Archive for February, 2009

Still coping with the fiasco known as school…

February 24, 2009

So you know how my 5 year old was not accepted to the charter school located 8 minutes from my house (just thought I’d throw that in there).  And you may or may not know that I have been completely obsessed since then of what I can do about it.  Well, unless a miracle occurs and 76 families drop out of line, my son will not be entering.  I hear the chance of being hit by lightning is actually better than 76 families dropping out.  Why would 76 families drop out, I mean really? I need to get over this.



Anyway, I have been researching homeschooling.  I know.  I’m from NY, and this would seem practically cultish, but I am reading all about it, and I joined a Yahoo group of local homeschoolers, and in other words, I am very open to the idea of it.  However, I know myself, and I know my kids, and homeschooling will not be the main mode of teaching for us, but why not implement it into our daily life anyway?  We have been unschooling for about a year and really enjoy it.  I have books and have spoken to a Montessori teacher (OK, emailed back and forth for advice) and have implemented many Montessori aspects into our home, and daily life style, and it’s GREAT!


There is really NO reason why I cannot continue to “homeschool” or “unschool” my kids, even if it means 5 days a week, 10 months out of the year, it will not start until they get off the bus!  I can see that this is not for everyone, and it is not my number one choice either,  but believe me, I am not trying to solve the world’s problems here.  I am just trying to do what is best for MY children, and I have a real good feeling that this may actually work for us.


Nothing is set in stone.  I can change my mind any time I want if I feel that there is a better way to do things for my kids.

But for now, homeschooling (a VERY loose version of it at this point in time) is working.

Gotta go make a chocolate cake with the kids now….they are sort of demanding it….and I will not deprive my children of a good education or some good chocolate cake….what kind of mother do you think I am?


*** all the photos are part of  two projects that we have been working on this past week.  The owl book sprung from a visit with an owl exhibit at our local library on Thursday, and the weather project began today.  I plan to make that part of our daily morning routine.

**the project ideas sprang from numerous homeschooling blogs I have been visiting, esp. Camp Creek Blog.

**today’s weather: 24 degrees and sunny (sun drawn by my 3 year old daughter)

Recent mornings…

February 20, 2009

I’m supposed to be at work but my daughter, Miss O. woke me up at 330 am with a fever of 102.  Great.  No NY this weekend either–the grandparents are VERY upset but want her to get better.

Nearly every morning this week, before I have even finished my coffee, the kids and I have been playing Hungry Hungry Hippo.  Remember that game?  I did not know the Hippos have names!  I bet that’s “new.”  Miss O is always the pink Hippo, named Happy.  Mr. J is usually the orange one named Henry, and I am usually the green one named, I’m sorry to say, Homer.  Harry is the yellow Hippo who usually stands alone.

Let me tell you, my kids, esp. Mr. J. is cut-throat at this game!!  It’s a good thing we don’t play for money because I would be broke.  How does he always seem to get the most marbles?

If you don’t have this game, my kids recommend it.  At ages 3 and 5, I think they know what they are talking about.


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What I’m currently working on…

February 17, 2009


I have seen these banners on countless blogs, and on etsy, too over the last couple of years, and I have wanted to make them SO badly!!!

100_05771I finally gathered the right fabric that I wanted to use, and set my machine up this morning.  My very UNDERUSED machine.  I barely know how to use it, but I think the project is coming out great.  This will hang in my daughter’s room when I’m done.  I’ve also started a banner for my son with rocket ship and stripes, and squirrel fabrics.  Very boyish, and very cute.

I did not realize people ACTUALLY do this…

February 17, 2009

Last night I asked my mother in law how her family was.  She’s French and still has lots of family in France.  (Don’t ever mention that her mother’s family might actually be Belgian because she might hurt youyou have been warned).  So she told me what she knew, and it’s too bad her nephew & his wife moved to:

Ile de la Reunion.


Ile de la Reunion.  It’s a tiny island off the coast of Madagascar.  It’s “French” you know…  Yeah, the one in the Indian Ocean.  That island…

He and his wife actually moved there to live in paradise because clearly Paris wasn’t cutting it anymore.  Aahhhh, Paris…..

*SIGH* I did not realize that people actually moved to islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean to really try to live a relaxing life.  Now I’m wondering when a good time to go and visit them will be….

So close…well, no, not really….

February 15, 2009

Well, it is official.  Unless the ENTIRE kindergarten class drops out, and the next one too, my son will NOT be going to the charter school I had my heart set on sending him too.  Out of 114 children, only the first 36 got in.  My son was # 111.  (Isn’t that the BEST number?  He’s number 1, and number 1, and number 1– it’s SO obvious he’s Numero Uno!!!!)

That’s OK.  We will just make the BEST out of the regular public school we moved here so that he could attend, anyway.  Sounds like an ugly step-child, doesn’t it?

Thankfully, I AM confident that he will succeed beyond my dreams, even without this school.  He IS that GOOD.


My New favorite Things…

February 14, 2009


My NEW rain boots!!!!!  Do you like them?  Navy blue with pink polka dots–what’s not to love?  J Crew–got them on ebay (I heart ebay) for a steal!!! I really wanted to get these but I couldn’t justify the price, even though I did see someone wearing them just this morning!!!  Yes, I did give her the stink eye.  Sorry.

Now I won’t ruin any more sneakers or bottom cuffs of my pants when I go adventuring with my kids in the woods, or just jumping in the puddles 🙂

Can’t wait for spring to get here so I can wear them!!!

The NHL should be knocking on our door any day now…

February 5, 2009

My husband has been trying to teach my son how to ice skate for the last 3 years to no avail.  This year he has finally got the hang of it!  Our daughter has too.  Nothing like a trip to the skating rink or skating on the pond at the end of our street.  The pond is waaay more fun.  Plus I just have to pack our little red wagon and walk to the end of the street with them, instead of driving 2 towns away for the rink 🙂

Yesterday, my son and I did nothing but shovel about 10 inches of snow off the pond that had fallen the day before.  In only 25 minutes we put an honest dent in it.  Surely we cleared enough space to do some skating today, except that today’s forecast includes wind chills of up to 10 below zero.  We’ll wait until tomorrow to skate.  It promises to be a balmy 28 degrees.  Ahhh, winter in New England 🙂


In a few days we’ll give him his hockey stick and puck and let him go crazy.  He’s got a great arm.  How many pucks will we lose to the snow banks?

This is what I’ve been doing for the last week:

February 5, 2009

Laundry pile after laundry pile of nearly nothing but bedding!  It started a week ago with my son’s bedding, having to wash it everyday for 3 days, followed by two days of no vomiting by anyone (bliss).  Then 2 nights ago my daughter started with this NASTY stomach bug that is making me gag and has me trapped beneath loads of vomit filled laundry and has been leaving my kids drained.   **Sigh**

100_0537This is only part of my daughter’s bedding that was, um, damaged.  Thank God for the soak cycle, and Downey Fabric Softner 🙂