First Day Adventures

The months have passed quickly and before we knew it two days ago was our start day for school. Lyla was pretty excited and I was nervous!! It has taken a ton of prepping and printing to get things ready. I was originally going to start watching some kids from the end of August until next year. In the end, Lyla was not listening as well and concentrating. My main goal is to homeschool and be successful. I chose not to watch the children in hopes it will help Lyla stay on track more this year. The first day of school was supposed to start the 3rd of September as the other kids in town. I am watching the one child the first two weeks until the new babysitter can watch him. I am so thankful that she was a friend and understanding of our situation. I just want the best for my daughters.

I still have to rearrange her schedule around since I had the start day the 3rd. Which we are still going to be working on small items just not going in deep like I was planning. So maybe its a good thing. We can start slow and easy and then work out a schedule that works for both of us.

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The weekend of Labor Day, Tony and I went on a little hike near some railroad tracks and found a monarch caterpillar! I just knew it was a sign that we were going to have a great start for school. I have now made this week learning all about the life cycle of the butterfly.

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I didn’t have a lot of information so I went straight to pinterest and found some great ideas! Also, I had joined a website called teachers pay teachers. It really has some great items for free as well as ones you pay for. Sign up its free!

Starting out, we made a caterpillar craft! The kids enjoyed decorating that page for the caterpillar to live on. Even Tenley joined by sitting on the table and observing and drawing on her own paper.

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That night we worked on labeling a worksheet of each stage of the butterfly. She did really well writing each word. We have lots of practice to do but I have hopes she will be a pro! These work sheets I had gotten off the Teachers pay Teachers site. At the bottom of the page it gives this link.

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That was all we could accomplish during the day. It was pretty late in the afternoon and I had to run to the post office and make dinner. We decided we were going to work a little more after dinner time. She was pretty excited to work again on things!!

At a rummage sale this summer, I had found these great wooden shapes for sewing. She absolutely loves it! I think it was her favorite part. She was a pro at it!!

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The first week of school I had scheduled the letter I. Our first theme I wanted to use was ice cream to make it an easy fun start. So, I had prepped and made a few construction paper ice cream cones to match lower case and upper case letters. She did pretty good. There were a few she got stumped on but once she realized that another letter looked better there she figured it out. (The popsicle sticks were to keep them from blowing off the table- we had our fan on)

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I had her do some pattern matching which she had fun and I didn’t realize I may have to find her a few more activities. She is so quick with these. I will have to find more challenging items.

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I took simple empty jello cups (thanks mom!) punched circles from a Pepsi cardboard box and wrote numbers on the circles and put them in the bottom. She then took the sticks and put the correct number in each one. I then mixed them up and had her redo it with the blocks color coordinating. She did really well. We have 1-4 down for sure!

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We worked then on a worksheet where she drew the stages of the butterfly.

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I am pretty excited with how school has been going for us!! I hope everyone had a wonderful start to school.
I have been praying a lot lately to help us stay on track this year!! I am very thankful she loves to learn new things. She is pretty excited. Hoping to post weekly about what we have been learning!

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Homemaking Binder

I finished my homemaking binder enough where I feel I can finally show you! Its not perfect but it works for right now until I figure out what I have to change to make it work better.

Its split into sections:

Devotions
Meal Planning
Recipes
Cleaning
Detailed Cleaning
Blog Planner
Kid Information
Birthday Organizer
LyTen Love Customer Template
Camping List
Idea Pages

I will also be adding a page for the children I am watching this fall-spring. It will be an information page with their parents information, emergency and anything I need to know about their schedules.

I will have a separate homeschool binder that will keep all my template pages in so I know where to get another if I need one. Also, it will have our schedule and ideas in it. My normal planner will be placed inside my homemaking binder because I look at it every morning.

So here it is!! I will be putting a link to where I had gotten the pages from. If I don’t post a link- I will I might just have to search again for it!! I always want to give credit to the amazing people out there giving free printables! They rock!

Starting my page out I had made a simple Hernandez family mission statement! Its how we run our household and its a nice reminder for myself and the kids!! I simply typed house rules into Pinterest and got a few ideas and wrote them down.

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This verse reminds me not to be lazy.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27

Kat from Inspired to Action talks about why moms need mission statements and also helps you create your own mission statement.

Click Here to create your own!

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Bible Reading Plan

Prayers for your Husband

Prayers for your Children

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I am trying to do my own bible study and this is a help sheet so I can go over some verses.

Bible Study

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Meal Planning I found a great blog to get some awesome ideas from and printables!

Weekly List

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Shopping List

Meal Planning

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This is just a common recipe that we have used in the past that I just made in word and printed!

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I took a picture because I made this divider for my cleaning section. The tab is on the top so its easy to get to! I use this section the most and need it frequently! I simply cut a file folder in half and punched it with my 3-hole punch.

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These are my daily cleaning lists. It is specific to my house and it works for us. Not everyone will be able to use the same cleaning list. I have found that looking at many different lists and then creating one to my house was the best for me. You can find so many lists on Pinterest or even just looking online!

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More cleaning lists!

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I also have a detailed cleaning list that I use for when I have extra time I can go on there and find a few that I can do quickly. they are mostly the main things that don’t need cleaning everyday or week.

