Monday, September 1, 2014

My Homeschool Mother's Journal - August 31

Weekly Wrap-Up

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In my life this week…it was a long week, but has culminated in all tests have been taken and prednisone has been started. Thursday and Friday I did not feel as lousy which is a step in the right direction. I am very nervous to be taking the same steroid my husband took post-transplant, but I am very hopeful it will have a big impact.

In our homeschool this week… I have to admit I am doing the happy dance because we still have a month of summer break left. It seems like the whole world is going back to school on Tuesday [homeschool and public school] and we're not! I am loving it! This week, we did much better on fitting in math practice and memory work which makes me happy, too.
A very happy girlie who has been on a writing spree this week. Yeah no schooling going on here during summer break!
Another very happy girlie with a latex glove on her head!
This week's art . . . LOTS! But ODD wants to share it on her blog first and she hasn't done it so I can't share it with you. Hopefully next week.

Favorite resources this week . . .Swagbucks and Bing. Again, but for a different reason this time: I was able to buy some PrismaColor colored pencils when they were on a great sale because I had a giftcard balance at Amazon because of my Swagbucks and Bing. I could just buy them when on sale and not even think about whether there was money from DH's paycheck. Same thing for a baby shower gift; I could just buy from her registery and not worry about where the money was coming from.

What we are reading . . . my oldest girl is speeding towards adulthood so we do lots of talking about serious issues like modesty and waiting to have sex. I've shared how I didn't and the problems that created. Along those lines, I came across this article this morning and this one a few days ago.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…so we've added another person to our home. Last Saturday, DH and DS spent almost 12 hours driving north of Seattle to pick Kemmy up. They got home before dinner which was good. YDD was nervous all day about Kemmy's arrival, but planted herself in Kemmy's room while she was unpacking so that broke the ice nicely. ODD was feeling uncomfortable and not sure how to get included until I sent her up to ask a question and then all 3 girls hung out during the unpacking. Things have gone smoothly in the week since. There's been lots of this:
Girlies hanging out
ODD up a tree and Kemmy to the left.
Kemmy up the tree.
Even the boy has come out to join the family. {It's difficult to get him to do this which is why there aren't many pictures of him on this blog.}
Things I’m working on…getting back in the FlyLady groove. Adding another kid to the mix who needs jobs made me realize I need some help thinking up jobs. DS now just sweeps the kitchen every day while Kemmy sweeps another room. ODD and YDD don't have set jobs, but do whatever is needed. I'm using FlyLady's zones to help us focus and rotate our work. So far, it's going well. And I've continued to fling stuff which makes a HUGE difference.

My kids' favorite things this week . . . adding Kemmy to our household. ODD and Kemmy have gone for long walks almost every day. She has successfully pulled DS from his room a few times.

I’m cooking…DH and DS made pizza again this week with the boy making the dough by himself. HUGE step for him. I processed about 40lbs of tomatoes from the garden. I just blanched, deseeded and deskinned them before tossing them in the freezer. I am very much appreciating having lots of freezer space.

I’m thankful for…my husband's health. We need a long narrow dining room table and don't have hundreds of dollars to buy one. My husband came up with a plan to take the top off our remaining table [we donated the other 2] and replace it with a bigger table top. I am thankful he has the strength and stamina for this project. I am thankful for his paycheck which is making this $100 project possible. I am thankful for my husband's skills which also make this project possible. I am thankful for the three day week and his break from school that give him time for this project.
1 - The before table. This has been our homeschool table and it's going to become our everything table. 2 - The original table base with the new unassembled table top. 3 - DH extended the table base and is attaching the assembled table top.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…YDD found this online and listened to it for days. I bought it from amazon and now she's walking around with it playing on her iPod. LOVING these tunes!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday - August 28

I am thankful my husband took matters into his own hands yesterday. I was waiting for my doctor's office to call me about insurance approval. He grew tired of waiting and called, and got things moving. He drove me to the last test this morning and now I can start taking a medicine which should make a big difference in the pain I've been living with. I am so very thankful I am not trying to work outside the home during this experience.

I am thankful that things have gone smoothly with adding Kemmy to our home. The pickup went off without a hitch. The drive home went smoothly. The girls both connected with her the first night. I am thankful she's slid into our daily life smoothly. I am thankful for her willingness to help. I am thankful for the walking she and ODD have done every day.

