Ice Skating and Book Club Fun!

Ice Skating, Advent, Book Club, Greek and Latin roots oh my!

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Did you know that you can go ice skating in Florida’s Space Coast?  You can, and you can do it  anytime of the year at the Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge, FL!  We  went with our homeschool group and had a blast! The rink was all decked out with holiday decorations, Christmas music was playing in the background and green and red lights danced around our skates as we slid across the ice.  One of the things I love about this rink is that in addition to the friendly staff, they provide walker rentals for those in need of a little help out on the rink.  My youngest took full advantage of his walker and I know it saved him from a whole lot of bumps and bruises.

 

We continued our Truth in the Tinsel Advent study last week.  My boys are loving it! If I’m one minute late in starting they let me know!

Here are their creations.

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We are part of a book club that meets once a month.  It’s hard for me to read to my children as I’m just not that into it, so I’m thankful to our book club for keeping me accountable and encouraging me to read with my boys.  Last week we discussed the first five chapters of Rush Revere and the First Patriots.  This is the second Rush Revere book  that we’ve read and both myself and my boys are really enjoying it. We have had so much fun learning American history through the eyes of Rush Revere, Liberty, Tommy, Freedom and the gang.  Last week I lead the discussion for our club and here are a few discussion questions for chapters 1-5 of Rush Revere and the First Patriots.

Book club questions:  RushRevereFirstPatriots1-5

Last week my boys really enjoyed their WordUp! lesson.  My youngest wanted to write out the words that went along with the Latin section and my oldest asked to play the word games that followed the lesson.

 

 

I must say we had a pretty fun week!

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Finish Strong!

The end of our 40 Mile Challenge is here.  Did you meet your goals?  Were you able move for 40 miles?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

I am happy to say that I made it to the 40 mile marker this morning.  It feels fabulous to have reached my goal!

My son set a goal a few months ago.  He said he wanted to compete in a triathlon.  Hearing him say that made me a little nervous at first, but he really wanted to do it so he started his training. I wasn’t able to consistently train with him but that did not matter.  When his daddy brought him to the pool he would swim laps, do jumping jacks, swim more laps, then do push ups and so on.  When I told him he could go outside and play he would bike, run, bike and then run some more.  He really wanted to compete so I signed him up to participate in his very first triathlon.  On the day of the race he was nervous but he jumped into that pool like a pro.  He wasn’t the fastest but he gave it his all and finished!!  My son is officially a triathlete.  He is so proud of himself and we are so proud of him for accomplishing his goal and Finishing Strong!!

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If you haven’t reached your 40 mile goal yet keep going so you can Finish Strong as well!

 

Move It Monday – Week 2

Today begins our second week of Move It Monday!  How are you doing?  Were you able to meet your goals last week?  Tell us your story and let us know how you are doing in the comments below.

Last week I ran 8.8 miles and rowed 3.2 so I was able to get in a total of 12 miles of exercise.  Hooray!

Ab Workout

I wanted to tell you all about an app. I found.   It’s called Ab Workout. I’ve only been using the free version but it’s a pretty good abdominal workout.  You have a choice of a 5 minute, 7.5 minute or a 10 minute workout.  You can start your workout from the beginning or choose to start at any one of the  ten 10 different exercises that you will be doing during your workout. I downloaded the app. to my phone so it’s very convenient for me to use anywhere and at any time during my day.  I recommend giving it a try!

 

 

 

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Yes, I Run Half Marathons

There was a time when I thought half marathons were for those people who were in super shape.  Seriously, running 13.1 miles is just crazy…so I thought.  I changed my entire way of thinking about marathon running the day I started training for my first half marathon in 2010 and then completed my first half marathon, Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon, on February 27, 2011. So, if a girl like me can train and finish a half marathon so can you!

