Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Potty Training, Polaris News, and Pure Indulgence

Thanks for the potty-training comments. Much better this last couple of days. He is deciding when to go... no more 1 hour timer and run to the potty. That was tiring! Two days of no accidents! Yippee!

On a different note, school is going. I don't know if it's going well, but it's going. We started a new math program called Math U See before Christmas and it's good. We watch a DVD of the teacher actually teaching the lesson and then go back to the table to practice. It seems to be working well. I will be glad to start my next child from the beginning as it is a little confusing to be learning concepts we already know and have done differently up until now. Levi is doing well. The concepts are a bit too abstract for Nat, so we went back to her Singapore math book and she is doing well.

We have been working on writing sentences (Levi) and words (Nat) and also dictating stories. That was so much fun! Even Sam wanted to do one and I was impressed! It had a beginning, middle and an end:) I think we will keep this up!

We have a poetry unit in the works as well as Australia, plants, and simple machines/magnetism. We are going to 2 Valentine parties and are still participating in the gym and swim class for Levi. Can't wait until Nat's old enough for that one.

It was fun to teach about Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday. It's always interesting to teach big concepts to little kids and see what they will say and how they will react. I think they understood it on their level...don't judge a kid if they look different than you. We are all children of God. We should always "judge people by the content of their character" said MLK. I like it!

On a completely different and fairly vain note, I bought a coat today. I went to Kohls with my 30% off coupon. Today was the last day and I went in for 3 things ONLY!!! As I slowly walked through the women's coats on my way upstairs, I noticed the coat that I have always wanted! Well, maybe not always, but....

It's a black wool coat that hits at the hips and is kind of fitted around the waist. I have always wanted to wear something like this, but have always felt (well, at least for the last 5 years) too fat! Because of my new weight loss:) I feel much more confident about how clothes might fit. This is why I tried on the coat. I wouldn't not have done this otherwise. Once it was on, the coat whispered, "I'm only on sale 60% off plus your 30% off for 20 more minutes. Buy me!" So I did. And I was so happy, I put it on when I got home (to show George, of course) and left it on for a bit, smiling all the while.

Did I need a new coat? No. My old one is fine, but I bought it when I was pregnant with my first child 6 1/2 years ago! It is quite a bit like a warm, waterproof TENT!!

But...did buying the coat make me happy? Oh yes!! There is something to be said about "retail therapy"! :):):)


Shanna said...

I LOVE retail therapy! Hugh hates it...

Debbie, Lee, Rachele and Kenny said...

This post is awesome. You have kids learning and shopping. What could be better? I love that he is telling you when he is ready now. I love that you have the time and opertunity to home school. And of course the new coat...what a treat for yourself. My last new coat is actually a mens coat. I have these long arms for a woman and everytime i buy a ladies coat the first time its washed it shinks in the arms...i don't even have to dry it and it will do that. Anyway I'm taking away from your joy...awesome money saving buy.

Emily said...

You surely deserve a new coat with your skinny self! I can't wait to see you in your chic new outerwear. I'm glad you listened to it. Just curious, but does it say anything else...?

Anna Marie said...

Awesome! So glad the potty training is going well. Gotta love finding something like your new coat.

I'm envious of your homeschooling. Its a lot like we had originally planned to do with our kids. I've heard rave reviews of Singapore math, I know some who use it in conjunction with their child's school math program

Jennerator said...

I would love a new coat! Mine is about 11 years old.... Sad. But I LOVE it and haven't found one even close to the lines of that coat. A red one would be nice though.

Congrats on the potty training, Scott just started (willingly) this week!