I am thankful for all the stuff I've tossed this past week. I am thankful my house is showing the effects of all the cleaning we've been doing. I am thankful my family had an enjoyable trip to Disneyland and most are home safe. [One brother isn't home but he id safe.] I am thankful for all the connections reinforced last Sunday at church. I am thankful for the bounty of tomatoes coming in from my garden. I am thankful for the pumpkin that is almost ready to pick. I am thankful my husband gets two weekends off during this break from school. I am thankful he will be starting on his master's degree [instead of the bachelor's level work he's been doing].

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Homeschool Mother's Journal - August 15 & 22

Weekly Wrap-Up
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In my life these weeks…some more tests and more days of not feeling very good. The results of last week's test were very good which is encouraging. Now it's just a matter of learning about inflammatory bowel disease and waiting for the pills to kick in. On the upside, I got to help a friend harvest her garden and deliver the food to a local food pantry. I also got to run an errand with another friend which meant we spent a couple hours in the car talking; that was pretty cool, too.

August 18-21 ODD went to her first overnight camp. It was with the junior high group from our church and she had a great time:
ODD in the blue sweatshirt with her cabinmates
I had thought YDD and I would go to the zoo and to a local dahlia farm, but she didn't want to go-go-going. We just hung at home, and she read. A lot.

In our homeschool this week… one big thing that happened last week was that our local group planned our events through January 2015.  This led to me updating our daily routine for the coming Fall. I'm getting closer to working it out, but not done yet. This process of taking days to work out our schedule is one of the reasons I love using a digital calendar for my planning. I set it up, think it's done, and let it sit for a few days then come back to it. I realized I missed a time period and it was easy to fit in. I just can't imagine doing this planning on paper and erasing and rewriting. I am very thankful we're still in the middle of our summer break. I now use Google Calendar [instead of iCal] because my older kids both have PCs and they can subscribe to the calendars that matter to them. As I update their calendars with appointments and so on, it is automatically updated on their machines. Huge plus.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…pick a schedule and calendar that works for your family. Everyone is talking back to school right now and many are sharing their homeschool spaces and so on. I was able to share our curriculum, but can't share our homeschool space because we're in the middle of moving it. We're out of step with many homeschoolers and definitely out of step with public schoolers, but this schedule works for us. It can be hard to be out of step, but if it works for your family go with it.

This week's art . . .
1 - ODD designed her wedding dress. 2 - An original character ODD made with her friends. 3 - A work in progress of Hawkeye and Black Widow.  4 - ODD did a sketch of a character in an animation.
What we are reading . . . I've read 3 books in the last 2 weeks; YDD has read more than I counted! We went to Barnes & Noble last weekend and YDD found lots of titles she wanted to try, so this week we put them all on hold with our library.
1 - Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran I enjoyed this one the most but it's still only 3 stars.  2 - Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran I haven't yet decided if I like this author even though I've read a few of her books. Not sure that's a good sign. 3 - Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas an interesting story line, but not enough time with a happy couple for me. 4 - Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings One of YDD's selections. She enjoyed book 1 and was happy to find book 2.
1 - Kingdom Keepers Book 1 by Ridley Pearson DS read these & liked them so I mentioned them to YDD. She has book 2 waiting for her at the library already. 2 - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien a classic she picked on her own and wants her kids to read. 3 - Whatever After Dream On by Sarah Mlynowski This is the 4th in this series and they only take her about an hour to read, but she's enjoyed them all. 4 - The Sisters Grimm Book 1 by Michael Buckley A series ODD read and now YDD is giving a try.
YDD busy reading
Things I’m working on…we continue to work on the girls' space to make room for Kemmy. We've donated and thrown away a lot of stuff and that is a very satisfactory feeling. I hope to share what our new spaces look like soon.

I’m cooking… another huge pot of stock because I now have a freezer to store it in! I also managed to bake a couple loaves of bread last week; it's been a while since I've done that which is why I baked 4 loaves today. DS and Dad made homemade pizza last night.

I’m thankful for…my husband. Twice in the last 10 days I've gone to bed at 6p and he just takes care of the kids. I don't have to think or worry about his care of them. He doesn't do it like me, but he does do a good job and I am thankful.

