Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: March 7-11


Choir picture day!

That exclamation point is actually more excited that I was.... Because it meant standing in the cold/ hot (because Texas weather is finicky) from 9:30 until 2:00


Not thinking I will be that glad for the pics seeings how THIS is a decent representation of Emilys face during all the photo shots 

I guess half the other kids don't look much better...


The be crazy shot... 

We will see.... 

Anyhoo-- we got home and did school till 8:30. No lie... 


The day of driving:

To Houston,to across Houston and back home.  


Freak out about Teen Pact clothes- proceeded to another shopping adventure. 

Then art and sign... To Houston, to WAY across Houston and back home. 

Sigh. This semester IS almost over.  Yay.  

Using our -6 hour -TIME -of -driving -and waiting -for -classes -to -be -over - WISELY.  

Car schooling! 

Matt doing science questions on the laptop.
Emily reciting memory work for Teen Pact.. And lots of reading. 

But we HAD to have a snack so hot, fresh churros and Mexican cokes to the rescue!!

And then we found Christopher Comumbus!! 

Been past that park SO MANY times but never saw Ol' Christopher before.. 


Kate had gone on an adventure with Kelly to get a hair cut and find some decent makeup..that actually works for her-- this will be the third brand we have tried... Sigh.

Matt and Emily did ---WAIT FOR IT--- school work!!


School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic

No where to go.  

We started school school, had a break for a Riley situation, and started back at 10:28--- at 12:55 I looked at the clock again! 

We got assignment books checked off and added to.  We worked on memorization-- currently The Lords Prayer (in Latin) because, well because we can! 

And went over flash cards--

The eldest children and I prepared to read Everyman a play from the 1400's.  We talked about the allegorical characteristics of the characters... The history, worldview and theme of the play.  

We started a new bible study on THE SLUGGARD.  Because it is much needed around these parts... 

We broke for lunch and although our morning was quite productive it also included some consequences for disobedience too, and after lunch I was all preparing myself for another run in--

I went out to find this---

Sigh.  I left them alone to work for awhile longer... 

Finally we returned to the school room...
I really should have JUST left them alone...

Emily's math lesson ended up taking 3 hours and 15 minutes.  There was whining, complaining, crying, messing around, singing, more crying... 


Truthfully I gave up on school.. Kaitlin still has TeenPact stuff, we had to get shoes, shop for misc stuff, take dry cleaning, get the vans registration done, get a car wash and clean out the van, and clean the house! 

So that's all folks! 

Monday, April 21, 2014


We stopped the car driving home and Kate and I got out to get some shots.. 

Thinking it turned out pretty good! :0) 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: March 31- April 4

What was accomplished this week... a big fat nothing!  The kids had colds the first couple of days-- didn't do choir, art or sign and I was busy trying unsuccessfully to pass a kidney stone.  They got all the basics of school done like math, vocab, reading assignments,  and Latin, but that was about all! 

We rested a lot, watched some movies and read!    I don't have a single picture from this week!  

Tomorrow starts a new week and then we have Teen Pact. 

We did shop for a little while on Friday and I think Kate's wardrobe is set for Teen a Pact and we got Emily's outfit too.  

This week I need to really do school and get prepared to be gone for a whole week.  

Matt is moving onto Algebra 1 and First Form Latin... He is SO excited about his new Latin (read sarcasm here).  

Emily was flying through her math until apparently last week and as I graded her papers today it quickly became clear that we were going to need to go over a few new concepts this week! 

Kaitlin has been busy with TeenPact  homework-- this years theme is the NSA and she has been reading a pleathora of information on it... She is finishing up her two essays. 

That's it.  Hoping for a great productive upcoming week!! 

Monday, March 31, 2014


Brian and I took Kate and Matt to see Mid Summer Nights Dream.. 

It was really good!! I was impressed by the theater-- there were a few odd things that stood out to me but otherwise a great performance!! 

So glad their first introduction to a Shakespearean play turned out so well!! 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Republican Senatorial District Convention-- Harris County

This is Dave's 2nd time and my first time attending!!!!  I was pretty excited!  We of course brought the kids--- they were SO excited !! LOL.  Actually they were really well behaved and did a great job of sitting in one space for almost 3:00 hours, with Dave and me all the way across the room! 

We are the only people who showed up from our precinct-- so this is us caucusing together and nominating each other to go to the state convention!  

Later on that day our nomination was voted on by all the delegates of District 11 and we are now officially state delegates! Whoo hoo! 

Fort Worth.. Baby! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: Mar 18-22

Again with a busy week, headaches, off schedule... Sigh!  But we had a lot of fun!

Monday --

We had choir today-- had a bit of a crazy schedule taking Dave, getting a friend, taking Dave to the bank-- getting back to choir and going out to lunch with friends and family! But fun!

We had breakfast at Chick Fil A because we were early to choir after taking Dave to work--  always YUM! 

Aren't they beautiful! 


We were going to get out and about but truthfully the kids wanted to stay in and just veg out!  They played video games, watched a Star Wars marathon and we ordered pizza!  It ended up being great! 


