Happy Memorial Day/Yummy Milkshakes

Hey guys! Jackson here, with a new Yummy Milkshake! Now when I am writing this it is not yet Wednesday but it will be when this is posted to the blog, although today I am modifying parts of it, and the original plan was for it to go up on Wednesday but instead, now, on Monday.

Name: Fruit Smoothie Shake

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

One Fresh Nectarine
3 Scoops Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream
Horizon (or any kind of milk, what I use/used is Horizon 2% Lactose Free although I can have lactose it kinda has more flavor than regular Horizon milk) Milk

Machinery
(if you are young, ask for a parent’s help and permission) BOSCH Blender (any blender works)

Instructions
1. Peel the Nectarine.

My mom, Wren, peeling the nectarine.

My mom, Wren, peeling the nectarine.

2. Put the nectarine into the blender.
3. Scoop the 3 scoops of ice cream out of the container and into the blender.
4. Pour about as much milk as you want into the blender. If you want it milkier put more in, if not, see the photo below.

In the blender pre-blend stage.
5. (Refer to “Machinery” section if you are very young) Blend the mixture.
6. There is no step 6, except for: Enjoy!

Yummy Milkshakes!

Yummy Milkshakes!

That’s all for now, until next time,

God Bless and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! :)

-Jackson

Family, Fun & Homeschooling~featuring Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams

Welcome to this week’s Family, Fun & Homeschooling!

F,F & H finchnwren.com

This week, I am very happy to introduce you to my friend Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams.  Wendy is another friend and co-reviewer from the TOS Crew.  Like me, she’s got boys at her house, and I love her homeschooling style.  She has a bright and cheerful blog (you’ll love her header) and is such an encouraging mom.  Meet Wendy!

Wendy Ladybug Dreams pic

Tell us about your blog. What was the spark of the idea that enabled you to create your blog?
My blog is called Ladybug Daydreams. It originally started as a place to share the crafty things I made, and even had a name to match that pursuit: Crafts by Wendy. When I started blogging more regularly, I wanted a title that would be a bit more open. In my pursuit of the “perfect” title, I went through several names over the course of about 18 months. I finally settled on Ladybug Daydreams in December 2014 (which is when I made the “big change” and bought a dot-com as well as switched over to self-hosted), and I couldn’t be happier with my blog name.

My blog is mostly about our family life. I write about things ranging from things we do together to “What simplicity means to me” (we try to live fairly simple lives, even with three boys) to reviews for books and homeschool curriculum.

The idea for Ladybug Daydreams was something my husband helped me with. I spent the better part of a year brainstorming names and searching on Google when I came up with one I liked to make sure it wasn’t taken (most of them were). My favorite name with all that brainstorming was Ladybug Dreams, but that wasn’t available, so my husband added the “day” to it, and my site was born.

Do you have a favorite blogging topic that you return to again and again?
Not really. In 2014, I started a 52-week series about Simplicity (back then, my blog was called Simplicity Breeds Happiness), but around August (30 weeks or so in) I felt like I was running short on ideas so I abandoned the idea of committing to a Simplicity post every week. I still write them on occasion, but only if I feel I have something worthwhile to say on the subject. Forcing myself to write about one topic over and over again was stressful, and that’s not what I want my blog to be for me. It’s a place I love to go to write down my thoughts and ideas, not something I want to dread.

If you count “what my family has done recently that’s cool,” then that would be something that I write about often. But that can vary widely from month to month, so I don’t really think about it as a topic I specifically write about – it’s just what my blog is about.

Tell us about your family. How did you and your husband meet? And what would you like to share about your children?
My husband and I met when we were in high school. We went to different schools, but the same church. We started dating fairly quickly, and got married about three years later. I was 19 and he was 20 when we married.

Not long before our third wedding anniversary, our first son, “Seahawk,” was born. He’s now 11 and in 5th grade and a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks (hence his internet nickname). He’s the athlete in our family.

Two years and eleven months later, we were blessed with our second son, “Munchkin.” He’s now 8 and in 3rd grade. He’s the studious one of the kids – the natural student. He can most often be found with a book in his hand.

Our youngest son is “Small Fry,” and he’s 2 ½. Currently, his interests include Franklin the Turtle and Franklin the Turtle. LOL.

I’m also expecting our fourth child in November, and we’re really excited about that.

