Another Birthday Celebration!

“The Artist” and I went out for our traditional Mom and son birthday lunch ( very late after his birthday) at his chosen restaurant, Olive Garden!

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Another Birthday Celebration!

Wednesday was “The Puzzler’s” birthday, and since he’s a huge fan of Star Wars, he received all Star Wars stuff!

 

He chose this cake . . .

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But there was a mix up at the store so we ended up with a generically decorated cake. But, they gave it to us at no charge, plus gave us the BB8 and other decoration, so he was happy.

Friday evening we went out to Applebee’s for his “family birthday dinner out,” and a good friend of his was able to join us.

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Look What We Did Over The Weekend!

 

I promise, no spoilers in this post, in fact, no information at all about the movie!

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With some of the local police and our wonderful Mayor . . .

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With the Avengers cosplayers  . . .

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“The Artist” and “The Batman both won prizes in the trivia contest. One of “The Batman’s” prizes was a copy of the original Avengers movie in a gift basket, and since we already own it, he gifted it to a friend who was also at the event.

A wonderful time was had by all!

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Birthday Meals!

So, we are quite late in taking “The Batman” and “The Artist” out for their birthday dinners because . . . reasons. I posted earlier about “The Batman’s” birthday, so here is “The Artist” at Cracker Barrel . . .

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And, “The Puzzler’s” pre-birthday mom/son birthday lunch at Weck’s, which is a breakfast/lunch restaurant.

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Another Set of Meals In The Freezer!

Today, we got a bunch of new meals in the freezer! “The Artist” has gone from being my helper, to pretty much doing it all, except for the shopping. Usually I do that with one of the other boys. So this time, these are the meals we made, 2 of each:

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Here is “The Artist flattening chicken breasts for Chicken Cordon Bleu:

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And here he is displaying the fruits of his labor!

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Heroes of History Milton Hershey) & Study Guide from YWAM Publishing: Review

YWAM Publishing offered us several choices from their Heroes of History series of books and we chose to review Heroes of History – Milton Hershey. YWAM Publishing also sent us a Study Guide to go along with our book.

We have very much enjoyed all of the books and study guides we have received for review purposes! We have had Ben Carson, George Washington & Corrie Ten Boom, all with accompanying study guides, and you can read those reviews here.

There is a lot more to Milton Hershey’s story than I was aware of. For example, Hershey had only a fourth grade education, and went to work full-time at the age of 12. Having remained childless, Hershey and his wife decided to put their fortune into creating a school and home for orphaned boys. They wanted their money to go to something that would help others. There is so much more in this book! as with all of the books we have reviewed from this company, we’ve gained knowledge we never had. Definitely worth the read, (see below, lol!) and the study guide is well worth your time!

One of the things I absolutely appreciate in the study guide is that included in the downloadable files were three separate overview pdfs, ranging in length from twelve to twenty-five pages. One is for classroom use, one for study group use, and the one for my purpose, home school use.

One of the things in my overview that I like the most is a couple of different charts to help if I were to use the books and study guides as a history spine, with one telling me the social studies topics and character qualities each one focuses on, along with where it is by date. For example:

Biography Title Time Period Social Studies Topics Character Qualities

The Beginnings of a Nation

Christopher Columbus: Across the Ocean Sea 1451–1506

Exploration of the world; indigenous peoples; early mapmaking; early trade routes; navigation; shipbuilding; sea adventures; monarchies in Spain, Portugal, and Italy; 15th-century religious conflicts; islands in the Caribbean Sea

Vision, perseverance

 

The other chart gives the timeline, and suggested schedule to work through. For example, If you wish to choose a one year track, you would choose one book per section for each period:

September to mid-October The Beginnings of a Nation

Christopher Columbus: Across the Ocean Sea John Smith: A Foothold in the New World William Penn: Liberty and Justice for All

And for a two-year track, you would choose two books from each section.

Anything which makes life easier is a plus for me, and yes, this would be so much easier than plotting it all out on my own.

The study guide to use with this book is a very thorough 71 pages. There are three appendix sections in the back for books and resources, answers to chapter questions, and social studies reproducibles.Study guides from YWAM Publishing cover a number of cross-curricular subjects, including but not limited to:

  • History
  • Geography 
  • Essay writing 
  • Creative writing 
  • Reading comprehension 
  • Public speaking 
  • Drama 
  • Art 

We have so far used this study guide orally as a group, but there are things I definitely want to go back and try to use hands on with my kids. They also want to come up with something involving Hershey’s Chocolate!

We have really enjoyed this study!

Study Guides - Christian Heroes Then & Now & Heroes of History {YWAM Publishing Reviews}Crew-DisclaimerAs always, I would just love it if you would join me in all of “My Journeys Through Life.” Just go to the subscription box at the top of the blog and enter your email information. After that, you will always know when there is something new happening. I hope to see you here very soon! -)

 

 

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Supper Out!

We FINALLY got to use some gift cards we’d gotten for Christmas! We went to the Range Cafe, someplace we’d never even heard of. Really good food, and such fun decor!

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So fun!

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