working on in the comments. Either share a picture or description or leave a link so I can see what you're working on. It doesn't have to be cross stitch.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Drop Everything and Read - January 21

My reading life has really picked up, thanks mostly to technology. I've kept a physical book with me in the car so I have something to read while waiting on my kids to be done with track practice, drama class, etc. I also have a book on my Kindle that I read before going to sleep each night. Now I've added an audio book, which is great for when I'm driving (like yesterday to and from an indoor track meet 2 1/2 hours away) or when I'm working.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Influence - Five Minute Friday

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "influence."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WIP Wednesday

Another one of my goals this year is to spend more time on hobbies I enjoy, like cross stitching. So each Wednesday, I'm going to share my WIPs (works in progress). This is mainly just to hold myself accountable to actually get some stitching done because I don't want to be embarrassed to say I haven't made any progress from week to week.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Drop Everything and Read - January 14

One of the areas I want to FOCUS on in 2019 is reading more. Hopefully sharing what I'm reading with you all will help me to keep my focus.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Better - Five Minute Friday



I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "better."


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Word of the Year - FOCUS

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that 2019 is here. In some ways, 2018 flew by, but in other ways, it was the longest year ever. Our family went through some really crazy things back in early 2018, and it truly feels like all of those things happened about 5 years ago. Anyway, suffice it to say, I'm extremely glad 2018 is over and am anxiously anticipating what 2019 holds.

Instead of resolutions, I'm doing a word for this year, like I have the past few years. My word for 2019 is 
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