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I havent been very good at keeping up with blogging and planning I just write whatever I really want. I have been wanting to be more organized and have a list of things I can write about incase I get an idea block!! I found this simple but useful blog topic printable off
Blog Topics

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Kid information

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This is my template I use for custom orders for my owls. It’s just something simple I made in word and printed. Super simple for me. I know many people have made their templates more elaborate but simple for me works much better!

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Camping lists that I have made for my family. They are in the protectors because I use a simple dry erase marker and check of what we have packed!! We each have individual lists as well that have what each person needs.

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This section is my inspiration! I get a few magazines in the mail and usually rip items out of the magazine and put here. Whether designs for the girls rooms, the kitchen or party planning. It all goes here. I don’t get many magazines so I don’t have many and I usually like Pinterest but it is nice to see party planning ideas in here.

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This is my binder I had gotten from Staples. It is the Martha Stewart brand!! Which I love teal and it was perfect!! A little expensive but I decided I could spend a little for something I will use everyday!! I also wanted to show the printables I made for my sections which I havent put in here yet!! It’s still a little work in progress. I made the designs from word from the clip art. It was simple and cheap!! I may one day change them but for now they work great!
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I hope this can help you be inspired to make your own binder for your family!! It has helped me stay on track with cleaning!

Camping With Kids

This summer we have decided to try to test out our pop-up camper. I am very excited to take the girls in the camper I grew up going camping in. I have been planning and prepping for a few weeks so we are ready to go when daddy has off work! We are going to go to a close state park so in case we have to come back home we haven’t spent a ton and also are too far from home. I am crossing my fingers that all goes smooth. I have started making some lists of what to pack with us. Just the girls alone need a ton of items. I will separating each area with its own large container. Mainly, kitchen, cleaning and miscellaneous, first aid and hygiene, kids activity bin, bedding, and each person will get their own personal bag or container.

Kitchen Container
Plates
Bowls
Cups
Containers
Measuring cups
Pots
Frying pans
Mixing bowl
Toaster
Paper towels
Egg holder
Napkins
Plastic wrap
Plastic baggies
Aluminum foil
Knives
Forks
Spoons
Serving spoons
Spatula
Can opener
Tongs
Marshmallow sticks
Water bottles
Water jug
Coolers
Whisk
Dish drain
Mini grill
Camp kitchen
Camp stove
Kids cups
Kids utensils
Kids plates
High chair

Cleaning and miscellaneous Container
Dust pan
Broom
Garbage bags
Bucket
Scrubbers
Wash cloths
Dish towels
Bath towels
Clothes pins
Laundry line
Flash lights
Batteries
Matches
Lighter
Camper table
Table cloth
Table cloth clips
Backpack
Carpet
Tarps
Duct tape
Chairs
Kids chairs

Bedding Container
Sheets
Pillows
Blankets

Kids Activity Container
Scooter
Balls
Chalk
Paint
Crayons
Paper
Bubbles
Sand toys
Tablet or Ipad(put into vehicle bag)
Charger for tablet or Ipad (put into vehicle bag)
Bug catchers
Books
Pool noodles
Beads
Tub for water
Scavenger hunt list
Paper bags
Glow sticks
Puzzles
Net

First Aid / Hygiene Container
(may put first aid items into a tackle box then put that into container with other hygiene items)
Sunscreen
Shampoo
Conditioner
Razor
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Body wash
Toilet paper
Hairbrush
Hair comb
Detangling spray
Mirror
Burn cream
Band aids
Gauze
Tweezers
Alcohol wipes
Baby powder
Butt cream
Diapers
Wipes
Antibiotic cream
Aloe gel
Butterfly band aids
Athletic tape
Neosporin
Insect bite cream
Ibuprofen
Makeup
Lotion
Chapstick
Perfume/cologne
Tissues
Listerine
Contact solution
Contact case
Mirror
Hydrocortisone cream
Cloth tape
Cold Compress
Gloves
Scissors
Roller bandage
Gauze pads
Oral thermometer
Bandaids
Vaseline
Aspirin
Anti-diarrhea medication
Laxative
Children’s Tylenol
Children’s Pepto
Orajel

Personal Container
T-shirts
Shirts
Tank tops
Underwear/ undergarments
Pants
Shorts
Pjs
Long sleeve shirts
Sweaters
Bathing suit
Baseball cap
Hat
Beach shoes
Sandals
Tennis shoes
Socks
Jacket
Poncho
Beach bag
Sunglasses

Items to Take into the Vehicle on the Way
Cellphone charger
Cellphone
Camera
Camera Charger
Cash and Credit cards
Maps
Registration info for the camp site
Camping binder
Ipad/tablet
Ipad/tablet charger
snacks and drinks
music

Other Items to Take for the Kids
Bouncer
Pack N Play
Favorite sleeping item

Printable list:
https://sites.google.com/site/wiscomomcampinglist/wiscomom-camping-list

Our Camper

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Sleeping area
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Smiling for the camera!
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Counter space
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Being silly with daddy!
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Tenley loved sweeping the floor!
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Lyla loves being in the camper!
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