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Why did I start running?  Well, I was sick.  Every month I would develop a sinus infection.  I would have about a week, if I was lucky, of feeling okay and then I would get sick again. I went to the doctors and took the antibiotics they prescribed, it was the strong stuff, and I would just get sick again.  I visited the allergist twice a week for allergy shots, 2 in each arm.  The ENT performed surgery on my sinuses and the sinus infections still came back.  I visited the Chiropractor and I will say that I had some relief after that visit but the infections continued to return.  I had a facial massage and that helped some as well but the infections came back.  I tried the homeopathic route of teas and such but even that didn’t help.  So I decided to do something drastic, I was going to do a triathlon. Yes, I was going to train all by myself and then swim, bike, run my way to health. Then I overheard this girl say she was going to run Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon with another girl I knew.  I thought to myself, you know, running with people would be a lot better than swimming, biking and running without people so I introduced myself.  Well, I introduced myself and then invited myself to train and run with them.  That is how I started my hobby in running, started getting healthy,  and that is how I made two wonderful friends!

How did we train? Thankfully, one of the three of us is very motivated and likes schedules and order so she became our trainer.  She found the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Program and tweaked it for our schedules. So we took the schedule and ran with it….literally.   During the week we would run by ourselves.  For me this was super hard.  I was not a runner and running was torture.  However, the more I did it, the more my body got used to running and the easier it got.  On the weekends my girlfriends and I would meet in the mornings around 7ish to do our long runs of the week together.  We talked, we ran, we walked and we laughed together.  Seriously, does it get any better than that?

Did you all survive the half marathon?  Yes, we survived!!   I highly recommend Disney’s Princess Half Marathon.  There were fireworks, a fairy godmother, pixie dust, bands, Disney characters and port-o-potties.  Lots and lots of port-o-potties.  After the race it was really hard for me to walk but I could and I did.  I took a warm shower after the race and my “trainer” soaked in a bath of ice.   I was sore for the rest of the day but my “trainer” said that the ice bath really helped her.  Ice baths scare me so I don’t know if I will try it after our next race or not.

Are going to race again?  Oh yes, I’ve actually ran/walked two other races since Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon in 2011.  In fact, this Sunday I will be running a half marathon that I have been training for.  Training hasn’t been going as well as I expected due to illnesses in my family but it will be a fantastic race!

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Did running help you get your health back?  I’m glad you asked.  Yes, yes it has.  Running really helped in clearing up my sinuses and now I can say that my monthly sinus infections are a thing of the past!

If you are interested in training for a half marathon you should do it!  It will make you feel great inside and out and the sense of accomplishment you feel after the race is awesome.  Oh, and there are metals involved.  After the race you get to wear some pretty awesome bling around your neck.  Everybody LOVES bling!

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Road Trip to SeaWorld!

We love road trips. We need road trips because sometimes we go a little stir crazy and just need to get out.  We purchased SeaWorld tickets for 2012, you know the kind, you buy a day and come back all year.  We weren’t sure if we would actually get our monies worth so I was a little hesitant but I am so glad we took the plunge.  My boys love SeaWorld, they love looking at the animals, they love playing at Shamu’s Happy Harbour and they learn.  Yes, going to SeaWorld is an educational experience for us and since I’m a  homeschool mom that makes me super happy.

We could spend all day at the Manta Aquarium. My kids love looking at all of the different types of fish and plant life in the first aquarium at this exhibit.  They are so unique, so colorful you will be mesmerized. Next, we lookup and watch manta rays as they swim above us.  Once, we saw a ginormous manta ray swim overhead.  My boys were so excited and so was I when we saw it. Once my boy’s necks start hurting they know it’s time to move on to view the giant Pacific octopus, the starfish, the sea dragon and yes, more manta rays.


Each time we get home from our SeaWorld outings my oldest wants me to find information for him about at least one of the animals we saw that day.  So we go to the library, we go to the bookstore or we go to our computers to find the information he is curious about.  I love it which is why we will be renewing our membership for 2013 and look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

 

Pumpkin Kisses

Wondering what to do with your left over pumpkin pie filling?  Why not make a Pumpkin Kiss?  I had quite a bit of filling left over after making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and didn’t want it to go to waste.  So, I grabbed the puff pastry I had in my freezer and made this tasty desert.

What you will need:

Muffin Tins – we used our mini-muffin tins

Pumpkin Pie Filling – we used Libby’s recipe

Bakes’s Joy Baking Spray

Puff Pastry Sheets – we used Pepperidge Farm

Round cookie cutter or cup.

What To Do:

Thaw your puff pastry sheet according to the directions.

