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Just Watch It

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

If you haven’t discovered the blessing of Ann Voskamp, here is a video that gives us a glimpse of her new book, “One Thousand Gifts”.

~audrey

Fair-Weather Education

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

My boys were quite disappointed to find out that, although their regular school friends got another day off today because of the snow and ice, we’ll be returning to school as usual.

I had to remind them that we took the entire month of December off and will be finished with co-op at the end of March. Or how about last week when we spent the majority of the week in our pajamas and played long games of Qwirkle when we finished school before noon.

Today, we slept in until 9:00am. Of course Joshua woke up much earlier and didn’t feel the need to wake anyone else. When I was making breakfast he came in the kitchen and said,

“When I got up earlier than everyone else, I decided to find Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands on the map in the school room.” (his georgraphy for this week)

That’s what a momma wants to hear!

Right now I’m finishing my cup of coffee and the boys are sitting at the table coloring.

I picked up a Lite-Brite for the boys for Christmas. It was only $10 at Target and it was a huge hit. I only got one, so the boys take turns with it, but Owen seems to like it the most and it’s helping him learn his letters at the same time. He can now fill in all the “O”s, “G”s, “W”s, and “Y”s by himself. We’re working on “R” for red and “V” for violet (purple).

Josh will likely work late tonight and the rest of the week to make up for their snow day yesterday. I have a roast and veggies in the crock pot and I look forward to a quiet, thought-provoking day with the boys.

P.S. I did my second 5k workout last night on the treadmill. It was much easier than the first workout. It’s amazing how quickly your body adjusts. Tonight is my favorite form of inspiration: Biggest Loser!

~audrey

Too Comfortable

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I like to get comfortable when I’m at home for the night. I was sitting on my bed talking with Josh when he asked if I would mind going to the store to get a movie from RedBox. I was still dressed, so I hopped up, grabbed my purse and headed for Walmart.

I had just started the dishwasher and needed more dishwasher detergent, so I was glad to go to the store by myself for a few minutes. As I parked the car and walked toward the entrance, I felt the blood leave my face as I realized I had forgotten to put my bra back on!!! Thankfully, I was wearing a camisole under my shirt, but I was still paranoid and embarrassed. I suppose I fit right in with the PeopleofWalmart.com!

As the boys and I drove thru Starbucks this morning, the boys noticed several bright butterflies on the bushes next to the drive thru. Owen’s favorite color is orange and one of the biggest ones we saw was orange. The picture isn’t great because I used my phone, but I thought I’d post it anyway.

Updated Master Schedule

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

As I’ve said before, we used the Maxwell‘s scheduling material to come up with our Master Schedule and Chore Packs.

Our Master Schedule is simply a tool. There is never a single day that everything on everyone’s schedule gets accomplished. However, if we get off track during the day, it’s an excellent tool to refer to in order to help me reel us back in and continue being productive. It’s also a great way to make sure your time is accounted for on those days when you feel like you got nothing accomplished whatsoever!

MOMMY
JOSHUA
JESSE
OWEN
6:30am
Exercise/
Quiet Time
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
7:00am
Shower/Get Ready
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
7:30am
Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
8:00am
Chore Training/Clean up
Chores
Chores
Chores
8:30am
Bible Study with the boys
Bible Study and Prayer
Bible Study and Prayer
Bible Study and Prayer
9:00am
School
Spelling
Spelling
Color
9:30am
School
Reading with Mommy
Flash Cards with Owen
ABC Flashcards with Jesse
10:00am
School
Workbook with Owen
Reading with Mommy
Workbook with Joshua
10:30am
Snack
Snack
Snack
Snack
11:00am
School
Math
Math
Blocks/Puzzles
11:30am
School
Memory Work
Memory Work
Memory Work/
12:00pm
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
12:30pm
School
Language Lessons
Language Lessons
Play with Trains
1:00pm
School
Copywork/Writing
Copywork/Writing
Math Manipulatives with Mommy
1:30pm
Fly Lady (cleaning, pay bills, emails, etc.)
Play outside
Play outside
Play outside
2:30pm
Play (games, puzzles, computer)
Play (games, puzzles, computer)
Nap
3:00pm
School
**Extra School
**Extra School
Nap
3:30pm
Music
Piano
Computer
Nap
4:00pm
Music
Computer
Piano
Nap
4:30pm
Whole House Sweep/Dinner Prep
Dinner Helper
Dinner Helper
Dinner Helper
5:00pm
Dinner/
Clean up
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
5:30pm
Family Time
Family Time
Family Time
Family Time
6:00pm
Bath Prep
Games with Daddy
Games with Daddy
Games with Daddy
6:30pm
Bathe Kids/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
7:00pm
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
7:30pm
Prayers with Kids
Prayers/Bed
Prayers/Bed
Prayers/Bed
8:00pm
Kids in Bed/
Bedtime Chores
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
8:30pm
Evening Routine/Plan for tomorrow
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
9:00pm
Read…aahhhhhh…
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
9:30pm
Read
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
10:00pm
Read
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
10:30pm
Lights Out!
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP

Hope that helps!  Let me know if you have any questions.  It’s very trial and error in the creation process.

Happy Monday!

~audrey