Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Life right now.

We just got back from a week long trip to Houston. I went down to help my mom with my sisters twins while she went away for work. The twins are 3 years old now. They were so fun to play with this week. Monster really enjoyed his time at Granny-Ma's too!


They love their dome they got! 


She is a mess! 

My little brother is home from Afghanistan finally! So Monster got to see him and spend some fun times with him! 

We made paper airplanes with a kit I bought from Alex Toys! 





We also played in the water table one day! This table is from Step 2 and has lasted quite some time. We got it for Monster when he was 1 I believe. He is now 7 and the twins play with it too! 

Monster driving his cousin around! 

Just a swingin'



My favorite twins! 

Just to let people know. I have figured out that my comments section was messed up. I had that awful captcha thing turned on and did not even know it! I hate those! So just letting everyone know I turned it off! 

Now that we are back from Houston (we leave again the Friday before Easter to go back!) I am looking at ways to keep Monster busy until we get his new curriculum for 2nd grade. I bought a workbook that he is actually doing well with but he is a very hands on child. Does anyone out there have some fun ideas that we could use? Please let me know. I would love some fun craft ideas, spelling ideas and math ideas. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BIG Changes coming....

Can you believe that it is already March... and halfway through March I might add. We have been super busy. I am still working part time at my husbands office until the end of the week. I am so ready to be back with my Monster full time. I miss him. It is so hard to be away from him during the day after being home with him all this time (since he was 2!).

Homeschooling- We have taken a break at the moment. Monster was not enjoying the work. I was tired of fighting with him to do work every day. I tested him. He knew it. No wonder he hated it. He hates doing the same work over and over and over... and honestly I don't blame him. I learned I shouldn't be forcing my son to do work when he knows how to do it. Instead he likes to be challenged. He has been building with legos, using his mind to fix situations, going to church and awanas, going to co-op on Fridays. Playing learning games on his Kindle and I am honestly surprised at how well he is doing. He seems more relaxed and he is enjoying more of the learning than before. The other day I caught him doing 2nd grade Math on a learning game and getting all of the answers correct on stuff I haven't even taught him yet! He was so proud of himself and I was so proud of him for actually wanting to play those games.

However, starting in April, we will begin Saxon Math for 2nd grade. I am hoping this will challenge him a bit more than Horizons did. I am hoping he will enjoy the hands on approach more than what Horizons was. Fingers crossed.

We are also going to be using Learning Language through Literature- the red book. It seems fun and would help Monster keep focused. It has four spelling words a week, however, I am looking into using Spelling U See on top of it to give him more spelling practice.

Geography has been decided on Little Passports. It seems fun and engaging which Monster needs!

Science of course will be The Magic School Bus Young Scientist Club.

I am hoping to get him into a Art class and a Writing class at his co-op for next year! They haven't released the classes yet so not sure if there will be one for him.

Home Life- WE ARE MOVING!!! Not far, but we are. We are moving to a great area with a lot to do! Plus it is so much closer to work for my husband which is a big deal! Right now he drives an hour each way without traffic. Now we will be literally 14 mins from his work door to our front door! We are very excited about this new change! We pick up the keys to our new place tomorrow. I can't wait to take pictures and post once we get the place in order!

In other news- I have been trying to get more reviews and giveaways for the blog. It has been hard. It seems companies only want bloggers who have high traffic numbers and have a high number of followers. Which I totally get. It is hard though for us smaller blogs who want to grow and want to get our name out there. We get turned down for reviews and giveaways but they actually help our numbers grow when given the chance to do one. When I had my other blog it was a bit bigger, so I got more chances. However, I wanted to separate myself from my craft blog to my homeschooling blog because that is what I wanted to focus on. So I created a new blog (this one) and because I am not high on numbers and stats I am getting turned down for reviews that I would love to do and share with my followers. I am working on it though. Our smaller blogs have to grow someway and I really want to grow my blog!

Once we move I will have more time to blog and post! So get ready! With all our new adventures we have planned I can't wait to share them with y'all!





Monday, March 3, 2014

Updating...

Life... it passes by faster than you think. This last month has gone by so fast, I am not even sure what all we did in those 28 days. Now we are already on our 3rd day of March. I can not believe how fast time is going this year. I mean what happened to the New Year!

This past month I have been helping at my husbands office. I posted that before, but just in case you missed it or you are new. I was letting Monster do his school work in the evenings when I got home and he did ok but in the end that was not working as well as I hoped. So, I started letting him do his work during the day since most of it was review and if he needed help with anything he could wait for me to get home and I would go over it with him. That was not working so well. I should also mention he was staying with Grandma during this time. He was not home alone. Just in case I forgot to mention this.

