Friday, June 15, 2012

Our week~ Pioneer experience, babysitter class and more!

The Homeschool Mother's Journal 

In my life this week…


This week has been busy with final preparations for Tommy as he got ready for Trek.  Trek is a pioneer experience where he will be hiking approximately six miles a day with handcart for 3 days.  He had to look up an ancestor that traveled in the actual Trek.  That will be his name while he is on Trek.  He had to have full pioneer attire.  He was allowed no modern day technologies.  He was only allowed to take 17lbs worth of things, which had to include a change of clothes and shoes, a rain poncho a coat, amongst other things.  They packed all their items in a five gallon bucket and that bucket will be their seat while on the trail as well as around the campfires.  This is a huge part of how our family came to Utah and is a great historical as well as personal experience for Tommy.  I can’t wait till he comes home on Saturday to hear all about it.


Emily and I have been sewing.  We both wanted neck camera straps for our cameras.  We don’t own a nice fancy expensive camera that comes with a neck strap so we made our own.  We  made 3 straps all together.   One for my camera, one for her camera and one for her cell phone.


Emily also started Babysitter Training this week.  She is so excited to be able to put Red Cross trained on her resume`.  They have been teaching her so many other great things, such as how to write an ad, and resume.  How to play simple games with kids of all ages.  Some discipline techniques and more.  


We have spent five out of the past seven days with at least some time running through the sprinklers.  It has been okay, since my lawn needs to be badly watered.

One of the most exciting things going on is that Katey is in the middle of softball tournaments.  After a sad season they have been taking the tournaments by storm.   She plays the championship game tonight and could end up having to play up to 3 games in one night.  This could prove to be a disadvantage for us.  We sure are having fun watching and she is having fun playing too.

In our homeschool this week…


Tyler has been spending some time on Starfall.  Yes, in a beanie, in the middle of summer. 


Katey has been flying through her reading books.  I am so proud of how much she has read.   She has also been working on some copywork from  She has also continued some math practice, mostly on IXL this week.  She loves earning the rewards.

Tommy kept up on his copywork, math and reading before he left.

Emily has kept up on her math, typing and reading.

My favorite thing this week was…

Writing Tommy a letter from my heart for him to open up while he is on Trek.  I think I may try to write my children letters more often and at random times.  Maybe each year for their birthday and one at their 1/2 birthday.

What’s working/not working for us…

Our relaxed summer schedule has still been working for us.  We really enjoy that it is not to much pressure and we can still do many extra curricular activities as well as enjoy a spontaneous summer.

Things I’m working on…

Being realistic as far as how much we can actually accomplish, in life, in homeschool, in general.  I continue to think that things will take less time than they actually do.

I’m reading…

I finished Mockingjay    Now I am reading some potty training books.  I have plans to start potty training Tyler either the last week in June or the second week in July,  both my older kids will be gone.  I think I will have more time to devote the time and attention that it will require. 

I’m cooking… 

Not very much.  I have been doing fairly simple meals, Chicken and pasta, Steak and salad, Baked Potato bar.  These are the usual summer meals around here.

I’m grateful for…

Change.  I am grateful that if things aren’t working out, I can change it. 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…


Emily loves to climb trees.  I got this great picture of her climbing high in a tree. 

This post has been linked up to Homeschool Mothers Journal and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap Up.


Jen said...

wow!!! what an experience the Trek will be and he must be fit to be able to walk that far each day
I LOVE history

lovely neck straps :)

little ones are funny with what they want to wear arent they :)

you sound like you had a nice week :)

Deborah said...

That Trek thing sounds super interesting. I bet he is going to love it.

We are at the beginning of winter here. So we're waiting on the snow. :o)

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Jen said...

Love the idea of the Trek. That sounds like such a wonderful experience. I love that we can change whatever doesn't work for us too. That is one of the true beauties of homeschooling! ;) Hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Chareen said...

Trek sounds like a one of those experiences you never ever forget. I hope he enjoys it.

Way to go on the babysitting training. Have fun.

Sir N enjoys Starfall too :o)

Thank you for your reminder that I can change the things that aren't working out.

Have a great holiday time


Unknown said...

Wow, the Trek sounds like it could be a life changing, amazingly empowering event! So wonderful!

Unknown said...

Oh what a great experience TREK will be! I think I would enjoy doing it...even with the 6 miles of walking! LOL

The straps are great! My camera strap isn't comfortable after a while but I bet yours are!

Shanna said...

What a busy week! I love the Weekly Wrap Up idea. I will have to check out this meme.

Our family loves to hike, it sounds like a wonderful experience for your son!

Sharla said...

That pioneer trek sounds like it will be quite an experience for your son! What a great learning opportunity!

Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

I love the camera straps you made. That's a great idea!

My youngest isn't quite old enough to babysit yet but I'd love to do a babysitting class sometime soon. I've been keeping an eye out for one in the area.


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