Today we went to the Houston Livestock show!!



Science Fair!!!! We were finishing up our projects 5 minutes before we left!  Literally!! 


We were supposed to have Keepers but we were both glad to cancel the meeting and just work at home-- the older two worked on school and Emily read and played all day. 

She is reading Little Britches in the Kindle App.  

That evening we took the kids to a self defense class to learn how to fend off an assailant! They did great!

It was a busy and yet slow week-- got some rest in and glad a few things are over-- ready to get back on schedule!! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: March 24-28


Back to choir!  


Emily and I went to see Frog and Toad at Main Street Theater and it was delightful!

Frog and Toad was pretty much Emily's favorite book when she was learning to read and for MONTHS after! 

When I told her we were going to see Frog and Toad... She said that book I loved when I was little?  I said yes.. She got all emotional and her head tilted up and in a dreamy voice she said I used to love that book-- I still read it sometimes late at night... It just never gets old.  

No dramatics here though.. 

Kate had art and sign.. 

During art-- Matt, Emily and I played our new art game!!

Renaissance Art Game


We stayed home... ALL DAY LONG.  And yet really not much was accomplished.  The kids spent ALL day reading to catch up.  I didn't get any teaching done, we didn't get to other subjects... they just read.  I guess that is not a bad thing!  I suppose catch up is catch up!

So Kaitlin and Matt are reading Westward Ho by Charles Kingsley.  Kate came to me last night and was really just not liking the book--- she said its too long, I cant get into it... how is this relevant.. etc!  I explained that it covers a NUMBER of things from this historical time period.

Spanish Armada
British Imperialism
Catholic Domination

So basically, yes.  GO READ!

Today I asked her had she had any more luck getting into the book and she VERY sheepishly looked at me and said yes, she was loving it.

It's a good feeling!  :0)


We did school and then headed out for a fencing class field trip!  The kids had a great time, learned a lot and it totally counted at PE for the day! 

So cool!! 


We ended up being home all day!! Always a good day-- we had some parenting, child, teacher, student hiccups today and things have come to a head again, but then Saturday, while listening to a speaker I had some aha moments... Momma is revamping.  

 This is Riley intently listening to the Morning Star of the Reformation! So funny...

We started working on Teen Pact stuff-- countdown is now 15 days.  

Kate had a friend over and they worked on their Teen Pact homework together... 

There is a decent amount of homework, reading,  plus four days of NON stop learning and action and it equates to a 1/2 credit in government.  

Birthday Girl!!!

Someone turned 11..... 

We had multiple celebrations for this girl!! We went to the Livestock Show and carnival and she got to bring a friend!  
She had a family party!!

She had a special dinner out that was Uncle Brian's gift to her! 

Mary Faith got to spend the night!! And have Emily this gift for her charm bracelet! 

We surprised by picking up a few friends and going for a yogurt treat!! 

And she got her haircut and had lunch out !

Wheww. That was a busy birthday!! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: March 10-15


--no choir for Spring Break- I love choir, I really do, but a break is nice too !!

I had a tremendous headache... So many these past couple of weeks!

We got school done though.. 

Emily doing Mad Libs-- she thinks they are HI-larious!! 

Matt set up school in the living room-- don't really know why, there is a table that seats 8 on the other side of this room.  


Kate was stylin going to art and sign...

And Matt was all chilled!


Kind of a special day since SOMEONE TURNED 11!!!

She chopped of her hair and donated it to Children With Hair Loss... 


We pretty much did nothing!  Zilch! Zero! 



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Sum Up: March 3-7

I am not even going to attempt to catch up for last weeks blog- mostly because nothing happened.  I had such severe migraines this week that past Tuesday I didn't even leave the house until Sat morning...  it was just a week of school at home, basic needs being met and medication! 


We didn't go to choir because the girls lost it for being behind--- this ended up up being a blessing in disguise as my headache was pretty bad.

We got a decent amount of school done though.  Emily finished up her quiz on the crusades... 

She read The Making of a Knight and we looked up this fun song....


We did get to Kate's art and sign... I was able to go vote! But beyond that and school I was done! 

Emily parked at the zoo during art and watched Heidi.... 


Just stayed home and did school, slept and attempted to keep food down-- :0( 


More of the same!  The kids worked at getting caught up on reading assignments.  

Emily and I are reading The Morningstar of the Reformation out loud together-- 

This is after we watched a few you tube videos on the atom.  I love the internet! 

Kate reading The Awakening of Europe and Emily is reading Genghis Khan.

Matt is reading his Bible--- 

I went to sleep around 1:30 and woke up to the kids gone---mom had come gotten them and taken them to eat dinner and brought dinner home to Dave- such a blessing. 


We got school done and that was about it...I slept and rested a lot... 

By Friday evening I was feeling better--- still a pretty bad migraine but so much better.  By Safurday morning it was a much better -- even shopped with mom for Emily's  boots...

Made a crockpot dinner and cleaned a little but otherwise just laid around in bed... Which I am sure will happen Sunday  too... I hope to completely knock this out... Before we start the week all over again!