Friday, February 24, 2012

This Week 2/20/12 - I'm NOT In My Van RIGHT THIS MOMENT

No, that would just be silly and dangerous.  Trying to post while driving?  No, I've never done that.  I've thought about doing it, but have never tried.
Cody's basketball season ended tonight.  They played their last game in Gurnee at a homeschool tournament.  Just in case any of you have a middle school aged boy interested in basketball, and you live in the Chicago-land area, here is the link to the organization Cody plays with, which is the Crestwood Cavalry .
Anywho, no more traveling for sports until next fall.  Phew!  Thankful for that.  Next up for us BASEBALL!  Now, there is a sport I know...or at least a little better than basketball.  All I knew how to do was yell "DEFENSE!!!!!" this season, I got pretty good at it.  Oh and "Stay Aggressive!", can't forget that one.
Now karate, there is something I can help with.  I'm the table mom.  I don't know how I got this duty, I think people think I am in charge or something.  So I sit at the front table and collect the class dues and attendance for Chris's class.  Not a bad gig.
So, this week started off with a few celebrations!  I attended a wonderful bridal shower for Dave's cousin AND  Dave came home from his trip to New York.  We missed him SO much!  We took off on Monday to observe  (Dave had off) for Presidents Day.  Tuesday started our week off with a trip to the land of Plainfield for our co-op.  Wednesday we chilled at home (or as far as I can remember we did) and started preparing for St. Baldricks (which will take place this Saturday), Thursday Cody had his last basketball practice and Friday we traveled to Gurnee for Cody's final basketball game of the season.  Here is our week in review (with actual school work being done documented):
Pretty table setting at the Bridal Shower

On I80 heading to co-op

Chris doing math

Tuesday night - Burbank

Chris working on the Preamble of the Constitution copy work

Cody working on his 5 paragraph essay on Guantanamo Bay

"You're gonna really like my journal for today Mommy!"

Doesn't get better than ice cream

Cody doing Guitar Smith

This one visited us on Wednesday

Escape move in karate

Chris, reading, wearing hat because his heads cold (he's sporting a mohawk)

Cody for the lay-up at practice

Bleaching hair for green dye job

My guys ready for St. Baldricks!  Dave has a green mohawk with green mustach and beard, Chris has a green mohawk and Cody is sporting a pink mohawk.

Watching it snow while eating breakfast

"I'm thinking that I want green hair always" - ummm...think again kid

Doing math

Doing math, being a nut

Drawing on the computer

Heading to Gurnee

Before the start of their game

Cody blocking

Team picture after their final game.
 So, that's been our week.  We were hoping to hit a Jelly Belly factory tour after the basketball game since we were so close to Kenosha, WI., but that didn't happen.  We'll have to plan a field trip up there soon though.  Tomorrow Chris, Cody and Dave will get their heads shaved for St. Baldricks.  That's all I got this week.  Have a great one!

Chicago Homeschool Expo 2012

This year’s Chicago Homeschool Expo will take place on Wednesday, May 9th through Friday, May 11th at the Tinley Park Convention Center located at 18451 Convention Center Drive, which is easily accessible from I80 exiting Harlem Avenue North.
There will be an exciting one day conference held on Wednesday, May 9th from 9am – 3pm called Homeschooling for Excellence 101.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Hit The Mother-Load of Kids!

I know, intriguing title!  Sure, I'll explain.  You see about a year ago I went out to the distant land of Plainfield to check out this homeschool group.  Nice people (HI!) and lots of kids.  Downside though, it's in Plainfield....that is like a 45 minute drive for me AND there are two homeschool groups within close proximity to our home.  One is about 10 minutes south, the other 5 minutes north.  I know!  That close.  BUT - one wanted me to sing a statement of faith and the other never, ever returned my requests for more information AND required a fee to just come a sit in on their gym days (or at least that is was I assume, as no one got back to me on that).  So, I sat and contimplated the down fall of my kids socialization and weeped a little (actually, I didn't do that.  I got really frustrated, so maybe I weeped on the inside).  I did find a group that was meeting at local parks whose epicenter is LaGrange.  We checked them was, interesting.  We did meet some really cool people though (our Friday Farm Folks), so it wasn't a total loss.  But still, I desired my boys to socialize with other homeschool kids their age.  *sigh*
So when Chris decided on his second day of karate class that the best possible way to interact with the other kids there was to act like a dog I was a bit concerned.  (Actually, I FREAKED!)  He does things like this when he's uncomfortable and with kids he doesn't know.  We live in an awesome neighborhood, with lots of kids.  The kids Chris's age live on the other end of the block though and he can't walk down there to hang out with them by himself.  That requires coordinating and scheduling to play.  Something, after a day with both boys, I really don't want to do.  Yep, that's selfish.  Yep, I just admitted that I need time to myself.  Yep, I'm driving out to Plainfield now so my boys can hang out with other kids their age.  You know why?  Because I can do that, I can rearrange our schedule and make the commitment to THAT every Tuesday (I need a consistent schedule).  Oh, and because of this:
Room full of kids for Chris

