Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful Things

In no particular, a few things for which I give thanks:

  1. Clean closets, cabinets, and garage--after going on a rampage and spending the past couple of weeks "simplifying", it's done!  Oh, it makes me happy!
  2. My kids love each other--they are making the most out of their time off from school.  Every day this week, as soon as the last bite of breakfast hits their tummies, they are off, in full force, to play for the entire day--with very few tiffs.  My prayer is that they will always be each other's best friend.
  3. My thoughtful husband--whether it's something small or quite significant, it's always reassuring to know we are on the same team and that he always has my back.
  4. God's stretching--I'm so glad He loves me too much to leave me where I am.  He's doing a lot of stretching on me right now, and even though it's a little unnerving, I know it's going to lead to great things!
  5. Friends--especially those that God is also stretching at the same time as me!  It's good to have a friend or two or five to travel life's paths with.
  6. Abundance--and I'm not talking about money or things.  We have food in our cabinets, clothes on our backs, and a warm home to live in.  That's more than most people in this world can claim.
  7. Medical knowledge--I have an ear that has been clogged and ringing for several days straight, and I'm so thankful that there are doctors with the knowledge and medication on hand to fix it!  Otherwise, this ringing might just drive me straight to the funny farm!
  8. Christmas shopping on the internet--'nuff said!
  9. Family--what a good feeling to have people to love and who love you in return!  Can't wait to spend Thanksgiving with mine!
  10. Blessings--there is not enough time in the world to finish this list of things for which I am thankful.  That in itself is reason to give thanks.
What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Baseball Unit Study

It was fun to take a break from our usual studies last week to spend some time studying baseball in honor of our favorite Texas Rangers and their appearance in the World Series (Yes, we are sad that they didn't win it all, but we are still so proud that they were even there!).   Some of the things we studied included a team of the day (we studied the four teams that played for AL and NL championships), a person of the day (including Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, and Nolan Ryan), some baseball terms and rules, and some baseball-related math (the kids' favorite math problems were the ones that involved going to the concession stand for food!).  Benjamin learned a lot about dictionary skills while looking up different baseball terms, and Hannah worked on her lower-case letters while copying the baseball terms we were studying.  We also learned to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and made a trip to the library, which resulted in us bringing home umpteen books on baseball!!  (I know there was probably more than that, but it's all I can think of right this minute as I hurriedly try to get this post done before heading out the door!)

We ended our study with a World Series Party complete with homemade lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, raw veggies and dip, Cracker Jacks, and build-your-own ice cream sundaes.  It was great fun!!  Here's some pictures from our fun week!
Here's Hannah helping me squeeze the lemons for our lemonade.  (It was SO yummy!  Why in the world do we ever buy a mix for it??)

These are the decorations Benjamin made especially for the party!

Benjamin & Hannah decked out in their Rangers gear, ready to party!!

Our modified menu of baseball foods:  turkey hot dogs on whole wheat buns, nachos made with baked chips, and raw veggies with dip!  I tried not to break the calorie bank completely with our party!!

Yummy dessert!!  My sundae included low-fat vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauces, a chopped up Reese's peanut butter cup, whipped cream, cherries and a few sprinkles!  Not healthy, but oh so good!!

Stay tuned for more on the homeschooling front!  I can't wait to share with you about our Mission India project!!