Baking cookies

One day last week, the kids had finished their schoolwork before lunch.  We all decided to make some cookies after lunch.  We made oatmeal butterscotch cookies and Josiah learned that tsp = teaspoon, NOT tablespoon!



Wow, we have had some busy days since I last posted.  The weekend before Veteran's Day, we were able to attend a Veteran's Day parade in our hometown.


It was a cold day!

Last weekend, the boys went fishing while the girls did some shopping and played at the park. 

Enjoying a beautiful day at the park 
Picnic lunch

The girls headed back to where the boys were fishing and we were able to see a pod of dolphins right befre we left the pier.  Kevin Jr caught 4 fish, 2 blow-fish and 2 speckled trout.  The speckled trout were too small, so they had to throw those back.  


Field Trip Friday (10/28)

Last Thursday, October 27, we traveled 2 hours south to get to our field trip destination.  My mom was visiting Lake Waccamaw with her church group and wanted us to meet her there for a couple of nights.  We arrived around 8:00 PM on Thursday.  They were enjoying a camp fire and s'mores.  We talked for another hour and decided 9:00 was a good time to settle down and go to bed.  The next day, Friday, we met for breakfast, but split up to do some odd jobs around The Anchorage Camp.  After lunch, we went into town and shopped.  We also visited Lake Waccamaw State Park.  We came back to our room and rested before going to dinner.  After dinner, we were able to enjoy another camp fire.  We said goodnight and my mom and her group headed back to Florida the next day and we headed back to the house.

My girls:


Kevin touching the "pet" alligator:

At the state park:


Fall Break and a Birthday!

Last week, October 17- October 21, we enjoyed having the time off from school work.  Since we started the first of August and finished the first nine weeks, it was a good time to take a break and get motivated to finish the 2nd nine weeks strong.

My oldest daughter celebrated her 6th birthday on October 18.  She requested a homemade chocolate cake with Nutella frosting.  It was delicious.  She received a brand new Bible and cover, a Ladybug Pillow Pet, a new hairbrush and some clothes for her big day.


Field Trip Friday

Yesterday was field trip day!  We went to the Waynesborough Historical Village in Goldsboro, NC.  It is a neat little village of different houses, a church and a schoolhouse that represent the late 1800's.   They also have walking trails that lead down to the Neuse River.

Charlotte in the house:

Kevin and Josiah checking out the house:

Sara outside the doctor's office:

Outside one of the houses:

Josiah preaching in the church:

In the church:

In the one room school house:

The church on the left and the school on the right:

After we left the village, we came back to Kinston and went to Neuseway Park.  We had a lot of fun in the buildings.

We saw Oliver, the cockatoo:

And a bunch of other animals.

We went into the science building:

And finally, we played at the park:

It was a fun and busy day!  


The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood Review & Giveaway! ~~ Winner is...

I was recently given the opportunity to review the book The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood.  This book, written by Shelley Noonan and Kimberly Zach, is a companion to the Beautiful Girlhood book, originally written by Mabel Hale and revised by Karen Andreola.

The companion guide is a 32 week study for mothers and daughters (ages 9-13) that correlate to each chapter of the book.  Each chapter review begins with a quote from the book.  There are several discussion questions for you and your daughter to go over after reading the chapter in the book.  Next, there are some Bible verses and applications that are relevant to the topic.  Finally, there are some journal topics and journal pages for you to write down your thoughts.

This is a great book that every mom and daughter should make a priority to read together and discuss together.  My daughter, who will be turning six on October 18, is not quite old enough to go through this study yet.  I have gone through a few chapters and really love the book and the companion guide and look forward to using it in a few years with my daughter.

I have one copy of this great book to give away. Giveaway runs from Monday, October 10 to Friday October 14.  Please enter through the Rafflecopter.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood from Pumpkin Seed Press in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was given.


Learning Link Review

This summer, I was contacted by Judy Hanning asking me if I would like to review a product that helps children.  Of course, since I have 3 school aged children who I am homeschooling, I decided to review the product.  I was given the online version to review.  After browsing the site, I found that since the activities are non -academic activities this program can be used for children of all ages.  This product helps to retrain your brain and also provides a dyslexia test.

This is a twelve month program that includes:

  • Weekly brain retraining
  • Easy to understand instructions
  • 20 minute daily session
  • and much more
The daily exercises include cognitive training, visual processing, and eye/hand coordination. 

The results:
  • Grades improve
  • Self-confidence increases
  • Student is happy
  • No homework battles
  • and much more!
My children enjoy doing the exercises and it has helped them keep better focused on their studies throughout the day.   We look forward to doing the rest of the program. 

You can learn more about the Brain Training system and other products from the Learning Link website.

Disclaimer: This post was not influenced in any way, shape, or form. While I did recieve the above mentioned product to review, all opinions are my own.


End of our 1st quarter

We are nearing the end of our first quarter.  The end of the first nine weeks!  It has been relatively smooth and the kids are really enjoying school.  Something new for my fourth grader is the fact that he now has to take a nine week exam.  He loves to learn and remembers a lot of things that I don't even remember!  I really think he will do fine.  We will review for a few days before the exam.

The other two children, who are in third and first, are doing really well with their school work.  My first grader does have a rough time with learning cursive on some days, but other days she just sits down and gets it done.  She has finally mastered her first name which is a big accomplishment for her.

The next nine weeks will mean we are halfway done with school for the year.  And now that fall is finally here, we will be able to get out and do more things.  We want to go on a few field trips the next nine weeks.


Having Fun

On Tuesday, we went down to New Bern and just had a little bit of fun even though it was sprinkling.  We went to the mall and then to Union Point Park and walked around the river front.

Josiah in a tree at the park


Charlotte sitting on a bear

Sara relaxing in her seat

It was good to get out of the house and just enjoy the outdoors.


More Vietnam Traveling Wall

We went back to the Vietnam Traveling Wall on Friday.  It was cold and rainy, but we had a great time finding names. We don't have any family members that we lost, but we looked up names of people with our last name. My son Kevin found a James Collier with the same birth date as him and thought that was pretty neat.


Vietnam Traveling Wall

The Vietnam Traveling Wall is visiting our city this weekend.  Today, they had an opening ceremony.  We went to the opening ceremony, but decided to go back at a later time to view the wall when it is not so crowded.  I will post more pictures after we go back and see the wall up close.


Learning on Labor Day

Yesterday was the unofficial last day of summer for many people.  We took advantage of the great weather and headed down to the coast.  We decided to go to Fort Macon (North Carolina) and explore the fort.

First we went into all of the rooms (exhibits) they have set up that tell the history of the fort. We listened to all of the programs and learned how the fort was built, when it was used during the Civil War, and how it became a state park.

We wanted to explore the outside wall, but since Hurricane Irene had come through just the week before, there was an army of mosquitoes and they started to attack, so we had to get out of there fast.

Fort Macon has a wonderful building that has some exhibits and also a short movie about the fort.  We were able to watch the movie and learn more about the fort away from the mosquitoes.

After we explored the fort, we decided we had a little bit of time to go to the beach and do some fishing,


and sleeping.



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