Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I say the exact same things over and over. It's not in a wise, elder-departing-wisdom sort of way, either. No one will look back and say, "As Mrs always said. . . . "
Ok, maybe God will grant me a few of those, but that's not what I'm talking about here. Case in point:
We were watching Terminator 2. We got to the scene where Linda Hamilton is making her escape and running through the halls of the mental hospital. She's running full tilt when the elevator doors suddenly open, and out steps the Terminator. Completely shocked and horrified, Linda backpeddals as fast as she can, her face a mask of sheer panic.
I added interest to the scene by stating, "You would have to see the first Terminator to fully appreciate her reaction here!"
Ty: "I know, Mom. You say that every single time we watch this movie. In fact, I was waiting to see if you'd say it again."
Well, watch the first one already! Then I can stop saying it!
BT can attest to this. Before our junior year of high school, my mom and I took a trip out to New Mexico to visit family. I picked up some lemon drops for snacking on the drive home.
BT would come over to my house and I would politely offer her a remaining lemon drop.
"Would you like a lemon drop? These are from New Mexico."
It became a joke between BT and I whenever one of us were repeating ourselves. "Did I already say that? Oh. These are from New Mexico."
I forget which movie we were watching the other night, but I suddenly felt inspired to add interest to the story again with a tidbit. This time, I stopped myself. Instead, I said, "I'm about to say something that I've probably already said, so instead I'm not going to say it!"
Tyler laughed and encouraged me to say it anyway. I was relieved to find out it was an entirely NEW statement. HA! I do still have original thoughts!
Monday, July 30, 2007
1 can tuna, flaked
1 pkg. flour tortillas
Lay tortillas flat. Spread with layer of coleslaw. Add layer of flaked tuna. Roll up and GAG.
By now, I'll bet my friend Gale is laughing her head off. If you want to make the worst meal ever for Himself, fix tuna casserole with peas and onions. I guarantee he'd never darken your door again.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I love the frustrated but amused look on his face. My face has no makeup on. If I had worn makeup, I wouldn't have run into anyone I knew at Walmart. Not wearing makeup and having a messy home has greatly improved my social life.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
That's Will, and under the coolest coffee table ever is Glenna and Hobbs. They're playing with this Wrestlemania stage that Will bought after hours of deliberation.
Glenna finds this quite funny. Will pretends to be bashful. Trust me, this kid is bashful for all of 5 minutes, tops, then he jumps right in! Note the full attention Hobbs is giving Glenna; after all, she did mention pet food. I think he's planning on his next meal being miniature wrestling guys.
Will sets the stage for some major wrestling (or wrasslin', depending on where you're from) action. As he's explaining everything to me, there's hysterical laughter and commentary coming from under the table.
It's so fun to chase a kid under a table with a camera. You don't even need the viewfinder, you just point and shoot.
Some of my best memories are the times I spent with my cousins. Each of them are wonderful, special, and I love talking and laughing with them. It grieves me that my kids don't know their cousins as well because we're so far away, but we're really trying to make sure they know who they are! Their closest cousins are in South Carolina.
Do you have any cousin memories?
Friday, July 27, 2007
About two years ago, he suffered a back injury. Since then, it re-appears from time to time. The only one surprised by this is him! A back injury is pretty much a permanent injury, especially when it involves herniated a disc.
He jogged twice around the neighborhood with Kelly to show her how to pace herself, and he's been miserable since. When he stands, he has to throw his hips forward and he leans to one side. He's going to the chiropractor, and eventually he'll be fine again. It's just hard when there's so much on his agenda, and his job involves riding in a car or sitting at a desk (the two worst positions for your back).
I have a feeling my migraines are nothing compared to this!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
What is this? What's so irritating about it?
Several years ago when things were pretty lean here at the Sandbar, I witness my family go into panic mode when we would run out of milk. It didn't matter that I had been digging through the dregs of my pantry just to put food on the table. It didn't matter that they hadn't seen a meal with side dishes in days and days. When we ran out of milk, it was as if we had just become a third world country.
