Monthly Archives: May 2008
It has been rather quiet around the house with Miss K gone. She’s been at my parents house since Monday. She’s having a blast and keeping up with her Journals. I have her doing a nature, bird watching and a garden journal while she’s there. You couldn’t find a better place to keep track of all God’s creation. Birds are there all day….every day. Yesterday there was a turtle crossing the driveway and already today, there was a fox in the tree line. So far, no deer, but she’d have to be up at the crack of dawn for that rare sighting. She’s been on the hunt for the bear or signs he’s there, but no luck and she’s not allowed in the woods alone. Ah yes, now that’s learning at it’s finest!!
Since she wasn’t here to disrupt me, I’ve gotten quite a bit of the “formal” items prepared for our homeschool. I typed up class rules, important information and the handbook. I also created our letterhead, now I just need to take it down for printing. Now I know, that seems formal and strict to most of you. You think we’re homeschooling and it’s all laid back and relaxed. Well, it is relaxed, but it’s also formal. At least it is with us. We’re not homeschooling K to hurt her, we’re doing it to benefit her and increase everything that she can be. However, K likes rules and always has. She loves structure!! She’s not really a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type kid…..once again, never has been. She likes schedules and knowing exactly what’s going on and she learns best in a “classroom” situation. Also, some of it is to protect us.
Oklahoma may be one of the easiest states to homeschool in, but we want to make sure we’re “doing it right”. It’s my complete understanding that the more records you have, the better off you’ll be. We’re also expecting the possibility of issues with neighbors, possibly turning us in to DHS and then needing those records to keep them off our backs. Since the neighbor blames us for every issue they’ve ever had and all the times just about everyone on this street has turned them in, we expect them to seek revenge. Nevermind, their life style, drugs and choices have put them where they are. But, enough of that….I wander off topic. This is just the way we feel we at least need to begin our homeschool adventure. It’s better off to start on the right foot than to trip later down the road.
I went to our local school supply store yesterday in search of a U.S. and world map to either hang on the wall or keep handy in the Schoolhouse. I haven’t had any luck at all in that department. I think we’re just going to have to stick with the large rolled up ones that K has viewed 100 times over. Thus, her nicknames by her teacher last year of “Miss Social Studies” or “Mapster”. Have I told you how the teacher gave them a blank map of the U.S. and told them to label as many states as they could in the time he game them?? Well, Mapster labeled 48 out of the 50 states. The teacher was quite impressed and she didn’t have to retake that quiz later in the week when the rest of the class did. She also had to help many of them learn them. One of her “friends” also tricked her during recess by asking her questions and then saying “oh goody, I just got an A on my paper”. It seems most of them didn’t finish and were going to have to go back in after recess to complete it. This one thought she’d go to the source for the answers. It grated at K for some time and I just kept telling her that I knew she’d do the right thing. Eventually, K told the teacher and he wasn’t happy, so when the girl was asked, she denied it but couldn’t give answers to the questions. I don’t know the final result, but I knew that K would find a way. Once again, I wander off topic though.
So, back to maps. I haven’t been able to find the size we need for the Schoolhouse, but I did find a great deal on other posters. They had huge laminated posters for 99 cents!! I got more than you can imagine for science and math. They had parts of a flower, germination, how to classify, circles, triangles, stems, leaves, parts of an earthworm, parts of a locust and many many more. These are a good size poster that’s very colorful and has good explanations. There’s also “activities” on the back to go along with the poster. I just couldn’t pass them up. Much of it’s stuff that we’ll be doing this year and in the future.
Alright, I’m off!! Ya’ll have a good one!!
I’m quite happy with all I got done today. I didn’t get to move too far away from my computer, but I still got alot accomplished. I figure I have to get much of this done while K is gone so that I won’t have to worry about her wanting attention and I’m trying to work on things. Most of what I did was for homeschool.
I created several log pages today. I already had a Reading Log, but I tweaked it a bit. Then I made one for science labs and experiments, computer, field trips, life skills and entertainment (movies, documentaries, videos, tv or live events). I think that’s about all. All easy to follow pages for K to keep track of things she’s doing, reading and so on. Much needed for school records when one homeschools. I know there’s probably more that I need, but I can’t think of anything. I have considered scanning them and posting them to this site in case other homeschool parents need them or can use them for ideas. I just don’t think I have that much space though.
