Saturday, March 28, 2009

Snow in Spring

Woohoo~ we got snow right on the heals of a thunderstorm. My driveway was a mini pond and now is a slush pond heehee. I played in the snow and took pictures. Yes, I'm a big kid and love snow ~ my jingle is "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."

I've been knitting on my CPH, which has now been ripped back 4x - ugh! The first time was ripped all the way to the ribbing cause I had knit too loose. I've ripped back 2 other times due to miss counting for the cables. I just ripped back for the armhole decrease, I was humming along and oops. Its better now, pics on that later.

Here are some snow day pics ~ Enjoy! Going back to knitting and listening to a book or music, either one is fine w/me. ;)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wet and cold

Thats our weather for today and I'm not liking it at all. If I hadn't had to be out in it, probably would have been ok. Would've been great to knit, bake and listen to a book. ;) Oh well, that didn't happen and I'm now sitting here wondering what I should write. I thought I had my blogging groove back but apparently I don't. LOL I miss reading blogs more than writing posts but posting is fun.

So here is the boring news ~ I awoke at 8a and went back to sleep and awake again at 9a. Made coffee and took the eldest to the laundry. Didn't like the new coinless machine, its a ripoff especially if you never go back. You stuck w/this debit key that costs a $1. The laundry was clean but for real ~ debit key and .19 to dry for 8 mins. LOL Then I took her home to get ready for work. Drove her to work and headed to the mall since I was schedule to work at 2p. Driving thru the rain/storm, which you couldn't see more than 3 feet in front of you, I was called and told to come in at 5p. More cut hours but I can get out of the rain for a little while. So I went to the library, did some research, ordered our books, printed math pages and paid my fine. ;) Boring I know, then I went home and took a nap. I woke up at 4:15p and went to work. Work was busy, we were shorthanded but productive, I think. Left at 10p and headed home in the rain ~ very cold rain I might add. Then I decided to go to Wally World cause I was hungry. Got some hot link sausages, cheese popcorn, doritos and oreos. heehee love junk food plus there were 4 others at home who would be looking for a snack. ;)

Now I'm sitting here wondering why I told you all this and why I am still cold. I don't know and I'm now going to end this little narrative and go read my book. Have a great one, Nite!

ps ~ I did borrow a great book ~ "American Knitting" can't wait to read and try some of the patterns. ;)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Booklist 3/09

Current Booklist

Math ~ MEP Yr 5 & 6
Grammar ~ Grammar Smart Junior & Grammar Smart Perfect
Literature ~ Ivanhoe, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Good Earth, The Great Divorce
History ~ Romans & Birth of Britain
Science ~ Earth Science
Poetry ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson & Keats
Bible ~ Strong's Concordance, Ephesians, Proverbs & Psalms
Art ~ Botticelli & Friedrich
Music ~ Liszt & Mahler
Shakespeare ~ Love's Labor Lost
Plutarch ~ Titus Flamininus
Computer ~ Mavis Beacon 9

Health ~ weight training, walking, skating
Life Skills ~ CPR, cooking, gardening
Hobbies ~ knitting, woodworking
Videos ~ Standard Deviants
Skill Bldg ~ Where in the World Carmen Sandiego, Crossword puzzles

Lesson time

Wow ~ 3 blog posts in a row. I must be back to my old self. ;) It has been a while since I've wanted to blog and today I wanted to update our school plans. I need to make certain I have a record of what we are doing, it helps in the long run. We are still using Charlotte Mason's methods and I'm looking forward to getting back to the books. I'll post our current booklist too.
Here is our current schedule ~ its simplified and I'm gonna roll with it.

09 ~ Lesson Plans
Sun – Bible Devotions
Mon – Home Eco, Health, Computer & English
Tue – History & Math
Wed – Arts: Art, Music, Poetry, Bible, Shakespeare & Plutarch
Thu – Science & Math
Fri – English & Math
Lessons and review in the mornings (7:30a-10:30a); Composition, free reading, drill, copywork and recitation in the afternoons (12:30p-2:30p)

How this looks daily:

8:30a ~ Devotions
~ write journal entry

7:30a ~ Bible Reading
8a ~ Home Eco
9:30a ~ Health - Computer
10a ~ Computer - Health
10:30a – 12:30p ~ free time/lunch/rest
12:30p ~ Recitation
1p ~ Copywork
1:15p ~ Literature
2p ~ Home Eco