My husband always knew he wanted more kids, but it took him until Munchkin was 5 to convince me. I know, I know, it’s usually the other way around! But I grew up with just one sibling (a brother), and never thought I would want more than two kids since that’s what I knew from my own childhood. After Small Fry was born, I came to the conclusion that it’s okay to do things differently than my mom did. I don’t have to be just like her, and recognizing that was wonderful. Now my hubby and I agree on the fact that we definitely want more kids.

What made you decide to homeschool?
We never considered another option. My husband was homeschooled periodically, and I wanted to be but never was. We decided when we were first married (long before we had any kids) that when the time came, I would stay home with the children and, later, homeschool them. I suppose one of the deciding factors in that decision was seeing some of the high school graduates (just a few years after me) who didn’t even know the significance of the year 1776. Something like that may not be a big deal to most people, but it was to us. We didn’t want our kids going through a school system like that. So we homeschool.

What does a day in your homeschool look like?
We tend to sleep in a bit. I get up between 8:00 and 8:30 and like to enjoy some quiet time before I wake everyone else up between 9:00 and 9:30. The boys eat breakfast (usually cereal) and we dive in to our day after that.

My goal each day is to cover the subjects we do every day (Bible, spelling, grammar, and math) before lunch. We’re usually successful at that.

Around noon, I send the boys to play with the baby (who’s really more of a toddler…) while I fix lunch. This is often a full meal (albeit a slightly simpler one than dinner) because my husband works from home about half the time.

After lunch is done, including cleanup, we dive back into school for the afternoon. The afternoons are spent with things that a) the boys can do on their own, or b) we don’t do every day. These include subjects such as French (we use Rosetta Stone), silent reading, writing a report, science, and whatever read-aloud book we’re doing at that time.

At 3:00, Small Fry goes down for his nap. If we’ve finished all of the schoolwork by then (we usually have), I let the big boys go to their friends’ house to play. There’s a homeschool family just around the corner with two kids, and a public school family two houses down from them. During naptime, I typically relish the quiet time and work on my own projects: sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, blogging… whatever I’ve got going on during a particular day.

I wake Small Fry up at 5:00, and that’s usually around the time I start thinking about dinner as well. We eat around 6 and after that is family time. The children go to bed between 8:30 and 9:00, and hubby and I follow around 11:00.

Do you have a favorite “date night” you love to do?
We’re pretty boring… we usually just go to a movie. For this reason, we try to plan our dates for Tuesdays because that’s $5 ticket day at the local theater. In addition to cheap tickets (all shows, all day), the popcorn is on sale that day too for only $2. That makes for a wonderfully inexpensive date .

What are some of your favorite mama-child activities?
It depends on the child… Seahawk is really into basketball, so sometimes I’ll shoot hoops with him in our driveway. Munchkin is quieter and likes to just relax, so I can often be found teaching him embroidery or crochet. Once he’s mastered a craft, we’ll sit together and work on individual projects. Small Fry likes to play “Go, No,” which is really just Red Light, Green Light. He’s a late talker, though, so we (and his speech therapist) are just excited that he’s using the words without prompting – he’ll often request to play the game by tugging on me and saying “Go! No!” and pulling me toward the living room.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for having me, Wren. It’s been a pleasure chatting with you today!

 

Ladybug Daydreams

About Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams:

Wendy is a homeschooling mom of three great boys, ages 11, 8, and 2. She loves making things, especially quilts and crocheted hats. She blogs about exploring simplicity in a family setting, crafting, books, and homeschooling at Ladybug Daydreams.

Be sure to join us next week for another Family, Fun & Homeschooling!

Enjoy!  –Wren

“Privileged Species” from FishFlix.com ~ A TOS Review

Recently, we were able to review one of the quality films from FishFlix.com, a media company which sells family- and faith-filled movies. We received Privileged Species to watch and review.

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This company sells movies in almost every category you can imagine!  At FishFlix.com, you can find biographies, Biblical movies, comedies, documentaries, Biblical teaching, educational films, Christian family entertainment, and more.  There are cartoons, Blu-Rays, boxed sets of various series (many of which you’ll recognize), regular DVDs, and even bargain-priced movies.  There’s pretty much anything a Christian family might desire to watch!

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We received Privileged Species: How the Cosmos is Designed for Human Life.  This 33-minute film discusses many of the features not only of earth but of human beings that make our planet uniquely suited to human life.  Really, our earth is different from any other planet in our solar system, and it is the only one where we carbon-based life forms can freely and comfortably exist.

