Thursday, January 24, 2013

Clearing the Shelves

I had the privilege of serving other runners this past weekend at a local Halfathon. Several of our running team were on hand to distribute water to the runners.

I'm on the far left with the red hair.
It was so much fun to encourage these athletes! I did discover that there is a technique to handing water/gatorade to someone who is in motion! Many of the more serious runners did not want to slow their pace to grab the cup, so we had to expect to get splashed a bit by the contents. What a wonderful way to pay-it-forward to the folks who were there to encourage and distribute water in my first two races.

Live here continues to move forward at breakneck pace. Too many times this week I've asked myself, where has the day gone?? I'm simply going to HAVE to train myself to get up earlier. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all that I need to do, if I sleep till 9 am! Working out and running have been taking up a pretty large chunk of my days. Oh, yeah! And we are still homeschooling too. I'm also working to unload our multiple bookshelves of the books crammed onto them.

My hubby had the brilliant idea of having me purchase a barcode scanner to use to inventory all our books for sale. This will be so much easier than entering information manually into a fill in the blank database. I'm excited about the prospect of bringing in a small amount of extra income while emptying our bookshelves of books that we will no longer use.

Here are the bookshelves which need to be emptied. I also have boxes full of books that will not fit on these shelves. Part of the reason that we are pushing to get this done is because the two main bookshelves shown in the bottom picture are currently in Fashionista's room. There is a possibility of my sister and my aunt coming to visit this summer. We need these shelves out of Fashionista's room so that we can set up an extra bed for them to sleep in.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Son, What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up??

It's a rainy day out. I worked out and then went for a refreshing run in the rain. Well, the rain was refreshing but NOT the pain in my legs! I powered through the shin splint pain I was having and made it to the end of my run. Yikes! I need to find a way to run without having that much pain!

Now that I'm all cleaned up after the workout and run, I'm relaxing and trying to get a bit of work done. The rain isn't helping me to get motivated to do anything. This is great crochet and audio book weather!  Maybe I'll be able to do some of that later.

I've been thinking about homeschool-friendly colleges for my son. I wish he would decide what he wants to do with his life!! That would greatly simplify things! Since he loves to cook so much I did some research on local cooking schools for teens. They all seem to be way out of our budget. I thought it would be nice for him to get a chance to work with a professional chef in order to decide if he really wants to settle on this profession.

Too bad there isn't a career path for sitting and playing online games all day! He would excel at that! Any one need a Mine Craft player for their business?? No? I thought not! I tell you, homeschooling high school may just be the death of me! Or at least my sanity!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Taking it Easy

This is day two of a migraine. When I feel like this, it seems no matter how hard I try to keep it from happening, school ends up sliding to the back burner. Last time I checked, Fashionista had TONS of math to catch up on. Mom is starting to experience math anxiety! I keep having to remind myself that I will feel better in a day or two and we will get back on track. Educational videos are on the docket for today! At the moment we are watching Animal Planet. As far as I'm concerned this is enough learning for today.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Home Again, Home Again! Jiggity Jig!

We made it home from our vacation visiting Grandma and Grandpa in AR! Whew! It's been a crazy week trying to get back into the swing of things. We will be starting schooling back up on Monday. However one of the things I've realized that I've neglected to add to my kids' assignment list is spelling. Uuugh! I really need to get on that! Not that it will be a difficult task, just one more thing to remember. We use Spelling and Vocabulary City which has wonderful spelling lists by grade. I can just add the appropriate lists to each of my children's assignments. This will round out our homeschool language arts curriculum.

As I promised last post, here are some pics from our trip!

My kids playing in the snow! No that is not an outhouse! It's my parent's well house! LOL
ManBoy found a huge ice sickle hanging from the eaves of my parent's house.

Looking out the back window of my mom and dad's house.

This is a shot from the side porch of mom and dad's house.