Friday, August 21, 2009
I will still post to this blog from time to time, but I wanted to have a homeschool only dedicated blog. The new blog will be a journal for mainly myself to reflect upon, but also for whomever stumbles upon my page. I hope to bring encouragement and insight to other parents, homeschooling or not. Oh, and post some cool pictures of our happenings, trips, nature walks, etc.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I will be posting some new pictures and happenings soon...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The second card I made for my friend Julie S. for her birthday!! I used the pre-cut card stock from the SU Fresh Cuts promotion from last year, along with the summer designer paper (forget the name of it...from summer '08), really red ribbon and ink.
Thanks for stopping by today!!
He's such a trooper about it, unlike myself (Shannon) as a child. There's no blood or tears. He just...pulls it out, no big deal. This time instead of being in the car, he decided to pull it about 10 minutes after we tucked the boys into bed. Talk about strange places to pull a tooth; first the car, and then in his bed!! All I can remember as a child was being in my parent's bathroom, crying and being assisted by my dad, needle nose pliers in hand!! Yep, I said it, my dad pulled my teeth out with needle nose pliers! LOL
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I'll never forget Christmas of 2005, he had just bought his awesome Porsche 911, and was taking those who were brave enough for rides! We reached over 125MPH, and that was enough for me! But it was fun, and a memory that won't be forgotten.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Approximately two years ago, we took a trip out to Spring Mountain Ranch, the same place I blogged about a couple days ago. I remember that day like it was yesterday!! We hadn't been out here quite a year, and the desert landscape was getting...for lack of better words, depressing. I did some research and decided we needed to head out in the Red Rock Canyon area. We saw signs for Spring Mountain Ranch, and we though, hum...sounds quaint and nice. We were blown away when we got there! If you live in the Vegas area, or visit and want to get away from the heat and lack of green foliage, SMR is the place to be. As I have written before, green meadows, trees over 400 years old, a BEAUTIFUL ranch home, tons of history and more adorn this peaceful getaway--all for $5!! Take a picnic lunch with you and plenty to drink...oh, and a cozy blanket to lie out on the lush grass. It's a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.
While out there, go inside the old ranch house and take a gander. It's pretty cool to see the inside and imagine what is was like to live out there. While inside, they offer a free movie (like 8 minutes long) on the history of the ranch. It's very interesting, and includes the history of the Paiute Indians, who first established the area.There are several hiking trails around the area, and you just might see a few critters out there! Nothing scary, a lizard or two, beautiful wild flowers, and trees one won't normally see in the immediate Vegas area. The climate is much milder as well, though there will be days around 100 degrees in the mid-summer, it's typically 10 degrees cooler out there because it's at elevation 3800 ft. above sea level. In my opinion, 10 degrees cooler sounds awesome!!!
Well, I hope you enjoy these "old school ranch pics." Ethan is around 4 and Evan is a little over a year old. Ahhh...how cute they were (and still are), and how TIME FLIES!!!!
For more information, visit: http://parks.nv.gov/smr.htm
Have an abundantly blessed weekend! :o)
Monday, May 11, 2009
My friend Andrea met us out there with her son Brayden and took some pictures with her fancy professional camera...hence the terrific photo of the boys! Thanks so much Andrea!!
I am exhausted from a long day of hiking, sun, and chasing after boys! G'night!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
About six weeks ago, some major chaos occurred at Ethan's school. He was having some major anxiety about going to school, and I didn't know what to do. The administration got involved (a bot too much might I add) and didn't stay within their legal boundaries. Josh and I made the call to pull him from public school and homeschool our boys. More on that in a bit. In the midst of all of this, I took him to the pediatrician because he had uncontrollable head-shaking (no doubt caused by undue stress from school). The doc ordered an MRI to rule out a condition she wouldn't tell me about, and to rule out a brain tumor. Of course, this was very worrisome for me. But for the first time in my life, I almost completely leaned on God for understanding and wisdom. After seeing what my friends had been through with baby Mia...not being able to take her home nor do the normal things that parents with "normal" healthy babies get to do...well, it puts a lot into perspective. I told God that I left it in His hands. That if Ethan indeed had a tumor or something severely wrong, I was blessed with almost 7 years of joy with him, and that was more than some parents ever get with their kids. Now this wasn't easy for me, but it gave me a sense of utter peace and calmness I cannot explain. I think there will be stories for years to come on how baby Mia has touched many lived, brought many to Christ...and anything else that God could do through His glorious works.
Anyhow, back to the newest events to unfold. So I withdrew Ethan a couple days before spring break, we headed out to Southern California for a break and spent time with close friends. We are taking it easy around here, not pressing the whole homeschooling schedule as of yet. Just taking it one day at a time. We will officially start our school year around the end of August/beginning of September. I am SOOOO excited about being my boy's teacher!! I am using My Father's World, www.mfwbooks.com for our curriculum. I will be supplementing with Math-U-See, which is an awesome math program just for homeschooling, www.mathusee.com to check out their products and sample demo videos. And there's the ever famous questions,"How ever will you socialize your boys?" Well, we aren't going to hole up and avoid the world!! We are joining at least one or two home school groups and will meet at least once a week. We have church, friends, possibly AWANA next year, sports, swim lessons, and hopefully Cub Scouts. Um, I do think they will get socialized quite a bit more. Besides, not to be snooty or rude, but I don't want my boys to conform to the pattern of this world as I did when I was in school. I want them to live for God and experience the joy that I have in my relationship with Christ. Though it can be done with kids in public school, there's a greater chance that they will be better equipped with a solid Christian-based home school environment.
Anyway, that is the latest with our family. I will hopefully post some updated pics in the next few days. May God bless you this and every day!!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hope everyone is having a blessed week. It's been a rough one around here, but amazingly today was a much better day.
Lookin' Up to Him,
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Anyway, once at Bonnie Springs, you pay $20/car for entry, though there wasn't anyone there to take payment. This puzzled us, and I felt guilty for meandering around without paying, but no one seemed to care. Anyway, more on that later.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Please take the time to stop and pray for Mia Amore Adamis at 1:02 PST. If you know anyone else who is willing to stop and pray, please let them know. For more info, please go to www.theadamisfamily.blogspot.com
Trusting the Lord...Shannon
I know it's been a long time since my last post, and for that I am sorry! We are all doing really well, and I am so very thankful to God for my two amazingly wonderful sons, and my loving husband. 2009 thus far has treated us well. No new news to report, but hey, no news is good news, right?
There are some of you aware of the Adamis family. For those of you who aren't, please visit www.theadamisfamily.blogspot.com They are dear friends of mine, going through what no one should have to endure. Somehow God will see them through this most difficult of times. Please continue for renewed strength, and if you wish pop over to their blog and leave a comment of encouragement. They need every prayer that is possible!
Thank you and God bless...Shannon
Thursday, January 8, 2009
"When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting I'm clean livin'. I'm whispering I was lost and now I'm found and forgiven. When I say, 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. When I say, 'I'm a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need HIS strength to carry on. When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need Jesus to clean my mess. When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible but Jesus believes I am worth it. When I say, 'I'm a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches so I call upon His Name. When I say, 'I'm a Christian' I'm not holier than thou. I'm just a simple sinner who received Christ's good grace, some how."
Have a blessed week!