Highlight: Workboxes

It has been a while since I’ve talked about how we use workboxes, so I figured now was as good a time as any. We have used workboxes from the beginning of our homeschool journey and they are a lifesaver!  It helps the students and the teacher to stay organized!  This is Brendan’s tower.  As he works through each box, he places his completed assigment in the bottom drawer and moves the number from that box to the “completed workboxes” sign.  I’ll share a day of Ryan’s assignments next week.IMG_0505

Fridays tend to be “light” days for us, but here are the assignments that Brendan had today (just to help give you an idea of how we use our workboxes):


Box #1: A quick art lesson on how to draw castles.


Box #2: Reading assignment from Story of the World and a grammar activity on prepositions.


Box #3: After brainstorming topics for his report yesterday, today’s assignment is to begin researching and collecting information.


Box #4: A small reading assignment and activity from Medieval Times.


Box #5: Grammar review


Box #6: Assigned reading (Brendan also reads novels of his own choice at night and is currently reading the Left Behind series)


Box #7: Today’s spelling assignment – we use Spelling Power and Spellingcity.com


Box #8: A math assignment using Teaching Textbooks


Box #9: Guitar practice

Here are a few pictures of our castle activities for the week – FUN!!! 




Happy Birthday Brendan!

Look who's 14 !!!

Look who’s 14 !!!

Getting ready for his birthday dinner.

Getting ready for his birthday dinner.

Brendan's favorite meal: steak and sweet potato.

Brendan’s favorite meal: steak and a sweet potato.

Plus some sweet tea :) !

Plus some sweet tea 🙂 !

What is it B ?

What is it “B” ?



Dad says, "Welcome to manhood!"

Dad says, “Welcome to manhood!”

This is the perfect shirt for you buddy!

This is the perfect shirt for you buddy!




Brendan's main gift will be here in a few days.  I'd explain it, if only I knew what it was - LOL!  Something to do with computers...right up his alley!

Brendan’s main gift will be here in a few days. I’d explain it, if only I knew what it was – LOL! Something to do with computers…right up his alley!

Lighting his own candles.

Lighting his own candles.

The ice-cream cake Brendan requested!

The ice-cream cake Brendan requested!

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

We hope you had a great day Brendan!

We hope you had a great day Brendan – we love you and are so proud of the amazing young man you are becoming!

Winter Recital

Brendan and Ryan’s Winter Recital was this afternoon. We got there early and got front row seats much to the boys’ dismay…how embarrassing! All of the kids did great, even though some of them were pretty nervous (ours included 🙂 ). Brendan played his electric guitar for the first time during a recital. He had a challenging song and was so cute when he messed up and lost his place…we told him that he needs to practice his “poker face” and nobody would even know that he messed up – LOL !!! Ryan was very serious, but did a fantastic job and was so relieved when his turn was over. We are proud of them both!

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Brendan played Cliffs of Dover and Ryan played Wayfaring Stranger.

I’m an Aunt Again!!!

Yesterday I witnessed one of the most amazing events on earth…the birth of my newest niece, Abigail Brooks.  Little Brook was born at 4:30 pm, weighs 8 lbs, 14.9 ounces, and is 20 1/2 inches long. She is beautiful!!! This was not the first birth that I’ve attended, but it still takes my breath away!  What a miracle!  I’m so thankful that my sister chose to share this precious moment with me 🙂 !

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You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise;  you perceive my thoughts from afar.   You discern my going out and my lying down;  you are familiar with all my ways.   Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before,  and you lay your hand upon me.   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?   Where can I flee from your presence?   If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.   If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.   If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”  even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.   I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.   My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.   Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.   How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!   Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.    Psalm 139: 1-18