Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Benjamin has had quite the winter. He has been riding the snow machine on his own now for a month. Saturday I get this picture sent to me while Dad had the crew out on the machines. Benjamin's face is no longer a baby face, he is growing up just as quickly as the other three did.
I am learning that Benjamin's love language is time spent with him doing something. I have been purposeful the past couple of weeks to make time for just he and I to do things and I have beefed up his "school" time. And boy, oh boy, that little guy has been so different with me since I began being purposeful. He sits with me, opens doors, helps me out of the van, holds my hand into church, hugs on me and just lovin'on Mom, which has not been his way for some time since he has been of preschool, independent age.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Why attend a conference of any kind? There are multiple reasons to attend a conference:
*education on a specific subject matter
*sell a product or service
*getting drug along by a friend
*it's kind of like a revival service of sorts
*and many more
Someday, I will attend one of the big conventions in the lower 48, or America as one friends calls it. Someday, but until then...
Every spring one of the big public home school programs puts on a conference, they call it a curriculum fair. I go every year I can. My husband used to even take those two days off so I could go alone and concentrate on the speakers instead of serving snacks and keeping my little ones happy and quiet. This year I am going to take all the peeps with me as my high schoolers can glean much from the speakers even though there are no sessions especially for them. They can also see curriculums and products themselves, it does help when they have a say in their education.
Two days of getting to listen to those who have gone before me on this journey or have a specialization in a specific field of study. You bet I am going to go get my home school Momma shot in the arm to keep this Mom going on this very important path we are on.
Think of it as continuing education for my job. Two days of sessions, talks with friends in the hallways and maybe even lunch with friends with the crew not too far away but at a different table.
The promise of spring and green in the buds on the trees. Newness is what I need in our school.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Tonight I am making potato soup for dinner. Potato soup is my sick food. It hasn't always been.
Back in my college days, I had seasonal allergies something horrible, I think I am allergic to Kentucky from February through May or June. Anyway, I lived on Wendy's French fries and soda when the sickies got too bad. Every once and a while I would mix it up and order a baked potato. So, the starchy potato has always been my go to sick comfort meal. Now I just do the potato soup thing because, well, what's not to love?
Today's potato soup contains homemade chicken stock, onions and celery and a little milk, salt and pepper. And even though I had to sit down and stir after the chopping I am thrilled to have the energy to make soup today. Yesterday I was immobile on the couch all.day.long.
Now Daddy stayed home with tummy troubles today but he doesn't seem as bad as the rest of us were. He is sick for sure though. He has napped and otherwise sat around except for one trip outside with the dog.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
I cannot believe I have no Monday pictures. I did do a little video to put up but that requires some work on putting the video together and on YouTube, so maybe tomorrow.
There is one picture from Sunday, Benjamin is playing with a bear skull. Yes, you read that correctly, a bear skull. He drove his car in between the jaw bones kind of like a garage. He really does not know that most five year olds have never seen a bear let alone a bear skull. Normal every day stuff for him.
State testing begins tomorrow for the older three so we have a break from our normal studies and then we will be in the home stretch of school work. One more unit and we will be finished with all subjects but math. Each Blessing has a different math program so their finishing times will stagger along until they complete their current program.
I see summer break on the horizon.