Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
~President Harry Truman~

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Home of the free, because of the brave!

We are thankful for those who lost their lives serving our country so that we can enjoy all of the freedoms we have today.

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Broadwell Academy, Weeks 32, 33 & 34

We have had so much fun studying animals for the past 3 weeks! Reece’s favorite part was definitely getting to pick out which “Wild Kratts” episode we watched, based on which type of animal we were studying. Carson liked all of the field trips! Sarah Ann did such a great job creating her animal book, which included animal facts and drawings that she did. She also got to take her first homeschool class at the zoo where she learned about food chains! She had a great time and definitely wants to do it again! So these last 3 weeks were so full, but so great! Here’s just a little peak into what we’ve been up to….

Week 32: Vertebrates–Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish

  • Monday: Field day for co-op and an afternoon trip to the zoo to kick off our animal unit. It was so nice going in the afternoon. There was hardly anyone there!
  • Tuesday: Reptiles–we spent the afternoon outside reading our reptile books and starting our animal book. Reece also picked our an episode about the gila monster to watch, it’s one of his favorite reptiles!
  • Wednesday: Amphibians–We studied the life cycle of a frog, watched the Magic School Bush, and added amphibians facts to our book!
  • Thursday: Fish–Fish facts and pictures, learning about shark pups on Wild Kratts!
  • Friday: We took a quick field trip to the pet store this day during our road trip to see Diana. Sarah Ann did her school work in the car, and they watched some animal movies too!

Week 33: Vertebrates–Mammals and Birds

  • Monday: Homeschool class at Riverbanks! She learned all about food chains and pet some animals during her class!
  • Tuesday: Mammals–books and working on our animal book! Reece enjoyed teaching Sarah Ann about mammals, and Sarah Ann got to use a drawing book I had gotten her to draw some of the mammals.
  • Wednesday: We spent the afternoon at the movies seeing Monkey Kingdom! It was so great, and the kids absolutely loved it! We learned so much about the macaque monkeys!
  • Thursday: Birds–bird books, a Wild Kratts episode about raptors, and bird pages in our book.
  • Friday: Friday morning we had a picnic and enjoyed playing at the Irmo park with some sweet friends. It’s so nice to be able to do school in the afternoons when the mornings are perfect for being outside! Friday evening we made bird feeders to put on some of the trees in our backyard. It was a fun ending to a wonderful week!

Week 34: Invertebrates–Crustaceans, Arachnids, and Insects

  • Monday: Crustaceans–Lobsters, crabs, shrimp, books, Wild Kratts, and lots of facts!
  • Tuesday: Arachnids–Sarah Ann wasn’t a huge fan of the spider books, yuck! But we did lots of interesting stuff! Reece on the other hand thought it was awesome!
  • Wednesday: We had school on the go Wednesday morning, had Reece’s field trip, and then went to the zoo with some friends from college! It was hot but fun! And I just love how kids immediately become friends! There’s a lot to learn from that!
  • Thursday–We field tripped to Edventure to see the butterflies! There were so many out, and they were so pretty! We also learned about the life cycle of a butterfly!
  • Friday–Bugs! We went to the State Museum to see the Bug exhibit and learn all about those 6 legged creatures. We had a picnic at Riverfront park, and Sarah Ann also finished her animal book!

And now here we are with one final week to go! Sarah Ann has completed all of her language/reading books and Awanas verses, so this week will be quick at easy–one last week of handwriting, geography and a couple math lessons! This has been the most exhausting yet rewarding year, and I already can’t wait for more!

at the table

this morning i left the kids at the table eating breakfast while i went to go dry my hair. when i came back sarah ann was reading a favorite book to the boys, and they were all just giggling and laughing!

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and the laughing and giggling continued at the table during lunch today. sarah ann and reece were telling jokes, and carson was trying so hard to tell a knock-knock joke, that we couldn’t help but all laugh. he is just so silly! and reece makes up jokes that make absolutely no sense!

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i am so thankful for these sweet moments at the table today. in the midst of school, laundry, errands, ear infections, dance, karate, and more, the Lord is so faithful to bring us moments of laughter and joy to keep us keeping on! 

Final Field Trip

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Today Reece’s precious class took their final field trip of the year to Corley Street Park! Reece really liked that we had our own police escort to block traffic during our walk. He said “this is a very big road, so we definitely need someone to stop the cars!” Reece had the best time playing on the playground with his friends and celebrating the summer birthdays. His class of 9 boys and 3 girls definitely has a lot of energy and enthusiasm! Reece has had such a wonderful year, and we are so very thankful for such a great school, great teachers, and great friends! He has learned and grown so much this year, and we are so very proud of him! I can’t believe that he will be graduating next week! Bring on the tissues!

weekend wrap-up!

there’s just something about friday evenings in the spring. there’s no better place to be than enjoying the perfect weather outside. this past friday night we grilled out for dinner and spent the evening playing in the sand box and jumping on the trampoline. after a full week, friday evening bring a sense of rest and accomplishment, and it’s time to enjoy the weekend!

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saturday morning we all slept in a bit and then headed up I-77 to spend the day in charlotte! we stopped right inside north carolina to have lunch at chick-fil-a, and then travelled up a bit north of charlotte to surprise the kids with an afternoon at tiger world! since we have been studying animals, we thought this would be a perfect little excursion! the kids had an absolute blast! it is small and secluded, so the big kids really liked having some freedom to run around and see the different exhibits. reece loves all things animal, so he was so excited! sarah ann loved being able to feed the animals, especially the peacocks and ducks that were roaming freely around the park. carson really liked watching the bears in their swimming pool. we got to see tigers, lions, panthers, cougars, wolves, syrian bears, emus, owls, birds, reptiles and many more!

