Friday Homeschool Recess 2/1

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Friday Homeschool Recess 2/1
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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 1:16am

Hey moms and grandmas, come on out and play.  It's recess time!

I just realized that the cute orange kitty in the picture above, like my Tinsel, has a very round belly.  Too cute.  Tinsel would have that exact mischievous look about her, too.  What a silly girl.

DD says she misses me.  Already.  Awwwww.  Nice to be missed by the girl, even when she's off having fun with friends.  We are so close because of everything she's going through, and she does come to me for lots of hugs and snuggles, and I suspect that's what she's missing the most...not that she can't get hugs from her friends' mom but you know, it's just not the same as your own mom, right?

6 more hours to that thing called WEEKEND OFF.  Yay.  Still debating exactly what to do with ds, and when.  I'd like to go see a movie with him, either Saturday night or Sunday.  We want to make it to the gym.  And then there are those mundane things called cooking and cleaning and laundry and school.  Such is life.

Found out also that we have to get a new furnace.  There's a crack in the motor that would cost over $500 to repair...on a 15+ year old furnace.  That doesn't seem very cost effective when the whole furnace could need to be replaced within a few years. So, we'll take advantage of the rebate program our power company has going right now and lower the price a bit.  We'll be upgrading to a furnace with 95% economic efficiency (from 80%), and it has some sort of blower that stays on all the time to keep air circulating so the house doesn't cycle as much from cool to warm to cool to warm.  Supposedly it's a good way to go.  I don't know.  I didn't need to buy a furnace, LOL.  But, I'll be happy to be warmer...this has been a chilly winter as the current one struggles along.  Not sure when we'll get it.  DH has to take the paperwork in today and let them know what we want.  DS is beside himself with joy at the prospect of getting to watch this whole deinstallation/reinstallation process.

Oh, exciting news that I forgot to share!  My dad booked another Arizona trip.  DD gets to go this time!  My dad bought a hopped up Jeep (big tires, lift kit, good for bajaing in the desert & mountains) that he and dd are going to drive out there.  They can haul some things that they couldn't take on the plane as well, and leave them stored with their Indian guide/friend, for use on future geological expeditions.  They're also selling the guide the Jeep, which he'll be able to put to good use both personally and for guiding.  They'll be gone a total of two weeks but several of those days will be driving, and then they'll be doing research and exploration for at least a week before flying back home.  The "team" is smaller...just my dad and the kids, and one other member and his wife, so there'll be another woman around and dd won't be the only femme amongst a bunch of grubby guys, LOL.  She is so excited that she gets to go.  This will be her first time on an airplane too, because she refuses to count flying home from Florida when she was 6 months old as a plane trip.  I remember it all too well and I think it counts perfectly well, LOL.


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Mon, 02-04-2013 - 11:29am

Heather hbak20, this parenting thing doesn't get any easier as they get older, does it?  It's so hard to know when to let them feel their way and make their own decisions...or when it's time to step in and be the heavy and say "no, you're going to need to do it my way".  If only we could see into the future and know which path would put them on the road to success!


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Mon, 02-04-2013 - 11:27am

turtleemom wrote:
<p>Sue,</p><p> Do you think she's wanting the charter school for the "school experience?  Will she be a junior or a senior next year?</p>

Yes, I think it's the school experience she desires.  Plus she has several friends who attend the school.  It's a charter but more like a Christian school, which appeals as well.  She should be junior...but that would imply finishing some unfinished things in order to be able to move forward, LOL.  This year especially I've tried to keep things as low stress as possible because of everything she's going through.  She is starting to voluntarily tell me what she's doing and I'm seeing progress and her own initiative.  She still has a hard time with comprehension sometimes but I think that's the right brain thing and I'm not sure how to get past that (science, for instance...there's only so much you can "discover" without reading about it, and I haven't been successful in getting her to watch lectures, etc).  

Glad Buffy's back to smelling sweet now.  Hopefully expressing the glands has helped, at least for a while.  Poor Frodo.  How on earth did he get a double ear infection?  Poor boy!


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Sun, 02-03-2013 - 11:01am

Would she be better served at a community college taking art classes and doing required courses online?  You've mentioned that traditional school is affecting her health (physically and mentally).  While I agree about letting teens take control of choices and learning to self advocate, I think they still need a parent to step in and say when something isn't working and to provide options and help brainstorm ways to fix the problem.  I think spectrum kids absolutely need modeling of problem solving. I hope the 3 of you can find a good solution to finish out her schooling. 

Is your middle DD liking school?   How is your youngest liking being the only at home?  You've had alot of changes this year!

