Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Veggie Tales: The Litte House That Stood

Once again it is time for a Veggie Tales Review and GIVEAWAY!!

My kids were so excited when we got the newest Veggie Tales DVD in the mail. 

Here is the synopsis of the DVD:

The Wise Pig Built His House Upon the Rock!
When the Three Little Pigs roll into town looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt builds with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation - following the wise plans from the "Master Builder's Handbook!"   Will they choose the right builder that will keep their houses - and their lives - on solid ground?  Find out in this pig's tale that shows kids that when we follow God's blueprints, we can make the right choices!  PLUS:  Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked?  Find out in this very Veggie retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story in "The Good Egg of Gooseville".

Click here to watch the trailer.

The story was so cute and fun.  We all enjoyed it.  The Silly Song "Happy Tooth Day is funny.  I love how the Veggies are teaching my kids principles from God's word in a fun way.

Sugar Plum (age 7): It was funny. My favorite part was when a lady was walking in a bit of rain and every one ran past her screaming.  It taught you to build things strong like being strong in the Lord.  Build your house on the Rock. The second story was about being caring and helpful.

Tiger Boy (age 5): I think it was funny. I like the boy piggy with a goatee. I learned that building is a really big job. 

Copper Top (18 months): bum, bum, dada, there's dada, no. (I had to add his review too)

I highly recommend this and other Veggie Tales videos to you and your family. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do.   

When you pre-order The Little House that Stood DVD at store.veggietales.com, you get to choose a free DVD! Plus, we are offering free shipping when you use the code HOUSE.

When you purchase The Little House that Stood DVD at your local Walmart you will receive  a FREE 24-piece The Little House that Stood puzzle! 

Veggie Tales is giving away a copy of this great new DVD to one of my readers.  All you need to do is comment saying which Veggie Tales movie is your favorite.  

The giveaway will end on Saturday, February 23, at 8 pm.  I will pick a winner using random.org so be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Homeschooling is a journey.  It is confusing, rewarding, tough, challenging, nerve racking, and fun.  It has been an interesting journey for me so far as a mom/teacher.  I was super excited when Sugar Plum began kindergarten 2 years ago.  We had fun units planned, we did lots of crafts, and we even went on field trips to learn things.

Fast forward to December of 2010 and a positive pregnancy test shook things up a bit.  The rest of that year went smoothly but with a few less fun creative things than the first half had as I was battling morning sickness and fatigue. Then came the fall of 2011, Sugar Plum was ready to start first grade and so we began when Copper Top was 3 weeks old.  I was wiped out most of the time.  I was just trying to survive most days.  We didn't have much fun that year. I had a good solid curriculum in place and we got through it each day.  Learning happened but it was not always fun.

As we began this new school year for 2012 and 2nd grade I was hopeful.  We had switched a major part of our curriculum to My Father's World and I was hoping for great things.  We are all loving MFW it has been a God send on easy planning and the simplicity of doing things each day.  We figured out how to do school each day with a toddler, and 2 preschoolers in the way (I baby sit my nephew). Once again learning was happening but some of the fun was missing.

Recently, I have been taking a look at our journey and how things are going.  I don't want Sugar Plum to think school time is boring.  I want her to enjoy it.  I have started tweaking things to make it more fun again.  I am not a one full of creativity.  I like to have a set curriculum to follow so I know where we are headed.  I recently set aside our language arts curriculum and switched to something new.  I am hoping it will help with the major complaining that was happening. I have also tried to start adding in more math games to make math more fun again too.

This journey for me is interesting.  I have to learn to adapt and change how I teach and what I do so that my kids are learning the most that they can.  I think that is the hard part for me. I want things to keep working the way they are because change is hard.  I am learning that tweaking things is a good thing.  So, here's to tweaking. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saddened but Rejoicing

This is not really about homeschooling but it is about something that affects our lives.  On Thursday evening our family lost someone very special.

Our nephew Nick went to be with the Lord. He had endured a long hard fought second battle with cancer in his short 20 years.  It tried to take everything from him but Nick's faith stood firm in the Lord.  We will miss him.  We are saddened for our loss but rejoicing that Nick is with his Savior forever.

Nick holding Copper Top when he was born.

Nick snuggling with Sugar Plum and Tiger Boy.

We watched Nick grow into an incredible young man with purpose and integrity. It saddens me to know that my children will grow up without knowing him.  He was a great cousin to the kids.  He was a friend to my husband and me.  We will miss him but know that we will see him again.