Born: October 10, 2013
at 3:12 p.m.
8 pounds, 4 ounces
21 inches long
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain…
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!“
Psalm 127:1, 3-5 (ESV)
Over the past few weeks, when I haven’t been busy with homeschooling, rearranging furniture, building towers, or washing and sorting baby clothes, I have been keeping just a little busy in the kitchen!
So far, that looks like…10 pounds of ground beef and chicken (for tacos, chili, casseroles, pasta sauces, enchiladas…); 50 breakfast burritos; and 9 dozen muffins: banana-chocolate chip, pumpkin, and apple-cinnamon.
Our freezer is well-stocked, and I hope it will make mealtimes a bit easier after baby arrives. (I’d also love to get a batch of honey-oat chocolate chip cookies in there too…if I have time!)
The apple-cinnamon muffins were a special request from my husband…
I got the original recipe from Dell’s blog several years ago, and I’ve made them a few times since, but not in the (almost) 3 years that we’ve lived here… Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve made them since we lived in California! (Almost 5 years ago.)
But, maybe that tells you just how good they are! And, they are healthy!!
And, as an added bonus, they made the house smell delightfully Fall-ish…always a plus in my world.
1 ½ cups honey
¾ cup applesauce
½ cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
24 oz. sour cream
6 cups flour (I used ½ whole wheat, ½ all-purpose)
1 Tbsp. flax seeds (I used ground flax meal)
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/8 tsp cloves
¾ tsp nutmeg
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
4 ½ cups peeled, chopped apples
Grease muffin tins (I used coconut oil), or line with paper/foil cups.
Cream together honey, oil, applesauce, vanilla, salt, and sour cream.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, flax seeds/meal, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, a little at a time.
Add chopped apples, and stir until all is moistened.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.
Makes approximately 3 dozen muffins.
I’m sure my husband feels like he is living this cartoon!!
We do school in what would be considered the “dining area” in most homes. But, for the most part, it works. It is part of the main living area, so I can easily alternate between teaching and helping Hannah while still keeping an eye on Titus. Or, I can play with Titus, but still be available to check Hannah’s work, or answer questions.
You will probably recognize our schoolroom set-up from years’ past.
I did make one major change…my desk moved across the room, back to the school area. Titus is a bit more mobile this year (that would be a big understatement!), and the cords, buttons, and lights were a little too much of a temptation for my curious boy. Plus, towards the end of “last year” I began to notice that I needed easier access to my computer and printer…to print worksheets, tests, timelines, or to pull up a visual aid to go along with a lesson. This has been working out much better!
Our homeschool curriculum arrived back on May 17th.
And, I have spent almost every free moment since then buried under our new books (and loving it!)…organizing, thinking through, and planning out our year! Yes, I plan out an entire year’s worth of lessons. I realize that things happen – sick days, sleepless nights, cranky baby days, impromptu family days – and we will probably not stick to my lesson plans exactly as written. But, for me, it is helpful to have a goal mapped out. So when (not if) we do get off course, I have somewhere to go back to.
We are continuing with BJU Press Homeschool again this year – for everything. I have thought about branching out, and varying our curriculum a bit. But, I have really appreciated the consistency that having a unified curriculum has provided. I love how our books are so interconnected. Concepts from our Phonics lessons are reinforced in our Spelling lists. Biblical character qualities and principles are addressed in our Math lessons! History and Science are both taught from a solidly Biblical perspective.
I realize that some people think that the “traditional textbook method” squelches creativity and impedes a child’s desire and ability to learn. But, our experience has been quite the opposite. Hannah really enjoys them, and it has been a joy to see her excited – about school each day, and learning in general. Our textbooks have been a great springboard for cultivating and developing other interests. (Our library card has been very well-used these past few years.) And, the (mostly) “open-and-go” set up has been a real sanity saver for this mama!
With that said, here are our curriculum choices for 3rd Grade:
Bible: Bible Truths3: Following Christ
Math: Math 3
Language Arts: Reading 3
English 3 (Writing & Grammar)
Handwriting: Handwriting 3
(Yes, by “Handwriting” I mean cursive. I know many schools – and even many homeschoolers - are no longer teaching or requiring cursive in their curriculum. But, not being one to go along with the current fads, it is still something that I think should be both taught and learned.)
Science: Science 3
History: Heritage Studies 3
We have already jumped in, and we are both already enjoying our new books…and anticipating a great year ahead!
(And, I just love the fact that my husband came in from walking the dog one night, to find his wife snapping pictures of our homeschool books, and hardly batted an eye. After 12 years of marriage, and 4 years of homeschooling, he has accepted his crazy wife, and has learned it is probably better not to ask.)