Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Wrap Up

This week was Winter Break for us.  The public schools had the week off and so did CC.  It is unusual that everything lines up like that.  But sadly, the week "off" was full of unexpected events and life changing decisions. So here are 5 not so random things from this week.

1. On Monday the kiddo's great-grandfather died.  I was always thankful that they had a relationship with their great-grandpa, I did not know any of my great-grandparents so having him around until Zippy was fourteen was amazing.  He will be missed.

2. On Wednesday, after lots and lots of thought and prayer I finally committed to open a new Classical Conversations campus in my city.  Now this might seem like a lot, but it really just shifts my current workload from a more tutor focus to a more administrative one.  The bonus is now I will not have to drive 45 minutes or an hour to get to a CC campus, woo. 

3. Did you know that I have another blog?  It is called History Magpie and I've been working on it for about 9 months.  I am very proud of how well it is coming along.  The focus of the blog is to equip parents to engage kids with history at home. 

4. Yesterday was our last day of break and I gave Zippy the option of doing a little bit of work to get a jumpstart on this week. She declined, but when I told her I needed help with my Lego Challenge for the History Magpie she jumped right in.  We spent the morning discussing how to build a replica of a Roman Road out of Legos, she wanted a chicken crossing the road.  Sneaky schooling is what I call that.

5. We decided to take the Little Dude from 3 days of preschool to one and start schooling at home with a little more intention.  This decision was primarily driven by financial concerns. We will be looking for other opportunities for the little guy to practice talking.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up 2015 Week 2

I though I'd do a Five on Friday Saturday oh well.

5 Random Observances from this week

1  It is cold.  Not coincidentally, we drank a lot of hot tea this week.

2. The smallest whale is the dwarf sperm whale measuring about 8 feet (or one Zippy and her hat).

3. It takes considerably longer to pack a teen than it takes to pack a child. After several hours and a trip to Meijer where I could not remember which brand of shampoo she prefers (thank God for technology so I could text her a picture and she could confirm the correct brand),  we got her on her way to Winter Retreat.

4. The Little Dude really wants to go bowling with his preschool class at the end of the month.  I had to put a special date on the calendar so he would stop asking every time we leave the house if we are going bowling.  I will take pictures, it will be interesting.

5. I turn 40 in one week.  I am determined to use all the free food coupons and deals I can get away with this week.

Buddy's Pizza - a free 4 square cheese pizza


Thursday, January 1, 2015

One Word 2015

It is the first day of the new year and a time for reflection and perhaps resolution.  This year I am not making any resolutions, but I am again choosing one word to dwell on this year. 

For the last 6 months (or longer if I am really honest about it) I have been a stressed out mess.  And every area of my life suffers from "messy buildup"  from my health to homeschool to house and more.  The word for the year 2015 is clean. More than just the removal of dirt, this word is about coming clean, eating clean, and working clean.