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In Recent preperations for our new adventures we bought a Garmin GPS. So far we have used it around town just testing it out here and there and I will say its working great! Here’s the pros and cons of our particular GPS.
Large enough screen to put it all the way at the bottom of the windshield while still being able to clearly see the maps.
Clear spoken words
Simple design-one button and a touch screen
User friendly- I did not even need the manual to set this bugger up!
The voice prompt for your next directional moves do not come soon enough. I am finding that they announce the next move when you are nearly on top of it. Therefore not providing enough time for you to visually find it. I did however call Garmin, they advised me to connect it to our computer and do an update to the device. That it should fix that issue, they even offered to send us a free USB cord without me having to request! Now that is customer service right there! I have not had the time to do the update on this device just yet. I will update this post once I have completed that.
Overall we really like this GPS and have no intent of returning it. I am very happy we were able to purchase this product!
My husband plans to run the cord under the dash board and hooking it directly into our Chrysler’s power supply. This way the cord is not dangling around while we are driving. I am concerned that it will become tangled in the steering controls. This way it will be safely tucked away.
Update: We have moved the GPS from the Right corner, to very low in the center. I feel it is less distracting, as well as out of my line of vision here. Also the USB cord they sent (free of charge) arrived in 4 days! That was SPEEDY!
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The Professor has used Explode The Code since day 1 of his journey, and has always loved it! Even now, 3 1/2 years later, he will easily complete his pages interdependently now. At times even, with little to no instruction from me. I ask him to do 2 pages daily but more often than not he is doing 3+ pages! This book is what we use as our warm up, it really gets his gears turning. Something not to hard but not to easy, while getting his hands warmed up for handwriting! I have hopes to use this program all the way to the end. I would love to try out Beyond The Code as well. Have any of you tried this? What are you opinions on it?
When The Professor was in books A,B, and C, we worked together through each page typically doing one page every day of the week and depending on his mood we would sometimes do as many as he wanted. I remember when we first started he did 12 pages in one day! I was so proud of him! My biggest fear of letting him work at that pace was him forgetting things. But he didn’t, this kid has always had spurts every few weeks where he just willingly spends much more time than expected doing many many pages! I am so thankful for his willingness and eagerness to learn!
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Hey guys! Starting this Monday we will be really digging into our curriculum. Until now we have only been taking bites here and there. With all of the change going on in our life we have been very distracted. If you read my previous post Whats In The Bag, then you already know what we have picked out for the year. We have really simplified our lives and as much as its amazing, it will require a little bit of creativity on my part in order to keep things interesting. We are really getting back to basics but still want things to be fun. Rather than having an abundance of ‘stuff’ I have hopes to do more exploring. Really make some awesome memories this year with our kids!
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Hey everyone! With my husband’s job on the horizons we have been prepping to hit the road as you know! We still don’t know for sure when and where we will end up, all we are certain of is that we will be together.
For our family this quote could not be anymore true. Home is where memories are made. Home is not a place, a house, a building, it is where we are together making memories. This, can happen anywhere in the world!
Here’s to our journey ahead!
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As you all know we are prepping to head out on our road-school adventure! We have worked so hard to downsize all of our belongings including school supplies. So here is what we have left for our 2 homeschoolers!
I have neatly stored and organized everything we need into these two Thirty One Bags, I must say not only are they super cute totes BUT they are the perfect size for what we need!
The smaller of the tote holds The Professors Math U See Blocks, DVD, and CD. In the front pocket is where we keep The Professors clock from Christian Light Publications. As well as two small dry erase boards.
The main portion of the large tote holds the good stuff right! This year The Professor is using:
History- Story Of The World Vol.1– We have never used these before but have heard great things! (On our Kindle)
Handwriting- Explode The Code
Reading- anything and everything we can get on our Kindle. He is already reading pretty well so no formal phonics curriculum is needed.
I would love to try Draw Write Now, so if anyone has any insight regarding this curriculum please let me know! I would enjoy hearing your opinions on this.
For ChubChub we are doing a mixture of a few things this year as she is ready and eager to learn to read, so that is our main focus!
