Saturday, October 19, 2013

Homeschool Mothers Journal - Week 20

In my life this week.....

I have been slowly recovering from the funk that my fibro has been shadowing over me the last few weeks.  I don't know if it's the change of season or what....but holy cow this funk is driving me crazy.  My energy level is at 0 on most days.  I struggle to get exercising done, and I just can't seem to do what I could a few weeks ago.  I was able to get up at 5 am, get office work and bible study done.  Now I can barely roll out of bed at 6 am, and usually lay in bed longer if I can.  I don't remember having this issue last fall, but this year having issues with brain fog, confusion, etc.  Keeping an eye on my diet and just trying to do what I can.

In our homeschool this week......

We actually had a good week.  The kids finished all their work :)

Lydia seems to be making a HUGE improvement in her handwriting.  I am very happy with it.  She is becoming more confident in her writing.  She is constantly copying words that she sees.  She is trying so hard to learn cursive.

Joey and Brayden started their Ohio History study (or Joey restarted it).  They did great with the reading and we learned about the state symbols.

Caty worked on why our leaves change color.  She is trying Reading Egg and the Math Seeds program on a trial basis.  She is LOVING it!!!  Played on the Math Seeds game for 2 hours.  Begged on her day off to do schoolwork.  Guess we'll see how this goes.

Lydia and Caty had zoo class this week for the new school year.  They both had a lot of fun.

Lydia also participated in our Troop's Women's Living History event and Lydia made a presentation on Jane Goodall.

Caty and I read a culture story about South Korea.  She and I made a meal from South Korea then.  We made a Sweet and Sour Korean BBQ with cucumber salad (and cooked carrots for Brayden).  For dessert we made a New Years Rice Cake.  Our flax meal seed separated while it was baking and made a yummy crunchy top.  This was a real hit with Brayden.

Starting this upcoming week, we will be learning about Bolivia for World Travelers Club.  So Lydia and I got a head start on our culture meal.....Bolivian Silapancho.  It's basically homemade salsa (I taught her how to make peach salsa), served over a large helping of rice and fried, thin beef slices.  You are also supposed to add a fried egg between the meat and salsa, but since we are egg-free this was as close as we could get.  It was really tasty!!!

We also had another field trip to Fort Meigs to learn about life as a soldier at the Fort during the War of 1812.  It was very interesting to hear about the sieges, building plans, food, even how to do the laundry in those days.

Places we went and people we saw......

We went to Fort Meigs, The zoo, and the Womens Living History Event.  The girls had ballet class.  And Lydia & Caty had soccer.  The coach was super nice to let Caty practice with them since they are too small for a full team.  She thought that was awesome that he let her play with them!

What I am cooking......

Lots and lots!  We had two culture meals this week.  One from South Korea and the other from Bolivia.  I cooked a roast for several hours at a low temp to use it for "lunchmeat" all week.  Brayden thought it was great.  He took seconds!!!   He never does that!!!

We made our Global meals.  Tonight I made hm chicken wings and hm steak fries.  This was a huge hit with everyone.  So much so, that I was able to sneak one chicken wing while I was cooking them and a handle full of steak fries.  Brayden was loving this meal.  I leave so many "plain" for the kids and then make a buffalo sauce for Joe to dip his wings in.  Everyone gets what they want then.

What I am reading.....

Still nothing....I am starting a book though and doing a lot of online reading about quilting.

Projects I am working on.....

Well I need to start cleaning a section of our basement.  It's been getting seriously neglected.

I also am trying to learn how to quilt and sew doll clothes.  I think I may be trying to learn too much at the same time.  I need to schedule some activities better.

Also working on our newest school adventure :)

Something I am eyeing......

I am working on a plan for the spring to do some traveling around the State of Ohio to visit various historic sites.  I can't wait!!

Something new I learned......

The internet is a hole full of information.  I have a Huge problem with dry/cracked feet.  It's horrible.  I read that Fish Oil capsules will help with this.  But I cannot take them because most are gelatin and full of fillers.  So I read that I could just put the oil on.  Now I am experimenting to see if this helps.  I put the oil from the capsules on my feet.  One pill on each foot.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?  When they are cracked it is extremely painful to walk, let a long try and work out.  It's also embarrassing and I wear socks in yoga.  I know that my Thieves oil blend stains my feet, and I can get over that.  But the cracks are just too much.

Questions for all you smart mommas out there.....

Does anyone have any ideas for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides naturally?  My hubby has a horrible genetic influence in this area.  He hates taking his meds, but if he goes off...even with a healthy diet, his levels seem to go up.  We don't want them to go back out of control.  So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I read about him taking fish oil capsules to help.  I will even do a mix of essential oils in capsules if I need too.

A couple more photos from our week....

 Lydia working on her handwriting.  We bought some pretty fall paper to write on the next couple weeks.

 After their first zoo class, hiding in the polar bear cave.
 Working on her Bird DIY Badge at the Zoo Aviary.  She was identifying the birds she liked.
 We had our first DIY Club.  The kids are in the bird blind hoping something landed :)
 Caty working on her fall tree project.

I still have Brayden working on the locations of our he did this puzzle everyday last week.  I would ask him questions then after he put it together.

Lydia loves playing board games.  She begs and begs and would play for hours upon hours if she could.  I found her learning how to play chess from daddy.

Hope everyone has a great week!!!  Linking up with other homeschool moms at So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.

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