We, as a family, are really interested in science in many forms.  But even if you’re not a science buff, I believe you’ll find this movie quite fascinating!  My husband, son and I watched it together (our boy is 13) and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  And Privileged Species covers so many facets of science that affect human life and our planet; chemistry, biology, genetics, physics, and physical science.  Is our planet something that just appeared one day….or is the hand of an Intelligent Designer behind all these features that make earth  so perfect for us?

The film combines breathtaking cinematography with interesting interviews and clearly-presented scientific facts, many of which will probably surprise you as they did us!  It starts out with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, speaking at a conference in which he says that he is nothing but a speck; as are our planet, solar system and so on.  But are we only just meaningless little specks?  I would respectfully disagree with Mr. Nye and say that no, we aren’t!

Privileged Species then goes on to present scientific evidence that contrasts sharply with the Science Guy’s (and others’) viewpoints.  Geneticist Michael Denton believes that the evidence of the past century, and the scientific discoveries and breakthroughs made during it, actually illustrate the opposite; that man and his universe seem to have been carefully and intelligently designed and set in motion.

Denton discusses the “Four Fundamental Forces” described by physicists which are essential in order to have stable galaxies and planets:

  1.   Gravitational force
  2.   Electromagnetic force
  3.   Strong nuclear force
  4.   Weak nuclear force

The film shares that if even one of these were either stronger or weaker than it is, our earth and universe—and life on them—could not exist.

Some of the other things you’ll learn about by watching Privileged Species include:

  • Supernovas and the elements of the periodic table
  • Carbon, hydrogen and water and how they have to be perfectly allotted for human life
  • Carbon and its uniqueness as a building block
  • Why temperatures on earth promote human life
  • and more!

I don’t want to share too much from this wonderful film and hinder your enjoyment of it.  But I can say that our entire family enjoyed it so much!  The science is sound and clearly explained.  I learned so much that I had never known before.  And we were all very encouraged by everything that we heard and saw!

We all highly recommend Privileged Species for your family.  You’ll love the beautiful cinematography and you’ll find the scientific evidence for intelligent design quite fascinating!

You can purchase Privileged Species and many other excellent films at the FishFlix.com website.  DVDs are packaged in the usual DVD cases you’re used to seeing, and shipping is free for orders totaling $35 and over.

 

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You can explore more at their social media locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishflix
Twitter: https://twitter.com/christiandvd
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fishflix/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Fishflix/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/familychristianmovie

 

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“Birds of a Feather” from Homeschool Legacy ~ A TOS Review

Our newest review item for the Schoolhouse Review Crew is a fabulous and easy-to-use unit study from Homeschool Legacy, called Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Have you ever done a unit study with your children? Unit studies are topical studies which integrate many different subjects (such as geography, history, science, art, math, language arts, vocabulary, and so on) into the study of one thing.  They make the its schoolwork both exciting and fascinating, and because there is so much variety in a unit study, neither the teacher nor the student ever gets bored!

Homeschool Legacy is a company which has created many unit studies on a wide variety of topics.  Each of their unit studies is designed to be easily integrated into homeschool study, without a lot of preparation necessary from mom. Why would you want to use a unit study?  Maybe you have a full schedule already, but you’d like to add in interesting schoolwork about a particular topic.  Or maybe you need a little extra science or history that your current textbooks don’t cover.  With Homeschool Legacy, your child can learn about such a variety of topics from a Christian worldview perspective, including history (Pirates and Privateers, Native Americans, early American settlers, etc.); science (weather, birds, forests); holidays; and more.

 

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We received Birds of a Feather to use and review, in a PDF format (although it’s also available in paperback).  I printed a copy of the PDF, but also had the document saved on my Kindle, so we were able to access its lessons there as well.  It has been awhile since we’ve dedicated focused time to either nature study or zoology, so we were thrilled to work on this.  Birds of a Feather is a four-week, “Once-A-Week” unit study on everything avian, for students all the way from grades 2 through 12.  It covers the following four areas in about a month:

  1. Bird Basics and Your Backyard Habitat
  2. Bird Identification
  3. Ornithology
  4. Birds of Prey

Within each of these chapters, study is divided into the following categories:  student reading; family read-alouds; bird watching; classification; zoology; family devotionals; nature journals; fun activities; field trips; family movie nights.  You can see that this study covers a LOT of ground!

