Monday, January 21, 2008

Week in Review 1-20-2008

Quote of the week:
Me: Why did people build cities on the river?
Xavier: Because of the overflowness! (Referring to the rich soil caused by flooding.)


Abstract Art




What we're reading. This is a great book!








The Pinewood Derby


Gabriel's America Truck


Xavier's Silver Surfer Car


Checking in.


Waiting and watching.

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Dominic Cheering for Anyone and Everyone!

Getting lined up.



It's Neck and Neck!

We won! Both cars won first place in their den. Xavier didn't want his picture taken, though. Also, they didn't place in the pack overall. This is actually nice. It means they won, but we don't have to go to district, the best of both worlds.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Before, During, and After

We had snow on Monday! Only about an inch, but Xavier and Dominic were thrilled! We switched school to the afternoon so they could play in the morning. It's a good thing we did! By the afternoon, most of it was melted. Here are some pictures. Also, I've got a few pictures of Nicky and (finally), I've got pictures of the boys ornaments.

Anything you want, Mom! Just let me go outside and play!


OCDominic before he realized his hood was unsnapped.


Crisis averted.


Playing in the snow.





If I let you see my face, I'll have to kill you.

This is Xavier's favorite winter activity, although sledding is pretty high up there. The winter he turned 3, he shoveled all the neighbors' walks.



Yes, Harry, I know it's a mess. It needs to dry and that's the best place for it.



What ya' doin', Nicky?



Reading to Harry? It looks like you've put him to sleep!



Xavier's Ornament



Gabriel's Ornament

Aren't they Beautiful?



Sunday, January 13, 2008

Week in Review

Monday
Before....

After!

I've lost a lot of teeth recently! Two on top and one on bottom!

Thursday

Being diligent and efficient makes me smile.

I hate my haircut, but love my hat! (His hair looks great, but he doesn't like it!)

Yeah, if Mom makes me, I could get into this coloring thing!

Oh, you're taking my picture?

Science on a rainy day. 1 1/2" in 5 hours.

Sunday

I'm not too manly to enjoy having red fingernails!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Our Schedule

Getting back to work after the long break has been rough. Since my poor children work better when they're on a schedule, I decided to buckle down and put them on one. It is strict for us. I am not a schedule type person. I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda gal. That probably explains why I was habitually late when I was growing up--no pants, just skirts! I know, that was sick! Anyway, I thought I'd share our schedule with you.



timeMom Gabriel Xavier Dominic
8:00showermake bed
8:15get dressed
8:30breakfastbreakfast
9:00morning routineLatinbreakfastbreakfast
9:15Spellingdresseddressed
9:30Assigned ReadingMake bedmake bed
9:45XavierPhonicsplay-doh
10:00DominicSpelling

Phonics

10:15breakbreakbreakbreak
10:30XavierMathGrammarcoloring
10:45MathMathMath
11:00laundry
11:15GabrielGrammarhandwritingwriting
11:30XavierReading
11:45Dominicdrumspreschool
12:00prepare lunchtromboneBreak
12L30lunch
12:45break
1:30Free Reading
2:00afternoon routine
2:30HistoryHistoryHistoryHistory
3:30Art/Music
4:00Logic
4:30Start DinnerCubscouts/help cookDone/help cookdone/help cook


Where there are spaces, they are either continuing the previous activity--or in the case of Art/Music and Logic, we're all doing the same thing. I just got tired of coding. Also, Xavier and Dominic are not always awake before 9, so they are not scheduled for anything prior to that.

On Mondays, we only do the schedule up to lunch. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do History. On Wednesdays and Fridays, we do Science. Wednesday mornings, we attend orchestra. That is why we are schooling on Monday. We had been taking Monday off since Gary is home on Mondays. However, our Orchestra day changed, so that got changed, too. Once a month on Wednesday afternoon, we get together with other homeschool families for PE. The last Friday of the month, we go to a place that has lots of gymnastics equipment that has an open time for homeschoolers. Also, of course, our schedule gets disrupted for field trips. However, they have slowed down somewhat.

How is it working? Well, other than the fact that I overslept by 30 minutes every morning this week, it's been going great. We just adjusted our schedule back 30 minutes and made it up on our lunch time break. The kids really respond well to having a schedule. Dominic is fighting it somewhat. However, even he is more willing to color when it's written on the schedule! :)

We've also implemented a menu. I will not list that here. However, it means that I am cooking for every meal. It also means that the kids DO NOT have a choice of what they eat. They are also having to eat healthier. For instance, for breakfast, they might have a waffle, bacon or (spoonful of peanut butter for Xavier), 1/3 of a banana, and a cup of milk. Before, they wanted to just eat 5 waffles and have done with it. This is a much healthier option. They are settling into this pretty well, although Xavier still has a melt down every time he realizes he doesn't get to choose what he is going to eat. His melt downs are getting smaller each day. I know that changing the way Xavier eats can only be good for him. I really think he has a glucose allergy or intolerance. The fact that all he wants to eat is bread does not help him. We are taking him for allergy testing. We'll see.

That's it for today. I'll post some pictures from this week when I get up in the morning!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

We're Baaaack!

We're back from the land of slow internet! Yay!

We had an absolute blast over Christmas. Thanks Mommy for letting everyone, minus Gary, "veg" at your house over Christmas. We had lots of fun playing Taboo, Apples to Apples, Blurt and eating lots and lots of dessert.




I say "minus Gary" because this is what Gary did while the rest of us (meaning the boys, Mom and I) hung out. That's a chainsaw in my wonderful hubby's hands! He was busily cutting down and dragging these to the "burn" pile for 4 days!



You'll notice the kid in the burn pile. No, we weren't burning them at the stake. They were using it as a fort. They had a blast in there and only got stuck a few times.
I've got more pictures, but I left them in Oklahoma. So, when my mom gets around to finding someone with high speed internet to send them to me, I'll post them.
The Cunanans (family friends) brought over their Wii and we borrowed Uncle Phillip's projector. Oh, my gosh! That was SO MUCH FUN! We decided that we would combine the boys' Christmas money from various places and get a Wii. So, now we just have to wait for the stores to get them back in stock.
We're NOT in a rush because we need to get some school work done. It would be really hard for the boys to focus with something that tempting sitting in the basement. This will just make it easier.
We're trying to get as much of our year's work done before April as possible. Gary has a school to go to in Ft Walton Beach, FL and we're going with him for a month and a half! We're very excited. We've rented a condo on the beach. My school plan is to have a reduced schedule. We're going to have just the basics (math and grammar), plus history and science on a lengthened schedule. That way, we'll be able to play more. So, in the meantime, we're stepping up our school schedule to be able to slow down when we get to FL.
On to New Year's Eve. We spent the evening playing games. We played Apples to Apples and Cadoo, both of which we got for Christmas. I recommend both. Our children had no problem staying up til midnight. After all, we had just returned from the central time zone where we had been staying up later than usual, anyway. (Now, we're actually having trouble readjusting back to our normal schedule.) However, toward the end of the evening, Dominic thought he needed to build Legos. To see how much effort goes into that, take a look at this post. But, for a funny discussion between Dominic and I, take a look at this video. When I told him we were going to toast the New Year, he got all excited and said, "and then we're gonna build." Apparently his New Year's Resolution is to stay up all night and drive his parents crazy!

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Isn't that boy just too cute!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Disclosure

Occasionally, I will post something that I am paid to post. I will always include ad in the labels, and I will never post about them in my Review Tuesday.

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