Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - March 28, 2015

Join me and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and The Homeschool Mother's Journal, as we recap our week.
In my life this week... This week has been night and day compared to last week.  Everyone had finally recovered from the sickness that lingered in our home for two weeks.
I completed the cleaning schedule and it went well this week.  The girls really enjoy helping with their cleaning kits.

We had several really windy days this week, not a big surprise in Southwestern Kansas, but our cute little garden flag went missing.  The girls were really upset to find it missing and asked why someone would take it.  I had to explain that it was probably the wind that made it fly away and that windy days were part of where we live.  I guess I will have to go back to the store and see if they have another one.

I have also been going through the kids clothes this week.  The warmer weather has started the semi annual clothing migration.  Twice a year I make them try stuff on and  change out clothes for the season.  If it doesn't fit, they haven't worn it, or they don't like it we pass it on or donate it. All the kids seem to have grown over night and I have a large pile of clothes to pass on.  Poor Bee has out grown most of her shirts.  We have a "no belly" rule in our house.  If you raise your arms and we see your belly the shirt has to go.  This rule is the death of many favorite shirts in our home.  Bug is  lucky enough to have a cousin that is a size bigger then her and we get tons of hand me downs.  Mr. Mister has out grown any 12 month one piece or onsie.  He can fit 18 month pants in the waist but they are too long on his legs.  Even though he's our barefoot wonder he got a new pair of sandals this week.  Even though his sister have small feet, like me, his feet are almost as big as Bugs.
I'm trying to finalize our vacation plans.  The kids and I are going to make the trip to the Kansas City area earlier then our flight so we can visit family and friends.  The grandparents haven't seen the kids since we moved in November.  We also have friends we want to see while we have a chance.  I miss Sweet Southern Mama and Mama Rosie so I'm trying to make plans to get together for visits.  Our once easy and regular visits are now harder and farther apart. 
In our homeschool this week...   This week has gone wonderfully.  This week Bee finished for the year: 
  • Math
  • Poetry
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Famous Men of Rome
  • United States Geography Review
  • Book of Insects
  • World Geography
She only has three subjects left to be completely finished for the year!  We are hoping to finish next week.
Mr. Daddy and I are considering having Bee and Bug spend some time on Rosetta Stone's Spanish this summer.  We are never sure how long we will stay in one place so we want to take advantage of the large Spanish speaking population where we currently live.
Things I'm working on...  I'm already working on next years schedule.  The logistics of three kids, homeschooling two different grades, extra curricular and church activities is crazy.  I think I have a beginning outline of our school calendar already.  Now I just need to decide what extra curricular activities we are participating in and if we are going to join the local homeschool co-op.
I'm cooking...  We are actually doing a lot of grilling with the warm weather.  Mr. Daddy loves his new grill and takes every chance he gets to use it. 
I'm grateful for... I'm so glad we homeschool.  If we didn't our up coming vacation wouldn't be possible.
I'm praying for... I'm praying for Mr. Daddy's stress level at work. 
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
Bug and Mr. Mister playing peek-a-boo.

Until next time,
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - March 21, 2015

In my life this week... It has been  difficult week.  Mr. Daddy is away at his last week of training in Texas and we have been battling sickness here.  Mr. Mister and I have been battling sickness most of the week.  It makes life hard when your sick and there is no back up.   Bug woke up this morning feel sick so our battle isn't done yet.
We had nice weather on the first day of Spring but no one was really feeling up to celebrating much so we just put out our garden flag and Easter door sign and called it good. Wow!  We really did have a boring week. Sorry friends.
In our homeschool this week... It has been a nonstop battle this week.  We are really close to the end of our school year and about this time Bee asks if she can just finish one subject for the school year.  Math is a constant battle so I chose this to be the first subject to finish.  I have been sick this week and  Bee has done her best to drag her feet.  I tried motivating, make a deal about finishing so many and getting a break, but I'm sad to say that I'm a crabby sick person and have yelled "do your math," way too many times this week. (Mommy Fail) I'm hoping that the few remaining lessons will be finished quickly on Monday and then we can move on to a different subject.
Things I'm working on... Since I feel bad about my Mommy Fail I'm trying to figure out better ways to deal with my frustration when Bee drags here feet. Pray for me, PLEASE!
I'm grateful for... I'm grateful for Mr. Daddy coming home today! I need a little break.
I'm praying for... I'm praying our family recovers from sickness quickly.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
We celebrated by putting out our garden flag.

