Monday, August 30, 2010

Hurricane Earl - UPDATE

Hey Y'all! Thanks for your prayers and concern, but Earl really didn't affect us. It sprinkled a little bit yesterday, and the wind was slightly breezy. That was it. Today is beautiful and the sun is shining! Now we just have to keep an eye on Gaston.

Since the Disney Channel and Nick Jr. don’t show the local news/weather, I was a bit surprised when I found out there is a hurricane out in the Atlantic. I was even more surprised when the projected path shows that it could slam into the NC coast. I guess I better check my hurricane supplies.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Fly Away Home Clothing Boutique

About three years ago when The Queen was a two year old toddler, I happened upon a woman that sewed custom boutique, Asian-inspired clothing for children.  The name of the shop is Fly Away Home Clothing Boutique.  Not only is Jen the creative seamstress behind the clothing designs, but also an adoptive Mama to two beautiful daughters from China.

It all started for me with with this dress:

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This dress is actually a size 2T.  My girls have been wearing it for 3 years.  Yes, it was much longer on them at one time.  I love, love, love the Michael Miller China Children print of the skirt.  My girls love the comfortable feel of the dress.  The Queen is all into comfortable, cotton knit fabrics.  The Princess is all into “pretty.”  Jen combines the two together in a unique fusion.  Many of the outfits have Asian themed fabrics.

For a while I had lost the link to her website.  I happened upon her new website recently.  I am glad that I did!

Jen has turning her hobby of sewing into a nice little business.  She designs and creates beautiful ensembles and her daughters model the outfits.  She also does embroidery designs.


Here are my girls modeling their “sisters” shirts.  These shirts are made using a high quality t-shirt.  The cotton knit is thick and very soft (remember The Queen won’t wear it unless it is soft and comfy).

Go to Fly Away Home Clothing Boutique and check out all of Jen’s beautiful ensembles (not to mention her cute kiddos).  She makes dresses, skirts, embroidered tees, and Capri sets.  You can also check out her photography and coffee shop.  Rumor has it that once Jen reaches 100 followers on her blog, she will have a giveaway!  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a chance of winning one of her beautiful designs?


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School

We officially began our 2010-2011 school year last week.  I decided to start our home school back the same day that Big Tuna started college.  I figured it would be easier keeping track of everyone if we were on the same schedule (sort of).  I am easing into the Sue Patrick workbox system.  I’m still trying to figure out how to tweak it to our family.  Also, I haven’t gotten our curriculum yet so we are just reviewing.  And until The Princess starts back to preK and the dance classes start, it is hard to see exactly how everything is going to work together.

We did get off to a good enough start.


Big Tuna heading off to first day of college.


The Queen is now in 1st Grade.


The Princess.  She calls this “Mama’s School”, not to be confused with “Preschool.”


Godzilla is now a 6th grader…


…and the comedian in the family.  He thought it was a “mug shot” photo shoot.




I believe we are going to have a great year! 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Summer

We started back to school last week.  I guess that means “summer vacation” is over while the season itself remains.  The nice thing about this particular time of year is that the tourists start heading back home, leaving us natives with lots of great beach weather to still enjoy.

We had a very busy summer and I cannot figure where July went.  Is anyone else missing the month of July?  It was just a blur.  Graduation.  Swimming lessons.  Chinapalooza.  VBS.  Heck, our first time at the beach was AFTER July 4th.  That is just plum crazy! And pathetic.

Here are a few photos from our summer:

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Back To School Deals and Info

Hey y’all!

I don’t have much time to post, but I wanted to get the word out on a few deals if you are still trying to pull your classroom together like me.


First, after much research, I have decided to implement Sue Patrick’s Workbox System (or some form of it) into our homeschooling.  You can read about the system here.  Sue Patrick is also having a webinar on August 20 for implementing the system, and on August 23 for optimizing and altering your curriculum.  I have talked with many families that use this system and and have found many resources online that complement this type of system.


To implement this system each child needs a set of “workboxes.”  With 3 kids, I don’t have room for the set up she uses, so instead I found a utility cart with 10 drawers here.  The price ($47.98) was the best I could find, at the time.  I purchased 2 just to try them out. 

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This week you can these find carts at Office Depot for $39.99.