 

birds of a feather robin

 

There are some purchases that you’ll have to make (like birdseed, a journal for nature study, supplies for various experiments, etc.), but much of what the study requires can be obtained from the library, or you’ll already have at home.  Birds of a Feather has extensive book lists (readers, read-alouds, picture books, field guides, biographies, bird identification books) for readers of all ages.  We were able to pick up many of the necessary books from our local library, or in some cases, via interlibrary loan.

Birds of a feather birdseed

While we used to be very involved in hiking and nature study, it’s been quite a while since we’ve done anything like that, other than gardening and hanging a hummingbird feeder every summer.  So becoming involved in this again, both indoors and outdoors, was a complete joy.  And everything that Homeschool Legacy says about their unit studies is true.  It is so easy to integrate the various topics or activities into a week’s regular lessons.  Birds of a Feather‘s directions were to spend 3 days weekly on our regular studies, adding unit study reading and family read-alouds to those days; then to spend all of one day’s schoolwork time on the unit study activities, devotional, and reading.  On Fridays, it’s recommended that the 3 Rs are completed first, then the rest of the day is spent on a field trip, family read-aloud time, and a family movie night or game night.

This schedule worked pretty well for us.  Most of the books I wanted to use I was able to get from the library.  (We already owned a bird identification guide, so that was very handy for bird watching.)  The family movies were either available on Netflix or from our public library, or, in one case, from our own movie collection.  We did this study in the late spring, and I felt that the opportunity for bird watching was pretty incredible, whether it was at the hummingbird feeder, seeing birds build nests around the neighborhood, or just visiting our backyard.  In addition, our city’s museum had a traveling Audubon exhibit, so we got to see in real life the work of a man we’d read about and studied in our homeschool.

 

Birds of a feather bluebird

Our experience with Birds of a Feather was wonderful.  The books were informative and enjoyable for personal reading or read-alouds.  Our whole family enjoyed the various activities that we were able to do together, and the science and history work in the unit study was excellent.  We definitely recommend it for anyone who’s interested in adding a fabulous unit study to their schoolwork!

Something else that we really enjoyed was the bird watching.  A local nature center offers a bird count every year (where volunteers go and count all the different birds they see over a 4-hour period), but even without that, spending time on Birds of a Feather really heightened our awareness of feathered creatures.  We really NOTICED what was flying around or perching outside.  And because we had a bird identification guide, figuring out what we were seeing was pretty easy.

 

Birds of a feather goose

 

You can purchase Birds of a Feather from Homeschool Legacy in two formats.  The PDF download costs $14, and the paperback version is $18.95.  You can also download a sample week’s lesson on the Birds of a Feather page, if you’d like to investigate it further.  I think you’ll find that it’s truly wonderful!

You can also visit Homeschool Legacy via their social media pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homeschoollegacy?fref=ts
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/hslegacy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/homeschoollegac

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Quote of the Day…Love!

Love letter

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

 

Ann Landers

Enjoy…Finch!

Things we love…National Sea Monkey Day!

NATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY

National Sea Monkey Day is celebrated each year on May 16.  I think my sister had them and I remember countless ads on the back of comic books for them (imagine having to order by mail)!

Sea Monkeys are a type of  ”Artemia” (brine shrimp).  They got their name because of their monkey-tail like look.

trivia: Harold von Braunhut invented the “Sea Monkeys” and hatching kits in 1957.  He was quoted as saying “I think I bought something like 3.2 million pages of comic book advertising a year. It worked beautifully.

Sea Monkeys were taken into space with astronaut John Glenn on October 29, 1998 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.  They returned to Earth after spending nine days in space and the eggs hatched eight weeks later, apparently unaffected by their travels.

Fab Fit Fun Box-Spring 2015

FFF box

I signed up for a really fun subscription service called “Fab, Fit, Fun” recently; they do 4 boxes delivered to your door with a melange of amazing, hot, new products (most unsponsored) ranging from beauty products to edibles and accessories! It comes with an insert that details all the features of each product with the retail price. For my spring edition box, I paid $49.99 and the total value of my products and gift cards (bonus) was $273.89!

These amazing products can also make great gifts for family and friends, they are all so unique!

Here we go, Spring 2015 at Fit Fab Fun!

The moment I’ve been waiting for..a brochure that lists all the products and their value!

FFF brand

Anticipation..

