Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The rule in our house is "no electronics until after school" this means TV, NDS, XBoX,, what have ya. This morning we just kinda looked at on another and while no words were spoken, it was understood. No one had the mental fortitude today for anything except breathing and eating a bologna sandwich. So they walked over to the TV, turned it on and I did not object.
When I settled into this idea I thought, "good, I'll just catch up on the sewing today" but I was so irritated and agitated due to an ever so slight family drama that had transpired that I couldn't concentrate. It turned out to be nothing. Drama is usually that way. It's not even noteworthy.
Speaking of Noteworthy! T1 and I watched this tutorial today and learned how to convert midi files into sheet music! Who says we didn't learn??!?!
I can't say that I'm completely recovered and ready to go all "gung ho" with school tomorrow though. I really need to get over it and re-motivate. We can't afford to be lazy! It's so easy to get into bad habits. I feel like we have to stay on the ball all the time. People are watching us and hoping we fail. I don't think it's mean spirited. I just think that what we (the collective we, as homeschoolers) do is "odd" and people want to be able to say "see, it didn't work".
Wow. If that isn't enough motivation to get on the ball, what is?
But then again, I'm that kind of person. When someone says "you can't", I tend to find a way to prove the "I CAN!". I kinda take it personally.
Ask Mary what I did when the skydiving place in Gatlinsburg Tennessee said I was too fat to skydive. I bungee jumped! So did she. See? We're cool!
Ask my kids what I did when they said that it was too hard to do a front flip off the diving board.
With a torn rotator cuff, I did the front flip. OH LORD did I pay,, but I did it! Now so can the kids!
Perhaps my dr. is taking the wrong approach with me. He should say "Crystal, you'll never ever loose weight, give up".
'Em 'ere is fightin' words!
So we had our band kick off meeting this evening. It went pretty well. It looks like we'll have enough members, that's a good thing.
My T2 is going to play trumpet. He wants to play sax but he's 8 and yeah.... I don't want to constantly have the thing in for repairs! So I encouraged him to choose something with only 3 valves. He's very excited about it. He came home, went directly for the "T" encyclopedia and drew a picture of a trumpet and labeled it. He brought it to me proud as punch and declared that when he got his trumpet he was going to know all the parts!
Notice how all the words are in the right direction and the letters aren't backwards? Sure, it's wonderful,, but frustrating for me!
He's been very consistant with his guitar practice so I know he'll practice his trumpet too.
Tomorrow is going to be another busy day.
I just want to sew all day, is that so wrong?
Right now I'm tired but I'm too wound up to sleep. Perhaps I'll explore those extra "mommy's little helpers" they gave me for my my MRI. Gotta get some rest so we can tackle diagraming and fractions again tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I'm making this quick because I've got cookies in the oven. Today I have:
- Drove T1 around to lawns to mow
- Been to the gas station TWICE
- Finished a school day with the kids
- made 4 dozen cookies
- Washed and dried but not folded and hung 8 loads of laundry
- Made a book of spread sheets and forms for Band tonight (be there or be square!)
- Cleaned the house
- Went to the grocery store
- Scrubbed the trashcans
- Made numerous important phone calls
Now I'm not telling all ya'll out there in the blog-O-sphere this to impress you with my productivity, I just need to sit DOWN! sheeww, I'm tired and it's only 4:12.
I smell burning cookies!!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
In preparation for this, we studied caves all week instead of Botany . Here are some quick facts:
- Most caves in our area are limestone caves . (page down, it's really interesting)
- Stalactites hang from the ceiling
- Stalagmites form on the cave floor
- Flowstones form around things like walls and other rocks
- Columns form when stalactites and stalagmites meet
- Straws are tiny columns that are hollow
- "Speleothem" refers to all cave formations
- Troglodytes are animals who live in caves full time and have adapted to their environment
- Trogloxenes are visitors to caves (they hang out in there part time,, like us!)
- When you touch a "live" cave formation, the oil from your hands will kill it. NEVER TOUCH!
- Bats are really cool (and tiny too!). We would only exisist 6 months tops if all the bats died today. They are very important to our ecosystem. Never touch a bat when it's hibernating. It will die.
- Caves stay about 57 degrees all year round. We were very greatful for this on a 100 degree day!