"We're poor! What are we going to do?"
I assured my family that there were many dietary options to get the same nutrition they would get from milk, but it didn't matter. To them, we were one step away from the cardboard condo at Hooverville.
I hate going to the store JUST for milk. I hate that milk prices are just about $4.00 per gallon! Don't try to tell me that milk is still cheaper than a single latte at Starbucks. I'm trying to make a point here, and everyone knows Starbucks doesn't count.
I started to show my family how we could actually live without milk. They didn't like it. I slowly started to have milk around again, but when we ran out I would NOT go to the store for more until the next shopping day.
This led to my children not eating breakfast because there. Was. No. Milk. Never mind that we had pancakes, eggs, waffles, toast, and fruit. They couldn't eat cereal, ergo they couldn't have breakfast.
Ty gave up eating breakfast all together. Granted, when he became a teen he didn't get up until lunch, but that's beside the point. I'm thankful to say my girls figured out how to make something to eat without milk.
To this day, when we sit down to dinner and a few of my family members insist on drinking milk with their meal, I feel irked. I guess I need to get over it.
Still, I'm not going to the store if we run out.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
When I started, we were broke. Anything I bought had to be for more than one child and for more than one year. OR, I had to at least be able to reuse the teacher manual. Here's a rough sketch of my criteria:
1. Must be God honoring and Christ centered
2. Must increase a love of learning
3. Must be academically excellent
4. Must be reusable
5. May I teach it to more than one child at the same time?
It's hard to find, say, a math program that would be Christ centered, but I at least found a Christian company! Three years ago, I met Steve Demme of Math-U-See in person, and he's such a great guy. I embarrassed myself by gushing all over him about how he saved my LIFE, and he wanted to put me on their next promotional video. I see him at the convention every year now and he's always so gracious to talk to me.
Later in this journey, I realized almost all the things I use have been written and personally used by home school families. I stayed away from the mega-textbook companies who had non-home school men in suits selling the books. They obviously don't know what it's like to teach at home, and their textbooks reflected that.
Over the years, I have used the SAME math program - Math-U-See. It has saved my life. Literally. (And I don't mean that in a literary sense.)
When I had to teach phonics, I used Alphabet Island Phonics. It was so thorough and wondeful! I miss not having to teach it. :-(
Ok, so what am I using NOW?
For my 6th grader:
Discovering Our Amazing God (Deeper Roots Publications, for Bible, geography, social studies, history)
Math-U-See - Zeta level
Easy Grammar 6
Phonics Zoo Spelling (she's almost done, so for a few weeks only)
The Institute for Excellence in Writing (I teach this in my home to other home schoolers)
KONOS for science
Around the World in 180 Days (Plus various maps from Geography Matters)
I used to use KONOS, a unit study, exclusively for every subject but math and phonics. Now that I have one in high school and one in grade school, I can no longer teach them all together as I used to. I am teaming up with BA and she likes a little more structure, plus I want her to be able to do more on her own at this age. Glenna, that is. Not BA.
For my 10th Grader:
Bible (KONOS History of the World I)
English III Honors (KONOS History of the World I)
Biology Honors (Apologia Biology, a creation science)
Geometry (Math-U-See, of course!)
Art Appreciation/History/Criticriticism (KONOS History of the World I)
History of the World I (Guess what it is? :-D )
Individual and Dual Sports (she's going to sign up for softball. We're excited!)
Personal Fitness (Uh. . . running around the neighborhood, learning about nutrition, making and following a personal fitness program. Yeah.)
OOOOH! And most exciting of all! She's taking an art class with KR, Phyllis's Mom. I've shamelessly begged this woman for about 4 years to teach an art class and she's finally agreed. I have to look up the course codes to see what credit to give Kelly for high school.
Most of my 10th grader's books have been passed down from her brother. Any of the KONOS stuff I received the first year of our home school (John bartered some work for it from the Florida rep) and I've not needed to buy that again. In fact, this year was the LEAST expensive year of home schooling for me, and that's with buying most of the 6th grade stuff new!
