100 Happy Days ~ Days 6-10

Day 6 – March 18th, 2014

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Finishing this project with the kids. It took us a good 10 hours over 3 days and it actually went surprisingly well. I tend to have very little patience for these pre-made kits. I am not that handy with scissors and glue, but this time I decided that we’d got straight to tape and it was much easier. Taking a series of photos of the three kids (and the dog) was also a hoot and I caught some really excellent shots that captured my children’s personalities perfectly (maybe I’ll make another post and share some). 

Day 7 – March 19th. 2014

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Thanks to my lovely sister, Morgaine and I have been playing with make up regularly and we are quite enjoying it. It makes me happy to have something to do together as sometimes our relationship can be a little intense. We always have fun with this, though! 

Day 8 – March 20th, 2014

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It was warm enough on Friday to open the window (briefly) and sit quietly listening to my daughter read while breathing in the freshness of spring. It was quite lovely and one of the books had me in tears *lol*. 

Day 9 – March 22nd

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This child was exclaiming how beautiful the snow was and I have to agree! That barn in the background also makes me happy even though it is not ours. I just like looking out on it everyday and I wish that we had windows facing that direction. My neighbour frequently tells us of the wild animals she sees in the back yard, but we miss it because we only have one window overlooking the back and it is not in a very good place to stand and watch nature. 

Day 10 – March 23rd, 2014

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Mike bought me this el cheapo ukelele from Chapters and I’ve been enjoying watching YouTube tutorials. I swear I am going to learn to play this thing! It’s such fun (if only it would stay tuned….for what it worth, likely a good uke for your child to play on….not so good for someone that wants to actually learn to play as we’ve had to retune her after ever 10 minutes or so of playing :/

 

Schedule, Here We Come!

Oh, Schedule, what a love/hate relationship we have! I know I have left you out in the cold, but I am ready to let you back in – slowly and carefully, if you are willing to be somewhat flexible.

Yesterday, as I was preparing supper, I got to chatting with Liam. He’s been having a hard time regulating his computer usage (he is working on a very interesting project, but it has been interfering with his motivation for some of his other projects and schoolwork). We were trying to brainstorm ideas that would help and we decided that a schedule would likely be the best bet. So with our roast in the oven we sat down to work out a plan that would work for all of us.

Here’s what we came up with for Liam:

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Breakfast – Breakfast includes getting dressed, making beds, putting dirty clothes in hamper.

Mealtimes include eating politely at the table, picking up plates and feeding scraps to the dog (or putting them in the garbage).

Daily planning – A time to talk over the goals for the day and the chores that need getting done. Children can share their ideas for projects and whatever else they may want to share.

Further Up and Further In – We hope to cover two chapters in Narnia each week, including those activities we choose to do. There can include art, science (animal and plant notebook), bible studies, history (mostly reports), and writing/vocab. Extra activities from The Chronicles of Narnia Unit Study.

Science  – Physics topics from Concepts and Challenges in Science 2 (not the exact book/course, but by the same company but all combine in one book). Morgaine will follow along. Liam will complete the written assignments. This will be supplemented with Science in Ancient Times and Science in the Middle Ages (for extra experiments and more advanced work…the text for Concepts and Challenges is pretty basic).

History Courage and Conquest for both children. Liam has completed this, but it will be a good review before we move into a move in depth study.

Cursive – practice for both children.

FrenchLe Fancais Facile for both children and likely Ruadhan, too.

Mathematics – Liam is currently working on Nelson Mathematics 7 and will move to Nelson Mathematics 8 within a month or two. Mom will include extra activities (logic puzzles and games) from the various math curriculum give to us (Friday Fun Math).

Free Reading – Liam can choose to read whatever we would like.

ProgrammingScratch (often used to create supplements to out Narnian studies in addition to other projects and game development) and 4Mod (a Scratch mod that Liam is developing on his own that will teach others about Squeak and Smalltalk while still adding things that are very useful [such as capital blocks and exponential equation type advanced functions])

Chores: 

  • Dishes once a day at lunch time.
  • Prepare supper on Thursdays.
  • Feed dog (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday)
  • Feed cats (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday)
  • Pick up after oneself.
  • Make sure library books make it back to the library shelf.
  • Clean up bathroom after shower/bath and teeth.

Morgaine’s schedule is very much similar. She has extra help in English scheduled in during some of the free time and will certainly use the free time for playing or artistic endeavours. She has a few more chores as she eagerly jumped on the idea of helping me out with things. I am soooooooo glad that they are able to do most of their subjects together. Last time I made a schedule, Liam’s was very different from Morgaine’s and we were running all around Sydney Mines for various activities. This schedule should be relatively easy to follow.

100 Happy Days ~ Days 1-5

Last week I decided that I would take part in the 100 Happy Days challenge. The goal is to post a picture of something or someone that makes you happy every day for 100 days. I started by posting to Facebook, but decided that I wanted to keep my new profile a little bit cleaner so I’ve moved my postings to my blog and I plan to share my little bits of happiness every five days or so.

Day 1 – March 13, 2014

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A blizzard and hopefully the last one of the season. It was a good excuse to call a Pyjama day and lounge around on the bed (handy to have a bed in the living room) and read books and watch TV. I did not even have to shovel as we have the best neighbours in the world. 

Day 2 – March 14th, 2014

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A dog in her element. I usually pretty much like winter and I cannot wait for next year when I hope to get snowshoes so we can use the trails behind the house more. She’ll be older and more fit for this type of exercise at that time as well as she is giant breed and supposed to not take long walks until they are older. I’ll admit that just taking her out this year has been challenging. I hope I’m not getting too old for winter! We also only leash her (not even allow her on a lead) as she is NOT well trained to come and we fear her getting loose so I cannot play with her like I would like. Hopefully we’ll have lots of time to work together this summer and be all set for next year. 

Day 3 – March 15th, 2014

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He is such a little blessing (for the most part, ha). He was being especially cute this evening. Running around saying that it was the best movie night ever. I don’t know if it was the beautiful, colourful platter of veggies I made or the fact that I actually remembered to make popcorn. All I know is that he was absolutely thrilled. We watch Turbo and it was a pretty  fun little movie and appropriate for the children (all too often we have to turn off what we find on Netflix). 

Day 4 – March 16th, 2015

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Our take at an Irish meal. Crubeens and cabbage sautéed in bacon fat (or our take on them anyways. We couldn’t find trotters so we ended up use hocks, but it still turned out good and rewarmed well and I ended up out of commission, more or less, after preparing these and not so terribly hungry. It made a wonderful breakfast the next morning with all that bacon, though!

Day 5 – March 17th, 2014

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Company while taking a mid afternoon nap. I’ve been rendered somewhat anemic and was feeling it yesterday  and it was happy to have the company of Mama and Cyndi while I took a power nap. The dog rarely ever lays down with us, so it was special. Morgaine also cuddled her “baby” pet rock into me. I was well surrounded!  

As a side note, the moon also made me very, very happy last night, but I couldn’t get a picture that did it justice. I guess yesterday was a happy day!