Tuesday, July 26, 2011
So I call out to them:
THEM: "Yah, mom?"
ME: " You are about 2 seconds away from... [pause]... something."
ME: "No. Something to help you learn to not bicker."
KI: "That'd be good."
ME: "As soon as I can figure out what would teach you to stop bickering....
I couldn't think of anything to teach them to stop bickering at the moment, so I dropped it. But the diversion was enough to divert them from bickering.
Later we all 4 biked to Trder Joe's. I decided to try the Coconut water. I chose MANGO. Ki decided he'd try some, too, and picked chocolate. Noww chocolate MILK sounds good, but chocolate flavored water? I went with mango because fruit sounds good with water and mango & coconut go to gather in fruit salad. Connor suggested Chocolate. But he won't even drink these I bet and doesn't want one either way.
Ki asked if we could get a Swiss Chocolate bar. I said yes.
At home I opened my mando coconut water. after I shook it well. Then I peeled back the foil tab and proceeded to drink a sp.
It about got SPEWED all over the table!!How can mango and coconut taste that hideously together??
Ki let me try his chocolate and it was fine. (not great, but fine enough)
Connor informed me that I should have listened to his advice on this topic.
Lesson Learned: Choocolate is a good choice in most situations.
Ki brought me a dollar to pay for part of the chocolate bar, since it was an 'extra snack'.
Somehow something whent right with these boys despite all my blunders and mess-ups.
I have downloaded some free books. Classics. The Time Machine, Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Ivanhoe.
And some crazy person put Pride & Predjudice on the e-reader free. I was barely tollerable with zombies, I can't imagine reading it 'as-is'.
I won a Gift Card to Amazon from LAZY MOM! YEAH! I got the e-book version of "Christian Theologes of Scripture"
somewhere I must have matured a little. Or grew horribly boring. As I am really enjoying this book with it's historical theology of Scripture.
THANKS, Lazy Mom
Connor's braces are GONE! He is happy!
The sent him home with a little gift basket. And just WHAT does the orthodontist send home to the child who just got their braces off?? Taffy, Jolly Ranchers, Lollipops, Tootsie Rolls...
It seems they are hoping for repeat business ..
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Another dream about my husband from last night... He had Chicken Pox. He was totally covered. But in my dream adult chicken pox only lasts 2-3 days. I think he got off easy for the Botox stunt.
Brian gets nervous when I tell hiim I dreamt of him.
Last week I finally write a blog that really is All About my Boys & Homeschool- the original intent f this blogg, and no one leaves a note, I guess the "all about me and my thoughts" is preferred.
I emailed the boys with their school for this week:
MONDAY: Funday Monday! Doughnuts for Breakfast. Read 30 minutes. Let's do something fun. Shell Beach? Pirate Fluxx?
- 5 Word Roots total.
- 30 minutes reading per day
- Ki 2 Khan Science Videos a day or 8 total
- C&G ~ 5 total Chemistry Sections
DAILY- get 30-60 minutes exercise a day. ideas: Bike, walk, amtgard, lifting weights, parkour, scooters, yoga cards, Ninja WorkOut, Park, Frisbee Golf
The mot exciting thing about this week... I will not be making dinner, but am assigning that responsibility to my offspring. My youngest is making breakfasts this week, so I'll not have him do dinners. Just C and G will be making dinners.
I'm still not used to reading/commenting on blogs with the iPad. So I am still behind on that.
Today's topic at church?
Song of Solomon Chapter 4. Sexual Intamacy.
Or otherwise entitled; "The fine art of blushing"
I like these topics to not be public conversation pieces.
I have some tinking to do tonight. Or maybe tomorrow.
and lots of laundry. Our washer was not working for 2 days. Then we were gone all day Friday.
think I'll go read now. I'm reading "The Stars My Destination." by Alfred Bester.
Speaking of STARS-- I downloaded a free App from NASA. It's pretty great!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
As 'quasi-unschool-eclectic-homeschoolers' we kinda do school Year Round. But not 'full-on-hard-core' all year. Well, not ever probably, but less in the summer.
Over this summer are kinda finishing up some Chemistry. Some days less than others. The boys are also doing Word Roots. A CD-Rom with games to learn Latin Word Roots. It only takes about 15-20 minutes for Word Roots.
This week is a little on the MORE side. I asked Gavin (17) how his school was going today. He said he was pretty much done with what he needed to do today, butt has some more Chemistry to to later today. (I give them a week goal- "Have X-amount done at the end of the week, so hhs 'enough for today'- is is own amount he thinks he needs to do daily yo keep on track and he much not have done 'enough'
earlier this week so wants to make up some tonight to be ready for tomorrow)
I reallly do just have a short point here, but it seems to require some extra explaining , so you understand what is going oon..
SO... Gavin says he is done for what he needs today but has some more to do later and he'll do it after church. I reply with a reminer that we'll get home around 9. He says; "I know. I figure I'll do my chemistry between 9 and 11 tonight."
Now, we come to my point in all of this. How much I love the freedom of this homeschool adventure and that is naturally leads my young men to figure out how to be responsible & independent. Some parents would not like if their child decided to wait until 10PM to do their school work. Or if they chose to spend the morning playing Magic the Gathering and going for a bike ride so they do school after dinner. Or when they choose to do no math Monday-Thursday and just do the weeks worth of math on Friday. I like that my boys plan their day and do their school when they see fit. As long ass it gets done in the end, it's good with me. My high school teacher used to say; "It's your baby. You deliver it!"- meaning 'as long as the work gets done, I don't care how- its your project/work- do it however it works for you.'
