Sunday, April 14, 2013
What I learned from the conference
1. I love wholesome families, with wholesome children. Let's just start by addressing the jumper denium skirt issue. Yes, there were a few. I myself wore a skirt. But the majority of the moms and dads were normal looking. Stop it! I'm not even joking. I bet you couldn't even pick them out of a crowd. When I dropped my kids off at the kids conference.... there were scores and scores of well behaved, well loved children. Honestly, the kids just looked well cared for. I like being a part of that. They were neat, clean, and happy looking. That is what I want for my kids. The conference was put on by teens or young adults. All neat, happy, attentive, with eye contact. My kids loved their leaders. And they really got into it. The theme was WW2, they were all dressed up, the rooms were all decorated. I love a job well done. I'm not sure that always gets done these days, people skate by with the least they can do, while this was just done with a lot of effort.
2. Homeschooling is a lifestyle. I have been starting to think this. HS is more than just how you teach math and reading, its about a creating a loving family, that serves the Lord together. There were so many homemaking and character classes. Yes, math classes were there too. But I loved going and learning how to school, do laundry, and get supper on all at the same time. These ladies pointed out that its a way of life, and everyone helps. I like that. All working together. I have really seen that this year and its importance can not be underestimated. My kids have worked with their dad, learning all about his career as a rancher and farmer. This just seems so healthy and right to me! Why not learn from the people who care about your future the most? It gives us so much more time to focus on what is really important. Time together, learning how to work hard, and grow in the Lord.
3. "Don't feed the princess" This was said in one of the character classes and it really stuck with me. We are not to the feed the princess in our little girl, as this can create a self centered, bossy, girl who always wants the attention. We are to teach our girls to be servants and to not be afraid to get their hands dirty serving others. This was so very convicting to me. I love treating my girl like a girl. But if I feed her appetite for lots of attention, constantly telling her how cute she is.... this may not turn out well. Girls who are kind hearted and sweet are the types of girls I want for my sons, not girls who think the world revolves around them and need served constantly. FB has recently been eye opening for me... yes... I love to see pics of people and their kids. Lots of them. But these teens who are posting "selfies" all the time? No. However... can I still call Pais.... Princess Pai? I hope so. Because that's not going away anytime soon.
Other random things I need included on my list of what I am loving right now....
Picking curriculum- this is perhaps the most fun aspect. I love books. I love shopping. Combining the two.... be still my heart.
Scheduling freedom- The ability to not have to get up early every day.... heavenly. And my kids can play outside on nice days and do school on snow days.
Teaching to each child.- One of my kids is wiggly. I have been able to do lots of reading out loud while letting him play legos or jump on the tramp..... this has been perfect for him. One child has discovered he loves history.... actually... its both their fav topics. We have read some great stuff on history.
That's it for now. Wanted to share. Stay tuned for the post "why I hate homeschooling" probably to be written on the next Monday morning when everyone is whining and complaining. :)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Crew-http://www.fiarhq.com/- How I love this program so far. We are reading a book a week (or we will be when school starts) and then you do an activity associated with the book. So far, we have read one book and all the kids enjoyed it and have asked to do it again!
Reading and Spelling and Phonics -http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-spelling
This program got high reviews... so I am anxious to test it out! We'll see. It looks fun, but I am intimidated by teaching it! Probably just need to dive in.
Latin- http://www.memoriapress.com/descriptions/prima.htm- Yep! Latin. I feel Auntie Lindsey will be proud.
And our new chore program.http://www.accountablekids.com/- So when you come to visit, I will have perfectly behaved, homeschooled children. Oh yes. One can dream right? I felt as long as I am implementing routine and such... might as well go after chores as well!
And that's it. Looks like fun to me!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
In other news... it was a busy weekend. We had my boys first wrestling tournament. Something we pretty much swore we would never do. There I was, on my knees on the mat yelling like a crazy person at my son to get up. Wow. And, to be more honest.... it was a whomping. And I don't mean the other guys. In my baby boys defense... it was their first tourney. And... my 7 year old made the 2 boys that wrestled him cry... so I consider that some sort of accomplishment. They looked so cute in their onesies. (Singlets.) Those wrestling parents are hard core. Whoa.
There has been much cooking lately. I had a school board meeting on Wednesday, then worked on Thurs... thus on Friday felt guilty that I was neglecting my family and thus cooked until I felt better. Friday night= Italian Nachos. Saturday= breakfast burritos, salami sandwiches, sausage and sourkraut. Sun= Pear and Almond torte for breakfast, BBQ Ribs, and tuna fish for supper (I was tired by then!) I do somewhat enjoy cooking... but the thing about it is... doesn't matter how much I cooked this weekend... tomorrow they will all be hungry again.
Allright... not too exciting. One more Crew quote. "Mom, are you still a little girl in your heart?" Yes, dear.... I am :) I could not love that boy more.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I love her. I love having a "her." I will be buying my weight in hairbows.
If you think we did not put a 6 week old in a planter of petunias... you would be wrong.
I could not love these boys more if I tried. I love their little brother too... but he just wouldn't sit still for pic!
I love him too.
So, I just previewed this post and realized I said "I Love" in basically all of my pic captions. Well... in a way that's just as well. I guess I don't so much mind cooking, cleaning, and breastfeeding.... as long as its with these guys :)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
This is Cal- I bundled him up in a quilt and tucked him in a baby sled and then drug him all over... he really liked it and I didn't have to lug him around... now when I lug him... I think.. I am carrying 2 babies... they are getting heavy. (and one only weighs 5oz- or so the baby book says)
And now down the mountain. Then came some fun with dad. Later this would be repeated with a four wheeler instead of dad pulling, but I didn't get pics of that. Ahh the look of pure delight on all of their faces! Winter is fun is its own way!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
That is my man sporting his new chinks (Christmas gift from me). What are chinks you ask? (or I had to ask anyway, maybe you are fluent in cowboy speak) Chinks are capri chaps. And chaps (pronounced shaps-apparently- also in cowboy land) are long leather things to keep your legs warm when you are working cattle. Now around here, I do notice people wearing them merely as an accessory... to church, to market, but at our place, they will only be seen when actually working cattle. I personally wouldn't mind if they made a trip into the bedroom... oops this is a family blog! But there's just not much cuter than a cowboy, esp my particular cowboy. I dare anyone to disagree :) (sidenote-cowboy is the incorrect term for hubs... but saying rancher or cattleman just doesn't have the flow. And he won't read this anyway... so I can call him what I want!) Cowboy I have learned... denotes a certain wanderlust, a recklessness, more wild... while rancher is a buisness owner. Now for my purposes... a cowboy is anyone on a horse, with chinks and hat. Maybe some wranglers. All good things! I love the line of cattle stretching out. I do not love the pic of the bag in the snow... but hey. Its kinda cold to clean your yard. Can't wait to play on that swingset again!
And here are some guys who come and help us... I'd tell you who they are... but I'm not sure they are ready to be famous. Ha!