Thursday, January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013

We're cruising along. Some days, we end up doing lessons late in the afternoon, and it hasn't been too bad. What I would really like to know, is how some families seem to be able to cram so much into one day. I'm talking math, language arts, a foreign language, science, history, etc. Am I missing something here? When do these people get outside to play? I'd die if we stayed inside ALL week. There are certain homeschooling blogs I can't read, because they make me feel so inadequate. I try to do the three R's everyday, we sprinkle in the extras when we can, and I try so so hard to get out of the house everyday. Even if it means just going to the grocery store, at least we left the house. So, what am I lacking?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I come from a two kid family, so the dynamics of a three kid family is totally fascinating. Scott has two siblings. He gets how it works. But I LOVE watching Penny grow up between her two older sisters. She has TWO sisters to play with (annoy) and turn to. The other night, I was getting the older ones to bed, and on my way out of their room, I swooped up Penny, who immediately started protesting. Hello! She needed to give each sister a hug, a kiss, and a "'night!" Penny is at this age where she needs to be doing what her sisters are doing. It's wonderful and frustrating all at the same time.

So Abby took about three quarters of the placement tests before she decided she wasn't going to continue. It placed her right on target - mid-year third grade. I wonder if she had continued, if she would have placed beginning fourth. Either way, I'm happy and relieved to know she's where she 'should' be.

Vera has loved doing math lessons. It's been easy going, and she's been asking for more work once we're done! I usually give her tracing paper and a book, or some other pincer grip exercise.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Lots of nausea around here, again. December, I had two bouts of vomiting, and I have no idea what they were related to. I put an app on my tablet called My Days, that tracks your period and predicts your dates. What I like about it is, I can keep notes and track when I feel sick. Everyone has their own theory about my stomach issues. It's too much anxiety, it's all in my head, it's food issues, it's the c-section, it's period related, it's who knows what. What ever it is, I'd seriously like to feel better.

Well, lessons start again tomorrow. I'm going to ease Vera into Math 1. She's excited, and I'm eager to see how she does with it. I'm planning a slow day to get back into the groove. I only need to go get rabbit food tomorrow.

Oh! I nearly forgot. Penny tore her upper frenulum this morning. Scott and I can't figure out exactly how it happened, but after some CSI type investigations, we think she smacked her face on the dinning room table, and then lost her balance, and fell backwards off the dinning room table chair. That probably sounds worse than it actually was. Really, it was another reason toddlers should not stand on dinning room table chairs. The frenulum tore nearly to the base, and the sucker bled quite bad. Scott and I debated going to the er for stitches. We didn't go because, really, I wasn't about to hold Penny down for one stitch, and nursing with stitches in your mouth has to be a bitch, and I was able to get the bleeding to stop - by nursing. I figure, breast milk is antibacterial, so I'm hoping nursing will heal it fast, and mouth wounds heal quickly anyways. I guess this was inevitable. Her upper frenulum was so tight. Scott swears Penny talked more today than she has ever. I don't know. Maybe it was impacting her speech. It doesn't really matter now, since it's cut.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 1, 2012

Had to post a New Year's entry.

We had a wonderfully quiet New Year's. Beautiful, really. Vera went to bed around ten, then Penny passed out at eleven, and then Abby counted down the seconds with Scott and I. We played Monopoly all evening. No loud music, or TV, or party. Today, we did our traditional New Year's sushi dinner with family.

I plan to pick lessons back up this coming Monday. We still have a very busy week ahead. Scott goes back to work tomorrow, and I have a house to organize, and the girls need to detox from everything. Speaking of detoxing, Scott is having us all go super strict paleo this month to get everyone back on track.

A side note - Scott wiped both our old smart phones clean, and let the girls play with them this vacation. So as a result, I lost my ability to post to instagram. I know I've blogged about this before, but I'm once again torn about posting photos, which is why I've been on a hiatus from instagram, and somewhat from Facebook.

I'll hopefully remember to blog more about Vera and her spike in tantrums. I don't mean toddler tantrums, but tantrums of the preschool variety. Wow. When Abby turned five, I remember it was like a breath of fresh air. She was suddenly this constantly happy, go with the flow kid. Vera's either having some sort of huge growth spurt, or she's been out of whack from the holidays. So, I'll see where we are in a week.

Penny has a serious sense of humor. She purposely does things to make us laugh. I don't remember the other two doing the things she does. Penny actively tries to be funny. I love it.