1st Day of Homeschool Preschool!!

Pictures of the 2013-2014 start of our preschool. I love how Alivia is super cheesey and happy and Nolan is like "no way am I doing this school thing!".

Circle Time Board!!

After searching though Pinterest many of nights and seeing circle time preschool boards. I thought it was a fun idea and a great start to our preschool days. We gather around the board and go through it before we start any of our activities for the day. Alivia is still getting used to the idea of sitting and focusing for 20+ minutes. Nolan sits for a bit but I let him go play or bring small toys over for him to play with. Along with the below learning items, we also read an alphebet book that coordinates with the letter of the week, read a bible story, and listen to a hymn during circle time. See below for pictures and links.

This board was a work in progress- this it how it looked at week 1. 

This is how our board is now without any clip-ons and we love it. Alivia and Nolan love to clip the laminated items to the correct spots. {clips and themed paper from Hobby Lobby} 
love the prayer: Lord help me to obey with a good attitude. Right away, all the way, every day! {http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2010/03/homeschool-calendar-morning-board/}

Weather time {http://rowdyinroom300.blogspot.com/2012/07/weather-chart.html?m=1}

Letters and numbers {Teachers pay Teachers}

Calendar time {Teachers pay Teachers}

Learning about seasons {Pinterest}

Exploring important character qualities {https://blog.apologia.com/rachaelcarman/character-qualities/}

This is where I put anything extra that we are going to cover for the week. I put an envelope on the back with blank pieces of paper to write out each Monday morning. 

Verse of the week goes with the theme/Bible story of the week. I already wrote all of these out for each week and also put them in another envelope on the backside. 

Here is where I put all the extra parts so we don't lose them (besides the Bible verses and extra pieces of paper, because those would not fit.)

The final product after everything is put on. :)
We love this little resource. It took some time to put together and I had to change it up a couple of times to get it exactly right and that works for the kiddos. I'm so glad I took the time to make it though. It really helps get the day started on a great foot with the kiddos.  

Under Contract!!

I cannot believe it!!  Oh wait- yes I can. This story starts about a year and a half ago. We thought about selling then but when we looked into it, we would either lose money or break even. It just wasn't worth it. Fast forward to about 2 months ago and the real fun began. It was a regular day where the kids and I went to visit my mom. As we were there, I began to think about selling again. I thought we need a place like this that is cheaper and we can save some money. I decided it was worth a chat with Ben. When I got home, I completely forgot to discuss it with Ben. The next morning while Ben was getting ready for work, he came into the kids room where the kids and I were playing and said "Rachel, I think we should look into selling again". Now we had not had this conversation for over a year and within 2 days we both got the same idea to sell. We both felt God was calling us, for some reason or another, to sell the house and move. Ben thought it would be a good idea to be free of anything here so we can move if/when he gets a new job, and I still had the hopes of renting something cheaper and saving some money.
We called up our realtor to discuss and met with him. Although, we used him to buy the house, we felt like he was not the right choice to use as our realtor to sell. One of our neighbors was selling and using a realtor that another person had used to successfully sell a property in this complex. We decided to connect with her and she was the perfect choice. We had a meeting with her and decided to go with her and get the house ready in a month. I used this little timeline (below) to get ready, deep clean, declutter, organize, and stage our house to a level we had never lived in before!
We put our house on the market on a Friday, had an open house and 2 showings on Sunday, and got an offer Monday (from Sunday's open house). Talk about craziness and awesomeness. This confirmed that God did indeed want us to sell. We are so happy and thankful that we listened to Him. We had been praying that he would direct us for our future and show us a clear path- selling it is.

Just a few days ago, we got a call from our fabulous realtor and she asked us if we would be willing to move up our closing day if the buyer took away the contingency on selling his current home first. This surely made things easier for us. We have not signed the new contract stating the new closing date and taking away the contingency but it's more of a for sure thing then before and we are officially looking for a place to rent now. This was a second conformation in our eyes that when you listen to God's calling, no matter how crazy it makes life, God will bless you! 

Here is what it says on Zillow
***WELCOME HOME!*** Incredible home facing the Creekview greenbelt in this quiet, gated community! This 2 bed, 3 bath, 2 car attached garage townhome is truly move-in ready! The main level boasts new handscraped wood laminate flooring, custom built-ins, a gas fireplace, 9 ft ceilings, a spacious kitchen (with a walk-in pantry), a separate dining area, and walks out to a covered deck! The upstairs features a spacious master bedroom with sitting area, walk-in closet, and adjoining bath. 

Here are a few professional pictures of our place:

Watching Dumbo!!

Alivia and Nolan watched Dumbo for the first time the other day and loved it. It was seriously an awesome combination for Alivia and Nolan. A. absolutely love the mommy-baby elephant relationship and Dumbo-mouse relationship and the baby animals and N. loved the baby animals and the choo choo train. He was so impressed with the train!! A. loved all of the movie and has watched it several times now but does not like the part where the circus tent falls over after Dumbo trips over his ears or that Dumbo's mommy gets locked away. It made her cry (shown below). She is so caring and sensitive to other peoples/animals that even though this is a only a show, she felt so sad for the mommy elephant. I love her kind little heart. I had to talk her through it and explain that the mommy would be released. She believed me even though the movie doesn't show Dumbo being reunited with his mommy. She now tells me it is her favorite movie and N. asks for the choo choo show sometimes.

Printable Fun!

I LOVE free printables! I found this free printable the other day on Pinterest and decided it would be perfect in the kiddos bathroom! Check out the other cute bathroom printables too. They are adorable!


& tons of free printable ideas on my Free Printables Pinterest board!

Vegan Marshmallow Treats!

My 1st ever time making rice crispy treats, except for I purchased puffed rice instead of crispy rice cereal, so I still can't say I have officially made rice crispy treats: hence calling them marshmallow treats. :) I know, crazy! Well these were vegan style and yum yum but tasted a bit too soft. The taste was the same as the original but the texture was off. Note to self: buy the right stuff. :) I mixed the butter and marshmallows together in a pot on the stove until melted and then poured them into a bowl with the non-crisp rice cereal. After stirring with two spoons, because it was hot, I poured the mixture in a 8x8 pan. I pushed it down in the pan and let it cool before we tried it. Super easy and will try again with the right cereal sometime in the near future.