Movie Day

Days like today are what summer is all about for kids: fun and friends.

We joined some friends for the $1 movie special and I must say I believe I enjoyed the movie more than the kids! Mr. Peabody and Sherman was great! I loved all the jokes tied to history.  At the end I offered my kids bonus points if they could name the three biblical references mentioned! They only caught one!

The movie got me thinking, though, of all the unnecessary trouble they found.  Of course I understand it was only a cartoon, but all the bullying, the problems with the little girl and the unapproved time travel could all have been avoided with one decision!  If Mr. Peabody had only chosen to homeschool Sherman!

Obviously, this would not have been a stretch from what they were doing. Sherman was well educated by Mr. Peabody in ways the school could not have offered.  He had been schooled at home by his dad in the most natural way a cartoon possibly could: with a time machine! He was well socialized with a variety of age groups and cultures all across time. Seems to me all the work Mr. Peabody had already put into his education could have just continued!

Now obviously I say all of this in fun. There is very little I would change about this enjoyable movie of mishaps!!

I know this all seems silly but I have come to realize after homeschooling for only a year (yes, we are still newbies at this I realize) but it does make you look at the world around you in a completely different light. Everything becomes a question of “What can I teach my children through this?” Everything becomes a learning experience and can open up so many other opportunities. No matter what the day brings we can all learn from it, questions spark whole discussions which lead to reading and research. We all grow and learn and ultimately become closer to each other!

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After the movie was lunch and some great history discussions, particularly about ol’ George Washington. The fun continued with time playing at a park we have never visited before (another bucket list item for the summer)! All in all a wonderful day! Finishing it off with art projects! So although we have already officially started our school year for 2014, with homeschool the fun never stops! There is always something new to explore and fun to do! I look forward to all the adventures and projects that this year will bring!!

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Thank you Lord for the opportunities you have blessed us with to be able to be such a part of our children’s education. Thank you for the blessing of friends, of sunshine and of fun!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.Praise the Lord!  Psalm 150:6

Love,

Tiffany

 

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Life Changing Letter

importantletterToday was the big day!  The kids and I took a letter to the post office, certified mail!  This was a very special letter and we had make sure  it arrives where it needs to go.  This letter is a life changing piece of post!  Why?  Because it makes a life changing decision official.  Makes it real for every one of us.  What is that decision?
We have decided to home school our children!!! 

Very few people in our family and at church know we were thinking of this. firstdayIn fact it has gone on for the past 3 weeks at our house.  The kids first day of school was July 9.  So far it has been amazing.  Have there been frustrating days already, yep, you better believe it.  But has it already been wonderfully worth it……YES!!!!!  I have enjoyed it probably as much as they have, and they have had a blast!  In just a little over 2 weeks we have already done so much. Reached milestones, made memories, had so much fun that I can’t wait to continue on.

My husband has joked that this may just be an excuse to feed my office supply addiction, but even he has noticed how much closer the family is drawing.  He can see the change in our children as they are excited to read, to explore, to get involved!

In just these first few weeks we have accomplished so much.  I have managed to explain algebra with fractions to my oldest with no tears (on either of our parts – whew!)  And it was wonderful to see his face light up when he got it!  My youngest son has gotten so into creating things, he made our school flag and wrote us a motto tonight and was so proud of himself and so was I!  My daughter is picking up her letters and numbers so quickly.  She has begun to recognize them in random places and you can see the joy in her face as she shows them to us.

How did I miss this?  I considered homeschooling when our oldest (now 10) was about to enter preschool, but pushed it away thinking I could not do it.  Now I  am sad to think of all the moments of happiness and triumph I missed while someone else was with them for so many hours in a day.  Isn’t that part of why I chose to be a stay home mom?  Why was I willingly giving up my children.

Of course God’s word has been a key part of everything we do, history, science, art, you name it there is some way to relate it to the Awesome God we serve and this world he created!  It has been wonder.  As I type now, by their own desire, my children are making popsicle stick bible puppets so they can tell the stories to each other.  I LOVE IT!!!

There is so much more I want to say, so much I want to tell you about but I will wait. For now, I will share with you some pictures of all the wonderful things we have gotten to do so far and pray they continue on all year long.  So pray for us as we continue our studies at F.I.T. Homeschool (Footsteps In Truth).Fit test1

Some of the great experiences include:  petting a giant turtle and a python at our library,  Building pirate ships and cars,  making sun-catchers, scavenger hunts at the park, ball games where the kids were part of a group recognized for completing the summer reading challenge and where we were able to meet a celebrity!!  AGT’s Marty Brown.  Lil bit (in a picture similar to the one below) was even on the front page of the local paper.  All of this and we are just getting started!!PicMonkey Collage2

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So Many New Changes

I love it! There is so much going on in my life right now and it is great. God has blessed us with so much.  The newest opportunity for me was presented recently, a chance to be a part of a wonderful blog led by an absolutely amazing Christian Sister, Teresa at Nanahood.com!

Working with Teresa is going to be such a blessing for me.  To learn from her and have her support is going to help me grow so much! I am really excited to begin with my Faithfully Fun Friday posts and hope to make her proud!  Please be sure and follow Nanahood.com and stay up-to-date on all the latest news on her site, it is a wonderful site for all!  It will encourage you, lift your spirits, make you laugh, make you think, may make you cry!

Be sure to check it out and then watch for all the changes coming up next month, including games and prizes for their 3rd Birthday Bash!!

Check out the latest post for more details!
http://nanahood.com/thursday-thoughts-about-whats-coming-up-at-nanahood

Hope you all have a great day!!
Tiffany

Pin It!!

As so many others I Love Pinterest!  Thanks to Crazy About My Baybah today for asking what inspires us that we have found on Pinterest today.  Problem is there is so much that inspires me on there! So much I want to do!!

Pin #1   Nanahood.com is such a fun site full of inspirational posts!

Pin #2  Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream – I mean who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer afternoon!

Pin #3  Slip Covers From A Sheet!  – This is today’s project for me!  (Watch for a post soon about how it turns out!)

So what have you found that was fun and inspiring on Pinterest today?

Tiffany

Such A Little Monkey!

At our house, most days anyway, we don’t have kids, we have monkeys!  Yep, that’s right, call this place a zoo cause there are wild animals here!  Three little monkeys jumping on the bed, climbing on the furniture,  laughing and schreeching out loud and eating all the bananas.  That’s our life!

Now I love my little monkeys, more than you can imagine.  Do they get on my nerves sometimes with their fighting and picking on each other?  Of course.  Would I change having them in my life?  Not for all the money in the world!  I love my kids.  I love that they are loud and healthy and happy.  I love that they know how to have fun and enjoy life. I love that they make me laugh, they make me see the world through new eyes and see how beautiful the simple things can be.

When I started making my hair clips for Faithfully Fun I knew there was one I had to make in honor of my little girl, a cute little monkey hair clip.  “Awwwww it’s so cute momma!”   That’s what made it worth it!! She liked it!

So even though I sometimes want to sell them to the zoo, they are my little monkeys and I love them!!