Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

In celebration of fall....

I found this online this morning :

Who is up to doing this with me?  I wonder if I should have the kids do it instead and make it 4 times the fun!!

We missed the Vanderbilt Kids Day due to it being a 6th day for me to drive to Nashville and back.  Frankly, I am tired!
Kids are trick or treating tonight and they are excited.  I bummed them out last night when I saw the mall traffic for trick or treating last night.  Turned around and we came home.  It was just not a good night for the weather either.

Today we are wrapping up our week with spelling tests and root word, prefixes and suffixes tests for the older two.  Making sure papers are typed up and ready to print and chores are caught up on too.

Tomorrow is our 18th anniversary and we are celebrating with a night of sushi...the time really has passed by quickly.

What does your update look like today?

Friday, October 25, 2013

its the end of October already?

Where has the time gone to?  IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!!

I know it's not as fun as humpday to say.  But IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!

I need to review over rational expressions to help with Jacob and Emily with their Algebra 2.  We have a major clean up to work on all together today.  But otherwise I would like to run a few errands today and do some window shopping and yarn shopping.  Fun stuff!  I'm sure Emily will go because she will want some yarn for her budding craftiness!!!

Fun stuff with the FOIL method too:   FOIL method

Enjoy your weekend! We are off to Vanderbilt's Kids Day with Diabetes!

Friday, July 19, 2013

All in a day's work...

We are still easing into our schedule....hence, why I am up at 4am working on lesson plans.

 metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole; sound devices such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme; and rhetorical devices such as anaphora and epistrophe.

Defining and writing an example sentence of each.

Found a website called Share My Lesson . com .... browsing through there a little to get some ideas on spicing up the things that we are learning this year.


Timeline of the Holocaust powerpoint.  Writing notes, background study on WWII.  Getting ready to lead up to Reading Chapter one of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" for English.

6th grade:
Jesse can probably value from learning the same literary terms as Jacob and Emily.


4th grade:
Reading chapter 5 of Charlotte's web.
Beginnings of making a lapbook for Charlotte's Web.

Beginnings of multiplication.  Using manipulatives.  And a few videos to watch.

Fridays are our catch up or easy days.  If we can get a full week in from Monday through Thursday then I will use Friday as a creative day to wrap the week up.  But since Emily was in Atlanta on Monday and slept Tuesday and in the hospital on Wednesday afternoon....we have much to catch up on.  Jacob had a lazy week as well.  Jesse and Elizabeth stayed on schedule for the most part.  Elizabeth read in her Charlotte's Web book and worked on her tan by the poolside.  Her swim lessons are at 1 and they usually swim for 3-4 hours each day...its been a swimming summer for the both of them. She has really enjoyed learning to swim this summer and came home with her "I passed Level 3" card!  Good thing....because I just paid for her Level 4 classes to start on Monday!!

Happy Weekend everyone!  My Monday starts today at work!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A little of this...A little of that

As I am wide awake at 4am...I start my day getting organized for Day 2 of fall classes.  Yesterday, we only accomplished Algebra 2 and swimming.  The younger two worked on some worksheets and read Chapter 1 of Charlotte's Web.  Which brings me to my next point.  July 11th is E.B. White's birthday.  Read your favorite book by the author and check out this WEBSITE if you are using Charlotte's Web this year as part of your curriculum.

We are starting Day 1 of Chemistry.Here are a few videos to get the class going:

I think I have settled in on an online Japanese 1 curriculum for Jacob.  He is not wavering on his decision to take Japanese...rats!  So I guess I will be learning along with him.  Not that I don't already have French, German and Spanish textbooks here.  But Japanese is his interest right now.  And what kind of homeschooling mom would I be if I didn't let him follow his interests?  Just my opinion.  Homeschooling is about flexibility and sacrifice.  Here is the curriculum that was listed on a fb group that I recently found.
I have already printed out his first worksheet to go along with the video.

Until we start our book study of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" I am going to supplement with some VOCABULARY work to get started on 11th Grade English.

