Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Our 5 Year old Surprise!


5 years ago on May 13, 2009, the Lord blessed our family with a wonderful surprise.  We had a third baby girl enter into our family.  She was most definitely not planned which changed our life goals and plans, but guess what?  We wouldn't trade it for anything.

Bethany Lynn Clair was born via C-Section at 9 pounds 5 oz.  She was a big bundle of love.  What a content baby she was.  Never cried. I had to wake her to feed her, even in the hospital.  She was content with everything and always smiling.

Then the toddler years came. Whoooo!  I should have seen this coming with a content baby.  Sweet Bethany was into EVERYTHING and still is. Ha!  Definite hand full, but hey, she was trying to keep up with her sisters.

Bethany will be graduating preschool on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, and I just can't believe it.  It is so bittersweet right now for this momma.

Since we were up north on our vacation, we celebrated with her by taking her shopping, out to ice cream, and yummy cupcakes.  She was one happy little girl.

Happy 5th birthday Bethany Lynn! Kelly, Lyssa, mommy, and daddy, love you so much and are so thrilled and blessed to have you as a part of the family.  Life is never boring and is a definite adventure with you in the picture.  We love you!

Homeschool 2013-3014 Celebration

The past few weeks have been super crazy causing me to fall behind in posts, especially pictures that I wanted to include. 

We have officially wrapped up our homeschool year of 2013-2014.  I can't believe it!  We have officially been homeschooling for 3 full years.  Heading into our 4th.  Where does the time go?  I officially have a Kindergartner, 3rd grader, and 6th grader! Ahhhh.  It's time to celebrate!

Bethany bean celebrated her 5th birthday!  We did so up north on our family vacation. 

Bethany bean also graduated from preschool.  Talk about emotional momma that day.  I realized it's because she's my baby.  I literally had to go hide in the bathroom for a brief moment and cry in one of the stalls. LOL! Pathetic or what?  No, I am blessed and so proud.  She's ready for homeschool Kindergarten and co-ops, yay!
 



Her teachers' Mrs. Paluk and Mrs. Richters at Ward Preschool in Northville, were amazing.  We will miss them!  We are also thankful for Ward Church for allowing homeschooling families to stay on the premises to homeschool our other children while the preschoolers were in class.  No time wasted and a wonderful environment!

We are now in full swing with our summer enrichment schedule.  Just math, reading, writing, lapbooks, etc. 3 days a week for a couple hours a day including the library once a week.  Have to keep those skills sharp.

It's been a wonderful and blessed year and we are looking forward to the 2014-2015 homeschool year with new experiences, challenges, etc.  I will be teaching an early childhood class and junior high/high school choir class at our homeschool program this fall.  Very exciting. 

Now onto our summer homeschool celebration! Yay!

Friday, May 2, 2014

It Seems Like Yesterday......

Photo Credit: Ron Clair
It seems like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with you.  Mommy and daddy were so excited to spread the news to friends and family.

It seems like yesterday when we found out you were a little girl through my 16 week ultrasound.

It seems like yesterday when you were breech and they scheduled a C-Section for April 15th, 2003.

It seems like yesterday that you flipped into proper position completely canceling the C-Section because you were going to be born naturally.

It seems like yesterday that I was doing everything I could to cause labor...running up and down stairs,etc.

It seems like yesterday I hit 41 weeks and you still didn't want to come out.

It seems like yesterday I went in for a non-stress test and to be scheduled for induction.

It seems like yesterday they realized my contractions were 3 minutes a part, but I was smiling without any pain just yet.

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 It seems like yesterday they told me I was staying officially in the hospital and wouldn't need to be induced as natural labor put it to shame.

It seems like yesterday I breathed and labored through the night (6 hours of hardcore labor).

It seems like yesterday you were finally born at 10:04 am on May 2nd, 2003, and your cries were absolutely breathtaking.

It seems like yesterday I held you in my arms and nursed you for the very first time.

It seems like yesterday I brought you home from the hospital and introduced you to our two family dogs at the time Baily and Nakita. (R.I.P)

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It seems like yesterday you learned to walk inside the Pack 'n Play for the very first time and mommy screamed with excitement and called everyone in the family.

It seems like yesterday you were talking up a storm and carrying on little conversations.

It seems like yesterday you started preschool and had the sweetest little precious moments face and mousy little voice.

It seems like yesterday you started elementary school and we got to see you blossom in so many different areas.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Clair
Presently, we are seeing a young tween blossom into a beautiful young lady that shines with the love of Jesus.  It's hard to believe you will be in the 6th grade.  Mommy and daddy are so proud of you.  We love you.

Happy 11th Birthday sweet Kelly!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Living it up with Legos

 

The girls and I got to experience LEGO® KidsFest this past weekend.  It was a blast.  It was better than I thought it would be, quite honestly.

I was never a really big fan of Legos growing up so I wasn't sure what this was going to be like.  Since all three girls love Legos, I figured they would at least really enjoy it.

Score!  There was so much to do and see within 4 hours and a half hours.  From Lego building and creation stations, to challenges, car ramps, reading spot, etc., kids were able to engage in so much without feeling overwhelmed.

In the beginning, Lyssa didn't sound too thrilled to go.  She said "I like Legos, but not enough to go to a place with a ton of Legos. It sounds like it is for boys."  Yeah, it took some convincing, but when it was over, she was beyond thrilled and hugged me tight. "Thank you so much mommy for taking me. I LOVED it!"

I think we will most definitely be making a trip back there next year.  I love when kids' minds are challenged with creativity.  We definitely made some awesome memories this past weekend.

Check out my recent review over at my blog Michigan Mom Living!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Petri Dish of...Germs!

