Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Bamboo?

It was an ordinary Wednesday evening, and I had just blogged about my lack of motivation, when my son runs in to tell me that we have bamboo growing in our backyard.

And it tastes like celery.

Uh huh. Alrighty then!

I'll post pictures of the stuff tomorrow! :)

Missing: My Motivation!

I think I win the "Laziest person of the Day" award for today! I know, Flylady says it's anti-procrastination day. But honestly, I have accomplished about 1 thing today and that's all! I sold off all my Sonlight Instructor Guides and the complete Science 1 Kit, so I would have some money for next week's convention shopping. So I made it to the post office to mail those away.

And that's all I've done today!

We didn't do what I guess you would call school... not even school 'lite'. Riley has played and colored and did a few 'thinking' sort of games in a coloring book. Austin has worked on his AWANA verses all day (he's trying to complete the entire Climber Workbook in 2 sessions!). We ate breakfast, lunch, dinner will be in 30 minutes. Had rest time.. done tons of laundry b/c apparently Reece is only going to use the potty once a week (Tuesday around lunchtime!).

Did I mention I have to take Reece to AWANA tonight with us? Dh is teaching the choir tonight! What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall in that place! Wouldn't surprise me to hear the choir singing Van Halen on Sunday! LOL But the problem there is that AWANA starts at 6:45 and Reece's bedtime is around 7. So she's going to fall asleep on the way there, and be wide awake at 10 Pm! Ugh.

I feel like a slug! Why can't I seem to get motivated today??

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Day the Termite Guy Came

Yeah, first of all let me just say "EWWW! We have termites!!" If you've seen those commercials from Terminix where you just sort of fall through the wall, that's pretty much how it works! LOL

Anyway, so the pest guy came to install this system in the house and he had to drill every 12 inches around the slab. The kids found that completely fascinating, and the picture below reflects that! I wouldn't let them outside because there was concrete and stuff flying around, but there is about a 3/4 inch gap between the door frame and the screen door, so they were all looking through there to watch him drill!

Now for the story:

Riley's first edition of "Your Big Backyard" magazine came that same day and it in, a picture of termites and mounds in Africa. She ran it out to the garage to show the termite guy! He laughed and said that we don't have THOSE kind of termites here, and Austin asked what kind we have. Termite Guy says "Eastern Subterranean Termites" to which Austin replied "Ahh, yes... sub! That means under in Latin!" (Yay for Rummy Roots! LOL) and then Riley shouts out "Like SUBway because it goes UNDER the ground!" So I'm patting myself on the back really hard at this point! TG is obviously impressed with my kids b/c he continues to tell them more about the termites and how they are eating my house up. (In my head I'm thinking "Stop eating HOLES in my HOUSE!" but I managed to keep that to myself! LOL). Anyway, TG tells the kids that the termites eat 24 hours a day and never sleep! Austin nods and says "Yeah, they must be nocturnal then!"

Ok, so just for that day anyway... I was the Queen of the Homeschool Moms!! And we had fun while the termite guy was getting rid of the little creatures! :)

I'm back!

I did it! I survived my week off the computer! The first 3 days were incredibly hard, but the rest of the week was not bad! I read 2 of the books that I got from the library: The Taking, and The Hiding Place. The Taking was good fiction.. read it in one night! lol! The Hiding Place was an amazing work and really transported me back in time and to Holland! It took me 3 evenings to read it through, but it required more careful attention than did the Koontz book!

The kids aren't adjusting well to having me back on the computer! I had to admit we got SO much done every day! ALL of our school work done every day and usually before noon! We were up and dressed and doing chores by 8:00 each morning! So it's helpful to know that it may not be the kids giving me trouble with getting school done, but it may be my own divided focus. So, no computer until school is done each day... starting tomorrow of course! LOL! I'm not even sure why I planned to DO school today! Hee hee!

