Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for(151-160)

-the beautiful white flakes falling from the sky
-a new house...that we will hopefully be moving into next week
-the peace of a quiet morning
-the many (and usually fun or insightful) questions from my kids
-my helpful kids
-wonderful friends
-that my dh has a stable and good job
-new slippers(yes my feet are always cold)
-that it's warm enough for the kids to play outside
-being able to purge while packing

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fun with soap and water

We've been home a lot this past week, first because of high winds(constant blowing 40mph with gusts up to 75mph) and then due to the extreme cold setting today we brought out some water with soap and sugar and tried our hand at making our own bubble solution.  The kids had a blast(we waited until guy smiley was napping to do this) are some pictures from our fun:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekend Links

A few different things I've been reading this week...lots on homeschooling as we get back into the swing of it after a long break at the end of last year...

Enjoying the series "A Day in the Life" at Simple Homeschool.

Another, oh yay, I'm not alone in my relaxed homeschooling blogpost.

Found this new blog on Leadership Education and how it looks for one family.  Am loving looking around and reading about all they do and have done.

Enjoying this blog as well and the funschooling that goes on at her house...and I can see us in it in some ways...especially with boy #3 on the way soon.

Raising Homemakers- a new way of looking at correction...I wonder if it will help my 6 year old stop whining and whimpering when getting her hair brushed?

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Day in the Life with a 6, 4, and almost 2 year old

Today I'm linking up to Simple Homeschool talking about a typical day for us as far as homeschooling goes...I'm a bit late doing this as I've been having issues with my computer and I'm using dh's computer.

We are new to homeschooling this year as the princess just started Kindergarten, but really they've been being "homeschooled" since they've been born.  The princess did go to preschool last year but we decided not to put the pilot in preschool...instead he can learn with us at home.

We are also still trying to figure out what a typical homeschool day will look like.  We've had lots of breaks this year as from the end of September through the beginning of November I was out of commission with morning...well all day...sickness...due to baby #4 and then in December I was gone for 10 days plus the craziness of the holidays and 2 birthdays so we took a break then too.

As far as January goes, I'm feeling better now that I'm past the halfway point in this pregnancy and am feeling like we can finally find some balance and routine with our day(which will go out of whack again I'm sure in 2 weeks when we move...fortunately we are only moving about 5 miles away).  

So here is what we try to do(4 days a week...the days Dh is working usually, which are not all weekdays), though we are pretty relaxed:

The older two kids are usually awake between 7:45 and 8:30 and they will play by themselves until I force myself out of bed about 9ish or whenever guy smiley wakes up.  After I'm up I will make breakfast for everyone and enjoy a cup of hot tea.  After breakfast I try to do something around the house...either a load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher and then we start with schoolwork.

The princess is working through Explode the Code Book 1(we just started after not enjoying the program we were using...she seems to like this one much better), Saxon Math 1(which she loves...she just loves Math), and Handwriting Without Tears...these are our three main subjects we try to make sure we do at least 4 days a week.  I am still trying to figure out how to work in History and Science...but we'll get there eventually.  The princess is only in Kindergarten.

During our morning we usually take a break for snacks and the princess can play a little.  The boys will play pretty well for most of the morning, sometimes in their room, sometimes wanting to color at the table with the princess and I.

About 12:30 we have lunch and afterwards the kids play while I either work on some chores or knit until quiet/nap time.  Guy smiley goes down for a nap about 1:30 or 2 and the older two have quiet time where they either read, draw or watch a movie.  Sometimes we'll run errands and I'm hoping to get back into a library day once a week.  Also the princess has art lessons once a week as well.

After quiet/nap time is more playing until about 5.  Then we pick up the main rooms and make sure the house is looking neat before Dh gets home.  I also start on dinner...which we try to eat at 6:30 but that doesn't always happen.

After dinner is more playing(usually rough housing with Dh) and then jammies, teeth brushing, prayers and bedtime about 7:30 for guy smiley and 8/8:30 for the older two.  On work nights Dh goes to bed pretty much with the older kids and on non work nights we hang out for a while.

Now if only I could stop my nightowl habits and get in bed before midnight...I enjoy my quiet nights usually with a cup of tea and reading or knitting.

Thankful Thursday(a day late)

Firefox and my computer aren't getting along lately so I'm having to use dh's computer and I'm finally finding time to use it today...
so here is my Thankful Thursday post that should've gone up yesterday.

My sweet and curious guy smiley.
Guy smiley's cute voice while learning new words.
A warm house(at least I'm not experiencing the crazy wind outside firsthand)
Happy kids
Helpful kids
Ultrasound pictures
Under bed forts
Makeshift beds on the floor
Quiet time
Making toy pick up into a game

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Continuing/Renewing Thankful Thursdays

I'm so thankful for (131-140)

-a new little boy joining us soon
-warmer weather
-a wonderful Christmas with family
-a great vacation even if it was quick
-chips and salsa
-a soon to be new home
-a beautiful sunset tonight
-the way guy smiley says Happy Birthday
-the sweet thoughts of the princess when I tell her it's my birthday and she says "I haven't made you a card."

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Starting anew

Starting fresh with blogging this year and hoping my computer will cooperate with me so I don't have to continue posting from my phone.

I'm wanting to get back to the simple things in life...get back to appreciating my kids and my Dh, get back into our homeschooling(after a morning sickness break and then the holidays), make sure I take care of myself, my kids, the house.

We have a few changes coming in the next few months. The first being a move which I'm dreading and looking forward too. It's not a far move fortunately and we will finally be homeowners which is exciting. But packing and unpacking is always painful yet so good for purging and cleaning.

Our next big change won't be until May when a new little boy will join our growing family. I'll be very grateful to be in our own place when he joins us.

There will be more posting and hopefully not in 3 months from now like this post.