Week 18. Half Way.

I wanted to do something special for the kids as we finished this week of school. It is officially the half way point through this year’s studies. I took them downtown to our favorite cupcake shop.

For half a cupcake each….

Upon finding out they were getting just a half, it took about a nano second for one of them to ask if at the end of the year we will be returning for a whole? I definitely think that sounds reasonable. Absolutely, its on the books.

I love LOVE me some cupcakes. They are just so happy.

I also finished grading this week. I try and make a big deal out of grades. I think it is human nature to want to see measurable progress. I feel that it is important, even for kids. This is Emma’s first time with grades so we had a little explaining to do.

After I went over their grades, individually, I also let them know that they needed to take their dad in to show him their grades. You know that moment of pride/dread when you show your parents your report card? I don’t want my kids to miss out on that.

 Each of my kids are struggling in a different subject. This is due more to the format of the curriculum than the actual material. For example, history has become difficult for my 6th grader. She has never struggled with history at all, but this year we are doing an online format and my straight A student had a D after first quarter. Here we are at the halfway point and she has a C+. Improvement! The temptation for me has been to abort this curriculum completely and give her something she can ace. However, after some prayer and thinking, I am continuing on with it. I don’t believe it is the curriculum, but rather the style of learning that is challenging for her. I think that it is important that she rise to the challenge and find a way to be successful in it. That is a skill that is crucial for all of my children to learn. If I tailor their studies to fit each of their strengths in every aspect, I think I will ultimately be doing them a HUGE disservice.

In other happenings around here…

I can hardly believe January is already coming to a close. Big highlights around here include a doctor appointment for me that revealed my cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels (which were not good 6 months ago) are completely normal. I have also lost 10 pounds this month and am on week 11 of the 10k program I am working on. (My 10k is coming in March). It has been 8 months since I gave up caffeine, fast food (have eaten it a handful of times), and began consistent exercise. The results have been well worth the slow and steady progress. A bunch of baby steps, take you places~~ BIG PLACES. Lest we never forget that.

Last week, my mama hit a great big clearance sale at one of her favorite shopping stores, Macys. My otherwise Target outfitted daughters and I enjoyed a lunch at the mall and a shopping trip with grandma. We are talking crazy cheap prices. Like $5 per item…and for Macy’s that’s pretty amazing.

My girlies are growing up into such beautiful young ladies. I am so proud of both of them.

It has been a great month full of hard work and laziness. I believe it takes a healthy dose of both to be successful.

In other news, you should see my baby boy’s hair. We sported a public bed head appearance at Lowes this morning. Note to self, no more putting this child to bed with damp hair, no matter how tired he is. It is absolutely unruly. Completely the opposite of this boy.

            I am spending the weekend planning our next reading unit, finishing up plans for our Pyramid Cafe unit, and celebrating two dear friends at birthday parties. I will also throw in three runs @ 5 miles each and never forget to thank God for the blessing of cute hats to help get me through the I have no time to do my hair days. There are a lot of them.

It’s a fabulous life.

Happy Weekend!!!


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One Response to Week 18. Half Way.
  1. Cara Yeh
    January 29, 2012 | 9:00 pm

    Very well-said! Thanks for blessing me! I LOVE reading your blog! 🙂

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