Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 Reading goal

20,000 pages Yep you read that right. Here's how it happened:
At New Years a friend of my posted on Facebook how her goal for last year was to read 20,000 pages and she read 22,000. I thought it was a very interesting goal. I began January with a similar goal of 20,000 pages. I figured that woul dbe easy since I had 11 book club books and plenty of homeschooling books to read and plenty of books to preread for my 6 year old voracious reading habit.
Also I am following a mother's education class by Katrina here I have intended to do it in years past and have done pretty well for parts of the year. This year I wanted to do better and follow through all year.
In Feb I received a kindle for my birthday and this suddenly made the goal easy. Maybe too easy in fact, I may need to increase the page goal for the later half of the year. I haven't finished compiling the list of what I have read, but I'm guessing it will be high. I struggled in January to write down the books I read with the page number in a spread sheet. It just wasn't very conducive to my life. I'm learning I need to simplify things in order to get them done. Thankfully the kindle has done that and now I just need to go through my kindle contents and see what I have read. I'll be posting the listing shortly. In pieces. To keep. it. simple.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vitamix givaway

This is a great site for frugal living and great deals. They are giving away a vitamix right now. We love to make kale smoothies and this is on our wishlist! Good luck if you enter!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Summer book reading Barnes and Noble

We are big into reading and books, so I was excited when I saw this article on Barnes and Noble summer reading program. I also like it because they have to keep a"journal" (book list) to do this. ODD has been pushing against the pricks to do this, but if she is required to do it to get a free book, then it won't be such a fight!
There are more details at Barnes and Noble
I haven't done this in the past because I haven't liked the book selections for the free books. I don't see the list on their website and I'm hoping that it is a better selection. If it's not I'll just front the money for the book. I want to give her something to work towards, but I also want to keep our home library the best of the best.

Have fun reading!

Pondered blessings

This week has been a down week for us as we are taking a break for the next few weeks to rest and recooperate. Hopefully just two weeks will find us ready to jump back in, but it may be an extra week to get plans ready for the next year. It has made me ponder the good things and the blessing of having my children home and being able to take a break when we need it. We're into week 2 already. We haven't really been taking a complete break. We're still doing morning devotional, and ODD is reviewing math in fun ways she doesn't realize to get ready for her end of year testing I received it the other day and realized she needs to brush up on the math concepts a bit before taking it so she doesn't get frustrated. She quite the perfectionist and if she get it wrong she's fine with it, but if she doesn't know how to do something and wants to and can't get help, she breaks sown. I'm gong for no break downs :) Thankfully she really likes to do word problems. SO I make them up as we are driving or playing out side or eating. It's a way to get the review down without having a struggle. She also sits down and does a math review worksheet each day while we are doing school, so she knows how to do it, it's just another way to help her solidify those math facts in a painless way for both of us!
As I sit here typing, the rain is pouring down on the tin roof of the covered porch, the children are sleeping quietly and I'm enjoying the calm before the storm. We are going to be driving int his today! But for now I am enjoying the beautiful sound! It makes me grateful for the home we are living in and the choices we are able to make in this great country. I'm really grateful for the freedom we have to practice our religion and to school our children in the way we as parents determine is best.
We are heading to visit family this week, so here's hoping you have a great mother's day and are able to find the blessings to count blessings your life. It makes a huge difference even in times of challenge and trial!