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A Day in the life… sorta…

Over at homeschoolblogger.com, there is a little contest… you blog about your school day, what a typical one is like, and you are entered to win something. I can’t remember what. Anyway… I did a copy-and-paste and brought my post here, so if you go check out my other blog, you’ll see this one there too. But please do go over there and check out my other posts– I update those more often than here.


I’m so wanting to win something, but I AM NOT posting pictures of my ugly little kitchen where we "do school"… but this is the table I have:

NOTE: it’s just the table. My chairs are mismatched, and I don’t have the china cabinet. And my kitchen is definitely not that nice. It seats 6 comfortably, 8 squished, and with the 24" leaf, a few more than that. But I digress.


School is mostly done at the table. In the ugly kitchen. I may get brave enough to someday post a picture of it, but not likely. We start at 10:30 most days, although I have fantasies about starting at 9…lol… anyway. We start out with Bible. We read a devotion for the Keys for Kids devotional, then a Psalm (we’re workiong our way through them. I think we’re up to Psalm 33. Maybe.). We divvy up the verses so the 3 oldest kids and I have an equal amount, if we can. They aren’t looking forward to the day we hit 119. After that, we pray, whoever wants to, usually me and my son.


Then it’s Math for the older 3, they all do Saxon, and I kind of round-robin it. After Math is English, and they all work on whatever I have on the schedule for them (gr4: Pathway reader, WordlyWise 3000, copywork; gr6: Pathway reader, WW3000, EasyGrammar 5/6; gr8: WW3000– I gave up on Writing Strands and Editor in Chief. Oh, gr1: Explode the Code, CLP readers, Bob Jones math). That brings us to lunch, and after about an hour lunch break they finish up English, do Science (Abeka for gr4 and 6; Apologia General Science for gr8), and History/Geography. For those this year we’ve done map books from Apple Press, an Egypt study I created, and now back to Canadian history, with the War of 1812. I hope to cover up to Confederation (1867) before the year is out. We rarely do art, and I gave up on French. We tried to use PowerGlide Adventures, but it was sooo annoying. Probably partly because we’re in a French area, and it sounded hardly like what we hear.


Now, this sounds pretty good, but the post would be twice as long if I included the yelling, fighting, and begging. Some days we’re done at lunch, some we’re done at 4, some days we give up completely. But I still wouldn’t send them to public school. In the end, when all is said and done, it’s worth it.





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So sad a story

Although I don’t know her, my heart was touched this week by the story of Missey Gray. A fellow homeschooler, blogger, and mother of 5 was taken home to be with her Lord and Saviour. She was pregnant, and, having placenta previa (where the placenta is covering the cervix) she was taken in for a C-section. She never made it out of surgery. Amniotic fluid got into her bloodstream, causing a clot. Apparently this happens in about 1 out of every 200,000 sections. The baby was fine.
Her funeral was today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
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Coat pocket tag

What’s in YOUR pocket?
in mine:
Wal-mart receipt
set of keys
3 (used but dried) kleenexes
2 Co-op receipts
grocery list (from mid-January)
Tag! You’re it!
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where to find me…

Since I’m rarely here now, catch up with me at HomeSchoolBlogger. I update that one pretty regularly.
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Think about this…..

Think about this…


Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?


When you’re sending someone Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?


If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?


If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a  hostage situation?


Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?


What’s another word for thesaurus?


How can there be self-help groups?


Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?


If a Smurf chokes on a piece of food, what color does it turn?


If people get goose bumps when they’re cold, what do geese get when they get cold?
  How do they get deer to cross the road at the yellow sign?
  If it’s tourist season, why can’t we shoot them?
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On Large Families

I found this at homeschoolblogger.com….. can’t remember the original poster. Just too cute….

Questions and answers about having a large family:

Are you going to stop?
~Yes, when we get an ugly one

So, are they all yours?
~No, they’re half my husband’s
~Yes, and my oldest is at home with the triplets.
~Of course they are..wait..who is that one? He’s not ours… oh, yeah… number 5; I forgot I had him.
~Yes, at least that’s what I tell my husband.

Don’t you know what causes it?
~Yes and I’m surprised you’ve given it up.
~Yes, we do know what causes that and we like it very much, thank you.
~Oh yes, we finally figured it out and we now keep the tooth brushes in separate glasses!

I can’t believe how you do it. I can’t even handle my two!
~Yes, if I had kids like yours, I wouldn’t have any more either!
~Yes, you don’t strike me as the type who could handle more kids than that.

Are you planning to have any more?
~I always thought you had to plan not to have more.
~Before we were married we planned on having 2, but I didn’t know that my husband couldn’t count.
~We didn’t plan the first six, I don’t think we’ll plan the next six, either.

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Carnival of Homeschooling– Week 3

Well, folks, the Carnival of Homeschooling is well underway, being hosted by a different blogger each week. This week it can be found here. You really should go take a look. Lots of different stuff to browse through.
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What month is this again???

I looked out back today and my rhubarb is up!!! 4 little spears– and it’s only the middle of January!!!!!!!!
So much for the great white frosty north….
Hey, while you’re surfing, check out my other blog here.
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Tag, you’re it!!!

I’ve been tagged by mamasquirrel….


4 jobs you’ve had in your life:

1. cleaned house and ran errands for Mrs B., an eccentric older lady

2. McDonald’s

3. as a "sandwich artist"

4. cashier at Zellers (Canadian department store)


4 movies you’d watch over and over:

1. The Princess Bride

2. anything VeggieTales

3. The Santa Clause, 1 or 2

4. The Pacifier


4 places you have lived:

1. Ontario

2. Alberta

3. Nova Scotia (lived there the longest, and it is by far my favourite)

4. New Bunswick (where we are now)


4 tv shows you love to watch:

1. Reba

2. CTV News (the Maritimes edition, which used to be ATV News)

3. Corner Gas

4. Extreme Makeover Home Edition


4 places you have been on vacation:

1. PEI

2. New Brunswick (yes, I live here, but as a kid we came up to go to Magic Mountain

3. Nova Scotia (after we moved to NB)

4. an assortment of school trips, not really a vacation, but boy were they fun… went to Ottawa, Quebec City, and many stops on the way to New York City) 


4 websites you visit (almost) daily:

1. Canadian Homeschoolers’ Board

2. Dewey’s Treehouse

3. JenIG’s blog

4. Our Blue Castle


4 of your favourite foods:

1. homemade bread

2. lunenburg pudding (virtual chocolates to anyone who comments with what it is!!!)

3. Chinese anything (although chow mein tops that list)

4. donairs


4 places you would rather be right now:

1. in bed, asleep…lol

2. Cape Blomidon (well, maybe not in the winter….)

3. in my old house, with the 5 bedrooms, 2 acres, and that 95-ft clothesline

4. in my right mind….


4 bloggers I am tagging:  since I don’t know who has been tagged and who really hates these, consider this a sign-up sheet….






Have fun!!!!




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