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‘Round Here

Things have been pretty good around here the last couple of days. We’ve had some tense interactions, the kids and I, but for the most part it’s been smooth sailing. Part of the week has been spent administering a standardized test to Iain that is required of all homeschoolers annually in our state. It’s a […]

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MamaK - January 10, 2008 - 4:07 pm

Aww don’t tell me your mac is crap, mine was just delivered! But mine is not a laptop,so maybe better luck?
I’m sorry you had a rough time PMS is the devil. It makes us all insane. Tell your kids you are sorry, have a heart tot heart. It usually works out. Kids have huge forgiving hearts.
Don’t sweat the panic, it happens and then we all look dumb cause our kids usually stick it to us in the end! Be well and good luck in your decluttering!-K

whimsigal - January 10, 2008 - 4:28 pm

Hay MamaK! I’m sure you’ll be fine. My problem is the case that houses my laptop cracked all across the front. Apparently it’s an issue that has affected many folks. Just disturbs me to spend that kind of dough and have an issue like that come up, you know. The computer itself is fine so don’t worry! Enjoy it!

Thanks for the encouragement, I needed it!!


Rinnyboo - January 10, 2008 - 4:50 pm

Sorry you had a less than stellar experience with the testing. I am not there yet but I do panic sometimes when I hear about Ian’s friends who are in preschool.

Hey, is this your last period EVER? Cool! How do you feel about it?

I hope you guys have lots of fun today. I know you have some fun stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks so maybe that will counteract the crappy test.

Can you use Sean’s computer to blog? Or Iain’s? Or Ryan’s? I NEED my Whimisifix! :)


whimsigal - January 10, 2008 - 5:41 pm

Oh, I’m so excited, Marin. Really! When I went to the grocery store and bought pee pads and tampons the realization hit me that this was it. NO more periods. So great!

I’m going to try and use Iain’s computer because it’s already set up to receive my email from my previous computer’s issues. I just won’t be able to post any pictures which will drive me insane. I’ll do my best to post while I’m waiting for it to be repaired. Thankfully Apple has promised a quick turnaround!

childplay - January 10, 2008 - 8:51 pm

about reading…it’s very common for kids to stumble over the ‘sight words’ (like the, there, then, to) that you have to memorize, rather than big long words that can be associated with a picture.

In fact, many books on creative, right brained thinkers (or dyslexics, which the Naturalist is) advocate a ‘speed reading’ concept where kids go through and read the big words and let their eyes skip over the sight words. The comprehension is still high, but they spend less time struggling over memorization.

And, reading out loud is totally different from reading in your mind. :)

Sorry for your Mac issue!!! I have a Mac, but haven’t had that problem. That stinks.

Also sorry for the standardized tests. Argh!

Stephanie - January 11, 2008 - 12:56 am

I don’t know what state you are in but I am against standardized tests as you said they do not measure true knowledge. I would just take the test myself instead of torture my child :)

Mama Podkayne - January 11, 2008 - 1:47 am

The first month I had my mactop my husband dropped it. It cracked. They fixed it in about 3 days. THEN the screen went wonky. Had to be shipped away DURING THE FINAL STRETCH OF MY THESIS!!! They gave me a loaner and transfered my thesis to it. THEN the dog knocked off the table whiel it was plugged in AND it shattered all to bits while the pup was tangled in it running around the house. By then the warranty had expired.

Apple fixed it- for free. So while stuff has happened, service has been great in times of crisis. :)

And so goes motherhood. It is just a blip. Forgive yourself and keep on going.

whimsigal - January 11, 2008 - 2:18 am

Thanks everyone, for the encouragement. You guys are so great and i’m glad y’all deem me worthy enough for your comments.

@Stephanie: You know, I actually had that thought but there is always the “what if” side of me. I don’t want my kids to be put in a position of having to lie about whether they had done something or not should an official come to my home. While I wasn’t a fan of it, we did it as painlessly as possible and it’s done for a whole year. Last year, we did a version that was much more fun but my upcoming surgery and recovery didn’t allow for that this year and we had to go this route. I’m in NC and while I find the test annoying as Hell, I count myself lucky that it’s really the only hoop I have to jump through in order to homeschool. I completely understand your sentiment though. Thanks for sharing it here!

