Friday, June 12, 2009
Yes, we went to Disney World, "The Most Magical Place on Earth." This was my 6th visit to the Magic Kingdom and the kids' first. I was just as (if not more) excited than them. Josh isn't in this picture because he was in the stroller with Dan trailing behind me yelling, "Slow down Mommy! Wait Up! Sorry, but there's so much to see...there's no time to waste!Our first full day in Disney was also our Anniversary. We came here for our honeymoon 11 years ago. Now we were returning with our 3 blessings and it was absolutely wonderful. How precious to see it all again through the eyes of a child.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well, we finished our Japan Unit a few weeks ago and we're moving on to Classifying Plants and Animals as part of our KONOS Orderliness Unit. We took last week off to enjoy some time with Daddy. Dan was off for Spring Break and I decided to make it a Spring Break for our homeschool as well.
So, here's what we've been up to since my last post...
making carp windsocks...our finished product...oragami cranes...Hina Matsuri or "Doll Day"...Geisha Laini...
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The forecast was very promising. Partly sunny and near 70 degrees. The plan was to attend Community Bible Study this morning and then have a picnic in the park with my friend E. She's been out of town for 3 weeks and I was really looking forward to catching up. We'd also missed 2 weeks in a row of Bible Study for various reasons and I was SOO longing for some Christian fellowship. We'd head home after enjoying pizza on the playground, do our KONOS activities, and then join some family for a surprise b-day party at 6:30p.m., but....
Here's what our day ending up looking like.
*Awakened at 6am by a wide awake 3 year old.
*Try to catch another half hour at least.
*Awakened by doorbell, "what did hubby forget." Head to the kitchen to see.
*Hear, "Oh, sorry. Did I hit the doorbell by mistake?" UGH!!!!
*Check Joey's temp to see if it broke overnight.
*Get reading of 99.5
*Head to the kitchen for tylenol.
*Realize we do not have plain tylenol only Cough & Cold.
*Decide not to dispense unnecessary meds.
*Put on coffee.
*Feed 3 year old.
*Feed 8 year old.
*Feed 6 year old.
*Check temp again...100.5
*Call E. and reluctantly cancel lunch plans.
*Put on a movie and resign to the fact that the plans are out the window!
*Balance checkbook and crunch some numbers.
*Tell 6 & 3 year old to STOP FIGHTING!
*Waste time on the computer.
*Comfort Laini who gets bit by the cat and vow, yet again, that that cat is outta here!
*Head to mom's work place to get her half of the vacation money.
*Bank, post office, drugstore with sick son:(
*Send a big check to Walt Disney Travel Co.
*Arrive back home.
*Lay sleeping 3 year old on couch.
*Administer tylenol and tell 8 & 6 year old to take a nap!
*Take a power nap with cat on my lap as I'm reminded of my daughter's words, "Jasmine is part of our family. You can't just get rid of someone in your family because they bite you." touche.
*Start to feel a major headache comin' on.*Yell at kids to STOP YELLING!
*Start to organize school stuff and prepare for a new unit.
*Remind daughter that I'm the Mother!
*Give up on organizing.
*Feel guilty that the children have watched a weeks worth of TV in one day.
*Make the mistake of flushing the toilet that 3 year old has filled with 1/2 roll of TP.
*Watch the toilet overflow, grab the plunger, and yell for kids to "BRING TOWELS, NOW!!!"
*Yell at kids for bringing PAPER TOWELS!
*Yell at 8 year old for bringing WASH CLOTHS!
*GRAB TOWELS MYSELF!
*Spend the next hour cleaning the bathroom.
*Check Joey's temp...100.4
*Tear up as hubby arrives home and tells me about his day. He has 2 non-verbal severely Autistic students that he so humbly cares for everyday. One of them wet himself as they were on their way to the bathroom. This happens nearly everyday. The boy looked at Dan as if to say "I'm sorry I disappointed you." I listen as Dan tells me how he told the boy, "It's ok, buddy." We hug each other and share a good cry.
*Realize I have NOTHING to complain about.
*Repent, thank God for another chance and look forward to tomorrow.
*About to hit "Post" as Laini emerges from her room complaining of a sore throat.