Jacob is working on OCEANOGRAPHY today for the first day.  We are easing our way into our very full, heavy year.  I told them that I think 11th grade is the hardest year that I had in high school.  Senior year seemed to be a breeze.  Here is today's assignment:
  1. Copy key terms in the vocabulary section
  2. Answer essential questions on your own paper.  Write question and answer using an intelligent words with your answer.
  3. Across the top.  Keep tabbing over to read the content.  Page 6 and 7 are your assignments each week.  You must turn your assignments in on Thursdays to me.  If it is an online activity I would like to see the finished answers.
Emily's Advanced Biology 2 won't start for at least another week as we are still waiting on the curriculum to arrive.  I didn't realize it was in pre-order status.

And then we have Government...yes, I found my curriculum!  In a tote bag from the curriculum fair tucked in behind the recliner :)
We are using We hold These Truths & Exploring Government by Notgrass

Monday, July 8, 2013

Our first day back...

HP Photosmart e-All-in-One - Print/Copy/Scan WirelesslyI was not as prepared as I would have liked to have been.  I utilize my email a ton!!   As the kids copied the power point notes for Algebra 2 I noticed it was taking a lot longer than it needed to be.  Maybe I was expecting them to do much more and faster.  So I just ended up printing the power points and gave them each a copy to write in their notebooks.  I think that rewriting is a great way to copy things into your brain and it stick.  My printer is definitely getting a workout these days!  I bought this printer on (no I don't get a kickback if you buy it there...I work there but no commissions)  But if you don't already have a good printer and one that is up to date.  I recommend getting a printer that has e-print capabilities.  Many a nights I have found coupons sent to my printer from my best friend as a hint on where we will eat lunch next.  Its pretty comical actually.  But this is the printer that I have right now.   And of course they have flexpays where it doesn't hit your pocketbook all at once.  But I am grateful to a sizeable discount too.  In today's UPS package was all the rage here in the house.  We finally bought a paper shredder from hsn as well.  I am hoping it will work far I am not too impressed with it over heating after about 20 pages.  But then again I am giving it a good work out as the kids have been cleaning out their binders from last year.

Here are the book lists that have been chosen for the kids this year:
11th grade:
Great Gatsby
The Color Purple
The Boy in the striped pajamas
the Scarlett Letter
Our Town
The kite Runner
Death of a Salesan
Black Like Me
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Bet you can't see a trend/pattern here...

6th Grade:
Lawn Boy
The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg
Charlotte"s Web
Amelia's War
Because of Winn Dixie
The Lightening Thief

4th Grade:
Lawn Boy
Charlotte's Web
Charlie Bones Series
39 Clues Series
Clementine Series

Thursday, July 4, 2013

2013 - 2014 Classes

I believe I am finished as far as getting the list of classes written down. As I sat and listened to Peter Cetera and Miranda Lambert  I bought two science sets this afternoon.  That is about as far as I have made it.  I need to make it a point to promote my Thursdays to plannning days.  Since my days off from work are Wed and Thursdays.  But sometimes life takes over and planning goes as fast out the window as our insulin pump sensors!  We throw hard too so watch what may pass by your window too!
English and Language classes need a lot of prep work and so do the elementary social studies.  I am thinking of doing the social studies class to be state centered.  I saw that book called Eat your way through the states that would be a great supplement.
Here it is...because you know if its on paper its solid, haha!

Emily has the following classes this year:
Algebra 2
Advanced A & P 
             11th Grade English

Jacob's Classes:
Algebra 2 
11th Grade English

Jesse's Classes:

Apologia Land Animals
Language 6th
Spelling 6th
Math 6th
Social Studies 6th (Unit Studies)

Elizabeth's Classes:
Apologia Land Animals
Language 4th
Spelling 4th
                  Math 4th
                  Social Studies 4th (Unit Studies)

Friday, April 5, 2013

So far so good!!

I am now at the end of my 3rd week of training with HSN.  I am loving it.  I did have a glitch yesterday where I need to learn how to deal with other people's attitudes.  Afterall, this is my first real job in almost 18 years and I homeschool 4 kids.  I can deal with kid attitudes all day long but I am not accustomed to adults sarcasm and snapping.  I don' thing it is something that I have to tolerate but if you know me, I am not a confrontational type of person.  I just think that I need to learn how to deal with my own feelings first.