While we were waiting for a few more people to join us our head spelunker took us off the beaten path (to say the LEAST! LOL,,, there was whining, oh yes there was) to see an entrence to the cave that had yet to be gated off. We were glad that we toughed the trail out because it was REALLY cool.Ok, get your gear on, it's time to go in the big cave!
This is our whole group before the hike. Well,, just the kids and our fearless leader (minus Steven, he was hiding). Including the parents I think we had 42 people?
We entered in a part of the pay cave. The difference between a pay cave and a natural cave is that the pay cave has electricity!A hole in the ceiling from drip erosion.
An underground reflecting pool in Cascade Cavern
Columns. We also saw straws here and LOTS of bats!
This is how we felt after the hike. BLAHHRG! we were dead.
The obligatory daddy and kids shot.
The books we used were:
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I think perhaps I was born in the wrong state. I'd get along really well up north. Fuggetaboudit.
I really don't act this way because I want to be hurtful, I just say what's on my mind. I know,, it's something I need to keep working on.
99.9 percent of the time I start out very pleasant before I get sarcastic. I don't set out to be mean. Below was one of the times that I started out with the sarcasm. I think the person who took the order took it in the good natured way it was intended but I was still a little embarassed by my "tone" when I saw it on paper.
But still, really, $4.75 to ship on thin photocopied piece of paper? Fuggetaboudit. You can clearly see that it cost them all of 41 cents. Quite a racket they have going on there don't you think?But then there are time when it totally gets me in trouble and tonight was one of those times. April from Tri-State MRI calls to do my paperwork with me. We go down the list..
Cancer in the last 2 years?
"Are you pregnant?"
"Are you sure?"
"Well, I still have a uterus and miracles still happen so I guess there's a possibility but I highly doubt it"
"You have to be sure."
silence while she goes and asks people stuff.
"You have to go get a blood test before we can see you tomorrow morning."
"We have to know you're not pregnant."
"Honey.... I'm NOT pregnant"
"You can go to the Emergency room since the lab's closed"
"I'M NOT GOING TO THE ER, I'M NOT PREGNANT"
"I'm sorry, but since you said you weren't sure"
"I WAS BEING SARCASTIC!"
Dreama gets on the phone.
"Hi, tell me what's going on"
I recounted the conversation and we're both laughing.
"I'll see you tomorrow morning Mrs. Newman"
"Ok, see ya Dreama!"
Clearly...... Not everyone get's it.
We also had to make a run to the library. One run turned into two. No sooner than getting home and getting comfy with my books did the phone ring. It was the library calling me to tell me that I had left my giant wallet there. Apparently when I was paying my fines. We're becoming quite familiar and friendly with our local librarians. It could be because I am single handedly paying for a new wing with all the fines I rack up. I know, I know,, renew them online. I get it.
I wonder if they'll name the new wing after me ?
So I got this great book.
It has all kinds of relevant information and activities. You see, we are studying the Civil war in September. There was one project in the book in which you make a Signal Quilt. I thought this was a novel idea but the instructions were for actual quilting. I sew, I knit, I crochet but I
DO. NOT. QUILT.
Not that I haven't tried and I'd love to be able to do it, but there are RULES when you quilt and I'm not turned that way!
So out with the construction paper and the glue.
When I was researching the signal quilt online, I found so many patterns. So many in fact that I wondered how in the world the slaves knew which ones were signal quilts and which ones were just regular quilts! The bit of lore goes that when the escaped slaves were traveling north on the Underground Railroad they knew they had found a safe house when there was a "Signal Quilt" hanging out back on the line. The one I chose seemed the most self explanitory. You can clearly see that this quilt says "follow the north star".
Pretty neat huh?
The original plan was to have the boys help me but then after I got the little one inch squares cut out I decided I'd rather spoon my own eyes out than have them assist me in this task. Maybe before Sept 4th I'll come up with some other creative way to illustrate this concept and involve the children. Ideas?
by George Orwell
You have this uncanny feeling that you're always being watched. Thus
life has become a bit of a show as you try to portray yourself as much more reputable
than you actually are. All around you, people seem to accept an unending stream of lies
and propaganda without flinching. Your only hope may be a star-crossed love affair, but
pain seems stonger than love. If you have any older brothers, be very wary of
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I slept in this morning. I must have really needed it because I was sleeping like a ROCK! DH got up, showered, went to the store, came back and we STILL were not up! After we lounged around leisurely I went to my knitting circle. I really look forward to it. We knit for charity and it's very rewarding.
