Category Archives: Family

End of Summer Projects

It is that time of the year. The summer for public school kids in our area is coming to a close. I love that we have a bit of freedom in our homeschooling. We have a handful of projects to still get worked on our homestead for this summer season

  1. Our aquaponics system is being put back up. In this process, we are researching a solar power system to save on the moneys that we spend on this. Our power bill is already OUTRAGES at over $400/month. Thanks APS (Northern Arizona Power Company) for upping your prices again. So, our goal is to find a “do it yourself” solar panel system to get our water system back up and running to help save some money and not tap into the power grid. Fresh produce year round for this family is ideal. For now too, we are planning on putting in just goldfish, but eventually will put back in tilapia.
  2. We are taking out annual family photos early this year. My AMAZING nephew Brent is leaving for the ARMY next week. So our photos for our Christmas cards/calendars and gifts to my sister and parents are going to be created early. We normally don’t take them until November… so a bit of a change. This year, Trystan will be back in them and we have a new family member, Michael. πŸ™‚
  3. We have 7 goats and 10 kunekune pigs to sell. That would cut down on our feed bill immensely. So hopefully we can find some home for these babies. But, if not, we will have some full freezers in December.
  4. We have the county fair coming up in about 5 weeks. We can not wait! My kids love to go and see animals, compete in the showmanship and ride the rides. I can not wait to have some fair food. I have lost over 50 pounds so far this year and having fair food will be mom’s special treat!
  5. We start back up with homeschooling in about 2 weeks. I am still gathering our curriculum and writing our daily schedules. We have picked up a few books to fill in the gap and will be starting out with the comic book writing projects.
  6. Working on 3 new books from our homestead. One is a collaboration with the kiddoes. And has been in the works for a while. It is an Advent projects, ideas and scripture book. Another one (actually a 3 book series) about Haka. This one is about complete. Missing some artwork. We had been so terribly busy with traveling to see Trystan in Phoenix that now that he is back home again, I have an extra day each week to be able to complete these tasks. And the 3rd is a book project (fiction) that I have been working on for a while.

Being a kid during Monsoons

Here in Arizona, summer rains are a welcome sight. Along with that can come harsh wind, thunder and lightning and flash floods (Yes, it does rain that much at times). Trystan and Grayson absolutely love the trampoline. Warm summer rain + trampoline = summer afternoon fun until lightning is spotted. So enjoy this slow-motion video! I hope that you are able to take off your shoes and go outside to be a kid in the rain.

Adulting 101 Online Class

adulting – the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

https://outschool.com/classes/adulting-what-you-need-to-know-about-becoming-an-adult-b2kJPFkj#usCGc3YJOv

Welcome to adulthood! Becoming an adult can be hard. This is where this class will come in and help. Let’s learn the basics of becoming an adult. This course is a flex course so take it each week during the time that best fits you and your schedule.

Topics will include the following (plus more):

Week #1 – Finances (checking accounts vs savings accounts, balancing a checkbook, writing a check, monthly budgets, investments, paying bills, money orders, taxes, using credit cards VS Cash, planning for retirement, basics to 401K)

Week #2 – Automobile (Checking air pressure, changing a tire, checking and adding fluids, jumpstarting, creating a Car Kit)

Week #3 – Grocery store basics (shopping with a list, coupons, pantry, essentials, creating a meal plan, dorm food)

Week #4 – Basic cooking (crockpot, microwave, simple healthy meals, hydration)

Week #5 – Business basics (Writing a resume and cover letter, Interview, sending an email, dress for success, tying a tie, how to quit a job )

Week #6 – Maintaining your household (Laundry, Dishes, organizing with a calendar, making a bed, ironing clothes, minimalism, dorm room essentials)

Week #7 – Self health – (intro to health insurance, stress and burnout, simple yoga/mediation, time management, defining happiness)

Week #8 – Communication and Conversation (active listening, basic American Sign Language, making a phone call, thank you cards, think before you speak)

Week #9 – housing (living with roommates, how to pack for a move, leasing an apartment, how to talk to your landlord, how to get rid of pests)

Week #10 – Your Every Day (basic sewing a button, mending a sock, unclogging a sink, Relationships, healthy vs unhealthy)

By the end of class, students will have handouts for each topic that they can put into a binder for easy reference.

General information on my Flex classes: My video tutorials and PowerPoints are posted each Monday of the class and will be linked to private videos on my own YouTube Channel.

We will not have any written homework but will have weekly discussions on the message board between students and teachers with weekly problem solving questions on the Outschool class message board.

**Please note: once classes have started, I do not offer refunds, due to the fact that this course consists of digital materials. By enrolling in this class, you are purchasing video tutorials that you can download and keep to use for as long as you like! Please refrain from sharing or redistributing my copyrighted tutorials with anyone outside of our classroom. Thank you!

Love notes to your kids

Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways.

Leaving each of the kids love notes for the first 2 weeks of February is a priority for me. Each of my children have such amazing gifts to give each other and others. I love highlighting this for them.

Start this year. Cut 14 hearts out of pink, red or even white paper for each child. Each day, write an “I LOVE YOU because…” on the heart and tape it to their door BEFORE they wake up in the morning. What an AMAZING surprise for them. <3

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 14, Do something for yourself

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite meal (Extra points if your spouse cooks your favorite meal for you).Β 

In our house this week we added a new family member. Meet Loki, our new Livestock Guardian Dog.Β 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint. 

Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly.  Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE. 

If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! πŸ˜‰ ) My big kids even made one each!!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 10, 4 gift Christmas

Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for meβ€”
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like monster of paper and toys vomited all over the floor and took over on Christmas morning.  Larry and I started looking into what others did, especially larger families.  We started this before Breckin, Trystan and Grayson were adopted. I love the feeling that we have with all of the kids, really focusing on what it means for Christmas for us. 

So, each child in our home receives 4 gifts – a WANT, a NEED,  a WEAR and a READ.  We made some tags to print up. (2 sets per sheet)   wantneedwearread-tags.pdf (170 downloads)

Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ
Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 8, Spend time and look at lights

Luke 1:38 – β€œI am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. β€œMay your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year,  we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at the gingerbread houses and lights around out community. This year was no different. Get into comfy clothes. Drink some hot chocolate and drive around, singing christmas carols. 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 7, Try Something New

Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of  Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

One of the things that I like my children to know is that you are never too old to try something new. Our Advent message for the 7 is exactly that. Try something new today.  This could be trying a new activity or craft. Try a new style or a new recipe in your kitchen. 

Today, Rowan tried out a new online class with Outschool. Here is a link to the classes. There is everything from cooking to Minecraft and Lego building, from a new language lesson to forensic science. And these are all for kids!!! 
https://outschool.com/?signup=true&usid=CGc3YJOv&utm_campaign=share_invite_link

So for today, have you or your kids try something new. Start reading a new book series, or a movie series. Or have them try out an online class or a new recipe.Β  Do it together. After all, that is what Christmas is all about TOGETHER! (And her pumpkin butter and hot chocolate that she made was GREAT!!!)

Rowan taking a new online cooking class.