After that, I struggled with making a report card. I must say, it was worth all the hassles. It turned out really good. Even the man (our principal) liked how it turned out!! Of course, he is the one that’s going to have to sign it!! HAHA I made it sort of like a book. It has a nice cover with our schoolhouse, the grade in school and school year on it. Then when you open it, the left side is required classes (science, language arts, math, etc.), conduct and the grade scale. The right side the special or elective classes (art, life skills, spanish, etc.) and attendance. Finally, the back has an area for comments for each grading period and what grade she’s being promoted to the next year. It’s much like a report card you’d find at any other school.
I guess in some ways, we’re taking a pretty formal approach to our homeschool. We feel that’s what’s best for us though. I know it’s the enviroment that K learns best in. I think we definitely have classes that will help her thrive in life, not just in school. I was going through her math book and thinking how in-depth it was for 6th grade. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the pace that these kids learn at and are still constantly told they’re behind many other countries in the world. Maybe that’s the problem, we worry too much about the rest of the world and not what’s best for our kids. At least I had a chance to be a kid and enjoy being a kid. I don’t think kids now are allowed to do that. I mean, most start sending their kids to school at 3 or 4 years old. Where’s there being a kid to that?? I sent K to Pre-K, but it was a half day program and it was just as much “fun” as “learning”. We felt it was important for her to learn to adjust to being away from me and relate to other kids since she’s an only child. It worked too. The first day of Kindergarten, there was no freaking out and she was ready to learn.
Life Skills is the newest “class” that I’ve come up with. It will be things that we do in daily life that will help her grow and take her into adulthood. They’re things like cooking, helping her dad change the oil on the car, painting and working on the house, cleaning and things like that. A part of that will be “safety”. We’ll do lessons on water and electricity safety, storm safety and more. I think she deserves a “grade” for things that are going to help her in life, not just the required classes. After all, we each learn something every single day!!
It’s finally here….the first day of summer vacation!! YAY!! I must say, after things I saw yesterday (as if the rest of the year wasn’t bad enough), I’m ssoooo glad. Not one person spoke to me and I could hear the girls constantly whispering about my daughter or making snide comments. It’s sad, but overall it’s made her a better and stronger person. I know that her and I will both thrive in homeschool and that’s all that matters now.
Yesterday just told me that God was telling us to move on. I believe that, I’m going to listen and I’m going to leave it at that.
Ed is here today to play with K. They’ll have a fun day. We have some errands to run, but for the most part, they’ll be ripping and roaring and enjoying their first day of summer vacation. Gotta get K’s allergy meds, flee meds for the dogs and something else. It escapes me, but I guess I’ll figure it out while I’m in the car!! HAHA I can at least hope!! Miss K also has to start getting packed to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. She’ll be there a week, so I’m pretty much on my own. The man will be busy training the babies and has some long hours ahead. Sometimes, white phase is harder than red phase. ARG
Alrighty….I’m off for some breakfast and to start the day. Ya’ll have a good one!!
By the way, did I say it’s summer yet?? YEESSSS!!
Alright, I just have to know what’s up with all these Pre-K and Kindergarten graduations. I mean, are they really graduating?? NO!! They’re just moving on to the next step….the next grade. How can kids that little actually know what a cap and gown and diploma mean. In that case, all the grades would have to have some sort of graduation or promotion, but they don’t. I can understand an 8th grade graduation. Those kids are about to take the huge step into high school and a new for of education and life. That too, depends on where you live and how the schools are set up.
Where I grew up, elementary school was K-6, Jr. High was 7-9 and Sr. High was 10-12. In all those years, you had ONE graduation and that was from 12th grade. School in Texas was a bit different with elementary being K-6, middle school was 7 & 8 and high school was 9-12. Once again, ONE graduation and that was from 12th grade, when you actually worked for it and it meant something to you and you were about to take the biggest step in your life.
Schools here have changed drastically, just since K started school. When she started, elementary was K-6 with only a select few schools having Pre-K, middle school was 7 & 8 and high school was 9-12. Now, as if the overcrowding wasn’t bad enough, elementary school is Pre-K to 5, middle school is 6-8 and high school is 9-12. At least I think that’s how it is in public school. Her Christian (private) school is Pre-K to 8. Pre-K in public and private is now all day. When K started school, kindergarten was just 1/2 day and that was enough.
So, that takes us back to graduation. Why do 4 & 5 year olds graduate?? They learn to play and get along with others. Although there’s a big push on to know the alphabet, tying one’s own shoes, counting to 100 and so on, they’re still little kids. Should they really graduate?? This blogger thinks NO, but that’s just my opinion.
To all those that have worked hard and earned that diploma….congradualations!! Best wishes to the class of 2008!!