It's storming now so I'm not sure that we'll go to the pool in the morning. If it's overcast and rainy it'll be too cold. Perhaps we'll just do a big art project tomorrow if we don't go swim.
Well, I think I'll knit a square or two for Warm Up America and hit the hay. Night all.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
First (because it requires the least amount of effort from me) he chose to do spelling. Have I told you guys about his new found love of spelling? Yes, this is the YOUNGER child! I'm not even joking! I subscribed to Spelling Time and he LOVES it! I think he's actually learning something too! If you've got a minute, take the tutorial. T1 wishes there was a "big kid" version and I do too!
After that I asked him if he wanted to play Timez Attack a little (again, no effort from me!) He really enjoys using the computer for school. It works well for us because the computer doesn't get frustrated and it holds him accountable. He tried to tell me a few times this morning that the keyboard wasn't typing what he was putting in. Uhhhmmm, NO. Nice try.
Then he went in and finished up the rest of his subjects and T1 wasn't even up yet! The morning went so smoothly that I wonder if the boys shouldn't have seperate school work times.
Then T1 got up. I won't tell you how late he slept, you might come after me with pitchforks and DHHR. I've been letting it slide because the child is getting BO and pimples. (Please do not tell him I said that on the internet) I see the corralation, do you? How is it that this is happening at 11 years old? At any rate he took care of his book work, practice and chores in good time. He looses focus a lot but always seems to get the job done so I don't care.
I had big plans for today but none of them panned out. I did make the required phone calls and finished things that had deadlines (read:: advertisement for our Homeschool band. More on that later). The biggest reason they didn't come to fruition? Here it comes,,, more whining, are you ready? I stepped on a bee. I know, whhaaaaa! But my foot is all hurting and swollen and I can't get a shoe on! I had FLIP FLOPS ON!! It's not like I was barefoot like I usually am! It got me right on my big toe. Can you see the hole in my red swollen toe? That little twirp took a hunk outta me! I know, gross right?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
So when she called this morning and asked if I could help I said "Sure no problem! We'll be there at noon!"
Oh the corn. Lots and lots of corn. Shuckin' corn is nothing but I'm here to tell you, it's NOT the shucking, it's the DEWORMING! UCK! Oh. my. God. Worms are so gross.
After all the shucking we needed to scrub it all. Gotta get all the silks off! That is NOT "good eats"
Then comes cutting it off the cob. Wow, is my thumb tired!
Next, put it on the stove with a box of butter and let it come to a boil!
Between the both of us, we managed enough stock pots to get it all done.
Finally, we put it all up in family size servings and put it in the freezer!
Not a bit of it went to waste. Buttercup and Cannon enjoyed the treat!
"Here Chick, Chick, Chick!" Get it? Chick, chick, chick? Har dee har har! I kill me.
The chickens enjoyed the "gross parts" UCK,, I just thought of the worms again!
While the corn was cooling, we snapped beans, LOTS of beans.
Look closely, can you find the worms?
It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun! We fancied ourselves "country girls" today!
Next- Banana Peppers and Tomatos! Anyone have any good recipes?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
We drew diagrams of seeds in our science notebooks and examined many different types of testa (seed shells). While we were intently looking at seeds under my high powered stitchery magnifing glass I hear T2 yell "SMOKE!" "NO,, FIRE!" and sure enough, we had inadvertantly set the table top on fire! After the excitement wore off and I had sucessfully extinguished the small, barely scorching fire, we spent lots of time trying to recreate the blaze! We were sucessful a few time but often accidentally. Subsequent times we put a plate under our object that we wanted to burn as to not burn the whole house down! Dad got home early today and they didn't have to ask him twice if he would go outside and set stuff on fire with them!
Supervised, of course.
We also read a book today that the boys really enjoyed. It was called "The Meat Eating Plants Next Door" by Sarah Glasscock. It's only 4 chapters long so we passed it around and finished it today. Cute book.
We had a visitor this morning. Aren't they cute!!! I don't think they are twins but we only see one mama. Sometimes we only see one fawn, sometimes 2.
All in all, we had an excellent school day. I only had to threaten T2 one time! Ok,, maybe twice but that's a whole lot less than usual!
Monday, August 13, 2007
I found a printable Hundreds Chart HERE because we are going to be on the go today.
Stop by her blog and say HI!