7:30a ~ Bible Reading
8a ~ Bible Study
8:45a ~ break
9a ~ Bible Study cont'd
9:45a ~ break
10a ~ Shakespeare
10:30a – 12:30p ~ free time/lunch/rest
12:30p ~ Plutarch
1p ~ Art & Music

7:30a ~ Bible Reading
8a ~ Math – History
8:45a ~ break
9a ~ History – Math
9:45a ~ break
10a ~ Narrations
10:30a – 12:30p ~ free time/lunch/rest
12:30p ~ Recitation
1p ~ Math Assignment
1:45p ~ Reading/Narrations

7:30a ~ Bible Reading
8a ~ Math – Science
8:45a ~ break
9a ~ Science – Math
9:45a ~ break
10a ~ Narrations
10:30a – 12:30p ~ free time/lunch/rest
12:30p ~ Recitation
1p ~ Math Assignment
1:45p ~ Reading/Narrations

7:30a ~ Bible Reading
8a ~ Math - Grammar
8:45a ~ break
9a ~ Grammar - Math
9:45a ~ break
10a ~ Narrations
10:30a – 12:30p ~ free time/lunch/rest
12:30p ~ Recitation
1p ~ Math Assignment
1:45p ~ Reading/Narrations

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Early to Bed, early to rise.....

Well, I've officially come to the conclusion that I must start going to bed early in order to accomplish what I need to and feel good about myself. I'm not resting and I'm starting to have some serious issues with memory. Hmm, thats never good. I managed to put my work schedule into my Blackberry incorrectly for today and was late to work ~ 3 hrs mind you. That has never happened to me before, I'm usually too early when I mess up. The sad thing is the rest of the week is in the schedule correctly ~ don't know what I did but I really messed this one up. LOL

I've been working on lesson plans for the past hour and I've narrowed down what we will get done in the next 6 weeks. I've decided to take little pieces at a time and see how it goes especially since I will have to rely on the library for the next few weeks til I've sorted out the storage and garage. I'll post tomorrow our finalized schedule and booklist ~ I'm liking what I've put together and am getting excited about reading alongside my kiddos, its been far too long since I did that. I will also be scheduling eye doctors appts for us all so we can enjoy our lessons. A literature based curriculum can be taxing on your eyesight but I've also planned some audio books so my auditory learner will be happy.

Well, got go to bed now ~ I'm taking Benjamin Franklin's quote to heart and I leave you to ponder it ~ Nite!
"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy & wise!"

Relaxing, traveling and stuff

Hello everyone,
life around here has been moving along rather nicely. I've been doing alot of nothing and enjoying every single minute of it. Knitting has been on hold for the most part but I do have alot of things I'd love to make. :) My CPH is the only thing left to finish on my SAL goals but haven't been motivated since having to rip out the rightside and start again. LOL

I've been on some mini-vacations in the past few weeks. I've made 2 trips to Missouri and am planning another in the next few weeks. My Vegas trip turned out to be a bust ~ they claimed some technicality that is bogus but I'm not mad. I'll upload pics from my trip in the next few days.

I've also been spending more time offline because its been consuming all my free time and making me very tired. I'm not sure how I'm going to balance it but I plan to do so cause updates are necessary. ;)

School is starting to get back on track. I've ordered the graduation stuff, planned our trip to NC and am working on the actual trip details. I will not be able to stay in VA for as long as I've originally planned but I do plan to go to the beach ~ yeah!

I've been in a few swaps, 3 to be exact and I'm feeling good about that. I've actually been working on my groups and doing KALs instead. We've a new one getting ready to start and I'd better get my materials together or else I'll be left behind.

Well gotta got to bed now ~ more in another few days. Have an awesome week!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Miss me?!

Yeah I know, I could post more via my blackberry but I am too sore for that. I've been not well for over a week and today it was really bad. What I thought was simply allergy issues now has turned into a mini-cold. I say mini cause I don't have full symptoms but the fatigue is awful. The weather here has made this week impossible and caused most of the symptoms and I just found out that we are going from being really cold to being hot again in two days. Lord help me. I'll get some rest and try not to think about it.

On the knitting front ~ I'm making progress on my CPH and focusing on doing several rows a night so that I can get it done. I've started a pair of toddler socks but had to rip them cause the pattern didn't work out. I'll re-start them by the weekend. I plan to make some dishcloths and washcloths for my co-workers but haven't been motivated, so hopefully this weekend I'll get some of them done since I will not be working. Looking forward to a little R&R in Missouri.

Well, I'm going now, talk w/you again soon. Have an awesome week!