Friday, October 14, 2005

Update on Homeschooling

This is an update on what has been going on with Connections Academy and Nick and American School and Brittany.

First though, I wan't to thank the two who made comments on my homeschool blog and said that I am still homeschooling. You don't know what that means to me to hear that. I have removed myself from 3 different homeschool groups this last month due to all the remarks about Connections Academy. They feel that using Connections Academy is just a public school and that it is going to undo all their hard work they have done in the homeschooling field and the laws that they have fought for, that I finally just said enough is enough. I don't have alot of time to sit and read group mail let alone a bunch of negative comments on my choice for school. It might be a public school and they may call me a learning coach, but I am the one that is teaching him everything in the books.

The teacher, at Connections Academy, is wonderful and has been very helpful with ideas to help Nick to understand things. It is great to have backup when you run out of ideas. I love being able to just email or call her when I need. That is what I use to do with the groups I was in, but I wouldn't feel right in asking any of them after all the remarks that were made.

Anyway, Nick is thriving! I feel that I have made the best choice for him. He is doing great. He doesn't like reading that much because he isn't able to read bigger words ver well, but; you wouldn't believe the improvements he has made in just a little over a month.

My husband was hearing him reading to me last night and this morning he was so impressed at how much better he was reading. He said that he even thought Nick sounded excited about sending stuff to the teacher to look at.

He was very excited about it! He even wanted to send other things that weren't required to send in, just to show her what he has done. He got all of the stuff back yesterday that he sent in last Friday and was so excited to get his first piece of mail from her. He ripped open the envelope and was reading the little notes she wrote for him.

In her note she wrote that he has an A+ so far, and he knows that is a good thing. Also, she put a little coupon in his folder that says next month he can use the coupon to write one of his required assignments on and he wont have to send that assignment in. She said that he hopes he still sends her extra things to look at because she loves to see what he is doing. Nick was just beaming! He is so proud of himself.

Today is a day off and he deserves it. He has worked so hard and is doing so well. In fact last night, when I put him to bed, he said, "I think the teachers need to take a day off too, because I worked very hard this week." LOL I am so happy with my choice! More importantly, Nick is happy with school!

Brittany is doing well too! She has just started 11th grade and is almost done with all of her required courses. She is having a little trouble with Algebra 1, and unfortunately, I am not much help in that area. I was pretty good at it when it was Pre algebra and the beginning of Algebra 1 but, I explained that I can't just jump into the middle of a book. I need to start from the beginning to understand it. So, I have my work cut out for me for a while to help her. I told her that she can call her teacher and they will help her over the phone but she doesn't want to do that. I may have to make her, if I can't find enough time to read and understand it myself. I am also going to look online and see if I can come up with some good helpers for me and her.

She is doing well with all the other classes. She has World Literature left, which they are sending, and a couple of classes that she has here already for required courses. They are also sending her a Clothing class that is one of her electives. She is so happy that she is finally getting one of her electives.

She also chose Spanish 1 and 2, Drawing, Food study, and one other that I can't remember. This year is going to be fun stuff for her after she gets all of her required stuff done. She may even be graduating early. That would be great.

Well, that is what has been happening here. I hope you are all having as much fun as we are so far this year.

Friday, September 30, 2005

My Desktop

I just wanted to share what I have been doing with my desktop lately. I run Windows XP Pro and have made some adjustments. I hate having a cluttered desktop. I like order. This is what I did to organize my desktop. 1. I made a toolbar for My Network Places and made it auto hide on the left side of my screen. 2. I made a toolbar for My Documents which is linked to my data drive and auto hide it at the top. I made a Desktop pop up toolbar on my task bar at the bottom. So the only thing that shows is my Dashboard and my pretty wallpaper. Almost all of this information I learned how to do from my favorite newsletter; Cloudeight Info Ave. Premium. The dashboard was one of their recommendations and I love it! I also got the wallpaper from Cloudeight too.
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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Nick's first week of Virtual School

Well we made it through the first week of school. What a challenge. I had to change my schedule all around but we made it. It is a great curriculum although, it might be a little more challenging for Nick than I thought. I think that we will get through it alright. I got a call from the teacher and she said that if in a couple of weeks he is still having trouble that we can change his level if we have to. I hope that he will be able to get through it and do fine. Some of the things he is ok with but others he was frustrated or playing around and then I was frustrated. GRRRR. The joys of homeschooling a boy. Brittany loved homeschooling, but Nick doesn't like school at all, so this is really different.

More later.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Nick is officially enrolled in a virtual school.

