Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

I am glad its Thursday :). It means it's time for Thankful Thursday. It's time to stop all the hustle and bustle of the day and time to remember what we have to be thankful for. Here's my list and I'm anxious to hear yours!

- I'm thankful for fun with family. It's been awhile and we finally got to visit again. My kiddo has met new cousins he's never met and we had fun with his favorite uncle :).

- I'm thankful for coffee when I didn't sleep well the night before due to someone kicking me in the back, whacking me... you get the drift ;). Those kids can't sleep still for nothing!

- I'm thankful for great times at the museum and seeing new things.

- I'm thankful for my Mama's fried okra and catfish.

- I'm thankful for rides on Papa's tractor.

- I'm thankful to see my honey again in 24 hours ;).

So what are you thankful for? What fun times and blessings are you having this week?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Field Trips In Florida

Going on field trips is part of homeschooling, public schooling and just everyday life with kiddos. As homeschoolers, we love going on our field trips in the middle of the year when most other children and families are at school. ;) I'm just being an open book for a minute. Is that alright? Going when most other families are back in school or work means we have a pretty open reign of the exhibits or places we visit. I mean who likes to wait in line, right?

So here's a list of some of our favorite field trips to add to your must-see list:

1. Dinosaur World - If you have a dinosaur lover in your family, this is the place to be. Be sure to check out the fossil dig and take home a couple of real fossils while you're there. Enjoy a picnic at the large picnic area with playground after checking out all the life-size dinos. If you're heading out in the hotter days, be sure to take bug spray with you as the trail is in the wooded areas.

Meeting the dinosaurs!

Nana visiting with us. 
 2. MOSI - Science your favorite subject? Come get hands on with this awesome museum. We love visiting all the exhibits and the children's area is amazing. Everything is hands on and you can watch the IMAX while you're there. Large exhibits change throughout the year and offer awesome things like Mythbuster and chocolate!!

Bouncing off the wall... literally.

3. Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park - Learn all about Florida's animals in this amazing park. Meet manatees up close and personal or check out the amazing Florida black bear. See the animals that call Florida home all in one location. The best part? We had a 20 minute boat ride to the park that was simply awesome.

4. Parks and Historical Sights -Florida is chock full of parks and excitement outdoors. From beaches to hiking trails, you can find everything outdoors you could think of. Check out the fort at Ft. Desoto while you're swimming at the beach or discover Crystal River and its archaeological sights. There's always something new to discover.

5. Theme Parks - Yep. We even visit these for educational benefits at times. Seaworld, Busch Gardens, and even Universal can be educational. Learn about conservation efforts, animals around the world and how to make those crazy makeups in the movies.

These are just a few of our favorite field trips around Florida. What are your favorite trips where you live? How often do you do a field trip?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Week In Review - We Ran Away...

This week we took our summer "vacation" trip. We are enjoying some much needed down time. We are picking some apples and cooking an apple crisp or two.

We (well me) are enjoying coffee on the front porch and the view of beautiful trees.

We are hanging out and playing LEGO's with a little help.

We are having massive battles against the bad guys on the porch.

What are you guys doing this week??

Weekly Wrap-Up

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rainbow Bandz Loom Refill Pack Review

Recently I got the chance to review the Rainbow Loom Kit and see how much fun it really is. (Also how addicting it can be.. ) So when the opportunity came up for me to review the refill kit that goes along with it, I was super excited!! 

The refill kit runs for $19.98 on Amazon and is a really great product to add to your loom. As you can see it comes with over 5000 pieces including the bands in nine different colors and the closure clips. When the package arrived and I got to play with it my mind was going everywhere! I could make patriotic designs, my favorite football team and so much more. Each set of rubber bands is individually packaged with clips so it makes it easy to pick and choose your colors. 

If you haven't checked out Youtube for the different video tutorials, it's a must! I have learned how to make designs I never would have imagined, like the bracelet I made below. 

My kiddo saw me playing with a different design and it was the week of July 4th. He asked if I could make him one in that design with red, white and blue. So, I did!

I'm not kidding when I say this loom kit is quite addicting. I love doing the bracelets when I'm sitting and watching tv in the evenings. It's a lot like crocheting to me so I find it relaxing. You can make quite a lot of things with the loom refill kit such as pencil holders, rings, charms and more. 

This refill kit gives you a variety of colors including red, white, blue, black, pink, purple, white and many more. They are high quality bands and do not have an odor. They are pretty strong too as I put them to the test with some of these designs stretching them as far as I could. 

