Jamin's 2007 Year In Review

December 31, 2007 at 11:09 am (Uncategorized)

Wow, I can’t believe another year has come to an end!  Here is my 2nd annual Year In Review

Here is a highlight from my blog for each month of 2007!

Sewing WIth Kids

Me At 42!

What Country?

How To Mummify A Barbie

Education Quotes & My Philosophy

Homeschool Natives

The Cost of Homeschooling

Mary Washington

Yesterday’s Lessons – What We Take For Granted

So Long Self


Dissecting Owl Pellets

Thanks to all of you who read my blog.  Your emails and comments are such and encouragement to me!  I look forward to sharing our homeschool adventures in 2008 with you!


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Freebie Friday – 12-28-07- Homesteading

December 28, 2007 at 8:47 pm (Uncategorized)


Welcome to Freebie Fridays!


The new year is right around the corner! This time of year many of us are thinking about resolutions for the future. One thing I would like to do this year is focus more on homesteading.  No, I am not planning on moving to a farm and raising my own food. (Although, that might be interesting!)

I recently learned that the word homesteading, simply put, means to be "steadfast at home." I love my home and I frequently feel that the world around us moves too fast! 

Recently, I received a free introductory issue of a great new newsletter called New Harvest HomesteadThis newsletter was like a breath of fresh air to me! It is filled with insightful, Biblically based articles about being a homemaker. There are articles about The Homestead (Home Centered) Woman, The Homestead Way of Life, The Homestead Kitchen and more! If you are like me and you try to keep your home simple and family focused you will love this newsletter! 

Here is the good news! This week only, New Harvest Homestead is offering their Introductory Issue, Holiday Issue and Summer Issue for FREE to Freebie Friday Readers! All you have to do is send a blank email to newharvest@gotsky.com with the words Freebie Friday Offer in the subject line. Your free newsletters will be sent to you via email within 48 hours. You can learn more about the newsletter by visiting the New Harvest Homestead website

Another great free resource for homesteading is HomesteadBlogger.com. This is an informative and friendly online community for homesteaders, homesteaders at heart, and people interested in homesteading. If you are interested in getting back to the basics or incorporating the homestead mindset this is a great place to blog for free or read other homestead blogs. Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural areas. Whether you have a container garden on your patio in the city or 300 acres out in the sticks, you will find like-minded people at HomesteadBlogger.com.

"But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you; so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need."
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

I’ll see you next week right here at – Freebie Fridays!

Happy Homeschooling,

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The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

This article is from this weeks issue of Freebie Friday.  If you are interested in getting The Homeschool Minute and the Freebie Friday Newsletter you can subscribe for free HERE.  I will be passing along FREE goodies for your homeschool each week in both of these newsletters.  (Not to mention all the other great info you will get from The Homeschool Minute!)


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Barbie Video

December 28, 2007 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized)

This may be the most controversial thing I have ever said on my blog…I LOVE Barbie!  LOL

Yeah, I know you either love her or you hate her.  But if you love her and your daughter does too you have to go check out this video I just came across!  Meet a Barbie Designer!  See how Barbie is made, watch them sew her hair to her head!  See clips of Barbie ads from the past.  Hear what the job of a Barbie Designer is like.

My daughter LOVED this video.  We watched it several weeks ago.  Yesterday I saw her looking at her new American Girl Dolls skull and I asked what she was doing.  She said "I am checking to see if they sewed her hair in the same way they did on those Barbie’s we saw on that video."  Way cool! 

Here is the link to the video.

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MP3's and Hoodies

December 27, 2007 at 11:42 am (Uncategorized)

I mentioned yesterday that we have been teasing my son that he is not a "real" teenager because he didn’t have a black hoodie.  Well, another thing that seems to be standard "teen" garb around here is an MP3 player.  Now he has had one of those for awhile.  I on the other hand just got one for Christmas!  Yeah!  Well, I just happened to have a black hoodie too…So now it is official…I am a teenager!  LOL We just couldn’t resist a few shots of us being teens together!

I love my news iPod shuffle!  It is teenie, tiny and holds a ton of music!  (240 songs, which is plenty for me!)  What I like best about it is it’s really simple.  On, off, play, pause, forward, backwards, and volume control is all it has.  Which is perfect for someone like me that doesn’t want to learn to use another complicated electronic gizmo!

