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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wordless & Wordfull Wednesday ~ To Stop Or Not To Stop

When we were out at Fossil Rim awhile back we came across this sign.  We all couldn't resist stopping and taking a picture of it.

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom, Live and Love...Out Loud, and J. Leigh Designz. Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Seven Clown Circus.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Week of School...How Is It Going So Far?

I have to say that I'm truly amazed at how school is going this first week.  I'm not saying that Sam is just LOVING school now because there are still times when he whines about doing it.  But we get the work done when it needs to get done.  In fact so far this week we have managed to be done between 1:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon.  We generally don't get started until around 8:30 and I let him take a good 10 minute break between his subjects.  He takes daily quizzes/assessments after every lesson and so far he's pulling A's!

I do have to say that this is a very new expierence for the both of us.  We're both learning what works and what doesn't work.  I must admit that on Tuesday I finally realized that the really BIG books for each of Sam's subjects were actually my books.  They were the lesson plans and answer keys.  Once I found them automatically I felt much better about how I was going to prepare for each day.

I'm really looking foward to his Art classes!  They are going into the history of art and have a really neat project every week.  You can make sure you'll see some of those projects on here!  I'm also looking forward to the field trips that we'll take.  We'll take some with Connections Academy, some with the local Connections families and some just on our own.  In fact one of the families is having an informal Back to School Get-Together tomorrow evening.  We'll get to meet kids in the same program in grades 3 through 8!  Great mix of ages I think.

I know I've talked a lot this past week about what we are doing for Sam and school but it's just so exciting for us.  Sam's writing (content and penmenship), communicating and self-esteem seem to be growing leaps and bounds! 

I'd love to hear how everyone else is doing during their first week of school (if you've already started that is).  Doesn't matter what school you're in!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wordless & Wordful Wednesday ~ First Day of School

Here is Sam on his first day of school.  It still looks kind of bare but we're working on that.  In fact we're hanging up a cork board today.  If you would like to know more about what we are doing with Sam this year for school check out this post.  What I love about it most is that everything is done for me!

While you're here I'd love for you to spend a minute to vote for three photos that I have entered into Rayovac's photo contest. They are titled "Enjoying the Pool", "Majestic Murphy" and "Jumping Over the Water". Thank you and I really appreciate every vote! You can also vote for these photos every 24 hours.


If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday, 5 Minutes for Mom, Live and Love...Out Loud, and J. Leigh Designz. Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Seven Clown Circus.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School

First day of school went pretty well! Sam and I were done around 1:45 and that was with quite a few breaks and lunch! Now of course this evening while I was reading over things for tomorrow I realized that the huge books for each subject are actually for me and are the lesson plans for the year. I feel so much more prepared for tomorrow! Here is the desk and set-up that we have going for him. It's in a corner in our kitchen and seems to work really well. I will have a picture of him on his first day of school up tomorrow. To lazy to get it uploaded right now.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Public School???

With the school year about to begin I've been pretty worried about my son going into 5th grade and moving up to the Intermediate school. You see Sam has ADHD, ODD and Anxiety. Along with all of that he would be meeting up with some old bullies along with some current ones and his best (and pretty much only) friend moved into another school district. That alone was sending his anxiety level sky high as you can only imagine. With all of that in mind I started looking at different options that would be available to us. Sam has been begging me to homeschool him since he was in the 2nd grade. I would have felt comfortable back then but not anymore so that option was pretty much out of the picture (I would have had I not found something else). The something else that I found is Connections Academy. They are a FREE Online Public School. They provide all of the materials, supplies along with the computer and monitor! We have now have a desk for him and have everything set up and ready to go for tomorrow.  Can't wait to start this new venture.  Here is a video all about the school.  Check it out!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

PhotoHunt ~ Numerical

Today's theme for PhotoHunt is Numerical.  Last Saturday we took Sam bowling for the first time in several years.  I have been clipping coupons off the back of frozen pizza boxes for free bowling games and thought it would be great to take him bowling.  He was THRILLED to go and did a fantastic job bowling.  Here are our scores.  As you can see Sam came in second but he wasn't that far off from Andy.  I on the other hand didn't do so well.  We have more coupons for free games and our Sunday School class is going bowling again tomorrow after church...families and all!  It will be a lot of fun.
While you're here I'd love for you to spend a minute to vote for three photos that I have entered into Rayovac's photo contest.  They are titled "Enjoying the Pool", "Majestic Murphy" and "Jumping Over the Water". Thank you and I really appreciate every vote!  You can also vote for these photos every 24 hours.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday & Wordful Wednesday ~ Road or Street

My parents noticed awhile back that around here where I live a lot of the streets have more than one name.  Here is an extreme example of one.  Is this a "road" or a "street"?

