Awesome morning at Museum of York County!!

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!)

 

 

 

 

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #9: How I Save Money on Books

 

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.

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Endless Caverns in New Market, Virginia

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!

 

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How to Freeze Blueberries the Easy Way

We are incredibly blessed that one of our neighbors has an organic blueberry farm in their backyard! They open up in June and July for people to pick your own. We went the other week and picked an entire gallon. In our family, only a few of us enjoy blueberries and so I decided to freeze most of them so I can use them later for muffins and pancakes.

I thought I would share with you how I freeze blueberries. It is so much easier than you may think!

 

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Our Vacation to Charleston, SC

Memorial Day Weekend we took a few days and went to Charleston, SC. My father-in-law has been here with us and so he came along as well. I thought I would share with you a little about our adventures!

We camped at Mt. Pleasant KOA, which was a wonderful campground! There was a children’s playground right beside our tent site, a pool and very convenient showers and bathrooms. We were also right beside a lake, which was nice but brought a lot of mosquitoes!

 

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Betsy Ross Designer of our Flag (BYFIAR)

I got so behind with posting about each chapter that Popstar does for her Beyond Five in a Row and realized that it was too much for me to keep up with. So, from now on I have decided to just write one post at the end of each book and to post about all of the highlights of what we did with each book. We typically spend anywhere from 1 to 4 days on each chapter and have finished one book every 2 to 3 months of the school year.

Her last Beyond book from this last school year was Betsy Ross, Designer of our Flag. She started this book at the end of March this past school year. She finished it up by the end of May, when we were done with our school year.

 

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Encouragement for raising a “Strong-Willed Son”

I love my two boys very dearly and I’m so thankful that God gave them to me. But, there are days when they wear me very thin. Both of my boys are extremely strong-willed and over the years they have pushed me almost over the edge and definitely on my knees! I have read lots of parenting books and have often sought advice from other parents on issues that I have.

I came across this article from a blog that I follow called Homeschool-Your-Boys.com. The article is called 8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son. My ears perk up automatically when I hear Strong-Willed and Son together in a sentence! I read this article and it was such an encouragement to me that I wanted to pass it along and share it with you. I know there is someone else out there who is also raising some Strong-Willed Sons (or daughters!) and this may inspire and motivate you.

What I mostly gleaned from reading this was that it made me feel like I’m not alone, I’m not the only mom who has this daily battle with a strong-willed child. Also the 8 tips were very helpful to me and I felt like I could use this advice and try some of the practical ideas that she writes about.

Here is the link to the article:  8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son by Homeschool-Your-Boys.com

I hope this article will encourage you as much as it did me. This is a wonderful blog and if you are homeschooling boys, I highly recommend you to sign up for her newsletter.

Blessings,

Banana Bread Recipe

Who doesn’t love banana bread? I know I sure do, it smells so good coming out of the oven! I love having it warm with butter or even for a snack with peanut butter on it. Today I thought I would share with you my favorite recipe, as I know there are so many different ways to make it.

 

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