Thursday, April 29, 2010
I read something yesterday that shed a new light on the more hours in a day. "There are just enough hours in the day to do what God has for you to do." Wow! There's a thought.
I think I'm spending to much time trying to do. You know, housework, schoolwork, cooking, etc.
I wonder why I don't spend more time building relationships, especially with my kids? Why don't I play that game that Leeny keeps asking to play? Or read that book to Bubby? I know he's capable of reading it himself and you'd think he'd be sick to death of my voice, but he wants me to read it. Or why not have that tea party with The Bug? Why? Is my housework and such more important? Of course not!
God gave me these kids and the blessing of being home with them. He gave me the same 24 hours as the next person. I need to spend my time differently. I need to enjoy this time more. The housework isn't going to end. We live on a farm so the dirt is always going to come in even if I just swept the floor 5 minutes ago. But the kids won't always be here.
I don't need more hours in my day. I need to put the important things first.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I told the kids to go change, we were staying home. Then I told them they might as well start on their rooms. Talk about a mess!
They started at 10:30. Bubby didn't finish until 7. His room looked great. He cleaned off shelves, boxed up old toys, swept his floor, etc. Here he is organizing tapes and Cd's. Caught in the act of cleaning.
The girls were done in about 2 hours. Needless to say, their room isn't nearly as well done as his. Here is what I found them doing.
The Bug was supposedly straightening her bed. Should I buy it? Maybe.
Leeny, Leeny, Leeny. What to do with her? This is obviously NOT cleaning. Inventory? Maybe.
I'll just pretend she was taking inventory of all the clothes that need to be boxed up.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I was so excited to see that while she spelled savior wrong, at least she spelled "save your" right.
Then I caught her spelling for believe in, "belivin."
Oh well. I think we're making progress.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
She did a great job of separating the egg whites and measuring. We really had a lot of fun. And she did pretty much all of it herself.
We had only a small mess when we were finished. Now I understand why my mom always cleaned up the kitchen after me. I cleaned up after The Bug. Must be a mom thing. Or maybe we don't want ants. Anyway, the counter was sticky.
The cake baked and we let it cool. Then we planned to get a picture of it - to remember how perfectly it turned out. But....it's angel food and homemade at that. We couldn't resist. Here's the picture with a few pieces gone.
Good job Bug! You did a wonderful job! You're well on your way to being a great cake maker!
1. You have your hands full
*If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.
*Yes we know what causes it....and we love doing it.
*My hands are full but my wallet is empty. Can you spare a five?
*Don't say anything, just look puzzled at your hands. (This does obviously not work if you are carrying a baby :-)
*Yes, but I would rather have my hands full than empty!
2. Are they all yours?
*No, I like to gather up all the neighbors' kids and then go shopping
*HEHE!No, actually two are the mailman's and I am not sure whose is that one.....
*No, I picked up a couple extra in the produce aisle.
*Gee, I never heard that question before!
*Yes, and they're such good kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (the kids love that one!)
*I don't know. How many do you count?
*Yes. But if you have any you don't want, I'll gladly take them, too .
*No. I've been an avid collector for years and just picked these up in the food court!
*Yes, we just enjoy sex soooooo much!
*Yes, I always want just one more.
3. Don't you know what causes that?
*No, please tell me!
*Of course, don't you?
*Yes, we do know what causes that and we like it very much, thank you.
*Oh yes, we finally figured it out and we now keep the tooth brushes in seperate glasses!
*Oh yes, I now wash my husband's underwear seperately.
*Water or sex but I don't want to give up either.
4. Don't you have a television?
*Yes, but we only get X-rated channels
*Yes! Did you know there are 28 porn channels in this area?
*No, we have much better things to do at night!
Really? I only have 4 kids. That doesn't really seem like a lot. But obviously it is, because I can't go anywhere where people don't comment about it or look at me like some freak of nature.
Ok. I'm done venting now. Thanks to all the large families who've come up with those comebacks. That list cracks me up.
Leeny told The Husband that she was ready to start getting allowance like Bubby and The Bug. She wanted to know how much he planned to pay her.
