Times Tales 3's and 4's Special Offer!

April 30, 2008 at 10:13 am (Uncategorized)

Here is the latest GREAT offer from Times Tales!

Our newest product has been created in response
to repeated customer requests
to include facts for the upper threes and fours.

Through the end of May you can take
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Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night!!!!

April 30, 2008 at 7:00 am (Uncategorized)

Today is Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night!  You will find the info and a Store Finder HERE.

YUMMY!!!  Enjoy!

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Exploring – Nature Journals

April 30, 2008 at 12:26 am (Uncategorized)

The kids and I went out and explored 2 local parks today.  Having been in the desert for 4 years we are thrilled to be surrounded by trees, prairies, creeks and lakes.  Everything is SO green!!!!

The first park we went to is actually a nature preserve owned by the public school district here.  (We didn’t know that until they ran us off because we had our dog with us and they don’t allow dogs there when the field trips are going on. LOL)  We had fun hiking on the trails and trying to figure out which of the plants were poison ivy. 

The second park was more of a regular park.  It had a play structure and picnic tables.  But, it is also along a creek with lots of trees (And pollen, my allergies are all flared up!) and a path where you can hike and enjoy all the beauty.

This has gotten me thinking that we need to start keeping nature journals.  I have been intrigued with this idea for awhile.  Jimmie over at One Child Policy Homeschool has been writing a lot about the nature journals she and her daughter have been keeping in China.  It is so fun to look at the pictures they have drawn and compare them to the pictures Jimmie has taken. 

So I guess I need to buy each of us a notebook and keep them in the car.  I ran the idea past the kids and they all thought it sounded like a lot of fun.  Hopefully someday soon I will be posting wonderful nature drawings done by my kids.  (Mine will not be recognizable.  Can you draw a stick figure beetle or leaf???  LOL)

Okay, I am off to search for my homeopathy remedies and find some Histaminum!

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More On Moving

April 29, 2008 at 10:07 am (Uncategorized)

Whew!  Moving is A LOT of hard work and emotions!  I have spent a lot of time laughing at myself over the last 3 weeks!  I find that there is a lot of mourning in moving. Mourning and hard work mixed just do weird things to a person!  LOL  At one point I found myself feeling VERY protective of empty cardboard boxes that were stacked in my driveway, while at the same time I was practically begging a woman to cart off a leather chair worth several hundred dollars for FREE!  I knew we didn’t have room for the chair in the truck or the new house!  But, I NEEDED those boxes! LOL  I am SO glad it is all over!

We were SO blessed with HELP as we were packing up our house.  I put out an email to all the local homeschoolers who had told me over the last year that they would help and HELP THEY DID!  We had people who showed up day after day to pack and clean!  What a blessing!! We would not have packed up the whole house and truck in a mere 6 days without each and every person who gave of their time to get us out of there!  Sadly I was SO busy I didn’t take any pictures of the packing and loading frenzy!    I did have a coffee cup for everyone who helped us to sign and that is a real treasure now that we are gone.

Here are some pictures I took on the unloading end.  We also had help unloading! The upside of my husband being at his new job 15 months is he has friends at work that showed up to help unload the truck!  God is GOOD!

Here is the truck arriving at our new home! 
(Did I mention we live on a lovely tree lined street! Having been in the desert for 4 years I can hardly wait for Fall!) YES, the truck was FULL!!!  I mean we used every inch of the truck!  Plus we ended up mailing 5 boxes and packing our mini van until we looked like the Beverly Hillbillies!  LOL  (We really should have taken pictures!  LOL) 

Here the unloading has begun!  My husband and our friend Tomi Jo who packed the truck have been declared the Tetris Champions of the World!  LOL
Our 4 year old LOVED the truck!  (As  matter of fact he LOVED everything about moving!  LOL)  He was a little sad when I told him we didn’t get to keep the truck once it was unloaded!  We kept saying "our" truck was coming and he thought we had bought it!  LOL

This is without a doubt the hardest our 13 year old has ever worked! 
His two friends who moved here 18 months before us showed up to help too.  I have never seen 3 boys work so hard and have so much fun in my life!

Our little man using his head to unload pillows from the truck!

Here is the a picture of some of the unloaders with the empty truck!  YAY!!!!

A HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who made this move possible!!!  Thank you Bob, Millie, Tomi Jo, Brian, Diane, Marla, Kelly, Katrina, Bruno, Zorba, Josh, Jennifer, Joey, Adam, John, Callie, Bronwyn, Mike, Alyx, John, Terell and Mark!!!  We could not have done it without ALL of you!

