Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Twentyfive

Hey there!  It's 11pm on the 24th AND I'm actually posting on-time.  How awesome is that!?
We will be gone for a few days for a basketball tournament, so I'm not sure how or if I'll be able to access the internet.  If I can, I'll update.  If I can't, I'll see you all on Sunday...sometime.  Maybe Monday.  Oh, who knows at this point.
But, on with today's question:

The question for today is: 
What makes "you" you?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



If you were going to start your own company, what would it be?
Hmmm - good questions.  What wouldn't I hate doing every day for the rest of my life? 

Okay then, I think that we are caught up now.  Happy Journaling!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This Week 1/16/12 - Oh Yeah, That Was LAST Week

I have a really, really good excuse as to why I'm late putting this post up.  It's this:
This is my office/craft room/general catch all.  It's actually pretty organized and not as bad as one would imagine with all those functions that it must carry.  You can read about it here.
Generally my laptop, books and organizers are here:
And when they are here, shit gets done.  When they are in the collect all room, I just pass by it on my way down the stairs and don't bother grabbing those things to bring down. 
We had a house showing on Saturday while I was at work.  So, naturally, I had to round up all my things and deposit them in my room until after the showing.  But you see, I never brought them back down.  So here it is a few days past the time when I should have done an update from our homeschooling adventures last week as well as the daily Journaling Challenges I'm suppose to be updating.  It's so sad that something like this puts me back a few days. 

So, here is what we were up to last week.  We took Monday off because Dave had off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I also celebrated my one year anniversary at work.  I seriously never thought that a year later I'd still be there.  I'm thankful to have a job though.  On to the pictures!
Chris doing Math.  He dresses himself, by the way.

Cody reading

Cody not loving his Biology book.  That's a head plant there, not love.

Working on reading comprehension. 

Journal writing

His new place to do work.  It's not going to last though.  He's not focused enough.

Guitar Smith

Chess (Chris beat Cody)

Cody had a culinary class at the teen center, he made dessert sushi

Chris reading at Cody's basketball practice

Basketball practice

Working on school work

More Biology

Game in Bourbonnaise

Dancing during breakfast

On the road on Friday. 

We got more of this stuff too.
I just wanted to share that right now Chris is upstairs on time out because he started crying because he can't decode what the Lions nickname is.  Homeschooling isn't all smiles in this house.  I wish it was.  There are times when both boys gets frustrated and irritated and I have to separate them from what they are doing so they can take a breather (and so I don't loose my patience). 
So, here we are on the front end of another week.  I'll catch back up with you on the tail end, I hope. 

Ahem - Journaling Challenge!

That title is said with much fan fair by the way!  Because I'm slacking.  But I knew that would happen.  So lets catch up a little...

Journaling Challenge: Day 19

The question for today is:
List three foods you ate today.
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



What was peaceful about today?
Not being rushed, having a relaxed day and being able to enjoy that with the boys.  



Journaling Challenge: Day 20

The question for today is:
Are you holding a drudge?  About?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



List three foods you ate today.
Oatmeal with cranberries, sausage and coffee.  Yes, I know you can't eat coffee, but it's so damn good!

Journaling Challenge: Day 21

The question for today is:
What are you looking forward to?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



Are you holding a drudge?  About?
I'm trying not to.  I know that I can't hold a grudge and have peace in my life.  I have to work on myself and cannot change others.  

Journaling Challenge: Day 22

The question for today is: 
Are you seeking security or adventure?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



What are you looking forward to?
Today?  Sleep!  I've been up since 5am and I'm pretty tired.






Journaling Challenge: Day 23

The question for today is: 
Do you need a break?  From what?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



Are you seeking security or adventure?
Adventure.  I have security.

Journaling Challenge: Day 24

The question for today is: 
If you were going to start your own company, what would it be?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:



Do you need a break?  From what?
Yes!  Everything.  I'd love to have a day where I could just chill and do absolutely nothing and not feel guilty about it.  

Okay then, I think that we are caught up now.  Happy Journaling!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Eighteen

The question for today is:
What was peaceful about today?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


What's the oldest thing that you're wearing today?
 

Since I'm still in my PJ's (ahem), that would be my White Sox t-shirt which I got as a birthday gift about 6 years ago.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Sixteen and Day Seventeen

The question for today (Day 16) is:
Do you owe someone money? Does someone owe you?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


On a scale of one to ten, how was your lunch today?
 

My lunch was actually my breakfast, so it was really, really good!  I'd give it a 10.