Phonics- Explode The Code
Teach your child to read in 100 EZ Lessons (On the Kindle)
Progressive Phonics (On the Kindle)
100 Words, ABC & 1 2 3 Wipe It Clean books from School Zone Publishers
She will also be listening in while we read Story Of The World, as well as participating in science lessons and reading through her Aesop’s Fables coloring book.
Both of the kiddos also use Teach Your Monster To read. The Professor is half way through level two (I should have started him on level 3 but he is enjoying it so I’m letting him play. A little review only hurt. ChubChub is doing level 1, and loving it’s.
The Majority of our text books are all on the Kindle along with over 600 other fiction and nonfiction books. We are big readers around here so having an abundance of books on hand is a must; BUT we had to be able to do so without literally having an abundance of physical books while we travel. So having a Kindle was the best solution. Yes, yes we could have chosen to use our Kindle Fire, or Ipad2, or one of the kids SchoolZone Little Scholar tablets for our eBooks. BUT For our children we needed something that was NOT touch screen. Our kids are ‘clickers’ so having a device for strictly focused reading is a must! TheKindle E ink gives us just that! We love it!
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Our family is about to embark on a new adventure in the world of homeschooling. We are in our third year of homeschooling and our adventure is about to get CRAZY! Not only is this our first year schooling 2, but we are also awaiting to embark on a road-school adventure!
We have been preparing for our major downsize for the last 2 1/2 months. We are hoping the end is near as our house is nearly empty and we have started collecting the various things we will need while we travel. I cannot believe the amount of stuff we have hauled out of our home to make this new adventure happen! To give you a mental image of what our home looks like right now… picture this, matress’ on the floor, every piece of clothes packed apart from a one week stash left in the closets, two dressers, one TV, school supplies, the toys consist of a toy kitchen, play-food, wooden blocks, Duplo blocks, Legos, and School Zone Tablets for our big kids. This apart from a few random plastic dishes is all that remains in our house.
Don’t get me wrong, this downsize was hard. VERY HARD. But looking back I am so glad that we did it! I look around our empty house and honestly the only thing I miss is our couch ( it would be nice to not sit on the floor, ya know). The rest was just stuff, that is what I kept telling myself as we were purging the house! By golly did we have A LOT of stuff! When this is all said and done what is left of our entire house will fit in 3/4 of a small bedroom! It’s amazing what prospects of a new life, new adventure, new surroundings, new job, new everything, can do for motivating a family loaded down with stuff!
If you are wondering when we plan to leave, well that is a great question. We are leaving as soon as we get the call! At this point as of this moment today at 10:39 pm on a Friday night we have no idea when or where we will land. On one hand that is frightening! On the other hand its strangely euphoric almost. I am actually enjoying the empty house! My husband went to a trade school in California and is now certified to maintain the wind turbines. We are currently just waiting for a call on a very promising job. This job will have us traveling at least 50% of the time if not more. We have prepared ourselves for as much as 100% travel though. We can hardly stand the anticipation!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about what curriculum and supplies we have saved and plan to use for the school year!
Have you ever watched the gross food documentaries on Netflix. You know the ones I’m talking about….. ( Vegucated, King Corn, Farmagedon, Forks Over Knifes, Hungary For Change, Foodmatters )…. Well about 9 months ago my husband went on a documentary kick. We sat and watched every single one we could find…
I am not embarrassed to admit I was very ignorant about where the meat I was buying, cooking, and preparing for my family came from. I always knew about the poor treatment of large farm animals but never knew to what degree until then.
I was completely thrown off the ship with out a life jacket when we started watching all these movies. Shocked by the poor treatment especially of cows and chickens. Disgusted by the amount of drugs given to these poor animals just to make the grow larger than their bodies can handle so the farms make more money of a single head.
I learned about a cattle farm in American where the cows are literally walking around in tiny pens with no grass insight. just pure muck and feces. These cows were so large many were just laying down in the muck. These videos showed deceased animals in the pens bloated with their legs sticking straight up, making it clear they have been their for a while. I watched while a slaughter-house put a LIVE cow into a vat of boiling solution. The amount of mistreatment in this industry is astonishing.
