Weeks In Review – 3/24/17

I know I haven’t done a Week in Review in a couple of weeks, so much for my resolution of awesome consistency, eh? LOL! Such is life. Hopefully I can cover two weeks without annoying my 2 readers!

This Week In …

… School:

 

It’s been a busy and somewhat productive couple of weeks. Last week we rocked 4 days of school. I’ll freely admit, one of those days was some serious car schooling. My Brother-In-Law needed us to go test drive a car about 70 minutes away, so that took up the majority of Thursday. We did get a lot done in the car and at home before we left for the day.  Friday the local schools were out, so Little’s scout troop had a trip starting at noon, and Big had her initial meeting with her Student Adviser over at the Dual Enrollment college, so the day was a wash. We are all definitely seeing the light at the end of the semester’s tunnel.

This week we pulled off 3 solid days and one lighter day. Thankfully, the kids have worked so far ahead and have been very diligent before and since the move, so we’re having no problem with days off and easier days. Big and I took one day off and went to meet some friends at Berry College for an official visit (Little worked hard at home with DH), and another day we met an old friend in Atlanta for lunch. It was an old grad school friend I haven’t seen in about 10 years, so it was a welcome reunion.

 

 

… Life School:

 

Cooking nights for the kids are continuing. They’re actually enjoying it (usually!). Little had a fiasco of a giant sandwich / lime pie night, but otherwise things have gone smoothly. Big made some delicious cheeseburger soup one week, and KILLED IT on PI DAY with excellent individual chicken pot pies.

 

So, we bought a little, old, very fun sailboat a few weeks ago off of Craigslist. It’s been SO SO SO MUCH fun teaching the kids to sail. Both DH and I grew up sailing little boats, and I was even a competitive sailor in college, so it’s such a blessing to get to pass this on! Thankfully DH is a STUD and can repair anything because The Boat leaks. Kind of a lot. LOL! So he’ll add more patches and we’ll get her lake-worthy for the summer.  Seriously, this is the best thing.

 

 

… Other Stuff:

 

We had some minor sadness here last weekend. We were supposed to have friends stay with us for a few days and do some fun stuff and college visits. Sadly, one of the visiting kids got sick so they had to head home early. It made for some gloom and disappointment here, but our friend recovered quickly, the sickness didn’t spread, we got to meet up for lunch and the college visit anyway,  and we’ll get to see them again soon.
Recipe of the week – BREAD MACHINE NAAN. I am NEVER buying naan again. Ever.

 

Free cone day at Dairy Queen. Score!!! I took the boys before scouts, and indulged with them, and then let the girls run in after Beauty and the Beast (which I really, really liked!).

 

… The Move:

 

I think I hit a wall this week. I’ve realized that we’re met some people, and everyone is very “friendly”, but we don’t really have any “friends”. I know it’ll be a while. It takes time to connect and let down your guard. I know. But I think that maybe spending a night with some great, real life friends made me realize we’re  [I’m]  in a pretty lonely spot. We are inviting people over for meals (which is hard, but good), and even attended a social event with people from church (including dinner after), but it just feels weird… forced… awkward. I really miss being around people who know me and accept me for me.

 

Friday nights at the fire place continue. We love this. It’s a great time of connecting and grounding our weekend. Love it.

 

We’ve discovered Bruster’s. Yum. Serious yum.

 

… On the Horizon –

We’re joining a church! Well, DH and I are joining. LOL! The kids are learning more about the denomination and we’ve decided to let them decide for themselves if they want to join and when. Of course they’re attending with us, and had a ton of input in our decision to join there (as a family, even if they decide “officially” to join later), and are very happy with the decision to call it HOME.  It’s scary and awesome having older kids who are learning to make adult decisions for themselves. I am thrilled to be finding a HOME for our family to learn, serve, and grow.

 

Fun days ahead. I’ll update as I can!!

 

Praises:

+ Sickness was contained and recovered from quickly.

+ DE class swap. This is big. So thankful.

+ Fun college visit with friends. Berry is STUNNING.

+ A church HOME. A new start. A new family.

 

Prayers:

If you’re inclined to join us in prayer we’d HUGELY appreciate it!!!

+ House sale. Gods timing is perfect and it will sell when it sells, but we covet your prayers.

