Sunday, March 28, 2010

Monday Menu

~potato frittata, have with bread and salad
~mac&cheese w/a tiny bit of ham thrown in, I can really stretch a little meat this way, broccoli, grapes
~beef&bean burritos/tacos, about 1/2 and 1/2, corn, oranges
~corndog casserole, relishes,fruit salad
~ homemade pizza, relishes, sherbet
~swiss steak on rice, carrots, baked apples
~chili soup,relishes, fruit bowl


You hang out too much with teenagers and so greet everyone with "dude" and report most things are "lame". But you still hug me and tell me I'm the best so you're not all grown up yet.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

School Saturday

Went to the school carnival last night. The kids had fun (except F who had a stomach ache). He revived a little when we got home though and stayed up to watch some old cheesy movie with C about Jason and the Argonauts. It was evidently made in 1963 so the special effects were a hoot. E and S were out with the German Club bowling. Today we are celebrating F's birthday. It is really tomorrow but Palm Sunday is not a good day for a birthday party. He will be 9. Shocking to me! He still loves his mom though so it's all right. On to what we got accomplished this week:


LA-exclamatory, interrogative and declarative sentences ,reading in his reader .we're reading The Wizard of Oz out loud and another Encyclopedia Brown book ,he practiced LA and handwriting with copy work of how to write dates, months, days, etc and practiced his middle name in cursive, did vocab

Math-fractions, equivalent fractions (worked hard on this), area and kept on practicing the multiplication facts

History-finished the Vikings, he found them pretty interesting

Science-sound and pitch, he still needs to cement some of this so we'll probably do it next week too, he also googled a bunch of sea animals we saw in a documentary about coral reefs and drew them on his own, he doesn't do much creative stuff with drawing so this was good, they watched about three Magic School Bus episodes too

A quiet week for us. No Spanish or Cubs this week. He went to PE and Kid's Klub.


La-phonics reviewed sounds ar,th,sh,ng and read a decodable reader or two, she reads really well but doesn't seem to like too
of course she had stories read to her too

Math-she's got the 10's addition facts cold so we've moved on to addition up to 10

Science-the coral reef documentary and Magic School Bus, she also watched a video for younger kids about the woods which led to lots of discussion about birds and camouflage

SS-It's hard not to teach a kindergartner about the world. If I just answer all her questions she seems to learn a lot so we didn't do anything formal this week.

Friday, March 26, 2010


So yesterday was one of those days. The kind where I wish someone would pat me on the back and tell me how efficient I am. That's the problem with the stay at home gig. No one notices unless you don't do something. We did school in the morning and I did some laundry and cleaned up. That seems like enough you say, oh no, then we left at 12:35 for PE. I dropped off the two ( a simple procedure made more difficult by the 2 year old's dislike of her carseat) and ran to the grocery. There I managed to drop $160 in 40 minutes, bag it up and get back in time to pick up the kids....except....they went home with friends so I headed back to our town to unload said groceries while dancing around the 2 year old. I got it all put away and gave Ads a snack. An older kid got home (2 others were elsewhere) and took off for L's basketball game. After that I swung by to let dh off to pick up his car from an oil change. He went to bigger town to pick up S. I threw some supper together, filled out various papers, provided solace to the angry senior and called to see when F and Mel were coming home. At 7:00 I took L and F to a 4-H meeting and dropped of Mel's t-ball forms. No one else is playing baseball this year, which is fine by me. I went back out into the cold drizzle at 8:00 to pick up the kids. Blah! No wonder I go to bed by 10.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Time Past

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Why do two year olds feel the need to completely disrobe (even in Walmart) to use the potty but scream if you take off their shirt to eat spaghetti?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Couldn't Last

All good things must come to an end. Today is rainy and 40. We sure loved the good weather while it lasted though.

Menu's this week are:
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Mon-chicken&noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, orange slices
Tue-greek pasta, grapes
Wed-rice w/goodies,frozen berries
Thu-beef&bean tacos, corn, apple slices
Fri-pizza, fruit salad
Sat-potato soup
Sun-shepherd's pie, peas, peaches

hash browns & eggs
french toast

english muffin pizza,applesauce
tomato soup&grilled cheese,applesauce
pbj, relishes,bananas
baked potatoes w/broccoli&cheese
hot dog, relishes, pears
ramen noodle soup w/peas, pears
popcorn, apples, peanut butter crackers

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What We've Been Doing

First began the great thaw.

Mel acted at drama day. She is a princess of course. You'll notice the prince is a pig however.

Swim season concluded. No track this year, only soccer. Oh, yeah!

Fifty-six degrees right now. Notice how the shoes are gone.

So telling of her personality.

Somewhere to expend that boundless energy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Today's Quote

"Mom, I'm taking care of my puppy. I'm putting it to sleep." Bwahahaha. Yep, that'll take care of it.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Because I'm Still A Geeky Dietitian

Here's an article in New Scientist about how obesity may be a defense mechanism to protect against a bad diet. It would explain how some heavy people don't become ill and some thin ones do. Ok, now switching back to your regularly scheduled program. And yes, we are geeks who read science magazines and last night I spent the drive home moving from Martin Luther to communism by some weird conversational quirks. With my 16 and 14 yo sons. Weird stuff.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Quote of the Day

From Mel, the 6 year old, in the back of the car as we cross the reservoir.
"If you see a beaver you have to leave it alone, because it's a wild animal and it might eat your face off."

Sunday, March 07, 2010

How I Feel

We do stuff, I swear, but when asked my kids say "nothing".

Thursday, March 04, 2010


Reaching some milestones here. I put Miss Ads in a pull up Friday and by Sunday she was all 'do it myself' and since Monday she's been in cloth panties. How to live without diapers? It's been a looooonnnnggg time. I guess she's not officially a baby anymore (but she's MY baby darn it, even if I see her turn 40). Mel has a loose tooth. She's six so I guess it's later than some but my kids all got their teeth late too. Swim season and basketball roll on. S can take his driver's test anytime I can get him there. Not sure when that will be though. Oh, and Mr. Joy turned 50 on Monday. I don't think he was feeling the Happy Birthday vibe though.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Yes, this

I am excerpting from this post because it says exactly what I've found to be true. My homeschooled kids are just as socialized as my public school kids. They have activities, friends, responsibilities but

If you start talking about economic independence, stable, happy marriages, making responsible choices, being involved in community and church activities, having respect for authority figures, or voting, they will probably look at you like you are speaking Martian.

For them, it has never been about whether or not you will raise well-educated, responsible adults.

It has always been about whether or not your kids will act in the same silly, cliquey, immature way that every other "normal" kid they know acts.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Our noses are to the grindstone here. On the bright side the kids have decided not to play baseball or run track. That leaves only soccer which is plenty since it's 4 kids on 3 teams. And we'll be done by mid-June. Now to keep them from spending the rest of the time glued to X-box. Oh, and got my dd this bag