Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Right Now - Cliff Jumping

40+ and still cliff jumping!
Kate following in her mama's footsteps (or rather jumps! Although she actually went first with almost no hesitation!)
And my Jumping Jackalope who instigated the whole ordeal.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Reading List

New list for a new season. 

Thought I would make a shorter list for spring. Nope.

But even though I won't read all these books, it does give me some direction.

Audiobooks - mostly chosen because they are on my Audible account. Many are from the 2015 Books to Movies List.
  1. Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
  2. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  3. The Introvert Advantage
  4. Love, Rosie (currently listening - almost done)
  5. The Zookeeper's Wife
  6. The Light Between Oceans
  7. Paper Towns
  8. One Plus One
  9. Far From the Maddening Crowd
Nonfiction - do I really think I'll read this many nonfiction books?!? Am I not learning anything from my current read Essentialism?!? (but I've actually started about half of these books, so half the list is really just half books...)
  1. Coaching With the Brain in Mind 
  2. Deconstructing Penguins
  3. 10 Minute Toughness
  4. Daughters of Eve (currently reading - but not actively!)
  5. Silver Spoon Kids (started but didn't get far)
  6. Return to Life Through Contrology
  7. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
  8. And Then They Won Gold (currently reading - but not actively!)
  9. The Happiness Project (started but then I had to return it to the library)
  10. Essentialism (currently reading - almost done)
  11. Better Than Before (this just came out a few days ago. I am so excited to start it!)
  12. The Opposite of Spoiled (on hold at the library - should get it this spring)
  13. Drive
  14. Unclean (by one of my favorite bloggers)
  15. More or Less
  16. Faith
Fiction/Novels -
  1. The Book Thief
  2. Orphan Train
  3. Boys in the Boat
  4. The Girl on the Train (from the library - got to get it read quick!)
  5. Station Eleven (also from the library - also need to read quick!)
  6. Big Little Lies (if/when it becomes available from library)
  7. All the Light We Can Not See (another if/when library book hold)
  8. Home (if/when library book hold)
Kids - this list will definitely be added on to depending on where our interests lead.
  1. The Phantom Tollbooth
  2. Heidi
  3. The Menagerie
  4. Time for Andrew
  5. The City of Ember
  6. Esperanza Rising
  7. Spirit Animals book 1
  8. Rules

Winter Book List - Final Review

Since today is the first day of spring and our spot in Hawaii is really rainy, I thought I'd do my final winter book review. I didn't do a great job of sticking to the winter list. Sometimes when I hear of a good book, I want to read it RIGHT NOW. Plus if a library book becomes available, it goes to the top of the reading list.

Another factor in my reading this winter was having LASIK done at the end of February. I haven't felt much like reading the last few weeks. My eyes felt really tired (still do sometimes), and most days the eyeballs felt too fatigued to focus to read. I've noticed a marked improvement over the last week, and as such, I've started back to regular reading.

I think I'll try to do a smaller list for spring and leave room for additions, but I'm looking forward to the fun of figuring out what I want to read!

Total Books Read This Winter: 19

(I *starred the books that weren't originally on my winter book list)

Audiobooks - I love audiobooks...
  1. Off to Be the Wizard
  2. Peace From Broken Pieces
  3. Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
  4. Accidentally on Purpose  
  5. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
  6. The Aviator's Wife
  7. The Introvert Advantage
  8. *Gilead (loved this! Loved it.)
  9. *Lila (sequel or prequel to Gilead - love it also)
  10. *Love, Rosie (currently listening - almost done)
Nonfiction - I'm the queen of half-reading nonfiction...
  1. Coaching With the Brain in Mind 
  2. Deconstructing Penguins
  3. 10 Minute Toughness
  4. How to Hug a Porcupine
  5. Daughters of Eve (currently reading - but not actively!)
  6. Silver Spoon Kids (started but didn't get far)
  7. Return to Life Through Contrology
  8. 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently
  9. *And Then They Won Gold (currently reading - but not actively!)
  10. *The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  11. *The Happiness Project (started but then I had to return it to the library)
  12. *Essentialism (currently reading - almost done)
Fiction/Novels - hmmm... every fiction was "added."
  1. The Book Thief
  2. Orphan Train
  3. Boys in the Boat
  4. *Fallen
  5. *The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
  6. *The Last Letter From Your Lover
Kids - love reading what my kids read!
  1. Out of My Mind
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth
  3. Feeding Malachi
  4. Heidi
  5. The Menagerie
  6. Time for Andrew
  7. The City of Ember
  8. Esperanza Rising
  9. Spirit Animals books 1-?
  10. Ruby Holler
  11. *When I Reach You
  12. *Malachi and the Ghost Kitten
  13. *Rules
  14. *Ramayana - The Divine Loophole
  15. *The Saga of Erik the Viking
  16. *Kenny and the Dragon

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Memento Mori

My grandma went into hospice this week. All in all, that's a good thing.