WOW!! I’m suddenly feeling very old!! The man and I graduated 23 years ago and have been together that long as well. YEESH!!
Tossing my cap up in the air….
This was wrote yesterday, but somehow ended up as a page instead of a post….
Well, time is narrowing down quickly. Tomorrow is the last day of school!! YAY!! It’s going to be a busy day. I have to be up there at lunch time to deliver pizzas to class for lunch. I’ve already dropped off all the sodas. Then, around 2pm, the class will have the end of the year party. K has already started bringing books and school supplies home. All their art projects have been returned. Still no certificate for the man and I though from volunteer appreciation. We were supposed to have those a couple weeks ago. Mind you, I don’t really want/need it, but I am supposed to have one.
K and I are really tired today. The weather warned up last night that storms were going to blow in at the very early hours of the morning, and they did. It boomed for a long time. Not much rain though, which is good. It means the bug killer hasn’t all washed away. The man drove to work in it though. Thank goodness he had a good night of sleep.
Alright, I’m out!! I’m at a loss for words right now and keep drawing a blank.
Maybe I’m just ready to celebrate the end of a rather crappy year for my little girl. Yep, that’s it….time to celebrate!!
What a weekend!! The weather has finally gotten HOT and we were on the go. Life is good!!
Alright, on to the important news. As the readers here know, the man had a meeting about his retirement. We had been waiting for some “news”. Well, we got it!! It’s official, after 20 years, 5 months and 1 day, he will be retired from the U.S. Army!! HooAh The retirement ceremony will be held on 21 November 2008. He’ll still have to “work” about 30 days after that, then he goes on leave. For all non-military, that’s vacation. He’ll have 10 days to set up our new life, then 45 days of leave. Unless there’s a break in his schedule between now and then, it could go up to 60 days. Anyway, in that time, he’ll be job hunting and if he finds the right one, he can start working. He’ll be “free” to start his new life as a civilian. At the end of those 45 (or 60) days, he’ll go in and sign some papers and say good bye to the Army. I’d love to say it’s forever, but unfortunately, they keep their hooks in you for a certain amount of time after. The inactive reserves. Basically, if things get bad, they can call you up at any time and you have to drop whatever new life you’ve created. ARG
Can I just say this is all very exciting and very scary. What a ray of emotions when this is the only life you’ve ever known and you really loved it no matter what anyone else ever said and you believed in what you did.
Well, I think I’ll just leave it at that. Tomorrow is another busy day. The man is on duty today/tonight, so tomorrow will be spent trying to get household chores caught up. Miss K has requested my presence at Field Day tomorrow. It won’t compare to last year, but then again, there was only one last year.
I guess I haven’t kept up very well with this crazy blog. I was pretty busy, but not TOO much. We had some storms blow in, but were more mild than expected. The temperature is surprisingly cool for this time of May. Very enjoyable!!
I think everyone here is just counting down the days. There’s 4 days of school left, in fact. We can’t wait!! I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy and out of control that school is right now. Here’s an example….
On Wednesday, I’m a volunteer driver for a field trip for K’s class. I pick the kids up, sit through the whole field trip and bring them back. I arrive before the teacher, so I let the kids in the building and they use the bathroom, then get a book out to read. It’s approximately 20 minutes before the end of the school day, maybe a little more, so I gesture toward a chair and the teacher nods. I need to talk to him and there’s no sense going home, so I sit and listen to his lecture. All of a sudden, his phone rings and I got a weird feeling. He walks over to me and whispers that he doesn’t know why or what’s going on and that I should take my time, but the office wants me to LEAVE the classroom. Now mind you, there’s 3 other parents that went on the field trip walking around. So, not too surprised, I go out to the car and I watch 2 other parents go up to the building, ring the bell and enter the building. None of which leave BEFORE the school bell rings. Not one signed in at the office….they all went strait to their child’s class. Some of them wondered around from the field trip. How totally chicken sh*t can they be!?!? Tell me I have to leave. ARG So I wait and wait and wait, because I still need to talk to the teacher. By the point, I’m tempted to just not care if the kids have a party the last day or not, but I know that’ll only hurt K. So he walks the kids to afterschool care, stops by the office to check his box and other things, then I finally get a chance to talk to him about a party the last day of school and let him know I’ll get everything if he tells me what he wants. He tells me he’s really sorry I had to leave and he doesn’t understand why. He says he’s embarassed that they’d treat me that way after I volunteered. I told him I’m not surprised and is a HUGE reason we’re leaving that school. He just says it’s a shame because that school needs K there. He’s right, but it’s too late for that. Watching him talk to me, I believe he was embarassed too. Can you imagine telling your parent volunteer the office wants them to leave!?!? SHEESH
That’s ok, one day, it’s going to come back on them. I’ll be able to stand by and just watch and smile then. In fact, the girls in K’s class are already getting a taste of it. All year, they’ve treated her like crap and today, they come to her whining on her shoulder about how bad the “leader” is treating them. She said “Momma, I couldn’t help but laugh at them. All year they excluded me every chance they got and they let her lead them around. Now they expect me to save them. It’s a joke!!”. I wanted to tell her it was wrong to laugh, but I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t tell her not to laugh at them, knowing what she’s gone through all year. I just smiled and told her to remember how God would want her to be and we left it at that.
