Thursday, March 31, 2011

Project 365/90

Wandered around our backyard for a while this afternoon, it was chilly and overcast, but the weeds are still blooming and so is the tree in our backyard.  Don't know what kind of tree it is but I love its buds, they are gorgeous.

These last two are some of the weeds in our yard, I love purple, so weeds or not I think they are beautiful!  Clover, I think.

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Project 365/89

I know this shot was supposed to happen a long time ago, but I needed a shot so I decided to give it a try.  I think it turned out pretty good, this is SOOC.

Project 365/88

Monday, March 28, 2011

Project 365*/87

Yes, if your following along, I am skipping some days. I would like to say that I got out and shot some pics, but honestly I didn't touch my camera all weekend. I'm a waitress in my family's restaurant and sometimes when push comes to shove, I work a lot, more than you think; A LOT! This was on of those weekends, I left my home in the morning and came home in the late evening. "Did it payoff?," you ask. 
 What do you think?

I made enough to order almost half of Koty's curriculum for the Fall,  it feels so wonderful when hard work pays off!

Since I basically didn't see my kids all weekend, we took a day and spent it together.  We went to lunch with my parents and then wondered around Costco for awhile, nothing too exciting.  Ry and Sissy had to have some frozen yogurt and I had to have a pic for the day!

The older boys weren't being quite as adorable, so I didn't bother them with pics.  They never really like when I take pics of them anyway.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Project 365/82-83

I had another Dr.'s appt. today, they are trying to figure out why I'm having chest pains with exercise, my chest feels tight in general and overall I'm beyond exhausted.  So far, no idea; just more tests. I hate tests, it feels like you are going no where fast.  I have to have a stress test, ultrasound of my thyroid and EKG; sounds expensive.  I hope these tests have the answers, it is very stressful to feel so awful without a reason why, you feel like maybe you're a hypochondriac after awhile.  I'm really leaving it to prayer right now, it certainly has done no good to worry about it.
Spring is trying to make an appearance in our area, flowers are blooming and trees are budding out.  They are calling for sleet and snow over the next 24 to 48 hours and pretty cold temps, so that will put a stop to Spring for a couple of days.  Luckily, temps are supposed to ride that fine line so it won't be a hard freeze, just enough to make us appreciate the great weather we've had over the last couple of weeks.  Here's some pics I've taken to remind me that Spring really is just around the corner.
I don't really know what kind of flowering bush this is but they were by the Wal-mart and I had to stop and take some pics.  They are so beautiful, I'm in love with the soft colors.
Once again, I don't know what kind of tree this is but I loved the trumpet shaped bloom.  The vibrant color was gorgeous too.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book Three-TOS Review

Let's just start this review with an admission,  I am not artistic, crafty or in anyway gifted aesthetically speaking.  I am not that Mom that always has some sort of crafty way to teach my kids a topic, try never!  I never have a craft for my kids.  Thank you to Artistic Pursuits for giving me an opportunity to review their product: Modern Painting and Sculpture for Grades K-3.  My kids were and are so excited about the opportunity to do arts and crafts, they are over the moon.  They are so abused, just ask them; they'll tell you.


This is not a curriculum in terms of draw this line or repeat this technique, this curriculum works on increasing your childs understanding of art, as a whole and concentrating on techniques of the Artist highlighted.

The earlier K-3 books work on introducing the concepts in the bookshelf pictured, while the 4-12 books concentrate on really teaching the concepts.  The theory behind this method is over here  and is very clearly explained and easy to understand.

They offer a very complete curriculum, providing multiple books for multiple age groups.  Their catalog of books is very comprehensive and they even offer art supply packs geared to their specific books.

Now, onto what we thought about the curriculum. We loved it!   What we really liked and this is just one of many things we liked, is that my 14 year old could do the projects with the small people and still enjoy himself.  We love combining when we can and this book really lent itself to that.  
The lessons are laid out in an easy to understand way, such that the 14 year old was actually able to teach the lesson while he participated in it.  You really can't ask for more than that!!

The lesson also introduced real art to my kids, art that they were able to enjoy and actually asked to find other paintings or pieces from the same artist to look at online.  Interest in a topic other than recess is a great thing.

I really could go on and on, we love this curriculum and will be continuing to use it.  Each book costs $42.95, which can seem pricey, but like I said we used it for multiple students of a broad age range.  It is non-consumable, so you will be able to continue using it into the future.

Head over here to see what other crew members thought about Artistic Pursuits, my personal opinion is that you can't go wrong.  This is a great curriculum and worth the money.

{I received a copy of Artistic Pursuits K-3 for the purpose of review free of charge.  I received no other compensation and was not required to write a positive review.}

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Project 365/81

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Project 365/80

Shopping at the Sam's club is the closest we have gotten to Spring flowers. I could smell these as soon as I walked in the front door. Heavenly!
 Rylan wasn't feeling good, hasn't been for a few days, so he decided to ride in the cart, we buried him under stuff.  We went in for one thing and ended up spending $200, I tend to lose my mind in Sam's Club.  He pretended he was building a fort, he's such a cutie when he's under the weather.  Unlike other children he's actually better behaved when he doesn't feel well, I guess he just can't get his ornery on.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Project 365/79

A Day at the Pick and Pull

We had to go find some car parts today.  It's always interesting to wander around a junkyard, a great people watching opportunity and fun photographs to be taken .  I had a lot of fun wandering around with my camera.  CJ had a lot of fun looking for parts for our cars.  He works really hard to keep our cars on the road and does a lot of repairs on his own.  He has saved us a fortune with his willingness to learn something new.

Project 365/77

How many Reeds does it take to change a fuel filter?

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Friday, March 18, 2011

5Q Friday

1. Have you ever testified in court? For what? No, never.  I've been called to jury duty about 7 times, but have always gotten out of it because of small children and no childcare.  Maybe next time I'll actually go serve.

2. Do you still have your wedding dress?  Absolutely, I had to have 4 children to get the girl that might actually wear it.  My mom had it cleaned and hermetically sealed after my wedding, I sincerely hope my daughter will choose to wear it.

3. Is there a special place you like to go when you're happy, sad, stressed, etc.?  Does the refrigerator count. I'm a serious stress eater. Otherwise, I'm a solitary person, so I tend to bury myself in a book.

4. If you have kids, do they sleep with you? If you don't have kids...will you let your kids sleep with you when/if you have them?  Yes, all of my kids have slept with us.  All were breast fed so they definitely were nearby for the first year, if not in my bed; at least in my room.  Sissy still tends to migrate to our bed, but always starts in hers.

5. Do you watch late night TV?  Absolutely, I worked nights for a lot of years, sleeping is overrated.  Just kidding, I love sleep, just don't manage a lot at night.  I tend to fall asleep best to TV and will DVR shows to watch, probably doesn't say a lot for the shows I watch that I can fall asleep to them.  LOL.

Well that's it for my 5QF, head over here to see how others answered.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Another Day.....another Nature center

If you haven't figured it out yet, we love our nature centers. We have multiple nature centers, the zoo, conservation areas out the wazoo and an incredible park system. We could head out every day for a month and not visit the same place twice, but we have our favorites. This one is near our old house and the zoo, we love their trails and paths.


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