Friday, October 21, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal 4

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In my life this week…
We have been busy planning the combo birthday party for the just-turned 11 yo and the about-to-turn 5 yo at the local jumping/bouncing arena. It should be tons of fun, but I'll be glad when the planning is done!

I also sent in a resume to my old "alma mater" (someone I used to work for full time) to apply for some new freelance work. I have plenty, but I like to have diversity and also having more than once source of income unless something falls through. I hope they call me for some work soon.

My newish camera also went kaput. Fortunately, Amazon took it back and gave us a refund without any fuss. Now, I just have to decide what to replace it with. DS is being nice and letting me use his little point and shoot when I need it.

In related news, I need someone else to be in charge of my finances. Although I consider myself a smart person, in money management, if I were in school, I'd get an F minus. The stress I cause myself is just too much.
In our homeschool this week…
It was kind of a catch-up week, so that we could finish some projects we didn't get to last week.

DS11 worked on dividing decimals by whole numbers and also built a wetland to study the benefits of wetlands on the environment and pollution.

DS11's wetland model with sand, carpet (to serve as "absorbent" wetland grasses), clay creatures and tree, and some real leaves and twigs.
The girls learned "Hickory Dickory Dock" this week. We also did a supershort nature walk (it was colder than we expected!), made leaf stencils, and made letters and numbers out of air-dry clay.

DS4's leaf prints. The one with the the yellow and red outline was the leaf. Otherwise, she was just having fun exploring with sponge painting.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We took a field trip to watch Bradley Fields in MatheMagic!, a combination magic show/educational program. It was really geared toward 5th and 6th graders. My 3 and 4 year old found some things interesting (like him finding coins everywhere, including in people's armpits!), but they were a bit antsy. My 11 yo enjoyed it more because he knew the math and enjoyed the magic.
My favorite thing this week was…

My plantar fasciitis is doing better (mostly due to wearing crocs or thick-soled flip flops all day, even in the house). The field trip to the theater, despite some standing on hard surfaces and doing some walking, did not make my feet sore! That's the first time in a long time. They still have some healing to do, but they are on the way!
What’s working/not working for us…

See yesterday's post!
Things I’m working on…

In my few moments of spare time, I've been playing with wirework jewelry making. I'd like to be able to make rings, but my spirals really need work. I can't seem to get them even. However, I made a cute copper music note zipper pull for my purse and a cute pair of earrings that I'll probably end up giving away since I don't usually wear them ;)
I’m reading…
Amazingly enough, nothing! I have been too busy to start anything, although I have a big pile of to-read books on both paper and Kindle.

I’m cooking…

I made some peanut butter muffins from Paula Deen's Cookbook for the Lunch Box Set for a playdate that turned out pretty yummy. I need to make ahead more of this type of thing so we're eating breakfast out of a box less often. As soon as I get some more time...
I’m grateful for…

My family. I'd be nothing without them. Honestly.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I found this on Knowledge House totally describes my life.

"Real Homeschool Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it."


  1. uuugh lost my post...

    $$ stuff to check out:
    pearbudget $3 a month, super easy budget tool is FREE and I like it, but haven't totally jumped into it yet. you tie to all accounts and it's easy peasy.
    dave ramsey style--- check out simplemom for some info. i want to say she had the basics in a series.

    have fun with all the bday hoopla!!

  2. I am with you on taking on more work (too much, really) and on having trouble managing finances -- I really suck at it. I am so glad your foot's doing better. And those homeschool projects look great. :-) I have wanted to learn jewelry making for a while. I bought some of the supplies, but have done nothing except admire them. :-)

  3. Hey, what's not to love about Paula Deen? LOL I love her recipes. I haven't made a bad one yet.

  4. Thanks for the tips, Lisa. I think the only way I won't spend too much is if DH pays all the bills and gives me an allowance. I know that sounds archaic, but in this area, my self-discipline seems to be nil. I don't know if I need a class or therapy. LOL. Thanks everyone for coming by :)