When we were taking pictures we realized Dad has a black hoodie and MP3 too!  LOL  So here we are, all 3 of us being sullen teens together!  Who says homeschooled teens don’t have peers to deal with?

We are so silly!
I am having more fun being a teenager the second time around!  LOL

We do get a kick out of seeing all the kids at the high school near us in their black hoodies.  It is like it is the official uniform of the school!  I keep telling the kids that if the school had a dress code the kids would all be screaming "NO WAY!"  But, then they all voluntarily dress the same!  LOL  We humans are strange and wonderful creatures!

Here is what I have on my iPod so far:

Coming Up To Breath Mercy Me
Go Newsboys
Shine…The Hits Newboys
The Wonderful Cross Various Artists
Hiding Place Selah

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Holiday Ha Ha's

December 27, 2007 at 9:31 am (Uncategorized)

Here are a couple funny things my 2 littles came up with over the Holidays.

My 4 year old was of course enamored with all the gifts under the tree.  For the most part we use cloth gift bags to wrap things.  I was a little concerned that he would have a hard time not untying the bags and peeking so most of his items I wrapped in paper this year.  But he found one that was in a bag…He carried it around for several days until the tag came off it.  He brought it to me and asked if I knew who it belonged to since it had no tag.  I felt it through the bag and I could tell it was a little Pirates of the Caribbean lantern.  So I told him it was for him.  He beamed ear to ear!  Then he whispered to me "That’s great, I really like pirate stuff!"  I said "What makes you think it is pirate stuff?"  He whispered again "I had a little peek!"  LOL  I have no idea how he re-tied the bow, but he was sure proud that he got a peek!

Here is one from my 6 year old…  We were talking about what a pain it is to fly these days and how you can’t even carry water through security anymore.  My daughter asked me why you couldn’t take water.  I said "Well, there are good people in the world and bad people in the world and it is hard for the security to tell who is who.  Someone who is bad might try to bring a dangerous chemical on a plane that looks like water."  She gets a BIG smile on her face and says "Sounds like they should just get Santa Claus to be in charge of Security.  He KNOWS who’s been good and bad!"  LOL

I love seeing the world through my children’s eyes!

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THM – 12/26/07 – Record Keeping

December 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm (Uncategorized)

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There are probably as many different ways of homeschool record keeping as there are homeschoolers! Through the years I have used a variety of methods.  However, though I do think it is important to keep records, I find I have become more relaxed over the years. When I first started out, I kept records like a teacher! I made out lesson plans, scheduled breaks and field trips and filed everything away, just waiting for someone to ask to see it! As the years passed, I realized no one else was ever going to ask to look at my records.  They were for ME!

I still keep records, but I don’t write down what pages they read on what day anymore. One of my favorite methods of record keeping now is my blog. This is a daily journal of our homeschooling adventure. Not only do I write about what we are doing, but the smiles on my kids faces record that they are learning and loving it! If you are not yet blogging, you can sign up for a free blog at HomeschoolBlogger.com.

The kinds of records you keep can also depend on what state you live in and what grade your children are in.  Next year, my oldest will be a high schooler (YIKES!) so I will return to being a little more structured with record keeping for him. I will also have a four year old preschooler next year and, for him, what I record on my blog will suffice.

If you are looking for some information on what kind of records you might want to keep, How To Keep Records for Your Homeschooled Child is an article offering suggestions and resources to get you squared away with record keeping.

HomeschoolHelperOnline.com has some great free record keeping printables. These include a curriculum planner, field trip log, lesson planner, reading log and MORE!

And why not get the kids involved? My Memory Book  is an adorable, free printable memory book your children can put together themselves.  It includes information on the child, the family and what was learned for the year. It has pages for favorite subjects, books, field trips, and more.  This looks like so much fun!  I can’t wait to do these with my kids!

Happy Homeschooling!

This article is from this weeks issue of The Homeschool Minute.  If you are interested in getting The Homeschool Minute as well as the Freebie Friday Newsletter you can subscribe for free HERE.  I will be passing along FREE goodies for your homeschool each week in both of these newsletters.  (Not to mention all the other great info you will get from The Homeschool Minute!)

