Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I am in love with my oven! Tonight I made another Minnie Mouse cake consisting of five layers, and I was able to bake it ALL AT ONCE! That's right- I could fit everything in my oven at one time thanks to my double oven. Where I once spent 2 hours baking, tonight I was cooling my cakes in 30 minutes flat, leaving me extra time to edit photos! I never would have afforded this oven were it not an awesome Christmas present from my father-in-law, but I now believe that it is truly worth every cent!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Outside my window... an overcast day, one that isn't dreary enough to warrant staying indoors but one that makes me want to curl up with a book in a silent house nonetheless.
I am thinking... about my possible trip to California to see my Baby Sister. At first, the idea of visiting without taking my kids (or at least Big Sister) to see their aunt was a little depressing. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about not taking Big Sister to see Hollywood and Hannah Montana's house. I finally decided that the possibility of finding a time to take her (and affording the ticket) was a slim possibility. Now, the research phase...
From the Learning Rooms... I'm gearing up to begin Little Mister's homeschooling next week! It's only preschool, I realize, but I'm determined to progress in leaps and bounds with him this year! This week is all about organizing supplies for September's lessons.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Bathroom- just have to add the fixtures! The shower curtain rod is even up.
Little Miss' chandelier- I found a great deal online and can't wait to see it on! The electricity for her room is waiting to be hooked into the breaker box.
The kitchen- a work in progress still, but there's a functioning microwave, stove and refrigerator. The sink and dishwasher will be installed soon! The island counter still needs to be assembled, a few drawer fronts and cabinet doors are waiting for me to purchase screws to replace the ones that went missing since I took the hardware off months ago.
Our living room cleaned and waiting for carpet!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I'm very anxious to find out how public education compares to parochial school.My biggest complaint about the school we left behind was that they were too slow to let poor teachers go. After all, one of the perks of private schools is that they don't have to worry about tenure. My daughter has already said she plans to bring her Catholic prayer book to school every day- and a picture of Mary for the inside of her desk. She's never been one for subtleties, a characteristic that I love about her most of the time.
So far, I'm not terribly impressed with the public school experience. I was told when I dropped my paperwork off last May that I would receive an information packet in the mail over the summer. It was to include the basic information about the school, lunches, etc., and my daughter's assigned teacher. At the end of July, no packet had arrived. I called to verify that I'd submitted all my paperwork and found out then who would be teaching Big Sister this year. Unfortunately, they'd placed her in third grade instead of fourth. Another call to the school fixed that mistake. I learned after questioning further that the school had decided not to mail information packets. Instead, they would publish it in the local paper. I would have never known had I not asked and would likely have missed open house, a night vital to kids new to the school.
Small peanuts? Maybe.
But this is my first experience with the school and does not reflect positively on their organization. I'm praying that meeting her teacher will be a more promising event!
On the flip side, I'm getting very excited to start Little Mister's preschool education! I've purchased a huge book of pre-school lessons centering around each letter of the alphabet, basic numbers, holidays, and everything between. One morning each week he will go to Grandma's for a few hours of reading and writing centered lessons, and another morning I'll work on science and math at home. Both of us will incorporate basic kindergarten readiness skills. Of course, I'll continue to teach my son constantly while we're in the car, cooking, cleaning, or playing outside. Then, we'll be attending story hour at the local library, playing on a soccer team in the fall and spring, and enrolling in martial arts school. Finally, we'll be going on our own field trips throughout the year. The best part is that with a homeschooling schedule that matches the schedule of his friends' preschools, we'll still have time for play dates! I can't wait to begin, and you can be sure to find many reflections from successful (or not so successful) lessons along the way!