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look, fish!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Today was Homeschool Day at the aquarium. We look forward to it every year because they drastically cut the ticket price and school groups aren’t allowed to book on this day. As homeschoolers, we like being able to go to museums and such mid-week, but it stinks when we run into multiple school groups […]

mummies and ladybugs, though not together

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Yesterday the girls and I attended a class on mummies designed for homeschoolers. It’s the first time we took one of the Science Center Homeschool classes so we weren’t sure what to expect other than traffic. Kids were divided into 3 different age groups to begin with. Parents have the choice of dropping off or […]

link for lapbook

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Someone came here twice today with a search of “Wrinkle in Time Lapbook.” So in case that person makes it back, here’s where I got it. Live and Learn Press. My oldest really enjoys it and I would definitely use their products again.

night life

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The days may be blistering hot, but oh how lovely the evening is. I spread a blanket on the patio on the backyard and pulled out a couple chairs for Daisy and I. We’ve listened to all the night sounds- crickets, the coo of a nearby dove, chirps of various other birds- and admired the […]

new table = fun

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Last night I purchased a folding table because the girls can’t do lessons in the same space. They both have projects that need to be spread out and I don’t like to keep the dining table at its full size because that’s just too big. So a folding table in the living room that could […]

long day, but in a good way

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

To sum up the day- we worked on lessons.
Tabitha went straight to her California history notebook again. This time I did ask her to stop after an hour and a half so we cold get other things done as well. She then moved onto her “A Wrinkle in Time” lapbook and spent quite a long […]

tiny letters

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

My font is much smaller on my netbook. At first I simply wondered why I was seeing more of pages than I used to. Then I realized I hate to squint to read comments on Facebook. I don’t think it’s my eyesight, so somehow I need to figure out how to adjust this and how […]

I want my mummy

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Sunday morning the girls and I headed out to the science center to see the mummies exhibit. Chris was supposed to come too, but sadly was still feeling poorly. Since I had already bought tickets and they were non-refundable and couldn’t be exchanged, we had to make the decision to go without him.
But we […]

progress report

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I was asked about Tabitha’s current grade level by no less than 3 people last week. This leads me to believe others might have the same question so I thought I’d kind of spell it out for anyone wondering.
She turned 11 this past January, so if she were in a brick and mortar school […]

drained

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Today has been a very long day. It was Homeschool Day at LACMA (LA County Museum of Art, too lazy to link), so we headed out there this morning. We aimed to arrive early so we could walk around Tar Lake as it’s next door to the La Brea Tar Pits and Daisy really wanted […]

Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I was going to write today’s post in Spanish, but decided that would be more trouble than the smile it would give me would be worth. Plus I know I would get enough of it wrong to be positively cringe inducing.
As I sit here in the breeze, I realized how much I love Spring. […]

My eyes are crossed

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I have been staring at this computer for far too long today. Between the Webk!nz thing and lots of curriculum research I am worn out. I’m desperately trying to find a way to organize all I would like to get for lessons in a way that lets me see at a glance the items I […]

if you give a mom the internet

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

So I was researching composer and artist biographies. There’s a particular series that I like and I was taking the time to write down all the books so I could then look up their date of births and put them in order. From this I found the author also does a series on scientists and […]

nothing like the last minute

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

So I have the most intricate applique that I’ve ever attempted sitting on my table. Not to mention I haven’t appliqued anything in over a year. Yet, I didn’t even start working on it until this evening and I want it finished Saturday night. Oh, and I also need to make a pair of pants […]

first day

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I started math with Daisy today and it went just fine. Clearly it’s easy as can be, but I’m talking more about her attitude. I was sort of afraid that seeing Tabitha do math would scare her off since Tabitha’s math takes a long time to get through and must seem boring as hell to […]

button pushing

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

So when I’m not feeling well, or in a bad mood or whatever, the kids are so sweet and understanding and do whatever they can to help me have an easier day. But if I’m in a great mood those same two kids decide to push every button I have in their attempt to ruin […]

