Homeschool Mother's Journal: November 22, 2013

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In my life this week...

Nathan turned 15.  His 15 year old life, right now, is all about Age of Empires (and making maps and triggers), Minecraft, computer programming and game design, doing his school at the library, soccer, looking forward to getting his learner's permit, working at the Y, writing a book, and being a teenager. He is working on balancing school, gaming, work, programming, writing, and recreation. His day is full and to add to that, he recently started writing the story line for a new game that is being developed. He's busy and productive in good ways and that's good.

Bo had dental surgery on the 4th day. He did really well and was really so sweet when he woke up - leaned over and gave me a kiss, first thing. ♥ Bless his heart - my mama's heart needed that. He had full mouth restorative, which breaks my heart. Afterwards, we went shopping to get Bo soft foods to eat (was too tired the night before to go out), and he did well. He was a little sleepy, but insisted on going in (I brought an older boy to sit in the car while I run in). I bought him a little tiger to match his surgery gown, along with soft foods - yogurt, cottage cheese, mac-n-cheese, mandarin oranges and peaches. He was "lovey" and snuggly the rest of the day, but he didn't nap at all like I thought he might after being under general anesthesia.

I'm watching Becky Higgins' online creativeLive class - a 3 day class on Scrapbooking with Project Life.  I'm inspired in new ways to organize and preserve our memories. And I'd like to start a monthly Project Life share on my blog to share how I document our homeschool using Project Life.

We got a bunny. Two of them. They are 8 weeks old and super soft and snuggly - I never knew bunnies could be such awesome pets.

It is officially winter in Wyoming, which means snow and cold. There is ice on the windows inside my house. Brrr!

In our homeschool this week…

We finished Week 27 in Sonlight Core B. We are now into Roman Diary and I will start Detectives in Togas soon, which means we are on Ancient Rome - the last main unit in Core B.

Dylan is working in Week 14 in his Reader (Ides of April) and I am on Week 10 in History. Since I have Story of the World and Mystery of History on audio, we will catch up on our next road trip - we have a 4 hour road trip coming up soon and I love schooling in the car.  Luke is reading the RA - Flame Over Tara, but he is only one chapter into it.

Nathan is on Week 9 in Sonlight Core 100. He's learning about the American Revolution.

I am excited to share that Jordan took the ACT Compass college placement exam and scored a 99 out of 100 on the writing test - a near perfect score! He scored an 87 on the reading test - he only needed a 75 to place into college level English. As soon as he takes the math placement test, I will register him for dual enrollment for the spring semester for English 1, American and Wyo Gov't, and hopefully Applied Math. Hard to believe I will graduate my first homeschooler in May!

The writing score is a big deal to me because I've always felt writing was our weakest subject. I'm confident that our current writing program (The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School) will prepare him for college level English. yay!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

When asked by a new homeschooling mom if it gets easier, I answered from my heart that no, it doesn't. This isn't an easy path that I am on. My house is full of kids and my days are full of challenges. This has been a hard year full of loss (a miscarriage, a friend), struggles (battle for my children's hearts), more struggles (battle for my husband's understanding), marriage and family counseling, and financial and health issues. This is our 8th year of homeschooling and it hasn't been easy. So, no it doesn't get easier. It will never be easy. But, it is worth it. 

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Speech therapy and surgical center for Bo. Basketball game for Malachi. Grocery shopping and a pre-Thanksgiving meal and movie night at church.

My favorite thing this week was…

Trying to count how many kisses Bo gives me in a day and cherishing the gift of life.

My kiddos favorite thing this week was…

"Getting bunnies."

Things I’m working on…

Busy bags. Though after giving Bo his first busy bag, I am having second thoughts! They are a lot of work for me and though the bag kept him busy in more ways than I imagined, the "bag" is no more!

Project Life. Specifically, organizing my plastics, getting pics into albums, and thinking about 2013 and a Project Life share.

A blogging schedule. I currently only have one weekly scheduled post - Tot School with Bo. I have been thinking about adding another weekly post. I'm thinking that a Homeschool Mother's Journal might be a good weekly option (I didn't imagine I had this much to say when I started my post - please let me know if you like my ramblings!). But I have a few more ideas for a monthly, and I can do one a week:

  1. Project Life Share
  2. Day in the Life
  3. Hands-on History or Homeschooling (History, Science, or Unit studies)
  4. I need one more idea! 

Finishing up current reviews. Because I am very excited to be reviewing for the 2014 Crew!

Coming up: Family Time Fitness, Beaker's Of Fun, and All About Reading Level 3.

Ending soon: Birth of Jesus {A Grapevine Study Giveaway!}

I’m cooking…

It's spaghetti and meatballs tonight, but I am barely squeaking by in the kitchen. I spend half our monthly grocery budget in one trip to Costco and it is gone in a week. Money is tight and home cooked healthy meals require extensive planning and prep - an area I am struggling in. Our freezer is full of wild game (thanks to my oldest son), but I am still getting used to the taste of deer, after using organic grass-fed beef all summer and fall.  On my to do list: make Lisa's taco seasoning and start making chili and taco soup now that winter is here.

I’m grateful for…

Bo's safety and care during his surgery. So, so thankful for Father's hand on him.

I’m praying for…

Wisdom for my husband. I pray this for him often, but he specifically asked for me to pray for wisdom this week.

I rewarded my kids this week by…

Having a movie night.

Something(s) I am ogling or have my eye on…

Trim Healthy Mama for me.

Pro-Click Binding Machine for my homeschool.

Settlers Of Catan 4th Edition Bundle and the Seafarers Expansion and Extension Pack for the boys.

The Trail Guide to Learning Series for American History.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…