Also, a HUGE THANKS to my husband who worked harder than any 40 something should ever have to!  Thanks for everything you have done to get our family back under one roof my love!

Now, I am off to unpack boxes!

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Yahoo!! We Are All HERE!!!

April 28, 2008 at 1:10 pm (Uncategorized)

WHEW!  We made it! YAY!!!

Here we are picking up our kids after leaving them with their Aunt and Uncle for 2 weeks so we could get everything moved.  It was SO great to be back together and all in the same State!  YAY!!!

We decorated the car to suprise the kids when we picked them up! They loved it!!!

This was the only Anniversary celebration we had time for!  LOL

I will post more later.  I just thought I would let everyone know we made it and we are all together againGod is GOOD!!!!

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The Move Is On!

April 8, 2008 at 10:38 am (Uncategorized)

Today it begins!  I feel like I am standing at the bottom of the last mountain between having my family all under one roof again!  The kids and I have been at their Aunt and Uncles for a week now.  Today I am leaving to head back to our new home and pick up my husband.  Then we will drive the 1200 plus miles to our old home to pack up the house and a truck.  Then we drive back 1200 plus miles to meet the truck and unpack.  As soon as I drop off my husband to unpack the truck, I will head back to get the kids.  (Another 500 miles round trip!)  All together we will be driving nearly 4000 miles in the next 10 days!  Not to mention all the packing and loading.  It is going to be GREAT fun!  LOL

Please pray for us.  Pray for my kids to have good attitudes and do well while we are apart.  Pray for my husband and I to have a safe journey.  Pray for us to be able to get this HUGE mountain of packing and loading done. (And to purge, purge, purge!  LOL)  Pray for my sister-in-law who is pregnant and will be taking care of all the kids!  (6 in total, 3 hers and 3 mine.  5 of who are 7 and under!)  Pray for me since this is the first time I have been away from my babies!

This will be the first time my husband and I have been without kids in 13 years!  We will have over 36 hours alone together in the car!  Our 19th Wedding Anniversary will be while we are doing this crazy move!  What a way to celebrate 19 years together!  LOL  (Next year let’s go to Hawaii instead honey!)

I can’t wait for it all to be over!  I can’t wait until the day we look back on all this and laugh.  But, for now it is time to start climbing the last mountain!

Here are some cute pictures of the kids with their cousins.

Cousins and Catepillars!

They don’t have these in the desert!

Yes, they colored themselves with markers! (They were suppose to be okay for skin, but they do not wash of easily!)

Sleep tight!  My 4 year old looks just like his cousins.  (He is the one in the middle.) It is so cute to see all the boys all together.

This is the baby (2 years) and he is adorable!  (Don’t tell his Mom but I am planning on taking him home with me when I come back! LOL)
(There is one of those Toile pillows that got me started with my Toile addiction!  LOL)

Cousin dogs?  My daughter never met a dog she didn’t like!  LOL Here she is loving on her cousins dogs.

I’ll see you all at the end of the month!

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HWTB- Literature Guides – Freebie Finder

April 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm (Uncategorized)

My daughter and I were browsing at the bookstore the other day and I came across CliffsNotes.  That reminded me that awhile back I had come across a site that offered Literature Guides similar to CliffsNotes free online.  When I got home and started searching for the site I found that there are a TON of these sites online. 

Here is what I found:

The complete text of CliffsNotes guides.

Research site for students, with over 5.8 million pages of literature summaries, biographies, literary criticism, essays, encyclopedias and E-Books.

Educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles

FREE literature book notes and a wealth of helpful information to guide you to a year full of good grades.

Free source for study guides that focus on literary analysis.

Awerty Notes
Literature Summaries and essays to assist in studying.

Happy Homeschooling,


This article is from the Home Where They Belong Blog.  If you are interested in more freebie’syou can subscribe to The Homeschool Minute as well as the Freebie Friday Newsletter 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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Bury Your Cows?

April 3, 2008 at 10:18 am (Uncategorized)

The kids and I are on the move again!  We are almost to the point of heading back "home" to pack up all our worldly belongings to move to our new humble abode.  Part of this process involves taking the kids to stay with their Aunt and Uncle for a couple weeks while Dad and I go work ourselves to death moving everything!  LOL

So what on earth does this have to do with burying cows? (My Mom and sister are totally smiling right now because they know!) When I was a kid growing up in Kansas we use to play this travel game.  You see in the middle section of the United States you see a lot of 2 things while you are driving.  Cows and graveyards!  So our family travel game was called "Bury Your Cows".  What we did is anytime you passed cows that are on your side of the street you count them and add them all together.  Both sides count and add frantically!  LOL  BUT, when you pass a graveyard on your side of the street you have to bury your cows and start over!  The  "object" of the game is to be the one who has the most cows when you arrive at your destination. 

