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#31 of 88 Old 10-11-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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We seem to not ever have typical days either. But really, isn't that the nature of unschooling? When your days are directed by circumstance and serendipity, passion and whim, it's hard to have some sort of typical average day. 

 

Dd9 is my sole homeschooler. She got up in time to get her bag organized with sketchbook, lunch and snacks, and grab some breakfast. We dropped her siblings off at school, then drove to the hospital. Her dad and I both work at the hospital, and our time overlaps one morning every two weeks. This was the morning. So she came into the Doctor Room, a little library/office space near the ER which doesn't get much use but has a computer and a nice easy chair. She played on the computer, and read her book, for an hour. Then a friend and her mom came to pick her up. Together they drove to the school, where the eight local homeschooling kids meet for 2.5 hours each Thursday for a wonderful series of art workshops. They attended art, and then at lunch went out on the schoolyard to eat lunch and play grounders with the schoolkids. I had told dd she could walk back to the hospital if she'd like, as I'd just be doing paperwork by then, but she enjoys playground time when the weather is nice, so she chose to stay.

 

By the end of school lunch period, I had arrived to pick her up. We drove home. She watched TV episode on her laptop. We walked the dog, then went out into the forest to work on building our bike-skills course. Dug, raked, built, smoothed. Rode our bikes a bit. Came inside. She painted a topographic model of our area that we'd started building from corrugated cardboard the day before, while I read to her from a cultural anthology of Canada, stories about pioneer times, and about the Northwest Rebellion. We photographed the completed model. 

 

Picked her siblings up from school and shuttled them to a neighbouring village where we traded our 8-passenger van for a friend's SUV and sent the friend off to the city with six teenagers, including my two, for a choir performance. Dd9 and I came home in the SUV, made supper, ate it with her dad. Then she practiced violin and viola, and we had some ice cream for dessert. Then she watched TV, had a bath, and read some more of her book. 

 

I read aloud to her before bed. Her siblings arrived home from their concert. We pretty much all hit the sack at the same time.

 

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I love reading these, more posts from everyone please : ) 

 

Today we woke up late *almost 9* so I felt like the morning flew by. We did our normal show + tea after breakfast and I read the rest of a book about local farmers that I've been enjoying. After I went upstairs to order my brother some books as a gift while the DD and DS played "vet" with the various wooden horses we have. After we went downstairs and the kids and I played with Wiki Stix on the floor while we waited for a friend to come over. Had a "fossil" playdate and the kids took apart homemade rocks that had dinos in them, and matched them up to fossils - lots of fun! Than we headed to the outlet mall so I could find DD some jeans, which I did. Told the kids they could get a toy from the Disney Store and they got a tea set and doll and we headed home..and it took TWO HOURS because of traffic + an accident + construction. Luckily they were in good spirits and we talked and sang most of the way. Let them stay up late to play with new things and ahh, bed! 


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Our days seem to be pretty uneventful until suddenly they are.  Today (we are in the middle of it) the girls played at gymnastics for a while until after lunch.  DD1 wanted me to write 2 "subtraction tests".  I wrote one page of 8 problems, not too hard but some tricky ones too.  Then I asked her to tell me which ones she thought were too easy and which were too hard.  With the results, I wrote up another 8 problems, and they were just about the perfect level of challenge for her without being too hard.  It was fun hearing how she came up with the answer.  For 14-4, I overheard her figuring from "14-1, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4").

 

I had pulled out things from a forgotten cupboard, the one with the pattern blocks and puzzles and Spirograph and dd2 was playing sorting the math blocks.  I pulled out the pens I bought to use with them, and they worked nicely (finally! everyone at the store had given me a puzzled look, and one young cashier asked me what Spirograph was).  DD1 sat on her end of the couch making patterns with the Spirograph, then coloring in the spaces with the new pens.  At first I read to her from the sequel to The Familiars, a lame but engaging fantasy that I won't complain about further because she's letting me read a chapter book for the first time in months.  Then she became distracted by the Hound of the Baskerville book, and I read from that, thinking she was going to lose interest.  I flatter myself that my skill at reading books like this aloud and making them intelligible was one reason why she was so engaged by the story.  We have the graphic novel version on order, and I hope to finish the original before she gets thoroughly distracted by that.

