Saturday, March 21, 2015

Random 5 on Friday (technically Saturday) ~ March 21st

Hello Friends! I am a bit late this week. Our internet has been crazy and well....our life has been too.

The Pebble Pond

1. Life feels really good. Right at this moment. Things are not necessarily working out like I would like but I have this perfect little family. Whether we ever buy a house or not, it will all work out.

2. I am in the mood to get my hands dirty. I think we are going to get some our seeds. Like today.

3. I'm also going to make homemade toothpaste today. Kind of excited to try that! I may even venture to deodorant.

4. I got my hair cut. I hate it. A friend of mine cut it and she did great. I just like having long hair better. So I am happy my hair grows FAST!

5. The rats. Do you remember them? They must go. I tried to make it work. Taylor loves her but they poop everywhere! The fling poop out of their cage. It is nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty. Daddy promised her a kitten if they rats can find a new home. Now I guess I need to look for a kitten.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lions and Tigers and Bears....Oh My!

Last weekend over breakfast we decided to take a trip to the zoo! It was total last minute so there was a lot of running around and getting things together quickly. It was worth it. The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining.

Here is a glimpse into our day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ March 13th

The Pebble Pond

1. This weather. Finally. I seriously am as giddy as a school girl. I can see hints of green popping up as the snow is melting. Me likes it.

2. We went to the zoo last weekend. It was a lot of fun. It felt so good to get out! I'll post pictures soon.

(Tay's face. Totally cracks me up. The girl smiles CONSTANTLY. Well except for pictures!)

3. I did some Spring cleaning. Most of my house is looking nice and clean. I forgot how homey it feels when its all "put together". Me likes this too!

4. Taylor turns 17 in 5 days. FIVE DAYS! Am I really old enough to have a 17 year old? Don't answer that.

5. I really need to get my butt in gear with this blogging stuff. I want to blog more. Blog about life. What is going on here. Recording memories. I usually forget. How silly is that? How does one forget to blog? I post pictures to Facebook and then it is out of my mind. Maybe I need to blog first and then post to Facebook. Who knows.

I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!!

Today is errand day and then this evening we are watching my niece and nephew! The sweet baby is now a month old. I love them to pieces. Tomorrow is not planned yet but we did change Family Night to Sunday. It just works better since Brian doesn't work. It is now Sunday Funday! Pizza night, games, family time. My favorite day of the week. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TOS Review - Visual Learning Services

Visual Learning Services is a fun online science curriculum! It can be used as a supplement or a core curriculum. I received a whole year subscription to review! How exciting, right!?

We are a hands on learning kind of family. I have always believed that kids learn best when they can use all 5 senses. So science can be tricky sometimes. Sure there are always experiments we can do but sometimes we need more than that. I try to go on as many field trips as possible but unfortunately there is only so much I can do. Especially lately with this Ohio weather. Have you ever tried to load and unload a wheelchair in a foot of snow while it is -10. It is not pretty. Well that is where Visual Learning Services comes in. It has been a huge blessing for our family.

The program can be purchased at two grade levels. Elementary Edition covers grades K-5 and Secondary Edition covers grades 6-12. Once purchased you have a whole year of access.

The program is all online. It contains videos about a wide range of Science topics. There are also short animations about the topic chosen, still images and a teachers guide. The videos range in time but are under 20 minutes.

The teachers guide was amazing. It has tests, students activities and even a video script! That was pretty awesome for a busy mom like myself. I didn't have to spend a lot of time prepping. It was all right there for me.

We covered a handful of different topics. We didn't follow any certain plan. We just used it as we needed it. Somethings were school related and some were not. Although, as a homeschool mom we all know it really is "school related". ;)

Last weekend we went to the zoo. I was able to bring up Visual Learning System and we studied about animals. We were able to use our family outing at the zoo and continue to visually learn at home. Carter also enjoyed watching the videos on his own. He particular liked the lesson on maps.

The videos are high quality and interesting. Because they are short they never became "dry' for the kids. They enjoyed every video that we watched.

Another huge plus for us was that it was broken into chapters. We live out in the sticks and our internet is pretty expensive. I really liked that I could skip to the chapters that we needed instead of always have to watch the the whole lesson. It was a life (and money) saver!

I try to always stick with a Christian Science curriculum. This is not that. Although it didn't go into a lot of secular topics, it did mention "millions" of years a few times. I would not use this if my kids were younger but they are all teens now and grounded in their beliefs so its not a huge issue for us.

All in all....we all loved the program and will continue to use it.

Visual Learning Systems Review
Crew Disclaimer

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ March 6th

The Pebble Pond

1. We have rats. Four of them to be exact. Pet rats. I seriously can not even believe it. I am still working on getting over the ick factor.

2. I started drinking Spark from Advocare and I have seen a HUGE difference in my alertness and mental clearness. It seems crazy but I feel like me again. I have gotten back into the routine of getting up early and going to bed at a decent time. I do not feel sluggish AT ALL. It is wonderful!

3. I lost 3 pounds this week. Can I get a high five?!

4. Oh the rats....goodness. Here is the story. Taylor wanted a guinea pig for her birthday. She researched it and then researched it some more. Brian and I went to the pet store and they were icky. Like really icky. They were scared and timid. After discussing our options with the "small critter attendant" we thought maybe a rat would be a better option. They learn tricks. They clean themselves. Yada, yada, yada....The only problem was that with a cage and all the accessories we were looking at 200 bucks! There was no way. A few days later someone got me in touch with a girl that was giving away a few pet rats for free. Hmmm...then she offered me the cage for $20 bucks. That was more up my alley. After the other kids saw them they wanted one too. So $20 bucks later we have FOUR rats residing in our house...on purpose.

5. It is supposed to be 50 degrees next week. I might just run around in a bikini. Just kidding. I don't even own a bikini. Nor would I want to scare my kids. I will however enjoy every second of the warm weather.


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