Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This, that and the other

This week has been consumed with IOWA testing for Hannah and Lydia. Being that they are homeschooled, they have never had a formal exam of this kind. To be expected they were a bit nervous going in but gained confidence as the days have progressed. I'm looking forward to the results and do not expect any big surprises. They can verbalize themselves their areas of strength and weakness. Hopefully, this evaluation will serve us well in planning for Middle School and beyond.

Last night I went to a meeting with other homeschooling moms and we were discussing our kids various reactions to the test. One mom, Beth, shared that after the grammar/punctuation section her son announced, "You know mom, I think every sentence has some mark at the end!"

After two years of trying to get him to punctuate, if this test finally broke through then I'd say it was time and money well spent! I'm hoping for some similar revelations from my girls.

Poor Miriam's spent the better part of the week on the couch with a high fever. At one point she woke up claiming that Mirilla's nosy, older neighbor (from Anne of Green Gables) was in her bedroom telling her things. Up until that point I held off taking her to the doctor thinking that it was viral. Her exam revealed a nasty ear infection. Bad mom. Thankfully, she's feeling a bit better now.

I've been trying to keep the younger kids occupied so Miriam can rest. They took on this painting project. I always let my older ones spend hours in the play dough and paints. I often forget to break out the crafts for these guys and let them create. I need to do that more often.

We are already halfway through April. May is going to be a crazy month for us tying up school, getting ready for Florida, getting in my hours at work, planting our garden, becoming a aunt again!.... Sean will be even busier than myself. He'll have grades and finals due the day we leave on our trip as well a weekend to Washington D.C. with his rocket students in May. Here we go!!

Oh, I almost forgot the "other". Just so you know, if I were a pair of shoes I'd be a clog. This is so true. Tell me about you and your shoe.

You are a solid and down to earth person.
You seek – and almost always achieve – a really sound balance in your life.

You are stylish yet comfortable. Mellow but driven. Excited yet calm.
You are the perfect mesh of contradictions.

No matter what happens, you have the ability to stay well grounded in your life.
People know that they can truly depend on you.

You should live: In Europe

You should work: At a company dedicated to helping the world

By the way, thank you for all of the great responses on the lactation post last week. I teach this Saturday and know that my class is going to be a lot richer because of your wise words. Thanks everybody!


Heather L. said...

I'm glad you found out what poor Miriam has! Poor thing! I hope she gets better fast! I'm worried about the busyness of May and beyond too!

Monica said...

I'm bare feet! No suprise, I hate having to wear shoes:)

Alaina said...

I am bare feet, too. I'm glad Miriam is on the mend!

Saralyn said...

I'm a cowboy boot. I'm too scared to see what kind of pantie I'd be. Who makes these things up, anyway?

Tisha said...

I was also a clog. I thought for sure I was going to be sneakers... since that is all I wear! :)
I am glad that Miriam is doing better.
If you want to wait on the garage sale, then we can do one in the fall. Just let me know!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mommy,
I'm loafers :)

jennie said...

I am flip flops.
Glad everyone is on the mend.

CC said...

State testing is UUGGGH! I can see how it would be especially uuggh if they've never done a test like this before!

I also have had MANY "a ha!" moments when everything finally clicked during a test.

Saralyn said...

You guys ok after this mornings rattle?