That said...
On the prompting of a friend that my older kids really are old enough to make their own schedules for school...I have implemented that this week.  Although it has taken my daughter a full week (maybe a day or two more) to finish this task, it is getting done.  I have given them realistic goals on when certain books should be finished so that their transition is smoother and summer classes can begin.  Still speaking of the older two, they have stepped up and have been taking turns making dinner at night for the family.  Easy stuff, and I am usually able to help with prepping duties on my 2:30 lunch break.  Emily is helping Elizabeth with spelling tests and Jacob is working with her and math.

Jesse is a bit behind like the older two because 3 of them decided to take the week off that public school had for spring break even though I scheduled their week off for next week!  Because of this they will work through the planned break except for Elizabeth.   She stayed on her schedule.

Elizabeth can't stand to be behind on her schedule.  And she dislikes working on her homework when it is dark out...I think those are great parameters she has set for herself.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Working Mom...

Last night I was laying in bed and started complaining about Tennis.  Such a petty thing.  But to me at that time it wasn't petty.  I endure 6 months of Formula 1 racing and a full month (each day) of Tour de France in July.  I don't mind football at all.  But now I have to listen to women playing tennis and screeching everytime they hit the ball?  I played tennis in high school and I don't remember any of us doing that.  But do we have to watch tennis everynight and I wake up in the middle of the night and what is on?  Tennis!

Remember those canisters that you can open that look like a can of tennis balls and when you opened it all the big worms came flying out and everyone starts laughing.  Yeah...that's what it felt like last night...except neither of us were laughing.

Let's get a few things straight...

1.  I am a mom of 4 kids

2.  I homeschool all 4 kids

3.  3 of the kids (and myself) have T1 diabetes

4.  I do the majority of the cooking and all the meal planning

5.  I do the majority of the housework (or delegate...this is a great tool!)

6.  I do all the grocery shopping

7. I do all the bills

And now I am working 40 hours a week (but here at home..which is a perk of the job).  I am sure I could have made a longer list.

But I am having a supermom moment that I feel that I need to be.  And be able to do it all.  I don't know if its a control factor or what it is.   I have about 2 hours in the morning that I have to get all my stuff done before starting training.  My normal hours will be from 4:30 to 1am...I am a night owl so this doesn't bother me.

I really think this is my can of worms time until things normalize a bit more!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Abeka Biology 2 and Chemistry then back to Apologia

I think we are going to continue on with the Abeka Chemistry.  But will do a more in depth study of Biology for a Biology 2 credit first.  Then their last year of high school we will switch to Apologia and study the Marine Biology.  I think this course will be very unique for them and will set them apart from other high schoolers competing for a spot in college.
Jacob doesn't seem to be enjoying the A&P portion of the biology like Emily does.  He is wanting to study the animal and cell aspects instead.  They may be studying different things for their Biology 2 class.  I think the kids should have some kind of voice into what they want to learn within practical parameters of course!  They will probably complete the Biology 2 over the summer this get into the Chemistry next year.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Etsy Round Up for tonight.

I have done a Pinterest round up before and I thought of doing another one tonight but instead decided to do an Etsy round up!  I don't post things that I know who made them nor am I earning any money to promote these items.  I just pick things that I think are random and cute!

On to the first thing...

Medi Pouch looks really neat!  Right now I have a ton of things that I carry in my purse and I have them stuffed in a generic resealable baggie...this would be cute!
XL Medi - Pouch Clear Travel Organizer for Medications Inhaler EpiPens Diabetes Testing First Aid Diapers (7x9 Aqua Owls Fabric)

I have really enjoyed learning the cello this past year and thought this bass clef pendant was so cute!
Bass Clef Pendant Necklace - Silver Music Jewelry- Keepsake for Musicians- unisex, men

I married into a family of Alabama fans.  I will root for Alabama as long as they aren't playing Auburn.  Being the Roll Tide fanatic my father-in-law is...he would like something like this:
Alabama Crimson Tide Birdhouse....ROLL TIDE

Whoo this Audubon China is expensive!  I laugh at my husband because he has framed a lot of Audubon prints for our bedroom.  I tell him I am the only one that has a bird bedroom.
Audubon china set of 20 pieces

We just received an RV as a Christmas present this past year and we have spent time doing daycations so far and packing it for when we do get to do a trip.

