Sunday, January 25, 2009

How we spend our Sundays...or run, run, run








I was naughty and snuck my camera to church today. I needed to document for myself that we are actually at church, people just don't see us cause we're busy chasing after Ana.

For those who feel inadequate

This morning I got up early and turned on the TV. I listened to a talk that helped me so much, I just wanted to share.
President Faust was calling someone to the Relief Society Presidency and she felt completely inadequate. He said, "Sister, we are all just normal people and who the Lord calls, he qualifies." I was so glad and grateful to hear him say that we are all normal people. I felt an overwhelming relief to hear that when the Lord calls someone, he qualifies them.
I've been feeling like such a failure as a mother lately. However, I feel like he has called me to this job on earth. I feel like he has called me to participate in adoption, homeschooling, and all the other things we've been doing. Therefore, he would qualify me to complete these callings.
I need to pray more for him to help me. He will help in all things.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Alyssa WON!!!





Wow! Alyssa was quite the sneaky girl. She called me on the way home and I asked how she did at the Constitution bowl, she said, "oh, we did ok." So, she gets in the car at our meeting place and I see a medal, a banner, and a certificate...
She says, "oh yeah, WE WON!"
Wow! I'm so happy for her. She's been studying for this forever. It's a multi-state contest that is all about the Constitution.
They compete team against team, each team has 4 people.
Their team won every round. They were the ONLY team to win every round.
WOO HOO! GO ALYSSA!

She won a gold medal with ribbon, a banner, and a certificate worth $165 that is good towards any future AYLI event like the Constitutional Convention Simulation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I just liked this

Here's my public service message for the day.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

funny


I don't normally go for this kind of stuff but this one was too funny...It says... You can enjoy the fresh air after finishing a civilized urinating...and the picture just completes it so well.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Top 100 homeschooling sites

Reference

Ed Helper
http://www.edhelper.com

School Express
http://www.schoolexpress.com/

Learning Page
http://www.learningpage.com

Tools for Educators
http://www.toolsforeducators.com

Britannica
http://www.britannica.com

Discovery School
http://school.discovery.com

Homeschoolers Reference Desk
http://www.geocities.com/homeschooldesk/

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org

New York Times Learning Network
http://www.nytimes.com/learning

Enchanted Learning
www.EnchantedLearning.com

Miscellaneous

Autism Today
http://www.autismtoday.com

Ideal Lives
http://www.ideallives.com

Study Stack
http://www.studystack.com

Study Spanish
http://www.studyspanish.com

How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Living Spanish
http://www.livingspanish.com/

To Learn English
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/

Songs for Teaching
http://www.songsforteaching.com/

Education Creations
http://www.educationcreations.com/freestuff.htm

Lesson Plan Central
http://www.lessonplancentral.com/

Time Savers for Teachers
http://www.timesaversforteachers.com/

Great Resource for K-8
http://www.kids.gov/

Time4Learning
http://www.time4learning.com

Math

The Math Worksheet Site
http://www.TheMathWorksheetSite.com

Math Goodies.com
http://www.mathgoodies.com

Math Playground
http://www.mathplayground.com

Math Drills
http://www.math-drills.com/

Math.com
http://www.math.com/

Algebra Help
http://www.algebrahelp.com

WebMath
http://www.webmath.com

Cool Math Games
http://www.coolmath-games.com

High School

High School Ace
http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cfm

Homework Spot
http://www.homeworkspot.com

Explore Learning
http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm

Best Colleges
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college

Preparing Your Child for College
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Prepare/index.html

Science

BrainPOP
http://www.brainpop.com

Chem4Kids
http://www.chem4kids.com

Exploratorium
http://www.exploratorium.edu

InnerBody
http://www.InnerBody.com

Science for High School
http://www.scienceforhighschool.com/

Cosmeo
http://cosmeo.com

NASA for Students
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

Astronomy for Kids
http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=ss&id=127

Nine Planets
http://www.nineplanets.org

StarChild
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov

The Electronic Zoo
http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm

Smith Life Science
http://www.smithlifescience.com/

The MAD Scientist Network
http://www.madsci.org

Try Science
http://www.tryscience.org

Science & Technology Education
http://www.ftexploring.com/

Arts & Crafts

Art Lessons for All Grades
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/lessons.html

Kinder Art
http://www.kinderart.com

Crayola
http://www.crayola.com

Draw Space
http://www.drawspace.com/

Draw Your World
http://www.drawyourworld.com/index.html

Drawing/Sketching Lessons
http://drawsketch.about.com/

Kids Art
http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/kidsart.htm

Reading

Starfall
http://www.starfall.com

Reading A-Z
http://www.readinga-z.com/samples/preview.html

TLS-Books
http://www.tlsbooks.com/

Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.net

Wowio.com
http://www.wowio.com

Writing

ABC Teach
http://www.abcteach.com

Scholastic – Student Activities
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp

Online Writing Guide
http://oswego.org/staff/tcaswell/wg/para.htm

The Write Site
http://www.writesite.org

Spelling City
http://www.spellingcity.com/

Teacher’s Lab
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/

Geography, History and Virtual Travel

Colonial Williamsburg: Electronic Field Trips
http://www.history.org/trips

Natural Wonders of the World
http://www.field-guides.com/sci/natwon/index.htm

Teacher’s Guide Virtual Field Trips
http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html

CyberBee
http://www.cyberbee.com

Global Online Adventure Learning Site
http://www.goals.com/Index.htm

The Jason Project
http://www.jasonproject.org

Virtual Field Trips
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours

Xpeditions @ National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions

K-12 Africa Guide
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/AFR_GIDE.html

States and Capitals
http://www.50states.com

Life in the Middle Ages
http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/ma/mahome.htm

New Perspectives on the West
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest

The American Civil War Homepage
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war

The Civil War Homepage
http://www.civil-war.net

The Oregon Trail
http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html

Geography Worksheets
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/qt/geogprintables.htm

White House for Kids
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids

Lewis and Clark
http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark

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Homeschooling

Homeschool.com
http://www.homeschool.com

Homeschool Reviews
http://www.homeschoolreviews.com

Homeschool Blogger
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/home.php

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op
http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

Homeschool Freebie of the Day
http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

Homeschool Classifieds
http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com

The Well Trained Mind
http://www.welltrainedmind.com/

Educational Games

Family Fun
http://www.familyfun.com

Teach With Movies
http://www.teachwithmovies.org

Fun Brain
http://www.funbrain.com

Discovery Kids
http://kids.discovery.com/games/games.html

I Know That
http://www.iknowthat.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Validation

This was great! I haven't teared up like that for a while. In a world like this we all need a little validation.

Monday, January 12, 2009

so frustrated, celiac's

I am so frustrated! Poor Ana, seems like any time we go somewhere she has a celiac reaction the next day. I don't know if she picked something up at church or at Mom's but she definitely got something. She's been screaming and pooping the whole day.
We're in the process of trying to find an easy rice milk to pop open and pour, that's also Feingold safe.
I've been making all of her food and I need a BREAK!