Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Measure of Success

Okay so I am back into NON-SUPERMOM role.

And if you truly know me you know that I have never even visited that role.

Mom of three boys.
I have 2 loads of clothes to fold, one to dry and another that needs put away.
The dishwasher needs loaded. {which means it also needs unloaded!}
Yes! All the beds are made!!
The middle child is just now practicing piano.
Everyone is done with school for today!  And that is what want to share!  For the past 2 years the boys attended a wonderful christian school. But I had the child that about every third day {sometimes every 2nd....and yes sometimes every single day) would bring home his entire day of school home to do!  Fortunately sometimes I got to work at the school and I could catch him zoning out or be there to promise him a blizzard on the way home if he got his work done.  So I was constantly faced with paying tuition yet homeschooling every night because I have--that kid.

I am determined to have a great school year.  So I have been been asking God to help me with this child.  If the responsibility is mine to nurture him into being diligent and on-task then I am needing some motherhood wisdom.

Here is the idea that I am trying first:
 I listed his subjects. Then I numbered the school lesson across the tom. the top half has wide washi tape to block out Monday since that was a field trip. I drew this up while we were at the library. I school the two younger boys at the library on Tuesdays while the oldest attends a local co-op fro the whole day. I go to the co- op for a couple of hours to put in my volunteer hours.  So on Tuesday I gave him the option of choosing whatever subject he wanted to work and I gave him the option of doing as many lessons in that subject as he wanted.

So here is the big picture ..I explained it to him in bits:

-he has seven subjects
-this is a short week because of the field trip.
-by Friday afternoon he has to have 28 lessons completed.
-he has to do at least 7 a day....but he can choose which ones to do.  We choose a color for each day.
-if he does extra lessons then there is a possibility of having a shorter day on Friday or even having Friday OFF!!

So you can see where we are on this first Thursday afternoon :-) 

He is having a short day tomorrow.

As this moment he feels success and so do I!
I already have next weeks drawn out...And if he gets motivated he may have Friday off next week.{And if he has Friday off that means I do too}

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


So I was asked again how I get my 10k steps in.  This summer I haven't been getting them in very often but in the spring I was on a roll. Tonight I saw that green streak appear again.
In all fairness I have MS so it is not easy for me.  I tire very easy.  I have to do this short stints.
{{{This is what works for me}}}
1. I wear a fitbit flex all day.
--this has been an excellent tool for me.
--it keeps me truthful to myself about my activity
2.I am constantly checking my progress on my fitbit.
3.I set small goals all day long
--like 3k by noon
--or I will check to see how many steps I need until I will reach the next 1000
4.I will make a few trips up and down the driveway between tasks.
5.I will get on the treadmill for 5 minutes a few times throughout the day  (only if I can't go outside.
6.I never waste time trying to find the closest parking spot--plus I always take the steps if it is going down. (I always ride an elevator up.
7.And if it is feasible I just won't go to bed until I reach that goal.
I hope this post inspires you.  Each morning is a fresh start --treat it as so.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015


My oldest son is attending a local homeschooling  academic co-op. That one day a week that he attends I have to school the other two. In the middle of the day we have to return to the co-op for me to do my volunteer time and the other two to take an art class.  So I can't really run home.

So our solution? I bring their work and we work at the public library! 
This year I purchased a box curriculum kit. So far it is great except the spelling was just a tough lists exercises or theme.
So I found this awesome spelling book at Barnes and Noble! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Confession: Not A Super Mom

So here it is noon 3rd day of school.    Maybe half way done with our day.  Truthfully we had to finish a little of yesterday's work. But I am not dismayed.   I am giving myself a few days to find our routine .  

I am allowing the laundry to go unfinished. 
We are having leftovers from last night for dinner. 
Unfinished tasks will be there when I have a moment to spare.
For today it was important to:
♡show my 6th grader how fractions work and using pizza to make it logical.
♡help my 4th grader find how many states have a chicken as their state bird
♡and worked through capital cursive "E".  That is my little guy's struggle for today.

...sigh...the adjective I choose for today is PRESENT. ..present mom is the mom my kids have needed today.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Not Back To School

Not back to school--but we are back to learning!  <---I don't think that we ever took a break from that!
We are home for at least one year.

Ben started 6th grade!
He will attend a local academic co-op on Tuesdays where he will receive instruction in language arts, math, history, science and art. The rest of the week I will work with him on his assignments. 

Nate started the 4th grade!  He has caught back up to grade level! I am so proud of him!   This year he is doing the Abeka book program.

Eli started the 2nd grade.  I know in just a few short years I will look back as these days as being simple and easy as I ship each one off to college every other year.