Since I am home again this week we are getting caught up. I was afraid after having let him take a two week break that we would need lots of time to catch up. This morning I sat him down with some basic work that is mostly review and I went through what we have left to do. To my surprise We have maybe a months left of work to do. WAHOO!!! I know he will be excited but I am more excited. I am so over using Horizon. I thought it was the perfect fit for us, but boy was I wrong. Monster needs more hands on learning and Horizon is just not it for us. I was going through our Math this morning and noticed the only new thing he has to learn is addition with carrying over. All the rest is review pretty much. No wonder he is bored. I am so ready for a new lesson!

Here is one struggle though. I need a more hands on Math for Monster. I am not a fan of Math U See so that is out.

Another struggle is Spelling. Worksheets are just not his thing. I know I have said it before. I was looking into All about Spelling but just not sure that is a fit as well. Today, I came across a program called Ultimate Spelling. Not much out there on it though. I have sent in an email asking a few questions about their program to see if it will be a good fit or not.

We are planning on doing school year round with a few breaks in between. It is just a better fit for us. That is the reason I am stressing over curriculum. Plus, we are moving in a month. I want Monster to be settled into his schedule when we move so that doing work is not an issue.

Another update. I started a photography page on Facebook. Spotted Moments Photography I am learning photography but this is where I put my pictures of friends and family I take. So far I have done a few new shots of Monster, my niece and a friend from high school. I did her maternity pictures and then Friday I got to do her daughters newborn photos. Again still learning the ropes!

Today I leave you with:


Him. He makes my world perfect! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Glide Bikes Review


When Monster was about 5 years old, he fell off his bike. I am not talking like barely fell off. When I turned around and saw him laying on the ground with his leg twisted under the bike and him screaming I honestly thought his leg was broken. Ever since then he has been weird about being on a bike with pedals. He doesn't like that he can't control it while focusing on pedaling too. I never forced him to even try after that. 

Then I came across Glide Bikes. I became very interested in these almost as soon as I saw them. It seems these bikes are becoming very popular, very fast. 
Glide Bikes was started over 8 years ago to help toddler age (18 months) and up (to adults) learn to ride a bike with ease. The bikes also are great for children with special needs

They have a sizing chart so you can determine which size bike would be best fitted for your child. 

It took me (yes me!!!) all of 15 minutes to put the few pieces together that needed to be put together. For the most part the bike comes put together. I had to add one tire, put the handle bars in place adjust the seat and fix the kickstand a tad. 

Glide Bikes are pretty much just like a regular bike... but without pedals. I love this. It teaches the children to focus on learning to balance the bike (which is a key factor in riding a bike) and use their feet to make the bike go. I love that there are no pedals on the bike to get in the way of the children focusing on pushing on the ground with their feet. Monster was able to control the bike so much better than a normal bike. He was able to make it go with his feet and make it stop by putting his feet right down. He did very well balancing the bike as well. Anytime it started leaning over he would straighten it right back up. He was able to go as fast or as slow as he wanted. 

We received the Go Glider in Blue. Monsters favorite color :) 

It has an added brake in case the child needs it. 

The seat on the bike can adjust very easily with a click of a latch. I honestly changed the seat a few times while we were at the park and each time took less than a minute. It's that easy.  The bike also comes with a kickstand so if you are not riding the bike it can stand up. I like that so much better instead of the bike laying on the ground, getting all scratched up! 

The foot pegs can either be out like this for the child to put their feet on while the bike is moving. Also, they can turn with the click of a button and be out of the way. 
These tires are wonderful. They come already aired up and ready to go. These tires use air while the tires on the EZee Glide (ages 18 months-5 years) and the Mini Glide (ages 2 year to 5 year)   use the EVA Foam. Which means your tires never go flat! 
I promise he was not chasing the ducks. They are just everywhere at our park and just hang out! 





The Go Glider is geared for ages 5-10. Monster just turned 7 so it was a perfect fit for him. It can hold weight up to 125lbs. The Go Glider only weighs 12lbs itself. It is so lightweight that I was able to carry it with one hand while holding my camera in the other hand and I had no issues. 

Monster really has enjoyed his Go Glider. Since our weather is FINALLY warming up here in Texas we will be able to get outside more and enjoy some family time with his new bike! 

Check out Glide Bikes today! 





