Ariel, The Call Duck

003This is Ariel.  She is a Call duck.  She also happens to live in our house and share a room with my daughter.  How did this happen you ask?  Why do I allow a duck in my house?

Well, let me start off by telling you all about Ariel’s first couple of days with us.  The person that incubated her egg, called us to let us know that two ducklings had hatched.  We gleefully went over to her house and brought those ducklings home, only four hours old.

However, only one of those little ducklings survived.  She was too small to go outside with our big ducks and chickens, so my daughter decided that she would stay in the house with her.

022We bought her a plastic bin to live in.  My daughter has decorated the whole tub with lots of stickers, which Ariel playfully nibbles at.  Ducks taste everything, much like a baby.  It’s really their only way to learn what something is, if you think about it.

This sassy little quacker may only be slightly bigger than my hand, but she is a stubborn fighter.  She is often seen running through the house, head low, mouth open in a silent hiss, scolding us for whatever we may have done.  She’s a bossy thing.

Ariel is my daughter’s best friend.  Her baby.  She sleeps in that bin next to my daughter’s bed every single night.  When we traveled to Montana last Summer, the duck went with us.  She really didn’t mind the traveling.  Montana she seemed to be okay with, but in Moses Lake, WA, she didn’t like being in the hotel shower.  We stayed there for a couple of nights on the way home.

She even went into a gift shop with us in Montana.  We couldn’t keep her in the car, it was too hot and she quacked like crazy!  So we put her in the little stroller that she is in at the beginning of this post.  I covered her with a baby blanket, and pushed that thing around.  No one ever knew!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little post about Ariel.  I’ll probably share more about her in the future!

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Very Late Update on Our Farm

cand197qWe are slowly creeping into Spring here in the Pacific Northwest.  Our baby chicks have grown into young adult hens and roosters.  The tulips in the front are exploding through the dirt to reach for the sun.  And we’ve actually seen the sun and not just buckets and buckets of falling rain.

Homeschooling is going along pretty smoothly lately.  We still have our little bumps here and there.  But I can see the progress that have been made and it is very encouraging.

We just finished the History book that we have been reading for a while.  This would be the second book in the series written by Susan Wise Bauer.  The enjoyment that we get out of reading these history books beats any text book, any day!

I have a few videos, well, about 24, lined up on YouTube for the kids to watch before we start reading again.  This is basically to go back through the times that we’ve learned so far.  The kids like the change of pace.  I’m not sure what they will think of these videos though.

The guy seems a little cheesy to me, but hey, kids like cheese, right?!

Anyway, after we are finished with the videos, we’ll start reading The Story of the World book three.  I really can’t see starting a different History program now.  We will finish this out with book four when we’re done with three.

Watch soon for a review on book three.

I have tried to schedule our days a little more.  Mostly because I have so many things to do, that if I don’t follow a schedule and work on certain things at certain times, I’ll just run around like a tazmanian devil and accomplish many areas of nothing.

And of course, it doesn’t work at all on days like today, when I just do not have the motivation to do anything.  The kids wanted to take off President’s Day, like public school students, but I had said no.  This morning, my body was screaming YES!

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Life on the farm goes on though.  The animals don’t stop laying eggs or ahem…depositing waste, just because I am not motivated.  And today was one of those days that work on the farm needed to be done.  I’m very thankful that the sun was able to hang in the blue sky, with very little clouds dancing in front of it.  It made working outside just a little exciting.  But just a little because I was still freezing cold.

I was also able to visit with the girls and roos while I was out today.  Even snapped a photo of one of the babies that we had last Summer.  She turned such a black that she is has glossy green feathers.  Very beautiful.  I named her Raven.  She is almost completely black, except for a little bit of white on her legs, and maybe beak.  And that’s only been the past couple of months, before she was all black.

So while we all anxiously await Spring here, we’re taking the time to enjoy the beauty and crispness of Fall.  Hope you are also enjoying your Winter!

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Homeschool 3/13/2014

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Today was a day spent driving all over and entering store after store after store.  Mostly my goal was to get my laptop fixed.  But it took several trips to get it sent off.

So today, once again, school was not on the schedule.

But that doesn’t mean no one hasn’t learned anything!  Bubba took it upon himself to build a pair of stilts to use.  Oh the creativity of that child!  And he wants to grow up and be a carpenter, with his own business.  I LOVE the dreams and direction that he has.

Stinky has had her nose stuck in a book for most of the day.  Love to see that!

Now the kids are playing outside, swinging on a rope and getting baseballs stuck on the roof.  Boy, won’t Dad be glad to hear that he has yet another baseball to rescue.  Science abounds outside, especially on a back yard farm.