And there you have it.
We have quite the home school network here, so I'm so blessed. I have been able to place my children in classes with other home school students, so they have the benefit of accountability to other teachers, working as a team with other students, and class presentations. It's nice to be able to hand-pick people to teach your child!
Kelly has taken an English class with KR for four years. She took a science class with another woman last year, and will take biology with her this year. She also had an EXCELLENT teacher come to our home (with other kids) for Spanish, and then I chained her to the table to get her to do algebra with her as well.
Glenna participated in my English composition class last year and will this year. Hopefully, she'll be able to participate in the science classes when she's in high school. We've also done co-ops with other families every year but one.
See? Us home schoolers DO get out of the house. ;-)
I don't know if I can figure out this blog thing. It keeps posting the wrong dates at the top. What's up with that? I try to make these up ahead of time and then send one each day, and it's all whacky.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
All the pictures in this post were taken by Glenna, age 10, from our cabin in NC. Some are quite random, but some are quite good!
This one and the one below are my two favorites. Glenna loves all things western, so the wood in these pictures must have really appealed to her.
I am up at this hour because my Kelly is coming home from camp! She has been gone all week and I miss her terribly. I need her home. Now.
Tyler had done research on custom drums for a couple of years. Truth Custom Drums is the company he has admired the most for several reasons, but their prices were way out of reach for a (then) 17 year old with a part time job.
For his 18th birthday, Himself and I wanted to honor our son with a gift. We thought of a used car to replace his that isn't running as well, but we realized custom drums were something he would treasure long after a used car came and went. Plus, and I'm going to speak like the mom I am, Ty's an incredible drummer. He. Just. Is. The snare arrived first, and the owners of the company had each signed the inside of the drum and included a scripture verse.
A boy and his drum. A drum and his boy.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
His friends (Zach, Jeremy, and Jess) are the best friends in the world. They came over and brought him ice cream, sweet tea, and baby food. ;-) Then Stephen came over later and brought him MORE sweet tea (we call it "happy juice"). He's in heaven.
So, today he's insisting on band practice! The band is here now, even. Crazy kid.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I got this recipe years ago from The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet. I did this 30 Day cooking for over a year and loved it. Then I did the Menu Mailer at Saving Dinner for over two years, and now I'm signed up with Menus4Moms. I kind of rotate between the three.
This recipe is so EASY and yummy! Yummy enough to have a teen ask how I made it, and yummy enough to have Himself reacting with hostility to the rest of us when he discovered most of the leftovers were gone. "WHO ate some of this? Huh?"
"Uh, we did dear. It's leftover night, and those are leftovers."
"Grrrr. . . . . "
2.5 lbs beef roast, chuck roast, or thick chuck steak, fat trimmed and discarded
2 pkgs. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1 c. Water
Throw the meat in the crock pot. Sprinkle the dry Ranch dressing over the top, pour the water over all. (I then turned the meat over once and back over to coat.) Can be cooked overnight on low, or 6 hours on high heat until it shreds easily with a fork. I recommend cooking it on low, though not necessarily overnight. It might cause you to wake up periodically during the night because of the heavenly aroma and invade your dreams.
Serve on buns or hoagie rolls with fresh fruit on the side. We also add a slice of Provolone, because we like it like that. :-)
Caution: Crock pots cook differently! This weekend I started this on high while I was getting ready for church (so, from 7:30 to 8:55) then turned it on low as I headed out the door. It was perfect when we got home. You may want to try this on a day when you're home all day so you'll know how long to make it.
Use dry Italian dressing, or Onion soup mix instead of the Ranch. We've tried them all, and Ranch is our favorite.
This can easily be doubled or tripled. I've made it with 5lbs of roast, 4 pkgs dry Ranch, and 2 c. water. This is the volume that fed the family and the rock band with some to spare.
Let me know if you try it!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
There was no way he was going anywhere near that spot again. He stayed at the top of the trail the entire time we were there.