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Sun, 02-03-2013 - 10:44am

Sue,

 Do you think she's wanting the charter school for the "school experience?  Will she be a junior or a senior next year?

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Sat, 02-02-2013 - 7:53pm
She has few credits needed and all could easily be done in an online school, if she wanted to end her time at the large Pubilc facility. I tell her this because I want her to always feel she has options and choices, and that helps one cope. I wanted her to learn to self advocate more than I think she is willing to do. That upsets me, but I also remember being at that point in time in life and feeing the same. I wish her to be better than me with this stuff and that can be a dangerous train of thought for both her and I. I give my children all I can with what I have to work with and that is all any of us can do. The letting go is never easy in this age but I am trying to let her fly her own plane, as she has to learn, on her own. I wonder if she will need destress time before going right into college, as the whole next step stuff is really stressful for her as well. Time will tell. I will stand back and lt go unless she ask. That is what we are supposed to do in this age right! H.
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Sat, 02-02-2013 - 9:54am

Buffy came home looking and smelling beautiful and clean!  The bath did wonders for her fur but she did need to have her glands expressed to get the yuck out of them.  Thankfully all her treatments were complimentary this time.  She was coperative for her treatment and bath.  Poor Frodo has a double ear infection and had to undergo a serious deep ear cleaning and is on meds.  The vert suggested a pain shot as his inner ear was swollen and very red.  They were both super snuggly all night. 

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 8:10pm

Heather, I'm sorry oldest dd is having a discouraging year.  {{{HUGS}}} to both of you as you deal and cope.  Do you think she'll want to come back home next year?  It's too bad her school from last year closed.  That seemed so much better for her.

My dd wants to go to a charter school next year.  She would be able to drive and I don't have a problem with the school.  However, it's very rigorous on math and science...and she is not very rigorous on math and science.  With her extreme right-brainedness, I fear for her ability to cope.  So, I am introducing the "right brain learners" concept into conversations and starting to help her realize her unique learning abilities and strengths, while also mentioning that schools are set up for left brain learners.   I'm hoping that the subtle approach will work on her, LOL.  Besides, if she's going to drive someplace for education, why not drive to the community college and dual enroll?


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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 8:06pm

turtleemom wrote:
<p> What are you going to do for 2 weeks without kids? </p>

I have no idea.  Probably die.  There is no life without children, LOL.  Probably half of the days I'll have to work, and the other half..well I should be able to get lots of bike riding and/or exercise done.  And maybe some quilting.  I am going to have so much time on my hands...it will not be at all fun.  I'm not looking forward to it, LOL.  Just don't tell them that Wink

Did Buffy's bath help with the odor, or was it her glands after all?  What do you do for that?  I've forgotten!  


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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:49am

YIKES....BTDT, with furnace problems. Sometimes owning a home feels more like a money pit, than safety net. Yet, I do like continuious shelter for my family!  Renting was way easier when it came to big repair cost that needed to be saved up for to solve! I wish you luck in getting that, and better utility bills after initial cost! It is way better for the environment to go ahead and upgrade, so that alone is a huge feel good effect!

It is very bitter cold here today in the negatives. Yet, I still have my taxi mom jobs, and for after school fun maybe a group event with all the kids together. That is harder to do now that we are not all home schooled. My teen was about ready to give up at "real school" due to the curicula and teaching methods so working against her brain functioning with mathematics hell, but I think I talked her into finishing their this year.

 She is so brilliant in some areas but a few are just not to her understanding and that weird-ness is so hard to cope with as a person of deep understandings in some areas but not all. The terrible paradox of spectrum kids!  I so work hard to understand and must encourage a ton. I just tell her some classes a pass is fine, even while in others she should not just get an A but maybe teach the class! I knew HS would be an endurance trial for her, and sometimes hard for me to watch and not want to swoop in and fix....but I know it teaches a lot that can not be put on a grade report. The real world is like this...often.

We are doing the basics of Motherhood and home ed here the best we can, again today! Never is this easy work with kids like mine, yet very satisfying to be challenged to work harder and love them deeper for the gift of doing this volunteer work! Somebody has to do it, somebody who can, is capable and wont back down!

Heather

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 9:13am

DH made it home safe and sound.  He is currently dropping Buffy off at the vet for her bath.  We're starting with the bath and then going to smell her an hour or so later and decide if its her glands or not.  Right now he is super snuggly.  He's curled up on my feet under the desk which is Buffy's spot.  DH is off to a client but should be home before noon.  The plan is lunch out and an afternoon of bowling for the 3 of us.  Then Frodo to the vet and pick up Buffy.  I am off to be read to:)

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