After all, it’s a live documentary watching the chickens and ducks around here.  Life lessons are to be learned everywhere!

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Homeschool 3/12/2014

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The sun is actually shining here today in the Pacific Northwest!  Right now, my kids are outside, enjoying that sunshine, and throwing baseballs up into the air and trying to catch them before they hit the ground.  It’s 2:00 in the afternoon and kids are still in school right now, plugging away at their books.  While mine are getting their exercise right here at home.  All of the school work for today has not been completed, but they can do it a bit later tonight.

  • Bible:  Confusion Part 2, the population of countries after the tower of Babylon, Acts 17:26
  • Math 3:  Place value
  • Math 4: has not been completed yet today
  • History: The start of the Franks (France), Clovis, the ex-barbarian and the beginning of France
  • Reading: Peter, the Goatherd by Grimm’s Brothers
  • Science: No Science today, unless we decide to read a bit about Salmon later today
  • English 3: Using the dictionary, practice spelling
  • English 5: Being courteous, study habits and using the English book, practice spelling

We only have 2 stories left in Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  I want to hurry and finish that book, as well as my boy, so we can finish reading Scout.  If you have never heard of that story, and you like to read Christian books with your kids, you should check this book out.  There is a whole series of them.  I have the first one called The Secret of the Swamp.  It is written by Piet Prins.

You can find it in for some really cheap on Amazon. You can find it for sale on the right side of my blog.  Click on that link and you can easily get it for 1 penny!

Happy reading and homeschooling!  We’re halfway through the week today!

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Homeschool 3/11/2014

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Yesterday’s studies did not include anything out of a book.  We had errands to run, people to visit and we were pretty much dragging most of the day.

Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the choice to skip a day of lessons.  Kids will still be learning, but they are learning what I like to call, Life Lessons.  Going to the grocery store and gathering groceries, totaling prices, reading the list, pushing the cart, standing in line, paying at the cash register, finding what you want, unloading groceries from the car, to the house and putting them away, that is all Life Lessons.

In my opinion, it is just as important for my children to learn the values that will be instilled in them by running errands.  They learn patience, how to socialize, how to work with other people and many other things that prepare them for life in the real world that public school, or even homeschool curriculum lessons won’t teach them.

Some days, we even need that.

My children love to learn and are always learning on their own.  They play pretend school and make up their own lessons plans.  My daughter, at 10, has taught herself about different countries and such by reading a book of Social Studies that I have in our homeschool library.  She also studies Spanish on her own and has learned quite a bit.  I do know some Spanish, so I am readily available to help with pronunciations and putting together sentences.  Pretend homework and school assignments are given to her, and she will actually do them better than she does the homeschool lessons that I plan!  Another series of books on my shelves teaches life values through historical figures.  My son, who is 9, taught himself who the first black Major League Baseball player was by reading those.  I don’t even know that!

The past couple of days, my kids have discovered all of my old comic books, including Archie.  My son has a more difficult time with reading and letters, so I try to find him books that he likes to read.  He likes short chapters and the words printed big.  But finding Archie and Jughead has opened a whole new world of reading for him.  He has spent the past 3 days voraciously going through the comics that I have.

Which means that for the majority of the car ride that he traveled yesterday, was also time that he spent reading.  That is a successful day to me.

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Timeline of My Day

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A normal day here is not very normal.  lol

Mondays are my favorite days of the week.  It’s a fresh start to a brand new week.  A week to get things accomplished.  A week to explore, learn and praise God for all that He brings to it.

Today’s schedule is pretty much what an average day looks like around here, Monday through Friday.  The only thing that today is missing is errands, because thankfully, I don’t have any to run today.  And that always makes any day, better!

6:00 am – Wake up, Devotions

7:00 am – SWAG Bucks

8:00 am – Wake kids, Kids feed, Work on 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control (1MMAGC) stuff

9:00 am – Blog

10:00 am – Workout, Amanda does dishes today, Start school at 10:40

11: am – Homeschooling

12:00 pm – Lunch, Cleaning

1:00 pm – Cleaning

2:00 – 4:30 pm – Crochet

4:30 pm – Cook dinner

5:00 pm – Whenever – Crochet

The evenings are mind to do what I want.

Our dishes schedule rotates through the family, so I only have to wash dishes once every four days.

On Saturdays, that is my day to sleep in as late as I want to.  After I get up, I usually feed the chickens and ducks for the kids.  Then Saturdays are spent folding laundry, planning for the upcoming week and anything else that I fancy.  Sometimes I do get some housework done also.

Sundays we try to go to church.  So I’m up around 7 am.  Some Sundays I feed for the kids, other days I make them do it.  The rest of the day is devoted to NASCAR or football, whichever happens to be on and naps.

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