Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Longest Weekend Ever

Whew.  I am finally sitting down.  After what feels like the longest weekend ever. 

My aunt Judy passed away 2 weeks ago, and they had her funeral 3 days ago in Albuquerque, NM.  Our plan was to drive over for the funeral and then drive back with my parents so they could visit for a few weeks.  I figured it would be a good distraction for my mom, who just lost her sister, to be around the kids. 

So we packed up the car, loaded the dog, all our stuff - set off -- and our car started making a weird noise and alarms were going off every few seconds.  Well, being the GENIUS car person that I am - I suggested to my husband (who's on a business call with his boss) to just turn the car off and on again at this stop light 4 blocks from our house. 

If I could, I'd go back in time and smack me upside the head.  Because then this happened. 

Good times. Land Rover of Frisco wanted to charge us more than our mortgage payment to fix it.  So we hot-wired it back home and cried.  Well, I did.  I really wanted to say goodbye to my aunt and bring my parents home with us. 

So my sweet hubby decided we would just take our other (SMALLER) car and figure things out.  So, 4 am Saturday morning we were off.  14 hours later we pulled into Farmington. 

I love being home with my family, but this trip was short and bittersweet.  We tried to make the most of it.  We shopped and ate and drank lots of wine!  The kids played and played!

Then Monday morning we were off again at 6 am for Albq. and the funeral.  My parents agreed to come along in their car and then I'd just drive them home in a few weeks and fly back. 

We got to say goodbye to my sweet mean auntie.  She was tough as nails, but I will miss her. 

Then we got to spend some time with some of my cousins.

After an appointment for my dad, we finally hit the road around 4 pm.  But by 8 pm, I was already exhausted.  The day had been long and emotional and I was so not gonna make it another 9 hours. So we stopped at a lovely cheap hotel in Amarillo.  Our room came with popcorn!  On the floor.  All over.  Fun.

But we slept in late and got a fresh start on the trip the next morning.  And for some reason that trip from Amarillo to Frisco took approx. 76 hours.  We.Just.Kept.Stopping. 

We finally rolled into Frisco around 5 pm and just crashed.  Haha!  I wish!  We had to unload, unpack, feed and entertain the kids.  AND take our broken car to the shop. 

Then my poor husband had to wake up at 4 am this morning to travel to Canada for work. 

Whew.  Poor guy. 

So today is full of dance classes for the kids, errands and grocery shopping.  AND I forgot the dog food, so we have to go back to the grocery store. 

And we've got school work to catch up on, homeschool Halloween parties to go to, and a house to sell. 

Life, it just keeps on moving on. 

RIP Aunt Judy.  We will miss you. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

My Eyes... My Eyes!!

Allergies caught up with me.  Or, my eyes more specifically.  But I actually blame The Fault in Our Stars. 

I had read the book maybe a year ago and bawled my eyes out.  But time makes you forget.  So when I saw the movie on HBO Go Tuesday night I though "Oh, I know it's sad, but I can handle sad.  It's not that sad.  I'm gonna watch it." 

HUGE MISTAKE.  It IS that sad.  It is more then THAT sad. 

So, after crying for a solid 2 hours straight, well sobbing really, I went to bed with red swollen eyes.  Not a huge deal until the next morning when my right eye is crusted/swollen shut.

Long story short and $100 later (eye drops are EXPENSIVE) - I'm stuck wearing my glasses (an old Rx and I can't even see) for the next couple of days.  It looks like pink eye, but it's just allergies.  My eyes itch and hurt and I can't see.  Good times.

 The Fault in Our Stars - you were so not worth it.

In other news, I am now obsessed with Gossip Girls.  Much less crying.  Much more backstabbing and rich-kid envy.  But I can't stop watching it! I haven't had a show to watch in forever.  It is so trashy and good!! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Miles Away Again

We are moving!  Yay?  Moving sucks.  But this house -- we are so excited!!

So, first of all - we could never have done this without the help of our amazing friend Beverly.  She flips houses professionally and we've always been in awe of her talent and knowledge when it comes to this trade.  Mostly because it seems like such a complicated business and she KILLS at it.  She just knows EVERYTHING there is to know about every single detail.  But also because my husband is obsessed with HGTV and we both love the idea of flipping a house, or even just buying one to fix up and live in and have exactly the way we want!

She is the reason we have this house in Frisco.  From finding the short sale to helping us get it.  We already owe her huge for this one!

Then.  She did it again!  She found us an amazing house in Uptown (technically Oak Lawn area) that is PERFECT for us.  And again, without her help in a million different ways, we could never have this opportunity. 

We owe her our first born.  But honestly - she can have either of these crazy kids this week.  They are still fighting like cats and dogs.  Also, they co-sleep.  So we might have to come to other arraignments.

But I digress.  This house!!  It needs some work.  Foundation.  Probably electrical.  Maybe even plumbing.  Besides all that, it's mostly live-in ready.  It has been updated in most places.  And we will update things we want to change as we can.  But we are so excited at the potential!!!


We are just excited to be moving back to Dallas!  Since we've left, we have felt like we were never home.  Even our house now doesn't have pictures up on the walls.  We just never felt at home here.  

This house is 3 bedrooms, 3.1 bathrooms.  It's almost as big as the one we are in now.  It's walking distance to a grocery store and a ton of restaurants (some of our favorites from when we lived in downtown!).  

I've already joined a couple of homeschool meetup groups down there!  

It's all so exciting.  

So, for now - we are focused on foundation repair and getting out of this house we are in!  

