Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. We liked the new psychiatrist.

2. David is done with school work for a couple days.

3. David handles boy issues.

Friday, December 4, 2015

My Homeschool Mother's Journal - December 4

Weekly Wrap-Up

In my life this week…I am so stoked to get this up!! I have been trying to get one of these weekly posts done since October! I have partially edited pictures and collages and everything. I am hoping to get some pictures in this one, but I'm not promising anything. My life. Nuts. Seriously nuts. Pills 4 times a day and a crazy diet. The upside is everything is working which means I have hopes of weaning off pills. The diet is worth all the effort because I am feeling better.

Another change in our world is that our boy moved back home.  The year with his grandparents was very good for his maturation process, but there are limited opportunities for a job and community college in their location, so he's back with us for a while. He registers for Winter Term at our local community college next week.

In our homeschool this week…we made yet another tweak. Last year, we discovered that my oldest girl [ODD] didn't have enough accountability. This year she's worked much closer with me and her sister [YDD]. The problem with that is my girl is still struggling with disassociation, and she's discovered that she works better with paper [not digital] and in her room. I keep track of the girls school progress with a Google Docs spreadsheet my husband made for me. So I made ODD a paper checklist for her to use and I will do her data entry. We also have a plan for her to check in with me every 2 hours.

So what are we doing for school? We're in the fourth volume of Story of the World; I'm excited to finish this one and start digging in deeper in high school next year. [YES NEXT YEAR I WILL HAVE A HIGH SCHOOLER - ACK!] ODD finished Apologia's Exploring Creation: General Science this year and hated it. [YDD finished it last year in about 4 months.] So we got a couple of Joy Hakim's The Story of Science from the library, and ODD approved. I bought the first one, and both girls are working through that. Foreign language is German; we're primarily using Duolingo for practice and German Made Simple. Math continues to be Life of Fred because it just works best for my girls. This week, YDD is finishing Fractions, and ODD is in Decimals and Percents. The math goal for ODD is to finish all 3 Pre-Algebra books by the end of June; YDD's goal is just to see how far she can get on the same track of books. YDD is working through 7th grade Daily Grams for grammar; I am simply correcting ODD's grammar in her writing. Our memory work is Bible verses I've picked and English from the Roots Up.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… persevere. Last year was rough with my health and it impacted the girls' schooling. We kept at it and we're back on track this year. We're also on version 6.0 or something like that for how we do school. I continue to get my girls' input for how they would like things to run; that's one of my favorite parts of homeschool.

DH's Grad School . . . the class he just finished was the worst worst worst. Everyone in the house is burned out from it. *sigh* Thankfully he has 1 more class [which he is in right now], then a couple months of working on his capstone project, and then we're done!!! He'll be done about the 3rd week of March, and our Spring Break is right after he's done.

What we are reading . . . ODD is working through The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan. I had started reading it, but wanted to know about the history preceding that book, so I started this series: A History of Modern Germany by Hajo Holborn. I am currently on volume 2. YDD is reading a new series: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson, and she says it is very funny.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we're very blessed to be close to both sides of our extended family. On Thanksgiving proper, we spent the day with my family, and the following Saturday, we spent with DH's family.

Things I’m working on… getting the house cleaned so we can decorate this weekend.

My favorite things this week . . .surprising a friend for her birthday! AND THE PACKERS WINNING WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK!!! GO PACK GO!

I’m learning to cook…without wheat. My first attempt at gravy with cornstarch instead of a roux was tasty but THIN. I am also starting to get the hang of modifying my part and making the same meal for everyone. When I first started this no FODMAP diet in September, I would make dinner for everyone else and my husband would make me an omelette. Progress!

I’m thankful for… animals my girls love. I am thankful for a house to clean. I am so thankful for the opportunity homeschool my girls. I am thankful for my husband's help with math when the girls get stuck. I'm thankful the diet is working for me and I feel good enough to care for my family.

Things I am pondering…
 what size cage to get for our guinea pigs. We have 4 boys which is both good and bad. It is good that we don't have any girls so we won't have any babies. It's bad because our current cage is not big enough. We're pondering which size to get and whether we can split the boys 2 and 2 or if we need to get a 5th so no one lives alone. Guinea pigs have turned out to be far more complicated than we expected! :D

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. I was able to help a friend with a science book and contact info for art class.

2. My girls got a good day of school in.

3. The boy got his chores done in the morning as expected.

Bonus Good Thing: exciting win for my favorite football team, The Packers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Choosing My Focus - 3 Good Things

1. I have a home to clean.

2. I have children in my home to care for.

3. I have human and appliance help for cleaning.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. I did not get a full blown migraine.

2. I slept well last night.

3. Fresh food is plentiful.

Monday, October 5, 2015

My return to the land of the living

Last school year passed in a haze due to my health. The short version is I have Crohn's Disease and it's only under control this summer. We've had so many changes since I wrote last. I am going to try and catch up the main events of the past year since this blog is primarily a scrapbook for our family.

Homeschool: We've started the 2015-16 school year; I have an 8th and 6th grader. I find it crazy they are both in middle school.

We're continuing with Life of Fred and Story of the World [vol. 4]  as our main curriculum. Still working on German with Duolingo and various textbooks. I really love Duolingo as a supplement. We actually have a writing curriculum this year for the first time: Jump In! by Sharon Watson.  My girls are trying hard to start their school day earlier. Last year we tried to make sure we started by noon, and no we weren't always successful. This year they are shooting to get up at 8a and start school by 9a. We haven't hit the mark yet this week, but we've improved drastically over last year.

In the House: We've subtracted 2 people, our boy and Kemmy [the 18YO who moved in with us last August]. Kemmy moved home with her parents and is doing well. The boy moved in with his grandparents last November and has grown/matured so much since then. We are very proud of him. This school year he's looking to get his driver's license and start attending college full time. YAY for our boy!

We've also added 5 animals. Not all at once. Last December we got 1 guinea pig and then we added a buddy for him a week later and then a 3rd a few weeks after that.

Our first two boys. The black one is named Loki and the other is named Hawkeye. I am amazed at how tiny they were.
June 2 was YDD's 11th birthday so  we stopped by the pet store, and came home with a puppy. That was NOT the plan, but we love having her and she's a real sweetheart.

Our little girl doggie named Prussia. These were taken the day she came home.
Her puppy training classes are held at the pet store and that's how we came home with guinea pig #4.

#1 - A picture of Loki, Hawkeye and the 3rd boy, Bruce [as in Banner]. #2 - Bruce and the 4th boy, Lutz, getting ready for a bath. #3 - Loki and Lutz have been the best of friends since Lutz came home. #4 - Lutz and Bruce learning to live together.

Dad says no more animals until one of these dies, so we should be set for a few years.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. I found the lost Christmas money
2. We were able to complete 1 chapter of history.
3. I felt well enough to do laundry and dishes.