Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Journaling Challenge

At first I wanted to title this "Writing Challenge", but I thought that would make some of you twitch.  I got this little lovely from my cousin for Christmas.
She has always been really good about getting me awesome journals throughout the years.  Here is the link with more info about the book.  Starting January 1st I'll post the days the days question for you to contemplate.  Feel free to share in the comment section if you would like, though it's not necessary.  I'm hoping that this will be a fun experience!  Because, you know, I don't have enough on my plate already.  Might as well add a heaping of this too!  It'll be fun.

Monday, December 26, 2011

There Are WAY Too Many Cookies Left Over!

I got to sleep in today.  It's been a long few days.  The kind of days that drag into each other and when you go to talk about another day within that span you can't remember what today even is.  I've worked way too much this week and for way too long specifically on Christmas Eve.  Seriously people, why do you have to go to the gym on Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day for that matter?  So today, I slept and it felt good.  I have not required coffee to fuel me today (yet), I'm updated on Facebook and now, well now I'm going to attempt to update my beautiful anarchist sounding board without turning it into a visual vomit o' photos.  We'll just see how well THAT turns out.
We have been officially "off" since last Wednesday, as we follow Dave's breaks.  I've said that they were going to do math and reading each day of break as not to make transitioning back into regular school work so hard next week, but with work schedules that don't accommodate this line of thinking and last minute ho-ho-ho-ness it is now day 4 of break and both boys are tethered to an XBox in the basement which has enhanced coolness because it's picture is being projected onto the wall for maximum stimulation (insert eye roll).  Best intentions people, best intentions.  That's what I had.  Oh well, I'm chalking it up to a learning experience and moving on.  So, I hope that your holidays were as stress free as mine (and I do mean that with all sincerity, as this year was the best Christmas EVER!  Totally relaxing and wonderful.).  I realized in reviewing my posts that I really don't post about the "bad" days or moments.  We do have them, Monday and Tuesday of last week were tough in particular because the boys thought that they should be on break, but I was an evil mommy.  There are complains and whines, but nothing crazy.  I don't want to portray what we are doing as some sort of idealistic fairytale of greatness that requires little effort.  It's hard fricking work, this homeschool gig.  Well worth it in my mind, but hard work!  Wow, that was a tangent.  How did I get there?  See, this is where coffee consumption would have helped me to stay on track.  Anyway, this is what we've been up to for the past two weeks:
Chris doing his journal

I like the candy cane divides

The advantage of being able to go to the library early on December 1st is that you get to take all the cool Christmas holiday books. 

This guy, reading

The cat, making a rare appearance.

We watched this one

They played some super memory

Cody worked on his comedy for an open mic night at the teen center

Oh MY GOD!  I can't believe she's making me do all this work! - that's what he's thinking, yup.

Chris doing math

Chris reading, he's making his way through the Stink books

At a Christmas party

Chris got these characters that he can draw on and decorate

At a Christmas party

He got a gift card to WalMart

The boys with Santa

He's a big fan of snowmen

At basketball practice doing work

Cody at practice

Cody's game (he's #45)

I love this photo, it makes me laugh because he looks like a deer.

He had an orthodontist appointment

Chris drawing Pokemon characters while waiting for Cody


Snooping on the neighbors

She's protecting him

Cody's basketball game

Cody made cut out cookies

So did Chris

Cody's creations

Chris's creations

We went to German Town.  This people, this is my childhood!

My parents would purchase copious amounts of liquor filled chocolates...

We would make our own "rum" balls with Jack Daniels.

These were always a special treat

OMG people - heaven!

Note to self, now I know where to get such things

While in German Town we went to a game store and I played this Haiku dice game.  Tons of fun!

Good Food!

This guy made a graham cracker house.

We hosted Christmas Eve, Cody is reading the birth of Jesus.

The boys with their plate of cookies, carrots and mug of soy milk for Santa

Chris left Santa a note

Christmas morning with my guys!

We helped spread some good cheer and paid forward a really awesome act of selflessness to a well deserving family with the help of lots of friends and family members.