*This review was made possible by Glide Bikes. I was provided the featured product free of charge (except shipping) for my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.





*Before anything is said I would like to say yes my child is 7 and not wearing a helmet. I am fully aware of the risk. HOWEVER with that being said, my child and his head cannot fit in a helmet. Not even joking here. We went to Target right before we went to the park and I tried on several sizes from child to adult and nothing fit him right. He has a huge head... always has...most likely always will. Monster was not doing any jumps or stunts on his bike. I was near him the whole time and honestly I am just not as worried about it as others. I mean I survived my childhood without a helmet and lets just say I was a lot more daring than my child is. And if anyone knows of a place that does custom fittings for helmets please let me know :) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Playing catch up

I haven't posted since January. Slacker, I know! We have been so busy. I have taken on a job for a month. It was not meant to be this long but things happened and they needed someone for the month. I can honestly say I love the company (it's a company my husband works for) and the people are so nice here, but I know this is not my calling. Sitting at a desk all day answering phones is just not for me!

Homeschooling- Since I have been working this month, we are fitting in homeschooling in the evenings. Several people wondered how it would work with me working and not being there during the day to homeschool. That is the joy of homeschooling. Who says it has to be in the day? Monster actually does really well with working in the evenings. Worksheets are still "not his favorite" as he would say. I am looking into new curriculum for 2nd grade. A more hands on approach. Monster is still doing very well and we are still on track. He is loving his co-op classes on Friday and I can't wait to pick out next years classes! I am so glad we are in such a great co-op!

Things that have happened since I last posted: MONSTER TURNED 7!!! I can not believe my baby is 7! Where has time gone?


I just love him! 
(the bow tie and suspenders are from The Baxter Boy. I won them through a giveaway!) 

This past weekend we had Monsters birthday party and got to see family and friends! We got to stay a night at a hotel and Monster loved that! Last night, we went to Grand Prairie and saw Tim Hawkins perform. He is great! 


In other news: I have a wonderful review coming up! I needed nice weather to be able to do this review and in Texas you just never know what the weather is going to do! This week we have FABULOUS weather!  I am talking like low 70's! So it will be perfect to get some pictures of this product outside and put this review up! You friends are going to love this product! It is great for all ages!!! 

SO Stay tuned.... more to come soon! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Circle of Life

Last week we went to the park with some of our friends. While at the park we got to experience the circle of life first hand. There was a hawk that caught a black bird. We watched the hawk for ten mins before it took the bird and flew off. I was able to get a few pictures of the hawk with the bird.






Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fun with watercolors

Awhile back I saw a fun art project on Confessions of a Homeschooler. (Another one of my favorite homeschooling bloggers.) She made this fun project with her kids and I thought Monster would really enjoy it. Black Glue and Watercolor Resist Art Project. It was easy to to and Monster loved it. All you need is either thick water color paper or a canvas. We used a canvas because I had one on hand. I got mine at Michaels before the holiday in hopes of another project. We just never got around to it. It worked perfect for this project though.

Once you have your paper or canvas you will also need watercolors (we prefer Crayola), black paint (we just used some craft paint we had) and a bottle of glue (Elmers). We poured some black paint into the glue and mixed it up. Monster then drew what he wanted on the canvas with a pencil (oh you need that too). Once he was done I went over it with the black glue paint stuff. He had some lines really close together so the glue ended up touching in spots (like the chimney). We let it dry over night and then the next day he painted it. I love the way it turned out and he was very happy to show it off!

He is concentrating very hard on drawing his picture. 

Drawing his house. He told me one day we will have a house with a blue roof. 

Letting it dry.

Time to paint! 

All done!!! 

I really think you could even do this with the younger crowd. I would just suggest that the parent does the glue part unless your child has master that skill of tracing lines with glue. Monster is still working on that skill (he likes to squeeze the bottle a little too hard or just not enough still). 

All about the Blogger

My name is Kelli and I am a stay at home mom and wife. My husband and I have been married almost 8 years in March! We have one son (Monster) who is 6 years old. This year we began our journey to home-school. So far, we are loving every minute of our decision.
I used to work in child care and have always had a passion for teaching. I always thought that when I grew up I would be a Kindergarten teacher. I worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher for several years before beginning my journey as a stay at home mom! I would not trade it for the world. I never expected to become a home-schooling family. Now that we are, I could not imagine a better way to educate my child. I love getting to be apart of his learning and watching him explore and exceed in so many things. It is truly a blessing for our family to be given this chance.

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