Back in April we decided to take the plunge and adopt a kitten. This is our first time being pet owners, aside from a short time we had a dog for a few months a long time ago. That experience was too overwhelming and we didn’t have him for very long. Since this was all new to us, we tried looking for advice on what we would need and what to expect when adopting a kitten.
We went to an animal rescue organization and ended up adopting not one but two kittens! They were so small and they were sisters and we wanted them to have each other. We had also heard that it’s better to have two so they can keep each other company.
So we carried home Lucy and Ethel. That was back in April. We’ve had them for 4 months now and we’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I would share with you some tips for what to expect when adopting a kitten.
We began our new school year last week and are slowly getting adjusted after a wonderful summer! I thought I would share a few “First Day of School” pictures…
I’ve been planning for our next school year for quite awhile now. As of right now, our plan is to start our new school year the first week of August. I can’t believe how fast summer has been going, it seems like it just got here! I thought I’d share with you the Curriculum that we’ve decided to use for each of the kids for the School Year 2017-2018. I have linked each one of these to online stores where you can look at them, if you want to click on the links.
One of our local museums, The Museum of York County, has a wonderful summer program for kids every Wednesday morning. We’ve been trying to attend as many of them as we can this summer and a few weeks ago they had an awesome program!
It was about one of my favorite animals, Owls (and other raptor birds)! They actually had a lady from The Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte come in and bring 4 different animals. She showed them to us one at a time and talked to us about them. It was my favorite by far of all their summer programs!
Every summer they also have a new theme that is geared towards kids in their rotating exhibit rooms. Last summer it was Dinosaurs and this summer it is Smokey the Bear and forest care themed. We have been having a lot of fun with all their hands-on activities for the kids! This museum has been such a blessing to us. They even have indoor and outdoor picnic tables, walking trails with a stream as well as an amazing hands-on exploration room called the Naturalist Center. For homeschoolers, this is a major resource and we enjoy it very much!
Here are some pictures from our morning at the museum: (Please bear with me, I took all these with my phone camera!)
Anyone who knows me knows that one thing I am passionate about is books. I LOVE BOOKS!!! I have always loved to read and have always enjoyed reading to my children, probably more than they enjoy it! Especially with homeschooling, books are essential.
Over the years I have learned a little about how to find books for less money. I hardly ever pay full retail price for a book and if I do, you know it must be an extra special book!
I thought that for Dollars & Sense Tip #9 I would share with you my tips on how I find books for less money.
Over July 4th weekend, we drove my father-in-law home to Pennsylvania. He had been staying with us for a few months. It’s a pretty long drive, so we ended up leaving our older two kids with their grandparents here. On the way home, we decided to stop and tour Endless Caverns, which is only a few minutes off the interstate we were on. You can actually see a huge sign on the side of the mountain from the interstate around where the caverns are at. Hulk and Princess had so much fun! Caverns are always neat and especially on a hot summer day, it is a great way to cool off.
The tour was about an hour long and it was definitely worth it! We learned that the caverns were found by a young boy who was rabbit hunting. Apparently the rabbit he was after jumped down into a hold leading into the caverns and he followed it. We even learned that in the early 1900’s they had parties in a large area of the cavern and it was even referred to as a “Speak Easy” back in the day! We also learned that it is called Endless Caverns because they continue to find more and more and it seems to keep going all through the mountains. It was very beautiful and such a reminder of God’s wonderful creation. If you love Caverns and have a chance you should check this one out!
This past school year, Popstar did an awesome Bible Study that I found at currclick.com. It’s called Deeper Roots Bible Study for Preteens written by Kathy Hutto. You can find them here: Deeper Roots Bible Study for Preteens at Currclick.com
I have a new recipe to share today. It’s a very simple yet delicious and very filling recipe for Chicken and Bean Burritos. I think you will really like this one!