Sunday, August 29, 2010

How to make a big decision..

This past week I have had to really think about what would be best for my daughter. Many of you read that this school year I was going to place the kids into public school. That is what I did, many things are different between home school and public school and I have seen first hand this past week just what those differences are.

My daughter had a horrible first week. I feel the teacher never looked at my daughter's file to see what if any challenges she may face. Natalee had severe ADHD and GAD. She is medicated, although I would love for her to not be. I told the teacher on the first day that Natalee is a beginner reader and her writing and spelling can use some work. I was straightforward and never held anything back from the school.

I knew there would be an adjustment and my son is doing that, still tries to get up when he is suppose to be seated, but his teacher is awesome and we are working together to find his learning style. Natalee is just not getting it, which some of it is because no one can seem to take the few minutes to show her. Take the lunch line for instance. Natalee has never not once eaten lunch in a lunchroom. Thursday when I picked her up she said she was starving, turns out she did not eat lunch because she had no idea how to go through the line. Friday I had a meeting with the teacher and said flat out that someone needs to walk her through the line to show her how it works (this was before lunch) When I was taking Dustin to school, there was Nat wandering the halls looking for her teacher. She had not eaten yet because she needed help. At that time her teacher came around the corner on her way to pick up the kids from the lunchroom. I shot her a look and she knew she had once again done me wrong. She then took Natalee through the line and Natalee was able to eat.

There is a lot more but it breaks my heart to reenact how Nat's first week of school had gone. So now I am left with some big decisions to make. Because she is behind in reading and writing I have 2 choices. 1 place her in a first grade class, where she would be able to not only learn what school is all about but also be with others who are at the same level in reading and writing. 2 pull her out of school and home school her at the 2nd grade level with more emphasis on reading and writing.

Right now it is looking like we will place her into the first grade and see if she can finally adjust and if not then withdraw her from public school. It is such a hard decision, so once again I will be up at the school to talk to the Principal, Assistant principal, and counselor and try to come up with a plan of action.

I will keep you updated as we continue this crazy journey...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Kids and School

As many of you know this year the kids decided to give regular school a try. Today is their first day!!  So last night I got all of the back packs ready to go, the kids picked out which outfit they wanted to wear, and actually went upstairs to go to sleep quite well.

This morning I went up and woke the kids up at 6:45, not to bad they got up and came down stairs all dressed. We had cereal for breakfast, took meds, and then it was time to brush teeth and get hair done. I helped my son with his hair, he has it spikey and then put a braid in my daughter's hair.



We were going to walk but as much as the Hubbyman tried he didn't make it home this morning until after 7:30 so we loaded up in the Van and away we went. It was complete chaos!! Sure they listed out which teacher the kids had but no room numbers were listed, so after walking around the main floor we traveled upstairs. Found out that my daughter's 2nd grade class was the only one downstairs, so we dropped off my son to his 4th grade class and traveled back downstairs. Finally after asking one of the Soldiers what her room number was, he walked with us to help us out.


My 3 year old also starts his special class today but that is not until this afternoon and at 3:15 I get to pick up all 3 of them and see how every one's day went. It is too quiet here and I am not sure how this afternoon is going to go when it will be just me and baby home.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today I was SPOILED by the Hubbyman!!

Hubbyman's birthday is coming up and I have an idea of how I want his cake to look, so tonight while we were out and about I had him stop at Hobby Lobby so I could just look at a couple of things.

Well I walked out of there with:
Wilton 101 Piece Professional Cake Decorating Set with Tool Caddy

Wilton Flower Nails

Wilton Flower Nail Templates

Wilton Trim 'n Turn Plus Cake Turntable

Wilton Roll & Cut Mat

Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant Mold Set

Wilton Fondant Rolling Pin

Wilton Make-Any-Message letterpress set

AND

2 packages of White Rolled Fondant

Yes I def. got spoiled (I never usually get anything for myself)  and I can't wait to start using everything. Besides the Hubbyman's cake I also want to make a cake for a new little one born to one of my Best Friends.

I will share all my creations with all of you.

Time 4 Learning!!!



Have you heard of Time4Learning? Last year during our home school year my children soar through everything I had purchased for the year by March 1st. Obviously I had to find something else because the kids need to be in school for 180 days. So I went on a search and came across Time4Learning.

I read up on it, looked at the lesson demos, and made my decision. They even have a Parent Forum that allows you to ask questions to others using the program.

Now my 7 year old just never had the urge to want to read and I know that reading is an essential part of the learning process. After the first lesson in Language Arts for grade 1 my daughter was trying to read. I was amazed and she was so proud of herself. She is still new to reading but the program kept her interest long enough to want to learn. After the first lessons using Time4Learning I knew that I had made the right decision for my kids. They excelled and better yet the Time4Learning system kept track of all time logged in, which activities they had past, and how they did on Chapter tests.