While you're here I'd love for you to spend a minute to vote for three photos that I have entered into Rayovac's photo contest.  They are titled "Enjoying the Pool", "Majestic Murphy" and "Jumping Over the Water". Thank you and I really appreciate every vote!  You can also vote for these photos every 24 hours.

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday5 Minutes for MomLive and Love...Out Loud, and J. Leigh Designz.  Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Seven Clown Circus.

Monday, August 16, 2010

How Do You Use Your Sunroof?

We took the Chevy Malibu out to Fossil Rim Nature Center. The car handled fantastic on all of the steep inclines (which there were a lot of). I'll post more pictures and videos later. But for now you've got to see how we used our sunroof!

Fossil Rim from Kim Morrow on Vimeo.

Friday, August 13, 2010

PhotoHunt ~ Orange

The theme over at PhotoHunt this week is Orange.   She's had this theme at least twice that I can remember and I haven't taken any current "Orange" pictures so I really had to dig in my archives. Here is what I have come up with.  Orange honeysuckle flowers that were growing up a brick pillar at our house in Louisiana when we lived there.  If you would like to see more PhotoHunt participants pictures just head on over to TN Chick and start looking.

Don't forget to vote for the photos that I've entered into Rayovac's Summer photo contest!   They are titled Majestic Murphy and Enjoying the Pool. Thanks so much for your help! 


Thursday, August 12, 2010

No iPod? No Problem!

We don’t have an actual iPod in our house. So when I first picked up the Chevy Malibu I was excited to learn that there were other options to listening to music in the car. Check it out!

Don't forget to vote for the photos that I've entered into Rayovac's Summer photo contest!   They are titled Majestic Murphy and Enjoying the Pool. Thanks so much for your help! 

Enjoy the videos below!




No iPod? No Problem! from Kim Morrow on Vimeo.




Jump Drive from Kim Morrow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rayovac Summer Photo Contest


If you are here to read my Wordless/Wordful Wednesday post just scroll down.  But while you're here.....Have you voted for my photos that I entered? I sure can use the help not to mention I've entered another photo for this weeks theme. It's titled Majestic Murphy and as a reminder here is the first photo is titled Enjoying the Pool.  Here are both of the photos:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wordless & Wordfull Wednesday - Cookies On A Stick


Need to make these again.  They were just sooooo good!  Made these a few years back for Sam's birthday party instead of a cake.  These cookies were a great hit!

If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday5 Minutes for MomLive and Love...Out Loud, and J. Leigh Designz.  Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Seven Clown Circus.

I would love to come and visit your Wordless Wednesday photos so please leave me your link and I'll come on over.

Monday, August 9, 2010

This The Week To Join!

If you haven't joined Swag Bucks yet now is the time! They have just released a new Swag Code that will start you off with a total of 70 Swag Bucks instead of only 40 Swag Bucks! Sign up with Swag Bucks here and use Swag Code BackToSchool!

Why should you join Swag Bucks? Well, because it is FREE and if you search the internet you might as well use the Swag Bucks search engine so you can win Swag Bucks! Why do you want to win Swag Bucks? Because you can redeem your Swag Bucks for prizes or FREE gift cards! I redeem my Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards! Not only is it the best deal but most items ship FREE with Amazon Super Saver Shipping!


Search & Win


This will be an exciting week for Swag Bucks:

- They'll be featuring five one-of-a-kind Back-To-School themed Swag Buck bills in varying amounts - collect them all throughout the week and you'll earn yourself a 50 Swag Buck bonus!
- Sales on all School Supplies and Cookie's Kids items in the Swag Store!
- Some special Facebook/Twitter specific promos!
- On Thursday they are having a Swag Code Extravaganza, a day in which we'll put out no less than 5 Swag Codes!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I'm H-O-T HOT!

