There is Always so Much More to Discover.

I’ve always wanted to travel and experience new places. My dreams were not so far fetched, or so I thought. I considered that since my dreams were within my own country they would be more realistic. That I could just get a map, close my eyes, point and then go, but alas, it’s not simply that easy. At least not for me.

I’ve lived in the same area for 20 years now and I’ve done some visiting of other states, I even lived at a beach in Florida briefly, yet where I am has always been “home” to me.

I’m not saying I want to go run off and live somewhere else, but I know there’s a possibility to just fall in love with somewhere else. I know I don’t know everything or every place out there, I’m sure no one really does. There could be a perfect town or city just waiting for you, but you’d never know because you’ve never been. Some people don’t ever get to leave where they are and I don’t want that to be me.

I’m a mom, my husband and I have a large family. We do a lot of “adulting” so to speak, and sometimes feels like we have so much responsibility to where we are that we don’t make traveling a priority.  I would love to be able to go further than just 5 hours away and actually see different things, not the same old things all the time.

I want to see monuments, I want to see natural sights, I want to visit all the “largests and smallests” along the way, I want to know what all the fuss is about for different areas that are the “must sees”, I want to try as many little diner/dives that I can find. There is so much out there to see and I only have one time around to see it.

We bought an RV because I thought it’d be perfect for our large family and that we’d be able to travel with it, yet for nearly a year it’s sat parked with only taking it once to visit a lake 2 hours away. There are moments when I’m like this was such a waste, but then I get sad thinking of getting rid of it. It feels like LIFE just gets in the way sometimes; work, school, pets, money, scheduling. Not to mention how difficult it is to go anywhere without excessive planning, especially with a family our size. It will happen though, eventually. We will travel more!

I was on Facebook this morning and came across this site MapLoco that allows you to create a map of the states you’ve been. That’s when I knew for sure, we will go to each one even if it takes years to do it.

Here’s my map of states I’ve visited:

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You can create your own map here: http://m.maploco.com/visited-states/

I collect magnets and pennies everywhere I go. Not just the states, but places within the states. Regrettably, I didn’t always have the opportunity to get a magnet or penny from some places I went. One day though, I would love to have a huge collection of these. I love to create the memories.

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There is Always so Much More to Discover.

The Cutest Bows Right to Your Door!

So I love mail, packages and what have you. I do a lot of my shopping online and I have a lot of mail subscriptions. One of my more recent discoveries since having a baby girl, Little Poppy Co.

A 3 bow a month subscription for only $11.99/month!
(When my 4 year old was a baby I bought custom made bows online all the time and spent up to $8-$10 a piece on them. If you do the math on this subscription you’re only spending about $4 a piece)

The link below will take you to their website where you can sign up for your subscription using my referral.
https://littlepoppyco.com

Having a baby girl!? You can get your first month FREE just pay shipping!

Did you know that moms to be of baby girls and new moms with a baby girl under 1 month old, get a month free when they make a new post to Instagram with a shoutout to Little Poppy Co in the following context:

“Hey @littlepoppyco , It’s a girl!! #littlepoppycobowsformybabe ”

https://www.facebook.com/littlepoppyco/

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Want more free bows? After you’ve signed up for your monthly Little Poppy Co. bow subscription, refer your friends! It’s that easy.

I’ve signed up just in time for their MAY bows, so here’s a peek at those. Orders for the following month ship 25th-28th of each month, so if you want these May bows you have to sign up quick! They have clips or nylon bands to choose from.

https://littlepoppyco.com

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DISCLAIMER: These opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with this company and not paid to promote this business in any way.

The Cutest Bows Right to Your Door!

Celebrating Earth

We love the outdoors and enjoying everything the Earth has to naturally give us year round. On Earth Day this year we took the kids to the museum for an event they were having.

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They got to make little bug catching cups that could hang around their necks and they got bug tattoos

and did little animal/insect crafts.

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We stopped by the plant table but because of the drive home being over 30 minutes long we didn’t want to risk the soil cups dumping over in the van. We also stopped by the table discussing the Sun safety and what it does for our planet, about the eclipse coming up in August and how to watch it, and of course more tattoos.

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In between going table to table the kids wanted to walk through and look at the museum things. Nothing had changed from the last time we came, but they still enjoyed walking through.

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We have many more outdoors plans this year and I got a new camera, so there will be a ton of great pictures I look forward to taking.

My flowers are blooming beautifully at home and they make the front patio smell nice when the breeze hits just right.

Look at these adorable little guys (Yellow Bellied Sliders), ready for a feeding, they all gather when I walk by and all I can think of is “Feed me Seymour” (Little Shop of Horrors)… then “mine, mine, mine” (Finding Nemo) as they are chasing down the pellets.

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Celebrating Earth

In case you lost track of time

Welcome to the end of April. I’m going to use this entry to update any followers as to what’s going on in my life since I’ve been gone quite a while without writing a post. Sometimes it just seems impossible to remember to maintain it honestly. So here we are, in Spring! It’s been a very interesting month.

