Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 145

I signed up to be a independent consultant with Stampin' UP! I've been a customer for many years and finally decided that I need to take the plunge. I love making cards and all kinds of paper crafts and home decor. I needed some inspiration, so I checked out the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches (Challenge 145). This is my first one! I am so excited to be crafting and stamping more often. It really brings joy into my day!

This is the link to my Stampin' UP! website.


Student Weeklies

I made workbooks for the boys for the first quarter of Mystery of History and I also decided to make them a weekly book that will span the same nine weeks as MoH.
Here is Joshua's. He is eight and entering third grade. He prefers a weekly layout of everything that needs to be done rather than a daily. He chose a red cover and will help me bind it. There are nine weeks of planners, daily drawings, gratitude journals, word searches and cursive practice.
from Money Saving Mom
from 1+1+1=1
I made this in MS Publisher
sight word-search from k12reader.com
from Confessions of a Homeschooler
 Nikolas will be seven in October and is starting second grade. He likes knowing what he needs to do each day, so he has a different style planner. His weekly includes copywork and daily drawing, as well as the gratitude journal. He loves to draw and he designed his cover.

from Motherhood on a Dime
from 1+1+1=1
I made this in MS Publisher
from Copycat Books


Getting Organized for the New School Year

I am a big planner and I love being organized but... I have a hard time sticking with the plan. Anyone else? I have purchased a lot of planners and printed a ton of free printable ones. This year I am doing something a little different though. My boys are becoming more independent and will have their own planners (that will be another post), so I will only be planning our group learning which will include (read about our curriculum choices here):
  • Mystery of History Volume 1
  • We Choose Virtues
  • Zeezok Music Appreciation
  • Supercharged Science
I am a planner addict and this is the planner [they are available at Staples and Office Depot just added a new line! also for a super nice version, check out Levenger] that I use and love, with my Frixion (ERASABLE!) pens and washi tape. Those are the 3M tabs that you can write on, I use those on my dividers because I like to be able to move things around. 
I have a weekly section that has areas for my life, blog/business, health, and (my) school; I got it from Polka Dot Posie. But the newest addition to my planner is a homeschool section. I have always used, or tried to use, a separate planner for homeschooling and, clearly, that was not working. Like my other planner, it helps to have everything in one place, and always with me. I looked all over the internet and pinterest and etsy to find one that I liked. I am lazy and I really didn't want to make my own. Why try to reinvent the wheel? I got the weekly planner here. I printed the weekly calendar on one side, and their note page on the other side, cut them in half (they are junior size, which is half a regular sheet of printer paper or 8.5" x 5.5"), and punched them to go in my planner. Here is a picture of how they look:
I have started filling them out and if all works out we should finish the first quarter of Mystery of History before our vacation in October. YAY! Well, that is my homeschool planner. I think I finally found something that will work. I love the note section next to the week, and also the small Sat/Sun at the bottom so I can remind myself of any prep work that I need to do. Off we go to year four of homeschooling!


2014-15 Curriculum Choices

After much reading, researching, and reviewing... drum roll please... Before I change my mind [[again]], here are the choices for this year's curriculum (also in the tab up top for quick reference):


{History, Geography, Bible}
Mystery of History Volume 1
The Picture Smart Bible (K-3)

{Nature Study}
Geology focused (delight directed)
Unit Study from Amy Payson
Unit Study from Noah's Ark Homeschool Academy
Resource List from Eclectic Homeschool Online

We Choose Virtues

Supercharged Science (Silver Mastery)

{Unit Studies-delight directed}
Nikolas-Roller Coasters
Joshua- Digital Photography

{Foreign Language}
To be determined

{Art & Music}
Zeezok Music Appreciation
Daily Drawing, Nature Drawing, Photography (nothing formal)

>>Joshua: Age 8, Grade 3
Bible: Monarch
Math: Monarch
Language Arts: Monarch
Health: Horizons
A Reason for Handwriting: Transition Book {continuing}
Music Lessons

>>Nikolas: Age 6.5, Grade 2
Bible: Lifepac
Math: Horizons
Language Arts: Lifepac
Health: Horizons
Handwriting: Horizons and Copywork
Art: Chalk Drawing

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Encouraged Over Coffee

Visit Encouraged Over Coffee
Here is a preview of my new spot in the huge web-based world. Why not go check it out? I'll still be here blogging about life and homeschool and travel. Encouraged Over Coffee is a place to go for encouragement in all walks of life. I am an encourager by nature and I wanted a place to encourage you. Won't you join me?


Spring Break (Bavaria)

After a day on the mountain...
 The next few pictures are on the train coming down from the Zugspitze. And they go in reverse order. Sorry.

A visual. We were at the red arrow! 
The next few are on top of the mountain. The potato soup was awesome, too.

 Walking around town, I just love the paintings and the adorable houses. Too bad it is SO expensive to live in Garmisch. Yes, we looked.

My fantastic husband booked a trip for the two of us to Greisbrau, which is a Micro Brew. We are officially beer masters now.

beer+liquor+whipped cream=awesome

With the brew master!

He was showing us how it is all made.

The view from Edelweiss Lodge. 
We stayed at Edelweiss Lodge in 2009, as active duty military, as it is a military resort. They also allow foreign service members to stay there. Here is the link, if you're interested. If you are eligible then you need to stay here at some point!


Spring Break (Venice Part 2)

 A fun dinner at Hard Rock Cafe-Venice. They were making the orange peel spin, in case you were curious.

A Murano Original

The view from our table. And, no, we didn't ride one. 120 euro was a bit much.


how do i get that job?

my favorite food. ever.

Maybe we could afford this?


Hubs said it wasn't that great.