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Archive for the month “September, 2011”

Kindergarten Homework

So Addyson’s doing a 3-day a week Kindergarten program at the Early Learning Center at McKinney Church and she has already had lots of homework! It’s a great thing though because it means that Justin and I are going to be very involved in her first crack at school. One of us actually has to sign and check off each item as we’ve completed it for Addyson to turn in on Mondays.

Here is a list of her homework items for this week:
Math: (Patterns)
Draw an ABAB pattern on back of homework checklist paper
Make any pattern using household objects (i.e. shoes, toys, crayons, snacks, cereal, toothpicks, noodles, etc.)

Phonics: (Bb)
Draw 3 things that start with the letter B (on back)
Make the letters B & b using household objects

Writing: (Use sheet provided)
Practice writing your first and last name 3x
Write HF words 3x each

Starfall: (online curriculum)
Practice logging onto
Click on Backpack Bear’s “ABC Rhymes” & “Ball”

Practice HF words 4x each (Me & See)
Read Poem 2x (in C.A.T. binder)
Practice Scripture Memory (this week it is 1Corinthians 15:22 & last week it was Genesis 1:31)
Add to monthly reading log

New Blog to follow

So I’ve enjoyed listening to the incredible teaching of Pastor Mark Driscol for a few years now and I am so excited that he’s finally created a blog to follow. He and his wife have partnered to blog on life and I’m ready to soak up their wisdom!

Here’s the link to the blog:

Here’s the link to today’s post by Grace:


So I’ve sort of joined this Book Club through with some women from our church (I’ve only been able to go once out of the last 3 months) but I’m still reading the books just in case my schedule works out. This month we were supposed to read Deadline by Randy Alcorn. This is also the first book that I’ve read 100% on the Kindle. I loved it!

Here’s the Overview: Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods must draw upon all his resources in order to uncover the truth in this Randy Alcorn bestseller. Jake soon finds himself swept up in a murder investigation that is both complex and dangerous. Unaware of the threat to his own life, he struggles for answers to the mystery at hand and in doing so is plunged into a deeper search for the meaning to his own existence.

Deadline by Randy Alcorn

No Other God

AMAZING WORSHIPFUL SONG! I can’t wait to sing it this weekend at CHURCH!

New Booklist 09.08.2011

Here’s our booklist for this week…it’s a little skim with the back-to-school stuff we’re only needing bedtime books right now.

Kitchen Dance

Ballet Sisters

Ballet Sisters

The Best Story


Every Last One

Okay so this book was a “hmmm…New York Times Bestseller…I’ll try it” read. For the first 1/2 of the book I was very confused because the author takes a VERY long time before introducing the climax/drama into the story-line. However once I got past that I was GLUED! The characters in this book seemed SO real and the story was one of true recovery and INCREDIBLE writing.

Here’s the synopsis:
Mary Beth Latham has built her life around her family, around caring for her three teenage children and preserving the rituals of their daily life. When one of her sons becomes depressed, Mary Beth focuses on him, only to be blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterward is a testament to the power of a woman’s love and determination, and to the invisible lines of hope and healing that connect one human being to another. Ultimately, as rendered in Anna Quindlen’s mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the things we fear the most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel.


Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

First Day of School

I just dropped the kids off at school. They both did great!! Here are a few quick snapshots from this morning.

Owen saying "CHEESE!"

Smile Addy!

Owen’s hooked…

So Owen has finally caught the Atkins TV bug 🙂 He gets so focused and tunes out the world around you.

He’s started asking for specific shows…Rocket (Little Einsteins), OSO (Special Agent Oso), and Manny (Handy Manny) are the most popular.

Isn't he so cute!

Fishing Trip

So last week Justin went fishing on the White River in AR with his dad. He had a great time and caught 77 fish!! Here’s a picture to prove that he caught at least one 🙂

One of Justin's fish

Quick cloudy trip to The Zoo

So the kids and I went to the Zoo on Tuesday. It was a cloudy day with VERY light showers in the early morning and it was still cool enough at 10 am so we went to the Zoo. With schools in session it was very quiet and we got to see a lot more animals out and about with the cooler temps (it was in the 80s). Here are some of the pictures from this visit. We had an interesting experience with the Gorillas too…the BIG man was a bit aggressive at the window and Owen was a bit scared but it was great!

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