Know anyone who wants an awesome house in Frisco? 

Friday, October 2, 2015

We've Got Some Work To Do

If it's a 50/50 chance to get them on right, how on earth does she keep putting them on wrong.  Every. Single.  Time.

Also.  She LOVES sporting socks with flip flips.  MUCH like her Nana, who I've always said she looks like.  (Especially when mad.)

This girl is 2.  And she is a hot hot mess.  Clearly.

Every time I laugh at anything (something on tv, something I'm reading, something Miles does, a text message) she says "what Mommy, me?"  with a big smile on her face.  Like for sure she is just the funniest thing ever, of course I'm laughing at her.

Her vocabulary is off the charts.  Or maybe I'm just comparing her to Miles at 2.  He didn't say anything.  And she says EVERYTHING.

Some of her favorite things to say - "I see" (anytime anyone shows anyone anything) "No mine" "My turn" "No I do it self" "Where'd pappy (paci) go?" "Where'd baby go?" "My iPad" "Socks on!" "Shoes on!" "Where going?" "Who dat?" (for anything, person or item) "I wann one" "I wann one too" (usually any time I have a bite of anything in my mouth, whether she's eaten or not.) "I so so hungy, mmmm mmm mmm mmmm" (while rubbing her belly) "I watch ABC Songs" "Oh, sank you mommy" (thank you) "sank you, welcome" "No" "Sorye Miyels" "diapy off" "diapy doo doo" "poopoopotty" (thanks to her brother they both say a LOT of poop jokes) "potty on potty" (while taking her diaper off and then sitting on the potty) (she may be trying to tell me something)

And pretty much anything she wants to say.  Because she says EVERYTHING. 

And I am SO not ready for potty training. 

Fall, Fighting, and Gunk In Your Eye

It's finally so lovely outside it hurts!  Like, literally.  We've all got some crazy allergies turning gunky up in here.

It started Tuesday with runny noses for both kids.  I immediately started the diffuser with Theives and DC oils.  I started pumping them with Briarrose and Elderberry and Highlands Allergy medicine.

But despite my best efforts the boogers are turning into coughing fits and gunky eyes.  Miles coughed from 4 am to 5:30 this morning.  And I woke up with my right eye gunked shut.

Fun times.

Also, with this fun gunky fall weather - my children have turned into fighting machines.  I swear, something is in the air.  They will not.stop.fighting.  And I'm losing my cool.

Miles is insisting on bossing Natalie around.  And Natalie loves to just walk over to Miles and smack him as hard as she can for no apparent reason what so ever.  So.  That's fun.

Maybe it's because we've been staying in all week since I thought they were sick.  Maybe it's cabin fever!

I'm fairly certain it's just allergies though, so I'm gonna hit up the Family Health Market for more allergy medicine and get these crazies out of the house tonight.

But first, while Natalie naps, a quick reading lesson and writing the letter S.
Which he did for like 30 more seconds before sliding off the couch in boredom.  So I made him write his name and then let him go to the garage to play with his dog.

We'll come back to this one!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I'm Just Gonna Leave This Right Here

More on the subject of teaching kids to read at such young ages.  This article is awesome!  Touching on what kindergarten looks like in America with Common Core and comparing it to Finland. 

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland

Let kindergartners play! 

Some highlights --

Finnish schools have received substantial media attention for years now—largely because of the consistently strong performance of its 15-year-olds on international tests like the PISA.

 [Children] learn so well through play. They don’t even realize that they are learning because they’re so interested.

When children play, Osei Ntiamoah continued, they’re developing their language, math, and social-interaction skills.

Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily.

Nowadays, Finnish teachers are free to teach reading if they determine a child is “willing and interested” to learn.

But there isn’t any solid evidence that shows that children who are taught to read in kindergarten have any long-term benefit from it.

Ok... just go read it!  It's all good!  

Our Homeschooling Day

In my last post I mentioned that we don't necessarily do "school" every single day.  Which is true.  But I don't want to imply that we don't bother with anything ever.

We do school a lot.  Some days we do more then others.  Some days we do nothing (rare).  But most days we try to hit at least our reading lesson out of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and math.

Since I haven't dropped the hammer on our math curriculum yet (I want this one!) we've been doing our Star Wars Math workbook and lots of fun apps on the iPad.  I love the Starfall app.  It's teaching him things like coins, measuring, geometry basics, fractions, and more with fun games that he actually loves to play!  We also practice letter writing and I think it's thanks to the Starfall app (and the Star Wars workbook actually) that he finally grasped 12, 13, 14, 15.  He kept skipping 13.

A DMB friend actually introduced me to a bunch of other fun iPad apps.  One that teaches about our bodies (he loves it) and one that's a really cool interactive atlas of the world.  So if he is playing well with his sister or by himself, I usually let him play.  When he wants to play a video game or watch TV - I let him do a learning app or a Star Wars workbook.

Some days it's hard to fit everything in.  Between playing, running errands, taking care of a 2 year old, meals and taking care of the house.  I'm still trying to find my groove.

I've had our Kiwi Crate art projects out on the dining room table all week, and we just haven't had time to get to them yet.  But we did 2 art projects last week, so I'm not worried about missing one this week.  We can try to catch up later.

And that's what I love about homeschool.  We go at our own pace!  If we don't hit our reading lesson every day - then I make up for it during the weekend.  Sometimes we do 2 lessons in 1 day if he's really having fun.  He loves the book we're using, so it's been easy to get him to do his work so far.

And some days we really are just too busy playing!