Friday, March 20, 2015

Getting Sick

Well, the expected is happening.  Sinus pressure is building, nose is drippy.  I'm getting sick.  Feeling okay right now, but I'm sure to degrade as the day goes on.  So I'm preparing.  It's a quarter 9am - laundry is in the dryer, dishwasher is going.  Breakfast is over and cleaned up.  Chicken thawing for dinner.

If I can get about an hour of school stuff in, Leah and Nathan can get their projects finished.  Hannah can work on hers independently today.  I'd like to get the whole house swept.  Hannah needs to clean the chicken coop.  I originally wanted to plant the first garden bed today, but we'll have to see. Not sure yet if that will happen.

Olivia achieved a milestone yesterday: she can now ride a 2 wheeled bike!  And this morning she changed her clothes all by herself.  My baby girl is officially not a baby any more.

I also noticed that much of the baby things are going away.  Only 1 more in diapers. Joe won't even wear Pull-Ups. All baby clothes smaller than 12 months are gone. I'm considering taking down the Jonny-Jump-Up thingy. I got out the walk-behind-push-toy for Seth this week.  He's growing up too. The last baby.  I can't quite decide if I'm sad or relieved. Some parts of babyhood are so hard, but other parts are so sweet.

My oldest is coming up on 13 years old. How did that happen? I still remember feeling nervous that the hospital staff were just going to let us take home this tiny breakable creature. Now she's 5 foot 4 inches.

Ah well.  Perhaps my impending illness is making me nostalgic.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Better

Since my last post, I got a couple really good nights of sleep.  I've felt strong and capable the last 2 days.  And just in time, because one by one, the children are getting sick.  Just a cold, mind you, but when they are sick, they wake me up in the night. Last night I was woken up 4 times.  Good thing my sleep was caught up or I would have died.

But I can go a couple nights with multiple getting-ups.  I guess I'm still feeling good from catching up, but I feel like I've totally got this.  Check in with me on Saturday, and I'm sure I'll brain dead again.  But for today, I got this.  Chicken soup for lunch, multiple boxes of Kleenex in strategic places, stocked up on cold meds.  School will just be working on their projects in whatever form that child feels up to it.

Speaking of projects, I am so proud of them!  Nathan is doing his project on the octopus.  He's copying facts, printing pictures, exclaiming over new things.  So much better than last year.

Leah did her project on the zebra.  Very cool, we both learned how to tell the 3 different zebras apart.

Hannah finished her comparison of alligators and crocodiles.  Yesterday she started work on Haiti.  I love hearing them comment on how interesting things are.  She made notes like crazy, sharing one or two occasionally.  I need to go to Staples or somewhere to enlarge the map she's working on.  I love it when they are loving learning!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Stuff

Nothing exciting happening here folks.  Hannah has a cold. I need to get our garden beds ready for planting.  I should go to the grocery store tonight. I REALLY should work out today, but I am so tired.  I'm having a really hard time motivating myself to expend a bunch of energy on jumping jacks and pushups. But I've gained 10 pounds.  But I'm so tired. But I jiggle when I walk. But all I can think about is sleep and caffeine.

I just read an article about George Muller.  He quit homeschooling his daughter at age 12. He had several good reasons, but there was one I found disturbing.  He wrote that his wife had her own ministry concerns and could not give herself completely to the work of educating the child.

I have always had the mindset that once you decide to homeschool, the children's needs come before any outside ministries (by the wife/mother). I don't know what exactly Mrs. Muller was doing, but this certainly challenges my view.  I'll have to percolate on this for awhile.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

No party after all...

Well, Sethy is running a fever, so we had to cancel the party.  Now I have 6 stick horses floating about the house, a pinata full of chocolate, and a Pin the Tail on the Horsey game still in the packaging.  Sigh...

Perhaps our play date on Friday can be a little partyish.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Progress...

The horse heads are stitched.  They need to be stuffed and sticked (tonight), then I can cross that off my list.

Hannah and I have been working on birthday knitting. I stitched together a stuffed animal for her, and realized that I did it backwards, so I need to go back and redo it.  Boy, howdy, do I hate stupid mistakes!  It'll take me 45 minutes or so to take it apart and put it back together.  Wasted time!

Let's see, today is Thursday.  It's bathroom cleaning day!  School, an hour of yard work, 30 min of birthday knitting (party on Sat).  It will be a busy day, but a good one I think. Oh!  I also need to drop some books off at the library.

Well, I'd better get started!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stuff in general

Okay, the horse heads are set to be sewn up and stuffed tomorrow.  Sticks on Thursday.  Decorating and bake the cake Friday afternoon.

Here's my completely realistic goal for Saturday:

Tape off Friday night, so that right after breakfast on Sat, we can start staining.

Stain till 11:30.

Make/eat lunch, then clean up.

Frost cake (probably have Hannah do this while I am staining).

Have Hannah and/or Leah cut up some veggies for snackage.

Party starts at 1pm and goes till 3.

After party, tidy up and start dinner.  Probably something easy like spaghetti & salad.


Sounds totally do-able, right?  Today, Hannah and I are in a knitting frenzy to finish 2 stuffed animals by Sat.  I think we would each need to knit about an hour and a half, so this is do-able too.  Really.  We can do this. I think.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My sweater...




So my sweater is seeing some progress.  Leah is modeling it here.  I've finished Phase 5.  Being that there are 10 Phases, you would logically assume I am halfway finished.  Not so!

I think most of the hard part is done.  The shoulders and sleeve-cap shaping is interesting, slowish sort of work.  And since I can only knit a few minutes each day (30 at most), I expect this will take until April-ish.  I have a project planned for the greater part of March - a birthday present.  Within our circle of family and friends, we have 16 birthdays in March.  That's one every other day.  Oiy!

Well, children are calling and dinner must be started.  Have a great week!