Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
They quickly ran through numbers, colors- all of the basics- and then it was on to what Gianna needed to study for French II:
After a while, Shaye put in a special request... how do you say "I love books." in French?
Wait for it...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I have loved that quote since the first time I read it, but I don't think I've ever really thought about it. Oh sure, I
don't try not to sweat the small stuff, I play with the kids over, say, washing the floor- but is that really enough? Adding homeschooling to our family's, to my already overflowing days has been stressful. Oh sure, it's been fun, and interesting, but truth be told, it's also been stressful. Trying to fit in everything I need to do and everything I want to do, well... it's just not working out. The other night I sat down and thought long and hard about how this is going to go.
First, I had to rethink my goals. I decided it was important to me to provide the girls with interesting learning opportunities daily, keep our house clean, keep the laundry done, have something to offer for dinner each night , and be able to spend time with the older girls each day after they get home from school. Those are my "need to" s and they haven't really changed.
It was on to my "want to" list. Taking pictures, reading books, blogging, talking with John at night- these are all things I do that make me happy, give me energy, make me feel more like me. So there was no wiggle room there. What did that leave? Television. We have 3 DVR's in our home and I, personally, have shows taped on all three for future viewing. The fact that listing some of the titles embarrasses me (90210, The Real Housewives of the OC) was a pretty good indicator to me that here was a change I could make for the better. I wiped out my DVRs. I did. I might regret it tomorrow, when for the first time in three seasons, I will miss an episode of Brothers & Sisters, but for the moment, I am feeling really good about my decision.
I feel like I have more time already, time for all the things that make my life beautiful.
and also for V-Tech, the game Shaye is playing, the one that is supposed to be Mackenna's now that Shaye got her coveted Nintendo DS.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In the course of a busy day, it sometimes gets tricky to make sure I am offering challenging opportunities to both girls- being that they are a little over 2 years in age apart and also that Shaye is reading/building vocabulary at about a fifth/sixth grade level and Mackenna is still learning her letters. So I was hoping to bend this whole letter of the day idea to fit both girls' needs.
It was pretty easy with Mackenna- all of your standard letter of the day activities- culminating with baking, then eating, the chocolate chip cookies on Friday.
Letter of the day is C.
Tomorrow Mommy, I and Mackenna are going to make Mommy's secret recipe to make Chocolate Chip Cookies. MMM. Cookies are MMM. I like Cookies. I also like cats. Cats can't eat cookies. Cookies can't eat cats.
Friday, January 16, 2009
The other day, the girls were off in another room, playing dolls- or so I thought- when I went to check the mail. I found a package of sweet paper cutouts, that I ordered from Little Bit Funky, in the mailbox and I brought them right in to the girls. Well, wasn't I surprised to find them playing on rooms they had designed for their dolls and they were only too happy to grab glue sticks and add hearts and cupcakes to the decor.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Girlie Shop for creating these darling necklaces...
and sending them to Elexis's little girls for me.
Who made your week?
Monday, January 12, 2009
and tells me, "I know it's Saturday but I really wanted to do some school". I guess one of my homeschooling goals should be to get her out of the school system's frame of mind that learning is something you do at school- on a schedule.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Then the girls were inspired to create their own little lovelies...
to see who would receive "the best" valentine.
It may have been rigged.
What are you doing today?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Yup, Safeguard beige.
You see, I had to go to CVS in my pajamas this morning to buy this bar of soap in order to be able to take a shower. Because no one in my family thought it was necessary to tell me we were down to our last bar of soap- last time.
and not today.
We had our first local homeschool gathering to get to today.
That this pile of clothes (and then some!)
got folded and put away while we were housebound.
And that all of the dishes got done yesterday too.
(Hey, it works.)
Right now, right here, with you.
Hmm... seems I turned it more into a "I'm loving" post, and I listed more than five, so I'm going to go ahead and break one last rule... instead of tagging 5 people to do this on their blogs, I'm going to invite everyone to do it- if you want to. Just let me know when it's up, so I can come share the love!
What are your five everyday loves?
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Hope your holidays were happy!