Archive for April, 2010

God Bless My Nine Year Old

Our Jr. is nine! My goodness, how time flies! Funny story about Patrick’s birth…the midwife assumed when I called that I couldn’t possibly be in labor because I was too calm. :) I thought calm was a good thing, but, in this case, it wasn’t – the hospital staff left me so long before checking me that I was completely dilated – too late for an epidural. :( I walked down the hall to the delivery room and had a baby within minutes. Hard way to learn a lesson, but what a truly brilliant result – Patrick Taylor, Jr. Thanks for the tremendous blessing, O Lord!

Dad and I bought Patrick a new bike for his birthday. He loves it! He also got a nifty Lego set from Miss Susan and the gang, and money from both sets of grandparents, part of which he used to buy a really cool airgun. :) Boy’s dream come true…


04 2010

Two Peas in a Pod

Couldn’t resist taking this picture and sharing with all of you. These are two of my peas in our pod. They aren’t always this loving toward one another, but we try…


04 2010

Nifty Daily Communicator Pages

I created some great pages to help us with our daily review. The pages pictured here are for Patrick. I also made a set for Avery :) and Wendy with a girl theme. We put them in our Communicator Clearboards, and use them to review things like money equivalencies, skip counting, measurement equivalencies, and multiplication facts. The front side is a review while the other side is where Patrick (or Avery or Wendy) practices what we just reviewed.

I love the Communicator Clearboards because we can use our dry-erase markers on them. I also purchased a book of templates to use with the Communicators. We just print the page out, slide it in, and use it as many times as we want. Convenient!


04 2010

REVIEW: When I grow up, I want to be…A Firefighter

WannaBe a Firefighter

My son and I just finished our first study in the WannaBe Series from The Old Schoolhouse, When I grow up, I want to be…A Firefighter. Wow!

Patrick has wanted to be a firefighter since he was a toddler – everything firefighting intrigues him. This was the first time we’ve ever done an in-depth study on what it would be like to be an actual firefighter. This study is jam-packed with information, mostly written from the perspective of a real firefighter, so lots and lots of first-hand information is included.

We took our time with the study; we completed it over two weeks, a bit each day. There are several parts to the study, each covering a different subject. For instance, the science part was an in-depth look at robots, what they are and how they are used. There were lots of pictures and information and even activities to design and create our own robotic arm, which is a great project for a science fair!

The other sections covered math, history, vocabulary, copywork and creative writing. My son decided on his own to take one of the creative writing assignments a bit further and turn it into a performance, complete with parts for his brother and sisters.

We read all about being a firefighter. We learned what it takes to become a firefighter, the duties they each perform at the firehouse, the various ranks and jobs, and how much you can expect to be paid in different parts of the country at different ranks of firefighter. We also met Wilshire, the firehouse dog, and learned how dogs came to be mascots for firehouses. We learned how much better it is to be a firefighter now than in times past, and what fighting fires was like before we had firemen.

Along with all the information included in the text, there is an extensive list of activities, ranging from games to theme parties, from suggested memory verses to relay races, from bucket brigades to fire engine cakes – all fun, and some even yummy. :) We thoroughly enjoyed being a firefighter for the last couple of weeks, and it even inspired us to finish putting our family fire plan together.

I would recommend this study to all moms with aspiring firefighters. The amount of information was incredible, and it was all presented at an elementary level, perfect for giving kids a real idea of what it would be like to have a certain career. My kids and I look forward to completing more of the WannaBe series, starting with the When I grow up, I want to be…A Chef book, for my 6 year old aspiring pastry chef. The studies are intended and completely appropriate for ages 4 through 10. They are offered individually for $8.95 each, or in a bundle pack of 10 for $89.50. What do you WannaBe today?


04 2010

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

Truly He is risen! Hallelujah! God gave us a nice family day today. We talked about the Resurrection, played at the park, took a nap :) , and even hunted for Easter eggs. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures. :( Not a good camera day. Ah well… 


04 2010

Willem is 4!

I can’t believe my baby baby us four – it seems like we brought him home just yesterday – and, on the other hand, I can’t remember what it was like before we had him! How does that work?? God has this way of making us forget certain things – like labor! – so that we will more readily follow his path. :) Will has been a real challenge since he came to us, but I wouldn’t change a thing about him! Anyway, we had a great celebration, complete with Carvel cake. We gave him a nifty sandbox, which you can see below, and the Carter family gave him an inch worm (remember those??). Lots of wonderful outside toys for this first bit of spring.


04 2010

Whiteboards and Pretty Colors

Want to see what we get up to when we have a few extra minutes??


04 2010