Friday, October 2, 2009

Yeah, I'm Still Here

Busy, busy it seems.

After moving and unpacking this summer (which ended up taking ALL summer) I finally had a whole week to take a breath before the kids started NVVA. Between the heavier load of school work and soccer practices 4 nights a week, I've been a little overwhelmed. The boys don't seem to mind, but I'm finding very little "me" time these days.

We are enjoying the K12 curriculum offered through NVVA. It's seems to be based on a classical model focusing heavily on Language Arts, Math, History, Science on the Arts. My 5th grader has 5 History lessons a week. How great it that? So many kids don't get any real History in their education these days. Also, being mastery based, we can cruise through things that we already know, take more time on subjects that challenge us and just skip over the busy work. Love it!

Soccer has overwhelmed our lives as well. Z is still with AYSO, but practicing 2 nights a week. (and thankfully his coaches are not only super nice guys, but are also skilled players.....looks like Z will grow in his soccer skills this season!) N in on a club team this year. His coach is the one he has last fall and many of the same boys are on the team. It's been a great experience for him and we've seen quite a bit of growth in him as an athlete.

Me? Well, just trying to keep up with all the minor details of running a home so everyone is fed and has clean clothes!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Whew...I Needed a Break!

It's been a while, hasn't it? Lots of little things in my life have added up to me being just plain reoccupied!

We are currently in the process of moving to a new home. Moving totally takes over your world for about two months. Purging, selling, gathering boxes, searching neighborhoods, looking at homes, organizing, packing, moving, unpacking, decorating (my favorite part) all while keeping my family fed, keeping the house relatively clean, the laundry done and still getting out to see friends and family now and then.

So don't expect anything out of me until August. That's 'bout all I have right now. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 16, 2009

I'm Remembering Why I Moved Away From Oregon

It rains there.....a lot.

The rain is nice when there's just a few hours of it and the sun comes out in the afternoon. Or when you get a crashing thunderstorm for a few hours.

Or maybe on a Saturday, when you just want to curl up and watch a movie.

It also smells heavenly when you haven't had rain in a while.

But the endless drizzle a grey skies really gets on my nerves.

This winter, we have seen more gray skies in Las Vegas than I have in the past 12 years combined.

Here's Proof:

I need my sunshine and I need it now!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The New Year

Well, the Christmas decorations are packed away and the new year has come and gone. There are some new possibilities on the horizon, but I'm not getting my hopes up until they come to fruition. I suppose you can say I have the usual January blues...even through it's a new year, I don't get excited about it until spring. And even though it's in the mid 60's and sunny out, I still feel like its winter. And past the holidays, there's nothing I like about winter.

To top it off, it was Z's birthday yesterday. His 8th birthday. This is significant to me because the way I see it, my parenting era (although we know that never truly ends) is half over. My oldest is almost 10 and in 10 years, Z will be an adult. It's gone by so stinkin' fast. Wasn't it just a few weeks ago I was still changing diapers and strapping the boys in strollers? It seems that way. I can't imagine how fast the next 10 will go.


Last week was also stressful in other ways. I experienced a bit of drama with another homeschool mom (I won't claim to be totally innocent, I do have a tendency to be snarky). Seems even in my 40's Jr High is still not over. I'm not going to go into detail here, but lets just say I've joined a long list of people she's alienated. On the other hand, I've never been one to be in lockstep with a group. That's the direction our homeschool group was going (you must only agree with the opinion of the Queen, lest be exiled from her majesty's kingdom). Yes, I've been exiled.


So what else? Hmmm, I finally discovered Facebook last month. It's a bit addicting....but I like it. There's friends I think of often, but we don't have time to get together. There's extended family I only send Christmas cards to once a year. And there's old school chums that I haven't seen in 25 years, but it's good just to see their faces. I like that I can peak in on them and know they are well. It makes me happy.


Oh, am I avoiding the New Year's resolution? Yes, yes I am. But here it is: I have decided to be more self disciplined. It carries over every where in my life.....exercise, diet, homeschool, spirituality, housekeeping, etc. I'm starting slow and trying to add small things in and make them habit. I'm getting there and I think in a couple months I will be at a good place. I just know that jumping in with both feet will cause great stress and most likely quick failure. Better to start small and work new habit into my life.


So that's it. Nothing to exciting....but that would be January, wouldn't it?