Friday, March 14, 2014

One Step Even Closer

Yesterday I shared that Cub #3 had expressed a desire to be able to read. Today was another ground breaker. After he had finished his 'Starfall' learning, he asked if he could do schoolwork too. Um, yes!!



Although I am very happy to see that his interest in learning to read has been aroused, it does make my mornings much busier. I now have three cubs that need my attention. Scrap that. Four cubs.


With his older brother busy doing schoolwork, cub #4 now needs his momma to entertain him. Which of course doesn't work. Him sitting on my lap works for a few minutes, but the constant touching, asking of questions, and noise, makes my brain go...




So I take a deep breath. A REALLY BIG BREATH. Pray for patience.
And then focus once again on the joy of the moment. One cub at a time.

Speaking of one cub at a time, I had realized a couple of weeks ago that teaching each cub individually worked much better. After the time change, it seems like we have been slacking with staying on schedule. So it just means getting our breakfast done earlier so that we can get to the school table sooner.

On Monday, the cubs and I started learning memory verses. Our daily devotions gives us a new verse each day.
I told the cubs that if they learn five verses, they would get a prize. Nothing like a little motivation.
Today marks the fifth verse.

'Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge.' 1 Timothy 6:20

Now I just have to figure out a prize...






Thursday, March 13, 2014

One Step Closer

Today is a big day for Cub #3. He finally realized his need to learn how to read. And that makes this momma very happy!
He is 6 years old, and has yet to learn all of his ABC's (gasp!). 
I have tried multiple curricullums, but nothing has seemed to be the 'right' fit for him. He has a short memory. Which caused much frustration on my part. So I decided that I would hold off on teaching him  until he 'wanted' to learn. This was hard for me. I have expectations of my children, and when they don't meet them, I struggle to let go of the control that I thought I had. It's such a relief to let go. Whew!
So, like I said, today was a big day. 
It is much easier to teach and learn when the desire is there. Plus, I don't have to pull teeth. Yay for their 'chewers'.

I had asked for some help from fellow homeschoolers, and a lot of them suggested Starfall. So I plopped him on the couch with my ipad, and let him play away.

Once he had gone through all the alphabets, he came into the school room, and said "I still don't know how to read!"
If only it was that easy...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend Ramblings

On Thursday hubby called to say that we would be going to 'the big city' for the weekend. Wahoo! I was excited for some time away from the norm!
Our cubs were also thrilled to learn that we would be going on a road trip. They immediately started suggesting activity ideas.

Thursday night I was feeling overwhelmed. Packing, snack ideas, travel activities, etc, all seemed too much for my brain. I kind of took the joy away from hubby with my overwhelmed attitude. But I realized that I was very tired, so decided to go to bed and hopefully wake up with a more refreshed/renewed attitude. And thankfully, I did.

So Friday morning was all about making sure the cubs had packed decent looking clothes, and packing my own clothes. Clothes that did not include looking like a stay-at-home mom. So no sweat pants for me!
I grabbed most of the fruit we had in the house, filled all the water bottles, and made sure the cubs took some toys to entertain themselves for the 4 1/2 hour drive.

Once we arrived at our destination, hubby made some boring ole work related stops. I think those stores are to him what Homesense is to me. Dream stores! He could spend a lot of time in them. But after many hours of sitting in the pickup, he took mercy on us, and did a quick walk thru.

When hubby first told me about the weekend away, my first thought was Red Lobster and Olive Garden! I love food. Good food. These restaurants are on the top of my list of places to eat.
So while sitting in the pick-up waiting for hubby, I called Red Lobster to make reservations. They informed me that they don't take reservations but I could leave my name for the wait list, up to 30 minutes ahead of time. Which was perfect.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were immediately shown to a table. I could hear the guests that were waiting, grumbling about us being seated before them. I guess it pays to call ahead...

After our delicious seafood supper, we went to the hotel. The cubs eager to get into the pool. Hubby and I are not fans of swimming, but because the cubs enjoy it so much, we too don our swimwear...

Tuckered out from swimming, we headed up to our room for the next best part of staying in a hotel. TV. We don't have cable/satellite at home, so when we get the chance, we are glued!

Nighty night...


Saturday morning...

Our first stop was originally supposed to be Ikea. But hubby realized that he needed new shoes, so off to the mall. He was just going to buy new shoes and then we would head to Ikea. Well, plans changed. We ended up staying at the mall all morning and and afternoon. We never did make it to Ikea. Because by the time we were ready to leave the mall, hubby and I were exhausted from corralling 4 cubs. Off to the hotel for a nap!

Cub 4 and I had a nap. sigh. The other three cubs got more Tree House time in. Hubby went off to do some work stuff...

This time for supper, I had my tastebuds set on some Italian cuisine. Olive Garden. I was hoping that I would be able to call ahead to get our name in like I had with Red Lobster, but no such luck. They had a 1 1/2 hour wait. So I checked the other location. 30 minutes. Sweet, we could handle that. Well, driving to the other end of town, gave other people the chance to get to O.G. before us. 1 hour wait. Darn it!!
So we checked Montana's. 1 hour wait.
Chili's was our next and final option! 30 minute wait. Yay!! And by the way, if you ever have the chance to eat at Chili's, you have got to save room for their Molten Chocolate Cake!! It is super delish!! So worth the can't-walk-have-to-open-button feeling ;-)

Sucking it in, we were able to close our buttons and head back to the hotel, eagerly anticipating the arrival of some dear friends, to join us in the pool.
This time I was able to convince myself that it was ok if I didn't swim. The cubs had such a blast with their friends. I on the other hand, find it very stressful trying to make sure that all of my cubs stay above water!

Waterlogged and skin completely dried out, we headed back to the room for some 'hangin out'.
Swapped kids for the night so that they could spend more time together. Plus, you can't be with friends without pleading for sleepovers, right?!

Nighty night...

Sunday morning...8:00 a.m. click. on goes the tv. Oh Tree House...

Breakfast at Cheesecake Cafe was an unexpected delight. Never would have thought that a cheesecake business would serve breakfast. But yum!

Breakfast devoured, we headed for the open road. Yep, home time.
For some reason, the 4 1/2 hour drive home, went really fast. I think it may have helped that we were all extremely tuckered out...

Ahh, home sweet home.

Weekends away are many things... Fun. Stressful. Memorable. So worth it...

Happy week to you all!
~Esther~