 

While typing this, I had to take several breaks to sing "Happy Birthday" to our Woolly Bear caterpillars"

 

Most days before this have either been uneventful or completely intolerable (well, just one like that thankfully) so today is a refreshing change so far.

 

So far......


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My day, Part 2

 

DD1 became noticeably grumpier (and bossier!) this afternoon.  I kept having to referee.  Announced I was doing some baking, got some enthusiastic responses for help, but a few minutes later when I was ready, they were deep into their own games and they changed their minds.  Made dairy-free/wheat-free corn bread for dd1 and apple muffins for me and dh, who came home early.  Dh started cleaning up my kitchen joy.gif and I went for a 4-mile loop walk, down our hill, around the valley, onto a friend's farm on the opposite side, up (up up up up up) and over, back to my house.  The rain has finally returned and I am feeling normal again.  Dinner for all (jalapeno pizza for dh and I!)  The girls are doing gymnastics (round offs, spilt jumps, etcetera).  Now, after dinner emotions are running high and the fights are getting personal, the accusations flying.

 

Sigh.  Like I said, feeling normal again.

 

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Today I have a cold, bugger!

 

In the morning I managed to get something in my eye and because I'm a freak it completely swelled up and made me look like a demon and so our plans to go to the farm down the road to pick up more bunnies for OUR farm was a no-go. DD was bummed but she got over it (we are going tomorrow) and we played "doctor" (again) to her various animals. It basically involved a lot of outrageous injuries and an entire roll of tape. My FIL came to spend a few hours with the children and we played outside, did some barn work, had lunch (and ice cream) and hung out. Now DS is playing Legos with DH and DD is watching a horse movie. Pot roast + hanging the rest of the night. 


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Hey...I haven't checked in for a while because I felt a little out of place. The kids have been wanting something more structured and have tried out a couple different systems over the past few months. They tried an online school, which they actually LOVED....but the administration allows sexual predators to groom and choose from their students (super creepy goings on!) and really, no one will do anything about it...so we had to cut and run. We just moved to a super rural area with tiny schools that I cannot say enough good things about (and if you've heard some of my rants about schools, you'll appreciate what that means. lol). DS wanted to try high school, and that lasted about a week. lol He finally had a total meltdown because "It's so frustrating and such a waste of time. The kids are all so immature. They just screw around and don't take anything seriously. We get like 15 minutes of work done in a 45 minute class! Then I have to do everything as homework and you are the one helping me with it. It's like I'm homeschooling at night and spending all day locked up in a monkey cage at the zoo." He really adored his teachers, and likes the kids well enough outside of class (though he talks about them like he talks about the little kids he plays with next door. I think he considers the teachers to be peers more than the other students). Anyway, the principal called to wish us well and let me know that if there was anything they could do to support us, to just let him know. He offered for Crash to still have access to clubs and activities, or take some classes part time if he wanted. 

 

So, we've settled into a part time school schedule. Crash is taking P.E. and Algebra I at the high school (he is really buddies with both teachers and loves their classes). He still wants a formal program of some kind at home, so we are looking into American School. They basically send the books and tests out and it's totally self paced. Formal is fine, but I don't think having someone tell him what to learn and when to learn it is in anyway helpful to learning...but this way he has the teachers and grades and formal transcripts and diploma and what not that he wants. Part of the draw is making it easier to take college classes soon. It's really hard to get colleges around here to let underage students take classes without a GED or diploma or something. As homeschoolers, we'd have to get permission from our district, and jump through all manner of hoops. This way, he will be able to start taking college classes for high school and college credits without all the hoops. 