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Holiday Highlights

December 26, 2007 at 10:04 am (Uncategorized)

  Here is what I did on my Christmas blog break…

One very  exciting part of our Holiday was that my 6 year old FINALLY lost her 1st tooth! 

I am sure you can tell by the look on her face she is VERY happy!

Here is a little more evidence of the tooth coming out!

Here is a picture of me spreading some Christmas cheer!
I think my husband just wanted to take this because he didn’t think I would put on the hat!  LOL  (Then I am sure he assumed I would delete it since I am notorius for doing that!)

Here is my gang on Christmas Eve.
We went out to a late lunch at P.F. Chang’s.  Then we went to Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at church.  (Which was so beautiful!) After Church we went to a Christmas floral exhibit and then to this really cheap place that you can get fried Twinkies for $1.00!  LOL  The kids love to go get the fried Twinkies and we usually only go once a year.  (Yes, it is a weird Christmas tradition!  LOL)

Here is a better shot of the HUGE ornaments we were standing in front of.

Here is my 4 year old with a snowman he found to cuddle.

Not to be outdone his sister finds a bear to hug.

And now for Christmas Day!!!

Here is my little man finding his Christmas goodies.

Let the paper ripping begin!

Here is my daughter at the moment she has been waiting for!!!

Here she is with her AMERICAN GIRL DOLL!!!!  She got Felicity!

My oldest got lots of geeky computer stuff.  :^)

Here he is reading his new Pirateology book.

Here is my teenager in his new black hoodie. 

We have been teasing him that he is not really a teenager because he does not have a black hoodie.  We live near a highschool and everyday we see hundreds of kids all dressed exactly alike, in black hoodies!  So now he is a "real" teen!  His hoodie has a big guitar pick on the front and says "Pick Jesus".  He LOVES it!

Here is my 6 year old reading to Felicity.
This girl is in doll heaven!  LOL

Here is my little man with his slot cars he got.

These two got cameras!
Be prepared for a lot more pictures on Mom’s blog!

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a birthday cake for Jesus!  We had our neighbors over for dessert and to sing Happy Birthday to our Saviour!

I hope you all had a great Christmas!

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And the Winner's Are…

December 22, 2007 at 11:00 am (Uncategorized)

Congratulations to the 2 winners of the E-Cookbook Vision of Sugarplums A Collection of Christmas Cookery

The winners are:

1. Suzanne at homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne
2. Corrine via Email

You will be receiving your E-Book via email within 24 hours!

This seems like a good time to sign off my blog for a nice Christmas break with my family.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas with lots of wonderful family time.  Most of all I pray that you will remember the true reason for the season…for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

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The True Story of Christmas Bear

December 22, 2007 at 10:00 am (Uncategorized)

Last night we ran to Lowe’s to some weed killer.  (I thought those of you who live in snowy places would enjoy knowing that at least you don’t have to do yard work at Christmas!  LOL)  Anyway, we walked in and at the door they had all the Christmas decorations 50% off.  I REALLY don’t want anymore Christmas decorations!  But this bear stole my heart! 

He is animated and moves his head and reads the Christmas story from Luke!  He holds a little book that says The True Meaning of Christmas on the cover. We all just fell in love with him and of course he had to come home with us!  I think I will enjoy listening to this guy way more than I do Douglas!  LOL

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Christmas From My 6 Years Olds Perspective

December 21, 2007 at 11:00 am (Uncategorized)

Today my 6 year old daughter is guest writing my blog for me.  She dictated this to me for her blog yesterday.  I thought it was so sweet I would post it here too.

I am excited about Christmas.  My favorite part of Christmas is the Nativities.  I have my own Nativity.  I have had it since my 1st Christmas. 

My second favorite part of Christmas is the feast!  My Daddy cooks ham, scalloped potatoes, & bread.  My Mom makes cream cheese corn and green salad & green bean casserole.

My 3rd favorite part of Christmas is…hanging ornaments on the tree!   My favorite ornament is my Raggedy Ann doll my Mom bought me for my 1st Christmas. 

My 4th favorite part of Christmas is opening presents!  This year I am hoping for an American Girl Doll!  I want an American Girl doll because they are cool and I have waited to get one since I was 3!  This year i really want one!

Merry Christmas to everyone and remember the real meaning of Christmas is Jesus birth!  The rest might be fun but the real meaning is Jesus!

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