Our youngest is about to turn a month old on the 30th. Yep, she’s finally here. I can’t believe it’s been a month already, but it has. She was born March 30th at 5:11pm 6 lb 15oz and 19.5″ long. She came naturally which was a first for me out of the 6. My water had broke at 7:50am while I was in the process of waiting at the preschool for them to open their doors at 8:00am. Needless to say, I’ve never had my water break before on it it’s own, so I was a bit excited and nervous and kind of scared. I had no contractions so I just waited those 12 minutes patiently while calling to make arrangements with my mother and to let my husband know (at work) that it was time to go to the hospital. 9 hours later and voila, beautiful baby girl! I’m breastfeeding of course, as I’ve done with all my others. Everyone adores her and all the children are very happy to have a new baby sister, for now at least, ha.

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My oldest, the 5th grade homeschooler, is about to be finishing up her course work. Can you believe it!? It was a 36 week course that we’re about to be finishing up in the next 2 weeks. It was definitely a very trying experience and one I’m not likely to repeat with any of the children. It could just be the attitudes, the lack of her motivation and willingness to learn and comprehend. I’m probably just not the best “teacher” for her as far as standard curriculum goes. I did my best, we did our best and we made it through it, but we’re looking forward to starting back to public school in the fall.

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My 8 year old son with ADHD has excelled in school tremendously since being medicated in November 2016. He’s gotten A’s & B’s in his 2nd, 3rd and going on 4th quarter report. He’s even scored well on the NNAT2 test that he has been invited to join a group called Talented Development where he will be working with an Academically Gifted Resource Specialist once a week in a group of similar students for the remainder of the year. In the following school year he could be working with AG kids/courses as long as he maintains a 3.0 GPA. We’re very proud of him and his achievements.

My 5 year old son is going in for his ADHD evaluation next month. He has been giving his Kindergarten teacher and school staff gray hairs since the beginning, but there was nothing I could do since his pediatrician can’t or won’t diagnose under 6 years old. There were no other options for me with him until then, so you can see how starting school in August and not turning 6 until 6 days before school lets out has made this school year very difficult. Thankfully though considering he has demonstrated ALL the characteristics of his older brother before his diagnosis, that I’m confident that putting him on the same medication will result in the massive changes that his older brother went through and will make the next school year 100% better.

Cap & Gown pictures were yesterday for my preschooler. She has an exciting month coming up, turning 5 years old and graduating preschool. She’s had such an amazing school year and has gone above and beyond the expectations of learning for the whole year. Her report cards were magnificent and her behavior was excellent. Her teachers just adore her and I know she’s probably going to miss it very much but I’m hoping she’ll enjoy Kindergarten just as much.

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My homebody for this last year is finally going to be starting preschool himself in the Fall. He’s looking forward to it. I just finished the last 2 forms yesterday when they called me in to confirm his placement in the 2017-18 school year. That will leave just me and the little miss at home for the next 4-5 years once they all start back to school, which is only a few months away. They let out May 26th and will be going right back probably the 2nd week of August.

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We have some fun things in store coming up so I’ll write about some adventures & experiences soon!

In case you lost track of time

Week 26 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Language Arts

  • Topics for Writing
  • Have your child write a 5 paragraph Autobiography.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(administer, advantage, adventure, defog, dehumidify, depart, derail, disagree, disappeared, dishonest, disinterested, explode, export, external, extricate, unequal, unprepared, untrue)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by: Deborah and James Howe
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Multiplication with Mixed Numbers
  • Dividing Fractions

Science

  • Deserts
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Maps
  • How to read maps
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 26 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Yes, I got a little side tracked the past several weeks that I didn’t post the lesson plans, but we sure have been busy at work. I got the time to sit and type them so here are the lesson plans for weeks 19-25

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WEEK 19

Language Arts

  • Writing Business Letters
  • Addressing Envelopes

Spelling

List of 18 words
(cactus, celebrate, cement, certain, citizen, citrus, convoy, cumbersome, cyclone, dangerous, gallery, gesture, gopher, gurgle, gypsum, Gypsy, magic, region)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Tangram Set
  • Fractions

Science

  • Slavery
  • California Gold Rush
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 20

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Have your child write about a personal experience.
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(affection, autograph, cough, enough, familiar, foreign, frequent, furniture, geography, laughter, muffler, paragraph, philosophy, physical, raffle, slough, stuff, tough)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Simplifying Fractions
  • Conversions

Science

  • Mountains
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Slavery continued.
  • Events leading up to Civil War
  • Have child imagine she’s a slave, have her write a plan for her escape.
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 21

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Make a story plan.
  • Rough Draft
  • Final Draft

