Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up - Nothing Exciting

February is here, and according to the groundhog, spring is on it's way.   I'm hoping the little guy is right, but I'm not holding out any hopes.  The gray, rainy days of February are a stark reminder that we're not out of the winter woods yet.   I am already thinking about my gardens though, and deciding what I'll plant this year.

I realize that we're now half way through basketball season and I've yet to share any photos.  That is mostly due, in part, to the fact that this team is fast and I get lots of blurry photos, ahem.  None the less, here are a few.   As you can see, Lindsey is still the shortest in the league.  She hasn't done a lot of scoring this year, but I finally see why they say she's a good point guard.   She's had to guard some really good players this year and has seriously impacted their ability to score.

Academics have gone well this week.  Unfotunately it has been one of those weeks where some character issues have shown their ugly heads and I've had to address those.   It's funny (and I don't mean ha-ha) how an area that has never been an issue can suddenly become an area that you know has to be dealt with quickly, but also one that has the potential to be an ongoing issue.   Yeah, those are not the days that make for great blog fodder...but those are the days that prove to be far more weighty than grades.

I know January was a slow blog month for me, with little more than my Weekly Wrap Up posts to show.  Beginning this month you'll be seeing more product reviews, and starting in March you'll have at least one good encouraging post per month to enjoy.   I'm wrapping up a few long term commitments, and hoping that will free me up to do more writing.   Also, the curriculum choices wen went with this year don't lend themselves well to my love of hands on projects, so I'll be looking at ways to rectify that as well.

Meanwhile, here is another teaser for this weeks new product review.   I bet you can guess which company this goes with, huh?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up - After the Blizzard

Well the powers that be were a bit off on their predictions for our snow accumulations.  They'd given us estimates of 30+ inches, but we ended up with just a little over 18 in our city.   The winds were pretty intense and there was some drifting issues.  Thankfully we didn't lose our electricity, but we have a back up plan (wood stove) at all time anyway.

Here are a few photos from our little "snowmageddon".    The bottom photo is our van...buried.


Enjoying a good blizzard takes a little preparation. We hit the library early for books, got lots of snack foods (homemade nachos, yum) and a new game too review.   Fun stuff I tell ya!
All activities for Friday, Saturday and Sunday were cancelled.   Monday and Tuesday also saw ballet cancelled (the instructors are still snowed in) and piano and 4-H were cancelled too.   Let me tell you folks, having 5 straight days of being home in the evenings with nowhere to rush to has been A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! 

Academics have still been going on undisturbed.   We are officially past the half way mark in our school year in all subjects.   If I'm judging it right we should be finished by mid May.   Thus far I've determined that the biggest issue academically has been science, so be expecting to see changes there for next year.

I've got some great product reviews in the pipeline.  One of our favorites, that I can't wait to share with you is this:

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up - The Blizzard

So yeah, as the title indicates, we're smack dab in the middle of the part of Virginia that is supposed to get the "storm of the century" this weekend.   Our winter has been unusually mild so far (73 degrees on Christmas ya'll) and only and occasional flurry to be seen.  This week our temperatures dropped into the low single digits, so if we do get snow, it'll definitely stick.   I'm hoping we do get snow, and that we do have the whole weekend stuck at home to play board games, bake cookies and sit by the fire after a big snowball fight.   I truly was skeptical, but at 9:10am this morning the snow started, and by 9:30am the roads are covered.....I think this one is real!

Expect to see lots of snow photos next week, ok?  

This week I assigned Little House in the Big Woods to Lindsey for her reading time.  By chapter 2 she complained it was boring.  "All they do is sit around and churn butter and listen to Pa play the fiddle.  I need excitement, I need adventure!:

And so, I gave her excitement and adventure.  I went to the library and picked up Genghis Khan - 13th Century Mongolian Tyrant for the little darling to read.  By chapter 2 she said "Are you nuts?  This thing is going to give me nightmares!"

Fine, go back to churning butter and listening to the fiddle.  Don't toy with me little girl, ahem.

I'm happy to say that even though I dropped the ball on photos last week, I do have a few this week.  Granted they are from last weeks trip to the Jump Park, but hey, it's not a boring post this week.  Grins.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up - Friendships and Fun

This past weekend went by in a flurry of activity.   Ballet now runs from 9:30-11am each Saturday.  Basketball season started and all of Lindsey's games are at noon so it's rush from one to the other and inhale lunch in between.   Then throw in a friends birthday party at the water park and it made for quite the fun, but tiring day.   Unfortunately in my rush to get in and out I left the camera sitting home on the dining room yeah, I got nothing.

Here are a two of my favorite kid quotes of the week, names are being withheld to protect the not so innocent.

"There you go, being overly verbose again", said one child to the other, ahem.

"I just don't want to look back at my childhood and have regrets. "   This quote was during a discussion as to whether or not said child wants to drop ballet in order to try other opportunities.

Monday through Wednesday were typical school, ballet, church type days.  Thursday we had plans to finish school early, eat lunch and then travel across the mountain to a larger city to go to an indoor jump park with our homeschool group.   We finished school, ate lunch, got in the van, started the van and then heard a loud THUD and the van totally died and would not come back to life for me.    Thankfully, I was able to call another mom and send the girls with her while I worked on getting a tow truck arranged.    While this was not in my plan for the day, I can't express how grateful I am that this all happened IN MY DRIVEWAY instead of while driving 70mph across a mountain.

It turns out that the fuel pump went bad.  I have to wonder who on earth is the ding-dong who decided the fuel pump needs to go IN THE GAS TANK?!  My mechanic said I should be glad that our van is a little older model because apparently the new ones require replacing the tank and the pump to a tune of around $1200.  I really liked it when I could still work on my own car back in the day, sigh.

Lastly, but most importantly....have you ever watched as someone gets caught in a circle of life that just keeps spiraling?   Not a "boy they really made bad choices" but one of those situations where life just keeps throwing things at someone faster than imaginable?   Yeah, well I've been watching, and praying and helping when I could for the last three years...and this week God moved in a mighty way, and SUDDENLY the breakthrough came.  And you know, weeping when someone else gets their "suddenly" is a wonderful feeling.

Since I've failed to take any fresh, exciting photos this week, I'll share one from Christmas, just to make you drool.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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