This winter we’ve had a lot more snow than what we usually get here.  The boys are thrilled since they love the snow!  Last night it snowed 6 1/2″ at our house and it looked so beautiful waking up to everything covered in snow.  Luckily, Christopher doesn’t mind driving in the snow so we aren’t housebound (this area is notorious for not having the infrastructure to handle a snowstorm for the roads).


I hope that the bees are still alive in there!










Recipe to Make A Carrot Smoothie



Nathan wanted to make his own smoothie concoction and it actually turned out tasty.  He wanted me to share the recipe with others, so here it is.  The recipe is all his own (I just did the typing).

-Little water.  Fill to the top of the blades.

-2 apple slices.  Add to blender.

-1 graham cracker.  Break-up and add to blender.

-1 large carrot chopped.  Add to blender.

-Blend until everything is blended.

-1/2 cup coconut milk.  Add to blender.

-1 tablespoon maple syrup.  Add to blender.

-Add some ice.

-Blend it all together.

-1 banana.  Add to blender.

-3 or 4 handfuls of berries (we used marionberries).  Add.

-Blend it all.

-Add 1 cup of ice.

-Blend it all.

-Smoothie is done!


6th Birthday Interview

It’s hard to believe that this kid turns six today!  As usual, we did the birthday interview :)!

If you can’t understand him, I wrote down his answers below :).

What is today?  My birthday!

How old are you?  Six

What is your favorite color?  Blue

What is your favorite toy?  The Iron Golem set I got

What is your favorite fruit?  Pineapple

Where do you want to go on vacation?  Czech Republic 

What is your favorite thing to eat?  Pizza

What do you want to do for your birthday?  Open presents and go out to eat

What is your favorite game?  Tag

What is your favorite snack?  Favorite snack…I think it would be…frozen banana

What is your favorite animal?  What’s my favorite animal?  Dog.  No, I mean cat, cat, cat, cat, cat, cat, cat

What is your favorite song?  I don’t know

What is your favorite book?  I don’t know.  I can’t think of any book

Who is your best friend?  Cassie

What kind of car do you want when you grow up?  What?  A Prius

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Play

What do you want for your birthday?  Lego

What is your favorite holiday?  Halloween

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Pizza

What do you want for dinner on  your birthday?  Grilled cheese

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Just a regular person




What We’ll be Using for the 2016-2017 Year.

homeschool picks

At the end of last year I decided that it was time that we part ways with the Waldorf curriculum.  I did love the curriculum that we were using, but unfortunately it stops at second grade and Nathan is going into third.  My boys (& myself) were also veering away from the Waldorf way of teaching and I found that for us having an assortment of curriculum would work best for us.

This year I also decided to go with a homeschool charter program.  I have friends that were doing these and they raved about them.  I figured we would give it a shot and see if it worked out.  If it wasn’t working we could always stop going and continue on our own.  With the homeschool charter program they give us a stipend per kid for curriculum and any extra school supplies, which was a nice thing to have this year.

Here is what we will be doing.

All About Reading

I had heard from a couple of people that this was a great Language Arts curriculum, especially for those learning to read.  We got the pre-reading set and the Level 1 set.

RightStart Math

I’ve heard of RightStart Math since we started homeschooling and I’ve always been intrigued by it.  Earlier this year in one of my FB homeschooling groups someone posted this link that asks you questions to determine what math curriculum would work best for your family.  I took it and RightStart was #1.  I asked my husband to take it and RightStart was tied for #1 for him too, so I figured that it was one that we should try out.  We got Level A and Level C.

Build Your Library (BYL)

I just found about them in the Spring.  It is an all encompassing curriculum that does language arts, science, history, and art.  This curriculum follows the Charlotte Mason theory (I’ve heard of it and know a little, but not a lot).  I liked what it offered and it was super affordable because it comes as a downloadable file that I printed from home (I got it on sale too!).  As you probably noticed, we have a LA program already so my plan is to have AAR as our main resource and read the stories in this curriculum and do some of the copywork, but mostly keep it light.

Deep Space Sparkle Members Club

This is an art program that is mostly geared towards teachers in a classroom setting, but it looks like it is a great resource for homeschooling too.  I have used Patty’s lessons in the past and have really enjoyed them.  In the Member’s Club you get access to a lot of art lessons and she explains how to teach the lessons.  There is really a lot there and I’m looking forward to doing some lessons from here!


We got this book The Curious Kid’s Science Book (affiliate link) to supplement our science and do some fun kitchen science experiments.

We signed up for Mystery Science , which are all short videos that are about science.

We still have an online membership for Prodigy Math and will use that occasionally.

With the charter school they offer accounts for Reading Eggs, Khan Academy, and Moby Max and encourage us to use those to supplement what we have.

Through the charter school they also offer online and in person classes, which we will do occasionally.

Lastly, we will be taking field trips, going to museums, and learning through life!  I think that the above will keep us more than busy and I’m sure that some of the stuff will be dropped as we find that we don’t have as much time as I hoped we would have.  I’m looking forward to this school year and now I just need to start planning because we start school this coming Tuesday!



Day 31: Sunset (or maybe not!)

Today’s picture was supposed to be of a sunset, but I’m not taking one because:

  1. From my house you don’t have a good view of a sunset
  2. It’s overcast here and there probably wouldn’t be a picture to take
  3. It’s rainy and I don’t feel like going out in the rain to try and get a picture of a sunset

So, instead you get a picture of our new (& fancy) glass electric kettle!  It has a blue light and looks so cool when it is boiling water


And that is the conclusion of the August picture a day challenge!  I hope that you enjoyed my pictures.

The above link is an affiliate link and if you decide to purchase this awesome electric kettle with the blue light I would get a tiny commission from your sale!  Thanks!!

Day 28: Hat

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