The man is counting down too. He got a call from transition today. That means one of two things. Either is retirement orders are in and ready for him to sign or they’ve been kicked back. Let’s all pray for it to be the first. This is about the time they told us they’d be here and ready for him. Retirement scares me in many ways, but at the same time, I’m ready. After 20 years of this, I know we can handle whatever life has to throw at us. It’ll be nice to have him awake again!!
Well, I seem to be having one issue after the other with these computers. Mine still isn’t even fixed and I can’t get online with it yet. Then today, I have all sorts of DSL issues with K’s computer. When I got home from picking her up, I couldn’t get it to connect for anything. I’m just dreading what it could be, but I called tech support. They said my DSL modem had failed….it was dead. I said “NNOOOO” and they informed me that I must have the last one and that the kind I have/had didn’t normally last as long as this one did. It’s someplace between 5-7 years old, I believe. Then they were kind enough to inform me that it’d be at least a week before they could get me a new one. So, in the car I go to find an AT&T compatible DSL modem. No luck at Radio Shack and Office Depot now only carries cable modems. I decided to check the AT&T store, which normally only has more cell phones than a person could possibly choose from. I practically jumped up and down when the very very nice saleslady told me that she just got some in (and it was the same price I was quoted on the phone with a week wait). Got it home and the computer went online instantly. YAY!! However, I can’t get the router to work. I’ve tried everything that I can think of, but I’m tired of messing with it. BooHoo Oh well, I can get online and that’s enough for me. I’ll figure out the router or you’ll see it flying through the air!! HAHA
Alright, I’m off. It’s time to tuck my big butt in bed!! Night ya’ll….
The child further inquired, ‘But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.’
God said, ‘Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.’
Again the child asked, ‘And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?’
God said, ‘Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.’
‘And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?’
God said, ‘Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.’
‘Who will protect me?’
God said, ‘Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.’
‘But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.’
God said, ‘Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.’
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, ‘God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.’
God said, ‘You will simply call her, ‘Mom.’
I had no idea that it’s been ssoooo many days since I wrote!! SHEESH Where does time go??
Debbie has been busy getting caught up and now I’m behind!! HAHA Yes Debbie, I’m passionate about my racing. I love it!! I’ve been going to the races ever since I can remember. NASCAR isn’t what it used to be, but for the most part, I still love it. As for not sleeping, I don’t know what does it. It just happens now and then to me, then I’ll be exhausted and sleep for almost a whole day. I get frustrated at K’s school and hubby’s hours sometimes, but that’s never what keeps me up. I’m not really worried about next year either. (I’ll panic about that later!! HAHA) Just happens!! My neighbors names suit them. I can’t even begin to tell you!! HAHA I’m sure you’ll continue to hear stories about our merry adventures with them!!
Alright, now that Debbie and I have had our convo for the day….
Speaking of neighbors, Druggie now has a basketball hoop in the driveway. Someone dumped it off earlier in the week and I told The Man that it was going to mean trouble. I can see the balls and kids in our yard now. Well, sure enough I wake up this morning, open my bedroom blind and there it is….sitting upright on the edge of their driveway facing MY yard!! ARG Of course, they can’t face it toward their own yard. NNOOOO!! I can tell it’s time to get the old security camera recording again. I should have had it on last weekend. We’re out there mowing and cleaning up the yard. Their garage door goes up and he’s “piddling on something” out there. Then up drives one car and he goes to the driver window, hand goes in, a laugh and the car drives away. A couple minutes later, repeat the previous steps with another car. Just a few minutes later, up drives a rigged-out SUV. Must be a really good customer, because he doesn’t go to the window for this one….he gets in the passenger side and closes the door. Within 2 minutes, he’s out and they drive off. The garage door closes and business is closed for a while. Can you hear me screaming?? AARRRRGGGGGG Oh but trust, our finest in blue say there’s nothing going on and I need to quit picking on the …. never-mind!!
