Monday, March 22, 2010

What's Goin On?

We are SUPER busy. I mean really. Kayla has been to several birthday parties, Nate shot a wild boar(yummmy meat), we put up a new front gate, we have been riding a lot, we are starting our garden, we furnished our front patio finally(with flowers and windchimes and seating and bird feeder and its a beautiful, serene place now) we are learning all about ancient mesopotamia and making beautiful lesson books that are super artsy and fun along with lots of bread making and cuniform clay writing and mud brick making.We are going to Legoland tomorrow, Thursday is MaddiMae's first birthday and we are having a huge celebration Saturday at our home complete with a bbq with some of Nate's recent pig he shot as well as a cabbage patch kid cake I am planning and we are ordering the UFC fights for entertainment too. Its going to be lots of fun, but amidst all of this I am battling severe morning sickness so keep me in your thoughts that I will be able to keep up this schedule with all the nausea. Its been getting harder. I cannot believe I am 5.5 weeks and already nauseated, this is very early for me. I usually start feeling the nausea pretty strong by 7 weeks. Anyhow, I gotta run and get kids into the shower and pack for legoland tomorrow.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Its Official

11dpo That is one dark test for not even missing my period yet! I went to the dr. today and had bloodwork, which of course came back +. So, I am officially way knocked up:0) I got my new script for Progesterone. I go for my first prenatal apt next Friday to get regular bloodwork drawn and set up my first u/s for around 6-8 weeks. I am really getting excited.
Update: Dr just called with my quantitative hcg beta result from yesterday and it was 40 at 11dpo! VERY high, but great:) I am over the moon!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Unschool Pizazz

This is a sample of what I am about to talk about.

Here is another sample, this one is for math, 9's X tables

As unschoolerish/eclectic homeschoolers, I am always looking for new ways to engage the kids and to keep somewhat of a portfolio or record of my kids' learning accomplishments. I have done a lot of reading about Montessori and Waldorf lately. I have taken many ideas from both. The biggie is that I wanted to get my living room set up more condusive to learning. I will post pics after I finish rearranging it. I bought all those new things on Amazon(mentioned in my last blog post) as they were all different suggestions from Montessori and Waldorf websites. The neatest discovery I made though was on a Waldorf website. They have the kids do a main lesson block(read-very fun and short learning period that is still able to be interested led-at least the way I will do it) and what they do is read some on day 1, have the kids draw with beautiful beeswax crayons or paint or cook or build something from the reading. Then, the next day they write about it. You then repeat for day 3 and 4. In the end, they end up with a beautiful book (they are heavy duty white paper spiral bound and I bought them all from Paper Scissors Stone you can find them under main lesson books. You can use 1 per child per trimester or quarter. I bought quite a few to last me. Your kids can even do math concepts in these books and it becomes a REALLY beautiful keepsake. I currently use a huge 3 ring binger with dividers and I grab things up after they have made them or pictures they doodled, almost everything my kids make, I find so much beauty in and I keep it all. I have it all in my binder right now, but I feel this would be an even neater way to keep a portfolio of their work. I also purchased rubber cement glue for things they do outside of the book that I still want displayed in it. These are going to be really awesome. It really lends to our kind of homeschooling. You can even treat these like scrapbooks and add pictures of the kids doing Yoga to their new Yoga DVD or what have you. I will definately post some pics of our books as we get everything we ordered and get them up and filling in!  The toys Waldorf schools suggest are wooden and open ended things like the playsilks I bought. I have always taken bits and peices from Waldorf sites and tried to adhere to wooden toys, though we do have many plastic. I do keep away from *most battery toys though. There are some that are just too cute to pass up and still offer some kind of creative play like remote control cars or push toys for babies that have lights on them. I mostly dispise battery toys because of the constant cost and their often very breakable with no open ended play, basicaly doing one thing only. I bought quite a few new wooden toys yesterday too though to add to ours. I will display everything in the living room on a bookshelf. The top of this low bookshelf will be our seasonal nature table. I am just really excited to give our homeschool a new energy or face lift. Its not going to be much different from what we already do, just some added pizazz and I think we all have the winter hum drums and we need that. There will also be a plastic 3 drawer dresser thing that will have every craft supply imaginable in it for the kids. It will have Mexican Pottery clay, construction paper, scraps, foil, buttons, colored pencils, water colors, yarn, wool, crochet hooks, knitting looms, all sorts of things for handiwork. My kids are huge fans of any and all types of handiwork and I think this will better concentrate their efforts while SoCal continues to be soggy from rain so that they are not sitting around fighting. There are some basics about Waldorf I do not agree with so I will just skip those. These things are no plastic toys, no battery toys, no tv, no computers, the list goes on. This is extreme and I believe children learn so much from so many things that I would not limit my kids to such a narrow way of living. The world is theirs for the taking so I want them exposed to as much of it as possible. Its really fun to dabble from different homeschooling theories though and take the parts of it that you love. While I love child-led learning, I do not love radical unschooling. I saw my kids turn into parent controlling monsters who watched tv all day, ate candy til their teeth started rotting and had no respect for other adults beyond Nate and I. We live and learn and grow and thankfully with homeschooling, we can adjust and tweek our homeschools until they are a sanctuary for us to all live in harmony.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ho Hum Drum

Ho Hum.....I am writing this particular blog to bump my last post down because I don't particularly want to share with anyone IRL until I absolutely have to. I usually shout it from the rooftops, but a #7.....a #SEVEN is just not going to be perceived in a happy light so I will wait until I am barfing too much to hide it or until my belly begins to bulge, which shouldn't take too long. After all, this is my 11th prengnacy. Oh. my. gawd. that sounds like so many! I have of course lost 4 though. So anyhow, going back to the crazy homeschooling moment I was having. Things have been better and I ordered a ton of new stuff from Amazon. Well over $600 bucks worth to be exact. It will give our homeschool a much needed boost in the arts/humanities/music area. I got everything from a kids' yoga dvd to recorders and a beginers book on how to play, mexican pottery clay, tons of Melissa and Doug wood toys, playsilks, art/craft supplies, some cool Usborne books, gosh I could go on and on. I am excited for our purchase to arrive! If that doesn't entertain these lil boogers, nothing is going to.....nothing.


From this morning. :) I'm glowing, yes its true!

Update: 10dpo, lines are way darker. I have a great feeling about this pregnancy. I am sleepier, hungrier and peeing nonstop already so I am taking these as great signs.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sandy had her PUPPIES!

9 of them to be exact. I am pretty sure it was the neighbors German shephard that got her. The pups are beautiful and VERY large and healthy.  This is my fav pup. Sorry my camera isnt wanting to upload so I took a cell phone pic of a pic lol!