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Today is a slow day. T did not sleep last night, so I expect him to take a nap. He was the first one started on his school work and is slowly completing his math (or reading the body book for boys).

R is participating in school only minimally. He is up for reading, but not for writing. Right now he is in time out for not doing his work. I wonder how long he’ll sit there.

I’m trying to write for at least 15 minutes every day during school time. Nothing too personal in this journal, as folks could be looking over my shoulder. This means you, D !

Five minutes left. What to write???

D is practicing his Pyon Moo Do techniques. We spoke briefly about his home and school stripes. He did a good job not complaining about writing a 3 – 5 sentence narration. I think I’ll work on getting him up to 10 sentences. Then, have him choose those that are about the same theme and put them together into a paragraph. Or, I could ask for more information and have him expand just one of his sentences. If I choose the latter, I’ll most likely keep the list to 5 – 7 sentences.

R  just tried to get up. I told him to sit until he was ready to complete his work. He’s starting to squirm.

We have almost 4 weeks left of summer. We’ve been slacking this summer, but are starting anew after Labor Day. I have just enough time to order last minute books and get the curriculum charts ready. The 6yo is very excited about starting Year 1 of Ambleside. In addition, his Greek, Latin, and Italics books came in the mail. We have to purge his shelf to make room for his new books.

Though Ambleside has schedules already made up, I find that making a chart helps me keep track easier. I can see at a quick glance where I am in the year and what is lacking for the week. I divide the 36 week schedule into 3 12 week terms. My eldest, who  has Asperger’s Syndrome, works slower than the schedule. I spread the 36 week schedule out, taking 1-2 weeks to every week scheduled. If I let him see the Ambleside schedule, he thinks he is too far behind. In my mind, he is where he is. This year, as encouragement, I plan to award a book from the bookstore for every 12 weeks completed.

Since I’m back from a very long blog vacation, I’ll have to learn how to upload an image, so stay tuned.

I keep waiting until I have something interesting to say about our life or our school, but sometimes it seems like it all is so mundane. So, here’s to the mundane.

Our holidays are going well. We have a trip to the relatives under our belts, gifts opened and candles lit and extinguished. The grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins really came through for the boys. We had a bare minimum to spend this year and I was afraid they might be disappointed. No worries. They are immensely happy with their haul.

We have a New Year’s day festival of pirate movies at a friends house, then a slow weekend. The boys are arguing on when the official last day of holidays is. T says Sunday. D says Wednesday. R is amenable to anything as long as he gets to participate.

Tomorrow…the joys of toilet cleaning.


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We have had school every day this week, though at a reduced pace. I really need a break, but don’t think we can really afford to take a long one. T has been doing most of his work solo, concentrating on math, italics, Latin and his readings. D has been doing math and a little Latin.

It amused T and D yesterday, as I lie in bed with a dehydration-induced migraine (don’t ask), that they were able to get ahead of me in Latin by watching their next class on DVD without me. They also drilled R in the Gloria Patri and the Sanctus . R likes to make a pun on the words, et terra, pretending to tear a piece of paper and giggling! Smart boy!

Finally, it’s so hot here that I want nothing to do but crank down the air conditioning and sit in a cold tub. Alas, due to the recent bill from the utility, that is not to be.  I’ll just have to move slower.

I’m a bit tired today. The Full Strawberry Moon is coming tomorrow evening. It’s also called the Rose Moon. I guess I’m already feeling its effects. I went to the gym on Saturday and again on Monday. Of course, I skipped Sunday, my exercise-free day. This morning, after staying up with R until midnight, I felt tired when the alarm rang at 5:30. I allowed myself to take my time waking up, and finally getting up. I ate a good breakfast and did a full yoga routine. So, though I didn’t sweat as much, I did exercise.

The days here have been extremely hot for the last month. Already this year, we’ve had 12 days of 100+ heat. I glanced at the thermostat at the gym as I passed it on the track and it was set to a blissful 71 degrees. At home, I try to keep it at 78, no lower than 76. I am so thankful that I can go to the gym to exercise in near polar conditions. If this is June, I am fearful of July and August.

We plan to visit the library today, as we will have workmen at the house retiling our tub surround and replacing the siding on the outside of the house for the remainder of the week. As for school, we’ll just work that in this afternoon. Tonight is family Nova night.

Remember this post at the beginning of the year? Well, as you can see from the lack of posts, I’ve fallen quite short of my 2008 goal # 2. As for #1, well, the yoga didn’t make it. Nice idea…love yoga…but it was a flop. Here we are at the beginning of June. I’m proud to say that, with my husband’s gentle prodding and selfless offer to watch the boys and help them with their bedtime routines, I have been going to the YMCA to work out for the last three weeks. OK, so I’ve only been able to make it barely 2 or 3 times a week, but it’s a start. Ideally, I’d go in the morning, before DH goes to work at 8, but so far, I’ve only gone once at that time.

My new goal is to consistently go to the gym 3 times per week for one hour. This is a sub-goal to my larger goal of walking at least an hour, 5-6 days per week. During this hour, I plan to walk and ride the bike. I have already suffered from shin splints, so am taking it slowly to minimize further injury. My primary focus will be getting there at all – i.e. forming the habit. My secondary focus will be distance and getting my heart rate at 126 or above for at least 20 minutes.

I plan to add in yoga (for stretching and strength training) and hand weights at home at least 3 times per week. I’d also like to lose 30 lbs over the next year, though I’m not focusing on this yet. I hope this is not too all-encompassing of a plan. We’ll see.


Lest you think I’ve gone into hiding, never to return, well, I’m back.  School has been rambling along. Some days are good. Some days are, well,not good. I’ve had a lot of things going on besides school, so have not had much time to post. In a nutshell,since my last post:

  • Went to a family reunion across the state
  • Cut T’s hair short
  • Got serious about exercising; I’ve been going to the YMCA and using their air conditioning for my walks.
  • In the process of having some water damage to the house repaired (translation – hole in the side of the house.)
  • Becoming a neatnik – it’s sort of a rebirth
  • Delivering the Homily for our church’s annual hymn service
  • Practicing above homily
  • Doing inventory for the choir library; filing until my fingers are bloody
  • Enjoying Banjo, our new puppy
  • Getting shots for Banjo
  • Walking Banjo
  • Training Banjo
  • Working on the Great Toy Purge
  • General household maintenance
  • Learning some new dishes
  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Attending monthly pagan rituals and perfecting my potluck offerings
  • Helping as much as I can at church without committing to much

I’m sure there’s more. There’s always more.


I can’t believe that I’ve been missing in action for more than a month! Life does get in the way. This will be a short post, as we haven’t started school for the day. Hopefully, I’ll whack my schedule into gear once more and make time for writing.

For now, here’s what’s been going on…

  • School
  • Flu
  • Allergies
  • Flu
  • School
  • New Puppy (more on him later)

We weren’t left without a television for long. Less than a week later, my Dearest came in the front door with a brand new flat screen, high definition TV with a built in DVD player. I have to admit, it does look good. In keeping with our ultra frugal needs, Dearest bought it on Craigslist for 1/4 what it had cost new. However, upon plugging it in, we discovered that it had never even been plugged in. Our guess is that the person who we bought it from probably opened the box, decided it was too small (it’s one of the smaller ones), and then sold it. Gold for us!

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