Friday, January 20, 2012

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - January 16-20, 2012

Delani conducting!

In my life this week…
Monday was the last day my dad was visiting and we did a little more shopping and then completed the evening by going to Olive Garden. We also had to deal with crazy Oregon weather. Was it going to snow or rain? Was it going to freeze or not? You can't depend on the weather man, because he is always wrong.

On Tuesday my dad had to depart at o'dark thirty in the morning, not because his plane left that early, but because no one knew what the weather was doing!! All I can say is it tried really hard to snow.

Wednesday we went to our downtown library and found some books at the Friends bookstore, headed to the post office, and then on to Walmart. On Thursday I found out that we had so much rain we were flooded--even down to where we had driven the day before! Of course, being the news savvy person that I am I had to find out from my husband who was at work 40 miles away. The flooding led to no evening church since the building we rent is used for a Red Cross shelter.

Friday required a trip to Costco for essentials and a relaxing evening at home. My mom showed Destini how to make a pillowcase and they worked on some other sewing skills.

In our homeschool this week…
It was another relaxing week, but it is time to get back to business. Poor Chantry really bombed a test and then we discovered he hadn't completed all of his daily lessons. I felt bad, because I should have caught that, but next week is a new week!

We were able to get back on track with our family devotions. Yeah!

We also spent some time listening to our Music Study, Mozart's Requiem in D minor. We have been listening to it over the last few weeks, but this week we spent some time watching a few clips on YouTube. Here is what we watched: Part I and Part 2. We have 6 more parts to watch. This probably won't be our favorite piece of Mozart's, but we are stretching ourselves.

We finished reading our free read, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . You can read my review here.

I am inspired by…
This blog post about having a Book Time over at Tolivers to Texas. I would love to find a way to implement this even if it is for only a couple times a week. My kids do quite a bit of reading for school, but my boys really need this and it would be good training for Delani. Destini already does this, so she would think life was good!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Destini was scheduled for piano lessons, but her piano teacher had to cancel due to flooding in her basement. We did make it to Caleb's writing tutor and she is very pleased with his progress.

My favorite thing this week was…
Delani has entered this new phase in her language abilities. She has kept us laughing with the things she has come up with. Here are a few:

After being totally frustrated with the Nintendo DS, Delani announces: "Mom, I can't do all things through Christ!"
While shopping in Walmart I had to admonish my two middle children. I had just told them they had better behave when she said, "Preach it, Mom!"
Things I’m working on…
I've been incredibly lazy. I didn't even do any ironing since my mom was so sweet to work on it.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…
Chili, Stroganoff Chicken and Rice, and Popcorn Chicken and Tator Tots (I really worked hard on THAT meal!) and Cowboy cookies.

I’m grateful for…
A dry house!

I’m praying for…
Those around me whose homes have flooded.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Destini showing off her pillowcase she made with Grandma's help.

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

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  1. Nice pillowcase:)

    I think the weather has been crazy everywhere lately! It's been very unpredictable here too.

    Glad your house stayed dry and will pray for those who experienced flooding!

  2. Nice to see a fellow Oregonian! I'm working on Wholehearted Child, too. And Delani's comment about the DS cracked me and my husband up!



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