I may have to try this!  I like themed items and this would be like us having our own bulletin board to decorate for each month!  Like an art project that everyone contributes to for the following month! Meeting Board
March Home School Morning Meeting Board

Those that know me well enough know that I like collecting unique erasers!  I could buy a ton here on etsy!  The kids have always teased me for getting erasers and we have a bin full but I will find them entertained by these erasers for hours!
Miniature Food Eraser Set 2 lot dessert cake sweets 4pcs

Most of us here love Sushi!  This was a very fitting pick!
Dolls House Miniature Food Japanese Sushi Tea Set On Ceramic Plates Type H Supply Deco - 6342

One of my favorite hobbies is to cross stitch!  It is so is crocheting.  This is my favortie cross stitch designer too...Paula Vaughn

And for my last entry for the night.  A cause that is very near and dear to our family's heart...Tour de Cure.  Pedaling to a cure for diabetes!  Cycling is definately a passion of ours.
The Essence of Cycling - Without Frame

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Memories are still full of emotion

Yesterday afternoon we spent helping Judge's dad and sister move into a new house.  Mostly unpacking boxes, figuring out where to put things in cabinets, matching up sets, pantry items and so forth...

This was the first time I had been in the new house.  I had looked at it online and knew the basic layout and what the outside looked like.  I have known no other house except the house they lived in for 20 years.  Judge and I have been married for 18 years this November.

A lot of changes occured in the house with both of Judge's nieces growing up, married (one even had her wedding in the backyard), they both have the most beautiful children.  Then grandmother (my mother in law) passed away 2 years ago this coming week.  Each day she was taken care of tenderly by grandaddy, Judge's sister and Judge.  Judge was able to spend evenings with her.  Talked to her and held her hand every night.  Kissed his mom goodnight before coming home.  Judge's sister spent countless hours taking care of her mom before and after work.  Judge's dad stopped playing golf each day and stayed home to be close at all times.  A lot of emotions were shared with Judge's family during grandmothers struggle with Alzheimers.  This picture was one of the last ones that I took of her and it was the fall before her passing.  She and I would sit in the chairs and cross stitch all day (before I had children).  I remember a time when all the guys were replacing their roof and we just sat and stitched and then made sure they had plenty to drink and lunch was served.  We enjoyed driving to Nashville just to take the kids to the mall and do a little shopping.  And we also found the stitching stores!  She enjoyed stitching the stamped cross stitch projects later on.  Crossword puzzles and even liked to color!  I remember Judge's sister bringing home things to be cut or colored from her classroom and that is what she did.  She took me to her woman's club and introduced me to all of her friends after we picked 2 of them up because they couldn't drive themselves.  She taught me a lot about table settings and the formal upbringing she had.

There are still things I don't know and never have been taught.  Today when we were setting the table for family dinner I watched Judge's sister pick out a table cloth.  They were organized and labeled by how many people can be seated at the table.  I would have never thought of that, nor do I know how to buy a table cloth.  We are still in kid stage here where they make messes and a table cloth may not be practical for us now but eventually it will be and I want to know these things.  I want to know how to use this knowledge to pass on to my children.

Their dog stayed by her side and even learned how to back up to her chair so that she could be picked up.  Or if grandmother was in the bed, Lily would lay next to her or at the foot of the bed.  Animals definitely can sense things.

Back to the new house...
I didn't see the movers move things out of the old house and take them to the new house.  We arrived after the packers delivered all of the boxes.  So, as I said, my first time in the house and I am wandering around.  I see the office, Judge's sisters room, her (girl) bathroom, kitchen, bonus room, garage, sunroom and then I get to grandaddy's room and I lost my head.  I looked at their bed and was consumed with an overwhelming feeling of grief.  I wasn't able to see his bathroom or closet...I just had to walk out.  Cry a bit on my own. Thought I had it all out until I sat down next to grandaddy and he asked me if I was ok.  Oh the fountains were gushing then.  No I wasn't ok, because grandmother is missing.  Just looking around you see grandmother's stitching, linens, coats, same pink towels, bed emotion seemed like piddles when Judge's sister shared about how it felt to drive away. More fountains...