 

And Spritely is really into homemaking skills lately. She has a grocery list for me of ingredients so she can make homemade mayo and katsup and a bunch of other things next week. That and I think she's about to go into another super academic phase. She's started working on math all the time, and asked me if she gets her math up to high school level (last time we had to test, she was just about at high school level in everything but math) can she do the same program that Crash is. Since the high school is jr/sr combined, they will have no problem enrolling her once she's jr high age next school year. I don't figure she'll get there before summer, even really working her tail off, so if she does keep pushing the timing will work out great. 

 

I have to say, I miss the more relaxed pace we've usually lived at. They're so busy and focused lately. It's the genetic rebellious streak. I didn't push them to learn to read. I was totally prepared to defend their right to learn at their own pace well into the double digits...so they were reading at 3 and 2.5! Spritely wouldn't even let me get the classic messy eater birthday pic on her first birthday. She insisted on eating her cake with a fork! They've both always enjoyed academics, but I've never pushed it. I've always believed they would learn what they needed when they needed it, and it was somewhat paranoid to worry too much about them learning everything they MIGHT ever need. I'd rather they spend their days out hiking or playing when there isn't something that needs doing...so, of course they're going to spend them trying to become overachievers! lol


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Hey...I haven't checked in for a while because I felt a little out of place. The kids have been wanting something more structured and have tried out a couple different systems over the past few months. They tried an online school, which they actually LOVED....but the administration allows sexual predators to groom and choose from their students (super creepy goings on!) and really, no one will do anything about it...so we had to cut and run. We just moved to a super rural area with tiny schools that I cannot say enough good things about (and if you've heard some of my rants about schools, you'll appreciate what that means. lol). DS wanted to try high school, and that lasted about a week. lol He finally had a total meltdown because "It's so frustrating and such a waste of time. The kids are all so immature. They just screw around and don't take anything seriously. We get like 15 minutes of work done in a 45 minute class! Then I have to do everything as homework and you are the one helping me with it. It's like I'm homeschooling at night and spending all day locked up in a monkey cage at the zoo." He really adored his teachers, and likes the kids well enough outside of class (though he talks about them like he talks about the little kids he plays with next door. I think he considers the teachers to be peers more than the other students). Anyway, the principal called to wish us well and let me know that if there was anything they could do to support us, to just let him know. He offered for Crash to still have access to clubs and activities, or take some classes part time if he wanted. 

 

So, we've settled into a part time school schedule. Crash is taking P.E. and Algebra I at the high school (he is really buddies with both teachers and loves their classes). He still wants a formal program of some kind at home, so we are looking into American School. They basically send the books and tests out and it's totally self paced. Formal is fine, but I don't think having someone tell him what to learn and when to learn it is in anyway helpful to learning...but this way he has the teachers and grades and formal transcripts and diploma and what not that he wants. Part of the draw is making it easier to take college classes soon. It's really hard to get colleges around here to let underage students take classes without a GED or diploma or something. As homeschoolers, we'd have to get permission from our district, and jump through all manner of hoops. This way, he will be able to start taking college classes for high school and college credits without all the hoops. 

 

And Spritely is really into homemaking skills lately. She has a grocery list for me of ingredients so she can make homemade mayo and katsup and a bunch of other things next week. That and I think she's about to go into another super academic phase. She's started working on math all the time, and asked me if she gets her math up to high school level (last time we had to test, she was just about at high school level in everything but math) can she do the same program that Crash is. Since the high school is jr/sr combined, they will have no problem enrolling her once she's jr high age next school year. I don't figure she'll get there before summer, even really working her tail off, so if she does keep pushing the timing will work out great. 

