Monday, February 15, 2010

It's Been a Long Winter






Wow, it's been a while. I don't really know why I haven't been motivated to blog, but I had the urge today, so I'm going for it. We enjoyed a very quiet Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was just the four of us and our dog Molly. This was the first time in a long time that we weren't celebrating Christmas with relatives. It was a little sad, but I was determined the make the holidays a fun and happy time. Here are a few pics of our Christmas vacation. I will try to post regularly from now on.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

American Heritage Girl




Abby was a two years old when Charlie joined the Boy Scouts. She has been to BS meetings and even camping trips to the Sand Dunes with Charlie's troop. One day, she asked me if she could be a boy scout. I told her when she was older, she could be a girl scout. Meanwhile, I kept hearing about this group called American Heritage Girls. A mother from our church was starting a troop. Her daughter also wanted to be a girl scout. When Anne, the mother looked into Girl Scouts, she realized that it had become very liberal. God was not a part of it like He is in the Boy Scouts. So, she researched and found the American Heritage Girls organization. It is a Christian based scouting program for girls. I went to the initial meeting and was hooked. I am an asst.troop leader for Abby's level which is Pathfinder. I will be taking a CPR class to become certified. I am looking forward to camping trips and bonding with these girls. We have a large troop already. Close to 80 girls. Abby loves this troop and looks forward to going twice a month. Here are some pics of her in her uniform. The Kindergarten girls wear a t-shirt. Next year she will have a regular uniform.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Abby's First Day of School





Today I started homeschooling Abby. It went well after she cried all of her frustrations away. She told me that she didn't want "to learn". After some hugs and tough love, she decided she was going to cooperate. I just needed to realize that she is not a morning person, and she needs time to wake up. So, we will start school an hour later than I anticipated. This will be a continuous learning process for me. We worked on addition facts and played a math game. Abby worked on writing the letter "F". Handwriting is more of a challenge than I thought. There is a specific way of writing a letter, and Abby wants to write it her own way. So, we will be working on that! I also taught her lesson one in the phonics workbook. She learned the sound of short a, and realized that her first name begins with a short a. We also worked on a Social Studies lesson. She loves her Social Studies book, so we even did another lesson. I just hope this goes well. I just need patience and a positive attitude. I am posting some pics of Abby working on her lessons and then we are off to DQ to get Abby a treat for her hard work.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fun In Florida





We are having a great time in Florida. I can't wait for Chuck to join us. Here are some pics that I took of the kids. Hope you enjoy. See you too, Poppy, in a few weeks.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's Been Awhile



I know it's been awhile since I posted on this blog. This family has been busy!!! The last 2 wks. of school for Charlie were filled with many hours of studying for finals. Chuck and I both took turns studying with him, and then quizzing him. He did awesome. All As on his finals, except for one 89%. That was in Geometry. We are so proud of Charlie. He earned a laptop computer that he and Chuck picked out together. We don't mind rewarding Charlie for good grades. He won't always get something as extravagant as a computer, we just so happened to need one, so we used good grades as an incentive to get it quicker. He accomplished many things his first year in H.S. Besides having outstanding grades throughout the year, he came out of his comfort zone and acted in a play!!! He also became a member of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow, completing his Ordeal Weekend in May. So many things to be proud of. In July, he can officially start driving. Yikes. Chuck is taking care of that one. He is so much more patient than I am.
Abby continues to be a joy also. She is SO active and keeps me busy. She will start ballet again in the fall, and also join American Heritage Girls. It's like the Girl Scouts, but it's Christian based.
We've been going to the library, swimming, to the park, circus, etc.... I'm already worn out, but in a good way. When she thanks me and tells me that she loves me, it's all worth it!!! She is so much like Chuck. He loves it!!! She has made our family complete. Next week, I will be watching her friend for 7 days, and I have lots planned. Gonna keep them busy!!! I'm going to post some pics of Charlie's Order of the Arrow Ordeal if I have them on my computer. He is pretty dirty in them. He had to dig a huge trench!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Abby Holding Her Prize Winning Fish

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Abby Fishing

Chuck took Abby to the Ft. Carson Fishing Derby and here is a video of her catching a fish with her Dora the Explorer fishing pole. video