When the boys were little and it was getting late, around 9. I'd have them brush their teeth, get into PJs and play quietly in their rooms. I never told them it was Time to Sleep for them. Just time to be quiet in their rooms (lights off)so I could sleep. They could d play quietly unti they were reedy to sleep. It seemed like it would cause a lot less bedtime battles of "But I'm not tired, mommy! I don't want to sleep!"- then they force themselves to stay awake to prove a point. As they got older, they could turn their lights off on their own t 9:30 or 10 or, when older, whenever they were ready.
I have decided that this 'school year' I will have the boys create their own school schedules. It should be interesting. Ki is my MOST "Unschooler at heart" and the most likely to plan too much. I am looking forward to see how and what they plan.here is my guess:
Gavin seems to like to break his work down into daily portions. If they have to do "10 sections of something by End of School Friday" Gavin will do 2 a day, usually.
Connor like to either do it all at once or all on Friday. Having a free week and one busy day.
Ki gets OverAcheiver Syndrome and also when I assign something he is the most likely to say "well, can I do "such and such" instead"- and his suggestions are always good, they are just 'with a twist'
This school year they will all 3 be "in High School" . Not that it means much. Except I will be keeping High School Transcript for 3 kids.
Be on the Look Out for their personal school Plans! I'll have them do that in Early August, I think.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
- Connor gets his braces off today.
- I won't go with him. He'll walk there and back. Because I have acupuncture this morning.
- which makes me feel like a bad mom, but not being able to do anything do to migraines makes me feel like a worse mom.
- The best free app for the ipad..... the TIMER + app. So I can set the timer before I start to play PocketFrogs.
- Despite Ivan's drawbacks (no DVD playing and the email reader is weird) I really am happy with him.
- Ivan II is my iPad 2, in case you missed that.
- Ki was told to watch Chemistry Videos at KhanAcademy.com- for school- since we are doing chemistry stuff right now. He told me all about the videos he watched- Hemoglobin, Neurons, Oxygen, Sodium-Potassium Pumps.... I asked "Did you watch CHEMISTRY videos??" Ki said " Well, they were under Biology, but biology and chemistry are pretty much the same thing."
- I am glad I am not keeping a high school transcript for that one yet...
- Connor has his Learners Permit for driving. He is actually excited. Not overly, though. He says driving is scary and exciting at the same time. He was asking to drive since the day he got them. I said something about his desire to drive and his response was that "It's not that I REALLY want to, but I have to drive 50 hours with my learners permit."- Like he is asking to drive not so much ecause he wants to but because it is required.
- We got a Fry Daddy for Ki (mainly him as he cooks the yummy foods)- and we haven't gotten to use it yet. the first food to be cooked in it will be doughnuts.
- The tomatoes from our garden are yummy!
- I wonder if we can fry them in the Fry Daddy. Beer Batter Fried Tomato Slices...??
- My thighs will never be like they used to be....
Sunday, July 17, 2011
made gussets in the bottom- so it keeps its shape and looks more tailored and less- 'thrown together homemade'
Friday, July 15, 2011
A little poemy thing, written my me- many years ago.
If you give a wife a scrubby she'll feel compelled to scrub the sink and make it shine.
Before she can use her scrubby to shine the sink, she has to clear out the dishes.
Before she can clear the dishes out she has to unload the dishwasher.
Before she loads the dishes from the sink into the dishwasher she may as well gather ALL the dirty dishes from around the house.
After the dishwasher is reloaded she has to start the dishwasher.
When the dishwasher is reloaded and started, there are still dishes in the sink.
She uses her scrubby to hand-wash the rest of the dishes.
Before she can hand wash the dishes she has to rinse the sink and clean it.
Before she can rinse the dishes she has to clean the counter so there's a clean place to put the drying towel.
Before she can clean a place on the counter-top she has to remove all the clutter.
Then she has to get the clean towels from the dryer; which needs to be restarted as the towels are still slightly damp. Finally the dryer is done, the pantry is re-organized (while waiting), and the towels are brought upstairs to be folded.
NOW she can hand wash the dishes.
After the dishes are washed she can finally use her scrubby to shine the sink.
Before she shines the sink she should move the clean dishes.
Before she can put the clean dishes away she has to dry them.
Dishwasher emptied/reloaded/started. Counter decluttered and wiped clean. Extra dishes washed/dried/put away.
Time to Shine the Sink!
The sink is shined, now the floor is icky from all the dishes and clutter being moved through out the kitchen.
Before she goes to bed she HAS to mop that nasty kitchen floor.
Before she can mop the floor she needs to vacuum it.
Before she vacuums the kitchen floor she has to take out the trash, move the trash can and get the kids to move their toys.
She can't vacuum and mop while the breakfast table is all dirty. (The dirt will just fall on the newly cleaned kitchen floor) So she de-clutters and cleans the breakfast table.
Then she vacuums.
NOW she can mop.
The counter-top needs to be wiped off again.
So the wife gets her scrubby out again and cleans the counter top, then rinses her scrubby and now she has to shine her sink AGAIN....
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
We also had a change in rules; which made the game interesting, but got Ki to participate.