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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Motivating my son.....and how he teaches me.

As a homeschooling parent, my oldest is "our guinea pig".  No matter how much I've researched, read, talked with other parents about, etc., the reality is that my child is teaching me just as much as I am teaching him. What a great symbiotic relationship, isn't it?  I have taught this kid how to read, how to write, his numbers, shapes, colors, etc.  Often with much help from PBS Kids and iPad apps but they have helped me as well on my journey and the journey is far from over.

Now that he is reading, I have found it increasingly more difficult to get him to read for enjoyment.  His required reading has increased but his enjoyment for reading, aka pleasure reading, has not.  He is a boy and would rather play Minecraft or outside.  These things are great and I foster them because they are his interests for the time being.

So what does this have to do with motivation for reading and math?  A lot when you have a competitive boy.

Last Christmas, my husband bought me Inferno by Dan Brown.  I've read every other book by Dan Brown and really do love his Robert Langdon series.  But alas the book sat on the book shelf.  While I wanted to devour the book, I was also pulled in a million directions and with a husband whose erratic work schedule wreaked havoc on our lives, I chose enjoyment reading to cut from my life.  That is until recently.

Beginning of October I decided to pick it up.  I needed an escape and I knew Dan Brown could provide that for me.  2 days after I started the book, my son decided to make a bet.  He's been wanting Pixelmon on the computer and I've been a bit hesitant at letting him have anything to do with the computer.  iPad and Kindle?  No problem.  I really like the parental controls on both.  My computer....not so much.

So the bet came to fruition - if I don't complete my book by October 31st, then I get to buy him Pixelmon.  If I do, well he doesn't get it.  {But between us, he'll still get rewarded for being a good sport and participating}

Every couple of days we see how many pages I have read, how many pages I have left, and how many pages/chapters a day I need to read in order to complete the book by the end of the month.  Since then I have seen an uptick in him getting his math done more quickly and correctly and reading his required reading for school at a more motivated pace which has in return led to better comprehension. Bonus, bonus, bonus.  <doing a happy dance>

Even though we are not yet to multiplication and division in our year, it has given him a taste for how math can be done and that taste has led to a more motivated child during our school day.

I never would have thought that by me picking up a book that it would have a direct effect on my children in such a short amount of time. No amount of research or talking with other homeschool parents would have ever led me to think this would happen.

See how my child is teaching me as I am teaching him?  What a blessing I have been given.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Medicine Tracker

So with the recent event of my husband's surgery and the following medication, I created a medicine tracker.  I've used hand written one's in the past with my children but with this event, I needed more sheets.

It includes:

1 - 10 day two times a day
1 - 10 day three times a day
1 - 14 day two times a day
1 - 14 day three times a day

Use it for daily medicine, detox pills, juicing, etc.  It is up in my shop for $3 and is a download so once purchased, you can print as many times as you need.  You can purchase it HERE.

An update

WARNING:  Graphic images below.  Proceed with caution.

2 weeks ago, my husband was injured during a game of basketball.  It was only a matter of time before my competitive, athletic husband was injured again.  Unfotunately, I never thought this type of injury would happen.

He was bit.  By a Marine.  I know, I know.  How does that happen?  Well it happens when you go to make a jump shot and the Marine trys to block you from behind which results in said Marine's mouth (which was wide open!  People....when you play sports....close your mouth.  It helps.) landing on top of my husband's head and proceeding to gash his head open.

The call from him was hilarious.  Here's a synopsis of how the conversation went:

Me: Hello?

S: Hey babe.  I'm, um, heading to the hospital.

Me: Okay. Why?

S: Well, I, uh, um, got, uh, bit by a Marine.

Me: *Not computing the sentence at all and very perplexed* You got bit by a Marine? Um...

S: Well we were playing basketball and..

Me: You...got...bit...by...a Marine?  Like how a toddler bites someone?  *Laughter ensues*

S:  Not exactly.  You see, we were playing basketball and he came down on top of my head.

Me:  Oh okay.

At that point the jokes started flowing.

No, I did not rush myself to the hospital.  I knew he'd be fine.

Luckily, one of his co-workers sent me some pictures.  Those were great.  What wasn't so great was the next few days.