Read this article today and thought it was definitely worth sharing

Memento Mori

"Grief, after all, is the price we pay for love."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Homeschool Plan

Very little planned for March, and we are already behind! But this is going to be such a fun month! The kids and I are going to be in Hawaii for 3 weeks! 3 WEEKS!! It will be fun, but with trips that long, we have to keep up at least some of our schooling.

Math
  • IXL - at their own pace
  • Life of Fred Honey - we are going to re-start this, and hopefully finish it on our trip
  • MathUSee - Epsilon (Kate) at her own pace, lots of review in Hawaii; Delta (Jack) through Unit Test 2 with lots of review in Hawaii (esp long multiplication!)
  • Times Tales DVD (Jack) - view a few times/week
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate) - continue
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week while in town
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - want to finish the main lessons before we leave
  • SpellingUSee - continue Modern Milestones (Kate) and Wild Tales (Jack) at a pace appropriate for travel
  • Spelling City and OSMO Spelling (Jack)
  • Grammarland - read while traveling
  • Independent Reading - Kate will continue reading from the Battle of the Books list, Jack is working through Judy Blume's Fudge series
  • Battle of the Books team - meets weekly for Kate while in town
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol II - IR/audiobook - through ch 14
  • Review past poem memorization notebook
  • Audiobooks -  not sure...
  • Read Aloud - Ramayana Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel
Science - nothing formal planned in March

Other 
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week while in town
  • CNN Student News - 5x/week
  • Wonderopolis.org - 5x/week
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Jack will work on Level 3 at his own pace, Kate will start Grade 5 
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly while in town
  • Swim Team 3-4x/week plus dry land training weekly while in town
  • Ski School plus fun skiing - few days in March
  • Field Trips - Hawaii!

February Homeschool Review - instead of doing a separate blog post reviewing what we did the previous month, I'm going to try just adding our previous month review below the current month's plan

Math
  • IXL - a bit at their own pace
  • Life of Fred - didn't do any of this
  • MathUSee - Dividing fractions slowed us down a bit and Kate made it through Epsilon Lesson 10; Jack completed through Delta Lesson 11
  • Times Tales DVD (Jack) - completed several times a week
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate) - in progress
  • Tutoring (Jack) - 3x/week
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - through Lesson 70
  • SpellingUSee - Kate started Modern Milestones, and Jack started Wild Tales
  • Independent Reading - reading is going well, I keep a separate log of what they have read
  • Battle of the Books team - meets weekly for Kate
  • 5th grade essay contest - Kate - through homeschool program - skipped this 
  • Comprehension/Vocabulary/Book Reports - EdHelper questions/worksheets/vocab as applicable to reading plus book reports - yup
  • Gratitude Journal 3-4x/week - we took a break in Feb
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol II - through ch 7
  • The Old Testament/Illustrated Jewish Bible for Children - took a break
  • Review past poem memorization notebook - with grandmas while I was in Mexico
  • Audiobooks - finish The Knights' Tales by Gerald Morris - finished but didn't start another
  • Read Aloud - finish The Saga of Eric the Viking - finished
Science - nothing formal in Feb

Other 
  • Speech therapy (Jack) - 2x/week
  • CNN Student News - 5x/week
  • Wonderopolis.org - 5x/week
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Level 3 - Kate finished
  • Cursive Without Tears (Jack) - no
  • Latin (Kate) - no - I'm not sure we are going to continue this...
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Swim Team 3-4x/week plus dry land training weekly plus a swim meet for Kate
  • Ski School plus fun skiing - 6-8 days on the mountain in Feb
  • Tennis lessons - just once
  • Field Trips - went to science museum to see Silk Roads exhibit


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Homeschool Moment - Silk Road

I love it when museum exhibits coincide with what we are studying. Silk Road exhibit at the Denver Science Museum. The coolest part was the live silk worms!
Now Kate wants to do a trip to China... Hmmm...

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

2015 Winter Goals - Midway Review

I think I'm further than midway, but here's where I stand. I am usually a bit lofty with my goals, so it never bothers me to not get everything checked off. Most will just move to spring!

