Thursday, February 9, 2017


When you realize that the way you are teaching just isn't working. Not saying that every child has this issue but after so much research I have realized and have been told before that my daughter is dyslexic. This only means that i need to change how I teach her and nothing else. So while she is working i am trying to figure out what works best for her. Although i wish it was just stamped on her! 

Background: If you ever struggled with reading or spelling or can relate on how this all feels. I was so mad at my mother when she held me back in 3rd grade because I was not a good reader. Although I realize know that, that year i was determined to figure out how to read better and with the extra help in school I did learn ways that helped me. I have watched enough shows on how dyslexia affects people in different ways that I to am dyslexic. No i have never been diagnosed nor do i wish to pay someone $$$$$ to tell me I am. I have also realized and my husband has realized that he to is affected. He was great in school as long as he didn't have to write or keep notebooks. I was opposite the only way i could remember was to keep notes and highlight in many different colors and rewrite my notes each night that i had taken that day. For those of you who are reading this you may say well a lot of people do that and this is just one example of how i coped. 

Today: So we have started some programs with our daughter and have seen some great gains in a day. But i feel like it is always 1 step forward and 2 steps back. Just because she learned it today doesn't mean she is going to remember it tomorrow or even in 20 minutes from now. So we do a lot of work over and over and over again and then we break and go back to see just how much she has remembered. We are hopefully that one day she will learn ways to help herself when she is struggling on something new and we are hoping that we can help her train her brain so both the left and right side work together. 

She is one amazing and loved kid no matter how hard it is for her to learn and no matter how much we have to do things again and again. 

For those of you out there with kids with dyslexia hang on it is a journey. It is not always easy but you have to keep trying. I will never give up on my daughter or any of my kids. I hope they know just how much I love them and try to do the best for them!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Everyone deserves a little time away now and then! We try and go on vacation at least once a year. Thanks to my sister having a time share that we are able to use, it makes it a lot easier to vacation. A place to sleep is your biggest cost then eating out. We have always been very frugal or cheap! When we are traveling we normally stop at a grocery store and buy bread, sliced meat, cheese and a bottle of ranch dressing. That is just one way we save. This year we are going to Myrtal beach. Our 3 kids will be more then happy to spend every day at the beach and in the resort pool but because we homeschool I try to find something educational to do on the cheap. This year I am not overly worried about it though because with a ocean just feet from our resort there will be plenty to learn. Another way we save is by driving not flying. Most people think this is crazy to ride with kids for 15+ hours in a car but we load up with books on tape some great movies and there is always binder work! So in the next few weeks look out for some pictures of ocean views. Also, a few suprise pictures from other places along the way!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Phase 2 update!

Ok so I last left you in 2015's big project which was putting in insulation and plywood. Here are a few of the finished pictures!

This is a clear view of the fact that we didn't have much insulation! 
The only reason the wall does 
on the left does is because that is the bathroom we redid.

Yeh!!! Shout for joy the plywood is all up!!!

We have a beautiful view, I must say!

Was time to rebuilt the platform that you step onto when coming through the front door!
Completely rebuilt and plywood for the floor I can't seem to find the finished picture!

Thoughts for the bathroom because we love
 how it looks at the front door!
No completed yet!!

We built this 5 years ago. Time has come!

It looks so empty with out the car port! 

Oh my things are about to get real!!

 Moved out of the back bedrooms and time to fix the foundation!
H A Higgins & Son Inc workers took 1 week to dig pour and back fill!

We are ready for some concrete! 

Phase 1: footing poured!!

Now to fill that empty space and 
reward my husband for putting up with my 
wild dream!

A foundation for a garage what more do men want!!

Oh that's right where we live they want it heated!!

Back to the house because we can't have
that big gaping hole all winter!! Phase 2 getting ready to pour the 

Here come the trucks! I think there were 2 or 3 just
for the garage that day!!

Walls are done and now for hauling in 
that stone and pouring the slab!

Now it is time for the back filling 
but first the drainage!

Getting the yard back into shape with a drain!

Cement is poured in the house!

Slab is dry and the week is through! 
Crew is gone and now it is time for me to start building!

Husband is at work and it is summer vacation for the kids. This girl is out building a garage! 30' x 32'!

Was a long couple of day's putting walls together and finding help to stand them. I couldn't really help as I had hurt my back earlier in the year. Thanks to all of you who were here to help us lift these walls. 

A break from the garage while we add some extra insulation to the back wall 2" foam. I am also patiently waiting on my windows for the bedrooms at this point! 

Mind you this was a dance hall and we we were cutting the wall for a window we found palm trees!

Still waiting!

Mean while the garage is getting rafters!!

Good thing my husband is NOT bothered by heights like I am!!

Time to call in the monkey's who are not afraid to be up there! Thank you to our best man in our wedding 
for coming to help till after dark! Also to another who was there to walk the nail gun back and forth! 

To tired to cook for anyone time to go out to dinner! Then when we got home we remembered we didn't have a picture of it done so here is the first picture with it this far!

Roofing going up. I am used to this part, we did the roof on the house one summer! I get to stand on the man lift!!!

Believe it or not this was the roofing on the house 
and we recycled it for the garage I just love that it looks like one of them really old barns!

Time for some fun and sunsets out to the lake!

 What a long summer it was!!

Next post will have less pictures but talk about all the fun we had last summer and what we are up to know! 

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