CP- Thank you for giving me that info about right brained readers. I’m going to look into that some more. It seems like he may already be doing some form of that.

Mama P! I’m so glad to hear that Apple provided you with such wonderful customer service. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my experience is the same. It was boxed up and shipped off today and hopefully it will be back on Monday. Right now I’m on Sean’s computer because he’s not home. It’s going to be a long weekend without it that’s for sure.

piscesgrrl - January 11, 2008 - 3:31 am

Don’t worry, we’ve had those moments from time to time. Honesty helps, in sharing tht you let things get to you sometimes, when you shouldn’t. They learn a lot by watching you grow through it!

carri - January 11, 2008 - 12:58 pm

I think we all have doubts sometimes. And the kids do bounce back and forgive pretty quickly. I sometimes feel so sorry for my oldest because he had to deal with all of my panicky issues, but he doesn’t even remember most of them. Sometimes he does like to make comments like, remember when Mama thought we needed to learn from books? What was she thinking?! Then everyone gets to laugh at my ridiculousness. Fun times, fun times.

Got my fingers crossed for your computer to get fixed quickly!

Stephanie S. - January 13, 2008 - 2:11 am

Sorry – guess I missed this one!
Don’t be hard on yourself (though I’m certain you’re over it now) these things are stressful for everyone, and it’s hard to not get a bit panicky when someone is judging and grading us. If they are judging our children then it’s even worse if it were us – we can take it and psh it away.
Judging our babes is just … mean. :)
I’m glad it’s over.

Joan - January 13, 2008 - 1:34 pm

I have an ongoing battle against clutter mainly due to the 3 other people I live with. The 2 kids are slobs. My husband and daughter are pack rats. Good luck. Hopefully you will be successful and inspire me.

SHUGARMAN FAMILY - January 17, 2008 - 2:18 pm

Standardized testing…ugh!! Whether they are unschooled or schooled kids have to suffer through this. My son is in public schools and scored 12% on reading. I panicked too! Had to meet with the principal, sign forms about the no child left behind…blah blah blah. Meanwhile his teacher and I weren’t truly concerned. He is a very smart kid who does not test well at all! But, now he is labled and I’m sure has brought down somebody’s average…oh well

As for clutter…it’s an ongoing battle at our house. I consider myself uber-organzied, but one week of slacking off and shoes, mittens, paperwork, chewed pencils are everywhere!

Sorry to ramble, keep up the great posting.


whimsigal - January 17, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Aimee, that really sucks. Labels suck. Glad that you weren’t worried and you recognize that your son is not what the test described. They are such narrow images of what children are capable of.

Thanks for your comment!


Park Day with friends!

Yesterday we enjoyed a steaming hot day at the park with a local homeschooling boy and his mom. Here are some of the sights that greeted us there: Babies! Sweet babies! “Cheeseburger Happy Meal, please!” I don’t even know what to say about this one. He looks so sweet and yet devilish at the same […]

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Stephanie - August 3, 2007 - 2:42 am

Ha! Hardly, Dear Friend.
Though I haven’t confessed it before now (and shame on you for dragging it out of me) my dear family has had diar – er, problems for several days, now.
While my bathroom (yes, they use the one that I claim as MINE) is now quite clean and sparkly, it wasn’t so a short time ago. Took me around three hours to clean it yesterday. I scrubbed walls, cleaned the toilet five times, sterilized Maddie’s potty a couple of times, etc.
Your bathrooms have nothing on mine!
(That’s not to say that yuck was left for days at a time, mind you, but it still needed a thorough sterilizing. I broke out the bleach a bunch for that one – which I use only in emergencies. Which it was. shudder.)

Please give my apologies to all your Gentle Readers!

whimsigal - August 3, 2007 - 2:48 am

Oh, I’m so sorry you all have been going through that! We went through a couple of rounds of that in May. Man, is that miserable or what??

Every time someone shat or puked I had out the Lysol, windex and hand sanitizer. Probably the cleanest my house has been. Ever. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for your ordeal.

I think you’re the only regular reader I have! And I’m glad to have you! It was feeling mighty lonely out here in cyberspace before you happened by.

Stephanie - August 3, 2007 - 4:32 am

Ah, well, we have each other!