Baby It's Cold Hot Outside!  I'm not kidding!  It's very hot here.  We're on day 7 of 100 degree plus weather and it looks like it will go on for possibly another 9-10 days!  There really isn't much you can do to cool off when it's this hot.  We run our fans as we keep our AC turned up so it doesn't run all day long.  Some of our friends pay anywhere from $400 to $650 a month (you got that I just said per month right?) for their electric bill.  Our highest so far is $204!  Electricity is very expensive in TX.  You know it's been hot long enough when we walked outside today and realized that it didn't feel that hot...nope...we're just getting used to it.  What's really scary is right now we're watching the TX Rangers vs the Oakland A's and it's 64 degrees out there!  The umps are all bundled up and even wearing gloves!  Oh I only wish!  I really do love summer.  While you're here please vote for me in a photo contest I've entered: Enjoying the Pool

The other evening we had had enough of the hot weather.  Check out what we did!  Oh...you'll need to have your speakers on for this one.



Cooling Off from Kim Morrow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gotta Love Chevy ~ Massage Envy ~ Girls Time Out

My friend Wendy and I had a fantastic day today. We went out to lunch followed by some shopping and topped off with a wonderful one hour massage at Massage Envy. It was nice afterwards to use the Remote Start and wait for the car to cool off since it's in the 100s again today. I also found a wonderful station on XM Radio...XM 72. It's the "Spa" radio station. After getting a massage this is the station to listen to on the way home.   Remember to vote for my photo!  Check out this post to do so.  Thanks!



Massage Envy Girls Time Out from Kim Morrow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday & Wordful Wednesday ~ Wishing for Fall

With it getting up to 105 degrees today (actual temp not the feels like) I kept wondering how many more days until the cooler weather of fall is here.  So when I was going through my pictures for the Wordless/Wordful Wednesday post I found pictures from last fall at the pumpkin patch and thought that maybe looking at them might make us all feel a bit cooler.

While you are here I would really appreciate your help in winning a photo contest.  You can read this post to know what you need to do to vote.  THANKS SO MUCH!





If you would like to see more Wordless photos head on over to Wordless Wednesday5 Minutes for MomLive and Love...Out Loud, and J. Leigh Designz.  Now if you're like me and sometimes you can't stay wordless head on over to see some Wordful Wednesday photos at Seven Clown Circus.

I would love to come and visit your Wordless Wednesday photos so please leave me your link and I'll come on over.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Need Your Help!

I have entered Rayovac's "Snap, Share & Win" Summer Photo Contest.  I entered a picture that you all have seen on here before:

emotions_in_the_pool-1


I have a chance to win (taken from Rayovac's Site):
  • Grand Prize
1 of 3 Digital Camera Packages complete with a 10 megapixel Canon Digital Camera, Canon Compact Photo Printer, Camera Case, 4GB memory card, Note Cards featuring your photo and Rayovac Platinum Rechargeables. You’ll also receive 7” widescreen Digital Photo Frames to share with three friends!
  • 2nd Prize
1 of 3 Canon Compact Photo Printers and Rayovac Platinum Charger!
  • 3rd Prize
9 Runner-up Prizes include a Digital Photo Frame Keychain and Rayovac Platinum Charger!

The only way to win is to ask for your votes.  You can vote once a day every day until the contest is up.   Just go to this page  (or click on the picture) and look for the above picture.  It's titled "Enjoying the Pool".  You may have to click on the "show all" button to see all of the photos that are entered.  Thank you in advance for all of your votes.  You all have helped me before and I know you'll do it again.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Already?

Can you believe it's August already?  Where has the summer gone?  We've already had a busy summer and there is still so much more I want to do.  Sam still has one more week to take it easy and we're getting restless already.  So I'm thinking of things to do.  We're going to Fossil Rim this week with possibly going to this weeks free summer movies.  I get to go get a massage this week!  Next week I'd love to take Sam to the Dallas Railway Museum and I still want to go to one of the zoos this summer (or wait until it gets cooler...but I love the animals!) along with going to some of the following: the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Rangers Ballpark tour.  So we'll have our hands full until school starts.  With our temperatures getting up to around 105 this week (actual temp not counting the heat index) I'm trying to think of things to do outside of the house but where we can stay cool (or go early in the morning) and possibly learn something while having some fun.  I have more ideas but I'll save those for another post.
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