Monday, January 26, 2015

Fun Weekend With The Biannual Blogathon!

Biannual Blogathon Bash

I had a really great time joining in the Biannual Blogathon weekend!  I didn’t finish everything on my to do list, but I didn’t expect to.  I just like having a list of goals to work towards.

This weekend I managed clean out 4 of my email inboxes.  That feels sooo good to have them empty and anything important filed away!  I’m almost done my last email inbox to.  I joined in on 4 of the twitter parties and had a great time.  I learned about some new programs and sites that I want to check out later.

Up until this morning I was still wrestling with what to use for my blog comments.  I decided to go with Google+ comments for now.  If I change my mind later at least I wont lose the comments made on my blog before the switch.  I’m on Google+ a lot anyway, I LOVE it.  I just find it so much more flexible then Facebook. 

I haven’t changed my sidebar yet, but I did find 2 good ideas for it.  When I was on WordPress I used a plugin called Social Media Tabs to display my latest actions and subscription info in the sidebar.  I  loved this plugin!  I see they have a version for non WordPress sites as well and I’m thinking about buying this one.  I also found a tutorial on how to make a WordPress style tabbed widget in Bloggers sidebar.  I would like to give this one a try soon to.  Maybe put my archives and tags in that to save space.

And last but not least I backed up my blog theme and posts.  I try to do this every few weeks, it is very important to keep your blog backed up!  As for the rest of my to do list, I’ll keep working on a little of it each day.

Did you join in the Blogathon?  How did you do on your goals?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Biannual Blogathon January Fun!

Biannual Blogathon Bash

I’m joining in the January 2015 Biannual Blogathon!  I think this is my 3rd maybe 4th time joining in and I love it.  I find that it’s great motivation to get a lot of my blog related to do list checked off.

  • Clear out my email inboxes.  This will be filing important emails and trashing the rest.  Emails can really pile up and I feel better if my inbox is empty!
  • Start draft posts of my up coming reviews.
  • Work on some ideas I have for free printables.
  • Write a new About Me page.  When I moved from Wordpress back to Blogger last winter I forgot to copy my pages. (Can I blame my preggy brain at that time?? LOL)
  • Look at a new comment system again.  I still haven’t made up my mind what to use.  I sort of like the default blogger comment system except that it does NOT notify people that I have replied to their comments.  I use Google+ comments on my family history blog and really like them.  Perhaps I will go with that, but then I don’t like that only people with Google+ account can comment.
  • I would like to clean up my sidebar a bit.  I would like to work on a widget to put my social media into a tabbed widget to make more room.
  • Work on editing photos to update some of my older recipe posts.
  • Then of course I would like to join in some of the mini challenges run at the Blogathon!  These are always fun to work with.

I’m really looking forward to getting a lot done this weekend.  Would you like to join in?  You can find out more about the Biannual Blogathon here.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up Jan. Week 2

This past week we've been studding the fall of Rome as we are starting to study the middle ages.

We read the Story of St. Albans in Our Island Story.  This is a story about the first British saint being martyred.  He was ordered killed about 308 AD by Emperor Diocletian.

We also enjoyed reading the Dark Ages in The Discovery of New Worlds.  Then we read the first chapter of Story of the World Vol. 2.  This was an overview of the Roman Empire, how large it was and some of it's main features.   Part 2 also covered the Romans leaving Britten.  We read this chapter twice.  The first time we read it and I had the children narrate back to me what they liked and felt was the most important parts of the story.  While I read the children worked on the coloring page in the Activity Guide.  After narration and discussion we did the map work.  This was tracing the boundaries of the Roman Empire, finding Rome on the map and coloring in the Mediterranean Sea.

Later in the week I reread the same chapter of SOTW we discussed it some more.  Then the children completed the craft activity of making their flying carpet page.  They had a lot of fun with this! Especially Ds6.  As I was reading the chapter he was adding extra details to his picture.  He included some of the big apartment buildings the Romans built.  After this we did a drawing and written narration. 

This week we also watched 2 short videos from the History Channel on the fall of Rome.  I found these video ideas on the Story of the World Video Links blog.


We are also starting to work through the documentary series Tudor Monastery Farm.  We have watched part of the 1st episode so far.  This is set a little further along the history time line then we are in our reading.  There is so much good information in this series I plant to watch it twice with the kids.  The first time we are just enjoying it, the second time I plan to add in some activities and notebooking about what we watch.

This past week we also watched 2 good documentaries about the war of 1812.  War of 1812 Forged in Fire episodes on Laura Secord and & Isaac Brock.  Both were done very good!  Dd12 had been studying the early 1800's on her own earlier this year so it fit in well for her.

We’ve had a fun week!

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap-Up.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Is So Pretty!