Financial

  1. Maintain Mvelopes for tracking spending
  2. Start saving for a new car for me
  3. Revise wills - thinking this is getting moved to spring goals!
  4. Figure out and follow through with a financial project with Matt
  5. Read one financial book (a couple chapters in)
Home/Garden/Possessions
  1. Buy remaining big items for family room - couch, chair/ottoman, piano bench, coffee table
  2. Finish sanding/painting and install doors on bookcases - haven't touched this since before Christmas
  3. Declutter half the basement - made some progress, had the kids clean out dress up clothes we no longer use, had Kate clean out some Barbie stuff, I may leave some stuff until our June garage sale
  4. Research insulation options for when house is painted this spring
  5. Have automatic opener installed on front driveway gate - waiting for decent weather when they can pour concrete
  6. Update invisible fence and train Tripper - also waiting for better weather
  7. Clean out chicken coop and treat for mites - ditto above about weather
  8. Order ping pong table
  9. Clean out pantry
  10. Clean out games
Health/Nutrition/Fitness
  1. Try acupuncture
  2. Make eye doctor appointment (LASIK was done last Friday - woohoo!)
  3. Make dentist appointment for me and kids
  4. Make dermatology appointment
  5. Make general physical appointment
  6. Continue Pilates 2x/week and try Pilates video
  7. Plan 2 kedge weeks
  8. Read a book about tennis & watch a video series
  9. Come up with a winter meal plan/list (sorta but not really the way I envisioned)
  10. Hit goal weight - sooooo close... although I also feel like I've losses some muscle tone. Blah.
Family/Friends
  1. Acknowledge birthdays - I STINK at birthdays. Not because I don't care. Because I STINK at it. I think I need a system
  2. Research schools for Kate - pretty sure I know what we are doing for school
  3. Work on a family reunion for my mom's side of the family - I should just move this to 2016 goals...
  4. Be more diligent about relationships - how did such a vague goal creep onto my list?!?
  5. Read one book on parenting (How To Hug a Porcupine)
Community/Career/Creativity
  1. Ponder suggestion that I sell mug rugs locally. Make a few examples. - Instead I'm pondering the thought that I might not ever find time to sew in the next 10 years
  2. Make one holiday table runner
  3. Finish one quilt (I've made significant progress on one, but it isn't going to get done)
  4. Inquire about becoming a hospice volunteer
  5. Read Coaching With the Brain in Mind
Spiritual/Personal Growth
  1. Start a daily gratitude practice
  2. Read a spiritual book (currently reading Daughters of Eve)
  3. Start journaling at night (I started strong but haven't kept it up)
  4. Revise/write vision statements, Know Myself Better 21 day project, and questions from my Sacred Reading as part of evening journal - goes with journaling, started strong, then nothing...
  5. Meditate on mornings I don't run or walk (I haven't been walking nor running nor meditating in the morning...)
Travel 
  1. Take a trip by myself - Yoga retreat in Mexico
  2. Take an extended trip to Hawaii - less than 2 weeks!
  3. Plan summer travel - mostly, one trip still up in the air
  4. Make at least 5 trips to Denver to visit museums/sites - 2 and that's all that's going to happen in winter
  5. Ski at least 2 different mountains than our normal one - nope... our regular ski place just has great skiing and is easy!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Mini Goals Week of March 1st

It's March! So much is happening in March!! There is so much that needs to be done before all that is happening happens in March!!!

Here's where I was 2 weeks ago when I last posted a to-do list and what I've gotten done since...
  1. Get email inbox down to <50 - nope... currently sitting at 73...
  2. Ask feed store about chickens - I'm putting this off until spring
  3. Order photos for Kate's room
  4. Call about school shadowing for Kate - too late to do this in March, off list
  5. Make acupuncture appointment - no time for March, off list
  6. Schedule upcoming & missed tennis matches - although I need to re-resechedule some after all our snow
  7. Fill out forms to revise our wills - this is not going to happen in the next few weeks - off the list!
  8. Make a homemade gift for Kate's birthday - nope and now the birthday is over...
  9. Plan a birthday party for Kate
  10. Finalize LASIK plans - DONE! I can SEE!!
  11. Figure out trip to Maui - figured out that I won't do Maui, although now I'm having 2nd thoughts...
  12. Deal with library books
  13. Mail Twice box
  14. Take donations to ARC
  15. Drop of plastic bag recycling
This week is a bit hectic, so I'm going to keep my to do list to a minimum
  1. Get email inbox down to <50
  2. Order photos for Kate's room
  3. Schedule upcoming & missed tennis matches
  4. Finalize Hawaii plans
  5. Mail Twice box
  6. Sew up a few gifts - at least 4
  7. Get birthday presents for Jack
  8. Go to Costco before weekend
  9. Take down winter decorations, put up a few Easter/spring ones
  10. Run 4 times (my running schedule has not been great)