Elf!  Not on a shelf though.  I remember my parents having an elf like this when I was a kid.  This is Dave's aunts.
Right now I have three boys running around upstairs trying to play ghost in the graveyard in the dark (kind of).  It's loud and crazy and I'm sure that they will be on to other things shortly.  We have the pleasure of having the boys cousin stay with us for a few days.  They are all having a blast.
So, I hope that your Christmas was awesome.   I'm still trying to catch up on laundry, which with sleeping in and all this morning is proving to be a little difficult.  Oh look, there is the dryer timer going off.  Now the boys are funneling their way down the stair looking for snacks.  That's my cue to wrap up this post.  Have a great New Year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We Are Here, Don't Worry

It's just been a crazy week.  Finishing up school stuff before our "break", getting Christmas shopping done (we waited until last weekend to start, I finished it yesterday night.), cards sent out, general up-keep of the house which is never ending, finishing up a project that is due tomorrow and work.  It's just been a lot.  Normal, everyday stuff, but then throw in a handful of holiday parties and other holiday ho-ho-ho-ness and it just gets a little overwhelming.  So, I just wanted to check in and let you know that we are all here.  I'll catch up with all of you on the flip side of this weekend.  Have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2011

This Week 12/5/11: No, Really I'm On Time This Week

Yeah!  It's 7pm on Friday evening, do you know where your blogger is? =)
We had a fun-filled week this week.  We went into the city and visited the Museum of Science and Industry, went to Christkindlmarket to get our German on, celebrated St. Nicholas Day, did some ACTUAL school work and ended our week with a Friday Fun-day at the Farm.  I'm just kind of, a little (a lot) freaking out that it's December 9th - my Christmas cards have not been done, Christmas shopping has not started and I'm hyperventilating just a bit over how I'm going to get my baking done.  Decorations are up, and I've donated a bunch of stuff that we haven't used in a while.  So, I have a pound of butter sitting on my counter waiting to be made into butter cookies so I better get moving on this post.  Here we go!
Cody working on this unit study for Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry.

The boys in front of the German tree

Chris working on his unit study

The boys in front of the Dutch tree

Live Science Experiment: Taste & Smell

They found out that they need smell to taste things

In front of the tornado

In front of the tornado

Chris having a blast!


This thing was by where we sat to eat lunch, it's some sort of swiss clock thing...(I don't know), Chris loved it.

Cody in front of the tree from Finland

He wants one of these in his room

Baby chick being born

Cody in front of his favorite place on each, the treat shop at the German Market


They are all city savvy and what-not

Christians's shoe for St. Nicholas Day.  It contains an orange, walnut, bag of chocolate coins and a chocolate St. Nicholas.

Cody's shoe for St. Nicholas Day.  It contains an orange, walnut, bag of chocolate coins and a chocolate St. Nicholas


Working on his journal

Working on serious!


Rolling pillows for My Joyful Heart.

The boys got an Advent Calendar from my cousin, Cody was pretty excited!

Chris reading at Cody's basketball practice.

Cody at basketball practice

Cody at basketball practice

Cody at basketball practice

And we are on the road, again

Homeschooling on the go

Homeschooling on the go

Cutting out cookies

Cutting out cookies

Learning how to use a cookie gun

Decorating his spritz cookies

Ummm...a little too much sugar

Decorating their cut out cookies

Cody's cookies, including a Christmas shark, Nigabread men, Darth Vader and a Cyclopes

Chris's cut-out cookies including a Brown Cow, Nigabread men, Yoda and a Storm Trooper

View from kitchen window, awesome!

So that has been our week.  Cody is on a camping trip with his Boy Scout Troop.  I wonder if he packed a blanket?  It's like 24 degrees outside....hmmmm.  He'll learn to pack one for next time if he didn't this time.  Chris and I will be visiting Dave downtown tomorrow complete with train ride and possibly a walk by The Bean, maybe...if it's isn't 24 degrees out still.  I'm off of work tomorrow (YEAH!), go back on Sunday and then starts our week-o Christmas parties.  So there will be LOTS of fun photos for next weeks post.
Okay, the dog is trying to claw her way in through the back door and I have a pound of butter begging to be turned into butter cookies.  Have a great weekend!