No word from God on curriculum choices, so apparently that means very little to Him. I had kind of figured that! LOL I'll just pick something, use it, and we'll live! :)

I was given this verse this past week so I'll be applying it to my life.. it's from the New King James b/c that's how I memorized it when Austin was learning it for AWANA:

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you. Joshua 1:9

With homeschooling, I live in a constant state of 'fear and dismay' that I'm going to screw up! Not a good way to live a life is it? Gonna work on that! I'm going to "Believe and then speak" as Beth Moore would say! So when I feel the fear and dismay creeping up on me, I'm gonna attack it with Joshua 1:9!

Ok, off to get the day going... will return at rest time for more fun! I just realized that I haven't gotten to share the 'termite story' with everyone!!!! It's a good one!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Some time off

I know I've been quiet this week, at least on my blog! My husband was working an extra gig this week to help pay for the big vacation we want to take in the fall to the beach, so I was a single parent all week long! It was rough, but I'm glad to say we all survived intact! We ate out way too much, but that's OK! I survived taking Reece to AWANA with us, taking Reece to Austin's ballgame that started after bedtime, and taking Reece to baseball practice.

Today I got a few hours alone before Russ left for the last day of the gig, and went to Borders for Educator Appreciation Day! I was using my giftcard from the Discover Card Cashback Bonus and ended up buying some fun books for the kids, rather than getting more school books. They weren't too terribly excited, but I'm not surprised since they aren't really enthusiastic readers.

Wow, not a bunch of exclamation points today... yeah, not doing very well. I am taking some time off next week from the computer. I have been feeling this coming for quite some time, the need to be off the internet completely. I need to do it now! Starting Monday morning at 12:01 am I will be offline for 7 full days. I stopped at the library and got some books to read, books that have nothing to do with homeschooling or child-rearing!

I got The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (don't know how to underline on this thing!), The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, and The Taking by Dean Koontz. OK, so the last 2 aren't truly "literature" but they look very good. I love the Bourne movies, so I want to see how the books differ. I haven't read Koontz since college, so I'm anxious to see if he is as good as I remember. And The Hiding Place is from the infamous booklist that sent me tumbling into a fit of inferiority complex. I'm not much of a girly-romance-book reader, so I am starting back off with the familiar: mysteries, action-adventure! I would have gotten another book by the author of The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, but I couldn't recall his name at the library and I had to leave to get back home.

I don't really have 'goals' for my week off the internet. But it just needs to be done!

See you on the flipside!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

More quotes!

"I-I-I-I-I want the kniiiiife!! Pleeeease!" (The Golden Child)

"Some things in here don't react well to bullets" (The Hunt for Red October)

"Cow! Another Cow! I think that was the same cow!" (Twister)

"It's going green! Yeah... greenage!" (also from Twister)

"I have GOT to get me one of these!" (Independence Day)

"What's that? The Ark of the Covenant. Are you sure? Pretty sure!" (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)

"The stars are veiled." (Return of the King... and they aren't veiled, you can clearly see the stars behind Aragorn, but that's another post!)

"I am no MAN!" (ROTK)

That's all I've got for today!! I'll add more if I think of some! :)

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Are you well-read?

I always assumed I was.

Then I started homeschooling! :)

Despite being an avid reader in school, and being an Early-Childhood Education major... I am just not very well-read!! I have to admit that any book that was assigned by a teacher got a real blow-off from me, so the fault lies with me. Add to the fact that most of my teenage years were spent reading Sweet Valley High, VC Andrews, and Danielle Steele... not exactly great literature.

But I want my kids to be well-read!! How do I do that when there are oodles of books out there that I've never even heard of?! Reading lists, you say?

Do you know how many reading lists there are in the homeschooling world? Too many! And sometimes one book will be in 3rd grade on one list, 5th grade on another list, 2nd grade as a read-aloud on another list!! ACK!!!!

