Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Winner Yo Gabba Gabba Prize Pack

Pin It Now!   First off let me apologize for letting this slip through the cracks, with all the other giveaways ending the end of this month I completely forgot about this stray giveaway.

  SO without further delay the winner of the Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD prize pack is
                                                            NUMBER 11


Wordless Wednesday Young Love Goofing Off Nick and his girlfriend Ashley

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Playstation Move for PS3 House Party

Pin It Now! My parents were lucky enough to be picked to host a http://www.houseparty.com/ Playstation Move for PS3 party this past weekend. We were lucky enough to attend with some friends and  Let me tell you it was awesome. They received demos of 8 games 2 Playstation Move controllers and the PS EYE camera. There were also goody bags for us all to take home with a neat can holder, bracelets,Frisbees and little buttons. Here are the photos from the party.

Our first Day of School 2010-2011

Pin It Now!   Today August 23,2010 we actually did it, we started out second year of Homeschooling. I felt guilty at first as the PS kids do not actually start until September 7th but Nick, my oldest has Freshman Enrichment at the High School this week from 8-Noon so I thought it would be a great time to get back into our school routine. We have been easing into our Fall routine this past week by starting up our stricter chores schedules, in the Summer we are kind of Lax about chores, they get done when they get done and we will pick up the slack so they can play with their friends, I found this Summer that this did not work as well as the past so I do not think we will be doing that again. The younger boys are expected to have their chores completed by the start of school each morning. Between the two of them they are to tidy their shared bedroom and make their beds, if their hamper is full get it to the laundry room in the basement. The kitchen floor is to be swept and the dining room table to be clear of anything that doesn't belong there, the bathroom tidied, IE free of laundry,shower and bath towels and toiletries to be put up where they belong, typically the only ones needing to be put away are their own anyway. Also the living room tidied up and all of their belongings taken and put away, books, video games and such and the living room and hall vacuumed. Last but certainly not least pets fed and watered 2 cats and 2 bunnies. If they put their minds to it and work together they normally complete this all in less than 20 minutes as it is kept up on a daily basis there really is not much to do the majority of the time is spent vacuuming, sweeping,making beds and feeding the pets.
  We do breakfast during bible time at the school tables in the classroom. I did start this week off light we are not doing major math just refresher drills so this cuts at least 30 minutes off our schedule which you can see here. Partly to ease into things and the other reason being we have to pick Nick up at school everyday at Noon, which is usually when we try to be done with school. September 7th we will start full swing schedule when Nick starts his normal school year. Here are some pictures from our first day.
                                                     Taylor 10 yrs 10 months

Alyxander 12yrs 1 month
Taylor preparing his Bible Memory Verse notebook

Alyx preparing his Bible Memory Verse Notebook
Taylor preparing his Passport Application for MFW ECC
Alyx getting his Passport Application ready as well
Kazz watching us do school although hard to do when he is laying on my teacher's book

                                             Getting their Geography Binders in order
Taylor truly enjoying school
Alyx focusing hard
Teacher's Pet Kazz
Alyx addressing his passport envelope to get ready to "mail" it
Taylor addressing his envelope as well
Mission accomplished Alyx has "mailed" his passport application
Taylor dropping his application in the "mail" too.

A day in the life of Fresh Start Academy Not Back to School Blog Hop Week 4

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   So today marks the last week in this great Blog Hop of Not Back to School Home Schoolers, but today also marked a very important day in our home school and family. Our first day of Not Back to School for the new school year 2010-2011.
   We try very hard to run a smooth schedule for all of our sakes, it is flexible within certain  limits but we try to finish by Noon everyday. We also will not be doing school on Thursdays come the end of September as that is when our Co-Op starts and we will be in classrooms all afternoon so we use the mornings to chill and do errands since that is also Daddy's payday. We also treat ourselves to a Lunch out on our way to Enrich, our Co-Op. We try to find some where new each week to eat at, now new to us necessarily but new in the fact we do not like to eat the same thing each week. We try to be adventurous.
    The rest of our days are spent as such

    Take my hubby to work at 6 AM which means leaving the house by 530 AM sometimes they throw  a curve at us and he has to be there at 4 AM or  5 AM if this is the case I come home and go back to sleep for a bit, but on average he starts at 6 so I come home and get my computer time in facebook,blogging,online banking, or sending off pitches for reviews. Or I may read a book in peace and quiet until the house starts stirring.
   My oldest son Nick gets up at 6:45 to get ready to head off to the Public School. He is starting High School this year.
  Then at 7:20 I drive him to school since it is a little farther away than the Middle School.
By the time I return home the boys are up and working on their morning chores, sweeping the kitchen, making sure the dining room table is clear of anything that does not belong, vacuuming the living room and hallway. Making sure their bedroom is tidy, floor picked up, laundry in the hamper, and beds made. Also the bathroom gets a once over to make sure things are in their proper places, laundry, shower towels, and toiletries. They also take their medicine before the start of school. Breakfast is usually eaten in our School Room.
    We start school usually at 8 AM
8 AM Bible and Prayer and our daily devotional.
830 AM Writing/Newspaper project
900 Social Studies
930 Math
1000 Lapbooking project
1030 Science
1100 Language Arts/Reading  15 minutes on a grammar lesson and 15 minutes silent reading
1130 Music/Art
Noon Lunch

  The above times may be altered slightly depending on what we are working on that day. The boys also have 30 minutes of silent reading and 30 minutes of research on the computer each day that they can do at their leisure. Computer research is used to find information about an approved topic that they will be lapbooking about. A new topic will be picked every month at the beginning and it will be due at the end of that month.
   We are also starting a School Newspaper this year and that will be a big part of our Writing and Language Arts studies.

  After Lunch we leave to go do errands, pick up Daddy at work, pick up Nick at school and anything else that needs to be done like Dr Appts. and such. Then it is home for Nick to do his homework, Dinner to be started and family activities. Such as Youth Group/Church on Wednesdays and anything else that may come up. They also have time to socialize with their friends,in by 730PM  then it is shower and bed time by 930 PM.

We do go to the Library every Monday and Enrich every Thursday. We try to do one field trip every other week either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays if possible. I try to make the field trips tie into our studies as much as possible.

So there you have it a Day in the Life of Fresh Start Academy Students

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Boboli Pizza House Party

Pin It Now!   We were picked again by http://www.houseparty.com/ to host another one of their awesome parties. This time it was a Beat BBQ Boredom with Boboli Pizza. Unfotunately due to a rain storm at the time our party was supposed to start we had to bring it inside but all of us had fun nonetheless.