Monday, October 25, 2010

Motivated Monday? seemed like a good idea: Pick a goal for the week with a few ideas on how to accomplish it and call it "Motivated Monday."  Well, I'm not so motivated today.  My dear hubby called off sick after throwing up half the night :(   My youngest was a bit under the weather yesterday with stomach issues and I'm not feelin' too hot myself.  Oh well.  Life goes on.  I'm on my second cup of coffee and we're wrapping up our a.m. schoolwork.

Things don't have to be in perfect order ( what's that!?) to proceed with my blogging.  I have PLENTY of goals and aspirations to be a better me, soo....

This week I am motivated to tackle this adorable craft from Family Fun magazine.  Fall is without a doubt my favorite season and this creation beautifully captures why I love it.  We're past "peak week" for ooh-ing and aah-ing over the brilliant colors, but there's plenty of fall left and I want to soak up every second!

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Birthday Girl

When you're a kid the entire year revolves around two events: Christmas and your birthday.  There was plenty of excitement in our house last week as our only girl turned 8.  Her birthday was on a Thursday, so we had the grandparents over for cake and ice cream.  Of course she wanted a "friends party," too.  We don't usually do this sort of thing, but we had her party at an indoor bounce center.  It was really a "2 for 1" as we celebrated our oldest son's birthday, too.  He'll be 10  in just a few days.  Anyway, leave it to MiMi to get THE gift...
MiMi is my mom by the way.  She couldn't wait to give M.J. her American Girl doll.  These two have been inseparable... so cute!
Incidentally, the matching jammies came from K-Mart!  I know! K-Mart, right.  Who'd a thunk?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crossing the Border

We're heading south of the border this week to study Mexico!   Don't worry.  We are merely traveling in our imagination.  Our neighbor to the south hasn't sounded very hospitable lately.  So, we'll stay safe in our Ohio home and open our atlas.

This is our first year using MFW and so far I'm loving it!  We're beginning with Exploring Countries and Cultures (ECC) which provides a strong foundation in geography.

These passports created a ton of excitement for the kids!  They couldn't wait to add their photo and have their pages stamped. You can see them proudly posing in front of our map.

Break time is over...back to work!

Motivated Monday!

If there's anyone actually reading this, it's clear to you that I'm a casual blogger.  I don't post consistently and I don't have a single theme to my blog.  We'll, I'm working on changing that and I've been extremely motivated to start today!  I'm not quite sure what's gotten into me...I'm envisioning redecorating projects, cleaning out closets, lesson planning, and making lists.  I may even plan out the menu for the week! 

Maybe "Motivated Monday" is a good place to start!  I see a theme emerging...

What goal are you motivated to accomplish this week?  What task would you love to check off your "to-do" list? 

I think I'll start with that one thing that should be my top priority.  That thing that isn't really a thing at all.  This Monday I'm Motivated to start each day on my the His feet.  How else can I even begin to tackle the mountain of tasks that fill my day?  Before I pour that first cup of coffee or take one bite of breakfast, I need to "sink my teeth" into my "daily bread."

Incidentally, our memory verse from My Father's World ( our homeschool curriculum ) is Matthew 4:4 ~Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Have a Great Week!