A tough morning

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I tried to start the day today with good intentions (you know how that goes) but it ended up being a long drawn out discussion (and I use that term with the best meaning) with my son who did not like being woke up to a change. Now mind you, it’s not like I was going to make him do extra chores or make him do extra school work. No, what I had planned on doing today is to start us all to work out together. Because #1: He has elevated cholesterol, #2 he and I both could lose weight, #3 I wanted him to start down a better path than I am on myself, and lastly #4 I wanted us to do it as a family. He was having none of it this morning. Things escalated and well…needless to say…we ended up arguing.

I admit I am not the most cool headed person in the world and I know I should have left it be. But I could not. I blame myself because I should have handled it better. I mean really who’s the adult here…right? But there are times where we can’t help it even as adults to act like kids and in this instance I did. Am I ashamed? No. Have I learned anything from this? Yes. Does that soothe any kind of hurt feelings on either side? Not really. Do I regret having the argument with him and not trying to avoid it? Yes I most certainly do!!

I know as he gets older it’s going to be a lot harder than it is now but I hope in my heart of hearts that we will avoid this. I am trying as a parent to be better but some times I wonder if I am living up to what I should be as a parent. I wonder if I am doing right by my kids. I have even started questioning homeschooling my kids even though I love them here. I still believe in my heart I am doing the right things but sometimes I can’t help but wonder.

Last Day…till Spring Break

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Well today is the last official vacation day until Spring Break. Of course, with homeschooling my kids I have the opportunity to take them places for field trips that helps with being stuck sometimes….thank goodness!! But regardless this is officially the middle of the school year and  when I look back I see where my kids have come from and see a bright future for them. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had this year so far and for the years coming. I hope to have moments like this where I am actually eager to get back to school work with my kids and have them as eager as well. So here’s to the end of vacation time and back work. Spring Break I know you’re coming and we will be glad when you do but until then here’s to the start of the second half.

Been gone, Been Busy….

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Well the last two weeks have been busy. Between homeschooling, starting a new contract and hubby starting a new position at work my life has been amazingly full. I thank goodness for every moment and would not have it any other way!!

The kids are doing good with homeschooling and I have a few trip set up for them. It’s hard to actually find something that appeals to both not only because of age but because of the differences in the way act and think. My son is all technical and is so into computers makes wonder if he is one sometimes. My daughter she’s all art and nature. Loves drawing and sewing. Well needless to say, I have found couple of places that we are going to have a bit of fun and even learn a bit. The first one is North Alabama Railway Museum. They have an all day train trip and a little history to go with it. The other is Cathedral Caverns….one of Alabama’s many state parks. Went there as a kid myself and hope to show them to everything I saw.

Hubby got in all the fun this week. He got a new position at work where he only works 4 days a week. Plus side, he gets to spend more time with the kids and me…yay!! Bad side, He has to be out the door by 4:30am. But the old saying is true…don’t look the gift horse in the mouth and I try my best not to. I thank goodness that he was not laid off like so many others.

Well now for the best news…I got a long-term contract!!!! YAY!!! I am so happy about it!! Received a call last Monday for it. That is the biggest reason why I have not been able to post. I actually started work this past Monday. Just shows you can never give up!!

As you see it has been busy. So thankful for everything this week and always

A class that might interest some Homeschoolers

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Through our cover school here in Alabama they have offered a free HTML class for any homeschoolers and their parents too. You do not have to be with our coverschool. It’s good starting point for anyone wanting to learn basic HTML. He is also offering some advanced classes as well. It’s worth the look!!!

http://www.forthuntparent.com/HTMLCLass?invite=9427

My first year Homeschooling

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Last year I started homeschooling my children. It was not a decision I took lightly, actually it was a very life altering decision that took a lot of adjusting and rearranging our lives. The reason I took on the challenge of doing it myself was just very simply I did not want my kids in public school. They were previously in private school and it was an ok school but when I lost my job I could no longer afford to keep them in there. So the only choice I had was homeschool.

During the last year, we all had adjusting to do. I think my son had it harder then my daughter because he hates change. He argued with me and at times refused to do the work. But by the end he got into a rythmn and actually started to enjoy it. My daughter took to it like a fish in water. She always rolls with the punches and adjusts fairly quickly to anything. That’s not to say we didn’t have our bumps in the road because we did. Overall they adjusted very well. I’m proud of my kids and even with all the issues we had this first year they both still came out at the end of the year with an A B average!! 🙂

Now as I look at the next school year starting, I’m wondering what kind of obstacles are going to present themeselves to us? After this first year, with all we’ve been through, I think we can…no I know we can take it head on and come out stonger on the other side better than we were!!

I’m looking for suggestions too!! If any of you are homeschooling and have ideas about field trips, activities…etc let me know. I’m always looking for new ideas!!