This is the best thing that I have seen to come to Oregon for homeschoolers like us. I have a very busy schedule with housekeeping business, paper route once a week and trying to teach my children with some sort of a schedule that will be benificial, and personal bible study, meetings etc.! Boy, did I need this. They schedule, you fill in what you need time for, they adjust, you get a lesson plan, books, learning material, etc. and they have teachers there to grade papers or online work etc. Oh, and did I mention that this is FREEEEEEEEEE! Can you believe it?! I have never been so excited in my 10 years of homeschooling to have something so helpful as this. It is a charter school that is actually a virtual school. It is a public school that is done at home. I love it and we haven't even started yet.
All I know is that this last year trying to teach my son was a real trial. Mainly because of the hearing problems that he had that really delayed his learning; but also because of my schedule. It is crazy at times. But, I really feel that this is a blessing and that we will be able to do it with some adjustments in our schedule. I have already taken steps to change that. If you homeschool you need to try check this out. I know that many people will love it and many will not; because they don't want to have anything to do with public schools. But as for me, this is definitely the best thing to come along in quite a while.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Lesser Known Proverbs

This was sent to me in an email and I thought they were really great!

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

A day without sunshine is like…night.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

Seen it all, done it all, can’t remember most of it.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted then used against you.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

You can’t have everything…where would you put it?

Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.

The things that come to those who wait are usually the things left by those who got there first.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Check out My Photoshows

I just did some updating to my photoshows. I still have a couple more to do but wanted to at least give you last weekends fun. Enjoy!

My Photoshows

This is for Marissa

You were asking about the Puppy. So this is for you. He is winking at the camera because of the sun. Posted by Picasa

Tuff in his new Doggles

Tuff in his new Doggles. He loved them when we are riding on the Motorcycle. Posted by Picasa

Top of McKenzie Pass

Our bike. I'm looking at our silly puppy behind the bike. We were at the top of McKenzie Pass here. Nothing but lava rocks everywhere you look. We ate up in the castle that looks out over all the mountains around us.  Posted by Picasa

Two of the Three Sisters Mountains

North and Middle Sisters of the Three Sisters Mountains. South is hiding behind Middle Sister. Posted by Picasa

Ride to Sisters

This was a very nice ride but, it was hot and my bumm was very sore. I think I had a bruise from sitting on the hard seat at the convention last weekend. We had to stop often and stretch. Normally I can go about 200 miles without stopping but not this time. OUCH!

Our dog went with us this time too. He hates to be left at home and we have some doggles for him now that he really likes. He will ride all day with those on. So cute!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Math Program Arrived

It arrived and I have had a chance to play with it a little. This is a great program and I know it is going to help my youngest in learning math and LA. He sat down with me today and played with it for a little bit and didn't get too upset that I was having him do school in the summer. LOL They were suppose to be doing alot more this summer than they have but as caotic as things have been, I've been letting it slide. This program is getting me back on the right track and helping my son too.

If you haven't already got it, I totally recommend it. It isn't a fancy program but does everything you need and more; and it is the right price. Not any school programs out there for this price that does all of this. I love the ability to make worksheets, and they can also do the work on the computer too. Since I have to work, whatever he is working on, I can print it off and take it with and when we get back he can play a game or do some work on the computer program itself.

Also, this is very important to me; I am one that likes good customer service. Scott, the creator of this program is very customer oriented. He is there to answer any questions that I have. I just email him and he gets back to me in a couple of hours and most of the time less than two hours. Unlike these spendy programs that pop out a random email and still leave you guessing as to wether there is a real person at the other end or not. Then a few days later you might get a response. I can't say enough about all the customer service that he has given us. It is great!

Friday, July 15, 2005

Math and Language Arts Programs

This is something that I am going to be trying out. It is a great price and was created by a man who has been teaching for 22 year and tutoring for 10. He wanted to do something for parents who really care about giving their children a good education.

I will be letting you know more about it after I get it, but it is worth way more than what he is charging people so I am already recommending this to all. There are 7 programs and some of those are for creating worksheets for your children.

I am really looking forward to receiving it and trying it out.

Try it out for yourself!

This is also in my list of school links.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Beach run last weekend

Last weekend we went to the beach to meet up with a guy that my hubby has been talking to online through the VTX board. He and his wife flew in from Texas to visit his brother and then they met up with us on Sunday. We had a few riding with us too. Unfortunately, it rained some of the time on the way over there. We headed up to Tillamook and then went through Cape Meares, Pacific City, and to Lincoln City. By the time that we reached Cape Meares it was partly sunny. And when we got to Lincoln City it was getting to warm, even for me! I had to start stripping clothes. Good thing I had alot to of clothes on. LOL Any way, here is another slide show with the few pictures that we took for that. I am also going to make one for the Astoria trip too.
I'm having too much fun doing this! LOL
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Our Astoria Trip

Here is another photoshow of our Astoria Trip two weeks ago.
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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Last Years Bridge Ride Show

