Friday, October 21, 2011


I read, I read kind of a lot. On top of that we have 3 others in the family that read kind of a lot too. I am withholding names in an effort to not to embarrass my non-readers. Losers.

I tend to like reading things by series I can get totally immersed in them. Hence the reason I just finished the first 10 Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris (I am still waiting on number 11).

Plus, hello, it's a vampire series.....what's not to like.

Basically the books revolve around Sookie (who is human) and the crazy amount of crap she gets herself into. Quite a few characters feature in all the books. You have your vampires and werewolves. Your shapeshifters and fairies. All in all the books are a good read and don't require to much brain power. Pure entertainment. Just the way I like it.

The show True Blood is also based off these books, I haven't seen it yet (no HBO here) but I do have the first season in my Netflix queue if I could get the kids to stop moving their crap to the top, it would get here.

'til next time

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


we are making laundry soap.....via the Duggar recipe. Let you all know how that works out. We have made laundry soap before but the recipe I had involved more measuring than the Duggar one does.

We are also doing our first painting in our Picasso series. Totally stolen from the Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. I would post pictures of that process but Ki annoyed me so bad with his stupid faces in my pictures that I told I was never taking another picture of him. You can go over to Confessions and see some cute pictures of better behaved children!

Dinner is in the crockpot. The lady over @ Crockpot365 says that I can make baked potatoes in my crockpot. I am choosing to believe her and we will be having a baked potato bar for dinner tonight. Except for Alainna and I, it's her long dance night, we will be eating out. I might have planned it that way, you know just in case the potatoes don't turn out!

And finally, yesterday I went to a resale store in my area and purchased, 3 shirts, 3 pairs of pajama pants, a pair of pajamas and a pair of mittens for Alainna, a Halloween costume and 3 shirts for Kieran, 2 shirts, a winter coat, mittens and snow boots for Maximus, 3 shirts, a winter coat and snow boots for Emersyn and a race car track toy for $67.00.

Then last night I bought Alainna a pair of Uggs on clearance for $50.00 @ another store near me. I may or may not have run in 10 minutes before the store closed after I found out about the boots being on clearance. with that what you will.

'til next time,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crazy Days

4:15-5:00 Ki hip-hop
4:45 Brenna pick-up Drivers Ed (through end of Oct.)
6:00-7:30- Brenna soccer (30 min. away)

4:30-5:00 Griffen music lessons
4:45 Brenna drivers ed. pick-up
6:00-7:30 Alainna dance

4:15-8:30 Alainna dance (not a typo)
4:45 Brenna drivers ed. pick-up
6:00-7:30 Brenna soccer

5:45 Emersyn dance (too too cute!)
6:00-7:30 Alainna dance

6:30-7:15 Alainna dance

Brenna soccer games (1+ away)

Brenna soccer games (1+ away)

This is our after-school schedule this year. And honestly most days we love it, there are more days than not that we still manage to eat dinner together, because we are really big believers in that, not saying that it's everyday but we do try to make it happen. And we make a big effort to spend time all together before bed on most days too. We have a few family shows that we watch (after Max and Emersyn go to sleep) and there is always some kind of craziness going on with Brian and the kids. I will say that homeschooling has really helped make this feasible. I feel like I can still spend time with most of the kids and not feel super guilty about running at night. And it's really helping Alainna not get exhausted with her craziness.

I know that I really enjoy peeking into other people's lives so I thought I would give you all a glimpse into, ours. Next up, our homeschooling day.