Monthly Archives: June 2013

Homeschool Prep

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Since this is my very first time homeschooling any of my babies, I thought you might want to join me on this new adventure 🙂  I keep being told that I’m brave, and asked how nervous I am.  The truth  is that I’m not nervous, and I don’t feel brave at all.  Kailer is my son, and there isn’t a teacher in the world who loves him more than I do.  God chose to bless me with this boy, and the responsibility of raising him, and in this situation, homeschool is in his best interest.  It’s not right for everyone, and I won’t be one of those people who shoves it down everyone’s throat.  Chances are, Kailer may be the only one I homeschool, and maybe only for this year – there’s just no telling.  I’m taking it year by year 🙂

As you’re well aware, I LOVE lists and plans.  So I’ve written out our year at a glance.  Here it is so far:

School Day Schedule

10:00 Time For Truth – Bible Study
10:15 Physical Education
10:30 Math
10:45 Language Arts
11:00 Language Arts
11:15 Voice Lessons
11:30 Math
11:45 Life Skills
12:00 Lunch
12:15 Life Skills
12:30 Social Studies
12:45 Social Studies
1:00 Business Management/Marketing
1:15 Science
1:30 Science
1:45 Time For Truth – Bible Study

Weekly Agenda

Each week will include a math, spelling and novel quiz.

Monthly Agenda

Each month will have a theme which our lessons will be loosely based on. Kailer will be expected to read a novel, and do a monthly book report once the book has been read.  My plan is to choose novels that have also been made into movies, that we will watch as a family once the book report has been written.

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The MUM Lists

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Summer Officially began on June 21st, but my summer really gets going today – the last day of school.  I know most moms groan come this time of year, but I actually look forward to it.  My Kailer’s ADHD definitely makes my life a lot more interesting (to put it mildly), but he’s so much more than the loud, impulsive tornado, that most people see him as.  He’s kind, thoughtful, sensitive, funny, smart, creative, affectionate, helpful, protective… I could go on and on.  As I’m typing this, he’s finishing his breakfast.  He just spontaneously looked up and said “Mom, I love you”.  This isn’t a surprise to me really – he says this wonderful treasured phrase at least half a dozen times daily 🙂

The one problem I do have when he’s home all summer, is finding things to do that we can all enjoy – adults, my toddler, my preschooler and Kailer – my preadolescent.  So when my friend Jen (A Wife’s Life) told me she was making a summer bucket list, it sparked an idea – make a list of things we can all enjoy together.  I’ve already made a list of the dates of the fairs and festivals I want to attend as a family, so Jen’s list idea fits perfectly.  Thanks Jen!  So as not to completely hijack her idea, I’ve renamed it to fit my own anal retentive ways 🙂  I call it the MUM list – Making Unforgettable Memories 😀  I intend to use MUM lists for each season.  I love doing fun stuff with the kids, but too often it becomes mundane.  This list idea takes effort and consideration – purposeful playtime 🙂

Here’s my list so far:

  1. walk to the library
  2. visit the local splash park
  3. explore new playgrounds
  4. make Popsicle
  5. camp out in the back yard
  6. have a picnic
  7. blow bubbles
  8. build an indoor blanket fort
  9. buy, and play in a kiddy pool
  10. lunch date with Daddy
  11. make finger Jell-O
  12. do something nice for the eeighbors
  13. go to different beaches
  14. dress up
  15. have a tea party
  16. do handprint crafts
  17. have a dance party
  18. have a bon fire
  19. attend concerts in the park
  20. play in the sprinkler
  21. watch fireworks
  22. visit museum
  23. watch an outdoor movie
  24. thumbprint art

This list (in no particular order) is a work in progress 🙂  To break this down a little more, I think I’ll also make a list for the older boys, and then each child, because it’s important to spend one-on-one time with each of them as well.

  1. set up a lemonade stand
  2. participate in a parade
  3. bake cookies
  4. do a science experiment
  5. scavenger hunt
  6. go fishing
  7. go on a hike
  8. play water games
  9. go geo-caching – Kailer
  10. make a hummingbird feeding
  11. make a butterfly garden
  12. play outside in the rain – tag
  13. play flashlight tag
  14. play sprinkler games
  15. make a bird bath
  16. make a volcano
  17. kids plan dinner
  18. go horseback riding
  19. make ice-cream
  20. read a chapter book together
  21. fly a kite
  22. rootbeer floats
  23. tie dye shirts
  24. homemade pizza party
  25. have a sleepover
  26. Go to a rugby game
  27. teach swimming
  28. welcome new neighbors
  29. Make Canada Day T-shirt
  30. family games night
  31. go to the skate park
  32. have  a pillow fight
  33. make ice-cream sundaes
  34. learn the map of Canada
  35. master math facts
  36. create a reading program – Kailer
  37. make desserts
  38. Create a family photo booth
  39. write a silly story
  40. host a brunch with friends
  41. try foods with funny names
  42. make play dough
  43. learn the alphabet – Kaleb
  44. have a Royal Beach party – sand castles – Kaleb
  45. bowling
  46. play classic outdoor games – red light/green light etc.
  47. obstacle course
  48. build and sail boats
  49. color
  50. do puzzles
  51. bingo
  52. attend nearby fairs & festivals
  53. attend a pow wow
  54. participate in local library events
  55. school supply shopping

Confession: Housewife Faux Pas

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Today’s been busy, and yet, as I told my friend Jen, it’s been a chase-my-tail kind of day 🙂  I’ve been running around picking up this, and putting that in the trash, making room here, and vacuuming there.  But when I turn around, the place is as it always is – a disaster 😦  The boys are finally in their rooms “napping”.  I’m taking this time to scouring  Pinterest for solutions to my issues – and boy oh boy do I have issues.  LOL!

