The Crazy Vegas Family Life


You know what happens when you start seeking God’s will in everything and then obeying? Your life gets turned upsidedown. Not always pleasant but I wouldn’t change a second of it.

We are moving. God led us to sell our house and it listed the week before school started. My husband is a teacher so this date is kinda crazy around here. My entire life is in the garage right now.


We have been living out of a couple laundry baskets and a box of books for nearly 6 weeks. It is an adventure.

To complicate things JC has been asking to go home. I guess they can get too much of Grandpa.

We are moving into our new place Friday. I snapped this picture of the sunset the day we looked at the house. The house is across the street from my husband’s job. We share a car, this makes life so much simpler.


Life is complicated. God also led me to take a part time job. It’s been an adjustment, especially for JC who hasn’t been away from me all that much.

Skandar was recently promoted to Team at gymnastics. This is being revisited because it’s 4 days a week until a very late hour. I dislike the schedule because he can’t attend BSF or Rangers. (Just one.)

Just a sneek peek into the Vegas Family lives. More to come. Stay tuned.

County Fair


Some highlights from our trip to the Clark County Fair. We went Friday and Saturday this year. Next year we are going to plan to buy carnival passes and rodeo tickets. Both days had the threat of rain. The first day we left when it started pouring. On Saturday we left about 20 minutes before the storm hit. It was very quiet-the calm before the storm. The good news is the storms kept the weather tolerable since we were mostly outdoors.

Standard Fishing

 Skandar Fishing

JC Watching Brother

JC Watching Brother

At the Top--Watching Storm

At the Top–Watching Storm



Skandar Milking (fake) Cow

Skandar Milking (fake) Cow

Cutest Cowboy

Cutest Cowboy

Reading Struggles Or Why Readers Aren’t Bad


You know how very mom is the perfect mom, before she has kids? Well, before I started teaching my son to read, I had it all planned out. No “dumb” readers. I was going to use real, age appropriate books.

I used Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons and we started doing multiple lessons because he was reading quicker than they were teaching him and was bored.

When we finished the book, we started All About Spelling which taught all the possible letter sounds. Now, with few exceptions, my oldest could decipher any written words. If it was interesting to him he’d read it. BUT he wouldn’t read something I picked out. He fought me every step on the books I tried to have him read. He claimed they were too hard.

So, I wised up, I found a Level 1 reader about his favorite Super Hero and bought it. He read it a million (just a slight exaggeration) times that day. I purchased a bunch more Level 2 books about Super Heros and he reads all the time, 30-60 minutes at a time. I also bought or borrowed some science like reader books on topics that he loves.

The moral? Never say never, be flexible, and readers aren’t all that bad if it helps your child gain confidence in reading.

Classical Conversations-Cycle 2 Planning


Next week is the last week of our community meeting for Cycle 1 but I’m already planning for Cycle 2. I’m most likely tutoring my son’s group (Apprentices).

Here are a few neat things I’ve found for Cycle 2.

Constellation Cards by Teach Beside Me. There are a bunch of awesome resources. You have to sign up to get the Freebies.

Continents Map by 123 Homeschool for Me. This is usable for many weeks as the maps are labeled and unlabeled with the countries, there is a map of the world and a map for every continent.

Cycle 2 Planners by Half a Hundred Acre Wood. I really love the look of the last planner with a place to write curriculum or book in the left column and the portion completed under each day of the week. They’re pre-filled with the memory work for the week, and there is a blank option for off weeks. Make sure you look through her Cycle 2 Resources, link on the right sidebar.

The two areas of memory work where we struggled were Timeline and Math.

Book of Time by Sonlight. I’m using this to supplement our timeline work and memorization. I’m thinking if we color figures for each stop in the timeline song then place it on the timeline it might help. I’m probably going to print my own figures on sticker paper, rather than purchasing figures. Last year we did the Timeline Thumbnails from Half A Hundred Acre Wood.

I created this Skip Counting Calendar review plan for the Math Memory Work. I don’t use the review plan until after week 11. We do this in the car or randomly throughout the day. For instance, my son asks for something and I say sure just as soon as you Skip count by X.

More to come as we plan.

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I’d love to hear about your favorite resources for Classical Conversations.

