HMJ- Our Weird Week

  • In my life this week…

This week was a little weird because my husband was home in the mornings, making it difficult to post on my blog as that is my least busy time and he was on the computer so I couldn’t be. He was in classes this week for his certification so his hours were off. That is my lame excuse for why I have not posted most of this week 🙂

This week has also been spent battling Danger Girl about cleaning up her room. She likes to call me “Mommy Cleans-a-lot” because she thinks that’s all I ever do. She would never clean if she could get away with it though, hence the cleaning battle. My child can make a mess with the best of them. I don’t expect her to be able to clean perfectly, but I do expect her to be able to hang up clothes, put toys away in her toy box and leave her drawers in her dresser. I also expect her to at least keep a walk way in her room. She thinks this is crazy talk.

Danger Girl got a new Zhu-Zhu pet from a family member for her birthday as a late present, so I have spent a lot of time listening to weird noises. For those who don’t know what a Zhu-Zhu pet is, it is a hamster looking thing that rolls around and makes odd noises. She now has three of these. One makes mooing and barking noises, one makes chirping noises, and the other says “go, go, go” all the time. Danger Girl likes to play with them in the middle of the living room floor where everyone cane hear them.

I also spent the first part of this week doing a data-entry project to help out a friend. This may sound boring to most of you, but I actually like doing stuff like that. What’s better than having an excuse to put things in alphabetical order, right?

  • In our homeschool this week…

We had a little trouble with math this week. Danger Girl keeps getting the hour hand and minute hand mixed up on the clock, so it makes for some difficulty. I tried telling her “short and fat” for the hour hand, and “tall and skinny” for the minute hand, but she still switches them. We are going to spend a little more time going over this, and I may get daddy to work with her some too.

She got to make a comic strip to show a birds life from coming out of the egg to incubating her own eggs, and that was a lot of fun for her. Danger Girl really likes to draw. She also found our discussion of the air pocket in eggs interesting, especially when she got to break open an egg to take a look. If you ask her what she learned this week she is likely to only mention the air pocket.

We started a new book this week in school as well, “How to be a Lady” by Harvey Newcomb. I’m not sure yet how that will go.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I have found so many different free resources, it starts to get lost and forgotten. I am going to have to take some time this weekend to go through all the resources I have downloaded so I can make use of it. I realized that when I happened to stumble across the “How to be a Lady” book. I’m sure I have plenty more resources I had intended to use that have been forgotten.

  • I am inspired by…

This is not necessarily a homeschool inspiration, and it is something that almost everyone hears, but still I have been re-inspired this week. The inspiration comes from making my bed. I have always heard that making your bed helps motivate you to clean and helps make your room look cleaner, but I don’t always do this because my husband is one of those people who thinks it’s silly. Still, this week I have started the day making my bed, and it has been a great motivation.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week we do not have a lot of plans for going out and about. Danger Girl plans to have a friend over Sunday after church (if she gets her room clean), but other than that we are home-bodies this week, unless you count grocery shopping.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

I really liked getting to see my husband in the mornings. He is usually gone by 4:30 in the morning, so it was nice to have him here until 7:30 this week. We even got to have breakfast together!

  • What’s working/not working for us…

I’m not really sure what is causing all the problems for Danger Girl when it comes to reading the clock. She will seem to have it down, but then the next day we come back to it and she can’t remember and gets things mixed up. Times like these make me start questioning myself, I know that may sound silly to some.

  • Questions/thoughts I have…

During spelling, Danger Girl likes to draw pictures to go along with the words. This makes spelling take even longer than it might otherwise take, as she can get very involved in the picture drawing, to the point where occasionally she has forgotten to write the word, and I have to make her go back to do so. My question is, should I let her continue to do this, since it seems to keep her from complaining about spelling, or is this something I should put an end to?

  • Things I’m working on…

I have a blog post ready about being an OCD mom in a house full of clutter makers. I had planned on posting it this week, but se my lame excuse for why I didn’t above.

I have also been looking into the possibility of becoming a virtual assistant. This sounds like something I would be really good at, and I have been looking for a way to earn some extra income. If anyone has any ideas about how I could get started with that, I would love to hear your advice!

  • I’m reading…

I am still reading “Who is God?” by David Jemison. I am almost done with this book though.

I am also reading “You are a Writer” by Jeff Goins.

  • I’m cooking…

My husband has been asking me to make caramel apples, so I think that is upcoming. I also have plans to try a recipe I found for strawberry-plum jam and another for apple butter. I’m noticing a very sweet theme in my cooking plans.

I think I will have to make tortilla soup soon as well. This is one of my favorites, and I believe I make the best tortilla soup 🙂

  • I’m grateful for…

I have a wonderful, supportive husband, and I am grateful to have him in my life. He works two jobs so I can stay at home and be mommy, teacher and writer.

  • I’m praying for…

I have a couple of friends and relatives that have had surgeries in the last couple of weeks. I am praying for these people’s recovery.

I have also been praying about possible income earning opportunities.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
My weird child sleeping inside a t-shirt.

6 thoughts on “HMJ- Our Weird Week

  1. Danger Girl and Sugar Maple sounds an awful lot a like when it comes to their rooms and cleaning…It can be a HUGE frustration for my daughter and I! But I’m hoping that as she grows older she’ll want to make a better impression on her friends who come over and see her room. ::wink::

    Sometimes moving on from a Math topic…and then coming back to it a month or so later finally helps make it “stay”. Time to process maybe?

    Spelling? Hmm…since Sugar Maple is such a struggling speller I would probably let her draw away if she remembered the words! LOL I can see though that it might be a little frustrating. Wonder if giving her a 1-2 minute time limit per word would work? Race to draw a picture and write the word?

    1. Thank you for the advice. I think we will move on and come back to clocks a little later. It will at least cut down on the frustration for both of us. I don’t actually mind the drawing, I just worry about letting her get too distracted. I like the race to draw a picture idea though.

  2. Hello! I think that working on reading clocks just takes some time and practice. We are living in a world of digital clocks and so my kids normally don’t “have” to read the hands of an old-fashioned clock, but we have a teaching clock where we can move the hands and have the kids guess the time and then see if they are right. You could even make one with a paper plate, construction paper, and a brad in the middle to hold the “clock hands” on to the plate. My artsy daughter also likes to draw pictures with her spelling words and it takes too much time, so I let her draw a picture for the more tricky words that she needs to practice, each on its own index card. You could just choose the ones that she needs to work on the most and then use the last 5-10 minutes or so of your spelling time for making these cards once or twice a week. I do think that it helps her to remember how to spell them correctly! Just stopping by from THMJ!

    1. If drawing pictures will help her remember how to spell them, I’m all for that. I like the index card idea. I could do that with her missed words so she can practice them. Thank you for the advice.

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