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Monday, March 27, 2017

School room renovation

A few weeks ago, we got a new desk for our school room. We had a huge desk before, and it was just particle board, not real wood. We always wanted a smaller, all wood desk. We found one on Craigslist, and my hubby picked it up a few hours away on a Saturday. My goal for this Spring Break was to tear the wallpaper down in our homeschool/ dining room. It was the last bit of wallpaper in our house, and it was a light green and blue paisley type of pattern.
 I posted this photo (below) on social media and asked for a color opinion for the walls. We decided on gray. We looked at Lowe's and picked out several. When we got home they all looked darker than in the store. We ended up choosing a light gray-blue called North Star.
 Here is the school room before painting, after all of the wallpaper was removed. When we moved all of the furniture, I realized how terrible the carpet looked too. We did move the computer desk too.

 After scraping wallpaper glue off of the walls for a day, we began taping, spackling and priming.
 We cut in the edges...
 After we painted the tip part gray, we painted the bottom section bright white. (it was off-white)

 We love the contrast of the gray and the wood!
 Since we were mostly finished by mid-day Tuesday and had extra paint, we decided to paint our kitchen too! (We had been talking about it for a few months!)
 The kitchen walls after one coat... we painted the ceiling too!
 This is the kitchen after we put it all back together. The blue paint was leftover from a bathroom renovation a few years ago.
Loving the brighter blue-gray on these walls!

And here is our new school room set-up!
 We rearranged the room, putting the table on a wall, getting smaller maps, and using command hooks (removable, no nails!) to hang everything so far. We are liking the set-up and the brighter walls too!

I also cleaned the carpets in the school room and adjoining living room. They were gross! I cleaned carpets upstairs too. It was a lot of work, but it is looking so nice!

What did you do over your Spring Break? Hopefully we'll travel this summer...

1 Chronicles 28:10
Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish thework of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working forthe Lord, not for human masters...

Friday, March 24, 2017

School funding...

In our area, we have lots of homeschoolers. There is an "Umbrella" school that we are under, also called a charter school. We are accountable to the program for the work that we do each week, set goals for the student's school work each year, and then we receive funding from them for school resources. We receive $2000 per child at this point, for approved school related items, such as paper, pencils, crayons, staplers, tape, ink cartridges, binders, and some curriculum. Since it is a non-Christian entity, they will not pay for any Christian items, or anything by a Christian publisher.

We have enjoyed it, because the kids get tested there, and I don't have to do it. Caleb's drum lessons and baseball fees have been paid for. They changed some of the funding guidelines this year, so they don't cover most sports-related clothing, any more furniture (last year we got two big bookshelves!) and several other things. They will pay for most educational games, books, math curriculum, construction paper, and more. I like that I can get most school supplies paid for. They even have paid for Rebekah's college classes this year. That is a HUGE help!

Usually at the end of the year though, the younger girls especially, have funding left over. We already have lots of books and curriculum from the older kids, so it can be a small challenge to utilize their funds. I have gathered a list of items that we have gotten before to help other homeschool families in my area gather ideas.

Here is what we have gotten before:
A set of 100 colored pencils
Solar system kit, paintable to hang
pencils/ scissors organizer for the desk
pencil cases, erasers
A local trip (within 350 miles), one night hotel stay
A ball to sit on (great for my ADHD kids!)
Scissors, crayons, glue, glue sticks, markers, rulers, Sharpies
pencils (mechanical too), pencil lead refills
dry erase boards and markers
Sticky notes, index cards
Large pack of construction paper (300 sheets? Maybe 500?)
Scotch tape and dispenser
a case of paper
a magnetic/ white board for our spelling curriculum, eraser
Educational puzzles, esp. maps
Computer, printer, ink
IPAD with case
swimsuits (no longer fundable), dance clothing, baseball pants, etc., (may not be fundable anymore)
Drum/ piano lesson fees
Crossover class fees (classes taken at a local school, such as band)
Magnet kit, butterfly kit, ant farm
Many, many, many books!
Great books with a historical emphasis!
Trebuchet kit
Drawing books
Large binders to organize papers, page protectors, subject dividers
Art supplies- paint, paper, brushes, watercolor paints
Money kit, calculators
Tangram puzzle/ game cards
Handwriting books
Books for Five in A Row curriculum
Math, reading curriculum, spelling curriculum/ magnets, workbooks (secular only)
Museum admissions, art museum, pool punch cards, pool admissions
Swim lessons
Bicycles, bike helmets
A new stapler, staples
Clay for art
Pencil grips for pencils
Internet fees (but not cable)
Mileage to/ from classes
ACT or SAT assessment (one per year)
Class fees outside the home- choir, speech, dance, etc.,

This was at Office Depot, I found it cheaper on
X-Acto school Pro heavy duty electric pencil sharpener
Many games: Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride Europe, expansion packs for Ticket to Ride,  Sum Swamp, Math Dice, Rory's story cubes, Wordplay, Flag Frenzy, Timeline, Sequence, Blockus, Bananagrams, Quiddler, Set, Speed multiplication, Spelling Bee, and many more. We love playing games!

Here are other ideas that we have not purchased, because we either already owned them, received them as gifts, or don't need them:

jump drive for computer
math manipulatives
teaching clock
Flash cards
Boggle Jr. game
Scrabble Jr. game
Educational camps (science, art)
Kindle for reading
Organizational items- bins, etc.,
Storage boxes for spelling cards or flash cards
Clipboards (useful for not working at a table)
Twistables colored pencils
Mr. Sketch markers
Poetry books
Science kits- Magic School Bus or Young Scientist
Magazine subscriptions- National Geographic, Highlights (?)
Art supplies, or art curriculum
Blue tooth speaker (unsure of funding for this item)

I am unsure yet what we will spend the rest of our money on. We will probably go to a museum or two before the end of the school year. We may buy more books for the summer reading.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Matthew 21:15
But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rebekah's 18th birthday!

We had a great party celebrating our beautiful blessing, Rebekah for her 18th birthday! We had family and friends join us for dinner (wings, fries, asparagus, soda) and cake/ ice cream this past weekend. Two of her long time besties joined us for the first time in many years. They are all grown up! 
Here are a few photos of the gift opening and candle-blowing! We sure love our girl!

 She got a fun card from Auntie Allison, with Belle on it. The new Beauty and the Beast movie just released. When Auntie Allie and Nana were at Disneyland recently, they met Belle at a meal in the castle. Auntie Allie recorded a personalized video message to Rebekah from Belle. So sweet! <3 p="">
 A new infinity scarf...
 A LuLa Roe dress...
 A new comforter/ sheet set...
 Sweet earrings from her buddy...
 Another LuLa Roe dress, in addition to the one she is wearing that we gave her in the morning, with leggings. Now she has FOUR dresses! (I'm a little jealous! They are SO comfy!)
 A shamrock necklace from her Great Uncle!
 She received several gift cards and cash!Even to her favorite store, ULTA!
Blowing out the candles on her cupcakes that she made... chocolate with peanut butter frosting.. DELICIOUS! What a fun party!

Happy birthday to our ADULT daughter!?! (I still feel 25, so I'm not sure how that can be!)

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Genesis 24:15
Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.

Genesis 25:20
... and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.
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