Still Here

Yes we are still here, just very busy, the kids have joined a million home ed groups………..OK not  a million but too many for me to keep up with.  We have been camping over summer, including HESFES, and trying to relax.  I have a part time job now so between the kids, study, dog and work I am bushed.  I have been using my spare time more productively than before, now I clean and cook dinner, spare time is very over-rated after all.

Will has started to talk like a teenager, hmmm sarcasm on a 5 year old is cute but should NOT be laughed at.

Logan has started to learn the keyboard.  She seems to really be into it, and how can I complain when it get her of the computer for an hour.

Riley had made a heap of new friend and sleeps out alot, he is doing nothing educational at all at the moment, well he occasionally read the free papers on the tube coming back from various friends houses.  So he’s reading at least.

Erik has learned some good life leasons over the summer, some have made him rude, some, cynical, and a tiny bit made him realise that he is still a kid.  This doesn’t mean he has become a wonderfully charming teenager, but he is starting to talk to me more which is good.

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I AM THE NEW YEAR
I am unused, unspotted, without blemish,
I stretch before you three hundred
And sixty-five days long.
I will present each day
In its turn, a new leaf
In the book of life
For you to place upon
It your imprint

I AM THE NEW YEAR.

Each hour of every day, I will
Give you sixty minutes that
Have never known the use of man.
White and pure I present them;
It remains for you to fill them
With sixty jeweled seconds of
Love, hope, endeavor, patience
And trust in God.

I AM THE NEW YEAR.
I am coming — But once past, I can
Never be recalled, Make me your best!

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it’s been ages

Well we moved a month ago now, and I’m still waiting for the Internet.  it’s done through Marks work so between them and BT who knows how long it will take.

We have all settled in nicely, Will even started sleeping in his own bed occasionally, we tried bribery to get him to stay there but it was a  failure. 

I said to Will if he slept in his bed all night I would get him a toy in the morning. 

He lasted 1 hour.

Mark jumped in Will’s bed to have a bit of space instead.  In the morning Will asked if he would still get a toy.  I told him no because he didn’t sleep in his own bed, his answer was

” Well does dad get a toy because he slept in my bed all night?? if he does can you make him share”

Bribery didn’t work, now we are just letting it go, i put him in there and if he lasts an hour great, if ( as he has done 3 WHOLE times) he lasts the night I reward him with an extra long snuggle time in the morning , and we read till we are bursting for the toilet and food.

The other exciting things is our dog.  I got a dog for me the family, she is a springer spaniel x border collie and as of today is 10 1/2 weeks old.  when the Internet is up I will post photos. 

that’s it I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year

xx

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I want a Rock BIG enough to hide under

The week has just gone from Bad to worse.  Will is still sick ( coughing all night and sooking, whinging clinging all day)

Riley has taken up vomiting in his sleep.

The washing machine got fixed ( thanks to the repair man who charged £58)  But Riley’s spew fest is filling it faster than I can empty it.  this morning Mark did What I have wanted to do all week, he threw the towel covered in vomit out, YAY.  He looked at it and just said it can go.  I have felt like that ALL week, I still have to wash and dry all the sheets, doona, pillows and clothes.  But the horrible towel went and for a moment I saw a little bit of  sun shinning through the clouds.

Erik saw I was a wee bit happier and went in for the kill, he couldn’t go to Army cadets last night or St Johns tonight so he has been a real nightmare.  The last straw came when he just kept swearing, all I heard was “Bloody” this and “Bloody” that.  By this point it had been a solid 6 hour hell feast from Erik and I lost it.  Words were said, actions threatened and glares exchanged.  I think he knows he went way way too far, so far in fact that it will take him a compass and a long trek to get anywhere close to where he needs to be.

Riley has spent a majority of the day in tears, thanks to Erik.

Logan has a steam burn on her hand and it is all I have heard about since 9:30am, I put cream on it, bandage it and gave loads of sympathy, by 4pm that was all gone.  i have gone from

“Poor baby”

to

“Deal with it and move on”

Does that make me a bad parent??

I am counting down the hours till mark gets home so I can go to bed and pull the covers WAY up.  Only because it is too cold to find a rock to crawl under.

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The Bitter homeschoolers wishlist

  This was sent  to me by Liz at Living,Learning

As for us we are all still sick, The washing machine’s door just fell of and Will has not let go of my neck for days.

*1 – Please stop asking us if it’s legal. If it is – and it is – it’s
insulting to imply that we’re criminals. And if we were criminals, would we
admit it?

*2 – Learn what the words “socialize” and “socialization” mean, and use the
one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now.
Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means
having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly.
If you’re talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go
outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you
can safely assume that we’ve got a decent grasp of both concepts.

*3 – Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir
practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H
club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to
socialize.

*4 – Don’t assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the
same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

*5 – If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either
on the news or on a “reality” show, the above goes double.

