Budweiser has done it again!
A super cute commercial that tugs on the heart strings.
I guess I always feel that way at some level each January/February. After Christmas, I’m ready for it to warm up, to see the plants and trees budding, and I’m so ready to get in the dirt!
Yet, this winter seems more challenging than others. Every time I turn around we are plunging well below zero and with added wind chills, we are nearing -50. And when we aren’t dangerously cold, we are getting several more inches of snow.
Yikes! Is it spring yet?
On the other hand, I am blessed enough to be in the situation where I work at home and we homeschool, so we don’t have to go out in the cold and snow unless we have errands to run, and I try to keep those for the milder days.
One thing we previously did during winters was to head to a nearby conservatory on a near-weekly basis to be surrounded by plants and warmth. Since we have moved, it is not a reasonable possibility. I really miss that time, sitting, enjoying the greenery, warmth, and scent of the plants. I could simply sit there for an entire afternoon. I always feel refreshed and reinvigorated. Maybe it’s time for a drive. Maybe it’s time to make the trip for an afternoon. I’m sure it’d be a healthy one and well worth the time.
It seems to be a very common issue and it seems to be growing. As parents, we are often wondering if everything is ok. Poop is actually a great way to get a peek into how healthy your child’s digestive system is. Everything from food allergies to infections can be hinted at based on poop.
Take a look at the article here:
By choosing a loving environment without added peer pressure and comparisons, I can see my daughter thriving and willing to try a little more. While we are still working on regaining that joyful spirit that she lost last year, we are getting there. I’m seeing more smiles, hearing giggles and can see her eyes light up more often. (There is nothing like seeing that sparkle of joy in your child’s eyes.) As with anything, it’s taking time, but we’re making progress. Little bit by little bit. Read more about our struggles here.
Truth be told, last year while she was in 1st grade, she came home most nights upset in some manner and often in tears. It was a very difficult year. Whether it was because someone was picking on her, the teacher went too fast on a new topic or she was bored in class, or for a million other reasons. She got in trouble once because she was helping a boy in her class. He didn’t understand so she was teaching him by giving him the answers.
I know my daughter is highly sensitive. She is very much like me that way. We take things to heart and often overanalyze, overthink, and can struggle when offered too many choices or are pressured. She was extremely advanced in reading – in fact, she was tested in 1st grade to be reading at between a 4th and 5th grade level. That explains so much of the boredom, but there were times when she struggled to get the concept in math and that brought on a great deal of frustration. She is very hard on herself. She expects perfection and if she’s concerned that she cannot reach it, she doesn’t even want to try. She’ll quit before she even starts.
It didn’t matter how great her teacher was. And both in Kindergarten and 1st grade were awesome! We were getting to the point where she hated school, she didn’t want to go, she didn’t want to learn, and she was no longer her happy, joyous self. She was becoming more and more stressed, emotional outbursts were becoming more frequent, and our family was stretching thin. I WAS DONE! With all that we went through during that school year, I decided it was time for drastic changes. It was time to try something completely different. I would not send her back to a public school this year! And it was the best decision I could have made for her.
Now don’t get me wrong, its not all sunshine and games. We definitely have our struggles. There are some days that are harder than others, but we have found a good routine and are progressing very nicely. In fact the hardest subject, math, has really come along. We slowed down, focused on the basics, and found different ways to find the solutions. Once the basics clicked for her – she has sped along at an amazing rate. It’s quite rewarding to see how simply showing different methods can make something that was once nearly impossible for her, something that she now understands. Would she have gotten that in a public school? Maybe. But it’s hard for teachers to give one-on-one direction in a classroom with nearly 30 students. When considering all her struggles – it wasn’t worth chancing.
Are you wondering if I made the right decision?
I know it may not be best for all families, but it definitely is for ours.
Check out these stats on how homeschoolers compare.
You may just learn something new yourself.
Ah! The day that all pets dread has finally arrived.
We served a gourmet meal of soft chicken in a sauce last night prior to putting the food away. This morning, Jewels woke without breakfast and was placed in the cat carrier (much to her dislike). In fact, she hates it! She spent most of the short drive digging trying to get out, all while bawling as loudly as she could. Poor thing! I felt so bad for her. But this was something that MUST happen! I’m not going to raise baby kitties! Sorry Sweetie!
In all honesty, I love kittens and would love to have a litter…or two,
but it’s not a practical option.
Especially when there are so many kittens in need of a home.
We spent the day working on school and worrying about whether Jewels was ok. It was a tough day on all of us. Aryanna seemed distracted in everything she was working on and our other cat, Dominic sat staring at the door when he normally spends the day curled up sleeping.
When we finally got that phone call that we could pick her up, we were there right away! Not a minute to delay. Aryanna wanted to get her home right away to cuddle and love on her a bit.
Once we got her home, she was groggy and scared. She was afraid to go to sleep, despite her continual head-nods. Poor thing! Aryanna was worried but I assured her it was normal to be so sleepy and that within a day or two, she’d be back to her self.
On a side note, I had planned necessary precautions of keeping the dogs at a safe distance, but didn’t consider my other cat, Dominic. He hissed at her and wouldn’t let her come near him.
UPDATE 1/23/2014: I’m happy to say that Jewel’s has recovered nicely. She has been playing and acting herself. We are so happy at her quick recovery. It took several days for Jewels and Dominic to reacquaint, but they are friends again. Yay for happy blessings!
Well, for those of you who are familiar with the temps we are enduring on this beautiful January day in Wisconsin, you know chilly is not the best term. Brrrrrrr…
So what do you do when you school at home? Especially when your daughter knows that all the schools in the area are closed and that other children do not have to have “school?”
You do some fun experiments!
The first experiment we did was blowing bubbles. Most popped in the air leaving wisps of frozen soap floating to the ground. We got to watch some land and roll across the cement. Some even split so we could see them open and crumble.
The second was throwing a cup of hot water through the air to see what would happen.
After throwing a few cups, we were more than ready to come in for a warm cup of hot chocolate. We may head back out a little later and try throwing water again, this time using different temps of water to see the difference.
Do you have any fun experiments to try in the fridged cold?
Last spring, we quit cereal. Now, one of our favorite meals is homemade pancakes with maple syrup or fresh fruit. Yummy!
Here is the recipe I use for the fluffy goodness.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4 people
Cook Time: 20 minutes
• 1-1/2 C Flour (I mix 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 all purpose)
• 3-1/2 t Baking Powder
• 1 t Salt
• 1 T Sugar
• 3 T Butter, melted
• 1 Egg
• 1-1/4 C Milk
• Sift together dry ingredients.
• Wisk in wet ingredients and let sit for a couple minutes to rest.
• While resting, heat pan over medium-high heat. (Optional: spray pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.)
• Pour about 1/4 C of batter in pan. Let cook for 2-3 min (until bubbles are visible).
• Flip and cook another 1-2 min. Pancake should be golden brown and fluffy.
TIP: If the outside is getting too dark while trying to get the inside cooked, try turning down the heat a bit.