Saturday, April 28, 2012
Caleb, continues to use Mathematical Reasoning Level F (which is on sale right now). He alternates between Math-U-See and and Mathematical Reasoning.
I am so thankful that my daughter loves to spend time with me and just hang out. She hugs me and tells me she loves me. She gives me a goodnight kiss every, single, night. When Lupe and I go on a date, she always says,"Have fun with dad".
Yesterday I was very tired (I know, it's the story of my life, but I had stayed up late the night before getting things done. It was 2:00 a.m. when I crawled into bed). I decided I'd take a quick nap. My sweet girl, tucked me in with her favorite blanket and stuffed dog (Coffee Bean). She also made sure her younger siblings (like Lance) didn't disturb me. I slept for a good hour. Thank you Sweetie, I love you!
Here is another photo shoot of me trying to get a picture of teeth again, or really only one tooth. I've blogged before about Lance's dead tooth. Well lately it's been poking out. Of course you know me, I HAD to have a picture. It's a memory. One that would be forgotten if I didn't capture it on film and blog about it.
First I had him smile real big but as you can see, one can't really see the tooth and how it's pointing out. Awww, but look at that face!
I was trying to get a good smile from Ethan. Two of his teeth fell out months ago and left gaps. Not a sign of the new teeth anywhere. Now that Ethan doesn't like me taking pictures it's so HARD. Thankfully he was in the mood for a photo shoot yesterday. So happy!
Today was a Joshy day! I spent some time with him going over math. He was doing so well for a while. He really enjoys Systematic Math and I like it too. One of my complaints about the program is there's not enough review (for my son anyway). I know there are so many free printable, but I don't want to go searching ;) but we will continue to use this program.
Joshua, is really impressed with his current Bible Program, the Judah Bible Curriculum. This is a TOS Crew item. Today he said, "I've learned more in the past couple of weeks, then all year with my current program". Wow, I didn't realize he liked it so much.
Joshua enjoys writing. He is almost done with Writing with Skills Week 11. I must say upfront that I'm not using this writing program as intended (blushing). I'm not tweaking much but not following the Rubric to a 'T'. I know I need to do better but for now looking is writing over and talking about it is how we are using it. He is gleaning from it and I can tell ya, he's doing a lot better than I when I was in 8th grade.
It's been a really nice, calm, breezy day. The sun is shining but it's not too hot. There is a breeze coming through the kitchen windows. With that description, bet you couldn't tell I have two sick kiddos home =)
Caleb and Lance both have a sore throat and a headache. My poor little guys. They have been resting up all morning.
This morning I put some chicken in the crock-pot with some Louisiana Hot Sauce. I thought I'd make some Kicken Chicken, okay, goofy name. I named it. It's really called Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken. I'm slow cooking it for 6 hours, then adding a tab of butter and an 8oz block of Cream Cheese. I read that the Cream Cheese will tone down the spice a bit (for Lance). I didn't have a Ranch packet so I made my own and instead of using bread we will make this with Whole Wheat Pita bread. Will have to report back to see how it came out.
While I was putting all this in the Crock-Pot I thought, hmmm, two sick children with sore-throats. Not sure if this was the best day to make this for supper. I had to use the chicken though because another few days and it wouldn't have been good, I don't like to freeze chicken that is past the due date (mine expired yesterday).
I had 7lbs, so I used four for the 'Kicken Chicken' and decided to make Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls (I call it Matzo Dumplings). After boiling some of the chicken and shredding it, I realized I had enough to make my favorite Chicken Salad (this is what I was originally going to use it for but thought I'd sacrifice my chicken for the children and make soup).
I really enjoy cooking and making food for my family but with all the busyness I am often rushed. Today, I was really able to enjoy it. Annette and Josh, did their school on their own. Earlier I read books from Preparing Hearts, but since Caleb wasn't feeling well, we stopped school and I cooked.
Not sure how to explain it but it was one of those non~rushed days. Below is Lance. He just woke up and was hungry. My soup was almost done.