So now I go about the task of compiling my favorite lists into one master list!! My brain is completely fried and I'm not even close to being done. And I'm getting so frustrated. I just want the best for my kids. I want them to be well-read! Why does this have to be so complicated??

Favorite movie lines!

This is an offshoot from a post on the WTM General board... talking about favorite movie lines! I decided not to take over the thread. It's not just so I am polite! It's so people don't realize how nuts I am! (Of course those of you who know I am trying to compile every major reading list into a master reading list lest I miss any MUST-READ books for my kids already know that!)

Here, in no particular order, are my favorite movie lines:

"And the seventh angel poured forth his bowl into the air saying it is done." (The Hunt for Red October)

Just about the entire Pirates of the Caribbean script! :)

"Are you frightened? Not nearly frightened enough... I know what hunts you!" (Fellowship of the Ring)

"And we wept precious. We wept to be so alone." (Return of the King)


Oh doesn't it figure now I'm drawing a blank! Sheesh! This reading list is completely going to be the death of me! But that's another post....

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

This is little me riding a pony! I think I'm about 4 here! Posted by Hello

33 years ago today...

I don't remember this birth as clearly as I remember the other birth's I've participated in! I have a very good reason though: I was the one being born! :)

They say you're only as old as you feel! Whatever! @@

I guess my secret it out! I don't like my birthday! I love my kids' birthdays, and my husband's birthday, and my friend's birthdays, and my mom and dad's birthdays, and my friend's kids birthdays, and Dr. Seuss' birthday, and really everyone's birthdays!! But my birthday, I think I could just skip! LOL

I'm going to go stick up a picture or 2 of me when I was little! :)

Monday, April 04, 2005

How could I forget?!

I think I'm losing my mind in my old age!! I can't believe I forgot my most exciting news of April!!

I am quoted on Page 93 of the new Sonlight Curriculum catalog!!

It's probably a good thing it took me 4 days to blog about this because I had an awful case of 'big head' last Friday when my catalog arrived! Though I still think it's very cool that this catalog will be going all over the WORLD and that people might be deciding to purchase the Singapore Math Rainbow Rock CD rom just because I recommended it! :)

(Of course, then it does feel weird that I'm considering buying Math U See again next year for Austin to learn multiplication... but honestly Rainbow Rock IS really the best math CD I've ever seen! The kids still get so excited to play it! So my endorsement stands!)

Ok, now I really must go finish school with the big kids since Reece fell asleep on the couch during rest time!!

Did you miss me?

I took an unintended hiatus from blogging it appears! Lisa pointed it out last night... I think she finally got tired of reading the preschool post! :)

We missed going to church for Easter... the girls and I were sick as dogs! Austin took good care of us though, while Daddy was playing at 2 services! We just laid around the living room watching TV!

The health insurance company finally approved Reece for her developmental evaluation!! We will go in May for the first little appointment where it's mostly paperwork, and then she will be seen by the doctor sometime in the fall! I had no idea that it took that long to get an appointment! But this guy is really tops in the field, so I want her to see him! If he will look her over and tell me she is fine, then I will truly believe him! She has such good days sometimes, when I start to wonder why I'm even wanting her evaluated! Then she turns around and has a day like she had at Bible Study last week, and I can't help but remember. I told the nursery staff last week about the testing we want to have done... I was so embarrassed, but they were asking me questions about if she could hear or understand things, and why does she have such tantrums sometimes. So I felt like they were suspecting something was wrong anyway.

Last Friday I went to a meeting called a "Whole Hearted Workshop" where I learned more about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling! This will be a continuing series of workshops, one per month, and we will get more into the specifics at each monthly meeting! It's very interesting!! I went with Jan and Daphne! I am SO grateful for those ladies and their friendship! I'm not sure I could do this homeschooling thing without them! :)

That's about all really... we're trying to work really hard these next few weeks so we can take June and July basically off from school! And I promise to give my blog the regular attention it deserves!