I’ve also been wanting a thermal laminating machine.  I have heard great things about the Scotch 9-inch TL901, especially for the price.  I found this at Target yesterday for $27.99!  They don’t have it on the website, but it is in the stores.  This is a GREAT price.  The laminating pouches sell for $14.99/50 pouches.

I’ll post more on my curriculum and classroom set up this week.  We start school on Wednesday, so I best get busy! 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

School Preparations

We, or I guess I should say, “I” are in the middle of getting our classroom organized, school materials together as we plan to start school sometime next week.  I’ll post more later on all of our school stuff after everything is together.  In the meantime, here is something to ponder….

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19. A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.  It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6. A baseball in Mark McGuire's hands is worth $19 million. It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.  A tennis racket in Venus Williams' hands is a championship winning.  It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.  A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.  It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy. A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.  It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches. Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.  It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse. Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation for the entire world.  It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now it depends on whose hands it's in.  So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God's hands because...

It depends whose hands it's in.

This message is now in your hands. What will YOU do with it? It Depends on WHO'S Hands it's in!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pet Woes

It has been a tough couple of weeks here regarding our pets.  We have 2 geriatric dogs, 3 cats, and 2 – 3 transient cats that live here.

CoCoThis is Coco, our 15 year old Chow/Golden Retriever mix.  This is what she looks like in the winter.  In the summer we shave her down and she looks like a completely different dog.  I remember the first time I took her to the groomer for her first haircut.  When I went to pick her up, this “dog” came up to me and kept trying to get to me to pet her.  I asked whose dog she was and the girl laughed and said, “Yours!”  Anyway, she has become quite frail in the past 6 months.  She can hardly hear, can’t see very well, and has what I call “doggy dementia.”  I worry about her just because she’s old.

SparkieThen there is Sparkie.  She is our 12 years old West Highland Terrier or terrorist as I refer to her.  She is a purebred, but acts like a mutt.  Her fur is only white for a few hours after visiting the groomer.  These dogs love to dig and roll in the dirt.  Anyway, I noticed a few weeks ago that she had an infection in her eyes.  I don’t think she had it very long.  I took her to the vet and they discovered that yes, she had an eye infection AND an ulcer on her right eye.  I began medicating her and at the next check, the vet suggested she see a animal ophthalmologist (can you believe that?).  The reason being that her eye could rupture.  Oh goody.

I take Sparkie to the eye ophthalmologist and he thinks she needs immediate surgery to “patch” the ulcer so it can heal.  The “patch” translates to traveling 2 hours away to another city and having surgery to the tune of at least $1,000.00.  While I love our pets, I don’t have the $$ to do a risky surgery on a 12 year old dog.  So, I am still medicating the dog (every 2 hours) and the ophthalmologist doesn’t think it will heal quickly (2-3 months) because of her age.  In the meantime, her eye could rupture.  Oh goody, goody.  I am supposed to keep her “calm” so as not to rupture the eye.  Well have you ever tried to keep a dog “calm” without sedatives?  She vigorously shakes her head every time I out a drop in her eye.  I guess we will continue this course unless something changes (the eye ruptures or a money tree sprouts in my yard).  The good news is that the infection has cleared up, so it isn’t eating up her eyeball anymore.

But the really sad thing is Cleo.

DSCN3663Cleo appeared about 6 years ago.  She is the most loving cat.  She is our only outdoor cat.  About 3 years ago something got a hold of her (we suspect a bobcat) and mauled her pretty bad.  She lost an eye from the damage caused by this animal.  (What is it with my pets and their eyes?).  Anyway, she became the best one-eyed huntress in the area.  Recently I started letting her in the house, much to Captain Daddy’s dismay (we have 2 indoor cats). 

DSCN1589Cleo was always there to greet me, rub against my legs.  Sometimes it was hard walking because of her “figure 8s” between my legs as I walked.  She never left the yard, and most likely you could find her on the back porch…until about 2 weeks ago. Cleo disappeared and I suspect that something got her, again, only this time it was fatal. 

Goodbye Cleo.  I suspect you are in Kitty Heaven sleeping on God’s bed at night and eating tuna off His kitchen counters.  I will miss you.  I have sworn off any new pets, but should you find you still have one of your nine lives left, please come home.