Saturday, June 21, 2008

More on History...

We are finishing up our history study and loving every minute of it. I think I have bragged about Mystery of History here enough, so I will leave off that (though I *could* say more, you know - LOL) and share with you what we are going to be reading and listening over the next few months as we wrap up our study of the ancient folks. I am so looking forward to it!

The Ides of April

Beyond the Desert Gate


For the Temple

Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome

Ben Hur - Focus on the Family Radio Theatre audiodrama on CD

So what are you doing for the summer? We will be finishing this up and also wrapping up other work we did not get to over the year. We will be taking the entire month of August off of everything but fun. :+) Then September will find us at work again. I really don't like to take off more time than that as I find we start to get stir crazy and don't accomplish much. We have to be extra diligent to get it done in June and July - and they are busy months too!

So what about you? What are you looking forward to for this summer? For next year?

I have updated and added items to my "for sale" list. Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A day with smallish creatures.

Today was a special day! It is not very often that I get to spend alone time with my two smallest creatures. Daddy was partaking of part of his Father's Day bliss by spending alone time with the oldest three at Golfland Sunsplash. Dead drop water slides plus 90+ degree weather equaled a fantastic time for them. They came home lightly toasted, red-eyed, and full of stories of dark water tunnels and wave machines. It was good they older ones were the chosen for this event as there were some things the littles just couldn't do. That is OK - I got to have fun with them!

We started our fun time with a trip to see Prince Caspian. I didn't know what to expect, but I was not disappointed. There were so many beautiful parallels to God's call on our lives; so many examples of what it means to have faith in something not seen. I really enjoyed it. The girls did too. Emma shut her eyes for the short gross beaked creepy creature, but otherwise this was a much less "icky creature" Narnia. It was a darker Narnia though as so many things had happened in the kingdom, but Aslan's presence was truly felt. I think I liked it better than the first one.

From there I took my sweets to Chik Fil-A - which is a new thing here in CA (at least for us). I love it there. So friendly and helpful and just plain yummy. From there we went to a place I rarely go, the mall. I am not a great fan of malls generally, but this one has a really pretty carousel with so many different animals that the girls just love to ride. Isn't it delightful to be able to do small things that bring such pleasure to our children? I just love it. From there we spent money. LOL Perhaps that is why I don't generally like going to the mall! There were some tremendous deals there though - they must be feeling the pince that the rest of us do as every store had great sales. The girls *did* need some nice clothes... :+)

We came home to frozen berries with half and half (truly delicious) and a blended mocha for all - yep, even the littles - and some sweet reading time with some new titles from Barefoot Books. We are now the happy owners of The Barefoot Book of Princesses, Barefoot Book of Knights (because you know I have both, right?) Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, and Barefoot Book of Stories From the Opera. These are all gorgeous sturdy paperback or hardback and most of them come with the entire book on CD. I am really impressed with this company. They also produce one of my favorite Shakespeare books for children, Shakespeare's Storybook. All of these are full-color with creative illustrations and we really love them! It was truly special to sit with my very own princesses and read them. :+)

Daddy is home now and we are all in a very tired state, but it has been such a lovely day. I loved being with my "babies" today - just loved listening them them and talking with them and just loving them. They are little for so short a time! Enjoy your children this weekend - as we celebrate together their fathers.

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

For Sale

A good blog...


Just kidding. :+) You would never know that I do enjoy blogging with the time I have put into it lately. I am cleaning shelves and have compiled a bunch of things I no longer need (as I need to make room for more books!) LOL If you are interested in any of the following, please do email me at underthesky@gmail.com. The next step is ebay! :+)


Big list of books and a bit of curriculum too.

Shipping will be $3.00 for up to five books, media mail. For six to infinity it will be $5.00 shipping. Any questions, I will happily answer! I prefer Paypal, but will take a USPS money order. Thanks!


