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Hello there, dear readers…

Crazy times, ‘eh? Well! My email inboxes are exploding and apparently are incapable of being tamed, but I’m trying! We went on a family vacation to a South Carolina beach and the kiddos all go to be introduced to the ocean and the concept of waves for the first time. That was fun and a good distraction for physical and mental healing. I have been busy cross stitching and going for lots of distraction these days and honestly, I am getting better. Interestingly, I gained a bit of weight with this last pregnancy, but since it did not take the normal route it did not shed as quickly. So please, pray for me to figure that out. I’m hoping a little more seriousness with Trim Healthy Mama and South Beach Diet will help. *Some affiliate links included. I’m working on some children’s picture book reviews. I just finished an amazing. . .

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Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary 2nd Grade {Review}

Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications  ~  (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .

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Another day.

So, VBS nursery duty. Wednesday sick kid exposure. Friday, sick baby Rascal (aka Almond). Sunday, sick Princess (aka OrangeBlossom). Wednesday, sick AppleBlossom. Saturday, sick mama. *sigh*

Fevers are pretty much gone. No more fever reducers or honey-cough needed much. AppleBlossom is having some pretty bad waking up with painful coughing (drainage and such) so we’ve given her a bit more there. But otherwise I’m toughing it out and dealing with three kids with runny noses and my own sore throat feeling.

We will survive. Eventually.

And in the meanwhile, since she’s no longer fevered, we’ve jumped back into schoolwork. We are trying to get some stuff done from the last year and have made some interesting decisions for the up coming year on curriculum and such. More details, if you’re interested…

A word from the silence…

Last week was VBS at our church. I was in the nursery watching workers kiddos including my own 11 month old Rascal. On Wednesday, day 3, a child had a non-stop faucet or clear runny nose and a faint cough. On Thursday, day 4, a second child had a repetitive cough. On Friday, the day after VBS ended my Rascal had a runny nose, and by evening a cough.

Now, days later he has a horrid congested cough. Runny nose with no end, and is just a clinging whimpering mess. He had two days of a moderately high fever topping out at 103.9 one night. Now he’s steady at 99.9. A few days ago, I watched in near slow motion horror as OrangeBlossom in her three year old loving self kissed him on his clear wet nose. As of last night she is following in full symptoms currently sporting a 103.5 fever. But her attitude is still good as long as it’s not night. I did not like the sound of a croupe cough last night, I hope that was just a fluke of congestion. I really don’t want to repeat that with another child after experiencing it so much with AppleBlossom.

*sigh*

Real-Life Homeschool in a normal day

If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day.   So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .

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Real-life Homeschool Library day!

Today I was wracking my brain in an effort to decide what to write today. In effect, it is now 12:19 am and I’m typing this on my iPhone after just having nursed the baby boy back sleep. *Note a few things here. 1) I’d love to go to sleep but I’m awake just enough that it’s not gonna happen for a bit. 2) I’d love to put the baby down and actually go type on the laptop (thank you BrotherG!) but reference yesterday’s post on putting down the baby at night… Tangent over, my apologies. Today was a library day. We are a book loving family but we do not typically venture out to the library. It induces a panic feeling in me that books will be lost. My hands always feeling dirty and my years in nursing school haunt me with the ideas if what pathogens I’ve introduced. . .

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