I’m praying for…wisdom and guidance concerning adding Kemmy to our household.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday - August 21

I am thankful ODD had a great time at church camp. I am thankful for the connections made and stories she's come home with. I am thankful I could drive myself to a doctor appointment today. I am thankful I am sleeping in my own bed tonight. I am thankful for all the reading my youngest is doing lately. I am thankful I do not have a job outside the home and that I do not have to drive regularly. I am very thankful we're on summer break and that I am not trying to teach my girls while feeling lousy. I am thankful for medical insurance and prescriptions. I am thankful my God is with me every moment; I can't imagine doing life with Him.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday - August 14

With everyone talking about back to school, I am very thankful we are in the middle of our summer break. I am thankful for the summer days ahead of us to enjoy and relax through. I am thankful we got the girls' dressers moved today. I am thankful we're very close to have space ready for Kemi to move into. I am thankful for all we've found to throw away and donate.  I am thankful that the CT scan I had yesterday shows my small intestines looking good. I am thankful my new med isn't hard on my stomach like it is for many people. I am thankful for pain med to take in the evening when I really feel lousy. I am thankful for medical insurance which really helps with all our medical bills; I'd hate to think how high our bills would be without insurance. I am thankful we live close to a farm; stocked up today on Bauman Farms produce. I am thankful for fun with friends at Bauman's today. I am thankful for all the fridge and freezer space I have to fill up now as the harvest is coming in. I am thankful tomatoes are starting to come in from my garden. I am thankful I am done buying curriculum for this year. I am thankful I have our new schedule 3/4 worked out. I am thankful I can take my plan with this planning; I know some mommas are starting to feel pressure for the coming school year. I am thankful some online work I needed to do was far easier than expected. I am thankful for chicken marinating for dinner tonight and tomorrow night. I am thankful for fresh corn on the cob for dinner tonight. I am thankful for the time to sit and list out the many blessings God has given me.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Homeschool Mother's Journal - August 10

Weekly Wrap-Up

In my life this week…hasn't been great healthwise so my specialist's office is arranging with insurance for another test. I had hoped things would start improving after a week on the new med, but no such luck. On the upside I did better this week about taking care of me than I did last week.

In our homeschool this week…we're having a typical summer week which means not as much God time and math practice as I had planned, but happy girlies.
There's been plenty of YDD playing Little Big Planet 2
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…here are our curriculum choices for the girls 5th & 7th grade years.

This week's art . . . ODD has shared some of her art this week on her blog. I like that she figured out on her own how to take that screen shot.
YDD's sneaky art this week.
What we're reading. . .
1 - I've rediscovered Jude Deveraux recently and loved this one [her newest]. 2 - YDD is rereading The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D'Lacey. 3 - The Winter Bride is book 2 in this series and I am thinking of looking for more books by Anne Gracie. 4 - I did not like this one and didn't read it all the way through.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…YDD has gone to her first Vacation Bible School this week. For the first time we attend a church big enough to offer such a thing. She's had a good time and come home tired all 3 days.

Things I’m working on…organizing and getting rid of stuff. I am pleased we started working on the girls' rooms because it looks like we're adding another girl to our household. A friend of the boy's needs a place to stay until she graduates because her family can't afford to house her, so we've offered her a place with us. We've been working on re-arranging the girls' rooms for a while now and hope to be done by August 23 when she'll arrive. Part of that has been getting rid of stuff and I am LOVING that. Part of the organizing is moving our homeschool work area:
L: cleared space. R: After DH cut down the bookshelf to fit it into the closet in our new spot.
I’m thankful for…
DH baking muffins; he's made 3 dozen this week.
I’m praying for…the family and friends Jennifer Huston left behind.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thankful Thursday - August 7

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Last week I was thankful that a medical test was behind me. This week I am thankful the test found something [inflammatory bowel disease] and I am thankful I've started the treatment plan. I am thankful I have a high pain tolerance. I am thankful for YDD's opportunity to participate in our church's VBS; this is the first time she's had this chance. I am thankful the sandals she lost yesterday were at church today. I am thankful for the chance to talk with some ladies from our church today; we've had a hard time connecting - it's hard being an introvert some times. I am thankful for all the stuff we've been able to get rid of lately. I am playing a game with some friends where you get rid of 1 thing on the 1st day of the month, 2 things on the 2nd and so on. So far I've gotten rid of 100 things and it's only day 7. I am thankful for hours in the car with ODD each week; she talks so much in the time. I am thankful ODD has the opportunity to go to middle school church camp. I am thankful we switched churches because it has afforded my children many new opportunities they did not have at our previous church. I am thankful we can stay in touch with our previous church with Facebook. I continue to be thankful that we're still on summer break. I am thankful the NFL preseason has started and I am thankful the regular season is coming soon.