Saturday, January 3, 2015
2014 was a rough year for me. I haven't felt good since last March. It's been various different things sometimes overlapping. I have been putting things off until I feel better which means I have been barely scraping by each day. That is no way to live. I am still struggling healthwise, but I've decided it's time for me to control what I can control:
1. Start each day with exercise [not swagbucks]. There are things I can do to strengthen my body even when I don't feel good. I can strengthen my hands. I have a few light exercises from my physical therapist. I can stretch. My plan is to start my day with at least 15 minutes of exercise.
2. Next part of my morning routine is a shower. We have an old water heater that needs to be replaced and while we hope to do so, for now we continue to space out showers. Two things help my morning routine: the boy has moved out and the three girls are late risers.
3. Follow the shower with 15 minutes of God Time. I have struggled to get back in this groove since before my husband's heart transplant.
4. Eat more smoothies.
5. Eat more veggie soup.
these are not resolutions. This is a plan for getting back things I had in my life before my husband got so sick. My plan is to start modest; I don't have a time I will get up or weight loss expectations or goals. I want to focus my time in the morning alone on those activities that I prefer to do alone.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I am thankful for the chores I was able to do the last 2 days. I am thankful for help with the boy from my inlaws. I am thankful our family counselor was able to reschedule us this week. I am thankful for prayers from friends and family. I am thankful for a good progress report in art class for ODD. I am thankful our cold weather hasn't resulted in snow or ice. I am thankful for wisdom from my husband and my Wendi and my counselor; they have all helped me understand my boy better. I am thankful my girls are responsible with their school work. I am thankful I can record football games. I am thankful for Jif cereal [which I've been eating a lot lately]. I am thankful for all the leaves from our neighbor that I will use to compost my expanding garden area. I am thankful for kids who transport the leaves to our yard. I am thankful for the rock removal the boy spent this year on. I am thankful for a good weekend with my husband last weekend. I am thankful my girl is losing pieces of her disassociation. I am thankful for the hugs she's been wanting. I am thankful for my family.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
In our homeschool these 2 weeks… we're starting to get into our groove of the new school year and it's good. We are starting school again at noon, and both girls have expressed some dislike for finishing in the evening. I told them they have 3 choices: start earlier, take fewer breaks or live with ending later. Both are thinking about it. Both girls are working more independently this year, and I shared how that is working with ODD. With YDD I man the timer and ask her what she's doing next, but she directs her day and is doing much of her work without me. I haven't yet managed to fit in English From the Roots Up and we need to buy a replacement headset so ODD can use Rosetta Stone, but we are now getting 90% of each day's work done. This year has needed more of a warming up process rather than the jump right into full days like our previous years.
Grad School...we are almost through the first master's level class and it's been noticeably harder.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homeschooling from 5J's was a good, quick read.
My kids' favorite things this week . . .ODD's favorite was getting to see Yuki Saeki at a comic book workshop at our library. She even won a comic book by Yuki Saeki.
I’m cooking… pumpkin. Lots and lots of pumpkin. Today I am baking and pureeing the last one. My freezer is overflowing with produce from my garden and from a friend's garden. Yesterday I got 4lbs of bell peppers roasted, pureed and put in the freezer, too. I still have another 2lbs of jalapenos to process and I'm thinking of making jalapeno jelly for the first time.
I’m thankful … my family has decided they like pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread because we will be eating a lot of it this winter!
Things I am pondering… how does an ISTJ take care of themselves? My counselor has said I need to be a friend to me, and I am struggling with that, not sure how that looks in my life. When I am a friend to someone, I do things to help them: share my experience or work in their garden or take them a meal. A friend of mine [who is married to an ISTJ] gave me an idea to think about: do or get something that makes my jobs easier.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)… an excellent read in the midst of Pinktober: Please Put That Pink Can of Soup Down and Put Your Bra Back On. From someone who knows far more than I on the topic.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The first thing I did was give her a voice into her curriculum and I chose curriculum that she didn't need a teacher for as much as possible. I don't do a lot of planning; mostly we just do the next chapter of whatever book. I do lay out our subjects:
This year, she is doing her history narrations in Google Docs and then she sends me her initial draft. I get an email from Kat Nat like seen below:
|The email has a link to the doc. I go into it read and edit. Some times I ask for more detail and some times I just fix grammar. She makes changes and then prints it out for her history binder.|
We're not very far into our school year [we started October 1], but so far she is liking the increased independence and it's working well. She's asking questions as necessary which is a HUGE part of being a responsible independent learner in my book.
|Heavenly Homemakers Post|
I am thankful my 10YO put a great deal of effort into her history writing [even if it took her 6 hours to finish it]. I am thankful The boy is going to visit his grandparents for a few days. I am thankful my "cousin" safely delivered her first baby - welcome Ronan! I am thankful for timers which keep us on track with our days. I am thankful for the food I prepared today and the energy to prepare it. I am thankful for my DVR so I can watch football when I have time and not when it's broadcast. I am thankful for our library and how close we live to it. I am thankful for friends who make me laugh and encourage me to overcome my introvertness. I am thankful for a friend who is married to an ISTJ and so gets me [as I am one, too] as few other people do.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
quiet afternoons of homeschooling
restful nights of sleep
strong faith talks with all 3 girls
new pumpkin bread recipe tried and loved
friends who check up on me
peppers still growing in my garden
3/4 garden boxes ready for winter
a chair that works for me at my computer desk
more schoolwork accomplished
a helpful physical therapy appointment
no appointments except on Tuesday
Saturday, October 11, 2014
|Collage Friday link here|
|Girlies up a tree! ODD is a little harder to spot, but she's in each picture.|
Grad School... My husband is about halfway through his first Master's level class, and is getting a 99.8% so far. And he's bitter about the 2 points he's lost while I am just trying not to kick him. :)
|We've moved our grad school student into our bedroom so he can close the door while he's studying. Having him in the middle of our living space was not working for him. Thankfully now he's got a good study space.|
Favorite resource this week . . .still loving Duolingo for both girls' foreign languages [Spanish and German].
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… last Saturday we journeyed up to Portland to watch cousins play in a couple soccer games:
|1 - L [with the asterisk] in the first game. 2 - O drinking smoothie. 3 - L after her game; she is in Kindergarten this year. 4 - DS and ODD chatting; that's my Dad with the camera. 5 - Now it's Z drinking smoothie; he's 2nd grade now.|
|1 - Z after his game. 2 - My Mom and cousins waiting for lunch. 3 - Z playing goalie. 4 - More Z playing goalie. 5 - ODD and O. 6 - ODD with L & O.|
|October 10 found us at a local pumpkin patch [Bauman Farms] with our homeschool group. 1 & 2 - YDD & ODD petting bunnies; YDD is wavering between a bunny or guinea pig for a pet. 3 - ODD & Kemmy and JQ. 4 - My girls drinking fresh squeezed apple cider. 5 - Heading to the store to buy apple cider to take home.|
My favorite thing this week . . .hanging at the pumpkin patch with my girls and our homeschool group which was also the girls' favorite.
I’m thankful for…friends for me and my girls. I am thankful for babysteps in getting up earlier and God time for me. I am thankful for time for long talks with my girls especially my 12YO. I am thankful our house is laid out so DH can have a private study space. I am thankful the next week has fewer outside commitments for me. I am thankful for progress made with counseling. I am thankful we've eaten through the first batch pumpkin puree already.