I had a kind of Mother’s Weekend, since the first gift I received was the gift of alone time, something I don’t get a ton of these days. While I was alone, the boys and their dad were out making my gifts, a flower pot project at Home Depot.
Later that afternoon I left to get a little prettier (painted toes always make me feel pretty), which also counted as more alone time.
While actual Mother’s Day was marred by a serious headache Damon was dealing with, we did manage to go to Red Robin for lunch and have ice cream for dinner at home. Yes, that is right, I decided we would have ice cream for dinner. It was awesome. With waffle bowls, whipped cream, Magic Shell, and maraschino cherries, how could it not be awesome? (I actually have a thing for Mother’s Day ice cream. Sometimes we go out, this time we stayed in.)
Damon sent me out last night to pick something up for his office today. While making the drive I had the sudden inspiration that maybe I should “celebrate” St. Patrick’s Day in some form for my kids. It’s not that I don’t appreciate St. Patrick and his contribution to spreading the word of God, but really it has become watered (or beered?) down in such a way that people don’t even pinch you anymore if you aren’t wearing green.
So, to introduce St. Patrick to the kids I picked up streamers at the store. I got red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. They didn’t have it in indigo or violet. When I got home, the kids were already in bed, so I got to work. And this is the product:
No, it isn’t a pretty video, but the project was a bit too large to fit in a picture. Continue Reading →
We got back from our annual trip to the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament yesterday and this year we came away from Atlanta feeling happy and well… not actually hating Atlanta.
This year we changed up our vacation strategy by staying in a Bed and Breakfast which proved to save money and take away a ton of stress I didn’t recognize we had until it was missing.
The tournament was fun, even though Auburn lost their first game. The kids loved riding the MARTA, we found restaurants that weren’t crowded and had good food, and Tebow found fans in the stands while he enjoyed the games. And if he looks like this, why wouldn’t he have fans?
Reading daily is just a part of our lives… I read Fuller his lessons, he reads a book to me almost every day, and Damon’s new kindle has sparked a father/son reading marathon of the Wizard of Oz books (I think they are on book five).
I sometimes joke that having a child who can read is a big adjustment for our family. Suddenly Fuller is gathering information from word he sees, not just words he hears. At Christmas he was reading over my shoulder as I had an IM conversation with Damon. The topic was Christmas presents, so I actually switched computers to finish the conversation with D. Fuller sees URLs as part of advertisements or on packaging and asks to visit the sites (um, no).
But joking aside, I love that Fuller can read and I cherish the reading aloud he does, because the joy it gives us both is more than I ever imagined. And watching Damon spend an hour or more reading about Dorothy, Tick Tock, and whatever other characters live in the Kindle also brings me joy.
So, I say bring some more joy into your life. Read out loud to someone today, and celebrate bringing literacy to the world.
Today we started our second semester of school. I had been prepping Fuller the last few days to get him in the mindset that Monday we would be back to school.
I know I haven’t blogged much in general and even less about our homeschool efforts, which has saddened me a bit, but I know I need to get some things out there. If mainly to keep a record of it for our family memories, I shall blog about homeschooling!
Today marks our 91st day, so sayeth the attendance keeper I log Fuller’s hours into each school day. As I look back at the first semester of school, I keep being reminded of Melissa Wiley’s Tidal Homeschooling post. It is a post I read when Fuller was only two years old. We knew we wanted to homeschool Fuller but had no idea how it would play out. Funnily enough, I can see the tide moving in and out in our homeschool life.
We decided to go with the Georgia Cyber Academy because of a BIG selling point: FREE. It uses the K-12 curriculum (2011 resolution: learn to spell curriculum), with certain modifications for the Georgia standards. When we got our books I was a tad overwhelmed (which I shouldn’t have been since a friend of mine has five kids enrolled in GCA and she has many more books to keep track of and I saw those books many days before mine arrived… oh the boxes she had!). In the days leading up to our first day of school I was continually frustrated with lack of information on exactly how things should play out to actually start school in our home. And since K-12 and GCA rely heavily on online activities from school assemblies to online classroom sessions, I was annoyed at the amount of time I was supposed to be spending in these virtual meeting rooms listening to people repeat themselves over and over.