September 2005


The Strep Throat is cramping my style doooooooooood. :P

School is slightly altered because of my low energy levels and the throat pain. So much of Jordan’s schooling involves me reading aloud, and mugs of hot tea and packages of lozenges will only take you so far. So last night, Mark read Jordan his history chapter for today, and Jordan is working hard at listening the first time when I’m talking. heh. :P

This afternoon, we are attmepting art class AGAIN. Last week was the first week and we made the hour drive (which costs what in gas now? $400?) to find the place deserted. We walked around banging on doors and harassing neighbours for half an hour, but nuttin. Finally we gave up. We salvaged the afternoon by taking a walk along the river, stopping at a vegetable stand, getting some ice cream, and hitting a local park to check for salmon in the stream.
It turns out the instructor had given us the wrong location. oy. So today, we try again.

We’re having a wee bit of a tv/computer/game cube detox around here. We are still in the beg/negotiate stage. I love that. Except that I don’t. He’ll calm down in another day or so. I consider the detox done when he stops complaining he’s bored. The next stage is fortifying – we continue the ban and he actually does NOT talk about tv/computer/game cube, finds other, more creative things to do, and exhibits more thoughtful behaviour. Only then will I consider allowing some time to be spent on those activities.
I would like to point out that enforcing this ban is tough when I’m sick. If you need me, I’ll be out shopping for a dress to wear when I receive my Martyr Award. :P

okie… time for some grammar I think. This is day two of “soft c and g”. weeeeeeeeee!

ah! Strep throat.
*thunk*
Hopefully I can get through all my email from the last week or so during the day today. I hoping to make it to a guild event tonight, but I don’t like my chances :/ Hopefully.

I guess I am more superstitious than I thought, because I didn’t want to talk about homeschooling for fear of jinxing it. It has been two full weeks now though, so I guess I’ll go ahead.
*ahem*
Jordan likes (home)school.
Jordan happily and willingly sits down to do his school work every day.
Jordan works hard and does a good job.
Jordan is getting A’s (one) and A+’s (four) on all his tests.

I’d elaborate, but I think I’m shell-shocked.
But listen up, I’m going to admit it.. Y’all were right. (Y’all=a lot of homeschool moms and my friend Jean in Florida).

When I said: omgomgomg!! *pulls hair out*
Y’all said: Chill. He just isn’t ready.
And then, when I said: omg! He’s 7 (or 8) – why isn’t he ready?!! What am I doing wroooooooong?!!
Y’all [points at Andrea] said: Lot’s of boys aren’t really ready until they’re 9 or 10 or 12. Just watch, when he’s ready you won’t be able to keep up with him.
And when I continued to freak and pull my hair, Y’all nodded kindly and said, “You’re doing fine; he’s fine” and Y’all didn’t laugh at me (mostly).

The first few mornings I was caught totally off-guard. It went like this:
me: [bracing for a fight] Time for school, honey!
Jordan: Ok! [runs to the table] Are we doing language first or history?
me: [to myself] uh-oh. I didn’t plan that far ahead. What do I do now?

You see, I expected it to go like this: I’d call him for school, he’d refuse, eventually I’d send him to his room and while he was there, I’d have lots of time to pull out the books and pencils, then he’d come grudgingly to the table and it would all suck like an enormous Hoover.
Because, you know, that’s what happens when the kid isn’t ready. I knew that.
I just didn’t believe it. *cough*

So now, apparently, Jordan is ready. We are doing 2-3 hours of school work each day. His reading is better and better. His penmanship is 1000x better than it was last Spring. And, best of all, we’re having a really good time.

Tonight I discovered something else. Jordan has been asking Mark to read to him each evening. The book? One of his science books. Seems that the two of them have been snuggling up each evening to read about space and the universe, and Jordan asks lots of questions and they talk about all kinds of things. They have finished the book. So, uh… I’m just going to go ahead and cross it off the list.
Oh, and sometimes when I’m not looking? He’ll sneak in and get his penmanship practice book and do a few extra pages.