 

I have to say, I miss the more relaxed pace we've usually lived at. They're so busy and focused lately. It's the genetic rebellious streak. I didn't push them to learn to read. I was totally prepared to defend their right to learn at their own pace well into the double digits...so they were reading at 3 and 2.5! Spritely wouldn't even let me get the classic messy eater birthday pic on her first birthday. She insisted on eating her cake with a fork! They've both always enjoyed academics, but I've never pushed it. I've always believed they would learn what they needed when they needed it, and it was somewhat paranoid to worry too much about them learning everything they MIGHT ever need. I'd rather they spend their days out hiking or playing when there isn't something that needs doing...so, of course they're going to spend them trying to become overachievers! lol

 

What a wonderful and inspiring update.  Thank you for sharing!  How scary about the online school you tried out.  I thought online schools basically have a closed system where outsiders don't get access?  Anyway, it sounds like your kids are doing really well!

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Thanks. I wasn't sure if I still counted as an unschooler with the kids being all schooly...I guess *I* still am, even if they're not. lol

 

"Outsiders" don't have access to the online school. Anyone any parent or staff member chooses to add to their account stops being an outsiders, though, and the school doesn't seem to do any kind of background check on anyone. The teachers have to pass them to get certified, but they don't actually check to see if anyone else is even a registered offender (we found a few that had been added as learning coaches for neighbors or nephews or things like that). The issue was mainly with teen predators, though. A LOT of the kids in the online public schools have been expelled or are on house arrest...like alot a lot! It hadn't even occurred to me. When they are on house arrest they are only allowed out for certain things, like school activities (where the school doesn't limit or really monitor them in any way because they don't know or want to know their background)...and every learning coach, teacher, and student has access to every student in that school and in every other public program in every state, via the internal webmail system. Webmail is, of course, either on or off...so if strangers can't contact your kid, neither can their teachers...and the teachers use the webmail for vital communications daily. It's a hot mess, really...

 

So, Crash went into school this afternoon for some kind of assembly for Homecoming. It turned out there was a rally, then a Parade all through downtown. Then, the cops blocked a couple blocks, and they had another rally in the middle of the street, right in front of the County Courthouse. He texted us when they started the parade, so Spritely and I were able to attend the rally at the courthouse. It was planned out, and the judge (I think there's only one on duty per day!), lawyers, about every cop (police station is next door), and fireman (1 block away, but the chief patched dispatch to his radio) came out, as well as a good chunk of the town. It was like straight out of a movie about small town America in the 60s. It was awesome. He has the Homecoming Dance tomorrow night, too. That's been a fiasco, as he's not really interested in dating yet....so he finally decided to ask someone out platonically, yesterday...but she has a date so he's going alone. He's super popular though (with 70 kids per grade level I think everyone is super popular and well known), so I don't think he'll have any problem finding boys to socialize with or girls to dance with. ;) 


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I wasn't sure if I still counted as an unschooler with the kids being all schooly...I guess *I* still am, even if they're not. lol

 

Sure you do.  You followed through all the way and your kids chose to go to school when they were ready.  I mean, from what you wrote, it sounds like your kids did fantastically!  It is great to hear  the ending of these stories, ya know? The reflections of those who have been through it or have kids that have grown that way and are now off doing their thing is very important to the parents that are just starting out.  I wish more parents would chime in and reflect on what they think they did right and where they thing they might have changed things.  That body of evidence is really important IMHO.

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Today was rough - I was in super extreme pain and running on about 3 hours sleep thanks to a gallstone so this morning I pretty much vegged with the children. DD went to her homeschool coop and my husband dropped her off, and I called in for outside help so I could go to the doctor for some relief. Came home feeling MUCH better with some chocolate for kids, and we unwrapped our spooky "surprise" balls, which only had ONE little toy (it was supposed to have 5-7) grumble. So the kids instead played with the tons of paper it was wrapped in pretending to be dragons and the like. DD put on a little play for us + her dolls (actually, a comedy show..) and kids ran outside while I sat on my bum. 

 

Dinner + bed now! 

 

Tomorrow I'm going to catch up on some freelance work, than we are going to use the Toys R Us gift card we got for Christmas LAST YEAR. DD wants a doctor set and some horse playmobils and DS will want something with pirates I'm sure. Going to try not to get too much plastic crap. Our plan is to light a fire and do some baking in the evening. 