+ Safe travel. Fun times ahead. We’d love your prayers for safety!

 

How about you?? How was YOUR week?

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Working for Me Wednesday – Homeschooling High School

Math. I’ve talked a lot about it here on Fried Clams, but this week Big and I decided something was really working for us and I wanted to share.

We use Saxon Math from Algebra 1/2 and up. Love it. We use it with the Art Reed dvds and Big is currently on lesson 107-ish of the Advanced Math book. Starting in Advanced Math we do a half lesson a day. The lessons just start to take a LONG time, and the material is THICK so we ration it a little. So, we used to do the video and odd problems on Day 1, and then the next day we’d finish with the even problems. But, with this system the video days were always pretty long, with of the videos running 8 minutes, but some 20+.

While this may seem blatantly obvious, we decided that on video days we’d only do problems 1-10. Then, the next day we’d do 11-30. Now it seems like both days are a totally great deal. Mentally, we’re psyched for either day – “YAY! Video and only 10 problems!”, or “Sweet, no video and only 20 problems!”.  It’s funny how such a simple change has made our math time so much easier!!

What’s working for you this Wednesday?!

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Field Trip – Dismals Canyon, AL

WARNING – This post was written a while ago (maybe a year or so?) and never published. The prices listed may have changed. [OK… I looked it up, and it’s now $12/adult, $8.75 for kids, with the $1 add on for picnicking on their back deck.]

A friend and I decided recently that we needed a road trip. The weather’s been beautiful and she needed a break, so we packed the kids up, loaded the car, and headed to Dismals Canyon.

Dismals Canyon is a privately owned property with camping, hiking, a grill, and a gift shop area. The admission rate was $10 for ages 12 and up, and $6.75 for ages 11 and under. Those are for self guided tours (hiking and a map).

Since we arrived in a day when the grill was opened, picnicking was “prohibited”. As a conservation minded person, I get the desire to limit trash and I agree that people can be slobs and disregard their personal clean up, but banning picnics and posting that all my bags could be searched was really off-putting to me.  If you arrive when the chill is closed you can picnic – for $1/person… to eat the food you brought…on their deck… Hmmm.  I wasn’t impressed.

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Overall the site was really, really beautiful. The day we went the weather was (as you can see!) perfect. We did about a 1.5 mile hike which was perfect for us. It left us a lot of time for exploring, relaxing, and hanging out and talking.

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I took a ton of pictures!!

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It really was a great break from our normal homeschool routine. I think I would go back again, but I might consider a different location with a more liberal picnic policy if I had a large group.

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Are there any good day trips near you that you’d recommend?

Week in Review : 3/10/17

I know I haven’t done a Week in Review in FOR_EV_ER, but I’m hoping to get back on track. The kids and I LOVE reading them from years past, and get a huge laugh over all the stuff we’ve forgotten about. I also just got a SWEET new laptop – all my own – complete with a non USB mouse (because for some reason in our house the mouse and the little sensor thing can NEVER stay together…grrr…). I am thrilled and hope to blog more consistently!!

This Week In …

… School:

We’ve actually been pretty productive this week. Despite the move we’re pretty much on or ahead of schedule. Apparently having no friends and a limited social calendar make for lots of productive homeschool days!

The kids are also catching on that “done” means “DONE!”, so anything scheduled to be completed this year that gets done early means more free time for them. Hence, Big has completed her assigned Literature and is making HUGE strides on History. Little is working hard on wrapping up Aero and decided today he’d pick up the pace in math (we’ve been doing 1/2 lesson a day and he’s committing to a full lesson) to wrap it up in half the time. [Now, I wouldn’t do this for anything that they’re not excelling in, but so far, it’s not been a problem with retention or skills.] I think he’s on track with history, too.

The classes that will drag on for a while are the online classes (Big – German, Little – English), Advanced Math and Chemistry. BJU DLO Chem is just HARD and doing more than a lesson a day is just too much. The same holds true for Advanced Math. And, online classes require you to stay at their pace, so those will wrap up when they wrap up.

Guitar lessons are going great. Big sounds really good. Wow, this is so much easier to listen to than beginner violin or even piano!