The Spartan, Caroline Dale Snedeker (new condition paperback, $6.00)

Stalin, Albert Marrin (paperback in good used condition, $5.00)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? Richard Maybury (very nice used condition, $6.00)

In Search of Knossos, Giovanni Caselli (full-color, hardback, gorgeous book in nice condition, $5.00)

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray (paperback, B&N Classics, nice used condition, $2.00)

Life of Patrick Henry, William Wirt (lovely hardback from HSLDA, great condition, $4.00)

The Arabian Nights, by Maxfield Parrish (Hardback, nice condition $4.00)

Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology (Dover Pub.) (Paperback, good used conditon, $2.00)

Caddie Woodlawn (Paperback, good used conditon, $1.00)

Eldest (Paolini) (Hardback, used condition, $3.00)

Secret in the Maple Tree (A Beka hardback book) (Nice used condition, $3.00)

Song of the Brook (A Beka paperback book) (used condition, $2.00)

Jane Austen A Life, (David Nokes) (Paperback, used condition, $2.00)

The Art of Sculpture (Hardback, nice used condition, $2.00)


Thanks for looking! :)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Great Link

The person who put this together shared this on the WTM Board. I thought it was worth sharing here because it had so many resources gathered into one place. :+)

Lizzie's List of Fabulous Websites for all Ages and Stages

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Scattered post with no real focus...

You were warned with the title! :+) Here I sit at 10:23 pm when I should really be getting myself ready for bed. I am recovering from a nasty chest cold so I really should be getting on, but I have missed chatting here. Life seems to be flying by that I have not made much time for this. I have had so many good resources come my way though, that I keep thinking, I have to blog about this! Now that I am here I am sure I won't remember most of them. LOL


I did want to share a fantastic new Christian historical fiction series from a really talented author called the Viking Quest Series. These were so engaging to me that I literally flittered a day away reading them! I rarely do such a thing, but these were good! And they are for your children so that tells you they are quite likely to draw them in too. (And I have the proof in my second daughter!)

We have been *so* enjoying our Mystery of History study! I mean *really* loving it. So much more than I ever thought we would. I think I keep saying that but the curriculum keeps surprising me by its coverage of so many things! :+) We also just read Victory on the Walls and really enjoyed it! It is quite close to the book of Nehemiah that it teaches so much in the story. I really felt for the Israelites and the faith of Nehemiah is real and vibrant. I highly recommend it! 


I am in the midst of planning for next year. I have not felt so scattered as far as school planning goes in a while. I have not been able to devote any serious time to it and with five children in the hopper next year I feel I need a few days to let my brain percolate on it. Really though, good luck to me trying to find those days! I will have to carve out some time once my real responsibilities are done for the day. It is something I really enjoy once I am into it though. The excitement of the next year is always a thrilling thing to look forward to even if it scares me a bit. :+) Have you finished your planning? What about your buying? That is the hardest part, isn't it? LOL

We have a new van! It is a lovely 2007 Town & Country minivan and we are so very blessed and happy to have it. I mean SO very happy!!! We also happened to need a new stove *and* dishwasher at the same time so needless to say it has been a banner week for Lowe's. :+) Too bad that rebate check hasn't arrived! I think we are doing just what they want us to do with it without it. LOL

So I have been following the election cycle pretty closely and am as diappointed as one gal can possibly be at this point. I don't know what to hope and pray for other than for God to be glorified. I don't feel we can ever feel hopeless, but I sure feel disgusted by the fare being dishes up to us from both sides. Would that Ron Paul stood a real fighting chance. I will probably vote for him anyway by write-in, but you know, I sometimes wonder what our country would *do* with someone like him in office! Just the thoughts of what could happen are enough to make me giggle. :+)

So that is not much to pour out of my brain at this time of night, I am afraid. I apologize for the most schizophrenic post I have offered you in a long while now. I hope to be more centered soon - once I stop coughing up my lungs. :+)