Saturday, May 31, 2008
I'm so excited! I'm so happy! I feel so much peace that this is exactly what we are supposed to do next year. So on Monday morning we go to Oakland for Sean and Boston to tour the school (I already have) and to register Boston. What a great year it is going to be!!!!!! It's amazing how God can take you on a different path than the one you had planned, only to lead you to the same destination, but changing your perspective along the way. God is so good!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I didn't get a lot of pictures because I was chasing Asher around, making sure he didn't take a dip in the pool. Looking forward to his swim lessons in a couple of weeks.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Times the baby woke up crying......................................3
Times Boston came and got me to help Dallas................1
Times Dallas woke up crying about his leg hurting...........4
Times the dog chased the cat in middle of the night.........too many
Raising 3 boys with no sleep..........................................PRICELESS!!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Dallas liked playing with the rubber frog, swinging and playing with the little animals in the tent with mommy. We enjoyed some food and ice cream cake and good company.
Dillard came with us and hung out in the back yard and did great. Although once when she was off the leash to go to the bathroom she got confused where she was and ran the other direction and Sean chased after her.
Dallas and Ellile really liked playing together too. They seem to enjoy the same kinds of things. Here they were playing their own game of opening and closing their legs and eating crackers. Too funny! Then we headed over to the lakehouse since it was so close and Uncle Hess had blown up all these fun toys. The boys really got a kick out of them. And especially the HUGE dog his friends had out. The boys actually thought it was a bear. Can't remember what kind of dog but I do remember it weighed 180 lbs!!! At one point my dad saw Dallas standing over in the grass alone and he asked what was wrong. Dallas replied, "I'm scared of that bear over there." LOL
Dallas jumping on the trampoline in the water with Uncle HessBoston sliding down the water slide with Uncle HessDillard taking a break with Sean. She loves to lay on her back anywhere.
We came home and I was exhausted and Sean went to the movies with our neighbor John. After not being able to sleep because of my cold I finally watched "Becoming Jane" Good movie throughout but hated the ending. Don't you hate that when the ending ruins the whole movie. Ugh. Anyhow...fun busy day.
And happy to say my dad served in the Army for 20 years with 2 tours in Vietnam. So proud that he's my dad!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Homeschool: HUGE commitment on my part, I get to spend more time with him each day, I get to try and give him the best education for HIM and go at his pace, we get to do all kinds of fun things to learn (like field trips and such), I have more time to spend with him to teach him even more important things like God, Character building and such. God says we should teach our children.
Charter School: Don't have to stress about teaching him everyday, he has a long day away from us (8:30-3), he gets to be with kids in a classroom, learns some things I might not agree with (ie, evolution and other bad things from other kids), he comes home with 1 hour homework each night, driving all the way to Oakland twice a day, I would get to spend some much needed one on one time with Dallas.
Another big factor is that we are planning on getting pregnant with our 4th child this school year. I know how tired I am during pregnancy, especially the first trimester. I had to stop advertising for the Photo Art business during Asher's pregnancy because I couldn't keep up. How would I keep up with homeschooling? I know either way it will be a sacrifice because even with Oakland I might be exhausted and still have to get all three kids up, dressed, fed and out the door by 8am. Crazy!!! And then when he gets home I'll have to do 1 hour homework (homeschooling generally takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for kindergarten total) So yes, it's going to be hard and a change either way. My reasoning behind sending him to the Charter school is that I can change my mind if I don't like it and homeschool him. But if I start out homeschooling then I can't change my mind and send him to school. Going to preschool this year didn't hurt him. So if I'm going try out traditional schooling then it's probably better to do it in kindergarten than any other. And I've already decided that if I do send him to the Charter school then I'm still going to teach him to read this summer and we ordered the Right Start Math program so I'm going to start teaching him this as well. That way he's ahead of the game.
Another thought is that he's going to be bored with school because he picks up on things so quickly. But I guess I won't know that until he actually goes. I want to make the right decision for him and our family as a whole, I just don't know what that is. And that's why I'm sitting here writing this. Originally if I homeschooled I was going to put him in the Circle Christian Academy. The registration ends June 19, so for sure I would have to know by then.
And finally my last thought is that I hate being stuck in the house everyday. I like to get out. I get crammed with cabin fever, as well as the kids. We all do better when we are out and about. I don't think I'll be able to do this with homeschooling. Will I be stuck in the house schooling and then getting other chores that have to be done. I think I would lose my mind if I was stuck in the house everyday, doing the same thing, everyday. I like variety, change, spontaneity. Can you do those things if you homeschool????
