In my life this week… first off since I know some of you have prayed for us, an update: at this point, it appears I have [newly developed] asthma and the early heart beat and that all my episodes in the past several weeks are a result of those two. We are pretty darn thrilled with this result, and praying it is truly the answer. Tomorrow, DH and I are going to a class to learn more about asthma.
I am so very pleased we got the house decorated like YDD wanted and when she wanted. Our last two Christmas seasons have been heavily impacted by Daddy's heart transplant with little baking and trees up late. I put ODD in charge of our Thanksgiving decorations and YDD in charge of our Christmas decorations. I am pleased to say we have stuff up outside and inside in various rooms. Here is her handiwork:
In our homeschool this week… it was a week of not according to plan but hitting all the subjects. We took a week off for Thanksgiving Break and I've learned that the first day back isn't normal. Fine. Great. I know what to expect. We got started on time; great. History took a lot longer than usual, but it was excellent work being done; fabulous. We had Bible study that night, so I decided to make math just 15 minutes on Khan Academy and drop the Life of Fred lesson; good. What started to mess with my head is that for one reason or another I also ended up dropping Fred for Tuesday and Wednesday. I just kept focusing on we got math in each day and tried to look away from it wasn't the math I had planned.
We finished up SOTW volume 2, chapter 13 which was on the Frankish kings and Charlemagne. My girls were thrilled when Charles the Hammer beat back the Islamic Empire's advances into his kingdom. I am looking forward to studying the Crusades with them. Next week we jump into the Vikings which they are both pretty excited about.
This week's art . . .
|I discovered this on our white board; YDD's artwork. It's tiny only about 2 inches tall.|
|ODD's throw away doodles from during Bible study Monday night.|
|All 3 of my children have now read this. Brandon Sanderson is one of DH's favorite new authors. ODD read it this week and says pure amazingness just read it.|
My favorite thing this week was… getting my truck fixed. DH, his dad and his brother looked at it, but couldn't find a leak. So we feared it was something major, but it was only a hose. YAY!!
|I found this on wikipedia to help her create flashcards for hiragana|
Things I’m working on… adding in activities now that we're in December. I've kept commitments off our calendar so we wouldn't be overwhelmed with too many activities. Because I did it like that, DH and I can go to a class about asthma tomorrow and we can devote a weekend to cousins. I am still keeping a tight rein on things which is where the working on it part comes in.
I’m cooking… I am still trying to cook with the girls each week. It doesn't happen each week, but it is happening which I am pleased about. [Because it didn't happen last year.] ODD already knows how to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot, so this week I taught her how to make that one chicken feed us for 3 meals. She also learned how to make beans from dried, and she made the batch of chicken stock in the crockpot this time.
I’m thankful … I have always had a place to live and heat. I am thankful my girls voluntarily pursue activities without screens. I am thankful the Christmas boxes have all been put away upstairs. I am thankful for email; it's easier for me for communication than even the phone. I am thankful for the new Bible study we've started with friends; praying it impacts my son's professed unbelief. I am thankful my husband has worked every day this week. I am thankful for amazon and all the shopping we were able to do from home. I am thankful for all the gifts we were able to buy for family. I am thankful my 12YO talks and I know what is going on in her life. I am thankful we can shuffle science and spend that day baking and preparing for cousins instead; I love not having to choose because how do you choose between science and cousins? I am thankful my girls are readers. I am thankful for all the turkey stock I've made and frozen. I am thankful that one chicken can result in three meals for my family. I am thankful making stock in my crockpot is SO EASY and a much more manageable amount than in my 20qt stock pot.
I tried to reward my kids this week by… well the plan had been to reward them by watching 2 episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We missed last week's with Thanksgiving prep and no one had a bad attitude about it, so I thought we'd do both this week except there wasn't one this week so there went my plan!