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2014 Year in Review

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As you all know, 2014 saw some big changes in my blog. First, I joined the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This commitment has been really good for me in several ways. It helps to make sure I blog regularly. That’s not too hard, since I love sharing my thoughts and ideas on these pages, but knowing that it’s expected of me is a pretty good motivator on those “I just don’t want to” weeks. I’ve learned a lot about social media and blogging by being a part of that group of wonderful ladies. And let’s not forget the curriculum! I have the wonderful opportunity to try out different things and share them here with all of you.

Besides the Crew, you’ll remember that I also changed my blog name and platform earlier this month. That was probably the biggest change to “my space,” and it’s one I haven’t regretted for one second. I love the new name and URL! Continue reading

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Our Reading List – December

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Here are in a new month. Can you believe that it’s December already?! A new month means time for a new reading list. Here’s what we’re reading in December.

Read-Aloud – everyone

I found a book called A Newberry Christmas at the library. It’s a collection of 14 short stories by beloved authors including Beverly Cleary and Madeline L’Engle. We’re really excited to dive into this one!

Wendy – that’s me!

It’s my turn to get Gray Mountain, the new John Grisham book from the library. I just got the email notification this morning that it’s ready to pick up, so I’ll be doing that very soon. Super excited! John Grisham is very near the top (probably at the top, honestly) of my favorite authors list.

Seahawk – 5th grade

Assigning my non-reader a novel a month has been working out really well. You’ll remember that he read Holes last month. Well, I’m pleased to report that he absolutely adored it. His words: “It’s my favorite book that I’ve ever finished!” When he finished the book, we did family movie night with the film. It was almost as big a hit as the book.

This month, I’ve picked a book for him that also has a movie. The difference this time is that it’s a movie we already own the DVD version of: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It’s been a couple of years since the boys watched the film (starring Brendan Fraser), but they used to love it, so I thought it would be a great choice for Seahawk’s assigned book. It was originally written in German, so it will be a good culture study for Seahawk as well. Even though he’s reading a translated version (of course), it likely won’t be like a “normal,” American book. Also, it’s about twice as long as any book he’s read before (a whopping 532 pages). That will give him the confidence to read much longer books. Because of the book’s length, though, I’m giving him both December and January to read it. I don’t mind it taking him more time to read longer books, but I do want him to be exposed to books of all sorts of difficulty and length. I picked this one for this time of the year because we typically take school things easy in December, so he’ll have more time to read.

Munchkin – 3rd grade

Munchkin has already finished his book club book for this month (Love that Dog by Sharon Creech). He was asking me for something to read on Monday this week (when the library is closed), so we dug through our personal library, where I

found The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary for him. He’s moving

through that at an incredible clip (after only two days, he was halfway done), so I picked up Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine from the library for him to dive into when he finishes Motorcycle. This is another one that is a movie (a more famous one

than Inkheart), and Munchkin watched it one day about a year ago when he was sick. He thought the movie was hilarious, so he’s looking forward to reading the book.

 

 

Small Fry – age 2 1/2

Small Fry is still really into Franklin the Turtle. Franklin books are really fun, so I’m happy to get them from the library and read them to him as often as he likes :).

What are you reading this month?

Blessings,

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The Big Change

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Hello, dear readers! I’m so glad you’re here today. I’m finally ready to go over with you what this “big change” I’ve mentioned is all about.

Ready?

I’ve made the jump from this free version of WordPress to a self-hosted (read: dot-com) site.

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I’ve got a new name for my blog! The content will be the same, but new name is Ladybug Daydreams (musings of a homeschool mom). During this transitional phase, I’ll post here and on the new blog, but come January 1st, I’m going to be blogging only on the new site.

The reasons for setting up a new blog are twofold. First, I wanted more control over the appearance of my blog. Here on the free WordPress, there’s very little freedom. Second, I’m starting to get a bit more “serious” about my blogging/writing, so I wanted a more professional URL that actually matches my blog name.

I’m doing my very best to make this transition as easy on you guys as possible. I’ve read online that I can contact WordPress support and they’ll move all of your subscriptions over to my new site for me, but they’re closed for the Thanksgiving holiday until next Monday, December 8th. As soon as there’s someone back in that office, I’ll be sending the email to request that change, so hopefully that means you won’t have to do anything. If you follow me on Bloglovin’, however, you’ll need to head over to my new Bloglovin’ page and follow me directly.

I’ve already moved all of the content from this blog to the new one, so all of your lovely comments and my posts/pages from here are there. When you go to the new blog, you’ll notice that it looks an awful lot like this one. That won’t be the case forever. I’m having a professionally illustrated header done, but the illustrator isn’t available until mid-January, so I’m going to use the header from this blog (with the name changed, though) until then. So don’t freak out when you click those links and the page looks the same *laughs*.

I think that’s everything… Please leave me a comment if you have any questions as we move through this process together!

Blessings to you all!

Schoolhouse Review Crew Seeking New Bloggers

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You guys know that I’ve been a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year, and that it’s been amazing experience for me. There’s a forum of great homeschool parents to chat with, buy and sell to/from, and pray with and for. There’s the opportunity to receive and review loads of great products. And you’ll (potentially) be pushed as a writer/blogger.

