Thursday, March 29, 2007
What advice do you have for a beginning blogger?
Keep your posts as short as possible, use paragraph indentations OFTEN, keep posts to one general topic, and don't whine. Leave comments generously at other sites, don't live by your stat counter, and for Heaven's sake don't take yourself too seriously.
After I read that I got to thinking about my own postings.
They are not always short. I'm not sure I should apologize or not.
I do, however, like hitting enter twice. There's something that makes me happy when I do that. It might be because I've managed to complete a thought. Or complete it as much as I can. Sometimes I think ***ooo I could have said one more thing*** and then I decide editing isn't worth it.
"Don't Whine" she says. This is the hardest one for me but also the easiest - as I'm easily amused and really, not being braggy, but I have oodles of God-given Joy. What happens, often times, though, is that I start off wanting to whine - and then as I type, My whine changes into something un-whine like. And I either start to see the humor in the situation or start to realize it's not as bad as it could be. And I'll go back and re-word something - until it's not whining.
It's actually fun to see my own words morph into a thought other than what I started out thinking.
I've not had a happy couple of days. And I haven't exactly figured out why. At least until a bit ago. We've done lots of school work. And I've done some house work. The sunflowers are sprouting. We had rain. We got to ride bikes today. Yet during all of it - there was an undercurrent of crankiness in me that I couldn't quite seem to get rid of.
I think it was because I was trying too hard to blog along with other things. It's hard to blog when you're doing lots of school work. So I was focused more on me than usual.
And then today I realized what my major problem has been. I bought a new Clint Brown CD. New to me, I suppose. And listened to it on the way home from the store. I danced (as well as I could while driving) to a song called "Crazy Praise". I began to feel my old joy. (like an old friend) and realized with shock - that my Praise level was way down.
Which is funny, because if I"m nothing else - I'm a worshipper. First and foremost that's my heart. (Again, not braggy - just the way it is) So it was funny to realize that the thing I've missed most this week - was Worship! How silly of me. It should have been the first thing I thought of.
I'm sure this could preach. I'm not sure exactly how - I just know it could.
I had to laugh at myself - because I knew a level of some sort was low. Kind of like a car. Something was low. I thought maybe my "mommy juice" was low. I know it's not the windshield wiper fluid. That words really well. What was low was my Worship Level.
Tommy Tenney has a great book on the subject called "God's Eye View" - and I had reached a place in my heart where I was looking at things around me: No time to myself, a tyrannical two-year old, bickering siblings, school work, etc, and forgetting to look up! To the one who gives me time, wisdom and talent.
So I feel silly - but ..
Victory is mine because now I worship!!
I wish I knew how to load up music on this blog-o-mine.
- so we could all listen to Crazy Praise together.
But if your levels are low - maybe you'd feel like joining me in a little Praise and Worship?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I grinned and told her that Tigers, in real life, don't really like to eat gum - but she should keep reading - it gets better.
"As fond as we are of chewing gum, we're sure we'd like you even better!"
She has giggled and laughed...and said "This book is full of things that are not true" -
".... If you keep on chewing it long enough it will turn green, and then if you plant it, it will grow more chewing gum..."
She's reading and I'm loving this.
I'm raising a biblio-holic!!
Yesterday was quite amusing. Mini-Me had a picture appointment - and it took us 2 hours. It was not the fault of the photographer - but of the manager and I just don't know how to complain adequately. Considering this studio has a district manager that's a turkey.
So our morning was gone.
And then our afternoon was gone. Partly because I chose to do nothing and sit there... (Thanks Quirky Quote Contest!) ... for just a wee bit that turned into longer than just a "wee". And we had challenges only little kids can bring.
We tried to do some schoolwork once the professor came home and we ate dinner.
At one point, the professor was playing with J-man to entertain him out of our way, Mini-E snuck in and discovered the cat box. ICK!! It looks like a sand box, I know. It looks like fun, I know. And it's only fun for her. It gives the Professor the heebie jeebies and just creates more work for a grown up. Cleaning her - and cleaning the floor.
It was an interesting glimpse The Professor had into our school and the little-kid challenges we face. And one day, I'll figure out how to handle these challenges myself. Probably in time for them to change. Because that's how it is in the Laundry pile, you know, everything cycles through.
I just told myself a funny.
"Everything cycles through" - so I guess my question is "bleach, or no bleach?" - "Fabric softener or not?"
