List Your Favorite Movies {52 Lists}

11/28/2016
52 lists with Chasing Slow


A few of my favorite movies:
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • You've Got Mail (1998)
  • French Kiss (1995)
  • Love Comes Softly (2003)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1985)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Rear Window (1967)
  • An Affair to Remember (1957)
  • Yours Mine and Ours (1950)
  • Cheaper By the Dozen (1968)
  • Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • Barefoot in the Park (1967)
  • The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • Meet the Robinson's (2007)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Up (2009)

My favorite genres are drama/romance, comedy/family, comedy/romance, and feel good. 

I like Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan and many other movies they star in, but the first two are my favorites. 

I like old movies.

I like mystery. (I grew up reading Nancy Drew and listening to Alfred Hitchcock and The Green Hornet radio theatre). 

I like adventure, but not "action" movies. 

I do not like horror or science fiction movies. 

What are your favorite movies? Do you have a favorite movie you think I might like? 

How about a favorite movie or series on Netflix? I will need something to watch after I'm done binge watching Gilmore Girls and while waiting for the next season of When Calls the Heart to come out. :)

My Thanksgiving Menu {52 Lists}

11/22/2016
52 lists with Chasing Slow

My Thanksgiving menu:
  • roasted turkey
  • creamy mashed potatoes
  • turkey gravy
  • stuffing
  • corn
  • veggie/relish tray
  • apple cranberry fruit salad 
  • fresh cranberry relish
  • squash dinner rolls
  • maple pecan sticky buns
  • egg nog and chocolate milk to drink

Recipe for dinner rolls and sticky buns - the yellow squash gives it a pretty color, but no one will ever know it's in there.


If I am feeling energetic and creative, I may have fun with the food. We'll see. We just got home yesterday from 8 days of living off-grid, and I'm pretty tired. I just want to watch a movie, curl up under my electric blanket, sip tea, and eat food that I don't have to cook. Today was my recovery day, so hopefully I'll feel a little more energetic tomorrow.

May you and your family be blessed this Thanksgiving. 

The Long Winter - Week 2 {Prairie Primer}


Day 1

We looked up DeSmet, South Dakota on a map and compared latitude and longitude and sunset times to our location here in Wyoming.

De Smet, SD: 44.39 degrees North and 97.55 degrees West
Sheridan, WY: 44.79 degrees North and 107 degrees West

We looked up Sunset times: DeSmet - 5:11 pm; Sheridan 4:47 pm.

The Long Winter - Week 1 {Prairie Primer}

11/15/2016
We started The Long Winter, and our first week flew by. It was actually a nice, easy week just following the lessons in the Prairie Primer. We didn't add in extra science this week, but we did start Unit 4 in IEW's Student Writing Intensive A and worked on storytelling with The Boy Who Cried Wolf. 

Generals for this unit include a biography on the inventor of the telegraph - Samuel Morse, memorizing Psalm 37, and a weather study. I pulled out a few Five in a Row books to read and considered rowing one with Bo to tie into our weather study. 

See more about our curriculum and a list of books and resources we are using for links to what we are using.

Gratitude List {52 Lists}

11/11/2016
52 lists with Chasing Slow

"What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?"

What would you thank God for today?

I don't recall where I saw the quote, but it made me think, and as I was tucking Eliana in bed one night, I told her about the quote and asked her what she would thank God for. I will cherish that time as it was a peak into her precious heart and what she taught me.

So many little things to be grateful for:
  • for each other
  • for my husband and children
  • for family and friends
  • for a big enough house to live in
  • for heat, electricity, and clean running water 
  • for the location of our house (close to the Y, two city parks, city library, a walking path, and downtown)
  • for a husband who does dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and helps out
  • that my husband has a job he loves and can walk to work
  • that our needs are met being a single income family
  • that I get to be home with my kids and homeschool them
  • for the house we are {still} building in Montana
  • that we have an endless supply of firewood
  • for coal to keep us warm through the night 
  • for 4-wheel drive and reliable wheels
  • for kids that love to homeschool and love learning
  • that kids still fight over who gets to sit by me at dinner ♥
  • that each bed has cozy warm bedding
  • for my electric blanket
  • for sweaters, wool socks, and warm boots
  • for beautiful fall weather
  • that Dylan passed his college entrance exams
  • for the blessing of being invited back for the 2017 Crew
  • for my blog, the accountability it brings, and the friendships I've made
  • for my camera and online photo storage
  • for my computer and phone and modern technology
  • for books and homeschool curriculum
  • for the lessons we are learning through the Prairie Primer
  • for the memories we make with Five in a Row
  • for YL oils and the blessing of an income to pay for them
  • for affiliate income that blesses my homeschool
  • for Project Life and the inspiration to cultivate a good life
  • for sunlight and the abundance of the earth
  • for wisdom from above
  • for my Father in Heaven from whom all blessing flow
  • and for so many other little things we take for granted each day

Harold and the Purple Crayon {FI♥AR}

11/09/2016
-Bo is 5 years, 9 months-

Our row of Harold and the Purple Crayon was mostly memory making. See my row with Mali and Elli to see more learning and memory making with this book. 


For Science, we studied the moon. We learned about the phases of the moon, how the moon circles the earth, and then, since our week began with the a Biblical Holiday, we made a moon cake for the Feast of Trumpets to tie into our study of the moon!

By the Shores of Sliver Lake {Prairie Primer}

11/07/2016
By the Shores of Silver Lake begins in Plum Creek just shortly after the family has recovered from scarlet fever which causes Mary to go blind. Pa soon takes a job as a bookkeeper for the railroad, and they move to the shores of Silver Lake where they experience life living in a shanty near the railroad camp.

This post will be the whole Shores unit, which is 4 weeks of learning, in one post.

To summarize, we covered:
  • causes of disease
  • bacteria and viruses
  • meningitis, scarlet fever, measles, mumps, rubella and how to treat them naturally
  • dangers of immunizations
  • eyes and eyesight (and nutrition of the eyes - we made a carrot smoothie from Nutrition 101)
  • immune system, how to support it naturally, and the role of a fever
  • steam trains, history of railroads
  • Louis Braille (we also watched The Story of Helen Keller)
  • elements of a story briefly (we are covering them more in depth now in IEW's SWI A Unit 4)
  • U.S. States, capitals, and abbreviations 
  • and many other topics from the manual

November To Do List {52 Lists}

11/04/2016
52 lists with Chasing Slow

My November To Do List:
  • Slow Lane book gathering
  • School pictures 
  • Prairie Primer - The Long Winter
  • Row a book with Bo  
  • Organize kitchen cupboards/pantry
  • Put in Azure order
  • Process Essential Rewards order
  • Costco trip for groceries
  • Nathan's 18th birthday
  • Thanksgiving - boys will be home!
  • Blog post weekly (52 Lists, Prairie Primer, or FIAR)
  • Celebrate our 100th day of Praire Primer/ 50th day of school

Things I'm tempted to add to my list:
  • pull Project Life out
  • organize sewing closet
  • sew Five in a Row quilt tops

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