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A Peek at My Week: All That Jazz

I’m feeling terribly unmotivated to write this week’s post, but I’m gonna give it a go anyways. It isn’t that the week was bad, or that nothing interesting or fun happened. It is just that I am tired, and it was a very busy week that I don’t really feel even a little like laying all out there tonight. And you don’t feel like reading all of that, so it is a win for everyone involved. 😛 Haden celebrated his birthday with my family this weekend, even though his actual birthday isn’t until next weekend. He had a great time, but I don’t even have the pictures uploaded yet, so I have nothing to share on that end. I could go upload them… but I’m not gonna. See. I’m totally lacking in having my shit together tonight. It was a great school week, but I apparently didn’t feel the need to photograph much of it, since when I went through my Instagram pictures this week, I had nada on there. Except for these from co-op classes on Wednesday. 🙂 Thursday, I had the following conversation with Haden… Haden: Is today a school day? Me: Yes. Haden: Aww, man! When isn’t it going to be a school day??!! Me: Sigh. Five minutes later…. Me: You wanna take next week off from school? Haden: Why? I love school! Me: Are you serious? Sigh. Two minutes later… Me: Well, we are taking next week off. Haden: Ok. So, we decided to take the week off of school next week. Mostly. When I say “take the week off,” I always feeling like I’m almost lying. 😛 Honestly, I never feel like we aren’t doing “school.” Learning and livin’ – and all that jazz. Some not to be missed footage of me chatting with my kids. 🙂 IMG 1409 from Mike Bowden on Vimeo. In other news, I am 3 weeks away from being done with Human Biology and then I get a little mini-break! I’ve decided to register for Intro. to Sociology next, so I’m feeling optimistic that I will actually be taking a class I’ll enjoy. I also registered for this free course with Coursera – Introduction to Genetics and Evolution. I’m uber... read more

A Peek at My Week: The First Week

Whew! It has surely been a busy week. I won’t bore you with every tiny detail. I’ll just bore you with some of them. 😛 Last weekend was spent with my family hanging at the lake for my birthday. After having an insanely crappy week, with insanely crappy weather, my birthday weekend really made up for it. The weather was gorgeous, and there is much to be said about drinking lime-a-ritas, playing board games, messy BBQ ribs, and flying at high speed across beautiful water for an adrenaline rush. Even if my whole body did hurt the next day. Hurt like I’d fallen down a flight of stairs kind of hurtin’. I’m just hardcore that way. This week marked our official start for First Grade! I tried my best to make it feel special for the kids.  I do fondly remember first day of school excitement from my youth. We took the kids not-back-to-school shopping, so that they could pick out a first day outfit. They were uber excited to dress up nice for the first day, as opposed to their usual pajamas, or just running around in their underwear fashion they normally sport. 😛 I cooked them sausage pancake muffins for breakfast, which is something I rarely do. Have I mentioned that I am not a morning person? Plus, I surprised them with an awesome cake, which I very heavily relied on Michael’s assistance to actually make look good! I wish I could say that our school week went off without a hitch, but that would just be a complete lie. We ran into a couple of problems with new curriculum this week, mostly easily rectified problems. One of them, however, has me a bit stressed out. That would be our math. My choice for math was a super easy decision for me, because we are just continuing on with our Time4Learning. We liked it for Kindergarten, so I saw no reason to switch it up, and I assumed it would be a smooth transition from Kindergarten to First Grade math. That isn’t exactly the case though. I won’t get into a long winded explanation on why we are having problems, but it looks like I am either going to have to pick something new or do some supplementation to start with and then use throughout the program. I’m leaning more towards the second choice. I’m hoping it will work itself out in the end. Highlights from our homeschool!... read more

A Peek at My Week: The End of an Age

Oye! This has been an extremely disappointing week. I really tried to hold it together, since it was my birthday week and all. That just didn’t matter though; everything seemed to be conspiring against me. 😛 The gloomy ass weather, the little boy in our neighborhood that “supposedly” tried to get into our house while we weren’t home, and my car that broke down last night. Throw in the fact that my best friend is (almost) officially on her way to California now, and everything has me feeling a bit wrung out. The high point was most definitely my birthday donut breakfast & coffee drank with Cassabee! The kids were thrilled to be having a “party,” especially one with donuts. 😛 Even my high point, had a low end though, because I had to say goodbye. It is hard, saying goodbye to someone you have been with for 13 years. Really hard. School this week was… very light. No one in this house seemed very motivated, but we managed to do what we could, with plenty of crying and whining on all sides. 😛 Did I mention that Boobie took me to get Thai food for my birthday??!! He is so good to me, and it was so delicious. As usual. Spicy Veggie Tofu and Veggie Spring Rolls. Mmmm. It burned so... read more

