March 18, 2015

Record Keeping! ACK!

Record keeping, lesson plans, and all that have never been my strong suite.  I have Homeschool Tracker Plus which is good and fine, but I have been wanting something online, something accessible on many device (ie. tablets/smartphones) and something easy to use.

Homeschool Tracker does have an online version, but I hate to pay monthly/yearly fees for something I already own outright.  So I have been looking at the freebies.  Many of the freebies I didn't like they weren't easy to use that's why several years ago I bought Homeschool Tracker Plus.  There are other freebies out there, now, but my head is still spinning. Recently I did find a nice review of just a few of the online record keeping options out there: What is the best online planner?

While it's helpful I'm still not sure! So tell me what do you use? Not only that but how do you stay consistent in your record keeping?  I'm telling you it's a chore!

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March 12, 2015

We are walking now!

"This must be like life was like for Laurawhen she walked 3 miles for school". That is what my daughter told me earlier this week when we had no choice, but to walk home from the store because our one and only running vehicle broke down.

What a week it has been. Need to go to the store: walk. Need to go to the library so my son can do his volunteer hours: walk. Need.... well be prepared to walk!

Thankfully, my kids even though we had to cancel chorus, cancel meeting ups with homeschool friends, cancel seeing A Midsummer Night's Dream, have been very helpful and understanding. They even willing and cheerfully walked to the store with me so we could carry more groceries home then I would have if I went alone.

My daughter, who is nearly 13 now, warmed my heart and helped me stay positive this whole week. She told me "We are lucky God blessed us with a good weather day for walking".   Yes, my dear, we were. We have been blessed that this whole week has been nice. Today, I was out and and about in just a heavy sweater.  Being in Northern Illinois the weather can be a hit or a miss.  The other plus I guess to the all the walking is I actually hit 10,000 steps per day! I have been using an iFitto track my walking, eating, etc.  So it was nice to see me actually hit that mark. Most days I get around 3,000 steps in and there have been some days where is a shameful 500!

Besides walking everywhere this week, often for at least 2 miles one way, we celebrated one of our puppy's first birthday.  Puggy, our fawn color puggle, turned 1 on Wednesday.  It won't be long until our black puggle, Onyx, will be one too.  Puggy and Onyx like to share there day to day activities on their facebook page: Unofficial Puggy.  --- the page was started when we only have Puggy.  Maybe we should change the name? Maybe not! Anyway you can check out their page.

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November 11, 2014

Egg Drop Challenge


Every once in a while we do some cool, fun, easy science experiments. Today's experiment was the egg drop challenge. We used this kit: Mad Science Egg Drop Challenge

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October 28, 2014

Scouts: Court of Honor

My Scout Today
Another Court of Honor is upon us. SS has been in scouts the last 2 years 6 months or so. It has only been 2 years and 6 months? With all the camp outs, activities, popcorn sales, I swear it has been longer.

For the he most part he is still a quiet and politeful boy young man, but has grown more comfortable around the other boys and has no issues goofing off with them.  It's amazing to see him be the young man that he is really becoming.

Yes he's still filled with a joyful and child like spirit, but he also has a bit of a serious side, a grown-up side. He has a take charge, just do it attitude. Just today the gate we use to keep Puggy, our dog, in the living room/kitchen area and away from the bedroom area of the house broke. I didn't even noticed it broke, but SS did and right away set to try to fix it. He didn't even say anything to me, he just went to work.  Last night I observe him, while helping to run games at a Halloween party with the other scouts, telling the fellow scouts where their help was needed at various stations. He just noticed the need and let others know about it.
My Scout Then

Tonight at Court of Honor SS will receive various merit badges he has earned over the last 6 months or so.  Currently he is First Class Scout, working towards a Star Scout. He just needs a few Eagle required merit badges to make Star Scout. He's working on several of them right now and is almost completed them, but just didn't get them in done for this Court of Honor. Hopefully he will have them done by next Court of Honor in the Spring.

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October 27, 2014

Enjoying a Fall Day


It's a beautiful fall day here in Northern Illinois. The sun is shining, kids go their book work done, and are enjoying some fall weather by running around the yard with our 7th month old puggle.

I think it's great that even at 12/13 they still enjoy playing games. They were playing tag with Puggy.  Do your older children still enjoy playing games? Do they still enjoy running around the yard?

Mine also enjoy the computer and tablets and other things, but it does my heart good to see them outside just playing and enjoying life and each other company.



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