Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

The most Wonderful Day of the Year has finally arrived!
In my family, we have a few tradition's that we do, to celebrate. For instants, on Christmas Eve, we bake some sort of goodies for Santa. This year we chose to make mini Gingerbread houses. This was the first year, we had made them, and I must admit the first time I had ever made one myself. It was actually really fun & yummy too ;)
 We also drink hot co-co, while watching Christmas shows, that I have pre-recorded on my the DVR previously before bed time. On Christmas morning, we do like most family's. Wake up and open presents. The only rule I have, is that the children have to stay in bed, until they see daylight. When I was growing up, I can still remember waking my parents up, way to early. Now that I am the parent, I knew that was one tradition, I would not be continuing on in my own family, lol ;)
The past few days, we have not done much schooling, to be honest. We did a fun plant lesson and printed some fun Christmas themed printable word search, coloring pages, etc., but that is it.
I plan on taking the rest of this week off.
Until Next Time...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas is almost here

Hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away.
We have been super busy, busy getting ready for the Big Day.
We have our tree up, home decorated, goodies baked, gifts bought, and wrapped. The children, are of course, waiting excitedly for the day to arrive.

Yep! Christmas is almost here!

So, what  have we been doing this week, school wise? Well, since the kids always enjoy baking with me, I thought it would be a fun way to teach an important life skill and some Math to boot.

This week we made one of my favorite & Super easy to make, Christmas goodies, that my Mom used to make for me, when I was a girl. They are actually called "Wedding Cookies", but we always used to call them "Snow Balls".



1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar                                                    

 4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract                                                    
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter or margarine in a bowl.
  3. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and salt.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add your chopped Pecans and vanilla.
  6. Blend in flour gradually and mix well.
  7. Shape into  "Snow"balls using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie.
  8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 min. *Do not brown.*
  9. Cool slightly, then roll in the extra confectioners' sugar.

                                   Then Enjoy!

Other homeschooling activity's, we have done this week, is mainly just some fun computer games like hangmanalphabet games, etc., from my favorite educational websites.

Until Next time...


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's Christmas Time

Christmas time, is one of my most favorite time's of the year! There is just something about all those blinking light's, Holiday movie's, & music. Getting to decorate festively and of course all those presents :)  Still, with all of those things, I think my very favorite part is going out every year with my family to pick out that perfect Christmas tree.
When I was a little girl we always had artificial tree's, but now that I am the "Mom", I don't know, I just loved the idea of a real tree in my home. So, last Saturday, we did just that! Unfortunately, the following day, when we were supposed to wake up and enjoy a day filled with hot cocoa, Christmas movies, and decorating, but my daughter woke up sick :(
After a trip to the Doctor, we learned she had Strep throat, ugh!
So, for the past few days my poor, empty, wonderful smelling tree, has been sitting in my home empty, waiting to be decorated. Hopefully, in another day or two, my oldest will be all well, and we can finally decorate our Christmas Tree.

On the Homeschooling front, my youngest has been my only student this week, since his sister is ill. I had hoped, to have my oldest do some review work, on her Multiplication tables, contractions, etc., but that will just have to wait until she is feeling better. With my son, we did manage to do some fun Holiday themed lessons this week. I printed out some Christmas themed printable flashcards, worksheets, and coloring pages.
I tell you what, having a printer at home, sure makes schooling at home some much easier and fun ;)

Until Next time...



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bowling, Birthdays, & Homophones

Today, I am writing to you, from a Bowling Alley. Yes! I said bowling! Today, my oldest had practice (she is on a league). So, I figured, why not take advantage of the free "Me" time and enjoy some blogging time  ;)
I will admit, that using my new tablet for blogging is kinda awkward. Even though, I am able to blog on it, I still miss the familiarity of my lap top.

In other news, this past week has been pretty busy. My oldest turned 12 years old ~> A bitter sweet moment, as she informed me, that this will be her last "kid" year, sigh...

On the home school front, we have been taking advantage of educational videos  this week. I find that the kids love them and they are great resource, when your super busy or just need a break ;)  We have also been busy learning division, with my oldest, and adding/subtracting with my youngest; plus learning about homophones, etc.

Until Next Time...