I downloaded a program that comcast is giving to its users. Here is a link to a show that I created of our bridge ride from last year. Turn up the sound. The music with the pictures is kind of funny. You can laugh if you want. I give you permission. Enjoy!! Oh and while you are waiting for it to download, play the memory game. Just click on the link provided when you get there.
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Monday, June 06, 2005

Our trip to Astoria, OR

Below are some pictures of our trip to Astoria, Oregon this last Saturday. We had a nice ride. It only rained on us a couple of times, but it wasn't that bad. We also, had a wonderful time when we got there. This was the 20th anniversary of the making of "The Goonies" It among several other movies were filmed in Astoria, Oregon. That wasn't what we initially went there for, but we did get to take a few picutres of the places that were in the films. See below for the pictures.
We actually went there because a friend of ours was going to be coming down from Washington and we wanted to meet up with him half way. Haven't seen Al since last summer about this same time. It was nice to meet up with him again and catch up on things.
There is so much more to see in Astoria that we didn't have time for, so we are going to have to go and stay over night and get the full tour in next time. Hope you enjoy all the pictures.
I also picked up some postcards for trading and will have them scanned and ready soon. I will post on the group and here so you will all be able to see what we have to trade.

Until then, take care!

Lazy Days for these fat fellows! Posted by Hello

Columbia Lightship.  Posted by Hello

Liberty Theatre in Astoria, Oregon. Posted by Hello

The house used in Free Willy 1 and 2. Posted by Hello

The school used in Kindergarten Cop. Posted by Hello

Part of the bridge to Washington from Astoria, Oregon. Standing in front of the Goonies house. Posted by Hello

Our trip to Astoria, OR to meet up with our friend Al from Washington. Al has the Gold and black Softail Heritage and we have to beautiful Blue Honda VTX. ;-)  Posted by Hello

Have you ever seen the movies "The Goonies"? This is the house that the main character, played by a very young Sean Astin, lived.  Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Bonsai - Wisteria

This Wisteria was purchased almost 5 years ago and just started blooming last year. This year, we are in for a real treat. All those little purplish things you see are buds that are going to be beautiful. This was also a very large tree when we bought it. About 5 feet tall. Posted by Hello

Bonsai - Lions Mane Maple

This is another one of my favorites. It is a Lions Mane Maple. The leaves are just coming out and by summer each group of leaves will be full and almost bush like. I will continue to take pictures and show you as it grows. This one was bought about 4 years ago and was about 5 feet tall. He first air layered it to try and get a few little trees off of one. He was successful and got two really nice little trees. This one is my favorite of the two. Posted by Hello

Bonsai - Flowering Pear

One of my husbands works of art. This flowering pear was 20 feet tall when we first bought it almost 5 years ago. It started blooming about 3 years ago and each year it gets more beautiful. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The best and the worst.

The most destructive habit..........................Worry
The greatest Joy........................................Giving
The greatest loss......................Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work..................Helping others
The ugliest personality trait....................Selfishness
The most endangered species.........Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource..................Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..........Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome....................Fear
The most effective sleeping pill............Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease.................Excuses
The most powerful force in life.........................Love
The most dangerous pariah.....................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer........The brain
The worst thing to be without........................Hope
The deadliest weapon............................The tongue
The two most power-filled words.................."I Can"
The greatest asset........................................Faith
The most worthless emotion.......................Self-pity
The most beautiful attire............................SMILES!
The most prized possession.......................Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication...Prayer
The most contagious spirit......................Enthusiasm

Don't Post Enough!

I was looking over things and realized that I don't post enough. I guess things have been a little crazy around hear and I didn't want to take the time. Well, it's really early in the morning and I have a little bit of time, so I'm finally posting again.
When my kids are gone at their dad's I miss them so much. They were with him the last two weekends in a row. They were suppose to come home Monday but didn't until Tuesday. Of course I knew they were staying an extra night, and that is when I really started missing them.
When you expect something and then it gets put off for another day, Yikes! I don't know what I would do with out my babies. Brittany wouldn't like my calling her a baby, since she is going to be 16 this year, but hey, she is still my first born and always will be my baby. Nick is going to be 8 in just a few more weeks, but, I think he enjoys being the baby without being called the baby. Does that make sence?
I wish I could spend more time with them. I have to work, so my time with them for school is limited. Which means that time for play is even more limited. Although, we are going to go to a play tomorrow called Treasure Island. Can't wait for that. We've went to 2 plays now and so far we have really enjoyed them. The first one was Bunnicula and the second (Nicks Favorite) was Puss 'N Boots. It was done very well and they included the audience in it at times which made it even more fun.
We watched Finding Neverland yesturday and it was a good movie. One that I will recommend. There wasn't any swearing, sex, or drugs! How did they do it and actually make a good movie! It's amazing what can still be done with out all that other stuff that you don't want your kids to see. Hint, hint to any of you movie people: I want clean, good stuff!
Well, I better get busy, my day needs to start. It's going to be a long one today. I have to go and do my paper route and then clean 2 houses. I'm already tired just thinking about it. Funny but my shoulder started hurting to. LOL I don't think it wants to work today.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Poetry Page has been updated

Just to let you know that I updated my poetry page. I finally found my newsletter that the children and I made about 4 years ago. I was so excited that I immediately went to work putting the poems and one funny story on the page.
Check it out! I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Sad day for us all.

