Time Changes Need Superheroes

Time Changes Need Superheroes

I’m not sure who came up with the whole time change idea, but I’d like to have a conversation with him (I’m sure it was a man). I’m not saying it’s bad altogether. I love having more sunlight in the afternoon. But whyyyyy Suuundaaaay??? (read in a groaning whiny voice)??? Why not Saturday!? (read in a cheerful uplifting sing-songy voice) Here’s my case for changing it from Sunday to Saturday: there’s no school Saturday. That’s it. Sure, you may be saying, there’s not school Sunday either. BUT there’s school Monday! Making time change on Saturday at 2am as opposed to Sunday at 2 am, will give our internal clocks 2 whole days to readjust. Mondays are bad enough already, right!? Anyway, if someone somewhere would like to do something with this, be my guest! I don’t need credit for the brilliancy of my idea. Here’s where the superheroes come in: I tried to soften the blow of this throw-off day by letting my kids wear superhero capes to Aldi. I think it actually made things worse. I think they thought they could defy gravity. The two oldest decided to climb up on the counter (where people bag their groceries and there are signs everywhere saying not to climb on the counter and my kids are NEVER allowed to climb up on ANY counter to begin with). Well, one didn’t make it and he came down on the top of his head. Literally the top. I’m still not sure how this happened. So every person in the check-out line, shook their head and made some comment. The entire group was...
On a snow day…

On a snow day…

On a snow day, home school is hard. I’ve been a bit of a stickler this year and not called any snow days for our little classical academy. One reason is 2 of the public school snow days occurred after I let my daughter go to the beach with Grandma and skip school for 2 days… it was her birthday! I was determined to get on track after the break. And I am certainly affirmed that getting back to our routine was the right decision. As we sat at the table watching the snow gently fall faster and faster through the window, I had a very distracted little girl beside me. She never really sits still for school, but today she was up and down, putting one foot on the floor, shifting her weight from her arms to her bum. She stumbled over words I knew she could read if she was focused. And I wanted to pull my hair out. Patience is a slow lesson to learn… it may be a lifelong lesson. What do you think? Teaching a child to do anything is hard. But just sitting by and letting them figure out a simple addition problem and not finishing a word they are struggling to read is extremely difficult for me. I literally have to bite my tongue and conceal groans of impatience. Sometimes I sit on my hands. Sometimes I clench my jaw to keep from nagging her. And sometimes I fail. My tone of disappointment comes through. I whine like a little child. And then the guilt sets in. I say the things you’re...

Painting = a Good Morning

Today we started with painting. I’ve seen a lot of boredom and distraction in the kids attitude about school over the past few days. It may have something to do with being at the beach last week…just maybe. So I decided to go off script and let them paint the sun right after the Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer. It was a good move (read in pep talk voice). It still pertained to our lesson plan, so I felt good. They were excited to put on their little smocks and cover the table with our really gliterry plastic table cloth. Of course, when Declan got to go into the other room to watch Wildcrats and Mckenna had to stay to do school the distraction and disinterest returned. We read a few extra books from the library and that helped, too. I guess mama always said there’d be days like this. So, we marched through all our subjects and left a few things off our to do list. My to do list, however, actually got completed. It may be the first time ever! I think it was more about being less strict with my time and keeping my list realistic. At the end of the day, it felt so good to sit down to dinner that had been roasting in the crock pot all day. Gosh! I love crock pots. I hope everyone sleeps well tonight and doesn’t overload their to-do list for tomorrow. And maybe add something creative to the mix… like painting the sun. It’s good to start the day with something that draws out that passion from...
Rainy Tuesday

Rainy Tuesday

Right now, it’s 75 degrees and raining outside in the middle of the afternoon, but I have a hot coffee in hand, am wearing leggings & socks  (guess I’m ready for Fall!) and listening to classical jazz crossover music on Spotify. I’m in a weird mood. The kids are at Grandma’s, and I spent the time after school this morning/noon time at the library and… the dreaded Walmart. We were behind MY schedule and then drove circles around town because I realized I forgot our book list (including location references) for the library when we were a block from the library, and then after we got the list, we were halfway there…again and I realized I could drop the baby off at my mom’s because she was now home. She already had the middle guy, so it was worth a quick turn around to her house. (No stroller and hungry little guy? Yes, thank you.) So then, it was just my girl and me headed to the library… only 1 hour after I’d hoped. I’d call that success…now, but at the time I was just a little perturbed at my lack of planning and memory. Oh well, here’s to a quiet afternoon with hopes of accomplishing something on a lengthy to-do list, but not really caring.  ...
Mama Time

Mama Time

Today, my college roomie, Linds and I stayed with the kiddos while the guys went out into the sea with our good friend Clint to catch a few big fish. Clint’s wife and my Ktown BFF, Mary kept us mama’s company at the house. It was fun to have our college life collide with Ktown life.  Unfortunately, seasickness & sunburn overcame the guys. Sad day. Us girls had a good time, though. It was good to just BE with the kids. No phone (except for the camera) distracted me. I got in the water, splashed and played with them. I’ve always had a little fear of sea creatures, but other than that lurking fear, I let my inhibitions go so I could have fun with them. What a good day. P.S. We actually did school while the younger kids were taking a rest. She did so great. She even made a little Christopher Columbus puppet. These are taken with my iPhone and no edits 🙂 Disclaimer: this is real...

CC Meets Me

Today was our orientation for Classical Conversations (CC). I kinda felt like it was MY first day at a new school. I knew about 1/3rd of the moms so that makes things easier. I had a similar mindset to the one I had my freshmen year in college: this was a chance to really be myself with very few people knowing my history. It’s nice when people don’t know all your weaknesses or mistakes from the past. Plus, I love getting to know new people. So, we all had our clothes picked out the night before and our backpacks all packed. I picked something “safe” to wear that would not give much of an impression. (I’ll save my quirky clothes for later.) The kids got to bed early…I on the other hand could not sleep. My mind would not turn off. Ugh! Everything I had to do for the next…bazillion days was racing through my mind. I am in a search for a good planner so I can get all this stuff out of my head. Any suggestions??? Help! Well, I finally got to sleep, and after about 5 hours of pretty restful sleep, awoke and got everyone ready, did a quick lesson, got in the car and we even got there 10 minutes early. That is unheard of here. I have a goal this year since we only have one day each week that we need to be somewhere in the morning that we WILL make it there at least 5 minutes early. We got in safely, and then, once we got through the doors, a calm fell...