Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Off To Arizona

We are on our way to see my parents in Arizona!  It should be an interesting trip. Seven kids from 16 down to 10 months. It should be a very interesting trip. 

Stats so far:

-We left 30 minutes late. Not bad!
-Lydia has been in trouble a lot. Yelled at once already. I swear we were only ten miles along the first time she asked if we were almost there. 
-Lydia told Levi he is not the boss. Then we listened to Levi tell Lydia over and over again that he IS the boss. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summer Fun In The Pool!

I think we made the best purchase ever this summer!  We bought an above ground pool for the backyard.  The kids swam almost every afternoon!  They all became so comfortable in the water by the end of summer.  We had friends over to swim.  We had cousins over to swim.  Grace and Sophia went out in the evenings and swam together.  Josh and I swam with the kids.  It was just so much fun!  Here are some pictures of friends and family enjoying the pool:








  





I know I have more pictures but they must be on my phone!  So I'll post more later.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Arthur - Eight Months




Ah my sweet little Arthur.  Looking back now I realize I could have been a good mom and put a blanket down for him and he probably would have been much happier for his pictures!  At least Dolly could cheer him up momentarily!  Arthur just loves Dolly and Dolly, as always, is so good with babies.  They can pull his hair or climb on him and pinch him and she doesn't mind a bit.  Best.Dog.Ever.

At eight months Arthur has four teeth.  He was sleeping through the night, but now gets up at least once for a bottle.  He is crawling, mostly on all fours.  It's so funny to watch him and see how fast he can move when he really wants something.  Sophia is his favorite right now and often times he will choose her over me!  He hates baby food but will eat a little bit of it.  He gags on most other things, like crackers.  He is just a little love bug!!  

Levi - Preschool


Oh this boy melts my heart every single day!  He also drives me up a wall with his stubbornness every single day!  He loves to play with his cars and trucks, and build with blocks or legos.  

Levi's preschool is pretty basic.  Some days we get to it and some days we don't.  Right now we are just learning the letters and their sounds.  I am using the preschool program I purchased a couple years ago from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  This gives us plenty of hands on activities for each letter.  I just put them in his school drawers and he picks what he would like to do.  I'm also using Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool to supplement.  I just go to Level One and find the letter we are working on and then we use the computer links.  He really enjoys the alphabet and letter videos.  

It is so very different homeschooling a boy.  He refuses to color most days.  But give him paper and he will cut with a scissor all day!  He insists on doing school when the girls do.  I think he doesn't like to be left out.  I can't even distract him with a learning video or the IPad!  I have learned that it is best to get him going on something first before I even try to work with the girls.  I am thankful though that he does take an interest in learning.  After two weeks of working on the letter A I thought it was time to give up when he all of the sudden put it together and figured out the A sound.  After that he learned the E really quickly.  What a relief!

Lydia - Grade One


Lydia is in first grade this year.  She mostly likes to be inside playing with her doll house toys.  She builds these great big houses for her dolls to live in.

Here is a listing of her curriculum this year:

Language Arts:

Spelling Workout A
Explode The Code
A Reason For Handwriting A
Writing Strands Level 1
Bob Books

Math:

Math Mammoth
Fred - Apples

History:

A Child's History of The World

Science:

Apologia Astronomy

Lydia also uses our list of electives if she finishes school early or is waiting for help.  Having this list of electives has been a real lifesaver for me.  I am so thankful for other homeschool moms who share their wisdom!  Lydia has a love/hate relationship with school.  It mostly depends on her mood and if she has had enough sleep!  I had to revamp her math and language arts about three weeks in, too.  But we are working through things so much easier now.  

Allison - Second Grade


Allison is in the second grade this year.  She loves to play outside.  Hiking our hills is usually where you will find her this fall.  

Here is a listing of her curriculum this year:

Language Arts:

Spelling Workout B
Easy Grammar Grade Two
Explode the Code
Writing Strands Level One
A Reason For Handwriting
Bob Books

Math:

Math Mammoth
Fred Book One

History:

A Child's History of The World

Science:

Apologia Astronomy

Allison also uses the list of electives I typed up to keep her busy if she finishes school early or if she is waiting for help.  It has taken some major adjustments this year to get our curriculum where we are both pretty happy with it.  We both ended up not liking my first picks for language arts and math.  So a few weeks in to the school year we pretty much started over!  But it is going much better now.  I feel like she is learning and not struggling so much.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sophia - Fourth Grade


Sophia is in the fourth grade this year.  She loves to read and play on her new mini ipad that she bought herself with money she saved.

