Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year...or...New Attempt at This Blog Thing

My kids have been asking me for quite some time now to , "Please update the bog." and "It's time for a new post, Mom!"

So, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution: Do a better job of keeping in touch with our fiends far and wide, this is my first official post of 2012.

It is currently -4F outside my window. It's cold here in the wicked north but lovely to look upon! Dinner is simmering on the stove (Thanks to the Professor) and I am slowing crawling my way out of a stack of Christmas decorations that have been collecting for far too many years. I'm weeding out as I sort. It hurts to part with things that were given with love. But, in keeping with another resolution: Simplify my Life!, I am forging ahead. Wish me luck!

If I survive, I'll be back again tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy (and a Rosetta Stone Giveaway)

The move to Alaska has put a crimp in my blogging. Those who know me personally have been following along on Facebook. But, I'll be back soon to post here too. _After the holidays....I promise. In the meantime take a look at this chance to win Rosetta Stone"

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By helping us spread the word you can win a Rosetta Stone Homeschool Edition Level 1 program, language of your choice, valued at $249.

This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever!

Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

More Geeky Goodness

Today, I came down the stairs to find the four 'at-home' children all sitting in the living room. Three of the 4 children were each sitting in front of a laptop while Jack, the 4th was lounging on the sofa eating a piece of pie. As I walked by, laughing at them, I said, "You guys look like the biggest bunch of techno-geeks!" Bella pointed to Jack, the only one without a computer, and said, "What about him?", implying that he did not qualify for 'techno-geek' status. Not wanting to be left out of the geekfest, without missing a beat, he said, "I'm trying to find the end of pi."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What Geeks Do For Fun...

Today, July 22, I made a pineapple upside down cake to celebrate a particularly 'geeky' holiday. Then, I challenged the kids to figure out what the occasion was and why I was making cake. It took a little while (and some mighty quick Goggling ) but someone finally figured it out.
(The artist, of all people. Go figure.)
So what's the occasion?
July 22 or 22/7 is Pi Approximation Day.
Why cake?
It's an approximation of Pi (Pie)

And to finish the event is fitting style, how about a geeky pi joke:
Mathematician to Baker: Pi r squared
Baker to Mathematician: No, pie are round. Cake are squared!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Excellence isn't about Skill...It's about ATTITUDE!

And, today, the youngest had it in spades!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Hawaii's Level 5 State Gymnastics All Around Champion!Hard work (and I do mean HARD work) paid off for this little boy and today he brought everything to the plate and did a spectacular job.
Of course, I love to see him win. What mom wouldn't? But, most of all, I love to see his hard work, faithful practice, and hours of dedication result in success. In the grand scheme of life, gymnastics isn't important. But, the things he is learning about perseverance and determination are things that will be so important later in life. I have watched this child work to the point of tears and still manage to smile. He takes every suggestion made by his coach to heart and give 110% to every task.
Congratulation, sweet boy. I am blessed to be your mother!
Final tally for the day:
1st place:
All Around
High Bar
3rd Place:
P Bars

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

Homeschoolers have long said that EVERYTHING is 'school' depending on how you look at it. If you are one of those unfortunate people who has to justify hours to your State, you may be wondering just how to utilize those 'teachable moments' to receive appropriate credit. Let's take an example from our day, shall we...

Tammi Jo took a walk 
With her darling daughter. 
She fell down 
And she did roll 
Poor Ann could only watch her!
(Side note: You could spend a few moments discussing genealogy here and marvel at the fact that someone would actually name their kid Tammi Jo... but I digress.)

BOTANY: Certain species of native ornamental trees introduce their genetic material by way of seed pods which drop to the ground to further ripen and ultimately open. 

SCIENCE: Spherical objects of sufficient size are effective at reducing the coefficient of friction between the ground and the rubber sole of a walking shoe.
Further, gravity is a given.

FIRST AID: Gentle washing of skin abrasions with mild soap and warm water will remove surface dirt. Apply antibiotic ointment and a dry dressing as needed. Apply ice to areas of swelling. Tylenol may be given as needed for pain.
And Finally:

HOME ECONOMICS: While a cotton skirt and blouse has aesthetic appeal on a beautiful spring day, it is better to plan you wardrobe around your activities so that you may remain modest in all circumstances.

So, there you have it. How was YOUR homeschool day?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Told You My Kids Were Weird!

Random bits of conversation from the living room:
Kid 1: Come on, hit me!................ Mom, he won't hit me!
Kid 2: Stop it. I'm NOT going to hit you.
Kid 1: Why? I have absolutely NO problem hitting YOU!!!!
 Don't think I'm impervious to pain just because I have a muscular body!
Hey, I was the one who kissed your foot!  
(I'm still trying to figure this one out)