We returned to the new house today to help with some more things but most importantly to gather as a family for "Family Dinner". We had a proper tablecloth, placemats with plastic cutlery and plastic plates! LOL  Kids played outside on skateboards, scooters, replace basket ball  goal and played iwth chalk.

Today was a good day.  The weekend was exhausting! :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

This week in the Jones household...

Found some beautiful flowers today during a quick shopping trip to Kroger.  I was able to use a whole bouquet and split them up into 3 vases!  And they were on clearance! Even better!

I am so ready for spring to get here!  Judge and the boys cut down to privet hedges in the front of the house.  They do it every few years so they will grow bigger and thicker.  I cry everytime they do it and this time wasn't any different.

Spent the morning defrag'ing the desktop computer.  Still working on it but I have to figure out why it is so slow!  I installed a new security software that is given to us through our Cable provider.  I have it on the laptop too.  I think the most frustrating is the wireless mouse as it takes forever to get the cursor to move.  On the list: buy a corded mouse. :)

After getting some morning things done and then grocery shopping we headed over to Judge's dad and sisters house to help them unpack some boxes.  We just got home a short time ago.  Great for bringing a stubborn set of blood sugars down.  Plus, I scored by being able to hold my great nephew and rock him to sleep.  I miss my babies so much, they grew up so fast!

Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot PiesTomorrow will be our Sunday to cook for Family Dinner.  We take turns and make the neatest things.  Sometimes we have a taco bar, buffalo chicken soup, a meat and three or just sandwiches.  It's always fun to see what's for dinner on Sundays!  So tomorrow it is up to us...this is what I am thinking...Chicken pot pies made in muffin pans. HERE is the recipe.  Looks impossibly simple!  Now to figure out what to serve with them!  Thinking maybe some mashed potatoes and possibly a french bread??  Emily said she wants to make brownies for tomorrow's get together.

On Monday we are playing catch up a little as our Friday was super packed.  We are making a cell using jell-o.  This is a picture I found online from bing.  I tried to find the original poster.  But this is basically how it will be set up for them.  And we will discuss the shapes, sizes, names and functions of each part that they place in the cell (jell-o).

I am sure they will all enjoy eating everything.  But I will have to watch out for the red stuff as Emily is allergic to red dye and her blood sugars would totally be whacked out!

Next on our list this week...will be to start our resurrection garden.  Thank you to the We Are That Family blog that gave great step by step instructions!  Thinking we will make one for our house and one for Grand daddy's house too!  Since we will have Easter Sunday over there this year!  I would like to make a short unit study on the resurrection of Christ and having this visual will help reinforce the story being told.

As I stated in the blog entry a few days ago...our piping is getting fixed this week.  The 1-800 dig people came out Friday and cleared us for telephone and cable.  Now we have to get cleared from Water and Electricity.  Permit will be pulled this week and hoping everything will be finished before Friday!

If time allows us to, I would like to get a head start on our Easter eggs and be able to use them as decoration this year and not a rotting, smelly egg.  We will be making our eggs with string and candy.  Thanks to Little Birdie Design for the tutorial!

Other ideas to make:

even throughout all of our frustrations and trials we are facing this week due to medical/surgical complications we still have our eyes toward the sunrise and again at the sunset...praying for another day.  We live each day in our lifestyle the best way we know how!

Spread the awareness!  Spread Jesse's fundraising link.  He is getting closer to his $2,000 goal.  Currently he is the #2 fundraiser and our team is #1 in the friends/family category for the Tour de Cure.  He is so excited to be riding this year in the Tour!  New location, new routes, new jerseys, new socks and a new bike!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

My piping is messed up!