If you're looking for a great loom kit or the refill, check out the Rainbow Loomz on Amazon. You won't be disappointed!!! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekly Review - Keep on Keeping On

Happy Friday! This week has been a pretty slow one for us. We have had lots of stuff planned and had lots of fun but spent time at home too. We are slowly moving along in our new curriculum and I had more new items added yesterday. (thanks to a wonderful friend who passed stuff down) I am going to be going through to add it in slowly since we have gone from just a few subjects a day to several a day. This makes for a longer school day but I think that works better for us. No time to get bored with what we are doing!!

We have had lots of fun with our new curriculum. Mommy is getting some new ideas too so that helps a lot. Studying our spelling words this week has been more hands on than before. This makes a huge difference in him learning the words and remembering them longer than just for the test. 

I have also learned that he is not a fiction book reader. When I ask him to read something he chooses a science book or something of that nature. When he got books the last time at the bookstore he chose a biography of Neil Armstrong. Now don't get me wrong, he loves to HEAR fictional stories. He just wants to READ non-fiction to himself. So I've learned not to push him into much of fiction reading until he's ready for it. I'm hoping with some of the 3rd grade readers I got yesterday it will help him open up his reading mind. 
If not, then soak up the knowledge baby!

We planted some flowers this week and hope to plant our fall harvest garden in the next few days. We have several things we are going to try and plant and I'm super excited about it. Not only is it a learning experience, for both of us, it's such an amazing feeling when you harvest what you planted. Plus it tastes so much better when you had a hand in it. :)

We also checked out a cool local restaurant this past weekend. There's a seafood restaurant out here that is on the river. Right out the window is an island with monkeys on it. Yes, monkeys. It was really neat watching these spider monkeys play around as we had dinner and watched the boats. 

What have you been up to this week? Check out the other homeschool posts below and link yours up!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Summer Fun

No matter what is going on in life, doing these Thankful Thursday posts lifts my mood and encourages me. This week has been a pretty good one, so technically, my mood is okay. ;-) I do just enjoy these posts because it causes me to stop, look around and remember what we have to be thankful for. There are so many things around us if we just take the time to see them. So this week I'm thankful for:

- Great new friends. We have been having a blast at our science programs at the library and the new wonderful friends we are making. I was kind of nervous for the new library we have been visiting but we have been welcomed in with open arms and are finding awesome homeschool buddies.

- The rain. Yes, even the rain. Even when it pours on days we were supposed to be outside. Even when it's thundering and lightening. Rain brings refreshing and new growth.

- Hands-on spelling fun. I am loving our new curriculum we are trying. This idea I came up with on my own to make it a little more fun and he loved it. It was a great review for him and it is something he thinks is fun so it works!

- Lazy days at home. There's so much fun going on and our calendar is chock full of things to do. It really makes those lazy days at home even more exciting.

- Learning a new skill. I have reviewed a Rainbow Loom already and have been playing around for another review of their refill packet. These things are awesome and so much fun. Here's a peek at my review coming up:

So let me hear you! What are you thankful for this week? What blessings are you counting?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Weekly Review: After Our Reboot

Happy 4th of July!!!

This week was great! We recently rebooted our homeschool and  boy what a difference it makes! You can check out our reboot here and what we do to help us get refocused.  So after we got ourselves back on track, we had some fun!

I have to say I love our library summer programs. They are simply amazing. This is one of my favorite times of summer. It really is so very hot right now and sometimes it's hard to even walk out the door. This gives us a fun place to stay cool and learn stuff at the same time. This week he had a Construction Junction program that lasted two hours. It was simply giving them the tools to build and build they did! He and his friends built all sorts of things.

As for our reboot of the homeschool day, we added in our third grade curriculum this week. We are still finishing up second grade math but everything else we moved on. This has helped us tremendously fill up our day and keep busy. Attitudes are much better and boredom is lost. :)

I have to say that I am loving the Growing with Grammar program we got this time. They are short and sweet lessons and he is filling up his day without being overloaded on one subject at a time. They are easy for him to understand and he's really learning the facts for writing and English. The spelling is also offering him a welcome challenge.

We have some fun planned for today and look forward to more programs next week and maybe, a couple of beach days ;).

How has your week gone? Are you still on summer break or has school still been going on for you too?
Don't forget to link up below or check out other blogs :).

Weekly Wrap-Up