Spelling

List of 18 words
(ballet, castle, crumb, doubt, height, knack, knight, known, knuckle, listen, plumber, soften, thumb, weight, wreck, wren, wrench, wrestle)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets Everyday
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Volcanoes
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Civil War
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 22

Language Arts

  • Writing Dialogue
  • Practicing writing dialogue between characters.
    (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(accounts, adventures, arches, blouses, classes, compasses, couches, decisions, dresses, erasers, eyelashes, inches, indexes, larynxes, syllables, telescopes, toothbrushes, walruses)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Unlike Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Caves
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Significance of the colors blue and gray during Civil War
  • Famous Battles of Civil War
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 23

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(anniversary, beauty, chimney, decoy, dictionary, highway, holiday, industry, monkey, mortuary, party, quantity, salary, strawberry, survey, turkey, valley)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Syllables
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Science

  • Canyons and Waterfalls
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Geographic Regions
  • Mountain States, North Central States, South Central States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 24

Language Arts

  • Main Ideas
  • Look at paragraphs in a magazine or newspaper and take away the first sentence. Have your child re-write an appropriate topic sentence.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(calves, echoes, elves, geese, halves, heroes, leaves, moose, potatoes, scarves, shelves, thieves, tomatoes, wives, wolves, women, yourselves)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Outlining a story.
  • Stone Fox by: John Reynolds
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Fractions

Science

  • River Systems
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Northeastern States, Southeastern States, Midwestern States, Pacific States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 25

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences

Spelling

List of 18 words
(conserve, constructed, impatient, imperfect, impersonate, impractical, impure, prearrange, prepaid, preview, react, recall, recharge, reclaim, redecorate, redeem, relate, retain)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

index

Reading

  • Life Skills
  • How to use a phone book
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Different denominators and Mixed Fractions
  • Multiplication of Fractions

Science

  • Oceans and Seas
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • US Climate Zones
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

How we got Lucky

I woke up one Saturday morning just like any other, except the difference that morning was what I saw when I turned on my phone. It was an ad that was posted on a Facebook yard sale page with a picture about a puppy who was found on the side of the road and needed a new home. I immediately messaged the woman and asked her if the puppy was still needing a home and that I was very interested in getting her. She quickly responded with “Yes, we’re currently on the way to take her to the pound, can you meet now?”

I hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet, so I told her to give me a second to get dressed and I could meet her, so the first thing I did was jump up and put some clothes on and went to meet the lady within 5 minutes and pick up this poor puppy. She told me that they found her in a garbage bag in their front yard and that they couldn’t keep her because their kids have allergies. I’m not sure how true that story was or how long she had her, but I could tell that she was malnourished. Considering she was about to be dropped off at the pound, I’m so thankful that I found her in time to intervene.

When I brought her home the first thing she did was get some loving from the kids and also my hubby. She was very timid and shaking, she wouldn’t come to any of us when called like a normal puppy would. We could tell she wasn’t socialized properly. We estimated her age to be between 10-12 weeks according to her size, also guessing what she was mixed with, we concluded probably Pitbull and Beagle. Since this was a nice Saturday morning we planned to go out walking like we usually do on weekends with nice weather.

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She did really well with walking with us unleashed. She kept up along side us and looked like she was enjoying herself. It was a nice first experience with her of many to come. Afterwards, we went to the store to grab her first round of puppy shots, dewormer and some other doggy things she needed (especially puppy soap).

Over the past week we:

  • Socialized her to: us humans, cats, riding in the car, leash walking and rain.
  • Taught her to come when called (since she was so timid)
  • Working on potty training (which she is doing really great at)
  • Learned commands sit, lay down, shake and speak. Which took less than 10 minutes each to teach.

This past Saturday we had planned to take her to a mobile vet clinic that was scheduled to be at our city’s Farm Supply store, we knew she may be too young for her rabies but we wanted to see a vet for free that could maybe give us a better idea on her age. We were the first ones there when they were setting up and the vet took the time to have a conversation with us while he waited for the techs to set everything up.

He was really nice and when the table was ready he checked her out for us and said she looked like she was in good shape, confirmed she looked like a pit/hound mix, but that she was way younger than 10-12 weeks like we thought. He put her age at 6-8 weeks, which means she was somewhere between 5-7 weeks when we got her. We were shocked because she’s such a big puppy. Given her newly found age range and being 10.5 lbs we used a growth chart and her assumed breed to determine she could be upwards 62 lbs when she’s full grown. Using his time-table on her age, we went halfway, and aged her 7 weeks so we also decided to give her the birthday of December 3rd and that’s what we’ll celebrate from here on.

The mobile clinic will be back several times over the next few months, but she won’t be old enough until the date they’ll be back in April. By that time it will also be the time to register her with our city because the age for registering dogs is 4 months.

We’ve had her a little over a week and we love her. She has so much potential and she’s a fast learner and super sweet. She’s going to be a great family dog and she’s going to be very loved and very spoiled for all of her days. She is truly a lucky girl. ♥

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