A New Coat For Anna (FIAR)

I just finished up rowing A New Coat for Anna with the boys. This was such a great Five in a Row book! We spent three weeks of school on this book because we did an extended study on World War 2. (In FIAR lingo, we call this “chasing rabbit trails” ūüôā ) Flash had been asking me if he could learn more about WW2, so this was a great opportunity for that.


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Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Hi everyone! I have a new recipe for you today: Chicken Pot Pie. I started making the recipe of this from my Bisquick Cookbook years ago. I must confess, Bisquick saved us our first few years of marriage. We had little money and I was still learning a lot about cooking, so we depended on Bisquick and frozen dinners a lot in those days!

Over the years I have changed the recipe here and there to fit our style and liking. We always have it with rice and it’s usually a big hit with (almost) everyone in the family.



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Field Trip to Carolinas Aviation Museum

Last Saturday we took a family field trip to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. We were specifically looking for World War 2 Airplanes because the boys have been doing a FIAR book that is WW2 time period and we’ve been working on that for a few weeks. They did not have any WW2 planes, but we had an awesome time anyway!

It was also great because we got in for free with our Culture & Heritage Museums membership (York County Museums & Brattonsville), it’s a Southeastern Reciprocal so make sure you check that out if you do have the membership!


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Gingerbread Houses in January? Sure, why not?!

We typically do our Gingerbread Houses in December as a fun Christmas activity. But this year somehow, we didn’t get around to them. We had bought the kit already, so the other week when we were having a rough day and no one felt much like doing bookwork for school, I pulled the kit out. My how that simple thing turned our whole day around!


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Dollars & Sense, Tip #1: Easy Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store


Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring to you a brand new series to the blog called “Dollars & Sense”. I’m going to be sharing tips and ideas for helping you to save your family money. I’m not a money expert, but I do have 4 children who I homeschool and we’ve lived for more than 13 years now on one income. Over the years, I’ve learned a little about saving money and living a frugal (yet very happy!) lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the things I’ve learned and I hope that you will in turn share with me any tips or ideas that you have learned, as I’m always eager to hear new ideas about saving money!

So here is Tip #1: Easy ways to save money at the grocery store.

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Snow Day!!!

We finally had some snow this past weekend! We were all so excited because at first it looked like we were only getting rain but it did end up turning to snow! It only snowed lightly for a few hours and then stopped. So we ended up with just a dusting, but when you live in South Carolina, a dusting of snow is a really big deal.

Growing up in Maryland, we had tons of snow and sometimes I miss the fun part of having snow. I can remember playing the entire day outside sledding, building snowmen and snow forts and having snowball fights. Then we’d come inside and throw pieces of ice on the wood stove and listen to them sizzle! After that my mom would always make us hot chocolate. I really have very fond memories of snow days. In some ways though I’m glad that we live in an area that doesn’t get much snow as an adult. It would be hard to be snowed in a lot and having to shovel snow and ice is never fun as well as driving in it! So I guess I’m lucky in that I get the best of both worlds.

The kids had a great time playing out in the snow, even though there really wasn’t much they could do. I thought I would share a few pictures!



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