Saturday, January 19, 2013

What you ment to me....

I lost my only brother on September 15, 2005. To this day that is the worst thing I have ever had to experiance. My brother was my world! Of course we fought like all sibblings, but he was always there for me.

I remember when both my parents worked long hours and Aaron had to get my sister and I ready for school. I never was a morning person and instead of yelling at me or pushing me to get ready he would get me up a bit earlier and let me crawl in bwd with him and watch tv till I was more awake. Man I can still just imagine it to this day.

One time I took my earrings out and the hole had grown closed. He sat with me and used ice and my earring and reciting this silly poem for me to repeat until he got it back in for me without it hurting.

My brother was a true hero. Even in grade school when asked who my hero was I always replied Aaron. I maybe a bit biast as he was my brother but so many people would say the same. It was never a figure of speach to say that he would give the shirt off his back to anyone, because he litteraly did at times.

When I had my first baby he was there to cheer me on. He waited at the hospital the whole time. I am so thankful he was here to meet her. He died when she was 7 months old but he left his mark.

My baby girl will be turning 8 years old next month and it is hard to believe he has been gone that long. He never got to meet my two other kids...my son who is just like him.

I know one day God will bring us together again and that brings me so much joy.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Binder love!

So I finally got a binder put together for us this year. I first started out with a list of our main books, even though we use many random workbooks as well. Then I put in our schedual followed by the lesson plans. Next, I put a picture of each kid with their attendance behind it. This will also be where I will put assesments and sample work. I figured that way I won't be tempted to have a huge binder of all work. I do keep most work but in seperate subject labled binders. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The ice is rolling in...

Well I live in south west Missouri and the ice is all over the place.  It started raining about noon and the temperatures started dropping quickly.  It then turned to sleet and rain shortly after and started freezing the trees and powerlines.  About 4:25pm the electric went out and stayed that way for a good two hours or so. 
 
The bad thing is that my entire house is electric, so that means no heat.  I bundled the kids up and put their pajamas, the ones that cover your feet and all, and got the big heavy sleeping bag out.  They all sat bundled together on the couch nicely playing the iPad.  I must say I am glad it was charged because it kept them calm and quiet.
 
This made me think about how I could better prepare myself for this kind of stuff.  It is funny because today I was trying to put a home binder together with all the important things in it.  I need to take it a step further and figure out some steps to prepare me for the rest of the winter here. 
 
I do not have any family or friends near me, my parents are the closest at almost 3 hours away.  So there is no place for me to go when this happens.  I am thinking I need some sort of heater (kerosen maybe) that will work off something besided electric.  I have just always been afraid of those types of things.
 
Back in December the power went out on us but it was bed time so I just put all the kids in bed with me with all the blankets and the electric came back on while we were sleeping.
So I am curious about, those of you that live in cold climates, what you do to prepare for power outages?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Looking back...

Man 2012 was full of ups and downs for me. I finally got my divorce final after 2 years of being seperated. I learned to live on my own (had gotten married straight out of highschool). Moved around a lot, which sucked some but being in Georgia was great. I am now in Missouri and hating the winter lol.
Last year threw so many things at my feet that I never thought I would over come. Well I have made it to a new year, even though some of those things tugged along with me by my ankles.  I must say I am stronger and hoping to teach my kids that skill too. They have had to learn to adapt to many new things that has been hard on them as well.
As a single mother I had to make many cuts to our budget. We don't have TV or internet. We use my phone for internet when we need it. We don't go out to the movies or other places that require admission fees. We also eat all of our meals at home unless we have a pretty darn good coupon. We all know it could be worse.
This year I would like us all to work on compassion. I have a hard time not getting angry when others complain about not getting something for lack of money when said item isn't even a have to have. I have made my life work on $12000 a year with three kids and no state assistance.  I know that maybe I have a stronger will to not over spend on somethings than others. I know bot judging them is something I really need to work on. God made us all different and we are to be accepting of that.
What things did you learn from last year? What do you hope to learn this year?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

TYSC Weekly Experiment Results: Bending Water

TYSC Weekly Experiment result and conclusion: BENDING WATER

Results: The stream of water moves towards the balloon
Conclusion: When the balloon is rubbed on your hair, it becomes static and has an electric charge. Water also has a slight electric charge and gets attracted to the balloon.
 
This was a very cool science experiment for the kids and I.  I hope you guys check TYSC on Facebook and do some of the cook easy weekly experiments.