Goodness it’s been cold here this week!  Tuesday the temperature dropped down to – 25 C plus a wind-chill.  I thought that was cold enough but nope Wednesday just had to out do it by dropping to – 28 C!  Burrr!!  We decided to do our shopping on Wednesday and had a nice time out.  When we first went out the frost had built up on the trees overnight.  With the sun shining on them, they were just beautiful!   Today it’s been a LITTLE warmer, but the cold water pipe for the washing machine had frozen.  It took me all day to get it thawed out.  Reminds me of last year when that kind of cold lasted for months.  Eeks I’m glad that so far the winter hasn’t been that bad again.

tees in winter trees with frost trees with frost trees with frost

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Odds and Ends This Week

Winter has returned this week!  It’s been a week of strong winds and a lot of snow.  Most of the week the roads have been closed and when they were open they were still in bad shape.  I think winter is trying to make up for such a mild December! LOL  I bet the kids in public school loved it, the buses were shut down all but one day this week.  They had a 3 week Christmas vacation!   We took most of this week off as well, just keeping up with math and watching some interesting documentaries.  Next week we get back to our normal schedule and I’m really looking forward to that.

I haven’t been online much this week.   Baby girl has been on teething overdrive and needed a lot of cuddling time.  She’s starting to feel better now.  Little one has her two bottom front teeth, one in and one half way in.  I think her tops are starting to.  Ouchy poor dear.

I did decide to change the Linux version on my computer this past week.  I’ve been using Bodhi Linux for the past few years and love it.  But it’s running on an older version of Ubuntu and the newer versions of the software I want isn’t available for it.  So I decided to try something new.  After testing out a few different distros I picked Linux Mint 17.1.  I LOVE it!  So far it’s the only version I’ve used that everything worked right away.  I didn’t have to fuss with any settings for it to find my network/internet or other devices.  It has been working great for me all week.  I just might put Mint on some of the other pc’s in the house. :)

I’ve joined in the Genealogy Do Over, but I’m doing a modified version of that and posted about that on my other blog.  That will keep my busy for the next few months!  This week I’ve been busy getting all my favourite software set up the way I like and ready to go.

This weekend I’m finishing up school lessons for the next few weeks, getting the Christmas things packed away and starting to plan our seed orders for this coming season.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Our Christmas Photos

This past week or so has been both been crazy busy and restful at the same time.  I’m late getting some of our Christmas photos up because we’ve been ENJOYING just resting and doing Christmas activities.  I decided again that we would do the 12 days of Christmas this year, so really we are celebrating until Jan. 6th.  I was to tired this year to plan a bunch of activities to do, so we have been just enjoying watching a lot of Christmas movies, reading some great books and of course a lot of baking!

The more stressful parts came with all the unexpected shopping we had to do.  One of  these was the 23rd we decided to wrap gifts up in the afternoon so we could relax the next day.  That’s when we discovered we didn’t have all the needed batteries.  Oops!  So we headed out to town that evening and hubby ran into Walmart to pick up the batteries and a few other little things we would need.  Yikes was it crazy busy! LOL  We treated the kids to a supper out and decided on subs again.  Then enjoyed looking at the lights as we drove around a bit.

This year we had our big Christmas supper on Christmas Eve, so that our dear friend could come.  We had planned to get together Christmas day, but they were calling for a storm on Christmas day.  So we had a lovely visit on the 24th.  The next day it was raining and the winds were very strong.  Areas further north had some power outages but we were ok.  Thankfully the kids slept in a little bit! lol  When we heard them starting to wake, hubby and I got up to get the wood stoves going to warm up the downstairs.  We put the Christmas lights on and some soft music in the background.  Just have to love the fake wood fireplace they play on TV each year. LOL!IMG_4491 Baby girl juts loved her first Christmas!  She enjoyed trying to pull goodies out of her stocking.  She also received her first little doll and the bouncer she’s sitting in.  Although we gave her the bouncer a few days early.  She’s been teething and needed something “new” to distract her a little.

IMG_4516IMG_4561  Ds has been asking for a train set for a few Christmas seasons now.  This year we thought he was really ready for one.  Boy was he surprised!  He’s been playing with it nonstop as well.

IMG_4519Dd10 and dd9 had both been asking for cameras for a long time and had used mine a lot this past summer.  So we thought they were ready for their own to.  They just love them and have been taking soooo many photos and videos.  They can’t wait to take them on our nature hikes to take photos for their nature journals.

 IMG_4535Our oldest dd has been asking for a mp3 player and was thrilled to receive one this year.   It’s been loaded up with music and soon audio books to!  That will free up the computers a bit at school time to.  heehee IMG_4548Dd7 received a new doll and just loves her little ballerina! Poor dolly had an accident Christmas morning.  Dd was painting with a paint by numbers kit and had BLACK paint on her hands when she picked up her doll.  Yup black streaks all over the face and hair of the doll.  The paint came out of the doll hair easily but the face?  Yikes!  I don’t know what they are making kids paint out of these days but it sure wasn’t washable.   We ended up using a little acetone on a qtip and that cleaned it right off.  Lucky!


Despite the weather outside being yucky we had a lovely day just resting.  Since we had our big supper the day before we enjoyed leftovers for supper.  It was kind of nice and we might make that a new tradition!  Normally we are juggling hyper kids, gifts and trying to cook and bake a large meal on the same day.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a Happy New Year!

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