Monday, May 28, 2012

Time out for blogging...

Today, I am taking a few moments to take a time out to blog...Between working on a day others are holidaying and continuing to homeschool a bit and cleaning (some)...this is a reprieve. :)  And, yes...holidaying is a word. I just made it up!

The child is finishing the Antarctica unit today. For such a small continent, it has taken longer to complete this unit than I expected. 

We hope to get through chapter 4 and part of 5 of The Hiding Place tonight with him. We were reading only this book, until the child decided he wanted to read a pentalogy. So, we made a compromise. He is independently reading the first book of the 5 in his new series. I agreed THP could be the 'car book'. Only, yesterday while driving to my mother's house to feed the dog while she was out of town, he took his book with him and read it in the car.  

What am I do...??  I definitely do not want to tell him not to read something, when he is wanting to read it. 

My younger child is burnt from being out on the lake some yesterday and Friday. He slept almost his entire day away due to such. I am tired, but have been working on my consulting job on and off throughout the day. This household has been practically abandoned for the last month. My OCD has not even had time to really take notice of the messes piling around. Well, I take that back. I have noticed, but have not had time to mess with them. Today, I took some time. I think it will take almost a month to get this house back in order. 

I need to speak to my older has been like 2 days since I spoke with him...he is ever persistent in my prayers...I hate to see them grow and become adults. I like them little. :)
But, for now... back to work. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

being beaten up by beetles...

I refuse to let a Japanese beetle beat me at the game of growing something.


Last week, I noticed that the grape vine we planted last year was doing quite well. We found some small grapes started on it as well. My grape leaves were vibrant and healthy...and whole.

The other day when I went to check on the grape vine...I discovered the Japanese beetles are having a literal feast on my vine leaves. Where are the ladybugs? Where are the praying mantises? This will not do.

Today, after viewing the destruction...I went unorganic. I hate this intensely. I think after I sprayed the leaves, I spent about a 1/2 hour squashing those pesky beetles.


Although, my grapes are still growing...

Friday, May 25, 2012

To my son...

your path is lit for you...
sometimes you just have to look to the Lord to light the way of your path...
you are not a stepping stone.
you are stepping through a path carved just for you, created just for you, meant for just you...
this is not meant to be in your time, but HIS...
His time, for Him, by Him, through Him...
for you...
and whether you know it or not...
i have a daughter out there, picked just for you by Him,
before i ever knew your name or thought of your existence...
she is prayed for daily...
a hedge of protection is placed around her each night...
her path is guarded and her tred is light...
she is safe and sound waiting for you, chosen for you...
though she may not know this...
it has to be in the Lord's time...
this is the TRUTH...
know it, realize it...
because you cannot escape it.
and mostly, you are loved.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Homeschool or Normal Day??...and stuff

Today we had a multitude of doctors appointments it seemed. We started out at the chiropractor, then went to my doctor, then went for my younger child's allergy tests. He was poked and pricked...and we are supposed to go back in about a week.

On the way to the allergist for the child...I slowed down to show him where the security/retaining wall that used to enclose part of the old state mental hospital campus had collapsed in a recent storm. It revealed, obviously, parts of the campus we had never seen from the street. We were running about 1.5 hours ahead of schedule and it offered the perfect (??) detour til time to report to the doctor.

File:Mills Building, South Carolina State Hospital.jpg 

Now be mindful, that I have this streak in me at times...that my husband feels is troublesome at best. I feel it is adventurous...some of our best homeschool sudden field trips/moments have occurred due to this nature. It was this that led us to explore the grounds of the South Carolina State Hospital, formerly known as the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, today.

It is slightly ominous and sad locale...I was able to show my son the old library and chapel and there were some comments on how life in an insane asylum was made to look like a somewhat normal neighborhood. We examined old water pipes that pumped water to an old greenhouse and to various support structures. He saw old dormitory buildings and such. We discussed the position of society from several decades ago of storing away the citizens of society whom were considered to be mentally unstable, senile, demented, or in some cases handicapped.

We discussed how this occurred to children with disabilities as well and often they were forgotten or left to grow up with only the facility caretakers as their family. (Though this was emphasized as never being revealed in history I have learned of this exact location, I did explain it had happened in many facilities throughout the nation.) I know this is not the case for all of them, but it was for many. There was mention of a child from the family born not alive, whom the Lord brought back, and he was diagnosed with CP. My son exclaimed how smart this young boy is and how much energy he has. I told him this child is like he is today, because he was vested his parents and the Lord. We discussed his own diagnosis of brain damage many years ago and how specialists told me the lists of things he would NEVER do again. I refused this then and do now.

I remember my reaction back then...I refused for these words to be spoken over my child. I rebuked the words of these individuals. I refused to give up on my child. And from the backseat of my truck today, on those hospital grounds, my child said he was glad I never gave up on him. :)  Thank you, Lord.

