After talking to one of my friends today about what her kids are doing in school my brain hurts. Plus I’m seriously doubling my efforts to convince Ben that I should home school Ellie. He says I need to send her to public school because it will give me the personal time I really need. Does he forget I’ll still have Aubrey at home when Ellie starts kindergarten? She’ll be a little over 2, so personal time will not be in my future! He definitely doesn’t forget. His other argument is that I won’t have the time to devote to homeschooling Ellie with Aubrey at home, but I disagree. I have plenty of mamas in my little support circle who not only home school multiple kiddos, but they do it with a toddler on their heels. I think I can manage.
Anywho today’s discussion was about my friend’s elementary aged kiddos and common core which is now being taught in the schools here as well as her teen and band class. The band discussion was simple. She knows I’m good at finding online deals, so she asked me to find the most affordable rico reeds she can get for her daughter’s clarinet. Done. I did some research and sent her a few links. As for the common core, she blew my mind with some of the math problems on her son’s worksheet this week. Seriously, why does math have to be so difficult? I admit math was not my best subject. Although I did manage to make it through AP Calculus I had a hard time with math. I was a history, English, and science kind of gal. Even so I can take one look at common core math and see how absolutely ridiculous it is. Why are children being taught to work twice as hard to get to the same answer?
The math isn’t the only issue I have with common core, but I won’t get into those right now. Home school is definitely seeming to be the much better choice for us, so I really need to get on the ball convincing Ben then deciding which curriculum I like best. Heck, I may even do as my friend Jennifer does with her three girls and design my own from various online Christian resources. I have an extra year before Ellie starts school thanks to her birthday falling a month after the cut off, so I have some time to figure it all out. The way I see it we can definitely give it a shot, and if we don’t like the way home schooling is going we have the option to enroll her in public school or even try to budget in private school from then on. Personally I feel Ellie would do better in a one on one environment. She is a high strung child with many traits of ADD, and she had a hard time concentrating on things when she’s in an environment with multiple children. This could be the answer to help us all.
You know what word is funny to say? Flugelhorn! I came across the flugelhorn at wwbw when I was doing some research on some prices for clarinet stuff for a friend, and I don’t know why I decided the word Flugelhorn is so funny. I saw the word on my screen and burst out laughing. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep from being up half the night with the kiddos, or all the whining I’ve listened to today. Either way I still find it funny!
Even though my motherboard bit the dust I managed to have a pretty successful day today working from my phone. As much as it makes my fingers cramp typing on this little keyboard I managed to get caught up on everything I’ve fallen behind on over the past week of dealing with sickness in the house.
After lunch my bff came by so I could help her build a quick website. Thankfully she brought her laptop so I didn’t have to do that from my phone. I would have gladly thrown a site together for her, but she wanted to learn to do it herself. I decided to show her how to use IM creator because it’s pretty simple and straight forward. An hour later she walked out with a website ready to launch and I moved on to the other thing I’ve been avoiding…laundry.
Aubrey and I have spent all evening catching up on the mountain in the laundry room, and we’re still not done. That’s partly because I pulled a ton of baby clothes out of the attic and even though I washed them all to put away I can’t bring myself to put my kid in them without washing them again. A large portion of the attic clothes are things that are too small, and I hope to have a yard sale this weekend with them and a few other things. I guess that tells me what I’ll be doing the rest of the week. Yep, it’ll be yard sale prep time.
It’s that time of the year for me…the time when I want to pull my hair out because I feel like everything is falling apart. Tax season arrives, I make big plans…a huge chunk to savings, a tablet for the family, new tires for the truck, and a mini 1 night away vacation.
Then it all goes straight down the toilet. Literally that is what is this year because the first thing on the tax money spending agenda is fixing the broken plumbing. The toilet line to the septic tank is collapsing thanks to a huge tree with roots growing over it, the kitchen faucet broke a few days ago leaving me with only cold water (thank goodness for the dishwasher!), and I woke up to find a beauty of a crack in the bathroom sink that no one can explain.
*insert eyeroll here*
Our vehicles have also decided they want a break from their daily duties as well. The Blazer is in drastic need of a new wheel bearing, and Ben will be fixing that this afternoon. That’s only because he needs a way to get to work tonight, and the Duramax decided we don’t need 4th or 5th gear this week. *sigh* At least it’s just a sensor on the tranny, but it’s a really expensive dealership only sensor. Of course it’s almost $200 cheaper if you get it from an authorized Allison distributor instead of the Chevy dealorship, but we don’t have one of those in our area.
Then there are the electronics in the house. The remote to the cable box went kaput, and I keep forgetting to call Charter about a new one. then the dishwasher started acting up, the door latch on the dryer snapped off, and last but not least my motherboard in my pc went boom when the power flipped yesterday. Mind you the flickering and flipping power during the snow storm didn’t phase it. No, it waited until I sat down to work yesterday. I’m currently stuck blogging and working from my phone (thank you Droid 4 keyboard for making it easier to type out long posts), but even my phone has decided to be screwy today.
So yeah, I’m quite frustrated with it all right now, but I’m reminding myself it’s not all that bad. We’ve got a roof over our heads, food on the table, heat to keep us warm, and the tax funds to fix it all at once. I’m thankful everything didn’t decide to break 2 months ago when we were really in a pinch.