Little did I know just how important the whole record keeping was until as a family we made the decision to let them try traditional school. I did keep records, but they were not nearly as thorough as the records kept by Time4Learning. After printing out the records from Time4Learning I was able to hand the school easy to read paperwork on what the kids did and where they are at. For me I had to fill out some paperwork and I was able to take the percentages of each section and come up with a final grade.

We will keep Time4Learning throughout this coming school year as it can be used for extra practice and can also help them if they are having some problems with a subject.

I am very happy that I found Time4Learning and I always tell my friends about it. Head on over and have a look!! You may find that Time4Learning can help your child like it has for mine.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Energizer Smart Charger How it would make MY life easier!!

Since there are 6 of us here in this house ages ranging from 1 to almost 34 we have A LOT of toys. I always say I should just buy stock in the darn battery business because I feel I am always changing batteries in something. If it is not the baby's favorite toy that teaches him some great stuff, it is the Wii remotes, the mouse for the computer, or some other item. It is a never ending cycle and I hear at least twice a week "Moooom!! The batteries are dead, again." Believe me I have come to dread those words, mostly because we are usually out of whichever battery is needed at the time. It the item takes a AA, when I go to replace it we have 0 AA's but a ton of AAA's. With a Smart charger I would never go to the battery drawer (yes we have a whole drawer just for batteries) and not have the size needed.

So you ask how an Energizer Smart Charger could help me? I would LOVE not to have to buy a crap ton of batteries every month and while I know not every toy or product can use rechargeable batteries the majority of them can. I know the Wii remotes can and just that can save me a bunch, in fact I would save so much that I could go out and buy new toys that take batteries. LOL It would also be nice to get my kitchen drawer back and use it for something other than batteries..

I wrote this in order to try and get a Target gift card and an Energizer Smart Charger from Energizer. I learned about this from jleighdesignz. Who not to mention is an awesome blogger and I have learned so many things from!

Do you use a lot of batteries? Do you use rechargeable batteries? I want to know what your experience has been.
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The Rattles!!! Review and Giveaway!!


Do your kids LOVE music? At our house music is our #1 choice for entertainment. We listen to many different kinds. When I first heard about The Rattles thanks to The Musebox, I was quite surprised at who they were being compared to, but after listening to them the Hubbyman and I agree they have a sound like the Beatles, which for the Hubbyman made listening to a children's CD that much more enjoyable.

You can download and listen to “Wavy Lane”  This is just one of the great and fun songs by The Rattles. http://themusebox.net/mp3s/wavy_lane.mp3



From the press:
New York, NY– Hailing straight from the swamps of Central Jersey, an eclectic band of anthropomorphic critters known as The Rattles are preparing to roll out their debut studio album ‘RATTLE ON’. Working in the classic traditions of The Beatles, Moxy Fruvous, The Monkees, and They Might Be Giants, The Rattles apply a fresh fusion of classic rock and power pop that is sure to appeal to fans of all ages and put them on the map.

The unique animal collective consists of four stellar musicians and life-long friends – Gus, Kitty, Sal, and Hal – who describe their upcoming release as “the album we were born to make”. From start to finish, ‘RATTLE ON’ provides a solid testament to The Rattles’ undeniable musical ingenuity, jammed with catchy pop melodies and feel-good vibes that are sure to inspire lots of head swaying and booty-shaking.

With their trusty manager Benny and a devoted legion of roadies all named Elvis in tow, The Rattles intend to take their show on the road and connect directly with the people who inspire them most – the fans. With such a distinct background and a colorful collection of grooves, The Rattles are shaping up to be one of the most intriguing new music acts of the year.

I caught the baby of the family dancing when we were listening to the CD, so I made a little video catching his awesome moves.




The Rattles Cd is now out there for everyone to buy and enjoy as of it's release yesterday.

The Rattles released a music video for "Rattle On" I have to say that Rattle On is one of my kids Favorites!!


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You can learn more about The Rattles by visiting their website HERE

Thanks to The Musebox I have an additional copy of The Rattles cd to giveaway to one of my awesome followers.  This giveaway will run until September 8th!! On that day I will use Random.org to choose a winner.
To enter just leave your name and email address in a comment along with who the cd is for. Nice and Easy!! Good Luck!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Waking The Witch Review and Giveaway!!

I have had the opportunity to read some wonderful books since I started doing reviews and entering giveaways and this book Waking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong is no exception. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. It took me a few days to read it as life  read the Hubbyman and the kidlets got in the way of my Mommy time. Ha Ha I could have easily read this book in one sitting if given the chance. For me that means that a book is a good one if it keeps me wanting to read it and not set it down for anything.