You can take this in many ways I am sure.  Yes, it is messed up when your little girl because a teenager and messes up your piping.  But I am talking about plumbing this time.
Emily and I were getting ready for a doctor appointment and there was a jacuzzi party going on in the toilet bowl.  While I would have rather been invited to a real jacuzzi party this one was not wanted.  I don't know much about toilets and couldn't tell you where the plunger is either.  I usually call someone.  So of course I flush the (clean) toilet and it overflows everywhere...there's a washer load of towels!  As if I didn't remember that history repeats itself...I walk to the other bathroom. You guessed it already I am sure, I flushed it!  Second load of towels!
Tried to call the hubby, he is either out of range, in a meeting or on the phone.  No luck there.  So I did the most logical other thing to do, call gas & water dept.  Then I had to make a decision whether now I had to take Elizabeth with us to Nashville for Emily's appointment.  I thought, the boys can go to the bathroom outside, but girls can't.  So Elizabeth was on her way with us.
The boys called later and said the toilets were working now.  I get home to find a bunch of big trucks leaving the area from that department.  The next morning they tell me a bunch of garble that I can't process and really didn't want that clouding up in my brain.  I retell what I could to hubby.
A few days later, the codes dept shows up.  Good friend of ours.  But still he had to make his appearance and let me know what I needed to do.  So I have been on phones to get bids from plumbers I don't know, don't know if they are honest, don't know if they are looking for a fast buck for a half done job in my yard.
A plumber friend of ours came over to take a look just a bit ago who's cousin may be doing the work.  We have another plumbing company coming tomorrow to give us a bid.  But what has to happen is they have to dig 40-50 feet from our clean out to some tall white pvc thingy with a cap on it by the curb and attach it to the main sewer the mean time gas and water has really messed up our curbing.  We were advised to take pictures.  Done!
Now I guess we wait and see what the estimate will be.  We told him to try and be as conservative as you can considering that things are tight here with Emily having 2 back surgeries this year already and now a major infection and multiple trips to Nashville.  And starting tonight trips to Cumberland City nightly for packing changes.  Gas prices need to drop significantly! Fast!

Nice lovely mess they made in my yard without even letting me know they were going to do it!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It comes naturally...

Everything in our lives comes naturally.  Not talking about organic stuff...just life in general.

I don't feel that we create any of the chaos that may be a part of our comes naturally.

Emily's 2 back surgeries this year...comes naturally.

Emily's infection on her incision....comes naturally.

Judge's germs...comes naturally.

Elizabeth's germs...comes naturally.

Jesse's germs....comes naturally.

Jesse's mrsa and cellulitis...comes naturally.

My anxiety...comes naturally.

A wedge in our day that diverts all plans....comes naturally

Its how we deal with these things that counts.  Emily's surgeries are we just deal with the infection with antibiotics and consistent wound care.  I am a mom...this comes naturally.

Everyone had germs in the past month.  I took care of each one of them with the proper tylenols, motrins, cough medicine, inhalers.  I am a mom...this comes naturally.

Jesse's mrsa and cellulitis, took him to see doc...she got his meds and we are moms...this comes naturally.

Homeschooling all 4 of my children...comes naturally.

My anxiety, I try and figure out the triggers and try and keep them at bay...this isn't coming very naturally. Because I am still working on everyone else that I haven't figured out how to work on myself yet.
I can take care of 3 kids with Type 1 diabetes but leave myself at the curb.  Luckily my diabetes, up until this weekend, hasn't been very picky and pretty easy to handle.  I am trying to make this come naturally.  I have to be the role model for my children and I am learning to make this as nurturing and natural as possible.  I don't let them see my faults, screw ups or mental manipulations.
My children are my is my husband.  Christ entrusted me with his children for a short amount of time and now it is up to me to teach them trust in Him which should come as naturally.  I shelter them from the short comings , screw ups and mental manipulations of other people too...this comes naturally to me.

When my 13yo has a conversation with me about what rehab is and I have to differentiate the difference between physical rehab (strokes, cardiac, broken legs) and alcohol rehab, I know she has been kept safe.  She asks the question and I answer it in a factual way.  I can give her anectdotes of stories that I remember seeing certain things at her age.  She didn't know that kids her age are drinking, smoking and popping pills.  She sounded surprised.  Last night when we are in the ER and the doctor is worried about her having a pulmonary embolism asks if she is taking birth control.  Emily's head almost did a 1-80 turn and said "I am 13!!"  Doctor explained that 13 year olds take birth control for reasons other than preventing pregnancy but also to help regulate their monthly cycles.
Having conversations like these come naturally...having them not experience them firsthand I hope will come naturally...