Our sweet little bird, Congo, who has been learning all these great new things to say and do; died yesterday. She got tangled up in one of her toys while there was no one around. We still don't know how it happened. But it was an awful day for all of us. My husband especially. He is so upset about it. He loved that bird so much. She was so sweet to him. He had been sick with the flu the last couple of days and now he is sick emotionally over her. He was so upset that he took everything out to the garage, the huge cage, the play rope from the ceiling, and the other play stand. I felt so bad for him. It will be along time before any of us get over her. The house is so quiet with out her.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

A to Z of Love

The A - Z of Love

Love ....
(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(N)ever Judges
(O)ffers support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(U)nderstands you
(V)alues you
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plain things you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality

I just received this in a newsletter that I get from this website -

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Boys are getting into the act!

I just checked out this link above and was really impressed. Boys are getting into knitting. I wonder if there are any left - handers?
The link below is to my new blog that is going to be just for knitting.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Left-handed knitters read on....

Are you left-handed? Do you knit? I've been on this list for a while now and I totally recommend it. There have been some ongoing discussions about how to change stitches to knit them left-handed. There are some very knowledgable people that have been helping me alot.
I've been knitting for 30 years, and have never been happier about getting some actual help. If you have had trouble with right-handed knitters saying there is no such thing as left-handed knitting, you must join this group. I would like to see a left-hander tell a right-hander there is no such thing as drawing right-handed. Hand them a pencil and tell them they have to draw left-handed. It is the only way! Many left-handers have been told they have to learn to knit the "right way". I just want to say, there is no "wrong way!"
Come and check out this site:
You wont be sorry.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Mozilla Firefox Browser

Has anyone ever used this Browser? I cant seem to get anything to work right. The Bookmarks wont show up with out me going into Bookmark manager. Also, you are supposed to be able to drag and drop things onto the toolbar. When I do this, it shows up until I close the Browser; then when I reopen it, they are gone.
Anybody have any suggestions? I have checked their web site but can't find anything about it.
Thanks for any help anyone can suggest.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Google Toolbar

Google Toolbar

If you haven't had much luck with pop up blockers, I really like this one. It can stop them all and lets you know, so if you want to see the pop up you can allow it. I seems to be pretty good at blocking almost all of them on the medium setting. I only get a one or two that get through a week. You can also set it up to so that it will allow pop ups on certain web sites all the time.
Just thought you all might like to know so that you can get rid of those annoying pop ups. By the way, I've tried about 6 different ones. This was the best.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Congo is such a character

Congo is in the other room saying "Let me Out!" over and over. Then she says "Want a cookie?" Like bribing me will let her out. LOL She is soooo funny. I just got home so she has to tell me all the things she couldn't say before while I was gone.
She is giving kisses and saying "Love you". Now it's "Congo is a pretty bird." She is whistling trying to get my attention. Pretty soon she will probably start crying like a baby. That is really funny. She goes "Wa, wa, wa". I think she learned that one from this commercial that has a baby crying over a baby monitor and the people just turn it off. I can't remember what the commercial was for but I didn't like it.
She loves to immitate all the irritating noises. And she is very good at it. Although, they aren't that irritating when she does it, just funny.

I am going to go and try to knit a little bit, so I will talk to you all later.
Take care.

Those are Safety glasses on Nicks head

My mom asked me why Nick had curlers in his hair in the picture with him and his bi-plane...they are not curlers; they are his safety glasses or goggles. Smile!
Boy, would Nick be mad if he thought anyone thought he had curlers in his hair!
Just wanted to clarify in case anyone thought the same thing. LOL

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


I've been making lots of dishclothes and scrubber/dishcloth combinations. They turned out really nice but, stupid me forgot to take a picture of any of them. I thought I better take a picture of this one before I give it away. Hopefully I will make more of the scrubber ones soon and show you how nice they turned out. There was a blue gerber daisy, an apple, and a really pretty sunshine daisy. It was white and yellow. Posted by Hello

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Nick with his Bi-Plane that he built. Posted by Hello