Here is a little from the press release: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, Dutton, July 27th: A whopping seven of Armstrong’s adult Otherworld series novels have hit the hardcover and mass market New York Times bestseller lists, and both of her young adult Darkest Powers books hit the New York Times children’s list, debuting at slots #1 and #5. Her first two novels, Bitten and Stolen, continue to sell in huge numbers, and, on July 27th Dutton will publish WAKING THE WITCH, where she introduces her youngest protagonist, Savannah Levine, to the Otherworld audience.

Savannah is a spunky, spirited, and talented young witch, and at twenty-one, Savannah is tired of being a mere assistant at her adopted parents’ PI agency so she jumps at the prospect of solving her own investigation. Soon, Savannah finds herself caught in a web of unraveling secrets, a burgeoning love affair, and a shocking revelation that threatens to shatter her entire world.

You can learn more about the Author and her books at  http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

You can buy the book from places such as Amazon.

You can win your very own copy right here. To enter this giveaway which will end August 30th all you have to do is leave a comment (be sure to leave your email address) and tell me something that you have learned about the author from  Here

Yes once again a giveaway that is very easy to enter. Good Luck!!

A Wild Light Review and Giveaway!!

You may remember my computer game review of  Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Game, if not check it out here. Why is that relevant to this book review, well that game is based on marjorie M. Liu's Tiger Eye novel. 


A Wild Light came out on July 27th which is another book from Liu to add to her list of amazing books. I honestly could not put this book down (only put it down when life called for Mommy help) seriously it kept my interest that much.


Here is some info from the press release:  A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu, Ace, July 27th: Marjorie is the incredible author of two ongoing New York Times bestselling series: the Dirk & Steele paranormal romance novels and the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series. She is also co-writing the ongoing bestselling Dark Wolverine series for Marvel, along with NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow. The video game based on her Tiger Eye novel, Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Game, is a top ten bestseller at Big Fish Games. A WILD LIGHT, the next Hunter Kiss novel, is set to release July 27th and Maxine Kiss will have to face a darkness that may finally consume her.

For too long Maxine Kiss has felt an inexplicable darkness insider her—a force she channels into hunting the demons bent on destroying the human race. But when she finds herself covered in blood and crouched beside her grandfather’s dead body with no memory of what happened or of the man she loves, Maxine begins to fear that the darkness has finally consumed her.

You can learn more about Liu and her books at  http://www.marjoriemliu.com/


You can buy A Wild Light at Amazon and many other places. You can win a copy right here!!

To enter the giveaway which will end on August 30th all you have to do is leave a comment (include your email address) and tell what your favorite book or book series is. That is it, nice and easy!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wow have I been busy...

I made the big (last minute) decision to switch things up this school year and with that comes a lot of running around for me.

This year my 9 year old, my 7 year old, and my 3 year old will be going to school. What in the world are me and Mr. Smiley (aka the baby) going to do without the other kids here? Of coarse my 3 year old will only be going for half a day, so that may help.

You know that feeling when your child starts school for the first year, well I have that times 3.  My oldest went to pre-school for 2 years, Kindergarten, and 1st grade in what he calls normal school. lol My daughter went to pre- school, so I thought I would feel less of this feeling. I guess having them home for 2 years straight and making this decision last minute has made the feeling worse.

Now we are busy trying to fit in everything we need to get done before school starts on the 23rd of.this.month.. Being a little overwhelmed would be an understatement. LOL  Today I made 3 appts. At those appts the kids will be getting school and sports physicals. Yes I said sports physicals, not only are the kids going to go to "normal school" all 3 want to play soccer. I got my oldest an appt. before his registration day, the other 2 however will have registration and school will start before they get physicals. Oh well at least I made the appts.

Today I get to go pick up 3 packets from the school, hopefully the supply lists, and come home and start filling all that out. I am hoping that we already have most of the supplies, I also have to go get 2 lunch boxes and 1 girly back pack because my daughter just CAN NOT have a plain blue one for school. lol Then we have 3 pairs tennis shoes to get and of coarse I will have to get each of them a first day of school outfit.

All of this along with our normal crazy days, I just hope the kids enjoy it. I know that if it does not work out, i can always bring them back home.

Be on the look out tomorrow for 2 reviews and giveaway items to be posted. I just finished 2 books and I have 1 of each to giveaway to my wonderful readers!!!
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And The Winner Is!!!!

The giveaway for the Brugo Mug ended last night.  Sorry I am just now posting up the winner. The next post will explain what is going on around here. .

So I know you all want to know who Random.org picked as the winner.  I put in 1 as the beginning number and 9 as the ending number. Random.org chose number 6.

That is:
Danielle who said:


I am following your blog via Networked Blogs

I will be emailing Danielle in a little bit, but if you see this before the email, go ahead and contact me.

Congrats Danielle and thank you to all who entered.