Tuesday, August 28, 2012

And sometimes not deep...

I think I'm on a roll here. This one is just going to be a little daybook-y though. Everything can't be controversial, if everything was then nothing would be. Think about that for a sec.

My kids are at theatre currently auditioning for the latest show, Captain Louie. Jake wants to be Captain Louie really badly.

I've been on a Zumba kick lately. It's only taken me 42 1/2 years to find an exercise that I actually enjoy. I'm considering not going to the gym today though, the timing of the Zumba class isn't right for me. I could've gone to body flow this morning, but I opted to stay home and make sure my kids did school because I was leaving later to go out to lunch.

In lieu of the gym, I might do wii fit. Or I might just sit here on the computer until it's time to make dinner and pick up the kids from theatre.

We are having chicken piccata with egg noodles and broccoli for dinner. It's an emeals thing.

School is going well and for the most part no one is behind yet. I am determined to keep it that way all year! Jonathan's excessive volunteering at the theatre has been the main culprit in the past. This year I plan to keep an eye on everything so we don't end up nearing summer with more than 1/2 a math class still to be completed. Jake is doing the second half of the American History he did last year throwing in extra state and president stuff. We have a cookbook with recipes from every state. The other night we made "star of the north bars" in honor of Minnesota coming in to the union. They were YUMMY!! He's got all the regular stuff too, spelling, language, and science from Catholic Heritage, plus a faith thing online and Teaching Textbooks math. Madi is doing English 1 H at the local high school (9th grade center actually). She likes her teacher, but is disappointed by how little the other students answer questions. I get the feeling that she answers enough to help her teacher not feel bad that no one is answering and not so much so she doesn't look like one of those "weird homeschoolers". Then she comes home all dressed and ready to go all before 9am. She has Physical Science, Teaching Textbooks Algebra, Health Opportunities in Physical Education (like health and PE) on-line, Spanish 2 on-line, and Understanding the Scriptures with Jonathan. The jury is still out on if she'll take another class at the school second semester. Jonathan has the same health PE thing as Madi and the Scripture thing, plus English 3 H on-line, College Prep Genius (SAT prep), Chemistry (we just got the rest of it in the mail today so we will start tomorrow), and US History. I LOVE his history. he started with AP US History on-line. It was way too much about the test. Yes, I know AP is all about the test, but Jonathan and I both agree there is way too much good stuff in US History that was going to be glossed over in favor of teaching to the test, so we dropped it and bought this. We're just a few days into it, but we are both really happy with our decision! He will also do Pre-Calc, most likely with Teaching Textbooks, but possibly on-line. He's taking a little break from math right now (though there's lots of math in SAT prep anyway) since he did so much math this summer. Also there is nothing above Algebra 2 on the SAT and PSAT and in this case (when it involves possible scholarships) the test is key.

We've gone on two field trips already this year (7 days into school), two local museums had free homeschool days, so we jumped on that.

Madi had a very scary thing happen last week. She had some kind of allergic reaction that caused major hives and vomiting. She got over it in about an hour, but I'm still dealing with it. We don't know what caused it or why it happened. It very likely will never happen again, but since she has some autoimmune tendencies, I'm going to be on high alert for a while. It's always something. We are turning the corner into fall and the boys' birthdays and Madi finally had her 14 year old pictures taken today. Her BFF, Hannah, is her photographer and while they've had many opportunities to get some pics over the last 5 months, they finally did it today. It took me telling Madi I was going to use this (which I love) as her 14 year old pic.

So today they took these...

Isn't she the cutest thing?!


Melissa said...

Great pics! She's beautiful! I feel like these teen girls are getting more and more gorgeous and I'm getting more and more hag looking.

The Ford Family said...

Yes She is :)

I was wondering if you all were going to end up doing Capt Louie, was it because of the new FTC rule? I could not convince Walker to do Capt Louie so he could participate in FTC :(

ann marie said...

Yes, she is so cute! And she sounds like she is enjoying her class. She was talking to us about it after mass today.

Julie said...

Shelly, it was partly the FTC rule and partly that we were supposed to be out of town right now. We ended up not having to go away so that made it possible for Madi to take her class and for them to do Capt Louie.

Tiffany said...

One of these days I'm going to try Zumba with you. If I get too tired and can't hack it I can blame it on my bum leg. :0) Madi is not just cute, she is beautiful! Inside and Out!