Saturday, December 26, 2009

Keeping it REAL....

I've decided to change the direction of my blog just a wee bit. Don't worry there will still be plenty of crafty quilty stuff (well, "plenty" is a relative word 'round these parts). But I want to include some other things and I wanted to change my url (blog address). So, I'm gonna be packing my bags (widgets, really) and I'm heading out. I'm not going far. I do hope you'll follow me. The new page is still under construction a bit....but please stop by and look around. Feel free to leave a comment. I love those.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you have a favorite?

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? We have listened to this one over and over and over again. Ben has learned how to spell Christmas just from typing the title into youtube. He's obsessed with this song. I had no idea I had such a little social activist on my hands : )

(Ben doesn't believe me that Boy George is a boy! HA!)

Building & Drawing & Markers, oh my!

A while ago (ok fine, like back in Sept. I know) I bought a book case that I asked Jason to put together for me. Of course Ben helped and we called it Life Learning. Ben called it playing during school time. Either way, my book case got built and then Jason came up with the idea of tracing the boys' outlines and letting them color them in.

"This is a little more complicated than Legos."

Wow. Look at that mess behind Ben. My house doesn't normally look like that. Alright, alright. It does. Don't judge me.

Just realized I do not have pictures of the finished paper men. They are hanging in our kitchen. I'll try to snap some pictures of them tomorrow.

The Breakfast of Champs

I'm having a CT scan today to confirm a hernia diagnosis. Let's just add that to the list of random medical issues I've had to deal with this year. I have not chugged something this unpalatable since my college years. At least then I got to have a nice buzz and a killer hangover the next day. Now all I have is an unsettled stomach. And I get to drink another one in about twenty minutes. Yay me.
**ETA: I just drank the second one. Today will be a success if I don't throw up.**

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Homeschool Stuff

Not much sewing going on here lately, I thought I'd share some pictures from our homeschool. As I get more comfortable with the new direction of my blog, I'll post homeschool stuff a little more frequently.

Just ignore the glare here. I had a hard time getting a good picture. Check out those lower case a's. I don't expect 100% perfect handwriting from my son, but I expect that he is taught the proper way to write his letters. Those first a's are what he was permitted to get away with last year in Kindergarten. He was shown the letter and then told to write his own. He was given no direction about where on the line to start, what shape to draw first and how big to make it. Pet Peeve # 1. We are starting from scratch this year with penmanship and trying to break bad habits he's already formed. Ggrrrrr......

This picture just warms my heart. The boys have journal time every morning. They are allowed to draw or write anything they choose. Most pictures involve army guys, explosions and various bad guys. However, on 9/11 Ben chose to draw a picture of our nations flag. The caption reads "I am doing the pledge of allegiance". Now, I should tell you that because of my husband's job, we have sheilded the boys from any news coverage concerning that horrible day. My husband used to be based in NY and now he is based in Boston, so my children do not need to see those awful images of airliners plowing into the WTC. They have no idea that 9/11 is significant or any different than any other day. So the fact that my son chose to draw the above picture on that day leads me to believe that some higher power was at work here.