July 31, 2017

July 2017 in Pictures

4th of July Celebration with Mimi & K-Diddy 
So excited to visit with my Bham bestie!
All of the princesses
 When the kid is in Bama...
 Hiking with Angie & Coe
Swimming at Uncle Bennie's
 Cracks me up that Skylar found the Free Book Bin even in Bama
 Getting to know District 33
 Happy to have our girl home.
 Three Generations of Look Alikes
 BFF patriotic upgrade
 She's got braces! Isn't she adorable?
 We found the cutest little neighborhool library up the road. 
 How we landed after flipping 3 times. 
Driver's Side 
The other vehicle
 
At the tow yard
I got a splint and some stiches as a souvenier
Pretty narly looking and hurts like the dickens. 
I'm getting pretty good at typing with only 7 fingers. 


July 2017 Update

Lawsy. July has been a doozy of a month.

We started out with our annual trip to Birmingham to celebrate the 4th of July with my Dad and Skylar stayed behind for Granparent Camp. This year she asked to stay for 2 weeks. I'm so thankful for all my family who stepped in to care for her during that time. She got to experience not only grandparents but special days with aunts, uncles, and cousins too! In Alabama, she's "Camper of the Week" every single day. LOL!
Mike and I got some much needed rest and recuperation while she was away. I also finally had time to do something that had been on my to-do list for a long time... build a website for myself. I've been putting some systems and staff in place for quite some time in order to grow my business even more. I'm so excited to launch www.StaciBishop.biz. If you know of someone needing help, please send them my way.

Right after Skylar returned home, we went to court regarding the robbery we experienced last month at the BFF. Someone took several items including our push mower out of our garage. They offered him a plea deal but he's still going to spend 7 months in jail. Unfortunately we still haven't recovered any of our items and we won't receive any restitution, but I feel a little better that this guy isn't still running around stealing from others.

Our girl also got braces this month. Y'all know that I'm not a fan of this growing up business but she just looks so darn cute with them on that I can't help but to love it. She's pretty excited about them too!

I'm sad to report that we lost one of our chickens over the weekend. A little Google research leads us to believe that we have a weasel as the culprit based on the bite marks and cracked eggs. We've taken steps to beef up the security on our chicken coop and hope to set a trap to catch the little pest soon.

This past Saturday evening, Skylar and I were involved in a car accident. We were hit from behind by a drunk driver traveling at 50+ miles per hour. I never even saw him coming. The hit spun us out of control, sent us airborne and we flipped 3-4 times. I never felt scared while it was happening.  I just kept thinking that we would never stop rolling. Skylar and I talked through the whole accident. It was so strange. When we finally settled we were upside down. Many passersby came to our aid. Skylar was able to unbuckle and someone helped her out of the window. I was trapped and had to be cut loose and they had to lift up my car to get me out. The next part is so unbelievable that I still can't quite wrap my head around it. We both walked away from the accident virtually unharmed.
She has some bruises and burns from the seat belt and I received 6 stitches in my right hand. We have zero broken bones, no fractures, and no internal injuries. Despite 6 out of 8 windows being broken, Skylar didn't have a single shard of glass on her. I had glass all in my hair but she had zip, zilch, nada. I am 100% convinced that the Lord placed her in a bubble during that accident and there are no words to explain the gratefulness in this mama's heart. We are both extremely sore but, truly, we should both be dead or severely maimed. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around that fact but I'm choosing to be grateful and trusting that this accident did not come as a surprise to the Lord. I'm overwhelmed by His protection. I trust that His plan will benefit us and be used for His Glory. He is good, all the time.

I saw the orthopaedic doctor yesterday about my hand. They need an MRI to confirm that my tendon isn't torn because I'm having trouble with one of my fingers cooperating, but otherwise we are recovering slowly but well. I'm hopeful the stiches and splint can come off next Monday but we already know I will need physical therapy either way. The first 2 days were the most difficult getting the physical pain and emotions under control. While I wasn't scared at the time of the accident, the weight of it has caught up to me and I've had a few bouts of anxiety. Even riding in a car makes me nauseous right now.

Thank you to all of those who have prayed for us or texted to check on us. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to return them all (bum hand and such) but it has meant the world to me to hear from you. Our tribe has taken good care of us and my clients have been so kind to be patient to give me time to rest and recover. Everything makes me tired and I've needed lots of naps. LOL! At the same time, I've been told I'm a terrible patient because I probably overdo it. It's hard to keep a type A down. Ha!

Let's hope next month is a little less adventurous although it sounds like we will be visiting a courtroom again pretty soon. Sigh.

More July photos here including accident pics.

July 5, 2017

End of Year Memory Book


Don't mind me. I'm just over here being all sentimental. Yes, again. I may have mentioned this a time or two before, but I'm not a fan of that darn growning up business. We just wrapped our last year of elementary education and we are heading into middle school territory.

My end of the year process has been the same pretty much every year wether we were in public school or now that we are homeschooling and I wanted to share it with you.

GRADES & ATTENDANCE

I use my trusty Blue Sky Planner to keep track of her assignments, grades, and attendance throughout the year. I love the detail pages for tracking assignments completed and the month at-a-glance page for tracking attendance. This makes it quick and easy to submit the info to our umbrella school.



Note:  I'm a huge fan of the Dabney Lee designs. Getting my new planner each year is always a highlight!

FOLDER

I select some of her work in all subjects and try to pick items from both the beginning and end of the year to show progress. When applicable, I add a letter from her pen pals. I also include pictures as well as any awards or special events she attended. I'm currently using an app called Artkive to catalog her art projects throughout the year. Only a few craft pieces make it to the year end folder to be kept for prosperity. This folder concept is meant to be a best of the best and truly only includes about 20 items total.


MEMORY BOOK

This is a tradition I started when she was in preschool. This form includes a quick interview about all of her favorite things as well as documenting her physical stats. I also jot down some of my own thoughts from the year on the back. It's so fun to look back at the memories from each year and remember little quirks that I have already forgotten.


I've created an online template that you can use to document your child's school year.


>> You can download a copy of your own with the directions below and edit it as you need. 

Go to File> Download As> Microsoft Word 

>> If you don't have Word you can also create your own version in Google Drive. 

Go to File> Make a Copy

No matter what age your kids are, I'd suggest starting this tradition today. Yes, even if they are already in 10th grade. Trust me, you won't regret it! Don't blink, mamas. They are growing up so fast. *sigh*
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