Thursday, January 28, 2010

Can I Say It Too?

Yes, I know it's not true. But it enompasses all the things I want to say to say to so many other parents. Especially if I am being accused of being harsh. Like telling them to wear their wet swimsuit for practice if they weren't smart enough to dry it last night. Or when I don't care if the ref made a bad call, that's life, suck it up. Or, or, get the idea.

I Have Lusted In My Heart

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ode to Imitrex

The wonder drug saved my day again.
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
You keep me from hating my noisy children, you bring me back from the brink, you let me have a life.
Out, out damned migraine.
May you wither in a particularly disagreeable circle of hell.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Went to the Indy Children's Museum for free day today. Free for all is more like it. Whew! Cubs games are much less crowded.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Feeling Wistful Friday

Last night I took Mel to bed and amazingly, unbelievably Ads was asleep. This was amazing because this child does not sleep. I put her to bed at 8pm faithfully because I had a notion that routine might make her sleep. She usually is sitting in a pile of clothing she has extracted from the dresser trying to wear three pair of panties on her head. But I digress. She was asleep, hair escaping from the tiny braids she insisted on so she could be like Mel. Rosy complexion, rosebud mouth. And it hit me. She's two!. Soon I won't have any babies (ok toddlers). None of that indescribable sweetness. I felt a hole develop in my chest. It's not that I don't love my older kids. In lots of ways they are so much more interesting than toddlers. But my 14 and 15 yo arguing over Halo do not inspire that warm glow that a sleeping toddler does. I know, seasons change, etc., etc., but I've been doing this so long I'm not sure I can sweep along with the season easily. This does not mean I want my 17yo dd to bring home a baby however. Just saying!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted."

Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 09, 2010

School Saturday

Behind, behind, on blogging anyway. This week back we've done pretty well with getting back into the swing of things.
We've started Writing with Ease workbook 1. He hates writing and I'm hoping this will help. On narration days he does his cursive practice. We've also started Sequential Spelling, more for Mel than him but I might as well multi-task. This semester I'm going to focus on grammar with him. Last week he drove me crazy but I think he understands possessive nouns vs. plural nouns. He'll continue reading from his reader. Last week was a story about Archimedes. Our read aloud is The Sword in the Tree and he's independently reading Captain Underpants book 7. He's got refined taste, lol.

Times Tables up to the 7's. We also just did addition and subtraction practice. He's got all the facts, I just want him to get better speed.

Finished the fall of Rome. He's really liking barbarian tribes. We also read about the Byzantine Empire. We're using the second Story of the World Book.

We started a unit on the human body. We reviewed how our five senses work. He's been going around asking everyone if they know they have an anvil in their ear. I'm just using library books since this is one area I actually have a degree in. Wait until the poor kids get me started on digestion.

Lots of reading, her to me and me to her. She likes phonics workbook pages. Weird. She's also doing WWE and Sequential Spelling. I'm thrilled with how well she sounds things out and spells them.

She can write all her numbers to 100. We're working on all the different ways to add up to five. Also working on money.

She's doing T4L social studies and brain pop movies. She's not interested in his world history.

The human body and senses along with F. The senses is a K standard but hopefully she's catching on to some of the more advanced stuff I'm talking about with F.

Art is mostly them drawing whatever they want. Music is singing in the car and dancing in the kitchen. PE this week has been sledding and snow forts. Spanish starts again next week and PE soon after that. Those are mostly for fun though, and not really about learning too much.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Kharma and Divine Justice

E got a presidential honors scholarship to the college she really wants to go to!!! I take back everything I said about OCD, uptight, perfectionist tendencies. Yippee!!!! She's in the running for more but we're not gonna be greedy. Thrilled with what she got.

Friday, January 01, 2010


1) Cabbage eaten
2) Pennies in window sills.

A prosperous, lucky New Year is guaranteed.