I'm a momma to 4 kids -- a boy, followed by 3 girls! We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (www.mormon.org). We're homeschooling our kids using a K12.com virtual school. We like to play outside and get messy! I like to try lots of crafty stuff and post the results on my blog.
Life has been crazy for so long that keeping in shape hasn't been a top priority. But -- I decided to take the 100 Push Ups challenge (to my surprise, I managed to squeak out 20 on the trial run). Why don't you join me and let me know how it goes?
We have just finished Day 3 of our new school year. I am enjoying our new, earlier schedule, but it is still kicking my booty a little bit. :-) Josh has a really great teacher and is loving 3rd grade so far. Mind you, they haven't done anything at all the least bit challenging that I can tell, other than learning the school routine, so we'll see how it goes when the work picks up a bit. (If the work doesn't pick up, difficulty wise, I'm going to totally freak out, but we'll save that for later!) You know that he's totally at ease when he tells you, "I don't need you to walk me the rest of the way." Ouch. My little boy is growing up fast. So far I have been walking him to and from school, which again, is also kicking my booty a little, as it is a tad farther than I would normally go for a leisurely stroll with the kids, but I am hoping that between the calories I'm walking off and the calories I'm sweating off (it is so dang hot lately!!!), it'll be worth it.
Here's Josh on his first day of school. His backpack was already at school waiting for him because they were told to bring their school supplies to the Back to School Night last Thursday. So all he had to bring was his lunch. Having Pop Tarts (i.e. breakfast of champions!):
Delaney (& the other girls) are woken up just in time to have family scripture study and say good-bye to big brother:
"I'll just come over here and email my home planet while no one is watching....oh dang, Momma caught me."
Once we got to school, Josh found the first open chair and started in on the word search waiting for him. I don't think he realized that he had plopped down next to three girls! Oh well, it'll be just like home.
He said "Bye" like it was no big deal, and after chatting with the teacher for a minute, I realized that oh, I guess I can leave now. It was weird for me. I was very thankful though for such a brave, independent boy.
Here I am sneaking a picture of their first Pledge of Allegiance, before I really did leave.
So, that leaves me with Delaney who is homeschooling 1st grade this year. I have re-tweaked the agenda since Josh is at "the big school" and we're now doing a conglomeration of Galloping the Globe, Sonlight Science 1, Winterpromise Animal Worlds, and Sonlight K. Here is the school area since the last reshuffle. (click on the thumbnails for full view)
Delaney and I have been butting heads the last couple of days, which I am attibruting mostly to the fact that she is totally lost without Josh around. When she adjusts, I think it is actually going to be really good for her, because up until now she has really been in his shadow a lot and this will give her a chance to spread her wings a little bit. Sunday night we changed the kids' rooms around also, so now she has her own room (the room next to the school room) and Sadie & Ava now share a room.
Ava is a total nutball. She spends every waking moment puttering around looking for trouble. This new tendency also coincides with her discovery of her ability to shriek high enough to make your brain explode. Makes for some fun moments! Today, for example, she decided to finally try going down the stairs on her own. Let's just say she's not very good at it yet. ;-)
Here is the little scamp decorating herself with her sisters' dress up jewelry:
In other news:
(1) It's official, root canals are not very fun. Thank you to whoever invented the magic known as Vicodin.
(2) This weekend my mom is getting married in the Houston LDS temple. We'll be going down for a day trip to enjoy the festivities.
(3) I'm sure that I had more to say, but I got interrupted during this post, and now I'm tired and my brain is shot, so it'll have to wait till next time.
(1) This is the new "summer" look for the blog. I needed a change. I get bored. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, hit "refresh" on your browser window.)
(2) Took the kids to the library today for "Jungle Jim's World of Bugs" show. Two little girls, not so dainty, loved every minute of it. Delaney is sure that she wants a pet newt.
(3) Ava is almost 1, can you believe it? She likes to try to tell you things. And yes, she is adding one more feminine screech to the noise level around here. She thinks that she is pretty fancy because she can go up our stairs (all the way) whenever she pleases. Hopefully she'll get better at going DOWN the stairs, although her current method of just leaning backwards is pretty efficient. ;-) She loves to go outside. She also thinks that she is pretty fancy because she just crawls out the door whenever one of the other kids leaves it open too long. She sits and cries if the other kids go outside without her.
(4) Working on getting together outfits for a family picture. Delaney is the only one who still needs a white dress and I was not able to find one that we could both agree on, so I am going to MAKE one. I'll have to keep you posted on how that turns out. It is going to be from Simplicity 5226, view B except adding the butterfly sleeves from view A.
(5) Trying to find time to get some scrapbooking done. Realizing (again) that there are not enough hours in the day for all of the things I would like to get done.
(6) Getting back on the weight loss wagon -- been sitting to the side of the road eating Bon Bons for awhile now. After week #1 of trying to eat better, managed to lose 4 lbs which I am pretty proud of considering the holiday weekend and its festivities. I am slowly adding exercise back into the mix as well, so we'll see. I would like to lose another 15 lbs and get toned up.
(7) Had a fun Memorial Day weekend, and my nephew turned 1. Will post pictures soon.
(8) New favorite recipe [only 2 W.W. points] = box of instant pudding (4 serving size) + 2 cups milk + 1/2 cup Cool Whip + 6 crushed Oreos. Mix together and freeze into plastic cups (about 1/2 cup of mixture in each cup), sticking in popsicle sticks. These are soo good and easy enough the kids can make. It's also pretty good with the new flavored Cool Whips.
(9) Woo hoo for me, I won the complete 6-volume set of Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series for cheap on eBay. That will make for some hearty summer reading. I have also been re-reading my copy of More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison.
I leave you with a picture of Ava and me from our nature walk the other day. We walked the trail around the lake in our neighborhood and then got stuck in a downpour on the way back to the car (that was part of my stinky day mentioned below). That was only the first of 3 times that I got drenched in the rain that day. The first time was fun -- after that, it starts to lose its charm. ;-D
I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things with exercise. Ava officially turned 6 months old yesterday, so my body is definitely ready. The weather has been so unseasonably warm lately (we broke another record yesterday with a high of 81) that it has been really nice to be outside and play or take a walk with the kids. I have also given up on the idea that I will ever find "alone time" to work out, so I'm taping Denise Austin's daily workout (Lifetime channel) and I just do it in the morning after the kids are up. If they want, they join me (which they usually do) or they can entertain themselves with something else. It is so nice to work out again. Now I just need to work on getting to bed earlier. My brother gave me the 1st season of LOST on DVD for Christmas, so he is to blame for the last few nights!
Summer is officially gone here in Texas. Windows are open and I spent a chunk of yesterday swapping out closets (shorts out, jeans in) for the kids. One good thing about having 3 girls is that we can do a lot of swapping instead of shopping (doesn't that sound better than "hand-me-downs"??).
I am also gearing up for the holidays. There are a lot of projects I want to do, especially some with the kids. Next week we start our Thanksgiving unit study.
How is the diet/exercise going, you ask? Hmm. Down the tube, pretty much. I'm just about motivated to do it, but not quite there yet. I'm working on it. I'm still gradually losing baby weight, but it really is getting down to the part where it's not going to just magically go away on its own. Too bad, huh?! I blame the inventor of cupcakes; they have been my weakness lately.
Well, the baby is almost 2 months old, and while the old body is going back to normal on its own, it's being pretty slow about it. It's time to stop eating like a pregnant lady, I'm afraid. Aack. So I went to that fun website where you can get your own virtual models and here are my now and what-I-hope-to-be-sometime-soon models:
That represents a 40, 45 lb weight loss. Here we go!