Not actually school, but kind of school, is news that Big was accepted into the Dual Enrollment program at the local college. It’s a 4 year liberal arts college, so I think its pretty cool!! She’ll start there this summer. I’ll blog a lot more about what she’ll be taking, schedules, why we’re going that route and more in another post. The college is about 35 minutes away so today we may go down, walk around (we haven’t done that yet!) and buy a t-shirt. Big times here. I’m so excited for her and the adventures God has for her!

… Life School:

I’ll keep the details brief on this one, but we’ve recently had a shift in chores here. Little (a 14 year old DUDE) will now manage all of his laundry. While he’s skilled and has done laundry before, he’ll be flying solo. (And perhaps, a budding entrepreneur, he was theorizing he could make some cash in college doing other dude’s laundry… which I think is actually a great idea!! LOL!!). For fun we went to Publix and I am not joking, smelled EVERY detergent. He picked out a nice cold water, stain fighting, not-to-smelly Gain. We’ll see how this goes! LOL!

We’ve also instituted kid’s cooking nights here. I won’t say that the [honestly made in jest] comment about “woman’s work” started it, but for two weeks the kids have each had a night to cook. This week Little (the Tuesday Chef) made pizza and invented a chocolate pizza based on a book he read recently. It was DELICIOUS.

… Other Stuff:

Friday night we attended a TINY HOUSE festival. We’re all over the tiny house deal and think it’s a great junior/senior homeschool project. It was a blast looking at all the houses, seeing what we liked/didn’t like, and checking out different builders. There were some super helpful people and lots were eager to answer Big’s questions. I really, really hope we can execute this project!!

This week was the state AAU TKD tournament. The kids learned a lot. I learned a lot. I am grateful the injuries weren’t worse. Really. I hate Olympic sparring. I am grateful that Little already had his braces installed. Really.

We’re made great progress on finding a home church. We visited 8 (yes, EIGHT) in the local area. Some were OK, some were terrible for our family, and like each one of us, none were perfect. We have found a place where we’re all happy about it’s biblical stance, peer group for the kids, and opportunities to serve both in the church and the community. I am THRILLED the search is over. It was so hard. We’ve already attending the “so you want to join our church” class (which was 4 weeks long!), and I am ready to get plugged in. To show how eager we are… we’ll be hosting a home group this weekend. Yikes!!

I haven’t, but will blog about this, but my Community Bible Study class is just about the greatest thing since air, iced coffee, and puppies. It’s amazing. If you have one near you – please try it out.

Seriously – the BEST COFFEE CAKE EVER. Add chopped pecans to the top and filling. Perfect. Moist on day 3. It makes a HUGE amount so I recommend a half recipe.

… The Move:

We’re now three months post move. I was joking with someone yesterday that like babies, I’m now past counting in weeks and made it to months. LOL!

Since we’ve been putting a lot of effort into it, we’re actually meeting some people! I went to lunch at a friend’s house last week, which was such an encouragement. Saturday night we had dinner (oh.my.word.it.was.so.delicious.) and learned to play dominoes at our soon-to-be neighbor’s house, and then yesterday after bible study I had lunch with a lady from my core group.

Check me out! I am making myself get out of my comfort zone and meet people! It’s not easy, but I have was inspired by Sally Clarkson’s comment in one of her books that she started every group she’s been a part of. That was a huge encouragement for me. The older I get I see that most everyone wants to be a part of a group, but rarely do people feel they are – so I’m trying to work on inclusion, community, and reaching out.

… On the Horizon –

We’re headed to one of my favorite cities, Chattanooga, this weekend for a play. Some of our VERY favorite teens are in a school production so we’re headed up to cheer them on. I am really looking forward to it!

Sunday we host our first home group. I already cooked all the taco meet and we’ll clean some today. I’m nervous but so far really like the people we’ve met!

Praises:

+ Injuries weren’t worse from the TKD tournament.

+ Fun, busy week.

+ Big’s DE acceptance news!

Prayers:

If you’re inclined to join us in prayer we’d HUGELY appreciate it!!!

+ House sale. This week is Spring Break back in MS, so we’d love to get a reasonable offer, sell the house, and move on with plans to build here. It’s all in God’s timing and we’re calm knowing that!!

How about you?? How was YOUR week?

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