Until next time,
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - March 14, 2015

In my life this week...  Happy Pi Day!  I hope everyone week went well.  Mine was interesting.
I'm not sure if I lost my mind or got really brave but I gave Mr. Mister a home haircut on Sunday.  I guess I got a little tired of trying to explain to stylists that I wanted him to have a boy's cut, not a baby's cut.  Now this was only his 3rd haircut ever, but he did really good considering I had no idea what I was doing. 
Monday was my day for really bad customer service.  I went to a local office supply store to have a print job done.  We recently bought the Rosetta Stone Spanish homeschool edition and I wanted to get the workbook printed off and bound.  I had gone in previously to speak with someone in the copy center to make sure it was possible and if I needed to bring anything with me.  The lady I spoke with said I needed to show permission in writing from the company, but it was a common thing.  So I looked in the workbook and there it was.  I drag the disk and all three kids into the store to get this processes started.  I explain to the guy what I wanted done.  He tells me he can't do it, I can print it off on my own personal printer but they could not.  The guy was very aggressive about it.  I leave the store and call Rosetta Stone's customer service and asked the representative about the situation.  I was told what I wanted to do was perfectly acceptable and it was the reason why they put it in workbook.  So by now I'm rather put off by the office supply store so I e-mail a customer complaint. The next day I get an e-mail from the president of the company stating the same thing the guy told me.  They were trying to protect Rosetta Stone's copyright by refusing to print the material for my personal use, even thought I have permission in writing. It doesn't make sense to me, but I will not be going back to the store again.
We must really be missing our Sweet Southern Friends this week.  I have noticed everyone has been using southern sayings, especially y'all.  It's rather cute to see the girls saying it.  We went to Hobby Lobby and bought a garden flag that says, "Welcome Y'all." I'm hoping we get to see our friends soon, but it all depends on how quickly Bee can finish with school.  If she finishes early we can leave for our vacation early and visit our Sweet Southern Friends.  I know we are all excited about the possibility.
In our homeschool this week... Bee has worked hard this week and finished early this week.  She is finally feeling the push to the end of the year.  The possibility of getting to visit our Sweet Southern Friends has really motivated her.
Places we're going and people we're seeing... On Sunday we are taking Mr. Daddy to the airport for his last week of training in Texas.
Things I'm working on... I bought some really cute material to make the girls some dresses.
I'm grateful for... I'm grateful for the wonderful weather.
I'm praying for... I'm praying for a easy plane ride for Mr. Daddy's trip.
Until next time,
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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - March 7, 2015

Join me and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, as we recap our week.
In my life this week... It's been a strange week.  Mr. Mister had to go to the pediatrician on Tuesday.  Last Wednesday night his face look wind chapped.  It wasn't such a strange thing since it's always windy here, so I regularly put lotion on it.  Monday I noticed he was getting rash on his stomach too. I was worried that it could be something contagious so we had it checked out. It turns out his face is just dry skin.  The belly rash is a viral reaction.  He's getting over some virus, but he never showed any signs of being sick.  The doctor recommended lotion on his face and if it doesn't get better hydrocortisone.  Some times I just want to shake my head at people.  The kids and I all have sensitive skin that the dry air and wind here agitates.  So, I called my oldest friend Brandy and asked what I could do to help speed up the process.  Thank goodness for friend with knowledge of natural healing.  She made some suggestions and they seem to help, but Mr. Mister looks so pitiful.

Mr. Daddy and I did get a little work done on the kids bedroom.  He's posting the dresser and bed online to get them sold off.  We moved the dresser downstairs for now and we will be moving Mr. Mister's  crib into the room any day now.  Hopefully the bed and dresser sell soon so we can get the new bed in. Mr. Mister turned 18 months old this week so we are discussing if we should just move him straight into a toddler bed.

In our homeschool this week... Bee really worked hard this week and finished everything by Wednesday. She was very excited to take off a couple of days and celebrate her accomplishment.
Places we're going and people we're seeing... We will be going to see Mr. R at his farm on Saturday.  All the nice weather is making the kids stir crazy so getting to run around a farm is just what they need.
I'm grateful for... I'm grateful the weather is supposed to me warm for the next week or so.
I'm praying for... I'm praying that the "spring forward" goes smoothly for the kids.
I rewarded my kids this week by...The kids got new bath scrubbies this week.  They are cute with little animals on them.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
Mr. Mister getting clean.
Until next time,
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