Chocolate Pudding (Vegan, Gluten Free, Diabetic Friendly)


My favorite way to eat this pudding is mixed with strawberries and bananas for breakfast. It’s a sweet, chocolate treat without added guilt.


  • 3 ripe avocados (pitted, flesh scooped out)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates


  • Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. It works best to start at lower speeds and work up to the higher as it becomes more pudding like.
  • Chill for 2 hours.
  • Enjoy on its own or topped with fruit, vegan whipped, nuts, etc.IMG_20140318_074759

Cabbage Rolls Recipe (Gluten Free and Vegan Option)


Makes 10+ rolls, serves 4+.

Cooks in either slow cooker or oven. (For oven prepare a glass casserole dish by lightly greasing-I spray a tiny bit of olive oil to just coat dish.)

  • 1-2 Large heads of green cabbage
  • 1lb of ground turkey (or beef)*
  • 1 can tomato paste + 1 can of water
  • 1-2 tbsp herb seasoning blend (for example: Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute)
  • 1-2 cups cooked rice (more if you want an even meat to rice mix, less if you want more meat)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jar of tomato or spaghetti sauce (16-24oz) + 1 cup water

Note: less rice=fewer rolls=1 head cabbage. I typically get about 10 or so usable leaves from a head of cabbage.

  • Brown onion and turkey. (Drain fat.)
  • Mix in spices.
  • Add tomato paste, 1 can water, and rice.
  • Cook until heated through then remove from heat and set aside.

Place a vegetable steamer in a large pot and fill pot with just enough water to touch the bottom of the steamer. Bring to a boil.

  • Carefully leaf cabbage. Some tearing is fine. (I find it’s easiest to cut off the stem on the bottom and carefully peel from both ends. Where cabbage is folded, I pull gently to work out the leaf with minimal tearing. It’s a bit frustrating sometimes.)
  • Steam 3-4 leaves at a time for 2-3 minutes until just tender but not soggy. (I do not stack or overlap the leaves, but place carefully around the bottom of the steamer.) Use tongs to remove from the steamer and place in colander to drain (or on towel).
  • Allow leaves to cool slightly.

Once the leaves are cool enough to work, place about 1/4 cup of mixture at the bottom of the leaf. Carefully fold the sides in and roll. (Like a burrito). Place the roll seam side down against the side of the baking dish or crock pot. (Place it so it can’t unroll. I’ve never had an issue with them unrolling, but it’s possible.) Place each as close to the next in one layer along the bottom of the baking dish or slow cooker. My slow cooker will usually hold about 12-14 rolls. If there are more rolls than will fit, stack a few (3-4) on top, just use caution when serving, scooping carefully with a large spoon so they don’t unroll.

Once the rolls are done, cover with tomato or spaghetti sauce mixed with 1 cup water. (If there is any leftover meat mixture, I’ll mix it with the sauce.)

OVEN: Cook covered at 350 for 45-60 minutes. SLOW COOKER: Cook on Low for 4-6 hours.

*For vegan option, substitute red lentils for beef, about 1 cup dry. Cook lentils according to package directions. Brown onion, then follow directions, adding cooked lentils at the same time as the rice.

Side note: I usually use the larger amount of rice, and freeze half the meat mix for the next time. I usually make around 9-10 rolls for dinner for the three of us.

Care Packages for the Needy


What do you do when there is a really pathetic and sad looking person with a sign at the street corner? I feel guilty because I don’t want to give them money (and usually don’t have any anyway), but I do want to help. Here’s what I do, and my cost is about $3 per package. The paper bags cost about 2 cents each and didn’t make it on the cost breakdown pictured.



These care packages contain canned meat, crackers, cookies, raisins, nuts, cereal bars, chips, candy, soap, washcloth, sanitizing wipes, the good news, water, and a card for local homeless ministry.


I carefully pack the items into a brown paper bag, heaviest first.




Last, I fold over the top and staple the card to the front. Then I pack a bunch into a tote with water for each bag and put it in the car.

I wish I could take credit for the idea, but a wonderful woman at church actually gave me the idea.

Now, instead of trying to avoid eye contact with the person looking for help, I have something ready to go, and don’t have to worry that I’m enabling a habit (like gambling, alcoholism, or drug addiction.)