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.
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
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
I just wanted to remind you all that tomorrow is our next Thinking Tree Review and giveaway. It will be at 12:00 noon Eastern time on our Facebook page. Remember, even though I love chatting with you all and having you be a part of the live review, if you can’t make it, that’s ok! You still have 24 hours after the live video to watch it and make your comment or ask a question. That’s all you have to do to get in on the giveaway, comment or ask a question on the video’s comment area! I will also be anmouncing the date and time of the KidArtLit review/guest speaker and giveaway! I can’t wait to see you all there! Talk to you later, Mandy
You do have to live in the lower 48 of the USA to win and you need to contact me within 24 hours of me posting the winner’s name.
Motivation Monday…..it started out that way. I got up this morning…I might have hit the snooze button once…or twice. I did finally get up. I made Ben his coffee, packed his lunch and sent him off to work. I decided to get an early start on my chores, which are the dishes and dining room. I felt accomplished for getting such and early start on things. So, I thought I would take a nice relaxing bath. Well, LH woke up early and interrupted that…..but that was ok. Didn’t disrupt my nice morning. Then WYH woke up and he and LH decided to look through their books and look for some to sell so they can make some money. Things were still nice and calm. They were working together figuring out which books were “baby” books and ones they just don’t want to keep anymore. Then WH wakes up and things take a dive….a huge dive….like the kind you feel like you are never going to reach the top again dive. I hear screaming and yelling and bossing around. I hung my head and sighed. It had been such a nice morning. I decided to just leave it alone…they are getting older and I need to start letting them work things out sometimes. I wasn’t sure what would happen I was just hoping no one would end up hurt. Well, the yelling went on for about 5 minutes and it was VERY difficult not to yell what I really wanted to yell. I stayed strong and stayed out of it. Guess what….they quit. They actually quit. They all got cereal, sat down and listened to some silly music. They were kind to each other and let each other choose different music to listen to. Who knows how long this will last, but I’ll take it while I can.
So, when you start getting frustrated try to take a deep breath and calm yourself before you react. That’s a hard one….I know for sure. The more we relax and ask God for His peace and patience the better we will feel and the better our relationships with our kids will be. I hope you all have a womderful day and are able to let your stresses flow away. Talk to you later! Mandy
November Thinking Tree Giveaway!
We will be having our next Thinking Tree review and giveaway Wednesday, November 8th at 12:00 noon Eastern time!
How do you enter? I will have the live review on Wednesday. I would love for you to join me during the Facebook live review and ask questions or make comments (the questions and comments are your entry)…nice comments that is. lol I do understand that many of you can not get on during the live post so…..I will leave that video up for 24 hours. You can still post questions or comments to be entered into the giveaway. At noon the following day I will use a random comment picker and post the winner! You do need to be in the lower 48 of the USA to win. Facebook has nothing to do with this giveaway. I hope to see you there and feel free to share! Talk to you later!
Don’t forget the discount code HuntsHappy10 is only valid until November 12th! Make sure to get your order in so you can start your adventure in Grammar Galaxy!
If you want to make sure to get on on the Grammar Galaxy giveaway….make sure to head over to Hunt’s Happy Homeschool Facebook Page to comment on the video! Winner announced at noon Easter time!
Good Morning! Monday has come yet again.
So, yesterday we went to see a play at a local theater. My sister in-law and brother in-law were both in it…so we wanted to make sure we went to see them in their first play. They are 10 and 12…I think. I’m so bad with birthdays . Anyway, it was a special needs production of “Honked Jr.” A very cute version of “The Ugly Duckling.” Just to give you a little background on me, I am not a crier (is that how you spell that?) I don’t like to cry and I don’t cry easily. Ok, now that I told you that, on with the story.
The lights blinked and it was time for the play to start. The producer came out and explained how things work in a special needs play. Each actor had an attendant to help them and the attendant would be dressed in black. They attendants would be there to help with lines if they forgot them or to help them remember where to go. They also had subtitles to help you follow the story because some of them had trouble speaking.
Well, the first big song started and everyone singing together, some could speak clearly, some a little mumbled and a few of them it was more of a grunt. I lost it! I started tearing up and then down the cheek they went. It touched my heart so deeply to see these people on the stage giving it their all, not being afraid of what people will think or say. They were so brave. They were amazing! I get nervous just to talk to a person one on one sometimes and I don’t have issues with my voice or a physical issue that make some people uncomfortable. They were inspiring! I have always thought that God chooses parents of special needs kids as a blessing to them and that they are very special parents to have been chosen to care for a child with a special need. I admire them and their child.
I have never been so touched by something as simple as a silly play just did. Well, not the play, but the wonderful people in the play. They sang their hearts out and put everything into their character. I wish I had better words to express how they made me feel. Our boys loved it too. I wasn’t sure how they would react. They have been around some kids with special needs, but you still never know how they will take it I can’t wait to take them to the next one. I believe going to these plays will help our boys learn to look on the inside and passed whatever is on the outside. I know this wasn’t exactly a motivational post, I just had to share it with you all. Watching The play was so inspiring and touching to to me. If they can get up there and do what they did on stage, why am I holding back on things? Why am I letting fear stop me? I need to move on, not worry about what others think, say or do. I need to do what I feel is best for our family and so do you!
I hope you all have a great day and that this week goes well. Thank you for following us and our journey. It really means a lot to me. If you are able to I would love to hear what your fears are…what is holding you back? Let us come together to support and pray to help each other overcome these fears. Talk to you later, Mandy
Hey guys, if you haven’t had a chance, you can still get in on the Thinking Tree giveaway! We will be using a random comment selector at noon and will post the winners in the comments on Facebook. Make sure to follow our blog because we will have more Thinking Tree giveaways and some other products as well! To enter all you need to do is watch the review from yesterday and make a comment or ask a question. You do have to live in the USA. Here is the link to the video: Thinking Tree Review/Giveaway
Have a great weekend!