Monday, April 14, 2014

Time4Learning Review

We just completed our trial of Time4Learning. Amelia wasn't too sure of it at first because it is a different set up than another website that we use. The first few times she used the site she could not get interested in it because it was so different. But the more we completed lessons together the more she liked it. By the end of the trial she was thoroughly enjoying her time on this website and she enjoyed learning about new things.

Amelia is three years old and the lessons were age appropriate for her and her skill level. She was so proud of herself when she figured something out that was giving her problems (like patterns).

I would recommend Time4Learning as a fun way to help your child learn and to boost confidence in their skills.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time4Learning review

Over the next 30 days, I will be reviewing Time4Learning. They offer an elementary school curriculum, middle school curriculum, high school curriculum, and tools like the Getting Started Homeschooling Guide. Be sure to come back and read about my experience!

Monday, July 1, 2013


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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A little update...

I don't even know where to begin. I stink at staying on top of blogging! 

I will start with the hard and end with the happy... Here goes.

Three days after my last post (on February 13) I got a call from my OBGYN about the results of my lab work. When compared with the results of my previous labwork my HCG levels did not rise like they should have. She told me that I was either having a miscarriage or I had an ectopic pregnancy and wanted me to come in for an ultrasound.

I went in that afternoon and the ultrasound technician did not see a baby in my uterus or any evidence that there was a baby in my uterus so it was determined that it was an ectopic pregnancy and I began immediate treatment for that to prevent the rupture of my tube.

After 6 weeks my HCG levels were back to normal. And we have to wait a while before we can try again because of the medication I was treated with. It was a scary and rough time but I am doing better every day. I don't talk about it a lot, I will mention things about "before we found out we were pregnant" or "after we lost the baby" but I try not to dwell on it because it just makes me sad...

Now, on to a happier topic, SCHOOL!

We have started back with doing school but not structured yet. We will start a more structured curriculum in September after we get back from the beach (when she is closer to 3 years old). She loves school and asks to do it each day so we incorporate little activities into our days! It is so much fun to watch her learn new things. I'm not going to lie it is frustrating sometimes but I have to remind myself that she is 2 and she will get it and then within the next few days she does! She makes me so proud!

One of her favorite activities... Using the dot markers!

 Her second favorite activity, sorting the "puffies" as she calls them.

And finally, pretending to be Mommy. Oh I love this girl to the moon and back!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Preschool setback

Sorry for not posting about our preschool for the last couple of weeks. We have been a little preoccupied. The second week of our preschool I baby sat my sister in law's two children for three days and was excessively tired when I got home each day so we did not do school those days. At the end of that week I found out why I was so tired... I'm PREGNANT!  5 weeks + 5 days (today) to be exact.

Baby 2 is due in October (just like big sister)! We are so excited about this sweet blessing!

I've been feeling pretty good, I've had some stomach issues and I've been so tired that I'm ready for bed at 6:30 each evening. And I've had moments of nausea but no throwing up. I go for my first appointment on February 19.

We would love your prayers for this sweet baby!

Hopefully I will get back to doing school with Amelia soon but until then we will continue our regular learning by just playing together.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Preschool at Home

Being a stay at home mom it is hard for me to justify sending Amelia to preschool every day or even a few days a week. I know some people do it but we are on a strict budget. Plus, what would I do with those few hours or all day? I know I could run my errands, go to doctor's appointments, grocery shop or clean (I'm not the best house keeper, ask my husband) but I can do all of those things with Amelia around. So the dilemma was what to do about early learning? Starting Monday we will begin "Preschool at Home" (not sure if that is a registered trademark or whatever but we aren't using a strict curriculum or any special plan so I am not sure what to call it). Anyways, I found some resources online and I have a plan in place for us to begin with the basics. Amelia already knows some of her colors and shapes and she knows a few sounds of letters and can identify a few letters but I want to have a more "formal" approach to her education, where I know she is learning all that she should be so that she is ready for Kindergarten eventually.

I've got the lesson plans together until the end of February and we are taking things easy. One letter, number, shape or color and theme per week. I don't want to overwhelm her with a ton of information at one time so we will just work on school stuff for as long as she shows interest each day.

I am loosely basing our curriculum off of this website for her preschool. That will put us in to July and I will decide what to do from there.

I plan to post once a week, probably Friday, on how the week went and what we enjoyed or a good idea, just something pertaining to home schooling. I hope you will follow along with us!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Nanny

Today would have been my Nanny's 73rd birthday. She is celebrating in Heaven this year. You never think when you are celebrating birthdays that it could be the last one, I know I didn't think that last year would be Nanny's last birthday on Earth.

Not a day goes by that I don't think about her. She meant the world to me and I know that she knew that and she knew that I loved her so much. It is still so hard to believe that she is gone.

