Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our House - Family of 8


God blessed us with an amazing house we were able to pay cash for!  It was a foreclosure, so we were able to get it at a great price and still have money left to fix it up.  It is 2800 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, a large living room, dining room and an extra family room!


Before we moved in, we had to replace most of the electrical and plumbing.  We also had to put in a furnace, air conditioning, hot water heater, and purchase all of the appliances.  We also covered up one of two basement stairs and took out a hot tub!  Yes, I said hot tub!  It was gross...


We painted the master bedroom (there was a walrus on the wall!) and the bathroom, which was purple sponge paint!


Laminate wood flooring went into the kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom.  Fresh carpet went down in the living room and up the stairs.  Lastly, Kevin and the kids put up a tile back splash in the kitchen that is beautiful.  Here are some before and after pics.



After we moved in, Kevin and the older kids painted 3 of the kid's bedrooms and laid carpet in 2 of them.  Poor Daniel had a hot pink room for a year, LOL!

The last big indoor project we (I really mean Kevin) did was paint and lay laminate wood floor in our family room, which we also use for school.  It's beautiful now and my favorite room in the house!  What do you think? 






And that's the house that God blessed us with!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Homeschool Update


This school year, Caleb is in 6th grade, Rebekah is in 4th, and Joshua is in K, although he moved to 1st grade in March.  I am still using My Father's World, doing the 4th year of the family cycle, Exploration to 1850.  We have enjoyed every year of the family cycle so far, this one is no exception.  We just finished learning about the Louisiana Purchase, and have been playing the game Ticket to Ride.  One big change that we have made this year is switching our writing curriculum to Institute for Excellence in Writing.  I will do a more in depth post about it later, but it is working very well for my reluctant writer. 

Above, some of the kids are posing in front of our botany science experiments (Apologia).  Can you tell in the photo below that they changed color?


This experiment is to test phototropism.  We are growing bean seeds, one in the light, and one in a dark cup with only a small hole in it.


I've gotten out of the habit of taking pictures of the kids school time, but I'll be making more of an effort now.  Below is Caleb's Valentine card box, designed and constructed by him!


Melty beads have become a favorite past time around here.


We also now have a membership to a local children's museum.  They can paint and the mess isn't in my kitchen!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

I'm Still Alive!


It's been a couple years since I've posted on here... life kinda just happened!  Since I last posted, we've added two babies and a house! 

First came the house, a foreclosure that needed a lot of work.  You can see that I'm very pregnant in this picture!


Then came Daniel.  It was a crazy November and December!  While I was having a baby, workers were fixing our house.  We brought a bouncy seat and a camping chair so I could nurse the baby and he could be with us while we painted.  We finally moved in two weeks before Christmas.  Here's a recent picture of Daniel.  He was helping to make pie for Pi Day!


Life continued to be busy, and then we found out we were expecting another boy!  Yep, we now have 5 boys and 1 girl.  Here is our latest edition: Peter.


That's an update on our crazy, hectic, but joy-filled life!  Here are a few more recent pictures of the kids.  Caleb is 11, Rebekah is 9, Joshua is 6, Matthew is 4, Daniel is 2, and Peter is 5 months.  




Monday, October 19, 2015

Sukkoth Celebration - MFW Creation to the Greeks


Sukkoth was our last biblical feast to celebrate this fall. Traditionally, a sukkoth (or booth) should be made out wood with tree branches as the roof. We took the lazy way out of this one and used our tent! For dinner, we had venison, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, and challah bread.


The kids loved eating in the tent!





After we ate, I read some scriptures that were recommended in this book, Celebrating Biblical Feasts.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Simple Crocheted Dish Cloth


While cleaning out my craft area recently, I found a half of skein of cotton yarn and decided to use it up. I made a simple dish cloth using a double crochet stitch. Now, I think I might have to go buy more! I really need more dish clothes.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 8


We've continued on with Abraham's family, covering his almost sacrifice of Isaac, Isaac marrying Rebekah, the birth of Esau and Jacob, and then Jacob deceiving his father (Genesis 22-27). The kids each wrote a summary of Abraham and Isaac, Caleb's is on top, Rebekah's is below.


We didn't do a lot with ancient Egypt this week, but we are still reading The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty and are loving it!


For science, this week was about how the human eye sees, and also about reflection and absorption of light. Above is Caleb's science notebook where he drew pictures of the experiments.

All our other subjects were just normal as usual. Caleb has been doing much better at writing, and not having fits about it, which I am very thankful for.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 7


In week 7, we continued reading about Abraham (Genesis 17-21) while also returning to ancient Egypt. The kids attempted to make papyrus paper using grocery bags and glue (above). We read about hieroglyphics and practiced some ancient Egyptian writing. Below is supposed to be the kids names, Caleb's is in blue.


I also started reading aloud The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty. So far, we are really enjoying it. It starts with some graphic battle scenes which Caleb loves. It's written in older English, which was a bit difficult at first, but once the story got going, even Rebekah was enjoying it. Each chapter takes about 45 minutes to read, so we'll be reading this book for a few weeks.

 
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