Well tomorrow is Mother’s Day. The day that I get anxious about every year. It’s the one day that I actually get to sit around and do nothing!! As hard as that is to believe, ever since K understood what the day was, I haven’t had to do anything. She takes Mom’s Day serious!! She let me in on her and Dad’s secret last night because I won’t be getting my present tomorrow. Being K, she just couldn’t keep it in and Dad told her to tell me. Ssoooo….guess who’s going to a spa!?!? WooHoo I’ve never been to one and I can’t wait!! HEHE They had to find out what I wanted “done to me” at the spa so they knew how much it was going to cost and when and so on. They already knew though!! It appears that I’ll be getting a full massage and a manicure/pedicure. I’ve never had any of those in my life!! WooHoo
With that, I’m off!! Ya’ll have a good one!! Out….
Oh boy am I ever dragging today!! As soon as I dropped K off at school, I came home and got back under the blankies and went back to sleep. I was the same way yesterday, but I didn’t get to go back to bed. I’m just not sleeping at night whether it be one of us coughing or one of the dogs scratching. Even they’ve been sleeping all day long because they scratch all night long. But, it’s spring in OK and it won’t get better for awhile. Yes, it’s the dreaded flea season. Dips, baths and medicine and they still itch and scratch. One day, I’ll find a way to keep those darn neighbor cats out of my yard so I don’t have this problem. HA!! One day, big boy will get him one of those cats….oh what a joyous day that’ll be!! Cat lady has mowed her lawn once so far. That’s an improvement from most years at this time. Druggie has a new man and he mows at least once a week. Now, if they both just attempted to treat the weeds and bugs, we MIGHT have a chance!!
I really have nothing to say!! HAHA I’m so thrilling!!
Ah, where do I start?? I’ve never been a fan of Kurt Busch and I knew as soon as his cocky little brother hit the NASCAR scene, that I wasn’t going to like him either. Last night is the perfect example of why!!
I was going to write this post last night immediately after the race, but I thought I had better just wait. Yes, Jr is my man, so I’m slightly biased. I’m the first to admit that. However, there’s plain dirty racing and Kyle Busch defines that. I’ve been all over the internet seeing what the news and other people are saying about the race. We’re pretty much all in agreement….Kyle intentionally took out Jr. Sad that’s the only way that Kyle can get what he wants. And it does make me question Joe Gibbs Racing. I’ve watched “Coach” sit in the pits week after week and applaud Kyle’s actions. One person, questioned “Coach” being a Christian, but I won’t take it that far. I do wonder about his values though and at what price to win. Tony Stewart’s had his share of incidents and always been punished for them. Yet, here comes the punk Kyle and NASCAR and “Coach” turn the other cheek. Don’t even get me started on Toyota making “Coach” a very rich man.
I do hope Kyle had extra security last night. I’m very sure he needed it. I hope he remembers that security when he comes back to TeXas Motorspeedway in the fall too. He’ll find out that it’s not a #1 flying in the air for him!! HA!!
As I said, I went around the internet to see what people had to say. At almost every news site, there was some man (assuming it’s a man, that is) that types the exact same message at every story. He insists on calling Jr “silverspoon”. Makes me wonder about the intellect of people like that. Even the drivers I can’t stand, I at least make educated and thoughtful decisions and comments on. Trust me, I’m being VERY nice to Kyle today!! HAHA Anyway, perhaps mr. silverspoon should pull that spoon out from his crack and try to see the sunshine. Jr has no silverspoon. He’s earned everything he’s gotten and worked hard for it. He’s the one in the car week after week. He’s the one taking the hits. He’s the one out there on the track proving he IS a driver. He’s the one STILL on the track, even after his father’s death and he’s the one who left DEI to make a better life for himself. He knew that DEI is no longer the company his daddy created for the entire family. So mr. silverspoon, perhaps you had better remember that Earnhardt is JUST a name. It’s just a name like Petty, Allison, LaBonte, Waltrip and all the other families out there racing.
Oh, how I do love my NASCAR!! Ain’t nothing like the smell of fuel and rubber and hot brakes!! MMMM Ain’t nothing like the sound of engines revving and walls shaking and fans all yelling for their favorite driver!!
Did I ever tell you that my Daddy raced agaist Richard Petty back in his dirt track days?? Yep….he sure did!!