Friday, April 30, 2010

Curriculum Time

Curriculum time. I am going to do something I've NEVER done before. I usually analyze, overanalyze, and agonize over what curriculum I am going to buy. As a matter of fact, last year it was so bad (the analyzing and agonizing) with my daughter starting high school, that I totally forgot to order her math, and kept forgetting, and it finally arrived in October! This year, I am going to order my curriculum before the summer. Yep, before homeschool conferences. Before making any trips to the big city to look at homeschool bookstores and hold the curriculum in my hands. Before our school year even ends! I am hoping to sit down this weekend and map everything out and make the purchases next week.

Here's what I am thinking about:
For the boys:
Nothing is really changing.
Continuing with Learning Adventures
Singapore Math
Easy Grammer and Daily Grams
Apologia (Co-op)
Adding: Latin - Latin's not so tough
Handwriting (copy work isn't working for us. Maybe a bound book will help, maybe)
Adding back in IEW

For Raeley:
Core 2000 of Sonlight
Math U See
Apologia (Co-op)
Maybe adding a course of IEW. I don't think she did enough writing.

For Cameron:
Sonlight World History (Which I already have)
Singapore Math

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This girl lives for a party!

Cameron is planning Mother's Day. I'm honored. This girl lives for a party. She plans life event to event. She brought me a post it note and a pen and told me to make a list of what I wanted. Here are her suggestions:
high heels
high heel boots.

What was her favorite gift from her birthday? Twinkle Toes Shoes. Her favorite outfit this summer? Tan shorts, brown and blue striped shirt and brown boots.
Once a week we are throwing a party for one of her stuffed animals. She wants to bake them a cake. Not good for my fitness goals!

A+ in spelling!
She wrote my last name on the post it note. Sdevynz. Her preferred way to spell Mommy is Mome. Her nickname Cammi is Came. You guessed it - Daddy is Dade. She knows the silent e rule. That's just the way she prefers it.


I need a vacation. Who doesn't? And yes, I said need, not want.
Need so I don't lose who I am.
Need so I remember what fun is,
so I don't forget to laugh.

I've mentioned before that vacations are high priority for us since my husband and I work together. It keeps us balanced - and even if we didn't work together, because we both have such full schedules, the time away keeps us from getting burned out. I need a vacation. It doesn't have to be expensive. Take me camping and we'll eat pb&j sandwiches. Our weekends have been planned to the minute and filled with stuff that I can't fit in during the week like laundry and housecleaning. Glamorous, huh? A quick way to get burned out and lose yourself. I am beginning to wonder what a good, gourmet meal at home is like. But gourmet meals take planning and inspiration and I'm a little short on both. I did enjoy my super quick chicken and dumplings tonight with fresh (dried) basil from my friend's garden, and minced garlic. That's gourmet for today.


I've given up Facebook for the most part and I don't really miss it. Two things that are time wasters for me - Facebook and TV. I have started DVRing Glen Beck, recently, though. I'm learning Economics from him. Seriously, I am. My kids need to know this stuff. I am gonna have to start taking notes, too. It's good stuff. He even made a big push in favor of homeschooling the other day. It is hard to even fathom how much money is spent on our totally screwed up educational system. Cut it in half and the financial problems of this country would be taken care of. Doesn't it blow your mind to hear that and then look at all the school districs who are bankrupt? A prime example of what happens when the goverment is in charge of something where money is involved.

Back to time wasters. I am replacing that time with cleaning my house and reading more. I am also trying to do one thing I enjoy every day, even if it is something small (like one square of chocolate or cutting some roses off my rose bush).
I went to the library and checked out a few books. My current reads:
The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership
Endangered Minds - just wait for my soapbox on this one!

What a day.

Today has not been a good day. Last night I stayed up way too late. Mark was taking car of some time sensitive business breakdowns. We had the tv on and I stayed on Facebook way too long. I hate it when I waste time like that.

I am at-my-limit as far as stress goes. I am pulled in so many directions that I have cut out many things in life I enjoy - like this blog. Counter productive if you don't take time to de-stress. My neck is killing me. I carry my stress in my shoulders. Lately my workouts have been high priority so I can just MOVE. Since I stayed up so late, I skipped my workout so my whole body is stiff. My neck is TIGHT.

So today I was grouchy all day from getting to bed late.

I even took a nap and when I got up and saw the disarray my house was in, I went back and hid under the covers. For over an hour. Yeah, I had one of those days. But I did smile when I heard my kids trying to keep quiet. And when my phone rang, I could tell by the ring who was calling. It was a business call and I could hear them whisper yelling - "What should we do?" "Answer it for her?" "Take a message?" "Do you think it's important?" Then big sister to the rescue. "Be quiet and leave her alone."

Tomorrow is going to be better because I'm not going to stay up late and I'm going to have a good attitude. At least I'm gonna try. Attitude is key.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


One thing I like about where we live
is that it is a beautiful place

with so many fun outdoor activities nearby.

We didn't do much for Spring Break, so that Saturday we took the kids to go rappelling.

A new family to the area met us there.

Oops, Jonathan! We all had a great time.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top 50 Christian Homeschool Blogs

It's the time of year when many homeschoolers are fighting burnout and gathering resolve to finish the year strong. We were so far behind in our curriculum, that we are still hitting it strong and I feel renewal because school isn't going to drag out in the summer if we keep up this pace. Here's a great list to check out for more encouragement in your homeschooling. I am looking forward to checking out these homeschool blogs!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Conversations with Cameron

January 7

Another Conversation with Cameron:

I was reading the book Angelina the Ballerina to her tonight (Angelina is a mouse). I pointed to the picture of Angelina in 2nd position. I ask Cameron "Can you do that?"

"Yes," Cameron replied in a very matter of fact tone, "but only without the tail."

March 15
Conversation with Cameron:
I hear Cameron say in an exasperated tone: "Dumb Dummy!" "Cameron, what's wrong?" "You know that graham cracker that looked like a diaper?" (She had shown me a graham cracker she had taken a few bites of that looked like a diaper, and she was so excited about it.) Well, I was gonna draw it (she's holding a piece of paper, a pen, and two graham crackers in her hand) and I took a bite of the wrong graham cracker!

March 16
Cameron was talking to me about her day. Mark was helping her ride her bike without training wheels. "Daddy took his hand off my seat. When I was peddling, he would wait till I was on the grass and let go of my seat. I don't think that's right. We should make a deal that he doesn't do that." "So what did you expect, Cameron, for him to run around and hold onto the seat while you rode around in circles?" "Yes. I might fall if he lets go." "Well, how do you think you will learn if he's always holding on?" "Not that way!" Later that night Cameron says, "We should make a deal that he only lets go after I tell him I'm balanced. It's too scary if he just does it. I might fall."