Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bits and pieces

  • Bubba is teething.  Why don't I remember it being this rough with the others?  Maybe it wasn't this bad, or maybe I just can't remember.  I've thought he was teething for months, but this last week has been tortuous for us both.  He just can't bite down hard enough on anything!  I'm expecting a top and bottom row to erupt at any moment.
  • He also loves to eat, baby food is old and boring now.  He would rather eat my hamburger or a chocolate chip cookie.  He has tried to eat his high chair and the van dashboard.  His arms are super long and when I hold him and try to eat, my plate and everything on the table has to be cleared, he will reach whatever it is he's wanting.
  • I pushed Brady in the swing until he fell asleep one night this week.  Last night he was up 2 times before going out for the night. I've given him Tylenol but it doesn't seem to make any difference.  This too shall pass, he can't be teething when he's 20!
  • The three olders are going to VBS each morning this week.  I'd really rather it be in the evening, it's hard getting all of us up and out the door by 8:45.  They are enjoying it and it's right up the street and it's free!  I was very nervous about leaving them, especially Jenna.  We don't know anyone that attends there and I realized it is the first time I have EVER left any of my children with people I do not know, strangers.  I have been very blessed to never drop them off at daycare or school, I've never hired a babysitter I didn't know.  It's amazing really that this was the first time.  I wasn't worried so much about Bethany and Joseph, Jenna is very young though.  All of them jumped right in and didn't seem to notice the momentous occasion.  The first day I was gone 3 hours and came to pick them up, it felt like I came to pick them up from a week at camp.
  • Jenna continues to call VBS, PBSkids.  The first day she thought there would be "puteres" to play on when she got there. 
  • I went to our statewide homeschool conference last weekend.  It was very helpful and confusing to be able to shop and look at all the different curriculum and books.  I thought I knew what I was going with next year, I've had my list made out since February.  After looking around I ended up buying a curriculum I've never used before.  I think it suits Joseph's learning style and will be fun for him.   Institute for Excellence in Writing just came out with a reading and writing curriculum for K-2nd grade.  Primary Arts of Language Reading and Writing will be a whole new way of teaching, but I think it will work well with my more classical approach next year.  I'll be sure to let you know how I like it.
  • We went back to Berheim to play in the creek this week.  Even though we had rain the night before the creek wasn't running.  There was still some water so the kids threw rocks, sticks and things to make splashes.  Joseph threw a rock that fell close to Jenna and she said, "Buddy, you ss-ared me to deaf!!"
  • I think of so many things to blog about.  Jenna especially is always saying funny things, there are too many things to remember or find time to type.  I think about all the things I'd like to share in my blog while I run and by the time I get home from my run I've forgotten it all.
  • Running is still horrible, I still hate it, but somehow I like it.  I like the point in my 2.2 mile run when I am closer to home to finish, then I am if I was to turn around.  At that point I know I'm going to complete it, I have no choice.
  • Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  This scripture has captivated my thoughts today.  I love that God's truth is the same, it does not change.  Times, people and places change but God's truth remains the same.

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