reduce, reuse, recycle

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

We had a field trip with our park group today to a recycling center. Tabitha had a good time and Daisy made the best of it, as is her norm. It was too long and too much lecturing for Daisy, but she’s really good about finding something to be positive about. And I did my […]

another Valentine’s party

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Today was our Valentine’s party with our park group. The weather cooperated by giving us upper 60s instead of dreary and cold. We had 19 kids total who started out decorating bags. Then they passed their Valentines out to everyone’s bags. Next was the potluck, followed by the art show, a scavenger hunt, and then […]

ups and downs

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I felt pretty good most of the day, but there was one really, really low point. I’m raring to go now though, which is good since Survivor is on tonight. I decided yoga was just what I needed this morning to warm up so I did hop on my Wii Fit for that. I skipped […]

didn’t stay home

Monday, October 12th, 2009

We decided to get out and about yesterday so no photo editing for me. We went letterboxing, or at least, we attempted to letterbox. We went 0 for 4 boxes yesterday as the stars just weren’t aligned, apparently. We did find a fabulous park that the kids loved playing in for awhile so all was […]

good will

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Since I’m now officially making Daisy’s costume, we went off to Goodwill today in search of parts. I was successful in finding a top, but their pants selection left quite a bit to be desired. We did find a pair of jeans for Tabi just because the girl had the nerve to grow. We had […]

responsibility

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

We get to dance class this morning and on our way in, I ask Daisy if she was planning to dance in her Crocs. She smacks her forehead and says “Ohmygosh! I forgot my backpack!” I thought it was no big deal and went back to the car; except, she meant she left it at […]

pick me up

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Around 10:30 this morning I realized how badly I needed a nap. Considering I woke up at 7 and went to bed early, that wasn’t a good sign. I held out until 11:30 and then went to lay down. I couldn’t get comfy, which may have had to do something with the two light sabers […]

I don’t think they want the heathens anyway

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Tabitha is supposed to be attending a theater camp this week and next. It came with the high price of a super long day from 9-5, but we thought the program would be worth it as it was Shakespeare. Except it wasn’t- apparently the theme changes every year and while it was Shakespeare last year […]

*cough*cough*hack*wheeze*

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

That’s me in a nutshell. Monday morning I was nauseus, all over body achy, head pounding, slightly stuffy nose, killer sore throat, and almost no voice. Tuesday I was mercifully free of all but a small sore throat and slightly stuffy nose. Today I just have a lovely hacking cough. It’s bad enough that I […]

A poem from T

Monday, June 8th, 2009

For whatever reason I woke up feeling very poorly. Not sure if I’ll get to the pictures today. In the meantime, this is a poem Tabitha wrote last week. The style was supposed to be simply two words per line. She chose to write about a propeller hat from Disneyland that she has begged me […]

We played

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

That’s pretty much what occurred today. First the girls played together on Webk!nz for about 90 minutes, then they went into the living room for some odd imagination game they play that is called Daisy Fish. I cannot explain why, all I know is they use a toy fishing rod, lots of small toys, and […]

What to say?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I don’t want to stop blogging, but the reality is when things aren’t going very well, I tend to retreat. I don’t exactly pretend that my life is a constant stream of fluffly kitties hacking up sunshine and rainbows, but I also don’t blog details of down times. Plus life keeps throwing curveballs at me […]

chaos

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The kids’ schedules have become increasingly demanding and I’m the one who takes the brunt of it. I feel like I’m constantly under pressure and it’s been hard to keep any kind of balance lately. Almost everything has suffered, from my skin to my cooking to my working out. I don’t even feel calm enough […]

Santa Barbara

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Yesterday our homeschool park group took the Amtrk train up to Santa Barbara. What a wonderful trip it was! The winds were whipping us soundly since they were 20-25mph, but we survived and had a great time.
When we first arrived we went straight to the beach as that was the most important thing to […]

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