God had this then, and He has it now. God did this. God made this real. His His His time...for His glory...for His praise...for His Jesus' the guiding power of the Spirit...for my children.

We discussed other elements of the ornately designed some of the buildings seemed outwardly...covering what they hid away inwardly. We discussed how and why the dormitory windows were clouded to not let in sunlight or let people inside see out. My child commented on how the entire campus seems to be fenced in...he asked what the people around the city were afraid of...why was the entire place enclosed?  Great discussions today. Lots of learning transpired.

At the allergist later, the allergy testing transpired. Poor kid...stuck and then it was over and he was itchy.


We went by the capitol to look for Occupiers...they were where? When did they leave? What happened to the vigil? I was disappointed...

Lunch at the Mellow Mushroom was awesome. It amazes me how our eating habits differ. My son had a barbecue chicken pizza. I had a pita with artichoke, pesto, shitoke and portobello, sun dried tomatoes, and provolone. Interesting how two people can spend so much time together and be so alike, and differ so much.

 canister stacking and balancing at Mellow Mushroom at lunchtime...

more stacking and balancing....

We went and looked at kayaks and camping materials after lunch. This store really had some beautiful boats and boards.

 My child knocked over this entire display with a paddle he was playing with demonstrating how to use. I took this picture after he restored the display.

We went to a local art gallery. He was most fascinated with the old scale.

We viewed the mechanics of the old elevator.
We viewed some art pieces.

This was the most fascinating piece in the whole bunch, in my opinion. I could tell what it was until I had backed away from it almost 1/2 dozen times and viewed it from differing angles. It is the scripture from James and the cans are nested in such a manner to form the face of a man. Most artwork in the whole gallery.

We went to an old art store and while he viewed art supplies, I became entranced by the architecture of the building.

We made a birdy friend on the way out.

We got a parking ticket, because we took more time to explore than the meter had been supplied for...

We saw these interesting sculptures outside a church on the way home.

We read through chapter 3 of The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom today. We discussed the book and made connections to past novels read and some historical events.

I was going to chalk this day up to a schooling day lost, due to no true book academics...and the doctors' visits that took up most of the day...After further inspection and review...I think we homeschooled throughout the day all along...

My final thoughts were on reflection this afternoon...I went to work this stomach bug I thought had left has returned...but, tonight, I found a note I had written while at a recent homeschool support group meeting...The  note I wrote was more to myself and not necessarily about what the current speaker was speaking about...

Life is but a vapor. Your days are will you make today count?
Life is but a vapor. Your days are did you make today count?

Today, I know I made today count.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

homeschool update

-We went to the county museum for a brief field trip this week. It was nice to get out of the house and be active. We pinched some rosemary and my son found some early cut nails and some that appear to be hand forged. 

-We have finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy in less than two weeks. My son has devoured these books. My son, with significant learning disabilities, has begged to read. I am without words on this matter. I love to watch him read. 

-We have almost finished the Antarctica unit. This will be the 3 continent of the seven. He has about 7 more research questions related to the unit and the mapping activity. 
-We started reading the Hiding Place tonight. We got through most of the first chapter. 
-In two weeks or before, we will be back to tackling the Latin curriculum, grammar, and Algebra I. I am hopeful to finish up Latin I, the Geography curriculum, and grammar with him this summer, so we can concentrate on the writing portion of ELA and Physical Science next year from September through May. Algebra I will be ongoing. We will continue to complete literacy units, but will perhaps slow down some through the summer through next Spring, as he is starting the 8th literacy study with the Hiding Place.
-Art is coming along and he will finish the lessons next week. He has produced 3 painted pictures, several pottery pieces, and some other works of art. We stayed after art class together last week to be creative together. He painted a dog bank that looked like YaYa (he says so, anyway). He already has one of Cassie, so he needed one of YaYa. I made a vase with the Palmetto tree and gorget on it, after our state seal. It was fun. 
-He is doing well with guitar lessons. I am amazed at how musically talented he is. I did not know this about my child. He is supposed to have a public playing soon, according to the teacher. I am anticipating the date.
-We went kayaking recently and now he wants to do so on a regular basis. We are looking for a set of used kayaks in good condition to buy. 
-He continues speech therapy and occupational therapy, but at a lessened rate currently. 

-Oh, and not really a homeschool thing...but we are going to see the Blue Man Group!

Grapes are growing!!

Last year we planted a grape vine. It grew well and we used some of the leaves to even make dolmades.

This vine was supposed to take 3-5 years to produce plants...we are just in the 2nd year - we have baby grapes growing...


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Fart Egg

 We got a fart egg today. I have heard of these, but this was the first one we have gotten.
 It is tiny in comparison to the others.