The question for today (Day 17) is:
What's the oldest thing that you're wearing today?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


Do you owe someone money? Does someone owe you?
 

No, I don't owe anyone money, nor does anyone owe me.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Fifteen

The question for today is:
On a scale of one to ten, how was your lunch today?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


Are you a leader or a follower?
 
I think that I am a leader.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Fourteen

The question for today is:
Are you a leader or a follower?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


Where do you want to travel next?

  Jamaica

Friday, January 13, 2012

This Week 1/9/12 - SNOW!

Yep, we finally got snow.  This guy is pretty happy about it!

We started school back up on Monday.  I changed some things around (like one is reading while the other is doing math so my computer isn't tied up for what seems like FOR-EV-ERR!).  I've also front loaded most of the boys assignments for Monday - Wednesday, with Thursday tapering off (because of basketball and visiting with family) and Friday being pretty much a free day.  Today was our first Friday free day and though I had plans to take the boys out for a Fun Day at The Farm, it didn't quite work out as expected.  I injured myself sleeping last night.  Oh yeah, you read that correctly.  Nope, I didn't throw out my shoulder shoveling 6 inches of snow off the driveway, not me.  I essentially paralyzed myself SLEEPING!  Not really all that shocking, I've hurt myself sitting.    
Enough about me - lets talk testing.  Oooohhh, the often dreaded word in some homeschooling circles.  Not so much here.  For me, it's what to do with the results that I get.  Cody took a 9th grade test just to see how he's progressing.  I'm quite happy with the results given he's in 7th grade.  Could he do better - obviously!  Will I start teaching to the testing process - nope.  I'll take the information that was gathered and assess how we can implement improvement skills.  What I did learn from the test results, that I did not know before, is that he wants to go into an engineering and technologies field.  I knew that he was interested in blowing up buildings, but that was about it.  Pretty neat to now know that information. 
So - on to this week in review:
Starting the week off right with some reading.

Cody doing math.

Chris doing math.

Cody had a basketball game in Downers Grove.

Chris, not a big fan of the buzzer.

Cody, up for the rebound on the opponents shot, which he got.

Cody helping Chris with math.

Cody, reading comprehension.

Chris doing science.

Cody doing math.

Chris was a VERY happy little guy on Thursday!

Being distracted by snow.


Doing science.

This one!

SLEDDING!




 5 paragraph essay research

Reading in jamma's

Cody doing math

And essential homeschooling tool

Chris "shoveling"
That's pretty much what we've been up to.  It was pretty cold when we (I mean THEY) went sledding.  I was totally ill-prepared for the bitter wind.  I hear it's gonna be back into the 40's by Monday.  That totally doesn't motivate me to go outside and shovel right now.  Which, I don't even know if I can given my sleeping injury. 
I've been thinking more and more about service.  We love going to MJH to do service and help, I just can't make that a weekly commitment.  For me, service does not go before school.  It can be a learning experience, don't get me wrong, but in my mind essential school work needs to get done prior to doing that.  I struggle with this.  A lot!  I want my boys to have a servants heart, to NOT think just of themselves and have some affirmation that THEY DO HAVE IT GOOD.  Even though some times, they don't think that they do.    
Also, socialization.  This is an ongoing theme in our house.  Actually, cultivating friendships and what being a friend really means.  Traits and qualities to look for in friends....you know, the stuff you think about when your kid hangs out with THAT kid.  Fill in whatever you want to into that THAT.  Everyone's THAT is different.  Sometimes all I can do is shake my head. 
Oh, the things to ponder this weekend.  That is in addition to FINALLY getting around to making up those spelling and vocab lists for the boys (*eye roll*) and trying to figure out if jeans in a 29x34 actually exist because yes, Cody has grown AGAIN.  Off I go to finish up laundry and think about re-heating left over mexian food for dinner.  Have a great weekend!
 

Journaling Challenge: Day Thirteen

The question for today is:
Where do you want to travel next?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


What is your favorite accessory?
Funky necklaces.  LOVE THEM!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Twelve

The question for today is:
What is your favorite accessory?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


Today you lost ____________?
A little bit of fear.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Journaling Challenge: Day Eleven

The question for today is:
Today you lost ____________?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:


Write down something that inspired you today?
"Faith isn't intellectualized - it just is.  Faith isn't manufactured - it's from God.  Faith isn't earned - it's a gift.  Faith isn't optional - it's a must."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh Yeah, That Journaling Challenge

I've been keeping up with it, I just haven't had the opportunity to get back to a computer to post the questions until now.  Sorry :(
So, here we go:
(Day 7)
The question for today is:
You are lucky, how so or not so?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:

Today was tough because _______________?
Trying to be motivated to work out.  I simply don't have the motivation!