Well, if you’re interested in joining this great group, you’re in luck! Because sales for the 2015 year are going gangbusters, the Crew has opened up a second round of applications. Head on over to the Crew blog for more information and the application. You won’t regret it!

Blessings,

Wendy

Trying Something New…

Hello friends,

I’m going to try something new to see if helps traffic on the blog a little bit. From now on, you’ll see just a bit of the post in your email, and will need to click through to continue reading. If you hate this, please let me know via a comment on any post or through the Contact Me form. I’m not set that this is the way it has to be forever, but I want to see how it goes for a while. Thanks for understanding!

Blessings,

Wendy

Happy Independence Day

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I just wanted to take a moment to wish my fellow Americans a very happy Independence Day. I hope your celebrations are memorable yet safe.

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I have a Simplicity post drafted in my head, but our internet has been wonky this week. Hopefully we can get it fixed next week; as soon as we can get it figured out, I’ll be in a better position to write that post up.

Blessings,

Wendy

Happy Birthday, or 33 Things About Me

Yes, it’s that time again: My birthday. Sharing 32 things for 32 years was fun last year, so I’m going to the same this year. So without further ado, here are

33 Things About Me That You May Not Be Able to Easily Deduce From Reading my Blog:

  1. I’m very quiet. That’s why blogging is perfect for me. I can get my thoughts out without having to verbally say anything.
  2. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had loads of ideas for this post. Now that I’m writing it, I can’t think of a single one.
  3. I never did finish reading the Dragon Tattoo series I was working at the time of last year’s birthday post. I got halfway through the second book and then had some other things come up that I either had to read or was more interested in. Recently I’ve been interested in some of the classics that are free or cheap on Kindle. (Currently The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Up next is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson.)
  4. Also on my to-read list this summer is The Book Thief. I mentioned wanting to see the movie, and Will saw the book at Goodwill and picked it up for me.
  5. My favorite flowers are carnations and daffodils. Those are my mom’s favorites too, so we always had them around when I was growing up. That’s probably why they’re my favorites!
  6. Will remembered this last year when he was buying perennials to plant in our front yard. I’d forgotten that one of the plants was a carnation. Imagine my pleasure when it started blooming this spring!
  7. I’m ambidextrous. But not in the “I can do everything equally well with either hand” way. In the “I use both hands equally but for different tasks” way.
  8. I hate listening to music in the car. I find it oppressive because you can’t get away.
  9. When I was kid, my dad gave me a big box of fireworks for my birthday. Every. Single. Year.
  10. My church is completely bilingual, English and Spanish.
  11. In addition to sewing and crocheting, I’ve recently rekindled my love of embroidery. That was my first experience with crafty things as a child, but I hadn’t done it in years. Last week, I picked up a new project and have really enjoyed it.
  12. I taught the boys, too. And they love it too. Embroidery has been much better for them than crocheting or cross-stitching was.
  13. For my wedding in 2001, I embroidered and made ring bearer pillows. They were done to match the bedding we had chosen – ferns and pinecones.
  14. We didn’t end up having any ring bearers, but the pillows still graced our bed for years.
  15. We did not live together before we were married.
  16. One of my favorite possessions is the teddy bear that Will gave me for Christmas the first year we were together (1998). It is still on my bed today.
  17. I recently made a fresh batch of cloth diapers for Small Fry. The elastic in the yellow ones had worn out.
  18. This time, I embraced his boy-ness and made them with dinosaurs.
  19. I don’t really like having pets. We have a frog, and that’s about all Will and I are interested in. Nothing that wanders the house getting in the way.
  20. This policy comes from a cat we had about 5 years ago. Its name was Caesar and it was an awful cat.
  21. We don’t have a TV. We watch shows and movies on our Kindle Fire. In the winter, we have fires in the fireplace and talk at night.
  22. Our current house is the first time we’ve had non-white walls. I like the color!
  23. I keep my hair short because I don’t like having my neck covered (unless it’s by a scarf in the winter).
  24. I think ceiling fans are dumb. They don’t cool a room, and running them causes them to gather more dust than not running them in my experience.
  25. My favorite kind of pen is a refillable gel pen. I currently own two.
  26. My boys love art, so I recently made them each an “art bag.” This is a small-ish messenger style bag designed to hold a sketch pad, pencil, and reading book.
  27. Will liked them so well that he wanted one too, so I made him one. He uses his for paper, pens, and his Bible, and uses it mostly when he goes to book signings or church.
  28. I love elephants. They are hands-down my favorite animal.
  29. I got to ride one a couple of years ago, right before I was pregnant with Small Fry. That was one of the neatest experiences I’ve ever had.
  30. We didn’t find out the gender of Seahawk or Munchkin before birth. We did with Small Fry, and if/when we have another baby, I’m definitely going back to the not-finding-out way.
  31. My favorite guilty pleasure shows are Breaking Bad and Dexter. Both have really nasty anti-heroes, but both are really good shows.
  32. Will recently got me into Mad Men too. He’s been watching it for years, and now we’re watching it from the beginning together.
  33. I have dimples. They’re not super noticeable, but they are there. Munchkin and Small Fry have inherited these. Theirs are both deeper than mine, especially Munchkin’s.

So there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

Blessings,

Wendy