The Husband wanted to know what she planned to do in order to earn allowance. She said she plans to take care of the dairy goats. He told her that he'd have to see how hard of a worker she was before he'd know how much she was worth.
Leeny takes her jobs seriously. She's always been a great helper. And eager too. So out she went to water. But she watered them with a flower watering can! Why I'm surprised, I don't know. That's just like her. Instead of a few trips carrying 1 gallon watering buckets, she took at least 20 trips using her little flower waterer.
I hope she realizes that she's not getting paid per trip!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Bubby is purchasing his herd of cattle from Papa T. He's got his first payment plan and he's got 5 cows. The cows live down the road at Uncle R's farm.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Kindness was the one I was struggling with the most, followed closely by patience, peace, joy, well all of them really. I knew I was crabby. I knew I should take some time to read my Bible and pray. But I didn't....too much to do. So I grouched along.
About noon, I was finally doing schoolwork with Leeny. We got to her Bible lesson. Talk about feeling like a hypocrite! The lesson was on how God always hears us. (I know that and sure wish he hadn't been hearing!) But what really got me was the last part. "God is so happy when you think of others in a loving way. God will help you be kind even when you don't feel like it."
I didn't want to read it out loud. My conscience was speaking loud and clear. I sure didn't want one of them to point out that mommy wasn't being kind. Thankfully, Leeny didn't say anything about it and the other 2 were out of the kitchen.
But it spoke to me. And isn't that just like God? He meets us where we are and tells us what we need to hear. Even if it comes from a small child's Bible study.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The lesson was about a boy named Sam and a rock. The picture clearly showed Sam trying to push a big rock down a hill out of the path. Anybody could see that.
Not Leeny. She said that Sam was getting ready to ride that rock down the hill. I couldn't help but laugh. Because only Leeny would see it that way. And that is exactly what my little dare-devil would try.
Yesterday during our running around, lunch time had come and gone and we had not eaten. My blood sugar was dropping fast and I was starting to get crabby. We finally got to the restaurant and we were ordering drinks. Bubby was in la-la land (actually he was reading the menu, but as I mentioned, I was a crab). I ordered mine, the girls ordered theirs, and then it was his turn. He looks up and says, "I'll have the shrimp." We tell him that we're ordering drinks, and he gets this blank look like he hadn't even considered that. Of course I'm ready to strangle him!
About 5 minutes later some guy walks by and says the same thing that everybody says when you have more than the average 1.3 kids. "Boy you have your hand full." I in turn tell him that my hands are very blessed.
Then that child, the one who can be my conscience, says, "You know mom, sometimes you don't act like your blessed." OUCH! And she was right. I wasn't acted blessed right then. So I apologized and adjusted my attitude. Bubby got his shrimp. We all ate and laughed and the time was redeemed.
Someday I hope that child gets a 2nd conscience too.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I had never really considered the value of real life - at least in recording it as a school day. But at convention this year, it seemed to be a recurring theme for me. Mind you, I have no intention of skipping the books. I just never counted real life as a "school day". Today though, I did.
We started out listening to a story about Bach and his music. It was fun realizing how much of his music we hear on tv and radio commercials. So we covered music appreciation and history. During the oil change, Bubby read a book and watched the news. Current events? Maybe. Reading? Check. Shopping was defiantly a math lesson (for me too - I was counting kids the whole time). On and on the list goes. We even listened to a Science Adventure CD on the way home.
You know what I realized though? I can't always categorize everything my kids learn - math, reading, history, etc. But I can't underestimate the things they learn that don't fit. Like learning to look people in the eye and order for themselves in a restaurant and patience when 40 jars of baby food have to price corrected one. jar. at. a. time. Where do you put following directions, building relationships, meeting new people, being able to comfortably communicate with people of all ages and unloading and putting away tons of food and clothes?
I don't know. Sometimes it just doesn't fit in the educational boxes. But they are learning.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Leeny and I were reading her Bible Lesson. She was loving it! We got to the end and it was suggested to sing The B-I-B-L-E. So I start singing. She just stares at me. She tells me she likes that song. So I ask her why she's not singing it. She says she's never heard that song before.