*6 – Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know,
know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling.
You’re probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running
up to pregnant women and inducing premature labour by telling them every
ghastly birth story you’ve ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

*7 – We don’t look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear
they’re in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential
oil fields to see if we’re doing what you consider an adequate job of
homeschooling.

*8 – Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

*9 – Stop assuming that if we’re religious, we must be homeschooling for
religious reasons.

*10 – We didn’t go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of
options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to
annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the
specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being
homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational
decisions.

*11 – Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my
credentials. I didn’t have to complete a course in catering to successfully
cook dinner for my family; I don’t need a degree in teaching to educate my
children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of
chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left
me with so little information in my memory banks that I can’t teach the
basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there’s a
reason I’m so reluctant to send my child to school.

*12 – If my kid’s only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can
possibly teach him what he’d learn in school, please understand that you’re
calling me an idiot. Don’t act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

*13 – Stop assuming that because the word “home” is right there in
“homeschool,” we never leave the house. We’re the ones who go to the
amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the
off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays
when it’s crowded and icky.

*14 – Stop assuming that because the word “school” is right there in
homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day,
just like your kid does. Even if we’re into the “school” side of education -
and many of us prefer a more organic approach – we can burn through a lot of
material a lot more efficiently, because we don’t have to gear our lessons
to the lowest common denominator.

*15 – Stop asking, “But what about the Prom?” Even if the idea that my kid
might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry
was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don’t get
to go to the Prom. For all you know, I’m one of them. I might still be
bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

*16 – Don’t ask my kid if she wouldn’t rather go to school unless you don’t
mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn’t rather stay home and get some sleep
now and then.

*17 – Stop saying, “Oh, I could never homeschool!” Even if you think it’s
some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you’re horrified. One of these
days, I won’t bother disagreeing with you any more.

*18 – If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you’re
allowed to ask how we’ll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can’t,
thank you for the reassurance that we couldn’t possibly do a worse job than
your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

*19 – Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child’s teacher as well
as her parent. I don’t see much difference between bossing my kid around
academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

*20 – Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet,
boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because
he’s home schooled. It’s not fair that all the kids who go to school can be
as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of
anything but childhood.

*21 – Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she’s
homeschooled.

*22 – Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool
my kids.

*23 – Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool
my kids.

*24 – Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won’t get
because they don’t go to school, unless you want me to start asking about
all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

*25 – Here’s a thought: If you can’t say something nice about homeschooling,
shut up!

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the week in review

Just looking over some post and realised that there is little schooling being talked about.  I’ll be brief because Will is still sick,

” but trying to be very very brave”

Monday: Erik and Logan did Sociology and English Lit, Logan came home and did some info tech/computer programming work.  Erik played Rune-scape.
Riley did maths reading, made banana muffins and played rune-scape

Tuesday: Riley and Erik went to Latin class then looked at radios, how they work the history of them.  Riley and some friends are looking at trying to do a pod-cast.  Logan read and read and sat at the computer and mucked around with her teach yourself Finnish disc.

Wednesday:  All did maths and reading, looked at puppy care on the Internet, played Sims

Thursday:  Took Erik to the orthodontist to see if he is ready for braces, no so have to go back next year.them went to club where they are doing ballroom dancing.  It was Logan’s Birthday today so she went out with friends to shop.

Friday:  Not a thing Will was really sick and I have got to try and pack, because we are moving in 2 weeks.  Got one box done and we just sat around chatting, was quite fun really.

so that’s it nothing major just a slow paced life.

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The case of the missing Hamster

Last summer we got the kids a hamster, I have mentioned it somewhere on this blog before but have no idea how to link back.  At the pet shop the other day the owner told us that they really only live for around 2 years, this has really made the boys think about death, not in the zombie coming to eat your brain way, but in a rel life way, they realised they really really love Hammy and want to make the next 6-12 months very enjoyable for all involved.  This means he gets played with a lot more and they are putting the fat rodent in his hamster ball to run around.  They have started to watch his diet to make sure he gets enough pellets and greens to help prolong his life.  I thought I’d do the right thing and buy him a bigger cage with 2 levels and tunnels to keep him active.  This cage is fantastic, heck if I was a hamster I’d love it there’s a salt lick wood to gnaw on a wheel, not that he ever used the old one, and tunnels to squeeze his fat little body through.  I thought this cage would be so great I got rid of the other one on Freecycle straight away.

Big mistake.

Some how he keeps getting out of the top level and wondering around the house.  Last night we were laying in bed and Riley said he thought he saw Hammy, we didn’t really listen because we were upstairs and likened that to climbing Everest for the hamster.  How wrong were we He was in our room.  Rye caught him and put him in his cage.  This morning he was gone.  I know he’s around because he has nibbled on a bag full of clothes for the Charity shop.

The rest of our lives have been a bit blah this week.  Us bigger people have chest infections and Will is Borderline croup at the moment so any  learning other that reading has taken a back seat.

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