Thursday, February 18, 2010

Make up your minds Gods!

It was last Saturday and the Gods were smiling upon me. DH got out of work early (he works 6 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm, and no he doesn't get overtime.) So we decided to go out to ur local flea markets and see what we could find. First one was a bust. They had a nice solid wood sleigh bed with the nightstands for $500. But DH thinks our old bed, which he broke when we were just getting to know each other, is still good.
We had spent a good while at the second flea market and I was giving myself up for lost, since I had seen nothing to tickle my fancy. And then, just around the corner, was this.


DH asked how much they wanted for it and I just about keeled over. $50!!!!!! Quick, buy it, NOOOOOW! I couldn't believe my luck.
But alas, it was going to be shortlived. Sunday came around, and I woke up knowing it would be a great day. I could sit at my lovely table and drink my morning coffee. I decided to check an ebay auction that was ending that morning. It was for a used newchildmontessori curriculum worth around $175.00. There were about 9 minutes left and I was sure in my childlike innocence that I would win. I went about my day and completely forgot about it, that's how sure I was.
And then that afternoon, DH dropped the bomb. I had used his account to make the bid. I had LOST. Whhhhhhaaaaaat?
Some jerk came in at the last minute (literally) and outbid me by $1.50!
There was only one thing left to do. Sit at my new table and cry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Home Depot Kids Workshop

I fount out about this in January. It's a built it yourself workshop held at The Home Depot every first Saturday of the month. They have a different craft every month. The kids get a orange apron the first time they go, and then a pin with each project they complete. At the end, they also get a snack. My two boys love it and so does mommy because it's absolutely FREE! You can get more information on the workshops here.


Here are my kids getting reading to leave the house for the workshop this past Saturday:




And here they are having their snack at the end. This time they made a car display:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A rose by any other name.....

I'm admitting that I'm all messed up in the head. I always wondered why crazy people stop taking their pills if they are working.
Now I'm one of those crazy people. I've dealt with really bad panic attacks since I was in the seventh grade. After the birth of Liam, it got so bad within three days of giving birth to him that I had to go on Zoloft. It was working great at keeping my anxiety at bay, and on the plus side, it made me a really nice mom. No more fits of rage.
Fast foward to last October, when I ran out of the script. I figured I would wing it without the medication. And while the anxiety did not really come back, the ugly did. But I felt I needed to try to control my anger on my own. Because you have to be a really screwed up and bad mom if you can't be nice to your kids out of your own free volition right?
Well, it's been a few months, and I was doing so so, but there are days that are horrible and I wish I could just erase them. And yesterday was one of those days. Absolutely horrible.
So I'm going to pick up my pills today. It breaks my heart to admit that I have to take medication just to be a good mom, and that I'll probably have to do this the rest of my life.
I just wish I had the goodness in me to do it on my own.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Homeschooling for the lazy mom?

So I've decided that I'll start homeschooling Jeremy later this year. Yeap. You read right. Now the question is, can a disorganized mom like me manage to homeschool, when I barely have everything else under control? Or am I once again biting off more than I can chew?
Well, the answer to that question remains to be seen, as I do not plan on starting until September. Which means I have plenty of time to get my act together.
Because I LOVE lists, I've gone ahead and made one listing the things I need to do before our homeschooling journey can begin:

1. Get the kids on a schedule.
2. Get myself into a groove with regards to housework. If the house is a mess I know homeschooling will be a disaster. Did someone say Flylady?
3. Decide on a homeschooling philosophy/curriculum.
4. Read up on said curriculum.
5. Buy homeschooling supplies.
6. DIVE IN!

Now, I have a leg up on number 3, since I'm pretty sure that I'll be doing a loose interpretation of a Montessori preschool along with some Waldorf elements thrown in for good measure. Here's my current reading list:

The Hurried Child by David Elkind.
Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner.
Childhood and Society by Erik Erikson.
Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock.
Waldorf Education: A Family Guy by Pamela J. Fenner
The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World by Susan Linn

Any other books I should be reading?