A Peek at My Week: Our Last Hurrah

This week was pretty typical for us, just busy doing what we do. We actually had a pretty good week here, managing to get through all our days fairly unscathed. Minimal fighting, which is always a good thing. We made Butterfinger Cake, which is really yum, but I suggest eating it within the first couple hours after you have made it. Once it sits for a while the cake gets mushy from the carmel and it just isn’t as good! We spent a considerable amount of time away from the house, going swimming with friends, playing at the sprayground with our cooperative and visiting Fernbank Museum (just the 3 of us). It felt like our last hurrah at enjoying some summertime fun, since we are only a week away from starting our First Grade work, which means moving away from the lighter summer schedule.  Two weeks ago, we finished our unit on The Human Body (Blog coming soon!), and since then we have been enjoying some nature study using the monthly nature grid challenges that get sent out in the newsletter from The Handbook of Nature Study Blog. <3 that blog. We glue the grids into our Science notebook, so we can mark them off as we go, and add pictures of the some of the ones we have accomplished. We went on a bug hunt! Put our feet in mud & danced in it! And we made sun tea. We started our Draw. Write. Now. curriculum. Haden’s first assignment was drawing a hen, which turned out great! I was so proud of him, and he was pretty pleased too. I’m feeling really glad I made this particular purchase. He has been drawing hens all week, and his confidence in his drawing ability has made a serious jump. He actually drew me a lion and a duck, which are two things I did not work with him on at all. This from a kid who rarely tries to draw, because he gets so frustrated that his stuff never turns out the way he wants it. I had the chance last week to buy the Elemental Science Kindergarten curriculum used, and decided to jump on it. Although, I pieced together our science for this upcoming year, I have been eyeballing and feeling pretty sure that I wanted to try Elemental Science for Second Grade. So, now having the Kindergarten version will give me a chance to test the waters with it this... read more

A Peek at My Week: Be Happy

SO… yeah. I totally skipped last week’s Peek at my Week post. Be happy. My week wasn’t really worth a peek. It was emotionally exhausting and I went through it in a bit of a haze, which I am happy to now be away from. This week was a big improvement for me, although we did have a rather rough day on Tuesday. Just one of those days. The kind that require you be more introspective and evaluate the way you have been doing things and how you can make them better, which ultimately leads to everyone being happier. One of those days. So, it sucks that it happened, but in a way I’m glad that it did, because it is another lesson learned. Monday, my bestie came over so we could have family taco night!!! We all went shopping together for everything we needed, which the kids found rather exciting. Later, Addison gave Cassi a manicure using a pink marker. Beautiful! Then, Michael let us sneak away for some alone time, which always does me good. We went out for coffee, before heading to the Dollar Tree, buying Laffy Taffy and Blow Pops, and sitting in my car talking and laughing over the silliness of Laffy Taffy jokes. Addison decided to take a chunk out of her hair. Maybe she was tired of having long bangs. Highlights from our school week…. We haven’t been having good luck with our cooking projects the past 2 weeks. Last week’s Mini Peach Pies were not bad, but they weren’t worth doing again. I was under-impressed. Then, I had high hopes for this week’s Banana Fruit Leathers, which ended up being scrapped, but I am planning to try again next week. I think I know where I went wrong… Thursday, some of our very good friends cam over to hang out with us, and on Friday we joined out homeschool cooperative friends to go on a hike at Sweetwater Creek Park. Uber exhausting, but it went well in the grand scheme of things. I really didn’t have to carry Addison for much of it. Giving the tree some loves. We spent the weekend back and forth between Conyers and Jackson Lake. Saturday, turned out to be pretty gorgeous and I had my first adventure tubing on the back of the Jet ski, which Michael was driving. I posted this on my Facebook about the experience… I went tubing for my first time ever.... read more

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