Sunday, May 31, 2009

Prayer for Elijah

Sharing a picture of my sweet Elijah getting breakfast this morning. Elijah has been having some issues with his health. He hasn't been feeling well and is needing to take naps during the day. He also has an infection around his button that we can't seem to get healed up.

Elijah has become more vocal about how he feels and he broke my heart one night while he told me how bad he feels all the time.

Would you mind saying a prayer for my little guy?

We are now in a season of stepping back and taking time to rest and allowing me to focus on Elijah's health.

I'm here.

I'm here, I've been sick for a couple of weeks now and haven't felt like posting. Elijah has been taking his turn at not feeling well too. Now Jody has decided to join in on this sinus fun.

A few weeks back we had a huge rummage sale at a friend's house. I took 11 loads of stuff over and we had the sale for two days. I still can't believe how much money I made.
$1,285!!! I kid you not!

We had tons of stuff. I never did get all my stuff set out. When the sale was over I still had stuff in bags and boxes that no one even looked at.

I sold a wooden train table and train stuff for $60, Betty Luken's bible felt for $50, a TV for $10, puppets for $15, duplos for $30, a toy Home Depot work bench with all the plastic tools for $25 and a Sega game system for $30. That's all the big items I can think of. Most everything was .25 cents to $2.

I had a lot of fun making deals with people. We were giving stuff away left and right too.

I had 9 huge boxes of junk toys, this man was digging through them. I told him he could have all 9 boxes for $10. He said "why would you do that?" I said "so I don't have to take it home."
He gave me $10 and went to make room in his truck. We loaded all 9 boxes up with STUFF and they were over flowing by the time he was ready to load them.
A van load from a group home of adults came and it was so much fun loading them up with stuffed animals. They each had $3 to spend so we would see what they liked and gather it up and say $3 for the bag. They were so tickled!
This one lady was pulling baby bottles out of this big toys r us bag, she had about 10 bottles picked out. I told her it was $2 for the whole bag. She asked how much they were each. I told her $1 each or $2 for the bag. She took the whole bag.

I had this big bag of syringes and this man wanted 4 of them. I told him the whole bag was free, but he insisted he only wanted 4 so I told him ... you either take the whole bag for free or they are $1 each. He took the whole bag.
This one man came up on a electric wheel chair scooter thing. He said he liked music so Dakota found every cassette and cd we had and put in his box tied to the back of his chair. We also gave him a pair of crutches.

I'd tell people $5 for everything on that table. They would take it and then I'd fill the table up again. It was a fun two days, but rummage sales are a lot of hard work!

Once we got home from that we had to get ready for the CHA used book sale. I made $387 off that.

We had planned to take a family vacation with the money, but Dakota had worked so hard I wanted to bless him, so I bought him a new camera that he is very pleased with.

I've pretty much been sick since the book sale.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What's in Monday's workboxes?

It's back to school time for us. Most homeschool families are trying to come to a stopping point and thinking about when they will start back for the new school year. Since we are the odd balls, we've taken off while we were so busy with important life stuff and now we are ready to get back to work. We will school through the summer, as long as we are home and it's too hot to do anything else, then take off in the fall.
I think we are down to one activity and that's yearbook meetings for Dakota. :)

Anyone who worries about homeschoolers getting enough socialization should come hang out with us. We are on socialization overload!!! I'm seriously thinking we need to go on a socialization fast!

So my plan is to stay home and do some school work. Tomorrow we will try to get back into the swing of school. I'm starting Elijah out with only 4 workboxes. One reason is to slowly work our way back into the routine and the other reason is I hope to get him in for a doctor's appointment tomorrow. (so much for staying home!)

So what's in Monday's workboxes?
1. math workbook
2. Easter pages for his Bible notebook that we haven't got around to finishing.
3. Tri-Ominos game
4. writing workbook

Dakota's work drawers.
1. geometry (I think he has 3 or 4 more lessons to go)
2. work on pictures for 1 hour
3. start Life Of Fred book
4. watch Format Writing video

Monday, May 4, 2009

Our School Room

Almost done! We have been working on cleaning out our school room for the last week. This was a huge job and it's really hard to work at home if your not at home.

We will be changing the theme to space soon. We bought space material for curtains and also we want to make a skirt for the school table. Elijah can't wait to hang up the glow in the dark planets too.

Here is a little tour of our school room.
This is the front door to our house so the school room is the first room you walk into at our house.
We will be moving around the room to the right until we get back to the front door.

The little black box with the drawers is our charging station. All our phone chargers, DS charger and camera, ipod and battery chargers are kept here

This is the school table that I like to keep cleaned off, but a stack of books usually appears on this table then that stack grows and more books keep coming.

Under the table we have boxes labeled math, science, art and such for hands on stuff.
The drawers on the end of the table have paper, white paper, colored paper, card stock, designed paper, card making supplies and construction paper.
This old entertainment center holds Elijah's notebooks, over sized books, art/craft books and how to books. You can see Elijah's workboxes, but I don't think I have mentioned that I got a set of drawers for Dakota. He kind of lost his space where he used to keep his books and needed some thing. This will also help me see what he's done.

We used to have a timeline on this door, but now Elijah has a timeline notebook so I decided to hang pocket charts.

My desk.

Elijah's desk.

Dakota's desk.

The shelves above my desk.

Shelves along the wall above the boys desk. Last week we went and bought a ton of boxes, came home and sorted through everything we had on the shelves and boxed it up. I'm so tired of everything being dusty. It will be much easier to dust these boxes rather than all that small stuff.

We have some boxes that are still empty.

Here we have a Bible shelf, a logic shelf, and history shelves.

This is the big cabinet!
Here is the big cabinet opened. The boxes are two deep on the shelves. We have stuff sorted into boxes such as space, human body, presidents, Egypt and so on.
There is also a language arts shelf and a math shelf in there.

Next is the Five In A Row shelf and our science shelves.
We have went all around the room and now back at the front door.
This is a close up of the FIAR shelf. After all these years of using FIAR I finally organized my books and added stickers to color code by volume.

Did you see any empty space? It still looks like a FULL school room to me, but some how, some where all this came out of that room. We now need to go through all this and get it ready for our homeschool group used book sale next week.