Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Day of School

 A and B made chocolate chip peppermint glazed cupcakes for our first day back.

Today was our first day back to school!  It started out pretty rocky as I wasn't feeling well last night but I am glad to say I am feeling better and all in all I think it was a successful first day.  I am excited for this school year and the kids are ready to learn!  Here are our 1st day of school photos!

 A is now in 7th grade!

Miss B - 5th grade

I took these photos late in the day and C was already at baseball practice so I didn't get his photo until late in the evening.  C - 4th grade

Miss D - A cool 2nd

E is now in K!

Mr. F will be in a PreK for a few years, love that smile!

 Baby G was exhausted after our first day back.
Here's to a great school year!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GREATER, Dreams & Walmart Back To School Giveaway

Have you heard of the new movie coming out in theaters this Friday, August 26th called GREATER?  I was privileged to be able to see an advanced screening of the upcoming movie.  GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth.  It follows his dream of playing football for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Nothing about football came easy to Brandon, except his desire to play the game.  He was uncoordinated, ridiculed and written off by many coaches and teammates; yet, he continued to work harder than anyone.  Eventually his determination paid off and he was given the opportunity to walk-on and play football for the Razorbacks - becoming a great.

Check out the trailer below!

After watching the film, you cannot help but start dreaming yourself.  What are my goals and dreams for this year?  What about my kids?  As I have been preparing for our upcoming school year I have thought about this a lot.  Cummins Academy currently has a 7th grader, 5th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, Kindergartner, toddler and a newborn enrolled - that's a lot to keep up with! 

I think my biggest goal as we enter this upcoming school year is to achieve more than completing our curriculum and academics but to continue fostering a love of learning and to really enjoy this time I have to spend with and teach my children.  I have been preparing curriculum and I really look forward to tailoring the subjects to the needs of my children and adapting to how they respond.  One challenge with homeschooling is being able to say no to things that come up.  Like Brandon Burlsworth in the movie GREATER, we frequently have many choices of different things we can do.  All of these choices aren't necessarily bad things but they can deter you from your primary goal.  I need to make good decisions this year about activities that we are a part of - and keep focus throughout the year.  I want to say yes to the things that are really helpful!

One thing you will learn from Brandon is to never give up!

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Disclosure:  I received my own Walmart gift card and advanced screening of GREATER in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby G is Here

It's A Boy!

Baby G is here! We went in for a c-section in the wee hours of the morning on August 3rd due to baby G being breech. However, 10 min before surgery the baby flipped so our c-section turned into an induction. We had a boy!! Grant Garrett Radley Cummins was 9lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long at birth, born at 6:06pm.

 The last picture of me before delivery.

 Instant love...

 All the kids

Our boys - C and F were super excited we had a boy!

 Snuggle Baby

 The Little Brother

 Grandma and G

I cannot believe Grant is over a week old, 9 days today!  It has been a crazy time.  After we came home from the hospital G's bili level was a bit high so we had to use a biliblanket at home, which made him look like a glowworm.  Thankfully less than 24 hours after using the special blanket his levels were down and all was good again.

 Getting comfy with the biliblanket

 Glowworm G