Friday, August 30, 2013

Our First Week Back at School

Well, second week really. We did a false start last week, but I know we'll get the kinks out by the end of the year. 

I said that we did "School Lite" over the summer, but really that meant "School So Lite We Hardly Did Diddly". Yeah, I'll own it. So now we're going through the amount-of-work learning curve. They think I'm piling it on and I say they've just had it too easy. Still I think next year I'm going to take the month of June and July OFF. I spent much of those months feeling guilty that I was doing something or not doing something or doing something, but doing it wrong. Really who needs that aggravation? I'll just let them spend 6-8 weeks rotting their brains on video games and Sponge Bob reruns via Skype with all their other public school friends who are out for the summer. 

Anyway this school year the schedule is shaking out like this so far:

Squishy (14 years, 9th grade)
Monday - Algebra (Math U See) & Biology I (Apologia at One Day Academy)
Tuesday - Algebra & US History (Time4Learning)
Wednesday - Field Trips, Co-ops, Projects and Teen Book Club 1x a month
Thursday - Algebra, Music (drums) & English I (Time4Learning)
Friday - Health (Time4Learning), 4-H meeting and catch-up on work not completed
Saturday - Working part time for mom (filing, shredding, general minion duties) for pay and experience

Cubby (12 years, 7th grade)
Monday - Math (Math U See Zeta) & History (The Story of the World)
Tuesday - Math & Language Arts (Winston Grammar, Wordly Wise 3000)
Wednesday - Field Trips, Co-ops, Projects and Teen Book Club 1x a month
Thursday - Math, Music (Guitar) & catch-up on work not completed
Friday - Math, Science (Apologia Physical Science at ODA) and 4-H 1x a month  

They have P.E. nearly every day either by hiking, weight lifting or swimming. 

Of course all the life skills are an all day, every day occurrence. Today for example, Cubby made "pizza sliders". He said that if little burgers are called sliders then so should little pizzas be called. He took canned biscuits, split them in half length-wise and topped them with sauce, cheese and pepperoni goodness. Tossed them in the oven at 350* for 12 minutes and we have lunch. It does a mama's heart good knowing that her sons won't have to get married to eat right. Just joking. Kinda.

Pizza Sliders by Cubby
I have to really work at not over extending our schedule. There are so many opportunities to go on field trips, join clubs or be a part of co-ops in homeschooling that we can easily spend our life running around. If we start at 10 a.m. then most days we are done by noon. Possibly 1 p.m.. I'm tempted to fill up that time because they'd be doing something if they were in a bricks & mortar school, but most of that time was just classroom management stuff. 

Anyway I'll do better about keep y'all up to day. Thanks for stopping to check in with us.

The Grand Momsta Lainey P.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Cold Thrill of the Deal

Last week we purchased a brand new Cuisinart ice cream maker off Craigslist. The previous owner had received it as a wedding gift and never used it. We took that treasure off their hands for $30.

Today we are making our first batch of frozen, delicious goodness. We're starting out with the basic recipe included, but I'm sure we'll make quite a few modifications as we experiment. 
Look at that deliciousness. Nothing but milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and cold. Simply wonderful.

And since this is a series of experiments I feel completely comfortable calling this activity science. 

Thankful Day 4

I am thankful I live in a country where I get to vote. Simple, but true. 

Friday was the last day of early voting and while J was at his Web Design class I went to cast my ballot. I guess everyone in the free world had the same idea judging by the lines.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I drove in to the parking lot and nearly ran over a campaigner (shame that) to take one of the few spots left to park. I was at the same time horrified by the line and proud as all get-out that so many people were there to vote. 

After an hour of waiting and voting, I took my "I Voted Early" sticker and left with a full heart and tired feet.

I am blessed.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful Day 3

Today I am thankful for my mom. Well, I'm thankful for her every day, but today I will say it loud and proud. My parents divorced when I was 2 so we have always been close. There was a brief teenage rebellious period on my part, but with surprising little fanfare we transitioned to an adult relationship. 

My mom is someone I can tell anything to and not worry about her reaction. I laugh until I cry when I'm with her. We spend a lot of time sewing, thrift store shopping and eating out. All the things you'd do with a BFF. Pretty cool that my bestie is also my mommy.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful Day 2

I am thankful that I get to spend so much time with my sons.

I left my job after I had my first son back in 1999. I actually went on maternity leave at the end of 1998 because of complications with my pregnancy. I had fully intended to return to work after my 12 weeks of leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, but my plan wasn't the one we were to follow. 

After 36 hours of labor my OB informed me that I wasn't progressing as much as she would like. Actually what she said was the baby via c-section since his fetal heart rate was showing signs of distress and I agreed by telling her I didn't care if he came FedEx just make sure he's okay. Within 10 minutes I was under the bright surgical light. We spent the next 8 days in NICU and then the fool hospital sent that helpless baby home with us. What were they thinking?!

The first week was spent in the hospital so by the time 8 weeks rolled around I wasn't sure I could turn my baby over to someone else. My husband knew at this point that I wouldn't be going back to my job, but he had to wait for me come to that conclusion on my own. I was a child of the Working Girl 80's and I could do it all! 

But I didn't want to it all. I wanted to do with less to be able to stay home with my baby and then later with my second baby.

This month marks my 14th year at home with my kiddos. I've done work along the way that has allowed me to remain involved and available in their lives. I surely haven't made a lot of money, but I think the time together has been worth it.