FFF openFun!FFF surprise

My Helper…

FFF helperFull size Orly polishes…1 BB creme and 1 pretty pink!FFF NailsYum!FFF popcornA set of 8 coasters with amazing cities on them…Paris anyone?FFF coastersCollagen boosting serum!FFF collagenMakeup brushes!FFF brushesMiracle grow Basil seed pod!FFF miracleNew Pilates DVD!FFF pilatesMetallic Tattoos!FFF tattooLovely scarf!FFF scarf

Finally! A bunch of gift card and coupons to great places.Hello Fresh!
FFF gift cards

It really is a great subscription!

If you are interested in checking out current and past products, click on the link below!

https://vip.fabfitfun.com/index.php

Enjoy…Finch!

 

 

 

 

 

“Successful Homeschooling Made Easy” Course ~ A TOS Review

How long has it been since you’ve sat under a godly mentor or attended a personal growth seminar–for your homeschooling?

 

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review
For me, it’s been quite awhile; and that’s why I was so excited to be selected by the Schoolhouse Review Crew to review Stephanie Walmsley’s Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course, from Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.  My excitement at being chosen to use and review this course was only exceeded by all that I learned, and the encouragement I received, as I worked through the first 9 lessons of this 26-week course.

What it is:

The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course is designed, really, for any homeschooling parent, whether she is considering homeschooling for the first time or is a veteran homeschooler.  Each week, Stephanie Walmsley sends a lesson via email for mom.  The lessons include reading and questions related to the week’s topic.  Each lesson builds upon the ones before.  And, each chapter ends with a short preview of what’s coming up in the next lesson.

The easiest way to work through the lessons is to print them as they come each week, and put them in a binder.  I recommend this because it makes it so easy to pick up the pages and read through them, and then do the activities and assignments included.

 

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review
The pages are cleanly organized and have portions for reading and portions for the user to write answers, ideas and questions to the weekly work.

How I used it:

The program recommends that the mom set aside undivided time each week to work on the lesson.  I decided to add it to my morning quiet time, when I’m already up (before anyone else in the house) having coffee and reading my Bible.  You can really select any time of the day or week to do this; because I’m a morning person and have time to myself then, it was an ideal time for me.

I selected a day once per week to do the main work of the week’s lesson; that is, reading and answering the questions.  Here’s what the first 9 chapters (for most users, that means the first nine weeks’ worth of lessons) cover:

  • Lesson One:  Start Homeschooling Today
  • Lesson Two:  Math Made Easy (with an extra PDF called Math Ideas)
  • Lesson Three:  Welcome Home!
  • Lesson Four:  Fireproof Your Homeschool
  • Lesson Five:  Three Key Ingredients for Success
  • Lesson Six:  Fulfill Your Dreams
  • Lesson Seven:  Why Curriculum Doesn’t Matter
  • Lesson Eight:  Why You Might Need to Let Go of Good Things
  • Lesson Nine:  Housework and Homeschool

And I still have 17 lessons to go!  But I fully expect that the remaining ones will be as useful as the first 9, for me, for our homeschool, and for my family.

My conclusions:

I mentioned earlier that it has been quite awhile since I’ve had a wise homeschool mentor in my life.  And, it’s also been over 5 years since I have attended a homeschool conference.  Now, at the same time, I must say that I haven’t had a felt need for these things.  And I don’t say that out of pride, but just for these reasons: I have been homeschooling for 9+ years; we have a pretty good homeschool routine down; and we’ve experienced challenges that took my attention quite firmly away from pursuing personal growth.  I just haven’t been able to make space or time in our lives to pursue conferences and speakers in recent years, nor has a mentor presented herself.

However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t needed these things.

How much I needed them actually surprised me!  Although I have all these homeschool  years under my belt, the fresh perspectives and wise and godly counsel provided in the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course have provided great encouragement, refreshment and even wonderful plans to revitalize my homeschool.  Every single week’s lesson has given me something good, whether it’s something practical like revising our daily schedules (for greater peace and enjoyment) or something personal for me (like being sure that I am in a healthy place).

Stephanie Walmsley’s writing style is generous, open and so very helpful.  The graphics and pages are laid out in a visually appealing way.  And most important, the wisdom and understanding she’s accrued over her life will equip and enable every homeschool mom—veteran or newbie!

You can purchase the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course at Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.  I highly recommend it.  The small investment of your own time with this course will bring peace, joy, and encouragement to your homeschool–and your life!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”  –Sean

“Where’d you hear that?”  –Allyson

“Some blog somewhere.”  –Sean

Happy Mother’s Day!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Family, Fun & Homeschooling ~ Featuring Jenna from It’s A Sunshiney Day

Welcome to this week’s Family, Fun & Homeschooling!