Table full of kids for Cody
THE MOTHER-LOAD OF KIDS! who don't hide under tables or throw temper tantrums or who make me want to hold my boys a little tighter when they are around and make me give the "Back Off!" glare. 
I got asked, again (insert eye roll), why we homeschool.  I know why I homeschool - in addition to the time I get to spend with my boys, my REAL boys, not some peer pressured, forced to fit in and be cool/liked boys, I get the opportunity to give them choices.  See, I choose to homeschool because my boys will encounter limits.  I want to give them the tools necessary to survive.  To be able to think for themselves, question for themselves and choose for themselves.  They need to be able to look at themselves, see where they are a part of something and rise.  I wish for them to be strong and independent beings. 
So, on to this week in review.  Yet another week with less photos than normal =)
Chris working on his "getting to know you" sheet at the Valentine's Day Party

Chris making armpit fudge

Cody making armpit fudge

Where we meet now on Tuesday's

LOVE!  Thank you Uncle John.

Cody up for the layup ...

... and he makes it

Why yes, Chris is wearing twine wrapped around his head with a metal nut hanging from it. 

Friday night homeschool teen movie night.

We hung out at the B&N across the parking lot from the movie theater.  Chris ate a cookie and read comics.  I updated my homeschool planner for the rest of the school year.

Watching for Cody to come out of the theater

Taught my boys the importance of putting vitamin recovery cream in your hair after you bleach it and then dye it a very unnatural color.  Wish I know that when I was 16!

Oh wow!  I just realized there are no photos of the boys actually doing school work.  They did do school work, I swear! 
Dave is out of town for a conference in New York City.  He sent us photos from Ground Zero, which he visited yesterday.  We started reading 1984 together (Cody, Dave and I), and we will be discussing that as we go along.  Oh, and Cody is really getting into the Flobots.  Can't wait for all the neat discussing that will come from all of this.
Chris is convinced he's a Pokemon gym leader...we are getting there with him.  At least he's a leader. ;)
Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oh, Hey There

It's cold.  So fricking cold - see!
That's the temperature IN MY HOUSE!  We are waiting for the HAVAC guy to come out.  Which should be any time between 12-3pm.  Hopefully by the time I get back from work tonight we will have heat.  It was a cold, cold night last night.
Okay, so enough complaining about my furnace issues.  On to a recap of last week.  I didn't take a lot of photos.  I also didn't update on Friday.  Last week was an "eh!" week.  Didn't feel like doing much of anything.
Working on knots

Heading out to Indiana

Chris made this while I was registering Cody for a Boy Scout class at Calumet Council

Best photo yet of Slayer.  Love the sports setting on my phone

Chris had karate (third from left)

He also completed all of the requirements to earn his Wolf Badge (last on left)

He learned how to tie a tie

as well as a square knot

Oh, this is NO JOKE.  He wore this to get his updated resident ID

We actually did do some school work last week

This one came over and I used my super power of putting babies to sleep to good use

We went out to the farm on Friday and did some CD weaving

This one had a blast

Had to drive home in this shit though.  Didn't know if it wanted to rain or snow or sleet. 

Chris had a class at the library on Friday night

I tried to update my planner for school...didn't work out.  I originally wrote it out in pen.
So, some exciting this are in the works here homeschool wise.  We will be trekking out to Plainfield on Tuesdays so the boys can participate in some activities with other homeschool kids.  We are also going to continue to participate in the Friday Fun Day at the Farm. 
Cody's basketball season is wrapping up.  Baseball season is just around the corner though.  Never a dull moment here. 
That's all I got.  Have a great week and we'll catch up on Friday.