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Kids spent a lot of time making polymer clay figurines and I burned them while trying to bake them.  Fortunately, they took it well and they are still playing with the charred remains! lol.  We also tried to have a drawing session and the youngest had a melt-down and I did too (but she started it!!!! lol!)  We are all sick and recovering from colds, so our patience with each other is pretty thin.

The rest of the day they listened to stories on the ipad and went outside to play and then we went off to an indoor playground.  Winter is arriving.  

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Today the kids did connect the dots books(they have identical books) first thing this morning.

 

They had a green smoothie for breakfast and afterwards we read, played a game and did some roleplaying in Spanish...this went really well.

 

Then we played a disney matching card game.  

 

Afterwards there was a lot of imaginative play and daily stuff.  DD5 made puppets out of Halloween candy wrappers and lolly sticks(they don't eat the candy, but open them up for my mom so they can play with the wrappers)

 

We went outside a little later riding on their scooter(dd5) and toddler-sized truck(dd2) and played with the light-up bouncy ball we have.

 

At the end of the night after dinner dd2 stayed with my mom(I asked and she decided she wanted to stay, she was playing with my mom's ipad) while dd5 and I went to check the mail and walk to the convenience store(really close).  This was great because we had a chance to talk about a lot of things, like how other people feel about Halloween, Holidays and spirituality in general.  We talked about spirits and memories and we talked about moving, she talked about every year of her life, everywhere we've lived and what our plans are for the future.  We also picked up a free paper and planned to make a scrapbook page about our time here.  

 

She put the mail in the outgoing box for me and in general we had a great walk.  

 

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We've been dealing with a lot of envy since dd2's 6th birthday.  That's on top of the normal, low-level envy that infuses our days.

 

I've been pretty lazy, after a string of busy days.  After hosting dd2's little birthday party, I caged our extra roosters, hauled them down to a neighbors for processing.  He killed them, I scalded and plucked and "cleaned" them, helped with his birds a tad and got home late.

 

So yesterday I did only the necessary chores, read "The Lightening Thief" to dd1 and was on the computer way too much.  Normally I like turning this thing off, but the girls have been liking to play the Olympics reruns, so it stays on.

 

More tears of envy.  When will that girl (nearly 8!) learn that having a birthday is not "unfair"?  Everyone gets their turn.  Her constant envy and not liking to share anything is smashing head on with society's expectations that an 8yo should show some graciousness.  Sigh!

 

Cooking the chickens today.  Tough little buggers.

 

DD2 is playing with her new fairy doll and is making some origami inventions of her own.  They are becoming--wow!--almost origami-like.

 

DD1 watched the women's team finals again.  She does her gymnastics.  Now she is keeping charts of the countries and their scores (15.233, etc) and learning about decimals and what they stand for (I got out some coins and dollars to explain).  We've been learning about where the athletes' countries are, learning to read their names, adding up the scores (well, I did that) and listening to different national anthems (main feed replays have all of that, unlike the US coverage).

 

DH and dd2 played chess, then dh and dd1.  She doesn't want to put games away.  We dealt with this the other day when she walked away from a big pre-packaged project box (Magic Schoolbus Body somethingorother, with "experiments") that she had gotten into, asking me for help.  Now the chess game.  Really, dh could have put away the pieces himself but she *resists* so hard and she's yelling at everybody which sets dh off and puts the blame on me because I "enable" her (long story).

 

Sigh!

 

The chess was so much fun, we are going to start a family chess club with daddy at the helm, but now dd1 "never wants to play chess again!"  We'll see about that.....

 

Now a new day has arrived and I'm hoping hoping hoping it's a better day.


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DD2, 6, was just figuring out her candy snack today.  She gets 4 pieces, but some of the bigger candies are "worth" 2.  She just held up 2 pieces worth one and one piece worth 2 and asked if that looked right.

