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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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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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,

Saying good-bye to Preschool

My baby, my youngest (who I call Princess on the blog) just turned 5 in May. She just finished up Preschool and will be beginning Kindergarten this next school year.

I am feeling a little bit lost, as this will be my first homeschool year EVER that I don’t have either an infant, toddler or preschooler. All 4 of my kids will be Elementary School age and older.

I am also feeling a little sad that I’m saying not “good-bye”, but I hope “see you later” to my cherished and favorite Preschool curriculum, Before Five in a Row.

 

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McConnells Tractor Show

Back in May, Jason and I participated as Vendors with our Handmade Crafts by AJ items at the annual McConnells Tractor Show. Honestly, we didn’t have very many sales, but it was so worth it for Hulk. He spent the entire day wandering around where all the tractors were set up as well as riding on and then eventually driving by himself a 70 year old tractor! He was absolutely in heaven that whole day!

Here are a few pictures from our day:

This is our area:

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Popstar’s 13th Birthday Slumber Party

Back at the end of February we celebrated Popstar’s 13th Birthday. For her special day, she wanted to have her first Slumber Party. I thought I would share with you all of the fun activities that she and her friends did. I had a blast planning her party with her. We found some neat crafts, games and activities for them to do.

For the first activity, she had them each answer a few questions about themselves on a piece of paper. They did not put their name on it and she had them fold it up and put it in a hat. Then they took turns pulling out the papers and tried to figure out whose each one was. It was fun and a neat way for them to learn new things about each other.

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Our Baby Girl’s 5th Birthday!!

Princess celebrated her 5th birthday in the middle of May! It is so hard to believe my youngest is 5! I’m so used to having a little one around and that is not the case so much anymore. I am having a little trouble adjusting to all of this!!

We did have a great time celebrating our baby girl’s 5th birthday!!

 

3 Months Old                                                    5  Years Old

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5 Great Chapter Books with Go-Along Movies

For our summer break, we have chosen 5 chapter books that have really good movies made of them. We’re going to read a little of the book each day and then when we finish the book, we’ll have a family movie night and watch the movie with some popcorn or other special treat.

The kids are very excited and we’ve already started on our first book. Here are the books/movies we chose:

  1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

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