Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dr. Seuss Week!

This is Dr. Seuss week in our home in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The plan is to read some of the Dr. Seuss classics like The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Wacky Wednesday, Fox in Socks, and Green Eggs and Ham. We'll also be focusing on the Lorax because this week is the letter Ll in Buzz Bee's Letter of the Week box. So, it'll be a fun week of reading, watching a few movies and doing awesome crafts.

It is also the start of a fun birthday month for both myself and Busy Bee. I can't believe that we will have a 7 YEAR OLD soon. Where does the time go? As minecraft lovers, I'm hoping to whip up something really exciting for his birthday. At the same time, I've had to really learn how to start budgeting for birthdays. I've always been one of those moms who wanted to give their kids all the things that I never had growing up. But, that has gotten me into some trouble in the past. Kids learn to expect things and it fosters an attitude of entitlement. Well, I'm not a supporter of the newest generation of entitled kids. So, we'll be nipping that in the bud.

Learning to shop with a budget is a new concept for me. I've been very blessed that the Bee Keeper has a job where he is well paid in terms of the money that we can spend freely. But, we'll be moving back to the United States this summer and I would like to reign in the spending before these little bees are introduced to Walmart and Toys R Us. The last time we lived in the States, they were too young to remember what real shopping is like. The same goes for me as well. I'm sure it will be a culture shock. And we left the States with only 3 bees in the hive, so things will be quite different going back with two more. But, it's an exciting time of change for us. We do look forward to traveling again. Maybe for the last time? Who knows?

I'm also trying to find time to research curriculum for homeschool next year. We're pretty much set on the curriculum for Sting Bee who'll be using Letter of the Week for Pre3 and Buzz Bee who'll be using the Horizons PreK curriculum. There are so many options out there for homeschooling, I just don't know which direction to go for Busy and Bumble Bee. I do love Horizons which is what Bumble Bee is currently using for Kindergarten, but Lifepac is easy to use as well (which is what Busy Bee uses now). So, we'll see what the next few weeks of research will do in our homeschool.

All of these exciting changes really help me to have good days. I thrive on being able to make future plans that will be realized in the short term. And I can't say enough how excited I am to spend the summer back in the States. It's going to be a great year :)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The first post!

Hey ya'll. Welcome to the first post to our new family blog :)

I am super excited to actually be at a place in life where I can start blogging again on a routine basis. I really enjoyed the last blog that I had, but life kind of swept me up and kept me from continuing in the habit. This time though, the Bee Keeper and I have decided that it would be good for our family to blog about our life with five in the hive.

We are a fun-loving, nomad-like family that's hoping to find our permanent home in the next few years. We've been traveling around for all of our marriage, and while it's been a blast, we are certainly ready to hang this hive in a tree with well grounded roots.

First and foremost, I am a girl after God's own heart. There is nothing greater in life than knowing the love of Christ and what he has done for me.  I certainly couldn't make it through some of the toughest days without Him. My prayer is that you will feel a little bit (hopefully a whole lot) of that love while reading my posts because He is the True Author of this story :)

I am a stay at home mom and have been since I got pregnant with Busy Bee in 2008. It has been a journey for sure. I have both a bachelors degree in Religion and a masters degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. In our home, we believe that education is best served under our roof. Yeah, we're that kind of family. We tried public school for both Busy Bee and Bumble Bee but found that they learn best when they can do it on their own time and in their own setting. So, that's one of the things you'll probably notice most on this blog. We'll be posting ALOT about our homeschool days. From 1st grade right down to little Honey Bee on my lap, you'll get a piece of the joy we find in the everyday blessings of passing the days together as a family.

I also enjoy freezer meal cooking and use my crockpot almost daily. It's just the easiest way for me to make sure dinner is done on time. I love to try new recipes that I find while blog hopping, so I'll probably be sharing some of the new favorites with you as well.

So, I'm glad that you've decided to start following us as we share all about life with five in the hive...

In Christ,
Queen Bee