Feb 252015
 

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This morning I was working on homework with George in the kitchen.  We made it through his assigned reading book, his spelling words (done today while he jumped on the trampoline), and his speech practice (/th/ sounds).  Vocab was saved to review while we ate.

The teacher had marked that he should practice math, but had sent nothing specific home.  Yesterday she mentioned that he was having trouble switching between addition and subtraction.

With his other homework finished it was time to eat and his cereal was waiting for him on the counter.  Perfect. To get to his cereal, he had to take the number of steps toward the counter that I told him.

We have done this game in a variety of ways, sometimes counting forwards/backwards (face appropriate way), adding/subtracting, skip counting, etc.  Today it went like this:

Take 2 steps forward.

Take 1 step backwards.

Take 3 steps forward.

Take 2 steps backwards.

Add 4 steps.

Subtract 1 step.

Add 3 steps.

Subtract 2 steps …..

George was catching on, his steps backwards got smaller as his steps forward got larger.  :) The last instruction of “Take 1 step forward” resulted in 3 steps forward with a smile on his face. Silly Goose.

 

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Feb 242015
 

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Earlier this year we signed up for an Amazon Prime membership.  The main reason was free shipping, especially as my husband gets a lot of his school books from there.  We also do some miscellaneous orders on there several times through the year when we have redeemed Swagbucks and Bing Rewards for Amazon gift cards.  As time has gone on I have found a few added benefits to this membership.

Last night while looking to order a replacement CD of music we use at bed time, I looked on Amazon’s MP3 selection to listen to samples of other CDs by this musician.  That is when I saw that several of the song downloads were free with an Amazon Prime membership.  Okay, maybe several is a slight understatement.  Right now it is around 86,417 albums.  No worries, I am not going to share all of them with you.  :)

If you have more questions or are wanting to read the details, here is a link to the Amazon Music FAQ page.

Winter Into Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Suite from "The Firebird" [Expanded Edition]

Spring Delight

Meditation With Music & Nature: Spring Showers

A Peaceful Celtic SpringHere are some collections put together by Amazon’s Music Experts:

Christian for Spring

Indie for Spring

Come on Spring

Soul for Spring

Hope you found a few songs to tide you over till Spring actually appears, though if you live anywhere near me the appearing of Spring does not follow the official start date.  In that case, stay warm and keep up the hope.  It will come … eventually.  :)

 

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Feb 212015
 

Sony Travel Package

 

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Wow, Shutterfly has pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 15th Anniversary.  Not only are there great deals for New Customers, but also Existing Customers.  Take a look:

NEW customers choose between 2 free 8×10 prints or 1 free 16×20 print with promo code CHOICES4U - 2/19 – 2/25

Terms: CHOICES4U Offer expires February 25, 2015 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 2 free 8×10 prints or 1 free 16×20 print through shutterfly.com. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly). New customers choose between 1 of 2 freebies. Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad and Android apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Valid for the intended recipient only. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

ALL customers receive $15 off any purchase of $30+ or more with promo code FIFTEEN - 2/19 – 2/25

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This is a picture from our vacation last Spring.  We did an impromptu stop at a water show.  The boys thought it was one of the greatest things ever.

Recently we have done several Picture Nights at home, where my husband hooks our laptop up to the television and scrolls through photos and videos.  I remember when we used a projector, slides and a pull down screen growing up.  :)  The kids LOVE seeing pictures of things we have done or when they were younger.

With no good excuse, I admit that I have been lax about printing off photos and adding them to photo albums.  It is on the to-do list, but that is no guarantee it will happen anytime soon.  With the code FREE4ME above, I now have NO excuse to print off photos.  At least I will be one step closer to actually having them in albums.

Feb 152015
 
Our Weekly Meal Plan - February 15, 2015

 This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for your support. Well, our oven is still out of commission.  We could try to use it, it probably would work, but right now it is not necessary so we are dealing with this latest … challenge.  :)  The plan was to go shopping this past Saturday, but [...]

Feb 142015
 
Cooking Hashbrowns

Over the years, my husband has been in search of the best way to cook hash browns.  We tried both frozen potatoes and potatoes we shredded by ourselves.  We tried soaking in washer then drying.  We tried cooking them straight from the package. We finally came upon a method that seems to work best for [...]

Feb 132015
 
Ready For A Break

It has been a busy day, made longer by the fact that my night’s rest was disturbed several times by a boy dealing with growing pains.  Finally figured out the magical combination of medicine, massage and rice heating pads. Then at 5:30 a.m. George, who had been left alone in his room when Jack came [...]