"Be joyful in ALL THINGS!"
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I enjoyed coaching Laini's cheerleading squad. It was my first experience with both cheerleading and Upward. The girls were precious. We performed a short dance/pom routine at the celebration and they did really good...for Kindergarten! I teared up at the end when it was time to say goodbye. It was a wonderful experience, but I am glad it's over. I look forward to a slower pace around here as far as activities go.
For more info on Upward go to Upward.org. It's a great program!
Friday, March 20, 2009
This morning I feel so much better. I can breathe in here now! Aaaahhhhhh:-) Satisfaction!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Nope, Japan! We are on week 4 of our KONOS Honor unit and we will be studying all about the Japanese culture from their dress and food to the Samurai Warrior and Tea Ceremony. I just wanted to post a few pics we took this morning in our "kimonos." I am wearing an actual kimono and Laini is wearing her Barbie robe with a sash...complete with High School Musical flip flops. lol. Isn't my kimono lovely? My grandmother gave it to me. The obi she gave me is a beautiful fabric (sorry I can't take close-ups) that depicts much of Japanese way of life and the landscape that it is famous for. My father grew up in a military family and lived there for 3 years. He doesn't remember much, as he was just 5 at the time, but he does remember how beautiful the country was outside of the military base. He said it was too difficult to describe to someone else just how breathtaking it was.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- Attach trim to curtains for Holy Place and Holy of Holies
- Hang curtains
- Find pitcher for drink offering & bread for Showbread table
- Make risers for Brazen Altar
- Add goat hair covering to other 3 coverings
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
6:00 am- Mommy wakes, showers, dresses, has devotion (and several cups of coffee)
7:00 am- Kids wake, dress, eat, brush (oh, I forgot, Mommy must eat & brush, too!)
8:00 am- Morning chores: *empty dishwasher
*load of laundry
9:00 am- School starts: Calendar, Pledge, Prayer
9:15 am- Bible lesson, Memory Verse
9:30 am- Spelling 15 min.
Reading & Writing 25 min
Handwriting 10 min
10:30 am- Snackbreak
11:00 am- Math
11:30 am- Computer
12:30 pm- Lunch
1:30 pm- KONOS (until done, 2-3 hours)
Mondays: Speech Therapy at 1pm
Thursdays: Community Bible Study 9:15am-11:30am
(afternoon reserved for errands and make-up work)
So that's it! The great thing is, we can be flexible. If Joey is struggling with writing, I can give him more time. If Laini isn't "getting" the Math lesson, the bell isn't going to ring for the next activity. There has to be balance: Structure & Flexibility
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We learned so much about our merciful heavenly Father from this unit. As happens more often than not, I end up learning just as much if not more than the kids. The quote, "My real education began when I started homeschooling!," is SO TRUE! I knew little about the Tabernacle before and how it was a prophetic symbol of the Lord's plan to redeem His people through the blood of the last and most perfect sacrifice...Christ the Lamb.
So, hopefully I will have pictures of the completed project by the end of the week.
For now, here are the children dramatizing the free will offering. God told Moses to have the people bring Him an offering "from each man whose heart prompts him to give." Exodus 25:2. From their offering of gold, silver, bronze, fabric of scarlet, blue, and purple, etc., the Tabernacle was made. We went around the house to find and gathered anything shiny along with a few articles of red and purple clothing. The kids really enjoyed this part.
Great resources for this unit:
(I used the articles as our main source of info on each part of the Tabernacle)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
So, on this gray dreary day I really just want to sleep, but I've been doing my planning for the week for the past several hours. Almost done.
We use KONOS and we are on the Honor Unit right now. This week we will finish our Tabernacle and dicuss the symbolism and meaning of the different elements. We'll spend some time talking about kindness and end the week by making a "fruit of the Spirit" tree. I've really enjoyed making and studying the Tabernacle, but it's been a time consuming and labor intensive project. There weren't very many things the kids could do themselves or even help with. Much of the time they just watched me, but I tried to use that time to talk about what each element meant. Still a great unit, just wish we had more time!
Now we're off to the grocery store and I'm hoping to avoid a midweek run for some specific item I've forgotten! TTFN!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This week I'll get some photos together and have this blog in working order:-)