Friday, October 6, 2017

Weeks in Review

 

      So I have been posting on all our outside activities and I can't believe we have one more week until our second six week break! Helping to homeschool my niece and nephew has definitely kept us on a more strict schedule that I am having a love/hate relationship with. LOL The kids are all doing great and I think they really like the routine.
 
    The best part with the weather cooling off is the kids like to read and do some work outside. 
 
    



Science has been so much fun! We are all loving the experiments between smoke bombs and dissolving Styrofoam it has been very exciting.





In History we have finished up our Arizona unit study (except for field trips we will take throughout the year). We are now studying world mapping and cultures and some ancient history.  First up was China, studying The Great Wall and complete with a lunch of fried rice, egg rolls and pot stickers.
 
 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Field Trip

 
 
     We are trying to visit as many national monuments and parks in Arizona as we can. Today we took a field trip to the Casa Grande Ruins. Truth be told it is practically in our backyard. We drove by it once a week for two years as we would go to gymnastics and yet this is the first time we have ever visited it.  I am so glad we finally went! It was a great trip and so informative.
     For starters do you know about "Every Kid in a Park".  Google it! If you have a 4th grader or homeschool age equivalent you can get a pass that gets 3 adults and all your kids in to any national park or monument for FREE!!  We discovered this last year and renewed it this year with Natasha and this was our first visit using it.
   They have a junior ranger program which involved the kids each getting a booklet that they had to fill out during our trip.  I loved this! We all learned some interesting facts about the "Big House". Outdoor, hands on learning is the best!
    We can't decide if our next trip will be up north to Flagstaff and the Walnut Canyon or south to Tucson to Tumacacori. 

 



















Thursday, September 28, 2017

Joshua's Birthday


Happy 14th birthday to our big guy!  The day before each kids birthday I always make a big deal of it being their last day of a certain age. Well these three pictured below have always been my "rocketship" since they were 3,2,1. Well last night was their last night being 13,12,11 and they were gracious enough to humor me and recreate this photo. Love them!!  : )

 
Joshua started his birthday celebrations by going on a morning hike with his sister then we took him out to lunch and of course a free Dutch Bros. coffee and then he ended the night with youth group. The big celebration will come on Thursday night when he gets to head to Six Flags for a turn around trip with youth.
 
Joshua is becoming an amazing young man and I am so blessed to be his mom!!
 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Super Saturday


What is Super Saturday? Glad you asked. LOL. Today Anastasia was invited to participate in a business panel representing Saladmaster and how we use Send Out Cards to show appreciation to our customers. Proud mama moment....she rocked it and did an amazing job! Anastasia was the youngest entrepreneur there. She had the opportunity to share about our Saladmaster business with all those in attendance. I am so grateful she gets these opportunities to share with others and help her business grow. This girl is going places!!






Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Volleyball


It's time for another season of EVAC Volleyball. This time it's Savannah's turn and she is playing on the junior high team. She is doing great and has really improved her skills during the season. I love watching her play! My hashtag is #number5isstillmyfavorite.  She has over 16 games and 2 tournaments so it is definitely keeping us busy. I am so thankful for everyone who comes and helps to cheer her and her team on. Let's go Eagles!!


 
 
 













Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Lego League


     First Lego League (FLL) meetings started back and this is Joshua's last year he is able to participate; it ages out at 14.  The theme this year is Hydro Dynamics so obviously all about water.

Directly from the website: www.firstlegoleague.org

"On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?
FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®."

So the boys meet every Tuesday afternoon to work on their robot and projects. This particular Tuesday they had a field trip and we were able to tag along. We visited a Chandler Water Distribution Facility.  It was a great field trip and very informative. I think one of the most fascinating facts was learning that here in Arizona we still use the same canal systems that the Native Americans developed and used.