WHAT?!!? Every child learns that song. If not at Sunday School and church, than at home. Right? I mean it's kinda up there with The ABC's, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Jesus Loves Me. I think I better check to see if she knows those. How embarrassing!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
This was my 3rd year attending. I'm always amazed to see how many homeschoolers there are. It's reassuring to see people like yourself, to know you're not alone on this journey of educating your children at home.
What did I learn? Pretty much that I need to relax. Quit trying to bring the school home. Read aloud more, play lots of games together, let them play and explore. And, a LOT less bookwork! Basically I need to remember that education "is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
So here goes. We're going to grow butterflies in some kit thing I bought. A magnifying glass is going to open up a whole new world of little things (and I've always wanted to start a fire with one). We're going to play games and we're going to get back to loving learning.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The kids did a great job "painting" with used oil. I didn't even have to throw away any clothes after they finished!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Almost 6 months
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
This morning Leeny came in and told me she had a dream. Usually I only half listen to her dreams because...well, they're kinda hard to follow. Anyway she tells me something about a merry-go-round that she was riding with Bubby and The Bug. The merry-go-round had lots of candy on it and Bubby and The Bug ate it. She didn't eat any because she didn't know if it was ok.
I couldn't help but laugh. How's that for training? She even asks permission in her dreams.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Memaw J swinging the big girls.
Me with my bunch.
The tornado warning was for here. Not 4 or 5 miles away. The kids were sound asleep, exhausted after a full day of play and Easter candy. The husband decided to wake the kids and send them to the basement. First he woke The Bug and Leeny. They grabbed their blankets and went downstairs - no panic, just nice and easy. Then he went to wake Bubby while I grabbed the baby. Bubby sat up, looked through him, yawned and laid back down. It took 2 or 3 times of almost hollering at him to get him up. He wasn't worried...we have storms all the time he said.
Apparently we need to work on tornado and fire drills.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
And guess who's sitting on a nest of several TURKEY eggs? That's right....Jenny!
I don't think she chose the best or safest spot to nest. It seems like she could easily be attacked by any number of things, including Leeny. Of course Leeny is who found the nest. But, we finally have a turkey that has laid her own eggs and is sitting on them. I guess I'll be happy with that.
Friday, April 2, 2010
I let the kids make their own pizzas. Obviously I'm not a very fun mom if pizza making warrents that kind of compliment. But, I'll still savor the moment. It may be all to soon that I'm saddened by the opposite.
Here are some pictures of the fun.
Bubby working the dough.
Leeny "decorating" her pizza.
The Bug with her masterpiece
I think we'll be doing this again. They are an easy bunch to please.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The next day at soccer, I found Bubby had the boy cornered. He was just talking to the boy, so I wasn't too worried. Truth be told, I was kinda proud of him for standing up for his sister. Well the boy's mom was standing there too. She asked what was going on. I briefly explained the situation. I told her it was no big deal. The Bug needed thicker skin. She called the boy over and let him know that she wouldn't put up with him calling people names and she'd wash his mouth out with soap if she heard him.
We picked The Bug up for her soccer game. Bubby & I were pretty proud that the situation had been taken care of. The Bug was not happy, not happy at all. "Thanks guys. Now I'll have 2 people on my team that hate me." Two people? No, just the one that picked on you all the time, were my thoughts. She said, "You got the wrong guy!"
Oh no! I felt like an idiot. Of course, Bubby and I apologized. He to the boy, me to the mom. Next time I'll stick with my original thought. Bug, grow thicker skin.
We moved on. I was checking each tree. "Mom, look! What tree is this?" First the 2 cherry trees, then each of the three apples, Leeny would show me the buds and tell me they were alive. We could even see the start of new leaves on some. She got excited, running ahead of me. "Oh no, these ones are dead." We were at the peach trees now. "Nope," I said. "Look closer and towards the bottom." She found the buds. The three peach trees were all alive. I moved on to the pears. Leeny didn't. She yells, "Mom, look at this tomato tree! It's really alive!" Tomato tree? She shows me the tag on the tree. "See mom, tomatoes." Oh boy! I sure hope our plums don't taste like tomatoes.