Here is a listing of her curriculum this year:

Language Arts:

Writing Strands Level 2
A Reason For Handwriting Transition
Spelling Power
Progeny Press Book Study - Charlotte's Web
Easy Grammar Grade 4

Math:

Teaching Textbooks 

Typing:

Typing Instructor For Kids

History:

A Child's History of The World

Science:

Apologia Astronomy


I also have a very long list of electives that she can choose from if she finishes her school early or if she is waiting on me for help.  So far the school year is going well and she is learning a lot.  She is a bit behind in math but she is on track to catch up quickly.  She is loving the Teaching Textbooks program.  All in all I am pretty happy with my picks for her this year!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Day of High School 2015-2016

Emily and Grace started school again today.  Back to public high school for both of them.  This is their second year of public school.  They have a love/hate relationship with it!
 
Emily is a junior this year.  She is working at a little food shack that is run by a couple from our church.  She works three nights during the week and one day of the weekend.  She is very busy and we hardly ever see her. I miss that girl!
 

 
Grace is a sophomore this year.  She is working one day of the weekend at the food shack.  She and a friend are football managers this year.  It is a very exciting year at their school because they just got high school football and volleyball back this year!  This extra activity keeps her at school until six everyday and at a game most Saturdays.  I'm glad she enjoys it but I sure miss her, too! 
 

 
Emily and Grace have a really special relationship since they are so close in age - only 17 months apart.  They've been best friends and worst enemies since the beginning!  I really enjoy watching them grow up together and seeing their friendship evolve.  One day they are best friends, sitting in their room laughing about their day.  The next they are arguing about their messy room or some other issue.  But in the end they have such a strong bond and feeling of obligation towards each other.  I love them both so much and am so blessed by them.  They are so different from each other and both give so much joy to our family!
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of Homeschool 2015-2016

 
My crazy adorable littles!  This is who I have home with me everyday this year!
 
Sophia - 4th
 
Allison - 2nd
 
Lydia - 1st
 
Levi - Preschool, Age 3
 
Arthur - 8 months
 
Never a dull moment in this house!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Reflections At Age Forty

  • I have better friends now than I have had my entire life.  The.  Best.  Ever.
  • I worry so much less about what other people think.  That's awesome.
  • I still worry about ruining my kids by homeschooling them.
  • I like red wine.  The really gross stuff my mom always drinks.
  • I like better beer now.  I've replaced the Coors Light with Heineken and IPAs.
  • I understand my mother more.  Oh God.
  • I'm way less strict than I used to be.  But I regret it daily.
  • I still love my husband as much as I did when I first fell in love with him.  Probably more.
  • I can now admit I have anger issues, haha.  And I medicate to help with that.  And the depression.  And the anxiety.  So yeah anger, depression, anxiety.  All the fun stuff!
  • I have learned how to grill.  I love it.  LOVE IT.
  • I weigh the most I have in my entire life and for the first time ever I wear a bikini.  So weird.  Well I wear one in my back yard pool anyway.
  • I have a lot of guilt because I don't keep in touch with family and friends as well as I should.  I keep saying I'm going to work on that but then life just gets in the way all over again.  
Seriously though, what is it about the 40th birthday that makes it just like New Years?  I feel all of this pressure to do better...in everything.  I keep thinking things like now that I'm 40 I am going to eat healthier, lose weight, feed my kids better, relax, enjoy everything more, accomplish more, clean the house more, keep to a good school schedule.  It's like half of me is super relaxed and good with things as they are and the other half is all motivated to make all these positive changes.  Is this normal??  I have no idea.  But in reality tomorrow is just another day.  Nothing has really changed except the number.  So I will just keep going, trying to do better and yet accepting all the things about me that really will probably never change.  So what the heck, cheers to tomorrow!  I'm going to end my night with a glass of wine and an episode of my current tv series, Life of An American Teenager.  Life.Is.Good.