Bottom line, I so don't want to make this decision. I wanted God to put His perfect plan right in my hands and I would just go with it. Well now it seems like he's given me two options. Maybe either way is good. I'm tired...I'm sick....I wish I could go to sleep and get this all out of my head. Rationally I know God doesn't want me to be stressing about this, losing sleep, etc. I have prayed for a long time about it, and now I don't see how he's going to answer my question. I thought he would have answered it by closing a door and only leaving one open. Hummm....in my perfect plan that would have been great. But that's not how he chose to do it, so I know I've got to trust Him....yes I trust Him, but how the heck and I supposed to make this decision!!!
Sorry for rambling this evening, I'll probably read this in the morning and wonder where my head was at. It is 12:30am for goodness sakes.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
After getting home from picking Boston up I had a ton of things that needed to be done in the next hour before dinner, bath and bedtime so I could run over to the vendors at the homeschool conference. But when I got home we walked the dog and I noticed a tick in her ear. It was about this time our neighbor Jude came out, after having just got back from vacation, to see our new dog. He also has a border collie. I told him about the tick and he said he would take care of it. So I got all the supplies and it was then that we noticed she had 4 ticks! 2 in each ear, and one of them was HUGE! So he got them all out and said she really needed a bath now. Ha! All three boys and then me trying to give this dog a bath after I was all dressed and ready for the conference tonight. He was so generous to offer to bath her. Ah! I couldn't thank him enough! He also gave me some great tips on training her and I look forward to all his help to get her where she needs to be.
So at this point it was 5:30, I ran home to cook dinner, forget all the plans I had to do, ugh, and move on. I ran to the homeschool conference, 2 hours late, had 1 hour to speed walk through the vendors but did get to talk to the math people I was interested in, RightStart Mathematics. So one thing accomplished. But I came home to find that the dog had snuck away from Sean and peed on the couch with the sleeper that Jess and Bart were to be sleeping on. Pee got on the mattress and it smelled horrible. Ugh...can't I get a break! This dog is KILLING ME! I threw a 5 year old fit, yes very mature of me I know. Then I tried to pull myself together and clean it up, take the horrible smell out of my house and move on. Jess got here, it worked out and you couldn't smell it by the time we went to bed...which was like 2am...LOL And wake up time was 6am...great start to a jam packed weekend.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
She started herding Asher around today. I took the boys to my parents to swim and Asher was crawling around the floor when I realized what Dillard was doing. She walked right next to him keeping a close eye on him and if he went a direction she didn't approve of she would jump in front of him. It was very funny. But I can see that I won't be able to leave Asher alone with her. She might nip at him to do what she wants and he's too small for this. I think Boston and Dallas could probably USE a little herding!
In movement staying up with Asher. I think she thinks Asher is her "work to do" She didn't focus on anything else but Asher. Even the lizards and squirrels didn't interest herThe boys LOVE her. I took her to pick up Boston today at school since we were heading to the petstore afterward to buy a cage to help with the potty training. He loved showing her off to all his classmates and teacher. She did great with all the kids, greeting each of them and loving on everyone. She loved the attention. She would be a great dog to take to the nursing homes to see all the residents. And the boys would like this too. I'll have to look into this this summer. And they both do a great job of holding the leash and walking her. They can't wait till she wants to play ball with her. We took her out back and were throwing the ball around for her to fetch but she wanted to stay right next to me. A little nervous and I still don't think she's 100% feeling better yet. I can't wait for her to play with us!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
(See below for show times and the website for more info...her venue in in the Orlando Rep Theatre)
5/18 SUN 5:35PM
5/22 THU 6:00PM
5/24 SAT 8:55PM
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Pretending to be gators
Friday, May 16, 2008
weight: 22 lbs (I need to grab the paper but I think this was it I know he was 25% though)
height: 31 inches (76%)
head: (can remember - 50% though)
I told the doctor I wanted to wait on anymore vaccinations until he was 2 years old. He didn't seem to thrilled about that and said all the evidence points that autisim isn't related...I thought...what articles have you been reading???? He gave me a guilt trip that if he gets one of these diseases (odds of autism are 1 in 500...odd of getting polio are much less) It's not that I'm competely anti vaccinating, I'm just going to wait until he's older and his odds of autism get lower. I had to sign a waiver that I'm refusing it and he told me all the reasons why I should get it and what could happen. Man! Stress!! God is ultimatly in control and I have to put his health in his hands and I feel like right now this is the best decision.
After a 2 hour time at the doctors (ya I know...isn't THAT crazy with 3 kids and a little room!) We headed to Dr Phillips park with my friends Tina and Betsy. Boston was a little bummed he didn't get to play on the splash pad longer because they had already all been there for an hour. But all the kids had a great time and then we had a picnic lunch and headed to school.
Boston and Ella, Ella didn't leave his side