Monday, January 30, 2012

Things are finally looking up...

It is starting to look like 2012 will be so much better than 2011. With Daddy losing his job at the end of 2009, we have spent the past 2 years struggling with unemployment, little odd jobs, and both of us found a job last year, but neither one lasted longer than two months, because of issues with our bosses (and for once, it was out of our control). So now that Daddy's hip is on the mend from surgery, he has had some inquiries about jobs (he runs his own construction business) and just this morning I had an interview for an office assistant with a property management company. Hopefully things are turning around for us. We most definitely need it.
Now comes the shuffling of schedules for us. If I get this job, Daddy gets to do the majority of the schooling (which might be best, since Abigail responds better with him teaching). So this is also on my list of things to do in the next week or so. But right now my focus has to be on  my school stuff. I have gotten behind the past couple of weeks and really need to get caught up.
Speaking of getting caught up, the kids are finally getting caught up after taking a two week break after Daddy had his hip surgery. I am still amazed at how quickly they pick up things. In a matter of minutes Abigail picked up the tens and ones make numbers (2 tens + 5 ones = 25) then we took it a step further and within a few more minutes she figured out that (1 ten + 15 ones = 25 and 0 tens + 25 ones = 25 also) It so awesome to get to watch their faces at they finally figure something out! That is the biggest reward with homeschooling!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Fun! :-)

Today was my baby's first birthday party. Today was the last first birthday party I will ever put together :-(
Today marked the beginning of a newness for me. I no longer have a baby in the house, by age standards. Yet, he is still a mama's baby, lol. He hasn't started walking yet (getting braver, but not ready to let go), he isn't verbal yet. His favorite word is 'nom nom' and that's because he likes to eat ALOT. But he can stack blocks on top of each other, he can feed himself finger foods, he can turn pages in a book, play peek a boo, clap his hands, and loves to dance. He has an appointment, for his one year check up, Tuesday, so we will see what the doc says about his development. I think he's developing wonderfully :-)
From baby boy to baby girl; there are some days, I think Miss Jade is way too smart for her own good. She can count in three different languages (thank you Dora and Ki-Lan lol), she can recite her ABC's most of them are understandable, she knows basic colors (and knows the verde means green), and knows basic shapes. She can write a smiley face and a circle and intersecting lines. I am putting together a little bit of a summer program for her to introduce her ABC's to her in more than just looking at a book or watching Dora. But like I was saying there are days when I think she is genius intelligent, and then there are days like today where she decides to lick the dog's nose lol Not once, but 5 times, says Ewww nasty after each lick!
As for the two older ones, we are working on getting back on schedule after taking a two week break because Daddy had a hip replacement. Now that Daddy is back on his feet, I can focus all my attention back to the kids and it will be alot easy to focus on school work. So Monday morning bright and early, we get started again. So I will have an update on them in a couple of days. I
Other than that, I am getting ready to get started on the Egypt/Mummy summer study! I am so excited about this (especially after watching The Mummy two nights ago lol) I am still actively searching for a museum that has a mummy exhibit that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg to see.

Until next time,
Ashley

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Starting Over...

So I have decided that I didn't like the way this blog was going (with all 6 entries) and the fact that nothing had been done to it in almost 6 months, I deleted everything and we are starting over. I plan on keeping with it this time, hopefully to be updating it at least once a day.
First things first, this will be mostly about homeschooling the rugrats. After using a virtual academy since August, we have decided that it isn't the way we want to go. Now we are researching different curriculum  and exploring our options. Right now we have chosen www.lessonpathways.com as our beginning spot for education. We have started putting together a summer unit study for Egypt and the mummies and pyramids. I am currently on the looking for a local (and by local I mean within a two or so hours driving distance) museum that is doing an Egyptian exhibit to go along with our summer studies.
Right now at this moment, this blog is going to be more of a place for me to put my thoughts down (whether its a to-do list for tomorrow or thoughts about a product/thing/item I want to try out), along with progress updates of the kids, what works for their learning style and what doesn't.
So enjoy reading what life holds in store for me and mine!