Believe it or not but the holidays are right around the corner. As a Christian I can say that the one holiday that is up for big debate is Halloween. Some are set against it, others dive right in to the festivities while others find a balance. We have always been the find the balance kind of family. What do I mean by that? Our kids love to dress up, however we have put restrictions on what they can dress up as. Nothing scary, dark or evil. Superheroes, favorite book characters and career uniforms are all on the okay list of choices. We also do go trick or treating, but only around our local area while it is still early in the evening. Any house […]
Every Christmas it inevitably happens. There are more toys, games, books, clothes, etc. in the house after everything is unwrapped. So where is all that new stuff suppose to go? Most people talk about spring cleaning, well here in our house, we also have before Christmas cleaning. It is amazing how much stuff we can accumulate over a few months. We live in a small house so extra space is hard to come by. The best thing we can do is to clear the clutter we already have, before more stuff comes in. The kids are all so excited about Christmas that keeping them busy is one way I can keep my sanity. This is one time them having so much bundled up energy can […]
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite decorations at Christmas time is a snowy village full of festive buildings, happy people, and lights everywhere. I love the look of a miniature village set up in our house and always like to stop and stare when I see others who have decorated with a village as well. All the little people in these villages seem to be filled with the Christmas spirit. No problems to worry about, and only shopping, time with family and fun to be had. However, life just isn’t like those Christmas villages. Problems happen without notice, even at Christmas time. Not every building gets decorated for Christmas and for sure not everyone you run into is cheery. So how […]
At this time of year, everyone is starting to think about what they are thankful for. There are so many things to praise God for, but a big one for our family is homeschooling. We are so blessed to be able to homeschool in this country. Even with all the busyness of the day-to-day lessons, planning, cleaning and chaos that goes with homeschooling, we have so much to be thankful for. Homeschooling is a LOT of work, but so worth it. There are days I wonder what it would be like to send all my kiddos on the yellow bus and have the day to actually do what I want to do for a change. Other days, I love teaching but feel like […]
You may be one to homeschool year round but for us, when July comes around we are on a long summer pause from school work. We take the few short months of nice weather to enjoy the outdoors and family. The 4th of July is one day we try to slow down, and spend time with family. Over the years we have done a lot of different things to celebrate but no matter what we planned, everything revolved around spending time with those we love. In the end, that is what is most important, and learning to spend time with family is a lesson kids need to learn early on. Not all lessons need to be filled with textbooks, crafts, or stories. Showing […]
Today is another exciting day here at Faithfilled Chaos. Not only am I bringing you another FREE printable, but today is also the first day of the Homeschool Days Blog Hop. Each month on the third Wednesday, myself and several other great homeschool bloggers will be linking up some awesome posts to share with you. I hope after you are done reading my post that you will take the time to explore what these other bloggers have to offer. Now onto the Project I remember from when I was in school, public school, that every year we would do lots of projects centered around the upcoming holidays. I loved doing that and have always wanted to bring that fun into our homeschool. Homeschooling however, is […]
Trick or Treating in our house has brought about many debates. You see, I grew up with a Catholic Dad, and a Mom who didn’t practice any religion. Every year I was always out tick or treating and would even visit a haunted house every year. I remember one year my Dad getting into the costume idea and dressed up as an ape with red glowing eyes. He showed up to one of my Girl Scouting events and surprised all us girls. You should have seen everyone screaming. My husband on the other hand grew up completely the opposite. His parents would take the kids out to eat Halloween night and when they came home would shut off the lights and everyone would go to […]
Every year I try to head out shopping the day after Christmas to stock up on wrapping paper, decorations, and all that yummy food I can get half off. This year was no exception. The kids went with me this year since hubby had to work. I promised the kids that I would take them to the newly opened frozen yogurt shop afterwards, if they behaved. I figured that would be the trick to getting the shopping done and still enjoying this Christmas season. Apparently, I was wrong.
Every year on Christmas Eve, after church, dinner, presents, and story reading, the kids all gather around the computer while we track Santa. Yes, I did say track Santa. We are able to see where in the world he is, live. This is an amazing motivator for the kids to get moving to bed much quicker. Which helps us parents out a TON with all that bottled up energy they seem to gather late on Christmas Eve.
Cody came in earlier today, from doing chores outside, and mentioned to me that his winter boots really hurt his toes. Oh no, was my first thought, it can’t be. I just bought them at the end of last winter, 2 sizes bigger than he needed. But it was true. They are too small already, and this close to Christmas.