Hi guys! I hope you had a great weekend. Do you believe in a week it will be Christmas?! It is such a wonderful time of year. I love all the decorations, lights, and Christmas music. One thing I have learned from past Christmas’s (is that the correct punctuation?) is not not to let myself get caught up in things and stress out. Not to allow buying gifts, making the perfect cookies or rushing around to steal the joy out of the season.
We try to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, our family and making memories. I think Christmas has become so commercialized that people forget to slow down and use the time to just be. Just he with your family. Just be at home. Just take time to relax and reflect. I hope you take some time to just be. To enjoy the season and have some fun. To let loose a little. Don’t worry about the house, sit down and play with your kiddos.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I will finish up posting things this week and have the Thinking Tree giveaway on Wednesday at noon Eastern. After I announce the winner I will be taking two weeks off. I may post things here or there, but not much! I’ll talk to you all later! Mandy
Hi guys!! I think we are all better now….at least for the most part. Lol. I hope you all are doing well.
Do you believe it is almost Christmas? This year has flown by. I’m curious, do you stress over all the Christmas activities and gift getting and giving? I used to, but then I realized that this is the time of year to remember all the blessings and joy God has given to us. Yes, things may be frustrating, maybe you aren’t where you planned to be in your kiddos schooling or your stressed over the money you don’t have to buy gifts, you feel like you don’t have enough time to get things done….and so on.
Guess what, first of all you are not alone. Second, don’t worry about it. Things will fall into place and you know what, if they don’t, then they don’t. Don’t allow it to get you down. Don’t allow frustration and fear or disappointment to drag you down. Look at what you have, beautiful children, a roof over your head, food in your bellies and a God that loves you more than you can comprehend. Sometimes it is difficult to see the blessings in our lives. If that is you right now, try to be thankful for the air in your lungs, for your heart beating for any one small thing. I pray you can find something to be thankful for and that you have a fun time with your family this Christmas season. Talk to you soon, Mandy
P.S. Watch for a video announcement this week on our Facebook page.
Hi guys! I can’t believe it is Wednesday already. We have been trying to get our routine back in order after last week. Not, that we have a real strict routine, but it is nice to have a little consistency in our home. Lol. As you all know, we have had ear infections, sinus infections and pneumonia going on here. Everyone seems to be getting better though. WH is feeling much better. He is still tired, but not as much as a couple days ago. We we’re finally able to get some Thinking Tree journal time in and we read some more books together. LH and WYH worked on some math too. WH has mostly been working on some independent things with his journals and watching documentaries. WYH, LH and I tried to build a gingerbread house yesterday. It didn’t go so well. Lol. The icing just didn’t hold strong enough and well, here is the final result. Lol. It was so fun though. All three of us had fun making a mess, eating the candy and watching it crumble. Lol. LH had his gymnastic exhibition this past Saturday. He was so nervous about it, but once he got to the gym and with his coaches and teammates he calmed down and did amazing. He loves it so much. We love watching him too.
Poor WH has missed his archery club the last three weeks. Once because we forgot and the last two because of being sick. We are hoping he will be able to go next week. He had a really good time when he went before and he loves shooting his bow. So, that has been what we have been up to, not too exciting. Lol. How has your week been? Were you able to go on any fun field trips or did something finally click for your child that has been a struggle for them? Were you sick like we have been? Let us know, we love hearing from you! I hope you have a great rest of the day! Talk to you later! Mandy
Christmas season is here!!! As hard as it is to believe, it really is here. The time to celebrate Christ’s birth, to be with family and a time of giving.
Giving is such an amazing blessing. I love to give things to people. I think I get more joy out of it than the person I am giving it to. Lol.
There is just something about giving that feels so wonderful. I think it has to come from God giving His son to us. He gave a sacrifice that I don’t think many of us would be able to do. In that gift, He gave us so much I don’t know that we even comprehend everything.
I do know that blessing others with a gift of any kind will bless you more than you may realize. Even a smile could change someone’s day. I remember one time when I was working at the store called Fashion Bug…if you remember it. My boss was really hard on me. Any slight mistake and she would yell at me or say something condescending.
A customer saw this happen one day and I was trying so hard not to cry. She looked at me, gave me the sweetest smile and said, “don’t worry, things will get better.” She made feel so much better and she was right. Shortly after that my boss started being nicer to me. She was never really nice, but I didn’t dread going to work when she was working too.
So, even if you can’t give something physical remember to give a smile, kindness and most of all love. You may not know the affect it will have on someone. You may save a life….or at least help them through something just by showing kindness and love. I hope you have a great week! Talk to you later, Mandy
Wow, its Thanksgiving week already!
I love Thanksgiving. Its a time to reflect and look at your life to see and remember what you are truly thankful for. It’s a time to take a break, relax, and to enjoy eating together. I really hope, especially if you have been stressed or just had a rough year, that you can take some time to look back and write down some things that happened that you are truly thankful for. Write it down even if its just one small thing. Tuck it away in your Bible, a book you are reading or are going to read. Stick it somewhere you will find it unexpectedly one day, put it in a scrap book or make it look pretty and frame it so you can see it and think if it often. Just remember it. Remember the good things, look beyond the sad, hurtful, mad and frustrating times and find the happy memories.
Think of times you may have helped others. Maybe you were able to bless someone with a gift or even just a smile. Remember the good times. Rememeber to be thankful for all you do have. Most important remember to love and to accept love. We are all worthy of love and that is what this whole Thanksgiving and Christmas season is about.
