- The Zookeeper
- We are a homeschool family, and this blog is about our wonderful journey. We have 3 children and this is our 7th year homeschooling.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:36 PM | Posted by The Zookeeper | | Edit Post
I absolutely love getting our pictures taken for keepsakes of great memories. It always breaks my heart to look back upon the awesome pictures I have of all the cute little moments I have captured.
Last week I told you guys we had pictures made and so I wanted to share those with you since I finally have them!
Nichole Burton which is a local photographer took our pictures for us in a Christmas tree field. It was super cold but we had a blast and she was great with my kids.
Now these two are my favorite of the entire session.
I love the black and white version of Kyle blowing snow into Lexi's face, just so precious!
And then the picture of Daddy's little girl, I can't get over this one! To me this one will never be beat!
And this is the one I decided for our Christmas Cards. This year I decided instead of actually getting Christmas Cards printed like I have for several years I would just get Shutterfly to print my prints and insert in cards that I loved, that way everyone could have an updated photo of my family. Luckily I found the perfect envelopes to place our picture in... The photo is black and white just like shown here and then the surrounding on the envelope is red glitter! It looks wonderful!
Do you enjoy getting your families photo's taken?
We have another session in the Spring!
Monday, December 9, 2013
2:46 PM | Posted by The Zookeeper | | Edit Post
This week has been busy and again just crazy. Seems that we are actually getting some sort of routine since I've started working. I've been working every evening except Wednesday & Sundays. From where I don't get into the bed until late I've been a very late riser and that has my day all messed up from the time my feet hit the ground so I've got to work on that.
I am missing my time in the evenings with Kevin but I know that we get alone time and love it when it happens.
Reading is coming so much better to Zachary. We have started using BOB Books for him daily several times daily. I've spent a lot of money on getting sets of them and we have been working on the first 3 levels so far. We have him read several during the day but then I ask Daddy to read at least 2 with him before bed. This seems to really be helping him more than just the phonic review daily.
I love this girl. She has enjoyed reading with the rainy days that we have had for the last several weeks! She is still enjoying Reading Kingdom which is something she actually asks to complete daily. You can read my review here for it.
Kyle has really been helping me drill Lexi on her math facts. I've been able to leave him a few lists in the evenings to help Zac and Lexi with and he has been doing great at being a helper while I'm gone in the evenings!
Came in from work Thursday night and look what I found... Such sweet moments that I hope to remember forever.
Love it when he does great at a task that he thinks is hard!
Lexi has been doing so great at her cursive practice but we have been going over the proper structure just to make sure we have no issues come up!
Friday Kevin and I went to a work Christmas party and enjoyed our alone time together. I was able to meet his co-workers which was nice since I have heard all about them for over a year. Nice to be able to put a face with the name!
Yesterday we enjoyed The Very Merry Christmas Concert in Johnson City, TN. I will post some pics of that Wednesday!
My week flew by - Did yours?
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
2:27 PM | Posted by The Zookeeper | | Edit Post
I'm a little behind on sharing things just simply because it's busy around here!! You busy??
Holidays, normal life, schooling and then working in the evenings just has me nutty most the time!
So to help save my sanity and some time a few weeks ago I wanted chicken pot pies but I didn't want to cook it in my large pan - seriously my large pan was needing washed and I just didn't want to fool with it - so I remembered seeing a commercial some time back that made them with biscuits and since I just happened to have some I thought I'm giving it a try!
Here is what you need:
Cream of Chicken Soup
Chicken - shredded
Next, I just mixed my cooked veggies with the Cream of Chicken Soup and the chicken in a large bowl, I did add a little sour cream for the taste my family enjoys. Mixed it well so that all was well incorporated together.
Open your biscuits and flatten them out and place inside the muffin tins. This is so easy - Your almost done already!
After you get the biscuits in the muffin tins just spoon your mixture of veggies and chicken inside the opening the biscuit created.
Bake around 400 for 15-20 minutes making sure that the bread doesn't brown too much and at the same time you need it cooked thoroughly!
My family really enjoyed these and I have to say I actually liked the idea even if it was a hurry up meal! I actually even shared some with our Pastor and his wife!
Friday, November 29, 2013
1:50 PM | Posted by The Zookeeper | | Edit Post
This week was a great week. Kevin was on vacation and the Christmas decorating came out full force. He dreams all year of these 2 months that he is able to decorate. It makes him happy and makes me crazy. I'm not a decorator for the seasons, I am happy with the tree being the only decor but not him. Years ago however we had to come to an understanding - He decorates outside NOT the inside and that works for us. The kids wait on him to decorate every year, its a favorite tradition for them.
I enjoyed him being off but like always when he is off I don't get much done. I had high hopes this week of getting some DIY projects started and completed while he was off but the weather was horrid and I couldn't move my table or hutch out so that didn't get touched. I couldn't find plastic rings anywhere for the roman shade I'm making so I had to order them from amazon which is putting a delay in that project too!
She loves it when Daddy is home for breakfast because he will fix her anything she wants, which is normally French Toast... At least she is finally eating from her Tonsillectomy. She lost 7 pounds in a week, so I hope she can gain some of that back over the holidays! Trust me she is so tiny she doesn't have the 7 pounds to lose!
The tree is finished. Kevin and I went yesterday and bought a new tree skirt!
This year was Zachary's turn to hang the star but bless his heart he is to short and needed some help!
Schooling this week was hit and miss because of the holidays and Kevin home. Here we are adding our 3 figures to our Mystery of History time line.
Kyle normally likes to help me cook, so he prepared the pumpkin pie this year.
Alexis is always the decorator. She made menus for everyone, table cards for everyone to know where they belonged and this awesome cute banner!
We were blessed to have 2 meals Thanksgiving Day. We always go to my grandmothers house for lunch and I always cook supper for our family. We actually even had some guests this year.
Our parents. My mom is the one in that horrible DUKE shirt (UNC fans here) and Kevin's parents are the other 2. My dad and brother wasn't with us this year because they where on a hunting trip.
In other news this week:
I had my first wreck!
Tuesday night I was leaving work early and was going to run into the grocery store for some things and as I was pulling in I t-boned a man that didn't stop! He pulled out in front of me as I was trying to turn into the store. It didn't do much to his car but it tore mine up pretty good. I was so upset and then so furious. I was glad we where both alright but still really angry over my car. The other car got the ticket and the next morning his insurance called me taking responsibility and I took it to get the quote and they set it all up. I will have a rental car when mine is getting repaired. The estimated damage is $3100.00 so it messed my front end up!
So if that wasn't exciting enough ~ We had family pictures took this week! I can't wait to share them here with you guys! They look great from the preview I was allowed to have!
I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving week!