Fabric softener! Definitely! Unscented, though. Scented makes the Professor sneeze.
Monday, March 26, 2007
I had been lamenting to Thoughfulmom about some decisions I needed to make in my schooling. Mini-Me wants to learn more than just the basics - and I needed to figure out a way to teach her.
We had been trying KONOS - and while it's a great program - it wasn't working for us. Part of it was the fact that I never had the time (or maybe the fore-thought?) to plan very far ahead and get all the supplies we'd need. I had all the books etc...from the Library - but then something would happen.
Like this last time we were going to do seasons/calendars, etc. And ended up with ear infections in the wee ones. I just couldn't make it work. Every time I looked at a lesson plan, I saw confusion. Which I know doesn't come from God as He's the author of order. So I began to look for another good thing for us.
So Thoughtful (ever the researcher) hooked me up with My Father's World. She knew the reason we liked Konos was the hands on aspect - but we weren't like that Baby Season and Konos weren't meshing well.
I'm proud to announce that we're going to do Adventures in My Father's World.
*L*I'm a KONOS dropout. It's so much fun to have a plan in action!! I'm not sorry we tried it because I still like the thought of all that it entails. We're keeping the volumes that I have - but we're moving on to something else. So if you found my blog because of the Konos loop..sorry.
I did decide that we're going to stick with ABeka Book for phonics, math and writing for G.
Mini-Me is going into 3rd Grade. She will still be doing ABeka math but their natural progression is to drop the intense phonics workout and pick up grammar instead.
She's thrilled, by the way, to hear that I've ordered her 3rd grade books. She was quite concerned that she might be stuck in 2nd grade forever. (I found out today that my books from ABeka weighed 28lbs!!)
On Friday, I ordered all our curriculum for the next year.
The other decision made was that I'll be implementing a summer school. The kids will be thrilled, I hope, but because of that I'm trying my best to finish the '06/'07 school year finished by the end of May. Today was not successful - as I'm sure, you've heard. Tomorrow will be better. G said tonight, "Mom, are we going to do LOTS of schoolwork tomorrow? I like doing lots of schoolwork."
On Saturday the big kids and I went to the Eye doctor for check ups. Mini-me gleefully reported to her dad that she "passed her test". Which tickled us both - as it was a check up and not a test.
G doesn't need glasses yet - but he's a bit near sighted. If he'd been in public school that little bit of a prescription would have caused him to need glasses. Another plus for Homeschooling. No glasses necessary.
We went to buy a wedding gift for a couple at church and then came home and had lunch.
Then the work began. We have this flower bed on the west side of the house. I'm still not sure why it's there, except they didn't put the sidewalk close to the house. It's had nothing but grass in it since the few boxwood shrubs died out. (I don't like box woods, by the way) So we worked on digging out the grass - and stirring up the soil and mixing it with peat soil - and then we planted Sunflowers. It's a very sunny place. So we planted 3 kids of sunflowers. I'm hoping the kids will be able to watch them grow and enjoy God's creation.
Remember, we planted the sunflowers Saturday. Sunday morning, mini-me says "Can I go out and see what the sunflowers look like?" "Sure" says I, "they'll look like mud."
She would not be deterred though - she wanted to see them for herself. She was thrilled to have the chance to water them today.
And *drats* I forgot to take pictures of the whole thing. I could kick myself.
The other major decision we've made is to hunt down speech therapy for Jman. He's almost 3 -- April 5th is his b-day -- and he's not able to complete a whole sentence. And can't say many sounds. I know he hears us - and I know that he wants to communicate because he cries and hits when we don't understand. But for some reason - he just can't get his tongue to work out the words.
So I spent a lot of time on the phone today calling and trying to find a speech therapist. I was going from the book provided by our insurance - and the first two I called, I had no answer and got weird answering machines. The third one I called bothered me because she was telling me I had to do something that my insurance told me I didn't need to do (get a referral). The fourth one has a very friendly lady in the office and is a go-getter. I can't wait to meet her. I can't wait to get my J-man to talking either.
Mini-E might just talk first.
So we've got an appointment the first week in April.
Gosh - is that next week?
It sounds so far away!!
Where in the world did March go??
Did I loose it in the laundry pile?
Do you have it?
I think I need a notebook to have lying around - so when I get a bloggy idea I could just write it down. Oh - wait. I have one of those.
I call it a journal.
I crack me up.
