Friday, February 24, 2017

Hopefully Better

Hopefully, today is better than yesterday. The kids are at least calmer to start with by this point, and I have gotten one load of laundry in the washer and dryer. They are playing with Legos and LeapPads. I didn't want screen time at all today, but I rarely consider LeapPad screen time. 

1. Making the bed with Sadie in it isn't easy. 

2. Listening to Drew try to explain to Sadie how to swing herself is adorable. 

3. If it is wet my kids want to be in it. Today is grey and cold rain, but they were both out in it for a while in the mud.  If there is ever any wonder why my floors are always dirty: 

My tub needs to be shop vacuumed before I can use it. That amount of dirt might clog it. 

4. Sadie is long enough when she lays across me in my chair her head is on one arm rest and her feet are on the other. 

5. I am debating trying to keep track of his school stuff on the homeschool blog. After my frustration the last few days maybe that would help see progress. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rough Days

Some days are rough no matter what, whether it is the weather or the phase of the moon, the kids loss it. It turns into the inmates running the asylum. Those days I don't know how teachers in school deal with a bunch of kids like that.

Yesterday turned into an hour long walk around our one block, well a blue car and a bike ride with oranges. There was a lot of looking and talking about trees, and plants, and vines. We talked more about place values using address numbers. Place values might be one of the first concepts he hasn't gotten right away, but we have only done it about three times. We practiced sounding out words on signs we passed. While it definitely didn't look like school and other kids are probably getting the same lessons at home on a normal basis as supplemental to school it is what we had. 

I always feel guilty on those days that he is learning less than kids in school, that they are actually working on things, that they have unit studies and can actually identify the parts of a plant and label them. That they are all reading by this point and that they have math down pat, they can tell time and make change from money and can add double digit numbers. That they can write sentences that they came up with and I am still having to dictate the sentences and he is slow breaking down the letters in the words and then slow writing them. He doesn't like writing. He uses a weird mixture of upper and lower case letters, can't get his letter spacing down, and really is struggling with spacing between words. I feel like kids at this point in their kindergarten year at school can do all of his. 

Instead he and Sadie played in the tub, on the swings, in the water hose, and then the shower before she was ready for a nap and he played Lego Star Wars. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wonk Weekend

This weekend has been wonk all around. We tried to drive to the cape to watch the rocket launch and failed to get there and al the last minute the launch got scrubbed. Sadie randomly threw up last night on the couch and that mean scrubbing the couch and Washington the cushion covers. The rocket went up today, but Drew had no interest in going. I woke him up thinking he wanted to go and he didn't and he was grumpy for waking him up. He has been a grump all day. 

We went to IKEA to grab a couple of things. I forgot how busy and overwhelming they are on the weekends. I am glad we only wanted to look at two things and then grab the four things we needed. Sadly, one of the things we bought didn't work for what I wanted it to, so it needs to go back. 

We didn't get as much done on the house as I wanted. Next weekend is a loss, so I wanted to make some progress on the house list. We didn't get much done, but at least what we did was useful. 

We decided the blackout curtains on the closet weren't working out the way I wanted. The curtains plus the blackout curtains couldn't slide smoothly on the track. Taking off the blackout ones helped a bit. 

We moved out the old nightstands because we don't need them with the new headboard. Hopefully, they sell quick  and we can put the money into other stuff. Without the nightstands we could move Sadie's dresser out of the walkway into our bathroom. It is nice not having to weave around furniture to go to the bathroom. The negative to moving is that now one wall in the room is heavy visually. All the furniture is on one wall and it looks overbearing to me. 

We can't move our bed anytime soon because of Sadie's crib. AJ readjusted rge crib so it matches the new bed height. I am goin to try to get her to sleep on it more than she has in a while. She likes sleeping next to daddy in the middle of the bed. 

I got the frame on my new bird picture painted. I think it helps the picture a bunch  it had a black frame before and it just looked dark. I painted it the same bright turquoise that is on the bird and it helped it. I need to get it hung, but with the furniture not where I want it more long term I don't want to hang why picture just yet. 

We had a guy come out and give us a quote for replacing the sliding doors. He only wanted to quote us new slider doors. That isn't what we want. We want a wall of windows and a door. He made it seem like that was a bad idea and refused to come off of the slider option. He quoted us just over $8,000. We were not expecting that. Yesterday we went to Home Depot and priced out what we wanted to do. It came in under $1,000. Which is what we were expecting.

We like the light that the sliders give us, but they are big and heavy and the kids can barely open them, well, I can barely open them either. We also can't get screens to fit them. If we could get screens all it would take is someone forgetting they are there and walking right through them. So, since we don't want to lose the light that comes in and want screens, we want to put in windows and a simple normal door. I would love to get it all done before summer so that working with it wont be too hot.  We'll have to see how time works on that though. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Goodbye Tree

A little over a year ago we had our big beautiful tree fall in the yard. It was sad, but more terrifying when it happened. 

