Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tasty Tuesday


God Bless You and God Bless Starbucks.



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

For The Record...

We are not having any of those warm, fuzzy homeschool feelings today. Tot is driving me bat crap crazy.


Just thought I'd balance things out a little for you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This Is Why I Homeschool

I'm sitting here this morning reading over the stories of so many of my friends who have sent their first child to Kindergarten this week, and I can't lie, there is a part of me that is pretty sad we are missing this experience. I love seeing everyone's pictures and looking at their kids all smiling brightly (and sleepily) with their school clothes on and their backpacks and I think about how much fun it would be to pick out a first day of school outfit for Tot and how much fun she would have in a classroom full of kids her age, and I wonder if I'm doing us both a disservice by homeschooling.

It's not a long wonder, but I do wonder. Would she do better there? Would she have more fun? Would a teacher with an actual teaching degree be better able to help her sound out those tricky diphthongs? Would she make more friends? Would she listen better to a teacher that wasn't also her mom?

I do wonder.

But then I look around.

I've got my laptop open on my kitchen table, a hot cup of coffee at hand, and my Good Morning Yankee Candle burning. Right beside me is Tot, working on her phonics worksheet in her robe and pj's with some massive bedhead going on. She's nibbling on Honeynut Cheerios and writing a little, getting distracted, writing a little more. Gator is napping in the other room and Little David is watching a cartoon. I can reach over and pat Tot's hair, thump her noggin when she gets distracted for too long, and help her out when she needs me.

Here in a second, when she's finished, we're all going to hop on Little David's bed and read a few chapters from Charlotte's Web while snuggling under some blankets.

There are lots of reasons why public school is a great choice, and lots of fun things about it, but this - this - is why I homeschool.




Friday, August 20, 2010

Homeschool Friday: First Day of School


Tot started 1st Grade (ahhh!!) and will be adding Science, History, Geography & Art to her 3 R's this year. She is super stoked about the Art class she's taking, and humors me with history.



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Little David will be in Preschool for the last year, and will be continuing letter sounds, counting higher and higher, and working on his mad karate chopping skillz.

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Allie-Gator will be in Baby School. She'll be learning to walk without the promise of a Nilla Wafer, rolling her eyes at me when I sing the ABC's to her and promptly falling asleep when we try to get her to talk.

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And that, my friends, was our first day of school!



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Stay tuned for next Friday when I talk about our first Field Trip of the year.

I'll give you this - a zebra tried to eat my steering wheel.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bath & Wine Night


So, if you know me but at all, you know I like my rituals.

~ Dave and I have had weekly "Stay At Home Date Night" for over four years - we've never missed, no matter where we are. We even did "On The Phone Date Night" when he was traveling for work so much. We've changed the night from Friday to Thursday to Monday to Saturday - but the "night" has always remained.

~ Our family has had "Donut Day" every Saturday morning for 2 1/2 years. We've missed a handful when we were out of town visiting other people, but not very often. We almost always order the same things, too. I get either a chocolate glazed donut and donut holes, or a Plain Kolache and donut holes. Tot gets a strawberry sprinkled, LD gets a chocolate with sprinkles, Dave gets an Eclair and a Kolache (or a Bear Claw), and Allie noms on leftovers from us all.

These are only two examples, but the point being, I am a girl of routine.

And my routine has been lacking a little something lately, and that something has been Bath & Wine Night.

The last eight weeks or so I was pregnant with Allie, I got the go-ahead from my Dr to enjoy a glass of wine a week to help me sleep better and relax. Now, first off, I don't really like wine. Second, I am the world's worst drinker. The smallest amount makes me go all red-faced and sleepy. I wasn't always like this, but I sure am now. So when the Doctor told me I could have a glass, I was all "Yeah, sure. That'll be happening never." But one night while grocery shopping, Dave decided he wanted a bottle. That night, I decided to take a bath to ease those pregnant pains, and I thought to myself "Self, lots of people talk about drinking a glass of wine and taking a bath. Maybe the bath makes the wine taste better. You should try it."

So I did.

I drew up that bath, loaded it with Epsom salts (my aching joints are so fancy), lit a few candles, poured myself a glass and hopped (hmmm...carefully lumbered is probably a better term) on in.

It. Was. Awesome.

I don't know if the bath really does make the wine taste better, if it's the Epsom salt air or something, but lawsy mercy the wine was delicious! I drank the whole (4 oz.) glass, something I had literally never done before, and had the best night's sleep I had had since my 2nd month. Glorious.

And so, Bath & Wine Night began. Every weekend Dave and I would pick out a new bottle of wine, and every Monday night we'd have dinner, put the kids to bed, watch a little TV and then pop that bottle and Dave would watch man shows and I'd go have a bath.

Doesn't that just sound lovely? Because it truly is.

After Allie was born, it was much harder to have Bath & Wine night. Mostly because I was nursing all the time, but also because I just stopped making the time for it.

But no more.

Tonight, it's on like Donkey Kong.

I've got my bottle of Gnarly Head Merlot (nothing but the best here folks), some bath salts and a mud face mask (oohlala) and a stack of good books. It will be legendary.

And SO part of my week from now on.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thankful Thursday: Fixed AC Edition


Oh friends, this morning I am just ever so grateful for so many things.

1. First and Foremost - my fixed Air Conditioner. It is nice and cool in my house this morning and I slept like a baby. It was the best nights sleep I've had in almost two weeks.

2. My run this morning. I have been remiss in my running for a couple of weeks and it felt so great to get out this morning. I ran to a park nearby and went around the small lake and ran by the ducks and watched the sunrise as I listened to some rockin' praise music. Soul healing, that's what it is.

3. Yet again, my Keurig. I'm drinking some Butter Toffee Coffee this morning with a splash of Vanilla creamer. It's sitting rather prettily in this nice, heavy cup I got from Anthropologie a few weeks ago and it really does make the whole coffee ritual delightful.

4. My family. I have the best family in the world. Dave's parents let us stay with them while the AC was out for TEN DAYS. Ten days is a long time to have company, even your children. So I am super thankful that they were so gracious and fun to be around. I hated being away from my house, but I'm so glad we got to spend time with them. And not to be forgotten, my Mom is pretty rock star as well and I am SO EXCITED to go visit her and Tim at the end of the month. It will be legendary.

5. My house. It's smallish, oldish, and things break, but like the song says:

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Thankful Thursday: Broken AC Edition

Thank you God for....

1. A family to stay with while the AC is out at our house.

2. Enough space for all the kids to be able to rest alone.

3. A cool shower for me, allowing me to wash away the grumpies.

4. A flexible homeschool schedule.

5. Super soft beds and calming fans.

6. Understanding inlaws.

7. Adaptable children.

8. DDP & M&Ms

9. A quiet house.


10. A pal to walk through the ups and downs with.