The doctors at the hospital didn't shave his head, cleaned it, stapled it, and sent him on his way with antibiotics.  I was in charge of cleaning it to make sure it didn't get infected.  Well it did.  The human mouth is very dirty and the resulting gash just let the bacteria in.

This all happened on the 10th.  By the 12th, there was a lot of swelling and as any man is, he wouldn't listen to me that he needed to go back.  Sunday morning, the 14th, when he woke up, the swelling had started going down the side of his face.  I didn't give him a choice.  Back to the hospital we went.

(I forgot to mention that between the 10th and the 14th while cleaning it, I'd break up the dried blood and pus would just ooze out.)

They decided to take him back to surgery to be able to take the staples out and clean it out.  According to the surgeon, it was pretty bad for just a small bite.  I wasn't there when they wheeled him back but arrived there quickly and waited for him in his recovery room.  I'm very thankful for some great friends who were so kind to take my children while I rushed back to the hospital.

He was the buzz of the surgical floor as everyone wanted to know how it happened.  And when you have a sense of humor about it and like ooey-gooey stuff like I do, the jokes and laughter are abound on the floor.

When he was wheeled in, he was high.  The first thing he wanted to know was whether the Cowboys won or not.  Silly man.  Then he realized his wife was there and was happy.  After an all day affair at the hospital (check in at 9, check out at 7) we were on our way home.

I won't go into details about his healing process as he is still healing.  If the wound hasn't closed by the beginning of October, we will be talking with a plastic surgeon to correct the issue.  This is why I haven't had the chance to do anything the past 2 weeks.  Taking care of someone on top of your normal duties is a lot.  I'm just glad he's feeling better.

Now for pictures.

The last picture was from last night.  It is looking so much better but definitely not healed like we thought it would be.  At least he gets to go back to work instead of being here and feeling like he can't do anything.

That has been my life for the past 2 weeks.  Needless to say, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly To-Do Checklist

I have a feeling I'm in a different creative mode this week.  From different ways in doing my hair to the experiments we have been doing in school and to the realm of digital creativity I am finding myself dabbling in different things.  It is actually very freeing and exciting!  I have even found myself purchasing clothes that I never would have in the past.

Since I've turned 30, I've found myself in the realm of reinventing.  And with that is me creating my own printables.

Yesterday, I shared with you my Monthly Budget Worksheet.  It is still available for download and will be available until 30 September.  Then it'll only be available in my Etsy shop.

Today I am sharing with you a weekly to-do checklist.  It is simple and straight forward.  Nothing fancy or frilly (at least in my opinion it isn't) but it gets the job done.  Nice thing is that you can slip it into a page protector and stick it on the fridge.  Voila!  No wasting printer ink and it can change relatively easy.

Without further ado, I present you the Weekly To-Do Checklist.

You can purchase it for $2 and it comes as a PDF file that is an instant download.

I have many other things churning through my head.  I hope to get started on some more tonight!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Budget Worksheet

Today I decided to create a budget worksheet and am sharing it with you today.  This will be available until the end of September and then can be found in my Etsy shop for purchase.

I hope you all enjoy and look forward to what everyone likes about it or doesn't like about it!

*No longer available for download.

Monday, September 8, 2014

I didn't finish....and a catch up.

Well I didn't finish The Abundant Mama challenge.  My grandmother arrived in town for a week so reading emails and blogging took a back seat.  What did I learn?  A lot.  Waking up, even at 6:30, resulted in a more productive day.  I felt better.  I drank more water.  I did more.  Was I tired?  Oh yes I was, but that was to be expected.

So while she was here, we enjoyed her company.  She is such a fun lady and we had fun.  The dog adored her too.  After she left we enjoyed a labor day weekend into a week.  We are now back into the swing of things.

Here are some pictures of my grandmother here and some school we completed today.

This dog was by her side the entire time.  He loved her and I'm so glad I got this picture.

Generation gap.  Great grandmother and great grandson.  Can you tell why?

We finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The kids had fun.  The lapbook and printables I purchased from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

So what is on the plate for this week?  More school.  We are learning about Japan this week and we start our new co-op on Friday.  Woot-woot.  I'm also slated to go into the quilt shop to do my Halloween quilt and then a GNO with some good friends.

I sure am going to miss Boise when we leave.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Travelling Wallets

I recently went through all my orders and decided to put a map together.  Here it is.  This is every place I have shipped a wallet.  I'm so happy!