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after our trip to tiger world, the boys took a short nap on the way to northlake mall. we spent some time there playing on the playground and doing a little shopping until our dinner reservations at p.f. chang’s. i loved getting to do a bit of shopping at h&m–brings me back to our chicago days! we also picked up taco bell for the kids to take with us. you gotta do what you gotta do to enjoy p.f. chang’s! dinner was delicious, and jeffrey and i even got to sit by each other and have an actual conversation while the kids ate their dinner and played with their toys! and the kids of course loved their fortune cookies!

carson fell asleep on the way home, and we were all ready for some much needed sleep when we got home after a wonderful family day together!

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after church on sunday, mom and dad asked if they could have the kids while jeffrey and i went on a lunch date. um, yes, of course! the kids were so excited to go swimming again, and jeffrey and i were equally excited to enjoy lunch at outback together!

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the rest of sunday seemed to fly by as we napped, played outside, cleaned our rooms and got ready for another week. but we’ve already made it through our final monday of the school year, and we are on the final countdown! and memorial day weekend will be here before we know it, and we have lots of fun in store! goodnight!

“Big Boy”

Our “big boy” moved to his toddler bed last week! He had one rough night, but overall he’s done so great and we are so proud of him!
Carson and I enjoyed a little one-on-one time at the zoo last week. He really enjoyed getting to pick what animals we saw, but he also kept saying “sissy get, sissy get.” He almost didn’t know what to do without his sidekicks!
“Cheeeeese!”
He's loving the pool this year! He does great wearing his puddle jumper, and he couldn't go without goggles the other day either! Sweet boy loves to be all decked out!
He’s loving the pool this year! He does great wearing his puddle jumper, and he couldn’t go without goggles the other day either! Sweet boy loves to be all decked out!
While the bigs were at Awanas Wednesday night, we went with Daddy to Barnes and Noble. Carson loved having all the attention and singing on the stage! We have no idea what he said, but he was loving it!
While the bigs were at Awanas Wednesday night, we went with Daddy to Barnes and Noble. Carson loved having all the attention and singing on the stage! We have no idea what he said, but he was loving it!
And this is what happens when we try to get a group picture! Carson's definitely going to do his own thing!
And this is what happens when we try to get a group picture! Carson’s definitely going to do his own thing!
Carson sure does love his Daddy! He gets so excited when he gets home from work, likes to help him grill, loves when they chase each other around the house, and actually let Daddy put him to bed a couple times last week!
Carson sure does love his Daddy! He gets so excited when he gets home from work, likes to help him grill, loves when they chase each other around the house, and actually let Daddy put him to bed a couple times last week!
He's my angel baby, especially when he's sleeping! He brings us so much joy, he's full of life and smiles and giggles and craziness! And I'm so thankful for the Lord gave him to us!
He’s my angel baby, especially when he’s sleeping! He brings us so much joy, he’s full of life and smiles and giggles and craziness! And I’m so thankful for the Lord gave him to us!

Serving God

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“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them in God’s fear, minding the house, and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of Hosts.”

–Charles Spurgeon–

a little taste

we got to enjoy a little taste of summer today outside by the pool at nanny and pops’ house! sarah ann immediately got back to her swimming ways, and the boys loved splashing and playing and jumping! summer is so close, and we are so excited!

oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! psalm 34:8

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Mother’s Day 2015

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Many have said that I was considered the “strong” one when Momma got really sick in the fall. At the beginning I thought that maybe it was because even in the midst of surgery and time in ICU, I had to be strategic about who was taking care of the kids and meals and bed times and keeping some normalcy for the babies. But as the months have passed by and Momma has recovered and is now preparing for her next surgery, I believe that I was strong because I never once doubted that she was going to pull through and recover and get back to taking care of all of us! My momma is the strongest, most giving and loving person I know, and in God’s great sovereignty, He still has great plans, more grandchildren, and lots of time at the beach in store for my Momma. So everyday, and especially today, I am thankful for Momma and the time that we get to spend together. She loves our babies as her own and spoils them rotten, and they love their Nanny so very much! Happy Mother’s Day, Momma! We love you!

today’s timeline!

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7:30 wake up, get ready, pack breakfast, snacks, and school work

8:20 wake up the kids, get them dressed and ready to go

8:45 load up the car and head to georgia

9:50 stop for a bathroom break and quick field trip visit to petsmart in augusta, and the kiddos begged for hamsters!

10:30 back in the car and back on the road. sarah ann did her school work in the car, and they watched animal movies!

11:40 woohoo! we made it to madison! we had a lunch and ice cream at chickfila and enjoyed spending time with diana! plus the chickfila playground also provides lots of entertainment.

1:30 visit a local park for some fresh air and more play time! the kiddos really liked the swings.

2:10 drop diana off back to her car. and so much thankfulness to spend time with a dear friend!

2:15 a quick trip by the gas station for a bathroom stop and a snack/candy for the way home! pickle chips, peanuts, and a lollipop will keep everyone happy on the way home!

2:30 head back to south carolina! carson slept most of the way, and the big kids watched a movie.

4:45 home! and the kiddos went to nanny and pops for a sleepover!

6:45 hello, date night and sleeping all night long!

it was a full day! but it was such a blessing and so much fun! and now i’m exhausted! goodnight!