 

I love being surprised and impressed like this.  It seems so much more difficult to figure something like this, when things have different values and you know the end value and you have to figure out how to get there.  I know, it's just to the number 4, but still.  While dd1 shouts out her math discoveries left and right, dd2 is quieter about it (about *that*), and is not at the same skill level dd1 was at her age.

 

The other day, when she said she wasn't good at subtraction, dd1 and I tried to convinced her she knew it.  So, I asked "If you collect 2 eggs and you give one to daddy, how many do you have?"  She looked confused.  Then it dawned on me that she still "has" 2 eggs, they are just in different places.  So, I reworded.  "If you are holding 2 eggs, and you put one in the fridge, how many are left in your hand?"  Big smiles: "ONE!"


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We came to an indoor waterpark hotel as a treat because we are going on 10 days with no power thanks to hurricane..

 

So! Today we woke up and the kids ran around playing pirate in the hotel room while I laid in bed just soaking up the fact that there was HEAT on and it was super toasty. Kids were happy to do sticker books and the Ipad while I checked my email (holy wireless Internet too, it's just a happy day..) after we got breakfast and spent about 2 1/2 hours swimming in the waterpark. DD and DS played shark, went down a million waterslides and had a blast. Got lunch and brought it back to our hotel room for quiet time and the kids are watching a movie and playing on the Ipad again. I wanted them both to try to nap (they went to bed super late) but it's not happening. We will probably go to the arcade for awhile, and DD wants these little color things in her hair. Than dinner + more swimming. Determined for early bedtime tonight! 


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Made a mobile solar system.

 

Learned how to tie a knot while sewing

 

Watched a fair bit of "Raising Hope" on netflicks.

 

Went to Girl Guides - where she is now doing working on a cooking badge.  One of the parents is a professional chef, and they are cooking in her kitchen under her professional guidance.  


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Today my daughter attended a model call for a charity fashion show and was chosen immediately following her interview. Afterward she observed the art of phlebotomy when my husband and I donated blood for a blood drive. We then spent some time window shopping at an outdoor supply store and picked up new practice arrows for my daughter's archery practice. Upon arriving home she focused on her movie making hobby, writing a script and casting various Littlest Pet Shop animals in a movie she then requested I upload on Facebook to show family and friends. For dinner a new Thai restaurant was tried per my daughter's request and discussed plans for a Martinmas lantern walk and bonfire tomorrow night followed by what will hopefully be prime viewing of the North Taurids meteor shower. After a shower and several chapters from our latest read-aloud book, it was time to Skype with a grandparent in Asia and then my daughter retired for the night stating she would need enough rest to be ready for the busyness of tomorrow. 


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We had an awesome week until about late Friday night...I worked with the girls a lot and worked on work a lot and completely burned myself out.  I was sore everywhere, had a migraine, couldn't sleep, menstruation, really needed to do more work but physically couldn't.  So Saturday and Sunday were spent with the kids mostly entertaining themselves and watching TV and I maintained by feeding them and putting them to bed at a decent time. 

 

On Friday dd5 learned how to play sudoku and we created a visual system to help her differentiate 6 from 9.  She counted to 30, helped me make cereal balls, wrote her friends name in her contacts book and put her picture in it... 

 

We have told lots of stories and done yogic dance the past few nights.  I also got a babysitter for them on Thursday and she got a magazine in the mail.  

 

dd5 made telescopes out of paper and tape for herself and dd2 and she's been asking the meaning of and putting together phrases in Spanish, German and Sanskrit.  

 

The girls have also put on lots of shows, tap dancing on plastic containers, singing with makeshift "microphones" and putting on puppet shows.

 

We've also been sharing lots of stories about indigenous people from different countries/continents. 

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Today DD is at her freeschool co-op and I'm trying to catch up on writing. After almost two weeks with no power there's so much cleaning + writing to catch up on...so today will be lazy. I promised both kids we could rent Arthur Christmas, we will have a simple dinner, and an early bedtime. 


