Tuesdays….

Today is Tueday.

Tuesdays are NUTS for me.

Good nuts. But nuts. LOL!!

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Tuesday is Tae Kwon Do. And after class. And bible study. I usually run from 8-2 with school time, and then from 4:45-10 pm with everything else. I love it. It’s a tremendous blessing. But it’s crazy.

Tuesdays make me grateful.

Grateful we’re healthy and can run around for extra activities.

Grateful for two AMAZING ladies that I’ve met with nearly every Tuesday night for YEARS to study God’s word. AMAZING ladies. Life changing ladies.

Grateful that my husband doesn’t expect us to run around like this every day.

Grateful that my kids are focused on achieving their black belts. They have show a lot of wisdom in not wanting to add activities. I know they’d love one that meets Tuesday nights – but they know they’d be short changing both TKD and the new activity. They’ve chosen to focus, and I appreciate that a ton.

Grateful for a crock pot. And paper plates. And understanding kids and DH who don’t mind leftovers on Tuesday nights!!

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Modest Monday – 10/27/14 – Modest Words

Before I start this, I want to say with 100% truth that THIS is NOT an area that I excel in. The first bible verse I ever memorized (when I came to Christ as an adult of 24), was Ephesians 4:29. I can be sarcastic and quick tongued. Those aren’t good things. So, please, don’t think that I am sharing from an ivory tower. I’m not. I’d say more from a low position of trench warfare…

With all that said, I feel like I have to share a technique that has made a HUGE (gigantic, tremendous, monumental) difference in how I communicate with my kids.

I use terms of endearment.

“Sweetheart”, “Superkid”, “Buddy”, “Wonderkid”, etc…

Why does it matter?

Because I cannot yell or be short tongued with someone I just called “Sweetheart”. I can’t. I doubt anyone could. Using a name – there is still room for snark.

“Nancy, get back in here and finish up your chores.” Tone. Snark. Irritation. Short-ness.

But, “Hey, Superkid, please come back and finish up with your chores.” has a totally different tone. It’s more cheerful. It’s softer.

I grew up in Boston (you know, the Fried Clams part of the title), and I dont’ ever remember my mom calling me anything other than my name. No pet names. No softness. No sweetness. She was, and is, a Yankee through and through. So maybe it’s the South that has worn off on me. Maybe it’s the Lord answering countless prayers over my language and tone and ability to communicate love to the people around me. Maybe in His infinite wisdom He used both.

Either way, I am very grateful. The tone is normally nice around here.

Respectful.

Kind.

Silly.

So please, if you struggle with frustration, or anger, or sharp words – try using terms of endearment. It’s a lesson that God has taught me that’s been a huge blessing to me and my family.

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Week in Review – 24 OCT 14

You know it’s been a long week when you have to look back at your calendar to see if there’s anything interesting that happened!

For this week in review I’m just going to give a few quick rundowns…. I think I’m out of practice for not having done this for so long!!

School work is going pretty well. We’ve completed through week 12 of our curriculum, so it’s exciting that we’re a third of the way through the school year. The kids are enjoying most of the curriculum picks with the exception of CLE language arts… I think that’s one you just kind of have to deal with!!  Big started in on Greek as an elective on the days when she doesn’t have to bo CLE reading and that’s been a lot of fun.

One huge academic thing that’s going very well is the way I’ve approached writing this year. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday the kids have to write two separate two paragraph summaries about what we’ve been reading in history. On Wednesday, because we have piano lessons, they do one, two.paragraph summary.  On Friday they’ve been working on a creative writing assignment which is pretty hysterical. It’s a very long and involved sci fi story with Big as the self appointed heroine. Basically, lots and lots of writing. I’m loving it.

Other stuff…

Little had a fabulous weekend camping with Scouts. He’s due for his First Class board of review any day. It’s looking like I’ll be the new Troop Committee chair. Yikes.

Big and I had a blast with the boys gone. Shopping, Project Runway, sewing. It was awesome.

The kids had dental checks this week. This is possibly my most dreaded check for them. I feel like it’s all me if they have cavities… Thankfully, both made it through with no cavities! We go see the ortho on November and likely Little will need some space made. We’ll see. We’re in the “wait”camp for braces, so we’ll see what we can do now to make that easier later.

Our free time had been full of Nerf-like bow and arrow wars. We have 3 bows and a bunch of arrows. Lots of running around, whizzing arrows (the whistle… loudly), laughing and hiding. It’s awesome. Night games are the best. My bow is hot pink. Love it!

TKD and piano continue on! 🙂 It’s been a good week!

Hysterical

This morning I was getting a radio station on Pandora ready to listen to while Little and I did math.

He asked if he could could pick the station, and I said, “No. I’ll pick. There was a recent study that said 85% of teens can’t multitask well – like doing school work and listening to music at the same time.”

He replied, “Well it’s a good thing that I’m in the 25 %.”

There was a pause which was broken by absolutely hysterical laughter. I was crying. Breathless. The laughing that hurts.

Once he picked himself up off the floor he told me, “That split second when my brain tells my mouth shut up…. Sometimes it’s just a little too long.”

At least his brain tells him that! I assured him his dad and I don’t have that voice!!

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I think another brain disconnect happened here….

Glad I’m not alone in my foibles!!