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Multitude Monday - Thankful for a New Year!

With the changing of the year comes the changing of goals, attitudes, and habits. What a blessing that we get a "fresh start". It's funny how the simple turning of a page on a calendar can spur us on to so many things. In thinking about fresh starts it also stands to reason that we think about the many blessings we already possess.... and in the past week of "vacation" there has been much time to reflect upon gratitude.

481. a peaceful few days, enjoying some colder weather sitting by the fireplace - admiring the stockings that were lovingly knit by my sister
482. pralines - made by my neighbor who is always making us treats!
483. friends, who listen and support you - even when you're griping about something trivial
484. music - even though it's the same song being played on the electronic keyboard - OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
485. several dinners, cooked by my husband and not me!
486. freshly shampooed carpets (again - done my husband, and not me!)
487. the lingering of the Christmas spirit - as we wait for Epiphany
488. a quiet morning alone, packing away all of the precious ornaments from our tree; each one holds beautiful memories
489. fun times playing "Guess Who?" with my son - what a great game!

490. lots of time spent reading out loud to my children, and them HAPPILY turning off the television when I say "let's read!"
491. my iPad - a great research tool
492. free book downloads
493. special relationships my daughter has with a few adults - what a blessing they are to her
494. a big decision made for our church today
495. time today to get ready for our study of The Ancients.... exciting for me!
496. my husband offering to take us out to dinner tonight -- again.... exciting for me!
497. text messaging - I keep in touch with so many people this way
498. flavored creamer in my coffee
499. reading through the book of John together with my children
500. a new year and a new start!


Want to See a Great Musical?

Several months ago I wrote about post about introducing musicals to your children. I am SO excited about going to see Beauty and The Beast in just a couple of weeks at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. We participate in an ambassador program through the Theater of the Stars.... we promote the musicals via blog, Facebook, Twitter, email - then we receive four free tickets to the musical! We are going with another homeschool mom and her seven year old daughter - who LOVES princesses. I cannot wait to see the look of wonder in her eyes when she sees this musical.

I saw the musical in 1997, before I had children, then again in 2004 when Miss B was just three. She sat on my lap the entire time and LOVED it! (She STILL remembers the dancing cutlery!) Now I will see it again and I can't wait! So, if you are in the Atlanta area, Beauty and The Beast is coming January 12-16, and you can get 1/2 price tickets at any Publix for the Wednesday and Thursday shows! And, if you live elsewhere, check the link for more tour dates and cities. It looks like the show is going to be all over the place in the next several months!


The "Tops" of 2010

I'm excited to continue blogging in 2011. I have learned so much about the blogging world, homeschooling, and myself through my blog. It really has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I hope I've shared a few ideas, struggles, and blessings along the way.

I got this idea from Tristan at Our Busy Homeschool - checking out my Blogger stats to see what the most popular posts were from 2010. I thought it was interesting to check traffic sources, referring sites, and popular posts in general. So, as 2010 comes to a close I'd like to share the three most popular posts of the year.

  1. Our New Schoolroom - This post received 563 page views. I love that we redid our bonus room as a schoolroom. It has worked out very well. Granted, we still do a lot of schoolwork in the kitchen, on the go, in the family room, and outside, but our home base remains the schoolroom.
  2. Fun Science! Color Changing Milk - This post received 230 page views (a far cry from 563, I know!). What's interesting is that I know if you asked my children what one of their favorite activities was this past year, they would tell you this experiment. It's a KEEPER.
  3. Oreo Moon Phases - This post received 160 page views... and again I would say this is an activity that my children definitely remember. My son still prides himself on knowing waxing and waning gibbous moons!

According to the Blogger stats, the page on my blog that received the most views was the Five In A Row page. We started off the school year with a bang as far as FIAR goes, and have fizzled a bit with it recently. We will be rowing Katy and the Big Snow next week, so watch for more updates to this page. I can't say enough good things about the FIAR curriculum, but we clearly use it as a supplement. My personal favorite post about FIAR was our Lentil book party - we will ALL remember this for many years to come, and the Lemonade Layer Cake we made was AWESOME!

That's it for me in 2010 -- I'll see you all in the blogosphere in 2011!