Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with Lots of Math and NatGeo

I’ll keep this one short and sweet, because I’m tired and still getting ready for the week ahead.  I’m looking forward to this week {lots of newish fun stuff in school}, which is always a plus.  We had a great week last week as well.

Math ~ We started {and practially finished} Math-U-See Beta.  This was basically a review for Babydoll, so I knew it would go fast.  She loves Math-U-See, and wanted to spend several days just doing Math, and I figured that would be perfectly fine.  She had been a bit hung up on multiple digit addition and subtraction {hence the review} because of the way K12 taught Math, but is doing great with it now.  She’s looking forward to starting multiplication this week.

Social Studies ~ I’m guessing this belongs here, but I’m really not all that sure.  Babydoll and I ended up at the National Geographic website for some reason during lunch one day and ended up clicking on several different links to all sorts of articles that we thought sounded interesting.  We learned about uncontacted tribes, a potential mammoth rock carving, the greatest nature photographs of all time, a fish with human-like teeth, eight-foot sharks in the Potomac, a new spider found in Israel, the Bathynomus Giganteus, and seven of the biggest beasts of all time {yep, we sat there for a long time}.

One of the greatest things about this time spent reviewing these articles is that it prompted discussion there in the moment, and has since prompted several discussions.  I am so happy that Babydoll is thinking and pondering and formulating opinions about these fascinating things we’ve learned.  And, I only worried just a teeny bit about us not being on task…

A good bit of the week was spent between puppy class, Girl Scout cookies, and time with Daddy.  We also picked up four new novels that Babydoll will finish out the year reading.

I’ve also been trying to sit and come up with a few field trips to finish out the year, such as the Moundville Archaeological Park.  We just don’t seem to have a whole lot of time to take trips, between soccer, Girl Scouts, and other stuff.

I hope each of you had a great week!


Are We Doing the Right Thing?

There’s been a post making its way around the homeschool blogosphere that I think is just an awesome read. Likely, many of my readers have seen it. But, on the off chance that you haven’t {and for those that aren’t tuned in to the homeschool scene}, I thought I’d post a link. 

Many times people have a perception of homeschooling painted by the media, by a few examples they’ve encounter or heard of, or just what they think in their head.  Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s not.  Really, many people don’t even know what to ask when someone says they homeschool.  Before I post the link, I’d like to preface this with a few things:

*  Yes, I know there are some amazing public school teachers out there; I know some of them myself

*  Yes, I know not all public schools are bad

*  Yes, I know sending your child to public school doesn’t scar them for life

*  Yes, I know some homeschooled children don’t turn out the way the ones mentioned in this post do

*  Yes, I know many children who attended public school grow up and do great things {my husband and I  both attended public school}

*  Yes, I know how you school your child is a personal choice {but here on my blog, I discuss my choice and why I like my choice}

*  Yes, I know each child and their abilities are different

*  No, I don’t think Babydoll will suffer from “not being exposed to certain ‘hardships'” because she didn’t attend public school {quite frankly, I’m glad that I have the opportunity to raise and train her in her younger years, and to let her know it’s ok to be exactly who she wants to be and to not worry about what others think of her, and let her become who she will become without the outisde influence of other children/adults-which many times is not how I want her to turn out-day after day after day, so that when she does get exposed to the “hard realities of life” she’ll be confident in who she is and her decision-making abilities}

*  No, I don’t think Babydoll is hurting in the socialization department {feel free to check the mileage on my car that points to the weekly schedule of soccer, Girl Scouts, and field trips}

There, I think that about covers it.

Burying the Big Yellow Bus

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.


Sir Winston the Wonder Dog

Know what makes things seem so much better?

Your husband bringing you pretty pink roses with the biggest, sweetest, most sincere smile on his face.

Sir Winston in his cute little bandana.

Seeing the exquisite joy on Babydoll’s face when she was finally able to get her iPod touch {that she’s been saving about 16 months for}. 

Having great friends.

Finishing a good deal of homework.

Using iPod apps such as Squeebles Number Bonds and Math Girl Number Garden to do school for the day.

Having Sir Winston lay down on the floor with you, sprawl out, and take a little rest with you.

Your husband unloading/loading the dishwasher and moving the hundreds of boxes of cookies so you don’t have to touch them.

Talking with your mom about your upcoming graduation.

These are a few of my favorite things.



Ever have that panic-stricken feeling that you’re sinking uncontrollably? Many times, at least for me, it’s self-induced, and this time is no different. At least this time, though, I can say it’s not completely my doing. That’s gotta count for something.

I thought about taking pictures of the house right now.  My beautiful house.  I love my house.  Love.  It.  Yet here I sit, in between a desk piled in paper and a mountain of laundry that needs to be folded.  Behind me is a kitchen filled with hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies and dirty dishes.  Underneath?  A floor that needs to be swept.  Around?  Carpets that need to be vacuumed, things that need to be picked up off the floor, and things that need to be put in the attic.  {For the record, Vince and Babydoll have been doing a great job of helping out.}

How in the world did this happen?

