Goal Planning Monday Has a New Home

Or rather, it is back at it’s original home. You can find it at Mama Manuscripts from now on (a new review gig required better stat tracking than I could get on wordpress.com).

I hope you’ll join me!

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Goal Planning Monday – Week 106

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Set up the homeschooling area. Partially done. I’ve decided that we are going to remain pretty laid back about things and spend more time exploring outside and just reading than doing actual school. I cannot see us actually using the homeschooling area. I only have a couple box left to unpack

2. Unpack 50% of what is left to organize. DONE! We are pretty close to set up.

3. Meal Plan. DONE! We did good for the week. We will certainly be running short on certain things by the time Mike comes back, though. We’ll have to do more meat and potato type meals.

4. Set up payment for the utilities here. DONE! I’ll be really happy if we never have to run two households again.

5. Convince the kids that learning is good. Well, I shouldn’t have to convince them, so there must be something doing wrong. I worried a fair bit about their education at the beginning of the week, but made note to watch them more during the week and really, when left to their own devices they learn a lot and they ENJOY it. It’s just not what school looks like to me.

6. Blog an update about our week on Fridays. DONE! I’m actually impressed with this as I never do what I say on my blog (and I actually, I think, have a blog post about that coming up!).

7. Work on my Coursera courses. DONE! I actually dropped out of two. I was quite far behind on one that I was really enjoying and I wanted to focus on it and the other two had much tighter deadlines. They were interesting, but I wanted to focus on the other one more. I’m just taking them for pure fun so it doesn’t matter so much which ones I take. I’ll choose a new one when I’ve nearly completed the class I’m done.

This week’s goals:

1. Unpack half of that is left to unpack. I’ll be able to easily get everything done before the next time Mike visits and still have plenty of time to hang out with the kids this way.

2. Limit my time on facebook a little. I’ll certainly still check in everyday (and play the silly new crime scene game I’m playing) but while I’m always connected I likely won’t “chat” on there as much. It is easy when you are carrying a gadget in your pocket all the time to check in too much.

3. Contemplate moving my blog back to self hosted. Since I will be reviewing again I am contemplating moving back to the old blog. I’m not able to track everything as well on this one. I did, however, have issues with the self hosting so I will have to see.

4. Try to keep up with my “house a little bit cleaner in the evening than it was in the morning” plan. Didn’t happen on the weekend so I have to play catch up now.

5. Do something special for the kids for Valentine’s Day. Yeah, I don’t do these holidays normally, but as there is no pressure to buy anything I figure I can make something special for a meal or make cards or something.

6. Comment on everyone’s post who joins up this week.

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week. Actually, I move my blog over already, so I’d love for you to follow this link.

Weekly Update – February 8th, 2013

We’ve survived our first week alone – give or take a couple days.

This week was about learning to just relax in my skin a little. I took a bath in the middle of the day just because I could. Instead of stressing about getting the house all organized, I decided that my goal was to get it a little cleaner, more organized than the previous day. Taking it a little chunk at a time I’ll still be able to get it all organized by the time Mike arrives to stay and I might even be able to come up with a daily plan to keep up with certain areas. I’ve taken to going to be early and reading. It is nice and it is also something that I want to keep in the habit of doing.

Ruadhán is doing well. He is adjusting to the new place, but is still a little clingy. He doesn’t shut up (eek, can I say that about my child? Talks a lot doesn’t quite seem to cover the constant chatter). Here’s a little gem from last night:

Ruadhán yawns.

Me: You might be getting tired.

Ruadhán: I’m not tired. I’m just stretching my mouth so I can say real important big words.

Yep, you have to love him.

I’ve decided that for the rest of this year we’re going to keep a relaxed approach to homeschooling. Yes, it will be over a year where we’ve taken things slow, but there have been many changes and there’s a lot to be said for taking the time to adjust and explore your new area.

This week Liam pulled out an old science experiment book so we did an experiment on sound waves (which is what we’d been studying in our last science course until the book vanished into thin area). We also did this:

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What is he doing?

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Homemade ice cream, of course! It was good for a first attempt. It is too bad that so much leaked. I wonder if we can use a mason jar next time.

We have a few little friends sharing our home with us.

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Do you think we’ll have hundreds come the spring?

I had Liam write a small research paper on ladybugs because he hasn’t looked anything up in an encyclopedia in months.

I asked Morgaine to write a creative story but then she wrote a factual text instead about when I found a fly in my coffee cup!

There are supposed to be images of these things, but I do not have a camera that is very dependable at the moment and I have no desire to fight with it for the next 45 minutes.