Spray your muffin tins with Baker’s Joy Baking Spray.

Lay out your thawed pastry sheet.  Using the round cookie cutter or cup cut out circles of the pastry making sure they are large enough to place inside of your muffin tin.

Place the cut out pastries inside of the muffin tins.

Pour the left over pumpkin pie filling into the pastries.

Place pastries in oven that has been pre-heated to 350 degrees.  The time you leave the kisses in the oven will depend on how large your muffin tins are.  We used the small tins and cooked our kisses for about 20 minutes.  Once the pastries start browning your kisses are done.

Enjoy and please let us know how your kisses turn out!

 

 

BEECH Retreat Giveaway

Homeschool Creations is giving away a ticket to the BEECH retreat.  This is a little getaway and conference just for bloggers.  It gives bloggers the opportunity to connect with and learn from other bloggers. I would really love to win this ticket as I am new to blogging and need all the advice I can get in order to get my blog up and running.

If you would like to learn more about the BEECH retreat and which speakers will be teaching check out the BEECH retreat website by clicking on the image below.

Halloween 2012 – Good Times!

My boys LOVE Halloween.  They love imagining, they love dressing up, they love running around and they love receiving and handing out candy! People come from all over just to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood and it is such a blessing!  The kids dress up, meet new people and are able to have  fun with family and neighbors.

This year my youngest wanted his mommy and daddy to dress up with him.  He dressed up as superman so naturally he wanted me to be wonder-woman. I put on my wonder-woman “outfit” and when my child saw me the first thing he said was, “Mommy, you need to put on the little blue shorts, red boots and put your hair up. ”  My response, “Yeah, that’s not happening.”

Guess which superhero I am standing next to.

Superman, The Black Night and a Sniper.  Watch out!

 

We also had fun with food.  We made chili, which was super yummy, and then we made some tasty treats.

We found our ideas on pinterest, of course! You can click on the image to link to the recipe.

Here is our puking pumpkin….

….and our sugar cookie fingers.

We had such a blast and I think the kids did too!

 

Family Fun Night

We needed a night  to unwind with just our family.  No TV, no ipad, no appointments, no distractions just us.  At first I suggested family game night but the boys weren’t really into that.  Then I suggested a lego party.  Their eyes lit up and the party began!

The rules for our lego party were simple.  Each person had to create their own master piece and then they had to tell everyone about it.  So, with the rules in place we each grabbed a handful of legos and began creating.

I am not a creative person but even I was able to create a little something.  What do you think is going on here???

My husband made a helicopter with blades that bend.  Yes, he is the creative one of this parenting duo.

 

Caleb created a cruise ship that had a pool inside the cruiser’s room.  I would love to ride on that cruise ship!

 

Here is Ethan’s creation.  He couldn’t settle on one so he made a lot of little creations.

 

If a picture is worth 1,000 words than a video is worth more right?  Click on Caleb and Ethan’s pictures to see what they have to say about their lego masterpieces.

 

 

 

Hurricane Sandy Sanity

Today has been a pretty dreary, rainy day. Perfect for curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea…….YEAH RIGHT!!  My boys did not and will not let that happen.

We have a hurricane approaching and when the rain squalls started acting up so did my two little super heroes.  So, in an effort to keep my sanity in tact, and them occupied, they became weathermen.  My oldest started keeping a weather journal.  When the weather started to get interesting outside he would describe what he saw in his journal.  It’s been great because it gets his little mind working and teaches him how to put his thoughts on paper.  Then once he wrote everything out I let him make pictures of the things he saw.  He loves to draw so this was one of his favorite parts.  My youngest was playing with his legos so instead of writing he would act everything out with his lego men.  I was very entertained!

Next, we took a field trip the beach, the park and the river.

The boys really enjoyed seeing how Hurricane Sandy, the “Frankenstorm” affected our beach.  They could barely keep their feet on the ground!

The park was also fun to look at.  Tree branches were everywhere and Ethan gave us the weather report! Click on his picture to hear it.  Be careful as the wind kicked up a bit and it is a little noisy.

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The wind was really blowing when we made it to the river.  Even the birds had a hard time staying in the air.

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The storm hasn’t passed us yet so I’m sure we will have some fun weather adventures this weekend!