Monday, August 30, 2010

First Day of School and Giveaway Winners Announced

So, we're starting school today... Lord willing :)

We are easing into the school year and easing into waking up at a somewhat reasonable time.

Warning: All of you mommies with little children will be horrified at this post.

When my children were little, I know I would have been.

But let me be the first to tell you that hormones, changing bodies, and young adults are an entirely different ballgame.

Good, very good usually, just different.

All that to say... for Monday we've decided everyone should be up, beds mades, breakfast eaten, people showered (that don't shower the night before), ferret played with, kitchen cleaned, bibles in hand, ready to roll by the shocking time of...

11 am.

Yes, you read that right.

And I know that doesn't sound difficult but when some children are waking up at 11 am, believe me when I say it is a challenge!!

But don't worry, we don't plan on being complete slackers all year long.

The start time on Tuesday is 10 am.

Wednesday the girls have their music lessons and the Captain is off so we don't officially do school.

And, by Thursday our start time will be the usual 9 am.

We usually ease into the school work too.

We'll see how much we get done today and know that Day 1 can be over two days if needed.

It'll depend on how long it takes to get our brains churning.

Speaking of brains churning...

Actually, this had nothing to do with brains churning but I had no other segue.

The first Giveaway name I pulled wanted a mug and so she will get a mug.

But that meant that I would still have an extra coconut.

Nana wanted the second coconut but I told her she did not need two painted coconuts.

She tried to insist that she did, in fact, need both.

But, I was a meanie and told her I would not put her name in the box to draw from because she hadn't actually left a comment entering the giveaway.

Don't worry, although she grumbled, she has a very, very nice painted coconut and she'll get over it :)

Oh my!  I am rambling!

Yikes-- okay so who was the first name that I drew???

{drumroll please}

For the mug of choice...


Which is funny because I actually did write her name on a piece of paper AND it was the first name that I drew out.  What is funny is she is at our house almost everyday and if she wanted a mug all she had to do was tell me and I would have gotten her one.

But, she entered and won fair and square.

(Tell me which one you want sweetie and I'll order it while you're standing over my shoulder like you and Abby always do when I'm on the big computer :)

Okay, so now on to the coconut...

I didn't know what would happen if I drew a second name and that person wanted a mug.

Thankfully, I drew a second name and this person wanted a coconut.

More than just wanting a coconut, this person wants a transfer to Hawaii and I hope that the fact that she won means that she'll get the transfer she wants AND that in the process of moving she'll end up having to come through Portland, Oregon so she can visit me.

Kathi Bailey you are the proud owner of a beautiful, new coconut :)

Email me your addy again because you know I keep losing it.

Now on to really serious business...

I don't like to post without having some sort of picture or graphic because I want there to be something in your dashboard or reader.

But this wasn't really a picture kinda post since I can't hand the winners their prizes and snap a photo.

So this is my picture for this post...

for no reason other than it seems to be a new bedtime snack.

Funny that...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pause and Ponder: Revelation 12:17 "The Dragon Wages War"

Mish Mash Maggie

Today's Pause and Ponder devotional was inspired by Revelation 12:17.

A humbling reminder to give people the benefit of the doubt.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Should Celebrate Or Something

We had our homeschool mommy meeting/prayer time tonight.

I was very blessed and now know why I had a killer headache all day.
I'm so glad I didn't cancel!

Anyhoo, because I was occuppied, I was not on the computer.

As I was chatting up one of the moms, Abigail came over, very excited, to tell me I had a hundred.

I was thinking... a hundred?  Dollars? That would be nice.

A hundred emails?  That would be strange.

"A hundred what??" I asked.

"A hundred follwers on Mishmash! We should have a PaRtY!"


I think she just wants pizza.

But, she does have a good point... we need to celebrate!

There are one hundred beautiful faces in my sidebar and I wish I could invite y'all over!

Oh, wouldn't that be so fun??!!

*Sigh, but on this side of heaven, I don't think it is realistic.

We have to do something right?

So how about this for a random giveaway.

I will select a winner to receive your choice of...

{drumroll please}

either any mug from the Zazzle store (so you can drink your coffee from your favorite Nana-ism)


(I hope she doesn't mind...)
you can choose to have your very own, one of a kind, personally handcrafted...


(The "Hawaskans" brought an extra one :)

Check it out--

That is one real coconut all the way from Hawaii!

Okay so what must one do to enter said giveaway??

I'm thinking just leave me a comment (and your email addy) stating which you would prefer--

a mug (and you have to tell me which mug--More dishes?  Bugs Me Crazy? Octopus? etc...)


the coconut.

To browse the mugs, head over to Zazzle--

Oh, and if you haven't "placed your face" in my sidebars, please do that so we can have another excuse to have a party!

Giveaway ends... Sunday, August 29th at midnight PST and I'll draw a winner and announce on Monday, August 30th.

How does that sound??

Oh and if you can't wait and decide you really  need a mug, Zazzle is having a Back-to-School sale and you can use this code for 15% off: BTSRULE5MUGS

Saturday, August 21, 2010

2 Houses, 3 Families, 13 People, 12 Days, and... 1 Case of Chicken Pox!

Well Hello There!

Remember me?  I used to blog here!


