Thanksgiving celebration 2014

2014-2015 Curriculum

This year's curriculum has been ordered and to my joy has arrived. I find it kind of scary how excited I got about its arrival. I have to wonder what the Fed Ex guy was thinking as I ran out of the house at the sound of his truck stopping near my house.

On tap for 2014-2015.. back by popular demand is.... Sonlight! I loved Sonlight last year and am looking forward to another good year. Despite doing Core B last year we are stepping back to Core A. When I chose Core B last year I was choosing a core just for Rachael, not expecting to keep do the same core with the boys.

2013-2014 School debrief

We made it through our first year of "officially homeschooling" in early May. After the first two weeks, our honeymoon period, we hit a few rough spots but we still came out well . First, the harder parts so I can finish with the good stuff.

Two curriculums were too much. The plan was My Father's World kindergarten for the boys and Sonlight Core B, for my daughter. We did alright for a while but a couple months in I was overwhelmed. I thought is was just difficult because part of our life became unsettled as we were trying to help an other family in a tough place.

Rachael's first recital

Two Weeks in to Homeschool

Here we are two weeks into homeschooling and I and the kids are still happy and excited. Yay! Things must be going well when the children have pretend school during play time. So far I have to say the choosing a curriculum that has lessons planned out for me was a good idea. During these two weeks I have had days I felt like wonder woman who can go all day and accomplish everything and I have had days I didn't feel like doing anything but snooze on the couch. During the sleepy days we still did school and because I didn't have to figure out what to do I just followed the plan.

Our Homeschooling is now OFFICIAL.

It is official, I have notified our school district that we will be homeschooling our 6 yr. old daughter. I bounded around with excitement and told anyone who would listen after I turned in our letter of intent.

Another milestone we have now passed is purchasing curriculum. I have met and read blogs of amazing homeschool parents who create there own curriculum or at least make there own lesson plans but alas that is not what I am able to do.

Digital microscope rig

At work the video card in one of my workstations died. It smelled. Bad. So what did I do? I asked if I could have it and took it home to practice soldering. I got out my camera equipment and rigged a basic digital microscope. The end result was very usable except that the image was up side down, making it tricky to solder by.

Who we are in Christ perspective Challenge

All of the verses below are about who a Believer in Christ is according to God's perspective in stead of the world.

The Challenge: Read one verse a day and meditate on it through out the day. After finishing the list how your perspective has changed and the fruit of walking out who your are in Him.

  1. I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10)
  2. I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  3. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
  4. I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).

Banana Dogs

What do you do when you have hotdog buns with no hotdogs and bananas that need eaten? You make a banana dog. Simply take a hotdog bun put some peanut butter in it and then place the banana in it like a hotdog. Then you feed it to the happy hungry children before they become unhappy hungry children. I didn't want to cook tonight but something had to be made so I came up with this. I thought I was being wonderfully original and creative. Turns out it is not a new idea. I googled it before writing this post and found my gem of creativity, had been done before.

Teach Varnish to write letters

We've had people typing response letters for quite a while, but it's slow and costly, and the only difference in the letters is the greeting by name. We also can't change it to an impersonal response like "Dear Customer".

So how can we make this more efficient? Let's make lots of copies of the letter without the name, leaving a hole in it's place. Then when we get a request we'll use a special process