I am loving the Homeschool Connections classes the girls are taking.  It's so great to see them blossom in other areas outside of the home with other kids and teachers....and guess what?  Not in private or public school.  So blessed to homeschool and will hang onto it as long as I can.......

Anyways, just recently, Lyssa's "Science Experiments" Class at Homeschool Connections in Farmington Hills, was given an interesting experiment with petri dishes.  They were to walk around the building with a Q-Tip and gloves and swab wherever they thought germs were hiding.  So, Lyssa decided on the drinking fountain.....Ha! Yes, just wait....and the garbage can.  Smart girl to guess that's where germs hide.

Germs after a week in dark cold place.

The next part of the petri dish experiment was to have the dish sealed up tightly and store in a cold and dark place for one week.  Obviously, in these conditions germs thrive.  Lyssa decided to keep hers in her backpack for one full week.  Let me tell you, she was aching to pull that petri dish out every single day to see if any {GERMS} formed.

When the week was over with, she pulled it out and to our suprise....Nasty icky GERMS! Haha, not suprised, but I have to say, I definitely hate drinking fountains now.  I hardly use them and won't let my girls use them much.  Well, yeah....ummm they will never use one again based on the evidence I saw in the petri dish, of course combine with the garbage can germs, but you know.....

A few days later...They multiplied? EWWW!
I'm just glad those germs are sealed tightly in the petri dish. Bleh!  It sits here by me as I type this and I think it has eyes. It's just staring at me....EWWW!  I asked Lyssa what her teacher wants to do with it and I guess they can do whatever they wish.  So, yep! I'm tossing it in the garbage.... Goodbye Germs!!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Disney on Ice and a Day at the Circus

I think this month has been a whole lot of fun for our homeschooling family. We were blessed with free tickets to Disney on Ice on March 21st and free admission to the Detroit Shrine Circus on March 26th!

As a blogger for Homeschooling in Detroit and my own blog; Michigan Mom Living, I get blessed with opportunities where I earn free admission to events with my family in exchange for a campaign or blog promotion.  It works out nicely as this stuff is so expensive, there is no way I could do this without the perks.



Disney on Ice; Let's Celebrate was super fun.  They had all the favorites such as Mickey and Minne, Donald and Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and more!  They also featured all of the Disney princesses.  They pretty much just went through different celebration themes like birthday parties, holidays, etc.  It was super cute and it was worth seeing the girls faces beaming with delight.



I think our favorite event so far has been the Detroit Shrine Circus.  I was invited as a marketing blogger for this event.  The girls and I received backstage access and a tour with the Ringmaster.  It was so awesome.  I had a press pass, it was great.  I went to town taking pictures, but of course some just did not turn out because of crazy circus lighting.  It's okay, it's the memories that matter the most.


The girls favored the acrobats and animals.  It was so intriguing and exciting.  Again, it was worth seeing the smiles and excitement on my sweet girls' faces.  Here are some more fun circus memories....


The flash whited out Bethany's face.  Sorry Bethany Bean. =)   







Monday, March 24, 2014

Miss Humblebee's Academy {Review}

I received free access into Miss Humblebee's Academy in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
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Are you looking for creative ways to get your preschooler ready for Kindergarten?  Whether you homeschool or send your child to preschool, Miss Humblebee's Academy is a good place to start.  They offer printable reports on how well your child is doing along with printable activities.

I love how the curriculum for Miss Humblebee's Academy is delivered 3 ways:
  1. By clicking on the white board which will take your child through a guided step-by-step approach to learning presented in sequential developmental progression.
  2. Choose your own path. This process empowers teachers and parents to present the curriculum in the order that matches their preference. This is a great tool to be used in a Blended Learning environment and/or a Flipped Classroom setting.
  3.   Or a combination of both 1 and 2.
As you choose your child's learning path, while they are learning, they also get to earn points and stickers which makes learning even more fun.

Upon signing up and logging in, you will enter what appears to be Miss Humblebee's classroom.  A friendly teacher bee flapping here bee wings ready to start the lessons.

You get to choose from a variety of learning activities.  When you click "Choose a Lesson" it will take you into a learning calendar with all the subjects and what your child has completed along with date and time.  Here are the subjects you can expect your child will engage with:
  • Math-Matching and Sorting, Number Recognition, Shapes, Patters, etc.
  • Science and Social Studies-Inquiry Skills, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth, Space, Weather, etc.
  • Reading- Alphabet knowledge, Upper and Lowercase Letter Recognition, Rhyming, Blends, and more.
  • Art-Drawing and Tracing activities, etc.
  • Music--60 Songs also available for purchase.
and more.

There is also a music room, art box, and avatar room where your child can customize their avatar to their liking.  Bethany thoroughly enjoyed that along with earning points and stickers.  This helped keep her motivated to keep moving forward.

Children will also enjoy a puzzle room where they put together a virtual puzzle, rewards and sticker room where they can see all of their achievements.  I personally think this is adorable. 

There is also a shop where kiddies can spend their coins and points earned on fun little scene they create.

When you sign up, you get your first week free!  Subscription pricing is as follows:
  • $12.95 a month for first child.
  • $129.00 Yearly
The greatest thing about Miss Humblebee's Academy is that it is a safe and secure online environment with no pop-up ads, etc.  Gotta protect those little minds as preschoolers are like sponges. It is also easy to take on the go with a Tablet, which is a plus.

Miss Humblebee's Academy is aligned with Common Core State Standards. I am not one to support Common Core State Standards as a homeschooler, but I feel it's not that big of deal when it comes to preschoolers as they have to learn the basics at one point.

I want to thank everyone over at Miss Humblebee's Academy for allowing me this opportunity to review your program with my preschooler, it was a pleasure and I hope to help spread the word about your amazing program!




 

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