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Christmas Jammies

Each year, we let the kids each open one gift on Christmas Eve. I think by now they have all realized that they are getting new pajamas. But, in my opinion, that is just part of the fun…and the tradition!

Here they are opening their “Christmas Jammies.”


Hannah got a Fox. Titus got Dinosaurs.
Rebekah got Ballerinas. And, Rachel got Kitties.

You might notice that their jammies are not particularly Christmas-y.
That’s intentional. I like to get something fun. Something that represents them…their likes, personality, or interests.
Plus, this way they can wear them beyond Christmas Day!
(Yes. Sometimes I am too practical for my own good.)

Aren’t they adorable?!

IMG_7029wmLooking cute and cozy in their new Christmas Jammies.

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Happy 4th Birthday, Rebekah!

10My Sweet and Spunky Rebekah!

You are loud, energetic, dramatic, and silly. Sitting still and quietly are not your strengths.  You do nothing halfway.

You have really surprised me this year by pouring that energy and determination into our school days, and becoming an eager and enthusiastic student! You love our Pre-K times, and are flying through the lessons that I have prepared for you each day…and still asking for more!

You adore your siblings. I am so thankful for the sweet friendship I already see between you and Rachel. I love hearing you play and talk together after we have tucked you in for the night, or when you wake up in the morning. And, you love being one of the big girls with your “just me and Hannah” time. You and Titus seem to enjoy tormenting each other more than playing right now…but when push comes to shove (literally!), you’ll also defend and protect each other!

Although you are definitely my loudest child, you have such a sweet, tender heart. You are always so quick to comfort your little sister when she is sad or hurt. And you are quite the little prayer warrior. You are so faithful to pray for your siblings, daddy, or friends from church. And you are our family cheerleader…always encouraging others, with your big smiles and sweet hugs.

It is my constant prayer that the Lord would draw you to Himself, and that He would use your tender heart and fierce determination for His glory.

I love you, my sweet Bekah-Bug! Happy Birthday

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Back to {Home}School

Once upon a time, I said I would never homeschool my children.

IMG_7011awmAnd, yet…here we are, embarking on our 8th year of homeschooling!

This year, I have 4 students…ranging from pre-school to junior high! That should keep me busy and out of trouble…or, not.

Rachel is in Pre-School this year:

IMG_6983wmShe is only 2, but loves being at the school table with her big siblings. I’m not entirely convinced that “pre-school” is an academic necessity. We tend to cover the content of most pre-school curriculum naturally, as we live life. So, while I am hesitant to push my littlest one into too much of an academic experience before she is really ready (something that, I’ve found, is very easy to do in the homeschooling world!), we decided to, cautiously, go ahead with a more formal pre-school time for our youngest this year. We are using Preschool Pathways by BJU Press. (We used this with Rebekah last year.) It can be set up for school time every day, or just a few days a week. It is colorful, fun, and laid back with a big emphasis on learning through play. But, at the same time, it will also give a little bit of structure and direction to her days, and hopefully help to keep her purposefully busy and engaged while I am “doing school” with her older siblings. I love that it gives us some special one-on-one time during our busy school days. And, even though their lessons are different, there are enough similarities that I will be able to combine some of her pre-school time with Rebekah’s!

Rebekah is in Pre-K this year:

I know. I just said that it is very easy for homeschoolers to push our kids academically, or to assume that they are more advanced than they are. But… (There’s always a but.) One of the things I love about homeschooling is the ability to know my children, and to know their needs and abilities, and somewhat customize their education to match. Some of my kids have shown true interest and academic readiness “early.” But, we have generally tried to keep to a more traditionally accepted schedule. But, Rebekah will be 4 in October, which means that, if she were in the public schools here, she wouldn’t be eligible for Pre-K (or “Transitional Kindergarten”) until next year…and not eligible for real Kindergarten until just before she turns 6! This girl spent all of last year begging for more work. (So much so that I almost considered just putting her in Kindergarten alongside Titus!) So, waiting 2 more years would be tough on her. And, probably a little tough on her mommy too. We are going to be using Footsteps for Fours, by BJU Press. We do lots of playing, and coloring, and reading together. And, my goal is to keep things low key for her, and not push her into something she is not really ready for…but, at the same time, I don’t want to hinder a genuine desire to learn right now. So, this is a great fit. It will give us some focused learning time each day, but in a developmentally and age-appropriate way. Yes, she is almost 4…but she is still only 3. So, we are taking a similar approach with her, as we did with Titus, and we will just take it at her pace. Right now, she is all about school! And, I could definitely see her going through this much faster than the year-long plan that I have laid out. Or, her enthusiasm may wane a bit, and we may slow down as things get harder. And, you know, that would be okay too! For now, she says that she is looking forward to school (all of it!) this year!