Well, I have no time.  Well, I have time, but I’d rather use it to catch a wink or two of sleep or read a few things I’d like to read.  I’m doing something I want to do, which really feels selfish when I think about all that needs to be done.

I’m also working many hours of cookie booth sales, finishing up my last few classes in school, trying to teach Babydoll, making sure pets are clean, fed, and have clean little homes, going to puppy classes, contacting the various vendors who have sent the wrong dog house, or haven’t sent the harness I ordered over a month ago, completing form after form after form for cookie sales, and then there’s all the crap going through my head.

Today, as I got home from the last booth sale of the weekend and looked around the house, my heart sank, thinking about the fact that I just wouldn’t be able to work on the house.  At least not for a couple of days.  I’m gone half the day tomorrow having breakfast with Babydoll and going to the library while Winston is being groomed and then have a Girl Scout meeting and booth sale on Tuesday.

I am sad that my husband has to come home to a house like this and to the craziness that is my life right now.  I am sad that my disgust with cookie sales right now is something that I’m doing a terrible job of hiding from my daughter.

Three more weeks.  Then cookie sales are over.  No, that’s not a fix to the problem, but that’s a huge weight off my shoulders.  A few weeks after that, I graduate and am done with school.  A couple months after that we’re done with school for the year.  I am spending that time just hanging out, doing what I want to do.

I can’t wait.


Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Best Laid Plans

This week was a pretty decent week. My husband had off this week and we got to spend quite a bit of time with him, which is always a treat {and we get that once a month, how lucky are we?!?!}.

Monday morning I found myself heading to downtown B’ham to attend the “Get Motivated” seminar. Sure, I knew that it would be your typical “you’re so awesome, you can do anything you set your mind to” laced with a few sales pitches, but General Colin Powell was speaking, and I wanted to see that. Turns out everyone in the state of Alabama did too, so after fighting traffic through downtown for close to an hour, I found out that they were no longer letting anyone into the seminar. Uber bummer.

So what did I do while waiting to go pick up Girl Scout cookies? Why, I went and got my car washed of course! And yes, yes it did start to rain as they were finishing up my beauty. I then headed over to a new grooming shop to check it out and see if it was good enough for Sir Winston {it was, so I made him an appointment}.

From there, I went to pick up all 74 cases of Girl Scout cookies my troop sold during presales. Yay!!!! Not… Thank goodness my co-leader met me there to take her cookies off my hands, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to take them all. And yep, they had to be loaded in the rain. That was so fun…

Don’t worry, the cat didn’t like mess with anyone’s cookies…

While I was away doing all the fun stuff, Babydoll worked on Language Arts and Social Studies {Economics} on Time4Learning.  Oh yeah, we’re hearting T4L right now, and I can’t wait to get the review together for all of you to read!

Tuesday we played hookie a bit and {at Daddy’s suggestion} went out to breakfast while Winston was being groomed.  Man oh man, Klingler’s is so freaking delicious.  Huge portions, yummy food, the stereotypical old German woman running the place, it had it all.  We’ve decided this will be our normal breakfast hangout once a week while Winston is at the groomer:  Groomer. Klingler’s. LibraryEvery Monday.  How fun!

Later in the day, we worked on Language Arts and Social Studies on T4L a bit more.  Right now I’ve got Babydoll reviewing character, plot, setting, etc., and studying up on making inferences.

The next few days were spent doing more Language Arts, Social Studies, and gaming {gotta work on that hand-eye coordination}.

Today I had to start prepping for Girl Scout cookie booth sales, so no real school got done.  I had to go get cash for change {so nice of the bank teller to remind me to hide the money so I didn’t get robbed over $300, loud, for everyone to hear}, pick up cookies, signs, and other booth sale related stuff.  I did manage to tell Babydoll she needed to do 30 minutes of DreamBox and 30 minutes of T4L {how’s that for super homeschool mom of the year?}.  Babydoll also started her “Advanced Training Program” for soccer this evening in the super freaking cold.

Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to play store with Babydoll like I had wanted to do today.  I got the idea from Robin over at Live, Love, Educate.  I love her blog; sounds like we have quite a bit in common.  We’ve got two four hour booth sales though, and the delivery of all the cookies Babydoll has sold, so we’ll just have to see.

I’m hoping to get back to planning our life/school/everything for next week as well this weekend {I’ve been so bad about it, meaning I haven’t done it since before we got sick, and I feel so utterly ashamed}, mainly in an effort to get the house back in order {it looks like a metal band came through here, although my husband has been helping out a good bit} and to get some fun, yet useful, school time done {I’ve been suffering from that “Oh snap, she’s never going to get into college at this rate because I’m such a freaking screw up” thing lately}.  *sigh*  We’ll see.

How was your week?  Check out all the awesome weekly wrap-ups linked up over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers this week for lots of interesting reads!