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A Peek at My Week: Inappropriate Conversations

This week my book for my next class came in and the realization has hit me that my break is almost over. 🙁 I seriously don’t know that I’m cut out for the school thing; it is so much work! Bah. I’m hoping I’ll get back in the swing of things and it will be enjoyable. I at least picked a class that requires NO essays this time. ZERO! That makes me happy. I have one more week in the remainder of my break, although not really, because I have to start my reading this weekend. I like to stay ahead. 😉 This week’s cooking project —–> Banana Bread Muffins! I’ve been using this recipe for years, since Haden was little and we realized he was allergic to eggs, which he has since outgrown. It is easy and so yummy. 🙂 Also, we made fun apple smiles, as a tie-in on Haden’s Human Body unit. Addison thought they were hilarious. Our lap book is getting very close to being done, and next week will be a time for fun projects. At least, that is my plan at the moment. Other highlights from this week would be… That moment of fear when I thought me and my bestie were gonna be asked to leave Starbuck for having overly loud inappropriate conversations! 😛 Turns out the guy approaching us didn’t work there, he was Cassi’s old boss. However, he then joined a group of ladies sitting right next to us, who HAD most likely heard all our conversations, and after that we decided to get out of there. I tried Yogli Mogli for the first time. It was terribly exciting, all the choices. I felt like a little kid. I dyed my hair a brighter (less natural looking) red. No pic at the moment. I had an in-house date night with Michael. We ate a ton of sushi, which I have been craving for weeks! It was so good. We watched The Rum Diary while we gorged and snoogled. This weekend will be a busy one! We are looking forward to a birthday party and then fun at the... read more

A Peek at My Week: Book Daze

I have been incredibly slack about taking any pictures this week! And about getting anything else done, as well! Probably because I let myself get sucked into some books… the type of reading that was definitely NOT the best use of my time. Total book daze… Oh, well. This is the week that I started doing Handwriting Without Tears with Haden at home. He actually did two 8-week sessions of it at our cooperative this past school year, and REALLY loved it. Before he started he wasn’t doing much writing at all. He would get angry and frustrated when he tried, but after starting his class, handwriting became one of his favorite things to practice. So, I decided to buy their First Grade Teacher’s Guide Book and the My Printing Book. Our first week was a success, and I think the program is really going to keep working for us. This week we joined Park Day with our cooperative and Haden decided to bring his bike so that he could practice riding. He has gotten so good in such a short period of time! We made Pumpkin Dip this week, which was yummy with some vanilla wafers, although maybe a bit too sweet for me. Shocking, I know. We celebrated happy news with friends! We read the book, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic and had a picnic with some of our teddy bears. 🙂 Idea taken from I got to see my bestie, Cassabee! Unfortunately, I was in a crabby ass mood, but I’ll make sure our date night next week makes up for it. I totally wish I had the money for sushi; I have been craving it for weeks. Bah. Tonight, I’m feeling pretty pumped, because tomorrow Michael and I will be at our local Homeschool Expo. I love being surrounded by new curriculum. I really really do. The MIL is taking our kids for the day, so I plan to enjoy it at a leisurely pace. I may even go listen to a speaker or two, which I have never done before. My curriculum blog post for our first grade year is already in the works, so you can expect to see it in the next few days. 🙂 My girl stylin’ it by Laura’s pool... read more

A Peek at My Week: Friends

This has been a good week for spending time with friends and tackling some of my organizational goals. That is about all it has been good for… 😉 Wait! I lied. It was also good for making marshmallow popcorn (Mmmm. Good.) and for working on Haden’s Summer Photo Challenge. We had fun play dating this week, swimming and cooking out with friends. I even get more time with good friends today, with the promise of hotdogs and alcohol, which sounds VERY promising! I  managed to make it to my first doula mentorship meeting in a VERY long time, and while I was happy to see people that I have been missing, the night also made me feel semi-sad. Sad that the birth world doesn’t really belong to me anymore, and that I now feel misplaced there. The kids hanging with Maddie & Grace this week…     I took the idea of the snack drawers from Pintrest and just made a snack basket. I didn’t feel like buying a new set of plastic drawers for the project, and there really isn’t space in my pantry for them anyways, so I just decided to work with what I have. I think it worked out for the best, and has been a hit with the kids. This week it has homemade granola, applesauce, raisins, peanuts, pretzels, fruit leather and peanut butter crackers in it. Next on my agenda is to put a plastic tub in my fridge to keep refrigerated snacks in one area. Also, I managed to work another thing off my to-do list, which was making a list of goals for myself for the upcoming school year, but some are just generally good reminders for every day living. My hope is that reading these on the bad days will help me pull... read more

A Peek at My Week: Fireworks

I decided to take full advantage of this holiday week, by taking a break from school, and basking in some summertime laziness and fun with the kids (and Michael too!). We made watermelon blueberry popcicles, which are yummy if you really like watermelon… and I don’t all that much. 😛 We played in our tiny backyard pool, made freshly squeezed lemonade, watched movies, went on a nature scavenger hunt, swam with friends at their pool (where Haden had a semi-scary adventure in the deep end!), took naps, and spent our holiday playing at a sprayground, cooking out and our evening enjoying fireworks. It was my children’s very first time seeing fireworks. It was momentous. I had to hold my fingers over Miss Addison’s ears. She kept telling me, “Loud! Loud!” Haden thought they were beautiful, but wished they were EVEN bigger. Boys. *shakes... read more

A Peek at My Week: Community

I love our homeschool cooperative. I’m sure you have gotten that impression before, since I continually bring it up. 😉 I love being surrounded by community, the friendships that we have made, and the opportunities that we have had as a family, that we would otherwise have missed out on. Speaking of opportunities, this week we made a visit to the East Lake Commons Cohousing Community with our homeschool group, and took a walking tour of Gaia Gardens. I have to admit, I am terribly jealous of those that live in that community, and those that live in others like it. It is a little known fact that Michael and I have talked at great length about living in a cohousing community, and even went so far as to do a good bit of research into what it would take to start one. Maybe one day… Last night, we finished the very last chapter in Mr. Poppers’ Penguins, so today we wrapped up the Literature Unit that we have been working on over the past 3 weeks (more on that soon). On tonight’s agenda – Mr. Popper’s Penguins Family Movie Night! P.S. Seriously??!! That is how the book ended? “So, I’m gonna head out with these guys. Its cool if I see you in a year or two, right? Laters baby.” I had a very frank talk with Haden about why Mr. Popper’s actions were just NOT cool. We have been dabbling in children’s classical literature this past year, and I have to be honest… I’m calling into question the sanity of the people that deemed some of these books good literature. Just... read more

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