Friday, January 23, 2009

For those of you who may question the education of my children:

I'm sure there are some of you who may wonder if my kids will be prepared for this cruel world being that they are educated at home. Well, worry no more folks. Here's a little run-down/overview of our month at home. I have to submit this stuff monthly to the school so they don't turn me into the state, I guess.

Art: Brooklyn and Ty have continued their study of Botticelli, specifically the prints "Young man being introduced to the seven liberal arts" and "Birth of Venus." They have been illustrating their book with watercolor paintings.

Science: This month Brooklyn and Ty are studying the planets starting with the closest planets to the sun. They have written in their nature notebooks about Mercury, Venus and Earth and seems to be enjoying the material. They have been watching a National Geographic video about all the planets in our solar system.

Math: Brooklyn and Ty started their new math program and are doing very well. They are to lesson 10. The work so far has been review of graphing, addition and subraction and comparing numbers for greater-than, less-than.

Language Arts: Ty and Brooklyn have been journaling daily in their nature notebooks and personal journals. They are encouraged to compose on their own and then are shown any corrections. They have both finished writing a small book: Brooklyn's about her bunny, and Ty's about a turtle. They are being read-aloud to during circle time from the book Milly-Molly-Mandy, and we are about to begin "The Incredible Journey." They are each reading to me daily.

Music: Brooklyn and Ty continue to play the piano and are practicing a few minutes three to four days per week. Brooklyn has a lesson once per week. Most of Ty's instruction is on his own per his choice. They are both completing worksheets from a music theory workbook.

Bible: The kids are each learning memory verses for their individual classes at church. They are also studying 15 minutes daily for Junior Bible Quiz.

The list goes on and on at the Eisenhard House of Perpetual Learning. Rest at ease.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Who Needs Birthcontrol?

This is my H.O.T. husband sporting a fine pair of kid goggles as he was destroying the chimney. I just couldn't help myself but to take a few pics. Maybe for blackmail. Maybe just because I think he's adorable!

Monday, January 12, 2009

I love my kids....I love my kids.....Really, I love my kids!!!
We spent six hours in the car today.
I have to keep repeating this until I feel it again.

Brooklyn went to bed two hours early. Its the best punishment for her because she HATES it (and then we don't have to listen to her nasty attitude.)

Ty mellowed out once we finally got out of the car.

Madelyn has since quit kicking the seat in front of her, pulling the hair of those near her, hoarding the toys and asking when we are going to have lunch.

It was a great day.....honest.

On another note - my sister says she finally knows why I am the way I am! What I think she means by that is 1)Why I'm never prepared, 2) Why my house looks like a tornado zone, 3)Why my kids' hair is rarely brushed and certainly never styled. 4)Why I really don't care about either of those.

Here's why: She has had little Zoe (and only Zoe) for three years. She had a clean house. She had the toys put where they were supposed to go (I'm so sure! What is that!). Even Zoe knew where the toys went. Her floor was NEVER dirty. Her bathrooms were ALWAYS clean. There was never any unidentifiable food stuck to the floors and seats of her immaculate, always washed, always vacuumed car. I really didn't understand it.

And now I do.

She had Chloe a month ago, and her world has been rocked! Kind of like mine was with number 3. (Okay, really we all know number 1 put me over the edge, but since we were already over, why not go all the way).

And now I can sit back and smile and feel perfectly "normal."

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So today Doug and I were in the office and the kids come in all excited. "Mom, Dad, there's big chunks of ice in the river and logs floating down." Yeah, yeah, okay, whatever. I was putting together my shopping list so I was really busy. And then I walked upstairs and took one look at the river and kind of freaked out myself. You see, it had rained all night and when I woke up the river looked fine. No flooding, yippee. All was well.

Apparently the county workers broke an ice dam up the river.

All of a sudden the river went from "normal winter" to "spring flooding" in a matter of minutes. HUGE, boulder-sized ice chunks and tree-sized logs came floating past. In fact, some are still left on the island out our back door. And then Doug started to panic. (That might have been more exciting than the flash flood) And in a matter of minutes, it was gone (the flooding, not the panic from hubs). We headed down the canyon, saw this and decided to go home instead.

Its too bad the video sucks because its difficult to really appreciate the amount of ice and debris. But it was cool. Doug has since settled down and he might actually get some work done today, too.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Help is here!

I found this amazing site through Lisa, you know,one the ladies I've been stalking recently. Its called Menus4Mom. I'm so excited. It gives a list of meals for the week complete with side dishes (not my forte) and then you can print out a shopping list!!!! This is I made my first meal tonight and I must say it went over WELL.

Its not that I couldn't do this myself. Of course I should be able to come up with a meal plan. The fact is, though, that when I sit down to do just that I draw a total blank. Nothing. Nada. And then to add side dishes!?! I might consider using Dawn's menu, but a)She uses things that are kind of weird to me and b)I haven't seen an attached shopping list. Maybe she can work on that for me.