I still catch myself picking up my phone to call her with some exciting news or to just talk. I miss those conversations that we would have and I miss eating lunch with her. But most of all I miss watching Amelia play with her. Amelia was just shy of 17 months when she passed away, I worry that she won't remember that time with her but to my surprise she does. She will ask me about Nanny or say that something was Nanny's favorite, like popsicles. I want her to always remember Nanny and all of the fun that we had over at her house.

I am so glad that my mom, sister and all of our kids (minus Hew, he wasn't home from the hospital yet) had lunch with her that day. I'm glad her last memory was of all of us eating together. 

This evening we are having dinner in her honor. We are wearing our pajamas because that is what Nanny wore unless she was going out somewhere. And we are having popsicles for dessert, one of her favorites. 

Happy birthday Nanny! I miss you so much and I love you to the moon and back!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year

I am not one to make a resolution in the new year but this year I have set some goals for myself and my family. My first big goal is to get this house in order. I'm talking cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of stuff. I want us to simplify our "stuff" and organize the "stuff" we are keeping.

I started with the organizing before the end of the year. I ordered several utility totes and storage bins from the Thirty-One Outlet Sale to store Amelia's toys in. What will fit in those bins/totes will be what she plays with, I will keep a rotating stock of toys in her closet in her toy chest but the amount of toys in her room is overwhelming, so it must be simplified. We will pass some down to Hew and Hollyn and we will donate some and some of them just need to be thrown away.

I also want to be able to park my car in the garage again. I haven't been able to park in there for years. We started the process of organizing/getting rid of stuff yesterday and we got half of it done. We have so much stuff out there that we are storing for family it is hard to make it work but we are determined. We have a motorcycle that belongs to some cousins that lives out of state so we are taking it to them soon and that will free up some space. We have some furniture that we will be keeping out there to store things in so that is going to free up a bunch of space once those boxes are empty.

We got a new to us desk from my husband's mother so we moved the computer back out in to the living room. It is a roll top desk and it has so many nooks, drawers and doors. It makes my organizing heart happy. I've needed more drawer space to store my Thirty-One stuff like order forms, catalogs, past orders, fliers, and so on. This desk works perfectly for that.

I also started a home organization notebook for us and in the process of getting it in order, this will be good for me to keep up with so many of the little things in our life.

The big goal that we have this year is to get our house ready to list in the spring. We have a few projects that we need to do before we actually list it like painting and some landscaping. I've been praying for the perfect buyer to come along shortly after we list it, we will see how that all works out.

Those are our short term goals for this year. We have some long term goals but that is a post for a different day. Did you make goals this year? Did you blog about them? Leave the link in the comments and I will stop by to check them out.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Oh life...

Oh life, you have a cruel habit of getting in the way of this little blog. We have been doing a whole lot of nothing around here. Just living life, taking care of business, making memories and getting ready for Christmas.

I know I haven't blogged since I joined Thirty-One. But I joined in October and have had a few catalog shows and an open house event with two other direct sales companies. If you would like any information on the business, the products, how to place an order, or anything else please send me an email. I love this company and I love sharing how it has helped my family with others. I also attended the Spring Product Premier over the weekend and I LOVE sharing about all of the new products! Send me an email for more info.

Amelia is growing like a weed, she is so funny and smart. It amazes me how smart she is.

Some of her funny sayings right now:

When she asks for something and we tell her yes she will clap her hands and say "oh nank you nank you nank you!" (Nank you is how she says thank you)

When you ask her what Ava's dog's name is she will tell you Princess Wedda (Princess Lella), I ask her a hundred times a day just to hear her say it.

She will tell me that I am her best friend or her favorite princess. She will say "Mommy you my best friend ever ever the end" or "Mommy you my favorite princess ever ever the end". We read a lot of books and she always ends the book with "ever ever the end". I guess she thinks that is how you tell someone they are your best friend forever... It is too cute!

On the days when we are going places she will ask me where we are going she will say "Karmie's House?" "Erika's House?" "Mena's House?" If the answer is no to all three of those questions she will say "Awwww" like she is sad that we aren't going to one of those houses. (Mena is how Amelia says Mia, Mia is my mom)

She keeps us laughing, that's for sure.

What is new with all of you? Even though I don't post I still read blogs just about every day but some times I miss some.

Thanks for sticking around, maybe I can keep up with this little blog on a more regular basis...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

She's Back....

My sister has rejoined the blogging world... I told y'all that she would be back!

Go check out her blog and show her some comment love!

Her story is amazing but it is hers to tell.

I am so proud to be her sister, that's for sure!

(do you know how hard it is to get that many people to look at the camera and smile?)