Can we say "busy" boys and girls?

Busy but fun... so much fun...

I don't know if you know this, but I meet people on the

{insert dramatic music here}


Yikes! Gulp!

Yes, a year ago we went to Hawaii and while there met the family belonging to
"Now Boarding Gate 3"

In keeping with the blog name, they have now moved from Hawaii to Alaska.

Ah, but on the way from Hawaii to Alaska is a convenient little stop over called,

my house.

{insert cheesey grin}

What started out to be a 5 day trip turned into 12 days as a certain member of Team Hawaskan (Hawaii-Alaskan, get it?) came down with the chicken pox.

What a blessing chicken pox turned out to be!

Now, keep in mind, I met Mom Tammi on the My Father's World message board.

A few emails here and there.

But we found ourselves in Hawaii last year so we met for fun at the hotel pool... which led to dinner... and dessert... and walking and talking... and something like 8 hours later we were heading to our room and they were headed home with both families feeling like we've known each other forever.

(You may remember the coconut post.)

We kept in touch with Facebook... and that is where I first learned they were moving.

So, all this to say we didn't know each other all that well.

But now?  Oh, now we're family!

In fact, I can prove it-- here is a picture of me with their son.

Doesn't he look like he could be my little brother?

Little photo op at the top of Multnomah Falls.

Um... I still don't know quite what was happening here, but I am pretty sure I started it...

All my kids!!!  Well, okay, I did have to give four of them back to their actual parents.

This was taken the morning they flew off to Alaska.  Someone (my son) was very, very sad :(

An insane tournament of Spoons!  The Team Kamps were the final victors.
Re-match!  Re-match! Re-match!

We had lots of beautiful music in our house...

Hmmm... Papa made an anchor and I can't even begin to explain all they did with it!

The Roommates!  Oh, I should say, "The Roommates That Hardly Slept!"

Teary good-byes... but isn't the scarf fabulous?  AC made that while she was here :)

I never thought Abby would let him go...


Okay so now that you've seen what we've been up to, I hope you'll understand the bloglessness!

I had hoped to start school this Monday, but all things considered I think we'll shoot for Thursday.

There are also a few more posts I had wanted to put up in response to some emailed questions I've had.

Hopefully I can get my act together over here :)

I hope all of you are doing well... have you started school yet?  If not, when?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pause and Ponder: Deuteronomy 33:27 "In His Everlasting Arms"

Mish Mash Maggie

Breaking it down word by word, this devotional of Deuteronomy 33:27 reveals our position to the heart of God as He upholds us with His Everlasting arms.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pause and Ponder: Romans 10:9 "Believing In Our Hearts"

What does our walk of faith have to do with weeds and clutter?

Find out on today's...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Pause and Ponder: James 4:8 "Gravity Storms... and Drawing Near To God"

Audio devotional:
You may listen below or visit iTunes

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To invite others,

Mish Mash Maggie

Not Back-To-School Blog Hop: Curriculum

Not Back to School Blog Hop

It's that time of year! Everyone is gearing up for school and making preparations for the 2010-2011 (can you believe it!) academic year.

Last year Darcy at Life with my 3 Boybarians hosted it, but this year the blog hop has moved to Heart of the Matter Online.

Each week is a different topic... this week it is curriculum.

Our home school will have an 8th grader, 6th grader, and a 4th grader this year.  Oh, and the cute mascot.
We can't forget about our cute mascot now can we? :)

We are now entering our fourth year in the five-year cycle with My Father's World.

Continuing to learn history chronologically, we will be studying the time of the explorers to 1850.

Our Bible study will focus on the Book of James this year.
We'll be doing this inductive study:

And our memory verses will start at James 1:1 and will be added to until we have memorized the entire book!

We'll also be studying hymns from this:

For our History and built-in Language Arts portions we will be using these books (in addition to many, many books from the library):

 There is, of course, our whole student packet from MFW with awesome notebooking sheets and state sheets and the ever trusty teacher's manual (thank you Marie!).

 Some of our read alouds for the year are:

In Science for the 6th and 4th grader...

Science for the 8th (gulp) grader will be:

Music for all, in addition personal lessons (violin for the Abby and Charlotte and drums for Elijah), will include composer studies of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.

Not included with MFW but purchased separately, we will also use these books, by Opal Wheeler, from Exodus Book store:

We will continue with Intermediate Language Lessons for Elijah and Charlotte.

Abby will use this for further grammar study:

She will do two more Progeny Press Guides this year-- Johnny Tremain and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Our Spelling:

Spelling Power for Charlotte.

However, we are going to see if All About Spelling is a better fit for Elijah.  

His ocular motor dysfunction coupled with how he learns is leading us to try a slightly different approach.  We'll see how it goes...

Our Math:

Abby is in Saxon Algebra 1

Charlotte is already doing Singapore 5A and will do 5 B this year.

Elijah will be in Singapore 3A and B.

We are also going to try adding more Living Math reading like Sir Cumference books.
There are more books ideas here...

Hmmm... what else?

Oh, I think there are more lessons in God and the History of Art.

Besides that, I think we will have more than enough to do :)

We are very excited for this year's study and are looking forward to studying the USA.

Looking for something??