Friday, December 28, 2012

New Things in the New Year

A new year is nearly upon us!  And with the new year there will be some changes at our house in the way that we are homeschooling.  Up to now, Miss M has been steadily working through Calvert's First Grade.  She started in August 2011 when she was only four and will be finishing up the math in January and the rest in February 2013.  We took some long breaks in there, but now that she's a smart-as-a-whip 6-year-old, much of the material is too easy for her.  The child is a naturally excellent reader and speller.  I love, love, love Calvert and have fond memories of it from when I myself was a homeschool student, but I'm not convinced that it is the right curriculum for our family or for Miss M's learning style.  So the first change for us will be to drop Calvert and take up My Father's World for 2nd grade.  Or...a 2nd/3rd grade combo to be exact so we'll be working at an appropriate level for Miss M.

Adventures in My Father's World

I really like the idea of a curriculum that incorporates a Biblical worldview into the various subjects as well as tying together the various disciplines into a central theme.  Plus, I've heard wonderful things about Singapore Math, so I'm looking forward to giving that a go.    In addition to all that, we're going to start learning a foreign language.  Tagalog!  The kids are half filipino, after all, and their grandparents still speak Tagalog at home and with Hubby, so it seems appropriate that they learn it first.  Needless to say, he's quite excited by the prospect as well!

Another exciting change for us is that I've been chosen to join the review team at Mosaic Reviews!  I've never done anything like this before and I'm anxious to jump in and give it a whirl!  I really can't tell you what to expect since I hardly know myself, but I'm certain it'll be an adventure and I look forward to sharing it with my readers!  They say they're still looking for reviewers, so if you're interested, go read about how you can join the team too!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

DDP#22 - Father & Son

DDP#22 - Father & Son

Hubby and Little Guy after ditching their Santa hats at our annual Christmastime breakfast at IHOP. Miss M and I followed protocol and kept our hats on!

December Photo Project

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DDP#20 - Snow Ops

DDP#20 - Snow Ops

Snow day! And by a happy coincidence, Hubby has the day off! So he got to play in the snow with the rest of us.

December Photo Project

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DPP#19 - My Little Ponies

DPP#19 - My Little Ponies

When you have a young daughter, My Little Ponies are just a part of life. She arranged these today according to family after "having an orphanage" and making them "all get adopted into families." This family is actually made up of ponies from my own childhood.

December Photo Project

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DPP#18 - A Run in the Park

DPP#18 - A Run in the Park

Today's high, 58. Tomorrow's forecast: 3 to 5 inches of snow! We decided to take advantage of the nice weather with a little jaunt in the park. Of course, I forgot to grab my camera, so this one was taken with my phone.

December Photo Project

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

T-Shirt Memory Quilt

I've been sewing like a fiend!  I made two patchwork peasant dresses with another one cut out and waiting. I made an underdress and overdress outfit for Miss M to wear in my dad's wedding.  I made Little Guy a vest and tie to wear in the wedding.  And I made this massive queen-sized t-shirt quilt!
T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Mind you, I'm no quilter, so I probably did 101 things you're not supposed to do, but all in all I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!  I was given 30 shirts and used all of them (most had images on both the front and the back, a total of over 50 squares each measuring 15.5 inches).  I stabilized all the knits with ultra lightweight interfacing (a Black Friday doorbuster item at JoAnn) and backed the entire thing with a pretty purple geometric-print flannel (also from JoAnn on Black Friday).  I didn't get a photo of the back (lucky to even get this shot!), but there's also one row of t-shirts on the back.  The couple I made it for is giving it to their daughter for Christmas.  Isn't that a wonderful gift!?

As much fun as I had sewing it, I'm so glad it's done.  I love meeting (and beating!) a deadline.  The euphoria and sense of freedom after completing a big project is exhilarating!

DPP#16 - Christmas Chickadee

DPP#16 - Christmas Chickadee

This cheery Christmas chickadee is joyfully gracing my living room. It makes me happy every time I see it!

December Photo Project

DPP#15 - Beautiful Children

DPP#15 - Beautiful Children

No photo from yesterday. Today I'm keeping these sweethearts a little closer than usual and praying with a broken heart for the families and community in Connecticut that lost too many of their beautiful children.

December Photo Project

DPP#13 - Pouty Sleep

DPP#13 - Pouty Sleep

My very tired boy was pouting in his sleep. I wonder what he was dreaming about!

December Photo Project

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

DPP#10 - Christmas Penguin

DPP#10 - Christmas Penguin

This cheery fellow and his 7 pals will be much happier were there a dusting or so of snow this Christmas!  Until then, they're content to grace our lawn and warm our hearts!

December Photo Project

Sunday, December 9, 2012

DPP#9 - Corkscrew Tendrils on Thorny Vine

DPP#9 - Corkscrew Tendrils on Thorny Vine

Dried tendrils of some sort of creeper vine. It has small white flowers in midsummer with a very strong fragrance. Some day I'll positively identify it!

December Photo Project

Saturday, December 8, 2012

DDP#8 - Sycamore seed pod

DDP#8 - Sycamore seed pod

This sycamore seed pod hangs on a towering 100-foot high American Sycamore tree atop a large hill overlooking a county courthouse in a small Missouri town.

December Photo Project

Friday, December 7, 2012

DPP#7 - Quilting in Progress

DPP#7 - Quilting in Progress

This is a queen-sized t-shirt quilt I'm working on for a client to give her daughter for Christmas. Machine quilting a queen-sized quilt on a regular sewing machine takes some wrestling!

December Photo Project

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DPP#6 - June's Nativity

DPP#6 - June's Nativity

My grandma, June, made this wooden nativity set years ago when I was still a kid. It's a favorite part of our yearly celebration of Christmas! Grandma June is still very much alive and crafting!

December Photo Project

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012