F,F & H finchnwren.comThis week, I’m so happy to introduce you to another friend from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!  Jenna actually has two blogs.  She has a blog at BlogHer (an enviable position which has an incredibly long waiting list—last I heard there were 1000 gals who wanted a BlogHer blog) called SunshineyDay, and another one at It’s A Sunshiney Day.  She’s an ultra-real mom who writes about life as it really is….and can be!

Here’s Jenna!

Tell us about your blog. What was the spark of the idea that enabled you to create your blog?

I started blogging as a way to document what our life was like while we were foster parents. As it turned out, I had no time to blog or even breathe that year. When I came back to my blog it was with more purpose. I now write to encourage other mothers, to find humor and love in the crazy parts of motherhood, and to remind myself that Jesus is the center of this crazy life, even when I don’t see it all the time. I also adore sewing and a lot of my posts are about the projects I am working on. I love good visual inspiration so I like to put my projects out there for others to get inspired as well.

Do you have a favorite blogging topic that you return to again and again?

My four kids are all 7 and under so I talk about homeschooling them, cooking with them, and life with little kids. If I am sewing a new quilt, making skirts, or working on a wall hanging, that usually makes it into my blog too.

Tell us about your family. How did you and your husband meet? And what would you like to share about your child?
My husband was a true knight in shining armor. My brakes went out on my car and I was working all the way across the city from where I lived at the time. I didn’t know anyone nearby, so I called a co-worker to see if she could help. She called her brother because she didn’t know what else to do. He helped me get my car to a shop and drove me home. I knew when I met him that I wanted to marry a man just like him. We’ve now been married for almost 8 years.

We have four kids and on my blog they are lovingly referred to as Turbo (7), The Toolman (5), The Princess (3), and Butter (1). They keep my life interesting and filled with laughter. My boys love to build, climb, run, explore, hike, and garden alongside me. My baby girl likes the same things, only she wears a fluffy dress while she is doing them.

What made you decide to homeschool?

There are a lot of things that led to our choice to homeschool. The biggest thing I can say is that God led us here. It suits our family well and my kids are eager learners (unless it’s grammar rules and phonics!) and they are thriving in this type of schooling environment.

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What does a day in your homeschool look like?
Our days are all different. We try to always study the Bible, do math, read at least one book (though it is usually much more than one), do handwriting, and get lots of exercise outside. We finish “school” by noon and afternoons are usually cooking together, games together, educational shows (the boys LOVE Wild Kratts right now and have a ton of animal facts memorized), building with their daddy if he is home, or doing puzzles and Legos. I like to think we are almost always learning and I am always trying to teach morals, Bible stories, Bible verses, and character throughout our day. Bedtime is at 8 so I can make sure to devote time to my marriage as well.

Do you have a favorite “date night” you love to do?

With our kids being as young as they are and no family around to support us, we don’t get out much. I love buying a special “adults only” dinner to share after the kids are in bed. If I can talk my husband into a friendly game (whether on the X-Box or a board game) those are my favorite nights.

What are some of your favorite mama-child activities?

We have a lot of tea parties where we make a treat to have as a snack and then have tea together. Me and the Princess often dress nicely for these because it’s fun. We use nice napkins and a proper tea set.

I love to cook with my kids and each one has a day of the week that is “theirs”. On their day they choose and help cook dinner.

We also garden together and it has been a joy to watch my little ones go pick peas or a radish out of the garden and eat it fresh. They get a kick out of it and I don’t have to force vegetables on them.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If any of this sounds to good to be true, I encourage you to realize that I am giving you a snippet of my life, and I am talking about the things I love. We have our own struggles like every other family. My kids don’t always get along, and my house is not always spic-and-span. Real life is messy and complicated, not like a blog, or a Facebook post, or 150 characters in a tweet. I think we have an obligation to one another to not judge over petty things or try to make ourselves seem more amazing than anyone else. That’s real. God is perfect and I am just trying to do my little part in my life to do what is right as much as I can. None of us is perfect.

If you enjoy a little humor and want to see a peek at the messes and mishaps that go along with my life, you can check out my series “Reasons Why Mommy Needs Her Quiet Time” every Wednesday at It’s A Sunshiney Day!

Thank you so much for joining us today for Family, Fun & Homeschooling.  Be sure to check out Jenna’s blogs—you’ll find more wonderful life and writing!

We’ll be back next week with another Family, Fun & Homeschooling.  Hope to see you then!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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