Morgaine was very proud to have read Pompeii: Buried Alive because it is a Step into Reading level 4 book. There are days when she easily reads and other days when she struggles through ever single word. She spent a lot of time dancing around and making up stories this week. She is AMAZING with her little brother, though her and Liam have their moments! She is prone to tantrums and this week has been pretty good over all. *fingers crossed*

Liam is fascinated with computer programing so we had him restart a computer programming course he start earlier this year, Code Academy. He has been focusing on JavaScript. He has been using Python on Khan Academy and has created a whole bunch of programs (some are his own and some are spin offs from other’s codes). He has been asking intelligent questions on the site and giving other programmers feedback that has been helpful. While I don’t have a clue what he is doing, he seems to know a lot. He and Morgaine have also been watching a lot of videos from MIT + K12. Lots of cool videos on a variety of topics. I’m actually not sure what we are going to do when we go to limited downloads. Videos will certainly be out and we do a whole chunk of our learning that way!

Well, that’s about it. I’m about to head odd to have a picnic (interior picnic, of course) with the kids and then hear out for a cold excursion to the mailbox. Have a lovely weekend!

Flying Solo

Well, I was going to write a post about how laid back everything is now that the kids and I are flying solo for a while. The ability to study whatever we want, the dancing ourselves silly after supper, the lounging on the bed chatting before sleep, the early bedtimes, the playing with our food, my ability to keep the housework under better control. The deal is, though, that this will be one of those Real Life posts instead.

In real life, we probably could do all these things, at least some of the time. My husband is pretty laid back for the most part. It is me who has issues. I get paralyzed by the feeling that I’m not doing enough, that my kids aren’t learning enough, that my kids are too hyper, misbehaved, whatever. Then as soon as someone (AKA as my husband) walks into the house, I get all defensive, even though he isn’t saying anything about the kids or the house or anything else. If anything, he is the one telling me to slow down and just be. I don’t understand why it is so hard for me to feel that people think I am perfectly okay and am doing good enough (and sometimes even better than good). Why do I feel incapable of action in my day to day life? Why is it easier with just my kids? And the main question, HOW DO I ALLOW MYSELF TO LIVE AROUND OTHERS?

I could probably sing talk to the kids if  I wanted to, but around others I feel silly.

My husband could probably deal with the impromptu dance parties.

No one really cares about my house except me.

I could just be silly and authentic.

It would completely change our whole relationship. I wouldn’t need to feel denfensive for nothing. I could just keep going on with my day knowing that my husband doesn’t see the same things that I’m beating myself up over.

Why, oh why, is it so hard, and is it what I want to show my kids?

(I suppose now is as good of a time as any to do some emotional work, eh….journaling anyone?)

Goal Planning Monday ~ Week 105

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals (two weeks ago):

1. Stay sane. DONE! For the most part I did. I went through a negative phase because everyone was so happy that I was moving and I wasn’t. Of course, I was thrilled to be getting a much nicer house, but I really, REALLY didn’t want to leave the town we were living. It had become home and I was terrified to start over. It mostly passed. I did have a couple moments once we arrived where I cursed the new place and isolation, but not that we have some form of internet, I’m better.

2. Move! DONE! I’m even mostly unpacked and everything.

This week’s goals:

1. Set up the homeschooling area.

2. Unpack 50% of what is left to organize. Getting the homeschooling area set up will take care of that for the most part, I think.

3. Meal Plan. I’ve been left with a freezer full of food, but I want to go about feeding us in a way that makes sense.

4. Set up payment for the utilities here. We’ve got them all set up, but I’m still have mail woes and cannot get to my bills. I can see them trying to shut me down if I don’t get the connection fees and what not paid. Ah, the joys of moving!

5. Convince the kids that learning is good. I’m having a hard time with that these days. We haven’t learned a lot this year at all (to the point that I’m glad we’ve changed provinces so I can bring my standards down when I report at the end of the year). It is depressing me, quite frankly. I think I’ll have the motivation here, without the stress of the old house, to set things up that are more interesting for them.

6. Blog an update about our week on Fridays. It would be fun for Daddy to see, maybe. I don’t think he has ever checked my blog, though.

7. Work on my Coursera courses. I’ve completed one and have 3 others on the go. One that I love, but I’m hopelessly behind in. I’d like to catch up on that one this week as the hard deadline is coming up soon.

 

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week.


 

My Big Girl Tool Kit

IMG_1131  Well, it has happened. I’ve been left to fend for the family in the cold, harsh New Brunswick winter. Mike stayed as long as he could to be sure that the house was up and running. When I told him that I didn’t expect any surprises he said, “ALWAYS expect surprises!”

Then he took me down into the bowels of the house to give me to tour. Seriously, there’s a reason that real estate agents don’t take pictures of the basement! I still have the creeps just from the stairs. *lol* I got the in and outs of the water pump, fixed the sump pump, learned where the electric panels were. Then it was time for the furnace! My husband was a very patient teacher as I had a little bit of a freak out over having to open her up to bleed her. I am proud to say that I now know how to start a furnace should I run out of oil. I even earned my own tool kit of a couple of screw drivers, a wrench, an oil bucket and a HOT pink rag! I’m quite proud of myself and hope that I never, ever have to go into the basement again!