Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Making do with what you have

Some times we face not having things we may need.  We have our medical necessities in good standing.  But this was just not the priority for me to go out and buy printer paper.  I don't know why I say this as we use our printer til the cows jump over the moon!  I print everything!!

Like i said, we ran out of paper.  So today, after reading about another HS mom teaching their child long division I was thinking...I suppose it is time for Jesse to learn how to divide.  His multiplication facts are really good.  It was perfect timing today.  I tried to make my own worksheet using lined paper but really graph paper is the way to go.  Makes it easier for them to learn about columns, spacing and number organization.

We have started off easy and slow.  Only doing facts between 1 and 5.  After the first 2 lines he took off with the sheet on his own.  Great job Jesse!

Division videos:

I hope these help others!

Elizabeth has been working on Animal Science, basic math, word building, learning more about horses and reading in her book she received at book club.  We had a long night last night as we waited on the storm to pass through.  So just after midnight she decided she wanted to work on some math.  Came in and got her book, finished 11 pages, brought it back and that was it.  Nice thing with homeschooling is that there are no boundaries.  School doesn't end here.  Even when they have their assignments finished for the day, they may decide to do more.  I'm surely not going to hold them back and say "no".  Jacob did the same thing last night.  He asked if he could get an early start on assignments.  I remember because it was 12:07 last night and he thought might as well since he was wide awake.  Proud of them for thinking about their schoolwork instead if the iPod, Droid phone or Kindle Fire.  The other two kids were asleep.  In fact, Elizabeth said that she couldn't sleep because Emily's pump was keeping her awake (really it was the impending storm, but the annoying beeping sound wasn't helping.)  Emily's numbers were going higher.  She seemed to have leveled off so we didn't add any extra insulin to lower her.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pinterest round up

Found some great things to share.  Each of the images belong to their respective blogs which are also listed.  If a picture looks like something you would like...please support the blogs and click on them for further instructions!

Kathryn's Kitchen



Mother Thyme


Baked By Rachel

Deep South Dish

Monday, January 7, 2013

Should today be a new day?

Not sure if today should be a new day.  It doesn't feel like a new day when you walk into what looks like yesterday.  Stuff still on the couches, wii remotes and games out and everywhere.  Under couches stuffed like pigs, cheerios that had spilled out of a container earlier in the week are still being found under the baker's rack.  I can't find my coffee cup either.  Coffee may become "privilege" in our house for those under 18...not a right.
I have one child up at the moment...poor thing will get the first rant of the morning!  But having them stagger in may be the key to getting things done on different levels.  No you may not have your phone with you and no you may not turn on the tv or listen to music while getting your stuff done.
Yesterday, I had a plan and knew what I wanted to get done today and now I have had a car stop right in front of me and I can't go anywhere with my plan for the day.  So we have to move this car before we can keep moving on our "trip" for the day.  Roadblocks are really hard to handle.  Especially when you normally have road rage.
(Disclaimer: This is speaking metaphorically...we really don't have a car stopped in front of me.  Use the other side of your brain)

I have pulled everything out from under the couches and it sits as a pile in the living room floor.

So how did today turn in to a new day?  The sun did go down and then this morning the Lord rose the sun once again.  We are not promised this for tomorrow.  I am not promised that the chores will be done and ready for a new day the next day either.

All the kids are up now.  One situation already dealt with.  One child already showered. 4 beds made.  Clean clothes on their backs.  Waiting on the kitchen to be finished and I think today will be a homeschool day around the family table.  Maybe we should make it a habit to do it this way at least 3 days a week.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

In history...

In history...that is how children nowadays think about history.  That it was just something stupid that happened in the past and why should they learn about it now?  In public school, they learn that "stupid" history fact to pass a test and then do a brain dump.  Not everybody but I can tell my son has done that.  Emily and I were sitting here having a discussion about Rosa Parks and Jacob couldn't even tell me who she was.  So guess what he is doing?
Why are kids pumping and dumping their education?  Do they really need to know every fact, detail and date?  I think that if you were to ask a kid who is "so and so" they should know the general information about that person.  I know for a fact that Jacob learned about Rosa Parks in public school...where did that information go?

New Year...New ?

The day has started out well if you haven't already been stalking my facebook then you would have seen this:
Ok, sorry I was distracted by an email and a game request.  I am just going to post what I wrote on facebook regarding the number pictured above.
The first blood sugar I have looked at in 2013. Its a sensor number so this could go in either direction should I decide to poke my finger and squeeze it to make it bleed. I think I will save that horrifying experience for later when things don't feel "right".
  • Its the hot lottery number in the world of diabetes. I don't believe in superstitions or premonitions or any kind of "itions" but I am hoping and praying for a good diabetes year (see I believe in "ing" words). Disregard the mountain before the 100...that doesn't count anymore. The truth of the matter is that it came down and that is the important part. Yes, I know I am talking myself into things but at least I am keeping it positive!

 oh that smudge on the ESC button is chocolate if anyone was wondering

So of course the only appropriate thing to do is to change my cover picture to the one above and make my profile picture a downloaded Hershey's Chocolate (bells) picture.  Because, after all...that is what created that smudge on my button!

This year
  • I plan to have a good diabetes year and overcome my short something.   Should I say short falls? Or short comings?  I mean I did just use the word overcome...Anyhow, I just would like to do better and continue to get better.
  • I plan to get to those game requests a lot sooner on my phone...sorry random opponents I don't know...but you keep some of my world rotating.  For those that I play that do know me, I expect to get more requests from you.  Not the facebook games! I don't do those.  And I don't like games that you can buy/upload a cheat app to help you beat me better.  It gets pretty obvious if my total score is like 300 and yours is 6,000.  I know I am not that dumb!
  • I plan to plan better.  I always say that when I plan, God laughs.  Well he did it again this week.  I planned all weekend for this week.  We were going to start back with our lessons.  Well, yesterday we had a guest and today daddy is home and we want to go swimming instead.   Did you hear that?  HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yep that was Him laughing at me. 
  • I plan to delete people on my facebook that either 1. I really don't know 2. They don't have diabetes or 3. They are not a cross stitcher.  4. You are a homeschool mom.  So if you don't know me in real life and we don't converse outside of facebook and we don't have a texting relationship...consider yourself gone.  You should have diabetes too because if you don't then I am sure you don't want to hear about my numbers or the kids numbers and be able to understand when we are "high" and not think we are junkies.  I have to keep my homeschool moms because that is an outside connection that I need...or maybe its their ideas that I really need.   Cross stitchers just "get" me...most of them at least do.  Some have the ADD bug like I do and stitch for awhile and then wonder why they aren't stitching for the past month?  So, yes, I am cleaning up my facebook.  I am glad I have found people I haven't seen in ages but just because I found them doesn't mean I talk to them.  Do you?
  • I plan to blog more.  Blogging is like therapy to me.  It gets my feelings out and I don't have the fear of being judged.  Because if I did feel judged I would blog about YOU! lol...j/k! ::maybe not::

This may be a good start for me.  We have a lot to look forward to this year.  Big plans...lets just hope they work out!  One of our big plans involves a great present received last week!  This kids have been out of the house most of the week because of it.  I have had an empty bed at night also!  Big perks for me!  We have already started mapping out where we want to go too!  We all got new bicycles...nah, just kidding!
This is so new to us and we are so excited!