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Rock climbing! We also have recently talked about wisdom teeth, dental extractions of teeth, anesthesia, blood disorders, blood clotting, the difference between oral surgeons and dentists, and what a hematologist does. DH has a blood disorder and needs to get his infected wisdom tooth out.


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Oooh teeth - I HATE talking/thinking about teeth.

 

Today we had a lovely morning. The kids and I baked cinnamon scrolls and we had a bit of quiet kid/momma time. Than DD decided she wanted to make her Christmas list so I helped her out while DS colored, than we switched and I made his list. Afterwards DD put on her Queen outfit and bossed us around a bit and rode around on her "horse" which was quite fun to watch..and I did a Lego sticker book with DS. Than DD decided she wanted to make her OWN book of horses so I set her up with that -- now it's freelance writing time for this momma, and horseback riding + cooking the remainder of afternoon.

 

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Afterwards DD put on her Queen outfit and bossed us around a bit and rode around on her "horse" which was quite fun to watch.

I've always said to my girls, "Why be a princess, when you can be a queen and *rule*??"  

 

Sounds like a fun day.


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Mommariffic, so glad you're back to full power! Hadn't checked this thread for ages and was shocked to hear how long you'd been without. 

 

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Just got back from a couple days spent at a 4-H center for DH's work.  The only animals we saw were a stray cat ("tat! meow!") and a LOUD goose ("quack!"), but it was on the water and the fall scenery was beautiful.  Explored alot with DS when it was sunny.  Went to a campfire (DS observed "HOT!"), saw some bees on flowers (new animal sound learned - "bzzz!").  Learned a couple new letters and found familiar ones on cabin signs and lobby magazines (he's really big on spotting/naming letters lately).  Got to see DH for lunch, meet lots of new people and play in new surroundings (playground, climbing furniture, etc.).  Played with salad bar tongs.  Talked about sprouted acorns we found.  DH brought him back a tall bamboo stalk, which he adored.  Examined how the coffee pot in our room worked, and how it is different from ours at home (a favorite toy - loves to pretend to pour us "hot" coffee).  DS acquired several new words on the trip, something of a vocab burst.

 

BUT...starting yesterday, it has been tantrum city - really nightmarish.  I think teething, also alot of transitions (leaving home, coming back) - but maybe also something about recent developmental gains?  Lots of tears and screaming.  So, needless to say, today has been a stay home, play with water, read books, watch TV, try desperately to mitigate messes and melt-downs kind of day.  Took a very late nap, bags still unpacked, I've not showered yet - good times.  Total travel hangover. caffix.gif


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I'm so glad to be back too! Being off the grid is fun but sooo exhausting. I need to be prepared (which in the long run is my "thing") next time because I have a feeling we will get many more sucky storms and will loose much more power. We did get a generator so that's a plus! 

 

Today we had a lazy morning. Again. This is a theme : ) We did some crafts, ate some muffins, and I did laundry. We have some friends coming over because I'm buying some more essential oils, and than later we are taking my mom to dinner. Hoping kids fall asleep on the way home : ) Love when that happens! 


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I'm so glad to be back too! Being off the grid is fun but sooo exhausting. I need to be prepared (which in the long run is my "thing") next time because I have a feeling we will get many more sucky storms and will loose much more power. We did get a generator so that's a plus! 

 

I agree about the fun aspect of being off-grid. We have a fair number of power outages where I live and honestly, they comprise many of my kids' most cherished memories. The time we had the big bins of snow in the kitchen to melt for washing-up water. The time I was away and the kids cooked soup themselves by candlelight on the wood stove. The time we built a solar water heater on the roof of the house for hot showers. The day we spent hauling the generator from home to home throughout our neighbourhood, three hours at a time to keep everyone's chest freezers chilled. All the card games we've played by lantern-light, the books we've read aloud, the "family sleepovers" we've had with our sleeping bags on the floor of the living room in front of the fireplace. Sitting in the minivan in the driveway to listen to the radio. Stargazing. Great stuff, and great lessons about resourcefulness and creativity.