The biggest problem that leads to my chaotic house is that things don’t have a place.  I working hard to solve this problem with the help of some great websites, DIY projects, and some wonderful people.

Well, I did it – I committed one of the most tabooed faux pas of a stay-at-home mom.  I just hired a cleaning lady 😦  I hate even admitting that, but I’m drowning in my own house, and it’s beginning to feel a little like fantasia – chaotic and stressful.  Sorry to those of you who love the movie.  I watched it as a child, and remember feeling very anxious 🙂

So, I’ve made up a honey-do list for my Mike, hired a cleaning lady (my aunt) for this Saturday, and a friend of mine is coming over on July 8th to help me declutter and organize.  I’ve also begin the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home decluttering challenge.  Yes, this is my second attempt at it (don’t judge me!) LOL!

I really really want this to work, so I’m throwing everything I have at this problem.  Wish me luch 🙂

Something`s Wrong…

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Ok, so here`s the scoop:

I was spotting from May 14-June 14.  My last period was June 7-14.  The month-long spotting was a concern, so I went to see my doctor, who game me a form to get some blood work done.  Due to lack of transportation and forgetfulness, I haven`t gone for the tests yet.

This morning I began having cramps around noon, and they got noticeably worse around 1:30pm.  At 1:45pm the pain was a 3 on a scale of 1-10, and I found myself unconsciously taking deep breaths to deal with the pain.  At 2:04pm, there`s a very light pink on the TP.  I`m not dizzy, but thee`s a slight feeling of vertigo – a buzzed feeling.  The pain is worse when I stand, walk, or sit at my desk.  It`s minimal when I`m sitting on the floor with my legs stretched out in front of me.  Walking is the worst – every step feels like I`m jarring my left ovary.  Then at 2:24pm the right side (ovary area as well) began cramping as well.

Chances are I`m just ovulating, but this cramping on top of the recent spotting is concerning.  I`m going to go to the hospital when Mike gets home from work.  For now I`m gong to go lie down

I`ll let you know how it goes…

Pain is a 1 out of 10 now after a 1/2 hour nap, so I’ll hold off on going to the hospital.  I’ll just go for my blood tests tomorrow, unless it gets worse again.

UPDATE:

I ended up going to the hospital.  After 3.5 hours, the tests came back normal.  My doctor is still concerned, so I’m going for further tests soon.  Good times 😦

Boys’ Bedroom Solutions

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I’ve been searching for ways to make the boys’ rooms more efficient and easy to keep clean.  I think I’m slowly making progress towards my ideal room for each of them.

Kailer is 9.  He enjoys playing video games (especially MineCraft), Lego and Cryptozoology.  The boy is a mad scientist in the making.  His ideal room would have a Lego table, labeled storage and a cat tree for his “Alley” cat.  He was diagnosed with ADHD 2 years ago, so now I realize why his room is a chaotic mess ALL the time – hence my need for him to have labeled storage 🙂  So I really need to be creative when it comes to designing his room.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • built-in bed in the closet, with storage under
  • Lego table, storage bins with lids underneath
  • a dresser with labeled drawers: pants, T-shirts, undies, etc.
  • a personalized cat tree for Alley
  • a cork board to hang all of his MineCraft art
  • curtains instead of his blinds

I’m going to try really hard to keep my budget for this about $150 or less

Kaleb is 3.  He enjoys looking at books, super heroes and pretending.  I won’t have to do a lot in his room.  He already has a loft bed, which I plan to double as a fort.  He needs a new dresser, as he prefers to pick out his own clothes.  I want to use a lot of primary colors in this room, but not on the walls, as we’re planning to sell in 2-3 years.  So, here’s my to-do list in here.

  • curtain rod and material to make the fort
  • reusable wall stickers to add color
  • glow in the dark stars for the ceiling
  • a new dresser that’s easier for him to open
  • material to make a sack for all his stuffies
  • toy storage solutions

My budget for this room is $50 or less.

The Ransom Box

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Since I have 3 boys who are in different age categories (preadolescence, preschooler and toddler) it’s important to find creative ways to discipline them according to their age group.  Each of them has a core area in which they need it most.  Kailer, (age 9)  needs to learn to be tidier and more organized.  Kaleb , (age 3) needs to control his attitude.  And Kayden (age 1) needs to stay safe in the world around him.

DSC_0018Sometimes though, I stumble across a brilliant idea that seems to work well for them as a group, and which I can adopt as an ongoing consiquence.  Today, it’s “The Ransom Box” that my friend Sabrina pinned on Pinterest.  This is an empty box that will probably fill up fast for the first few weeks.  Every time the older boys don’t clean up after themselves, The items they leave lying around will go into the box.  In order to get the items back, they will be required to complete a tasks, on top of their regular chores.  They will earn one item back at a time.  There are a collection of tasks in a pouch on the box, and they can feel free to choose from those.  That way, I know the task is suitable for them, but they in essence choose their own consequence.  BRILLIANT! 😀  And although this system still a little too advanced for my 1 year old, he’ll grasp the concept of cleaning up after himself.  I’ve tweeked this idea a bit by having 3 boxes “Toys”, “Papers”, and “Stuff”, because eventually, this will be a system for the whole family.