Friday, August 28, 2009

First Week of School

School is in session. Luke is now in Kindergarten!

Our first day of Co-op was on Monday. The boys were up early Monday morning and ready to go.

Luke told me he was nervous about starting Kindergarten. He said it was because he didn't know how it was going to be. He brought his kitty for support.

I can't believe he is in Kindergarten now!

At the end of the day Luke told me, "I didn't need to be nervous, it was fun!"

School at home is Tuesday thru Friday, each morning we have started school at 9 sharp. We open with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.

Luke studies at home include:
Science (animals, the human body, and plants)
History (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and Ancient China)

At Co-op, Luke's classes are:

Luke has had a great first week. He is very energetic about school. For math his first day was counting. He got frustrated and told me he wanted to do pluses and minuses, so I printed out several first grade worksheets for him to do. The first day he did four worksheets and got almost all of the problems right. Maybe he is going to be a math whiz like Papa Gabbard. I hope I can keep up with Luke.

I can't believe that Caleb is in the 4th Grade. This is a big step up at Co-op. He now has more at home work to do and added accountability to his teachers.

He is taking:
Drama (They are going to perform The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in the spring!)

Caleb will tell you that his favorite class is P.E. :)

At home Caleb is doing work for the above classes plus Arithmetic, Grammar, Spelling, and Bible. He has a full day of work. This week Caleb has worked hard and applied himself to all of his subjects. I am proud of him!

We are off to a great year!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ice Cream Update

I thought I had tasted the best ice cream ever: Blue Bell Nutty Chocolate.

Sorry Nutty Chocolate there's a new ice cream in the freezer: Southern Blackberry Cobbler. From Blue Bell, "Creamy ice cream with a luscious blackberry flavor combined with flaky pie crust pieces and a blackberry sauce swirl."

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Aaron mid 1980s

Lori mid 1980s

Lori & Aaron 1996

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Journey

Caleb is now a Level 1- 1st Degree Black Belt. This is a provisional black belt and he has four months to get ready to test for his Official Black Belt. It is a very big deal at the Beaumont TaeKwonDo when kids earn their Black Belt. We are looking forward to December when that will happen. We are so proud of Caleb for all of his hard work!

Tuesday Twister

Yesterday in Beaumont a tornado touched down. It has been preliminarily rated a F-1 with winds between 86 and 110 mph. Read all about it here. It hit Kohl's, Walmart, Barnes & Nobles, and the mall. I am so glad that I wasn't at one of those stores when it hit. Okay I already worry about hurricanes, do I need to worry about tornadoes too?

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6 :34 The Message

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Books, books, and more books!

The boys and I love books. Here are our recent reads.

Here are Lukey's top five favorite books. We have probably read The Kitten Book to him a hundred times or more.

Can you tell that he likes kittens?

Luke and I went through all of our books to find any and all cat books. We found sixteen and are in the process of reading them all.

Caleb is a super reader. He reads all the time and is a fast reader. His favorite book at the moment is Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. I think he has read it three times.

Goodwill, garage sales, thrift stores, and Grannie provide me with books for Caleb. These are the books he has read in the past week. Yes, he has read all of these books in a week. He read The Wizard of Oz twice. At bedtime Caleb stays up late reading. In the morning I usually find Caleb on the couch reading. And he reads during the day.

Here is my book corner in my room. The middle shelf holds books to be read by me and books for Caleb to read or for us to read aloud.

Here is my pile of books waiting to be read.

I've heard The Chosen is good and I found it at Goodwill when they were having a book sale, 5 for $1.

Two library books I may or may not read.

And a book my Dad purchased for me when we went to the original Half Price Books in Dallas. The Shadow Women by Angela Elwell Hunt. It is about the women in Moses' life. Angela Hunt's books are usually always good.

My already read books. I recommend them all.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's book. I read it aloud to the boys, and while some parts were over Luke's head, Caleb and I both enjoyed it. It is a clever book, about a boy who thinks life is boring. He then goes on a journey to the Lands Beyond, where he visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, gets lost in the Foothills of Confusion, and well you need to read the book to find out where else he goes.