Titus is in 1st Grade this year:

IMG_6992wm Again, according to our local school district’s calendar, he “should” be only starting Kindergarten this year. I had to put off teaching him to read a little longer than either he or I wanted (due to the demands of a job change for my husband, a new baby, a move, and my own health issues). He deemed this cruel and unusual punishment! So, my original plan to possibly stretch Kindergarten over 2 school years flew out the window before our last school year even started. He was more than up to every challenge I threw at him! Especially reading! Over the past year, he has become the family bookworm. He devours books, and reads above his grade level with incredible inflection and comprehension. Some of this may just be his natural bent…he is serious, analytical, and just loves to learn. But, I also credit a lot of this to how reading and phonics skills were approached in his Kindergarten curriculum.  So, we will be continuing with BJU Press for 1st grade. I pray that this will only continue to increase his knowledge, and strengthen and improve his skills and love of learning.  He said he is looking forward to all of first grade, but thinks that math is going to be his favorite subject this year.

Hannah is in 7th Grade this year:

IMG_7003wmI have a junior higher!! Speaking strictly as her teacher, I’ve dreaded this moment. But, as I looked over her curriculum, and planned out her lessons, I was surprised to find myself looking forward to it all! I am excited about what she will be covering in her different classes this year. Of all of my kids, I think she is facing the biggest changes, academically. After some serious consideration, prayer, and discussion, we decided to take a step back from the somewhat classically-eclectic approach (mixing classical, textbooks, and unit studies) that we’ve used in past years. We decided to go back to a more cohesive, unified curriculum, with a traditional, textbook approach. It just seems to be what works best for our family dynamics and schedule, and for the variety of personalities, learning styles, and abilities represented in my children. So, like her siblings, she will be using BJU Press for 7th grade. On one hand, her classes are still the most intimidating to me, because I have never taught them before. (Poor thing. As the first child, she is our homeschool guinea pig.) But, the school that I attended from 7th-12th grade used a lot of BJU Press materials. So, although they have been updated quite a bit in the past several years, I am actually very familiar with her curriculum from my own experience as a student! So, this year will definitely be a challenge, for both of us, but, I think it will be a very good one! After looking over her new textbooks, she says that she is most excited about her Literature book, and thinks that will be her favorite subject this year.



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Christmas Day

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I took hundreds of pictures. Yes. Hundreds…with an s. But, I won’t subject you to all of them (unless we’re friends on Facebook, then you’ve already seen them all!). Here is just a little glimpse of our day…

img_6041wmBefore…complete with Christmas music and a fire in our TV fireplace.

We started out the morning opening stockings…

Christmas Stockings 2016

Then, after breakfast, we were off to church…

2016_12_251{Aren’t they adorable?!}

I love that Christmas fell on a Sunday this year! I wish it always did. We had a sweet time, worshipping, and celebrating the birth of our Savior together with our church family!


I know that Christmas isn’t about the presents. But, I just love picking out special gifts for my family, and watching the excitement on my children’s faces as they open their presents! This year, I especially loved seeing them choose gifts for each other, and truly experiencing the joy of giving.

2016_12_253Favorites this year included books (of course!),
Transformers, American Girl accessories, a Minnie Mouse outfit, and a bike!

The kids had some time to enjoy their presents…

img_6258wmTitus explaining his new Transformers.img_6280wmRebekah on her new Minnie Mouse bike!

Then, we continued the celebration into the evening with Grammy and Grampy!

2016_12_255It was a busy, busy day. But, so fun.


Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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Birthday Balloons

pageRebekah’s Little Einsteins Birthday Party

IMG_5763wm{Rebekah and her BFF, Sophia}

We celebrated our 3-year-old Rebekah with her grandparents, and our sweet friends from church.


Second to Minnie Mouse, her favorite show is The Little Einsteins. She could watch the episode, “Birthday Balloons” on repeat! (And, ahem, has on occasion.) So, since she likes to pretend that she is Annie, we created a party based (very loosely) on that theme.

Lunch was, by request of the birthday girl, hot dogs. (I put them in the crock pot before church, on low, and they were ready to eat when we got home!)

IMG_5723wmMy one moment of creativity: I recycled a (Pinterest-inspired) idea from Rachel’s Ladybug Party, and made Leo’s Conducting Batons. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods, with star shaped sprinkles, because one of Annie’s Birthday Balloons was a star!

The cake… Rebekah just likes cake. It really doesn’t matter what flavor…just as long as it’s cake. So, getting her to pick a flavor was difficult. But, she eventually settled on chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting. (Which, conveniently matched up with the Little Einsteins episode that our party was based on!)

IMG_5750wmI assembled the cake before we left for church, and, while my lack of cake decorating skills have been well documented here on the blog, this was a new low. It didn’t go well…at all. To put it mildly. The top layer began to crack while I was frosting it. And, there was not enough frosting in the house to glue it back together.
But, in the end, it tasted good.

IMG_5754And, Rebekah was thrilled.  Because, cake.

She got some fun gifts from her friends, and her grandparents.

IMG_5725wmBut, I think her favorite gift was the bouquet of balloons.
We tried to duplicate Annie’s balloons…and she loved it!!

 Happy 3rd Birthday, Rebekah!

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