I pray your Thanksgiving is a blessed and relaxed time with family, friends or both. Talk to you later! Mandy
Make sure to join us for our Review/Interview and Giveaway on our Facebook page today at 12:15 EST! We will be showing you the KidArtLit box that we got to try and talking with Julia who is the cofounder of KidArtLit. It is going to be a fun time and one of you will win a KidArtLit box of your very own! I hope you join us to learn more about how to bring more art and literature into your home.
If you want to go straight to their page to get your subscription started, here is the link for KidArtLit! Don’t forget to use our special discount code: HHHschool20 to get 20% off of one months box, good for new and existing subscribers can only be used once.
Don’t forget to come check out our Facebook Live tomorrow! We will be showing you a KidArtLit box the boys and I did. Julia, the cofounder of KidArtLit will be with us to answer some questions and show us another box . I hope you can come join us welcome our first guest to Hunt’s Happy Homeschool!
KidArtLit has graciously made a coupon code for my followers and they are allowing me to give away a box too!
Like always, we will have our live post up for 24 hours for you so, if you can’t make the live show you can still get in on the giveaway. Make sure to comment or ask a question, those are how you are entered. 24 hours later, I will post the winner! Please, please share share share! Let’s help KidArtLit have a really successful business helping kids and moms and dads have easy access to art, literature and family time!
See you tomorrow! Mandy
Hello everyone! How is your week going so far? Our’s has been pretty smooth and fun. So far no real bumps or craziness. Lol We had such a fun day yesterday! Remember I told you the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall has free school shows. Well, that was yesterday. It was so cool! The foyer where we walked in first wasn’t that fancy. Just a few neat things. When they opened the doors to the inner foyer…our boys were in awe at the fancy decor and stairways. The awe continued as the usher took us to our seats in the hall. It is the fanciest place the boys have ever been to. We were the first people in our seats and the boys got to see the musicians slowly come out to tune their instruments and practice before they started. WYH loved seeing the huge harp, but was a bit disappointed he couldn’t hear it when she played. LH was checking out the different drum sounds…especially the big and low sounding kettle drums. WH liked everything and thought the building was amazing. The only thing that could have made it better for them was if we would have been seated in one of the balconies. Lol After the show was over, we walked down the street a bit and checked out a couple buildings and a pretty fountain. Then we headed to the Carnegie Science Center. The boys were in heaven.
They loved everything there! We did everything from learning how water systems work, like plumbing and river dams to how the body works, robots and machines, a laser show, a submarine tour and about natural disasters. They even had an earthquake simulator and all that was only in the first building!
We finished all that fun stuff and headed over to the sports complex. LH, WH and I had a blast on the high ropes course.
WYH loved the spinning thing that would send you flying off if you went too fast. We all had fun playing a giant hockey game together. I have to say it was one of ….if not the best field trip we have ever taken. We look forward to going again! Thank you Pittsburgh for such a wonderful time! We can’t wait to go back!
How is your week going? Anything fun and new? Is it one of those weeks you wish was over already? I hope you are having a good week and I hope ours continues to be good! Have a great day! I hope to see you tomorrow for our first guest on our Facebook page. I will be sharing about KidArtLit starting at 12:15 pm Eastern and then cofounder Julia Linsteadt will be answering questions and showing us another one of their amazing KidArtLit boxes. It will be fun, there will be a giveaway and they made a special coupon code for my followers! I hope to see you all there! Talk to you later, Mandy
The Grammar Galaxy Coupon code is only good through tomorrow 11/12/17! Get your orders in before you miss it! You will not regret it! My boys love it and are learning so much! You can also get Dr. Wilson’s book The Organized Homeschool Life to help encourage you and help you get more organized in your homeschool and life. HuntsHappy10 is the code to use! I hope you are having a good weekend! Talk to you later! Mandy
Hi out there! What have you all been up to? Anything fun? We have been having a LOT of rain lately. It has been giving us cabin fever big time! We have had a pretty good week in school even without being able to be outside much. We were able to take a little driving trip to a local farm that makes amazing hay sculptures. I’m sure you can tell what story they are from. We also got some yummy apple cider while we were there.
LH has been working in his Thinking Tree journal a lot. Learning how to add and subtract with carrying and borrowing. He has also been studying jellyfish. Did you know? They are their own worst enemy? They eat their own kind more than anything else…talk about a predicament. Lol
WYH has been practicing writing letters and basic addition and subtraction. He has also been doing some painting. Today, he found a bottle of baby powder and decided to squeeze it up into the air to watch all the particles fly all over the house. Lol He loves to watch how things work, react and go together. I wasn’t too upset…thankfully I stopped it before he had it coating everything. Lol
WH has been working on his Zoology part of his science journal. He was studying one of our dogs and writing down his observations. He starts archery club next week. He can’t wait for that. He has been on a homeschool archery program the last four years and really enjoyed it, but was ready to move up to something with a little more substance. He was able to get his own bow and arrows which was really cool.
Ben and I have been busy with all kinds of things. Of course school with the boys. We are also working on starting an Amazon store. There is a whole learning curve, but we are excited about it and hope it brings us some more freedom.
So, what have you been up to? Anything interesting or cool? Any new curriculum you started using and love? Maybe its been a hard week. Let me know what’s been going on and if there is anything I can pray for. I’ll talk to you later! Remember to check out the Facebook Thinking Tree video I did today. You still have time to watch it, comment or ask a question and get in on the giveaway. I hope you have a great night! Mandy