Monday was a beautiful day here in NC.  We decided to go for a hike after finishing our school work. 


November just flew right by!

Wow, I cannot believe it is already December. November seemed to just fly right by. We did get to go to a Civil War re-enactment in November. The kids enjoyed learning about the war.

I will try to update the blog more throughout December, but it looks like this will also be a busy month and I may not get back to until the new year.



Here are some pictures from an old mill we visited.
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Another Field Trip

We went on a field trip to Moores Creek National Battlefield yesterday. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera. It was a neat place to visit and learn more about the battle. We also visited Fort Fisher.


Fort Macon

We took a trip to Fort Macon today. The kids had a great time and it was such a beautiful day.

A model of the fort:

View from the top:



My husband took the boys fishing last night. It was great for them to be able to get out of the house after two days of rain. They had a great time.


Rain and Monopoly

This week is our fall break week, but it has rained yesterday and today. Yesterday, the boys got out Monopoly and played from 2 pm until 8 pm. They loved it and it kept them entertained.


Fall break!

We have been in school since the beginning of July. Although we have taken off a day here and there, we are ready for a little break. We will be taking a week long break October 5- October 9. We will use those days to go on a few field trips.


Flag Lapbook

I helped the boys make a US Flag lapbook today. They enjoyed making it and can't wait to make another one.


School Pictures

We went to the coast yesterday evening, so I decided to try to get the kids school pictures done.

Charlotte (K-4)

Josiah (1st)

Kevin (2nd)


New Bern, NC

New Bern, NC is turning 300 next year and they have placed these bears all over town. Here are a few of the ones we saw today:


Keeping busy

Charlotte finished with her coloring:

Kevin keeping busy:

Josiah working:


Week 6

Kevin and Josiah are starting week 6 of school. I'm glad I decided to start early and I'm sure the boys will appreciate it when they get their 4 week break in October.

Charlotte has not started K4 yet, but she may start this week. I was going to wait until after Labor Day, but she said she wants to start now. All of her friends from church start today, so I may start her today also.


A better spider picture

The boys actually named her Charlotte. I'm not sure how their sister Charlotte feels about this.


On Saturday we went to a Revolutionary War re-enactment. The kids had a lot of fun and learned some new things. We saw the original CSS Neuse (we visited the replica on Friday).

Here are a few pictures:



We have a bunch of these orb spiders around our house. One decided to make a huge web in front of our front door. We only use the back door, so I'll let her stay. The boys love looking at the spiders and the neat webs they make.

CSS Nesue II

Today we went and visited the CSS Neuse II. It is located in our town. Here is a little about it that I copied from a website: "Visit the world’s only full-sized facsimile of a Confederate gunboat to realize what a sailor’s life was like during the Civil War. The 158-foot long boat draws visitors from across the United States and from foreign countries.
The boat rests a scant distance from the “cat hole” in the Neuse River where the original ironclad gunboat was fitted with iron plating."

Here are a few pictures:

Where the captain stood:

Ringing the bell:


Middle of August

I cannot believe how fast this month is going by. I still have not thought about a field trip. I need to get on the ball and get these kids out of the house.


Plans for August

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This year I have a 2nd grader (Kevin), a 1st grader (Josiah) and an almost 4 year old (Charlotte). We began our school year on July 1 and it went smoothly for most of the month. We did have to take a week off because of sickness. I have actually started to use a schedule this year. We have Bible class first, then Josiah does phonics while Kevin works on some seat work. Then it is Kevin's turn for phonics while Josiah works on some seatwork. And after seat work is math (usually Josiah is done with his work first, so he gets his math lesson first:)) About the time I finish Kevin's math lesson, it is time for a lunch break. And finally after lunch is reading, science (Wed-Fri)and art (Fri). I enjoy teaching my children. It is exciting to see them learn.

We went on a field trip in the beginning of July, but stayed home the rest of the month. The kids did go to VBS last week, so they were able to get out and have some fun.

I haven't really planned out the whole month of August yet, because things may happen or come up, like sicknesses. I would like to plan another field trip day for this month. We have a history museum close by, but there is also the aquarium, zoo and Civil War forts. There is also a battleship in Wilmington, about a 2 hour drive. I have been asking the kids, but they haven't decided yet either. I will update the blog when we do take our field trip. I will have lots of pictures to share.


Another week

We made it through our 3rd full week of school. Everything is going great.


Week off

Since Kevin was sick Monday and Tuesday and it was Josiah's birthday on Wednesday, I just decided to take the whole week off. We can't wait to get back on track on Monday.


A Setback

Kevin woke up sick on Monday with some kind of stomach bug, so we took a break yesterday and today.


Flying by already

Wow, we have completed 2 full weeks of school and everything is running smoothly. I let the boys sleep in until 9 or 9:30 every morning (we stay up late) and we are still finished with school by 1:30 (with a lunch break at noon.


July 3

We went to New Bern (NC) and visited some of the historic buildings.

We went to the New Bern Academy. It was the 1st school in NC to be established by the law.

We also saw Tryon Palace (we didn't tour it).

It was a fun afternoon.


1st day of school

Today was our first day of the 2009 - 2010 school year. It went very well. The boys did great and were finished by lunchtime.


Getting started

I want to try to keep a blog of all the daily/ weekly activities we do in school for the upcoming year. We are going to start our new year on July 1. I am looking forward to having a great year. I'm not sure the boys are too excited yet, but I have a lot of new and fun things planned.



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