It cracked the driveway where it landed. Thankfully, the kids and I were out dealing with some other really stressful stuff and AJ was at work. It didn't even hit the house, but I hate thinking of the damage it could have done to the house, the car, or us. It took friends and us about 4 hours with 6 guys on chainsaws to cut just the limb that fell down up. 

A few weeks later we had a tree company come out and remove the rest of the tree. As they were taking it down I was feeling really guilty that the rest of the tree looked really healthy, then they got the base of the tree. About a third of the base was missing inside the tree. The rest of it was really mushy. I don't thing trees bases are supposed to be missing and mushy. That made me realize that in a decent Florida storm this thing could come over and if the beast of that trunk fell I don't want to know what could have happened. 

Well, it is a little over a year and a quarter later. Last year AJ said I could have it ground out if he didn't get it out by January 1st. He didn't, but he kept talking me into letting him keep playing with it and fire. This past December he said if it wasn't out by January 1st I could take it out. I put it off until we made our project list and it was on there. 

This week I called a company and I thought they were just going to come give me an estimate it. The guy showed up (right on time), and said he could do it right then. I called AJ to check the price. He said go for it. 15 minutes later the tree stump was gone. 

The kids were enthralled watching the guy cut it out. It was a remote controlled grinder and it was just cool. When it actually started grinding it spit up a lot of dust and dirt and Sadie and I went inside to watch without getting stuff in our faces. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Down Days

The cousins left Sunday. After the excitement of last week we had a down day. 

1. We went to a nursery to look at trees to get ideas in replacing the big tree that fell. We also wanted help on identifying the ones growing on the sides of the house to possibly transplant to the front yard. 

2. Sadie likes being wrapped in a towel, even if she hasn't been in the shower. 

Calm Morning Before Chaos

1. Morning D snuggles and tickles are the best. 

2. We went to a church garage sale. Sadie found a toy shopping cart. We made her push the rest of our stuff out. 

3. After a massive antic issue last night to try to find clothes and a frantic run to Target where I didn't find anything, I dug through my closet. I found a few of the only "adult" clothes I have left. Thankfully, they worked for the funeral. 

4. Sadie found Big Humma's glasses from her 85th birthday party. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

School days

While the cousins have been here we have been trying to stick to our school schedule. It hasn't been the easiest to stick to it. Normally, we do school when Sadie is down for her nap. This week we have been trying to do D's when Savannah is doing hers. 

I am really proud of what he has been accomplishing this week. I remade a worksheet that has a lot of different practice skills on it. I had found the basis for it and really liked it accept it used all these fonts that were really hard to read. There were several that were cursive or swirly or fanscifal. He had a hard time reading them or more accurately identifying what they were. So, I remade them and it has been easier. He still hates handwriting, but he is a perfectionist and doesn't want to do it at all until he can do it perfectly. I think this is one reason he prefers capital letters for most letters. 

Savannah also joined in on us. She was doing her handwriting while he was working on his Ss. 

Then let Savannah do D's math with him. We are working on money; identifying, sorting, and counting coins. He had to also work on his graphing skills, so I found a perfect sheet that made them graph the coins they pulled out of a jar. 

They also went to a homeschool art class that the art museum offers once a month. I am not sure how much he really gets out of the class, but he seems to enjoy it. This is the third one he has gone to so far.  The made books and used ink to make the covers. He also is using his to make ladders. He decided he could use some of the pages to do his letter blend ladders on. I was proud he made the connection. 


Sadie had her jumpballs class today. She is currently in Waddlers and she loves it. She is coming along really well on her skills, she isn't as dating as Drew was this age, but she is almost as skilled. When she was on the monkey bars she hotties she was doing better than kids in the next age up.  They also got to play on the zip line this week. 

Sadie mastered climbing the side bolster to the uneven bars. This is a skill a lot of kids haven't learned by the 4 year old class. She saw D do it a few weeks ago and I she wanted to know how to do it. I helped her a few times. Now she wants to do it on the high bars. 

After Sadie's class was free play. Drew, Savannah, and Elizabeth joined us on the floor. Drew had a good time playing with his cousins. He is such a monkey. He is now big enough he can jump up and grab the high bar and hang. 

I got some really good videos, but I don't think I can post them easily. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Swing Swing Swing on a February Day

1. The weather has been great. This translates to the kids playing outside, a lot. 

2. The kids have done really well together for the most part. They pulled down Drew's LEGO Bible stories books and wanted me to read them. I am thankful I can read upside down, it isn't a skill I use often, but handy when little people all want to see the pictures. 

3. I am working on trying to find ways to keep Sadie occupied during school. This is going to be a continuously evolving thing. 

Her fine motor skills shocked me this morning. She saw me put one cheerio on the pipe cleaner and then purgers on no problem. She did her first one without me holding it, but she handed it back to me. I am sure this isn't an advanced thing, but it shocked me. 

4. We went to a park today as a change of scenery. Sadie found her super happy place, a swing and her tap shoes. 

5. We also went to the library for a kid's cooking class. Drew made a tortilla pizza.