For the first time in over a year, there is NHL hockey on in my house.
This is the longest I have gone in my life without it.
Please don’t ever let it happen again.

A couple of weeks ago, Colleen, over at the blog Simply Coll (or visit her great personal website here), tagged me for the 5 Years and 5 Things Ago meme.
So here goes….

First the rules:

Remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog’s name in the #5 spot; link to each of the other blogs for the desired cross pollination effect.

1. MommaK: http://petroville.blogspot.com
2. Writing from the hip: http://writingfromthehip.blogspot.com
3. Blue Stocking: http://bluestocking.typepad.com
4. Simply Coll: http://colleenscorner.com/blog
5. My Boutiful Life: http://billi-jean.com/thebounty.html

Next: select four new friends to add to the pollen count. (No one is obligated to participate and anyone can play if they want to).

1. Ulrika: http://www.medoue.com/
2. Mother Crone: http://www.mothercroneshomeschool.blogspot.com/
3. Carrie: http://nnjmom.blogspot.com/
4. Thicket Dweller: http://todayslessons.blogspot.com/


What were you doing 10 years ago?
1995
I was 29.
I had been married for just over a year.
Mark travelled to Asia a lot and was gone about half the time.
I had just begun my third year of engineering school at University of Guelph.
I was about to become pregnant.

What were you doing 5 years ago?
2000
I was 34. Jordan was 4.
I had been finished school for about a year and had spent that time as a full time stay at home mom.
Jordan was in school half days at a Montessori school. In a few months I would take him out of school for the first time.
I was taking 2 yoga classes a week. And loving it.
The dog, or rather, *I* was in training at Saturday classes at Doggy School.
Jordan began tap dancing lessons (his idea) and hockey (my idea). He loved both.
I had been journaling online for a couple of months.
I said, “I don’t know, 34 seems to be terribly old for someone my age,” and wondered why I was (am) so attached to my hair.
Jordan was a dinosaur for Hallowe’en. I sewed his costume from snake skin and leatherette fabrics.

What were you doing one year ago?
2004
One year ago I was just home from hospital where I spent 4 days in intensive care after a simple laproscopic proceedure went wrong and I nearly died. But, the day was saved and so was I.
Jordan had just made the select hockey team – as goalie. In his words, “A dream come true.”
My vegetable garden was huge and full of foooood.
My herb garden, which we had just put in a few months earlier was gorgeous.

What were you doing yesterday?
umm.. no idea! I did about 2 hours of school with Jordan, we went to the woods and did some sketching with coloured pencils, took one of the cats to the vet, hockey. Of course, there was knitting.

5 snacks you enjoy
I’m surprised how hard this question is for me… I’m always eating.
- chocolate
- baked tofu
- Smart Food
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5 songs I know all the words to
- One Tin Soldier – sung as a lulliby to Jordan
- Sam Stone – also a lulliby. Is that bad?
- Oh Canada – of course
- The Good Ol Hockey Game – as important as the national anthem
- ummm.. I don’t know. This is stressing me out! :P

5 things you would do if you had a million dollars
- pay off debt
- buy a cottage
- lots to charity
- bunch in savings
- travel

5 things you like doing
- knitting
- spinning
- laughing
- gardening
- giving

5 bad habits
Do I have to answer this? lol
- I’m a slob. Like, I leave my clothes right there I the floor where I was standing when I took them off. Mark *hates* this.
- I eat too much junk
- there is a small chance I’m a control freak. teeny tiny.
- procratination
- remote hog. Big time.

5 things I would never wear again
- earings so heavy they make my ears bleed. wtf was I thinking?
- bikini
- hair spray in amounts so large that the mass of my hair equals the mass of a toddler
- CFM boots *cough*
- plaid pants (aren’t they illegal yet?)

5 favorite toys
umm… this is a family blog. I’m not answering that one. ;)
oooooh! ok. Lesse…
- my laptop
- my spinning wheel
- all my knitting and spinning gadgets
- various kitchen gadgets (the juicer for example)
- pretty much anything gadet-y. oooooh! I love my GPS! Stuff like that.

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