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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Enjoying God's creatures











We stopped by Marcy's house (my sister) on the way home from my in-law's on Monday. I like to get those healthy yard eggs whenever I can! My kids like to see their cousins, as well as the animals. Clayton got to hold a tiny frog. He was really excited. He's such a nature lover!




Monday, May 25, 2009

Visit to MeMe and Papa's house











We went to Warren's parent's house for Memorial Day weekend. We always enjoy visiting with them and haven't been in a while. They work in their yard a lot and it is so pretty! I'm very blessed to have wonderful in-laws. I think it's very important for kids to be around their grandparents if at all possible. Our parents' generation has a lot of wisdom and history to share with us. I love to hear stories from them about their childhood and their parents. I want to be able to pass along stories to my kids about their ancestors. It's very interesting to think about what hard workers they were, and how honest and ethical people were in previous generations. I just love history, especially American history!




Friday, May 22, 2009

Random pictures from last weekend











Kellie and her family came up to stay with us last weekend. Her girls danced in the Spring recital at the ballet studio they attended here. The kids had a blast together. Kellie's baby is due in July. Right now she is breech but we are praying that she will turn. I think I need some photography classes! Some of my pictures leave a lot to be desired, but I have fun taking them anyway!




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baseball












Baseball season is over. Clayton had fun and is really starting to understand the game now. Warren helped coach and was the catcher. Warren is really good with the kids and plays at home a lot with Clayton. The Holcombs came up for a visit this weekend and we brought Gabe and Titus to one of Clayton's last games. I am thankful that we had a really nice coach who was always positive with the kids. I saw a coach on another team screaming at one of the kids. I don't know how anyone could think it's productive to yell at young children. I also don't know why someone didn't "slap him upside the head", as they say here in the South! :o)



Saturday, May 16, 2009

A few months ago, I accidentally put myself as a follower of my own blog. I didn't mean to do that. I don't know how to get it off. If anyone knows how to get it off, feel free to share so I don't look like a dork! :o)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Piano recital




Carrington had her Spring recital on Sunday afternoon. She and her teacher, Miss Marge, played a duet. They played "Battle Hymn of the Republic". They did a great job!
Mother's Day was very nice. I didn't have to cook! Warren cooked dinner for us. My kids gave me a hydrangea bush. I'll be able to enjoy one of my favorite flowers!
I'm so thankful that I'm a Mom to 2 awesome kids. I'm also thankful that Warren and I were both blessed with great Moms. They are both Christians and have been a great example to all of us!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Duggars











The other night my kids decided to paint their faces with toothpaste. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't 10:00 at night. I had let them stay up to watch the Duggars. I made them wash their faces and go straight to bed. I probably should have taken a picture first. :o)
In case anyone isn't familiar with the Duggars, they are a very large family. They have 18 kids now. They are very strong Christians and homeschool. They are the real deal. If there was ever a set of parents to emulate it would be the Duggars. They are very sweet, sincere, and soft spoken. Their kids are well-behaved. There isn't a lot worth watching on tv, but this is one show that is very family friendly. It's on TLC on Tuesday nights at 9:00.
By the way, my kids were soaked by the end of this little visit to the park!



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Nature Study




I am reading a book right now called, "A Pocketful of Pinecones", by Karen Andreola. I have heard really good things about it. It's about a Mom who homeschools and teaches her children how to study nature. They find things and draw pictures of them and put it in a "Nature Notebook". It's in a story form so it's really fun to read. The family lives during the Great Depression. To teach my children about nature, I will be learning right along with them. I wish I had shown more interest in nature as a child, because my Dad knows a good bit. ie The names of birds, etc. Clayton loves to be outside and we have a lot to learn about just in our backyard. We have quite a few trees in the back half of our backyard which my kids call "The woods". I wish I wasn't so terrified of snakes. It really puts a damper on things.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Homeschool Convention




We just returned from a homeschool convention. It is always very helpful to attend seminars and conventions to be inspired and to learn better ways of doing things. I can always use some inspiration and I have learned so much from the speakers every year! :o) It's a huge responsibility, but I LOVE being able to teach my kids at home. Yes, there are days when we are all getting on each other's nerves, but that really pales in comparison to getting to snuggle up on the couch to read a really interesting history book while it's raining outside, or watching one of them master a concept. Clayton has asked me a lot of questions that I haven't had an answer for. I have had to look up words in the dictionary as well as search for answers on the internet. I've learned as much as they have!
I'm so thankful to have a husband that supports me in educating our children at home. That helps a lot!
The above pictures are with 2 of my nieces, Madeline and Mariah. They also went to the homeschool conference with their parents. The children's program is great and they had a fun time.



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