Since I have lived on the West Coast for the last 20 years (Where you don’t see many cows or graveyards for some reason.) I had practically forgotten about this game.  But, since we have been spending a lot of time in the car lately the game has re-emerged!  The kids LOVE it!  We have been playing in teams.  Whoever in on the drivers side is one team and the passengers side is another.  One person is the cow spotter. (Like the driver who has a hard time counting and driving!) The other person is the cow counter.  There is lots of counting and adding in your head for this game!  hehehe 

It has been fun to re-live a little of my childhood with my kids!  (My sister and I spent many a happy hour counting and burying cows.) They are totally amazed that this is what we did to entertain ourselves back in the dark ages!  So, when they get tired of watching DVD’s, listening to books-on-tape, listening to MP3’s, playing Leapsters and Gameboys we carry on with our game of "Bury Your Cows!"  LOL

P.S. Please pray for my children who will be away from Mom for the 1st time ever!  Also please pray for my sweet sister-in-law who will be taking care of 6 kids (my 3 and her 3.) 5 of which are 7 and under!  (And did I mention she is pregnant?!?!)  Lastly, feel free to pray for a successful move and for ME to do okay being away from my "babies" for the first time ever!

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The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors

April 1, 2008 at 10:49 am (Uncategorized)

As you can probably imagine find books on Armenia is not very easy.  Thankfully with the internet and wonderful websites like armeniapedia.com it wasn’t too hard for my son to do his Armenia Lapbook.  I still like the idea of him getting some of the information from books though.  So the other night I noticed that our friends we are staying with had the book The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors mixed in with their cookbooks.  Low and behold the very first chapter is on Armenia!. 

I thought I would pass this information along because while most of you are probably not looking for information on Armenia this book covers A LOT of other immigrant groups.  (Thirty six in all!)

Each chapter has a brief history of the people and what brought them to America.  Then there are 5 or 6 recipes from each Country.  There are also great explanations of cooking technics and suggestions for substitutions for hard to get items. 

I had my son read the chapter on Armenia and pick a recipe to copy and add to his lapbook.  (We had left this section blank because all of Grandma’s recipes are at home and I thought he could add one of those later.)  He chose to add the recipe for Lavosh, which is Armenian Cracker Bread.  This is an Armenian treat my kids are very familiar with because we all love it and eat it all the time!  We have never made it ourselves though, but we will have to try it after we get settled in our new house.

Here is the recipe for Lavosh:


1 1/3 cups tepid water(barely warm, about 105 degrees)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pkg. quick-rising yeast
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk for topping
Sesame seeds for topping


Place the tepid water in your electric mixing bowl and add the olive oil, sugar, and yeast. Using the batter blade let the electric mixer blend these very well. It will take about 5 minutes on low speed. Stir in the salt. Gradually add 2 cups of the flour and beat on low speed until a thick and smooth batter forms. Change the blade to a bread dough hook and knead in the additional 2 cups flour. If you do not have a heavy mixer such as a KitchenAid, incorporate the flour witha wooden spoon and finish the kneading by hand. Kneading should take about 10 minutes in the machine, 20 minutes by hand. Place the dough on a plastic countertop and cover with a large stainless-steel bowl. Allow the dough to rise until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch the dough down and divide into 8 pieces. Let stand, covered, 15 minutes. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12-inch diameter circle. Working with 2 pieces of dough at a time, arrange breads on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds over tops. Prick with a fork many times, all over. Bake on the lowest racks in the oven, at 375 degrees, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light brown. Rotate the pans in the oven from top to bottom, to insure even browning. Serve dry or wet. (To wet, hold the cracker under running water until lightly moistened all over, and then wrap in a moist towel for 10 to 15 minutes.) If the cracker is too dry to roll, it will crack. Sprinkle with a little more water and let stand a few minutes. If it is too wet, cover with a dry towel and let it stand.

Makes 8 Cracker Breads.


I was thinking this book would make a excellent addition to a study of the United States.  I don’t think I have ever come across a study of the American Immigrant before.  Since most all of us fit in that category somewhere wouldn’t it make an interesting study.  I feel a lapbook coming on!  LOL

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