I have had one of those days - where little foxes have been stealing my grapes.
It's getting quite annoying, too. And it started first thing and hasn't gotten any better as the day has progressed.
It started out with Mini-E biting The Professor on the shoulder when he was hugging her.
Then it didn't rain, like it was supposed to, so we had to water our new sunflower seeds. (That's what we did this weekend, should you want to know)
Then we had Mini-E meltdown and breakfast. or was it the other way around? A run to the pharmacy.
Mini-Me went out and to check the mail and found ants instead. Ick. Ants do not need to be reading my mail. They just don't. So Antspray and I went out to see what was up. The ants had made a home in the grass around the base of the mailbox post. Then they outgrew that and climbed up to the place wood crossed. And they out grew that - and started taking over the mail box. Ick. So Antspray doused them really well. Oddly, I felt no mercy. Mini-Me watched and tried to keep everyone back. Then she said, "I think you need to wipe out the mailbox so that the mail-lady doesn't get poisoned."
That's logical - even if it is wrong. I did wipe out the mail box - but mostly to keep the ants off my mail. Well, because, too, the thought of me sticking my hand in there and coming out with slimed ants just kind of creeped me out.
By lunch time, we'd only talked about school work. I felt like the parable of the foxes and the grapes. I felt there were tiny foxes stealing my grapes of productivity. Which would explain my Swiper picture...If I had only thought to say "Swiper no swiping, Swiper, no Swiping! Swiper, no swiping!" Aw, man... hindsight and all that.
We did manage to have the babies take naps. And we managed to do Math & Phonics. The Lord says it's time to shift and change - but I'm not exactly sure what it is that's supposed to shift and change. I'm praying and asking because I know He'll answer those who are desperate for Him. And I'm desperate.
I want this to work out for the good of my kids and for me - and for God's glory. I have a feeling that the shifting and changing is going to be in my heart. I'm so glad that God loves me - because I have a feeling this could be painful.
I'll blog about the other fox that was doing some stealing in a bit.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
So we're going to try my current favorite -- remember, I'm easily amused.
"What kind of monkey doctor are you?"
-- from Curious George, TV Show.
So you can click here if you want to enter - and even if you don't want to enter I'd love to hear your favorite quirky quote.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Because - it will be as you say.Whoa!!
It will be as I say.
I left church that day very encouraged...
it feels like I have a new tool in my belt.
TODAY -- I can rejoice!
It will be as I say!!
Friday, March 16, 2007
So he used the dining room chairs. Now I have to admit that we've The Professor in Daddy Jail when he was doing an on-line training course. And then there was that one time he needed to destress - so into Daddyjail he went with his computer game.
So G is protecting his typing tutor talents....
And, well - it's safe to say that he's proud of himself...
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This morning we went to get Mini-E's pictures taken at a Penney's portrait studio. My normally smiley child chose not to smile. My baby that loves to play with beads - did not want to play with the beads we took. She played a bit, we did manage to get a few good shots, but still it just wasn't normal for her. She's usually all smiles and jabbers - and giggles.
The look she gave the photographer was more of a "Yeah, you're nice. Now let me down." kind of look.
So we came home and had a late breakfast. We hung out for a bit until lunch time and at nap time, I was tired - and took a nap. Sometimes I just doze off with J while he's sleeping and wake up after a power nap. Today I was OUT. Until the doorbell rang. G ran in and said "Mom, there's a lady with a book at the door!"
Remember, I was OUT of it. I rarely sleep that hard when it's just me and the kids. "Do we know her?" was my question. "No." was his reply. Okay. I was confident in the fact that I had instructed the kids not to answer the door without my permission - or unless it's their grandparents. So I said -- "Then she can go away."
I never expected him to answer the door and tell her so. Now that I"ve pondered it all day - it is rather amusing. I have no idea if the lady was a sales person or trying to witness as to her beliefs. I may never know -- though I believe if it's important she'll come back.
So we had to have a discussion AGAIN. about NOT answering the door. Mini-me said "But G said that you said..." So he and I had a discussion about THAT...and after a while, Mini-Me told me "I feel like I've been tricked by a 6-year old."
That was really pretty amusing, considering she's 8.
So The Professor comes home from his training. And we talked about me making a run to the store for bottled water. He said "You've got something going tomorrow night, don't you?" and I looked at the calendar and saw that it said "Pics for E - 9am". So I looked at the next calendar day - I said "No - I have the church thing tomorrow"
He said, "You mean Saturday?"