 

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Great stories...we spent about 6 months off-grid, camping/traveling when dd5 was 18 mos.+

 

I definitely miss it.  Haven't been camping in over a year either.  The last couple weeks have been tough for me...didn't feel very good and the kids were watching a lot of TV and not going outside enough.  

 

Today we are back on track.  Kids did finger-painting this morning, dd5 did counting and subtracting, told some stories with new character names, went outside and climbed trees, played ball, rode on the scooter, played with blocks & a monkey "board" game we have, spelled a couple words, read a few poems in Spanish together and they both watched a Spanish nursery rhyme video while I finished making dinner.  

 

Then she painted on the computer and we're going to do yoga and dancing tonight before we do another story & meditation & bed.  

 

We also got a state book in the mail yesterday...our first one...Arizona!  I actually lived in Arizona when I got pregnant with dd5, then when she was 3 and I got pregnant with dd2 we lived right on the border of CA/AZ so she loved hearing these stories and she loves maps and learning about places so as expected it was a great opportunity.  Does anyone else learn about states this way?  We also learned about Thanksgiving, the non-PC version, since we have Native American Indian ancestors and are learning the languages and I have never(or at least in depth) really talked about Thanksgiving to her we are talking a lot about it this year.  

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Did some barn work and romped with our goats - it was so nice out! Kids went into the fields and ran around while I just enjoyed some nature and fresh air. Did wet-on-wet watercoloring for our "Thankful" branch and that's drying - we did all shades of Autumn (reds, yellows, so pretty) and tomorrow we will use our  leaf cookie cutters to trace + cut and write what we are thankful for. I am thinking we will keep it up throughout Christmas...and we went to Target and did some holiday shopping with a friend (I got buy one get one Leappad books, the Human Body and Solar System...without DD seeing! So psyched..going to get Tag reader from Ebay..) came home and read through our Usborne dictionary and now it's bed! 


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Hmmmm... It is buy nothing day but since we live in a completely empty house here in a new town we needed to go to the thrift store and buy some kitchen stuff and toys and books...dd6 picked an old fashioned wooden cradle for a stuffed animal and of course my little virgo, dd4 was as thrifty as ever and I had to remind her the whole trip to actually pick something so she wouldnt get home and have nothing and be sad again :( we have been here for about 5 days actually...and spent the first four days just roaming the woods here in Waverley and picking up thousands of sticks to build a very artistic chicken coop. we all love having chickens and our own eggs so it was one of the first things we got done! Just waiting for the chicken lady to deliver the layers now! ds12 picked two big bags of random lego pieces and has been in his room now for hours,building and listening to funny youtube videos... The girls are happily running around with their new 'babies' and dd6 goes in oncec while to help ds build with his lego. Overall a very positive and fun day exploring our new home! If anyone knows where I can find local unschoolers here in HRM,NS then feel free to message me. I had to start a new mothering.com account because i havent posted on this forum in over 5 years..but they let me keep my name, trippylilhippy! yay! hopefully chat with some locals soon...my children really miss their best friend from calgary but I told them today I would come here and message to try and find them some other unschoolers to chill with... We are definitely radical unschoolers..no rules...only principles..all the way! unscripted and as free as they come...Nice to meet more unschoolers! :) 

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I am going to join in.  I have three kids, two girls Ruarai age 8, Ciara Rose age 5 and one boy, Dulainn age 1.  Today my unschoolers went to the zoo with their dad and watched the gorillas and seals get fed.  They also watched the chimps "go crazy" and bang on everything while screaming at the top of their lungs, then they showed their dad the poison dart frogs in the new amphibian exibit.  When they got home the girls went to a neighbors birthday party and Dulainn took a nap.  After dinner we decorated the Christmas tree and listened to holiday music followed by Ciara  playing with stickers and doing some geometric drawings.  The girls watched a movie and snuggled with me before heading to bed. 


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