I saw footage of a chicken farm where they were kept in tiny cages of 2-3 animals in each. They had grown so large they could no longer bear the weight of their massive breasts on their tiny legs. Just laying on the bottom of the cages, feathers worn off from the wire mesh bottoms. Some with extra beaks and toes, some with broken beaks and missing body parts.
In many of these documentaries they showed the sheer VOLUME of drugs given to the animals on a daily basis. Antibiotics and growth hormones in large quantities. In some cases fed to the animals daily through pellets in their food. It never dawned on me until seeing these movies that cows are not meant to eat corn and dry food from barrels, and yet the farmers are happily feeding this to the animals for the sole purpose to make the animals grow fatter and fatter.
Until this point I have always been a meat and potatoes kind of gal. I grew up eating steak, burgers, and pork 7 days a week. BUT a good portion of that was wild game from my dad’s hunting trips (elk, deer, caribou). After watching these movies I could not bring myself to eat the meat I had in the house (all store-bought). I found myself giving it to friends and neighbors so it wouldn’t go to waste, and the lives of the poor animal that were sacrificed to feed a family would not be slaughtered in vain. We went 8.5 long months without cooking meat in our house. When I say meat I mean any type of animal flesh, beef, poultry, fish, or pork. We learned so much about staying healthy as vegetarians. My husband and kids would eat meat while at my in laws house for dinner, but that was the extent of it. I can honestly say I have had flesh 4 times since the change. All 4 times being chicken, 2 of those times were organic grass-fed. I can honestly say I don’t miss meat.
We have enjoyed so many ‘veggie burgers’ in the last multiple months that the thought of eating an actual beef burger turns my stomach. My husband has always had issues with beef, the majority of the time when he eats it he gets awful stomach cramps and winds up on the toilet just hours after eating. Our kids have never been a fan of beef always eating around it in meals and picking burgers apart, they will however smash on a veggie burger always asking for more! Since making the switch we have not had that bogged down tired sleepy feeling after eating, always finishing our meals feeling better, and more energized. So for us to cut beef was SIMPLE! (Pork and fish were never our favorites so it was not a stretch to ditch that either. )
Now chicken. OH how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Chicken was the hardest to kick for us. But we did it, instead of ‘weaning’ we just went cold turkey … ha turkey… I can say at first I really did miss chicken. I went the first 4 months without eating chicken and when I got my first bite after that, it didn’t taste the same. Since then chicken has just not tasted as good as before.
I will admit I do miss the hearty meals that you get when eating meat. BUT I do not miss feeling bogged down and bloated. I PERSONALLY cooked chicken (Organic, because lets face it after all I’ve learned I may never full go back ) last night for the first time in 9 months. Cooking meat is something I do not miss not one bit… the juice gets all over, and then I feel like I need to go on a cleaning spree after to make sure nothing gets contaminated. I have always hated touching raw meat, something about the texture and the noise it makes has always turned my stomach. While we all sat and ate I noticed my kids not enjoying it near as much as the ‘veggie chick’ we have grown accustomed too. ChubChub only ate 2 bites of hers, The professor ate maybe 4 bites, before they devoured their corn, beans, and salads.
Now on to the big question. Will we ever go back? Honestly no, I do not see us ever going back especially to beef or pork. The biggest reason being the way it upsets Thumbs’ body. Now knowing how to find other sources of protein for our family I feel much more confident in leaving it behind! Fish has never been something we like around here and I can honestly say I have never even cooked fish so again that one wont be around either. Now chicken, because of the high cost of organic, I will probably only buy it on sale or a few times a month. Thumbs told me he missed chicken, so for him, as long as its organic.
This year Thumbs plans to go deer hunting, he asked if I would eat and prepare it for us, I replied, “GLADLY!” wild game is far cleaner than anything we can get elsewhere. Plus I was raised eating a lot of game so it is a love of mine! With deer hunting season upon us now I just sit and wait anxiously for him to get us 1-2 deer so we can freeze it and have meat for the next year!
This puts us in an awkward spot, you can not call us vegetarians anymore, because we will be eating Venison, and some organic chicken. I can’t say we are meatless either, I guess beefless would be a word we could classify with right? Maybe naturalists would be more suiting. What do you think?
What is your opinion on the meat industry? Have you gone vegetarian before, are you now? Share your insights in the comments below!
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