Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

This is what happens when you are a little brother.

Mermaid.jpg picture by soandjo

Wild Thing the Mermaid

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet the Newest Member of the Family

His name is Caspian. 
He is 9 months old. 
The kids love him. 
The cats hate him. 
Am I nuts for getting a dog now?
Don't answer that.

Caspian.jpg picture by soandjo

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Stuff...just stuff

I've been really busy lately.  So here's the latest

My Mama:  Mama's still sick.  She's some better.  We do have some big praises--all tests for really scary stuff came back negative, and the CAT scan was normal!  Her mono test was inconclusive as well as some of the others.  The doctor packed up all of her test results and sent them to an infectious disease specialist at one of the university hospitals.  I don't know whether or not anything will come of it.  The case has to be interesting enough for them to take her.  In the mean time,  please continue to pray for continued recovery and rest.  Also pray that my grandmother will stop telling Mama stories about one of her friend's nephew's third cousins having some mysterious ailment and dying.  It doesn't help.

Me:  I'm teaching at the college again.  I have one class this semester.  It's the same math class I taught last year, so I don't have much prep work to do.  The scary part is that I think the Crafter could almost handle class.

Home school:  We are plugging along and getting work done.  We haven't been doing anything fun lately.
Bible:  Put aside Explorers, reading the book of Joshua
Math:  Singapore 4A chapter 2
History:  Read the chapter about Galileo in The Story of the World.   I'm too lazy to go look it up right now.  Side tracked into reading Galileo for Kids by Richard Panchyk from the library. (Don't tell anyone, but I took my husband's card since I'm not allowed to check out any books).  It has some neat activities.
Spelling:  Continuing with Spelling Power.
Grammar:  Writing Tales this week.
Science:  Working on ch. 3 in Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry.
Spanish:  I finally decided to break down and get Rosetta Stone.  It was really $$, but hearing from some moms who had tried other curricula and ending up frustrated convinced me-that and the $100 off code from The Old Schoolhouse.  The Crafter did one lesson.   She had a hard time speaking loudly enough for the voice recognition to kick in.  We'll try again next week.
Art and Music:  Who am I kidding?  I think she practiced piano twice this week and drew some pictures from a Draw Write Now book.

The coming weeks are going to continue to be busy.  AWANA starts tomorrow.  New Sunday school classes start the first week of September.  The Crafter starts Christian Youth Theater the second week of September and we are working on her audition.  I'm ready for things to slow down, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mama--Please pray

My Mama is very sick.  She has been sick for almost 2 weeks.  She called last Thursday and said that she was sick with chills, fever, and headache.  I was told not to worry, but she wasn't up to keeping Sweetie for the weekend.  The doctor said it was just a virus that was going around, and they were checking for Lyme disease just in case.  Fast forward 6 days and 4 more doctor visits.  Mama is much worse.  Her fever stays between 101 and 103.  Pain medication hasn't had much effect on her headache. 

The biggest shock was when my Daddy called and left a message on Sunday.  Daddy has NEVER called me.  Even when Mama had some minor surgery a couple of years ago, he didn't call.  He doesn't talk on the phone.  Even if he picks up when I call, the conversation is "Hey.  How are you?  Love you baby.  Here's your mama."  So you can imagine what's going through my mind.  He doesn't know what to do.  He has told my sister and me to stay home.  Really, there isn't much I could do if I went there. 

Yesterday, they redrew Mama's labs and they are testing her for everything they tested for last week plus a bunch of other stuff including Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and Legionnaire's disease.  She is on a strong antibiotic, a steroid, and sedatives to help her sleep.  She is in danger of developing pneumonia.  She is scheduled for a CAT scan of her brain on Thursday.

I am restless.  I'm having trouble concentrating on the day to day stuff.  I can't do anything for Mama except pray. 

Please pray for Mama if the Lord leads.  Thank you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

2008-2009 School Year Report 1

The Crafter and Wild Thing started school July 7th.  We started very slowly.  This is the first week with all core subjects.   I hope to add in some art and Spanish in the next few weeks.   I like to get a couple of months of school in while the weather is so miserable.  We'll take a week or two off in October when it cools off.

Wild Thing has finally taken an interest in schoolish things.  We are working on very basic phonics, math, and some preschool workbooks from Rod and Staff.  So far he has been doing Starfall for phonics.  He really enjoys doing anything that involves the computer.   The Historian made him some math blocks that he enjoys.  Wild Thing recognizes his numbers up to 12 but falls apart after that.  He's only 4 1/2, so I'm not rushing.  He's mainly doing school to keep him occupied while the Crafter works.  He likes to tell Sweetie that he can't play with her because he has to do his school work.  All in all his formal preschool pursuits take less than 30 minutes.

The Crafter is in 4th grade.  How that happened, I don't know.  It seems like yesterday when we did the first page of Phonics Pathways.  Here's what she has done:

  • Bible:  Explorer's Bible Study Lessons

  • Math:  Saxon 65 through lesson 45  We skipped a bunch of lessons.  Now we are working on Singapore 4A since I finally bought the books.

  • Grammar/Writing:  Alternating weeks of Writing Tales 1 with Rod and Staff.  We do a lot orally, so we can move faster through the easy stuff and then we won't feel behind when the tough stuff hits.  I am debating letting her have her own blog for her final drafts of her Writing Tales projects.

  • Spelling:  Spelling Power plugging along with level C.

  • Reading:  The Story of Martin Luther from Google Books

  • History:  Story of the World Lessons

  • Science:  Started Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry 1.  I love chemistry.  The Crafter has therefore decided that she hates chemistry and will whine incessantly while doing chemistry.  Nice.  I'm not sure about this curriculum, but then again I am very picky.  This seems like too much too soon.  We'll see.  She's finished chapter 1 and is almost done with chapter 2.  Maybe the marshmallows for the next experiment will help.

So far so good.  Our biggest problem so far has been Sweetie (that's just a code name) who is becoming less sweet all the time.  She is two in every way.  She will scribble or play with play dough for a little while, but during school time, she seems to want constant mama attention.  The Historian is home for the first part of our school day, so he keeps her entertained.  That helps a lot.

Another obstacle is a lost library book.  We can't check out anymore books until it is turned in or we pay for it.  That book has to be in this house.  Any ideas for new places to look?