David spent most of Friday morning looking like this. He was trying to convince himself to jump off the dock. We watched him count to 3 several times only to be so mad at himself for losing his courage. We sat from the shore listening to him talking himself into jumping off, and yelling at himself when he didn’t.
She has a little blog like me, too. When I was in the last month or so in my pregnancy with Solveig, she took the trek out to our place brought me food. 3 meals to be exact. She said everyone always brings meals after the baby is born, but sometimes, the last month is the most painful, and the last thing any woman about to give birth wants to do is stand by a stove. For that and so many more acts of kindness, she is so so dear to me.
(Gretchen’s note: this is where I laughed out loud.)
What do you, personally, do for fun? Do you have any guilty pleasures?
What are some of your favorite resources? (e.g websites, stores, books, programs) Apologia Science, Pathway Readers, Sonlight, Heppner’s Legacy Homeschooling Resources –the only homeschooling store in MN. Brad is GREAT to order from over the phone! One of my dreams is go browse through their store. Probably better for the checkbook if I don’t ever fulfill that dream…
Any advice for those just starting out homeschooling?
Homeschooling isn’t just an educational option, in my opinion. It is a way of life. And it’s a good one.
Since my parents are here, Knut took the week off as it seemed like a slow time on the farm as well.
He’s been scraping and painting the summer kitchen (our little ‘shed’ by the driveway that actually used to be a summer kitchen for the original owners. Now it’s houses the bikes and kids’ outside toys and garden stuff.)
Before that he fixed the chimney to the corn stove that needed some work. Papa’s been helping. He even got a ride on the lawn mower…for a few hours.
I showed my mom how to make yogurt last night. She seems excited to try it when she gets home. She likes to pack plain yogurt with frozen berries and Splenda to work every day and eats it at lunch. Everyday. (My mom is more of a health nut than me sometimes!) She said with her busy schedule, it might be something homemade that she can do.
The men are planning on fishing tomorrow.
The kids are loving all the time they get to spend with Grammy and Papa.
The boys ride circles around the men as they work. Knut took the 2 older ones on a long bike ride the other night. It’s been a fun stay-cation.
Poor Solveig keeps getting her sleep interrupted and did not sleep well last night (thus, I did not sleep well last night) as a result of an “off” schedule I think. I feel bad that she’s kind of forced to “roll with the punches.” The life of the 4th child, I guess. I think all the snuggles she’s getting from Grammy might be making up for it!
She crawled for the first time about 2 days ago. Grammy and Silje were watching her, and Silje ran to get me. By the time I got there, she was still crawling. She’s not fast at it yet, and you can tell that she works so hard at it. Actually, when you take into account that she’s working on a brand new skill, she has 2 teeth coming in, she’s been terribly constipated, and her schedule has been upset, she’s been a very, very happy baby.
Papa has been getting up early every morning and taking Lena on 3 mile long walks along the countryside. It’s been good for Lena. It’s been good for Papa. Needless to say, she follows him everywhere.
Silje finally got into The Secret Garden and is reading every moment of her free time…as usual. She keeps trying to get Grammy to give her clues as to how this mystery will turn out. I never really thought of it as a mystery book, but Silje seems to think it’s a great mystery.
It’s been a great week so far, with still more fun (and more work) in store.
I have 2 pictures this week:
I got the blue ribbon. I was pretty excited about that. The prize money was $3, not the $2 I thought it was. That might upgrade me to a Norwegian chocolate bar. So many ribbons were given out that I was kicking myself that I didn’t submit so much more. Why didn’t I put in some breads and jellies, and sewing? Next year…I’m going for Godiva.
My mom said that now I need to put something on my store website saying I’m an “award winning knitter.” That made me laugh pretty hard.
I finally cast on (a few different times) the “dirk” little boy sweater prototype. Now it’s time to change colors and I can’t find the other color which is a lighter brown. My parents are here now and I’m getting a chance to go through things, so I’m hoping that as I’m cleaning up my craft space the doe colored dk yarn will show up.
I’m half way through the next reader for Silje as I’m working my way through her book list for this upcoming school year. It’s by the author of the Pippi Longstocking books and this book is about a little group of neighboring children based in Sweden. The book sounds like she put a little tape recorder in front of a little girl and asked her to talk about her life. It just chatters on like a little girl which is very funny.
Thanks for stopping by for the Yarn Along and don’t forget to say “hi!” It’s always fun seeing others who are participating so stop on by Ginny’s blog to see the full list.