(Day 8)
The question for today is:
What song is stuck in your head?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:

You are lucky, how so or not so?I am blessed, not lucky.  What I have is not by chance.  


(Day 9)
The question for today is:
Was today typical, why or why not?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:

What song is stuck in your head?
I don't know the title, but one of the lines goes "sex drive to push the stars".  Yep, I love work music.  

(Day 10)
The question for today is:
Write down something that inspired you today?
Journal on!  (To give you some perspective, my journal only allows 4 lines, small ones at that, to write on this).  Start small and see where you go.  

And here is my response to yesterdays question:

Was today typical, why or why not?  
No, because Dave and I got into a fight about me working out at the gym (where I work) after work tonight.  In a shitty mood now!

Okay, so now we are ALLLL caught up (ahem).  It that little thing called work that throws me off every time.  Sorry about that folks.  Have a great day and happy journaling.

Friday, January 6, 2012

End of Break

Well, we are wrapping up the end of our Christmas break.  The boys have bee non a modified school schedule since the Monday prior to Christmas.  They continued their 1/2 hour of reading each day and math assignments as well.  Okay, most days, not every day.  It was way easier to accomplish this when I wasn't working or when we didn't have something else planned out for the day, or when we slept in past noon.  Dave went back to work this past Wednesday and I am trying REALLY, REALLY hard to not sleep past 10am.  Goodness is that hard!  Particularly when you stay up until 2am. 
So, here are some photos of what we have been up to over break:
I know I shared this before, but I HAVE to share it again.  We went to German Town (technically Lincoln Square).  I had so much fun!!  This was a staple during my childhood at Christmastime.
I planned out the second half of our year.  Yes, I write it out in a planner.  It's just how I roll. 

Cody had guitar lessons at the teen center.

Happy boy with some hot chocolate.

Because a regular TV screen just isn't good enough to play video games on, every year Dave sets up the projector.


We took full advantage of an Outback gift card that we got for Christmas from Dave's parents.  We are waiting for our table here, Dave is helping Chris make his picks for his football pool.  Oh, you thought that I was joking when I mentioned my 7 year old is in a confidence pool - NOPE!

Made sticky buns -twice

Got most of the decorations down prior to work one day.  Dave and the boys tool over from there.

Chris - doing math with our newest family member.

I was thoroughly amused by this at work.  I pondered the question "Would this mean that she's a frigid bitch?"

This guy has been with Chris since Christmas Day.

I have no clue what's going on here, but it looks intense.

I got this little lovely from my cousin and you can follow me as I make my way through it.  I'll be posting the days question and my answer from the previous days question in Educational Anarchy's Journaling Challenge.

Reading, I think...

Doing math

Chris has been pretty much living in the blue skull robe that my Aunt and Uncle got him for Christmas.  All he needs is a bubble pipe.



They worked on thank you cards, because they got SPOILED!

I had to break down the card writing process for Chris.  It takes him a little longer...

Cody went back to basketball practice

He had a game in Bourbonnais, IL, which if you don't know, is the home of Coyote Canyon Steak Buffet - a must!
The boys got set up on a computer in the toy room.  My Aunt and Uncle gave it to me, back in August (ahem), and we finally set it up for the boys to use.  All we need is a wireless card and the boys will be able to use it for math.  Which mean they will not have to use MY laptop.  Yeah!
Chris reading.  He's been big into layering lately.  One shirt is clearly NOT good enough for him.
Chris reading at Cody's basketball practice.

Chris, working on a story.

Cody doing math
So, that's what we have kind of been up to.  Our official start back to school is Monday.  I'm kind of ready...kind of.  I still need to make up spelling and vocab lists, but the planning is all done.  Which is great!  I feel okay about everything and am very excited about what is planned.  
Chris starts karate this month, which I am very excited about.  The kid is like the energizer bunny - he goes and goes and goes from when his feet hit the floor int he morning until his head hits the pillow at night.  
Cody's basketball season is still going.  He's also taking a bunch of classes at the teen center by our house.  Baseball season will be starting soon for both boys.  I feel okay talking about baseball season right now because it's sunny and 40.  It's spring-like here.  Which means that it will be winter-like once the practices start.  That only makes sense, right.  
Anyway, that's all I've got for now.  Be sure to check in each day for the next question in the Journaling Challenge.  Have a great weekend!