Needless to say - I was early for my picture appointment. 24 hours early. I called to make sure they knew I wasn't coming in the morning - and the gal that answered the phone was the same gal who took E's pictures. I thanked her for not treating me like an idiot. *L* She said that she, herself, had just noticed what happened about 15 minutes prior to my call. Well, that's God for you. Apparently the people that were supposed to be there today, Thursday, didn't come. Maybe they'll come tomorrow, Friday, instead.
Today is Thursday. Today is Thursday. Thursday. Thursday. Thursday.
Another Funny Day momnet came tonight.
Mini-Me and I went to the store (Sam's Club) and we found the new Backyardigan's DVD something about Volcano Sisters and bought the Professor "Casino Royale" (A very good Bond movie, BTW). And water and hamburger meat and few other sundries. On the way out of the store we apparently dropped The Volcano sisters. I thought maybe we'd left it in the store and we were going to go back in and ask.
A fellow came up to me while we were unloading our cart, "Excuse me, did you just buy a DVD?"
"Yes!! I said thinking he was in line behind me. "Can you describe it?" Odd question, but I said "It was something about 'Volcano Sisters'." He pulled it from behind him and gave it to me. It had fallen off our cart on the way out of the store.
I was so thrilled! I told Mini-Me, "See? God's watching out for us!" and the man, walking away, said "Yep."
Oh - A brief schooling update. We're still memorizing the months and days of the week - and learning about calendars and seasons - and the symbols of each month that KONOS has listed. And today I noticed that our tree was coming off the wall. Mini-E has been helping it, I believe. And I mentioned it to The Professor - and Mini-Me said, "I guess we need to finish the months quickly"
Today is Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday.
And God is still on The Throne and He loves me!!
So I guess- it doesn't matter what day it is - It's a good day!!
But should you see me and I have that perplexed look on my face,
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Okay!! I have a stack of books that I can see the bookmarks sticking out from the pages. It's time to read them. :-)
I have time to narrow down the list because I need to be realistic. *L* Though, I'm even considering adding my scheduling to this "Thing".
So - I'm in. Care to join me?
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I really don't want to whine - but I'm afraid I might
My day. ---> It was not pleasant.
Mini-E is teething hard. We know for sure the poor kids is getting 4 molars at once - but now we think we're seeing some 'Canines' poking starting to, as The Professor says, bubble up.
But when I hit the pillow, a "battlefield of the mind" hit me. With one forgotten memory. Goodness. I was shocked at the memory because it was recent, but for some reason hadn't remembered it. So I started to pray. But it was a tough battle.
I gave up on sleeping after Mini-E started crying again, but I was cranky. The "battle" had left me frustrated and cranky. Which is why, I do not think I gained victory in the battle. And poor Mini-E and I did not get along. She didn't want to sleep and I didn't just want to sit there. When she finally sat still on the floor and started falling asleep is when I tried to put her down. And then tried to sleep myself.
Needless to say, she's earned herself a trip to the pediatrician to make sure her ears are clear. We didn't do any schoolwork today, either. Which frustrates me, too. I want to be able to do it all. *LOL* How to homeschool with babies is something I need to reasearch more deeply, I guess. They can really throw a kink in your plans.
I'm much better mentally and spiritually than I was earlier in the day. I felt a change in the spiritual atmosphere (which sounds waaaaaay charismatic, I know) but after being under what seemed like a cloud all day, when it's gone, you feel the difference.
I certainly don't want to make the same mistakes I made today. And I love the fact that we never fail God's tests - we just get to have a do-over.
Today, however, she got up at 3:30 and refused to go back to sleep. Our house is not set up in a way that I can just put her in her bed and let her cry - she'll wake up the entire house. And then we'll all be cranky - instead of just me.
This is one of those moments that I've not read about in Homeschool "how-to" books. At least not the ones I've read. *L* "How to homeschool on 4 hours of sleep or less."
I really don't want to talk to her right now and she's crying at my knee.
It's a good thing she's cute.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
I pondered to myself as I sorted stickers (and avoided the thoughts of "I need to work on that fruit in my life") and though this would be a perfect time to do something. What shall I do I wondered?
Blog? Thought I.
So here I am. (I can't log into HSB. *Sigh*) and now I have nothing to say. *L*
Give me a bit and I'll come up with something, I'm sure.