Girl Soldier is a book about a fifteen year old girl, who was kidnapped from her school and forced to become a child soldier in Uganda. This is a true story and it is amazing that Grace Akallo is now able to share her story with the world.

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McCay. It is exciting and just a great story. It is about a group of teens who go on a missionary trip and get caught up in violence in the country. They have to learn to rely on God and each other to get back home.

And last The Moment Between written by Nicole Baart. This is a story about two sisters, one who has severe mental and emotional problems. It was depressing in some parts, but refreshing in others.

I love it when I come across new authors who write well written and thought provoking books. Lisa McCay and Nicole Baart both fit that description.

And here is my pile of books I am currently reading.

Captivation and Wide Awake are both really good. Crazy Love is so far okay. It just doesn't speak to me like the other two books do.

Yesterday I had a close call with some books. I was almost killed or at least severely injured by books. I am not joking. At our homeschool Co-op the building is getting completely remodeled. Yesterday I was helping move books back into the library. All the library shelves were in the gym. We were moving the books to new shelves in the library. There was a book shelf about 7 feet high and 5 feet across, filled with big heavy books. I was standing behind it. I moved a table by the shelf and then all of a sudden it started to fall over. I debated for a second if I should move or try to hold the bookshelf up. (I don't know what I was thinking). I quickly moved and then the book shelf came crashing down. It shook all of us up, and the ladies I was working with kept saying, you could have been killed. I am glad I was not crushed by books, because I have books on my shelf I still want to read. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ebay & Baseball

We had been wanting to take the boys to a Houston Astros baseball game this year, and Aaron was on the hunt to find us some good tickets at a great price. Enter Aaron's friend: Ebay. He kept looking for tickets and eventually he scored! He found four tickets on the bottom level, twenty rows back, all for $50. The tickets are normally $35 a piece. We are trying to be frugal, so we stopped at Whataburger on the way there and ate for $15.

Our awesome seats!

Aaron and Caleb watching batting practice.

Time for snacks. Luke wanted ice cream and a pretzel.

Aaron said it was a great game to go to. First, the Astros won. Second, they hit two home runs. And third, Craig Biggio was there. Do you know who Craig Biggio is? In 2007 he become only the 27th player in MLB to have 3,000 hits in his career.

To celebrate Biggio, the giveaway that night was a DVD of the game that his 3,000 hit occurred in. We each got a DVD. The next morning Aaron discovered that these were being sold on Ebay. He listed three on Ebay for $12.99. Within two days all three of them sold.

Okay so here is the math:

Four tickets bought for $50. 3 DVDs sold for $39. So we paid $11 to sit 20 rows back at a Major League Baseball game. Of course I am not going to mention what we paid for parking or for those snacks and drinks at the game. Okay I'll tell you. Parking was $15 and between our dinner at Whataburger and food at the game we probably spent $40 to $45. That comes out to be $66 for dinner, 4 tickets, parking, and drinks and snacks at the game.

Well worth the money for a fun night with the boys!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New kitties and Bionicles

Before our trip to visit my family, the boys and I cleaned out the playroom and their room. We had toys from when Caleb was two. Um, he is now nine. We had a garage sale last Saturday. I spent Thursday and Friday pricing everything. Saturday was the big sale. We made over $200 which is great for toys, clothes, and other stuff that was cluttering the house.

So I let the boys have some of the money from the garage sale. I wanted to use it all on school supplies and books and new school clothes. But it just didn't feel right since it was almost all of their stuff we sold. So I took the boys shopping with their money. Luke is so funny, he picked out two Bionicles (or monsters as my Dad calls them) and two super cute kitties. Opposite ends of the spectrum wouldn't you say?

Caleb, otherwise known as Super Big Brother, assisted Luke at Target and Toys R Us to help Luke find the perfect toy to buy. Here they are in a deep discussion over the merits of a Lego set.