Saturday, January 12, 2013

Week of January 12, 2013

In My Life This Week: We had our first house guests...ever.  We have lived here for 14 years and have never had anyone other than the girl’s friends stay.  Such fun!  The girls paired off and slept in their rooms and my friend spent the night on the couch in front of a roaring fire.  I loved being able to share meals, morning coffee, conversation and quality time together.  I love that we are comfortable enough in our friendship to not care about bed head, or matching pjs.  I love that our girls each have their bonds of friendship and they overlap and blend and shift.  It is beautiful to watch two create evening wear, then swap and become engrossed in a conversation or play Minecraft while others play a card game.  Oh...there was some Poker playing.  I learned.  I am not very good!

In Our Homeschool This Week:
Grace is working away on her Key to Measurement.  She reviewed perimeter and conversions in measurement.  She took an excel class this week where as luck would have it she was the only child which meant a private one hour lesson!    Lilah completed six lessons in her Life Of Fred book.  She commented there is “more math” and less humor in this book.


We finished Apologia’s Zoology 1: Flying Creatures and are set to begin Zoology 2 this week.  

Both girls are working on their new stories for our Writer’s Workshop that meets at our house every Friday morning.  I am enjoying this time.  The girls are getting to know one another and we have discussed story leads, metaphors, similes, adverbs and story development.    This week I pulled some books off my shelves and we took turns examining the lead and discussing what we liked/disliked about each.  I loved that this activity inspired the girls to borrow books to read this week.

It felt soooo good picking up Story of the World after focusing on US History for the past six months.  We left off at a good place, the Crusades.  We watched a History Teacher’s video and the girls were left with some complex unanswered questions about violence in the name of God.  

Music is really not a “subject” I list out but the sheer amount of music being played and listened to is worth mentioning.  Grace is loving her guitar lessons and is working on Green Day’s When September Comes.  She learned who Jimi Hendrix was and watched a youtube video of his National Anthem played at Woodstock. For some reason I associate that song with Hurricane Katrina and I find it hauntingly beautiful.  Lilah completed her work on Coldplay’s Paradise, another one of my favorites!

Time was set aside this week to delve into art and poetry through a journal page.  We explored a poem that moved us and we each chose watercolor as a medium to work with.  This was followed the next day by our regularly scheduled art journaling session in which I realized that these girls are growing and maturing in their approach to journaling (separate entry to follow).

For “PE” there was ice skating, basketball practice and basketball games!

Places We’re Going and People We’re Seeing:
This is a bit off-topic but Greg and I have discovered Downton Abbey.  We are a little late to the party, but we are catching up quickly!  I love that this is something we enjoy together.  When the girls go up at 9:00 to read in their bedrooms, we make a pot of Nighty Night tea, and settle in for an hour, sometimes two.  We just finished season 1 last night!  

What We Are Reading:
My favorite book so far in this new year was Ask Me Why I Hurt.  It was heart wrenching yet inspiring.  The power of one person to affect change is not be taken for granted.  It has caused me to reflect on my life and our family life and how we can do even more. 

Speaking of this....Karen’s daughter @ Homeschool Girls spent her 13th birthday (and her birthday money) doing exactly this...affecting change.  Her light shines so brightly.  Watch her video HERE!

Questions/Thoughts I Have:
Last may I tore a muscle water skiing in TN.  I never went to the doctor and now eight months later I am still struggling with the healing process.  In hindsight I probably should have visited the orthopedic doctor or at the very least done some kind of physical therapy and I worry that I have caused myself permanent harm.  

I began a beginners yoga class this month that is helping my muscles heal.  It is hard and I feel old.  I remember when I was in my late 20s studying karate and how easily it was to force my body to do what I asked of it.  Now, at 41, it is much more of a challenge.  It is a good challenge and it makes me feel strong in body and in spirit.  When I read Eat, Pray, Love, I learned that yoga has been used to prepare the body for prayer.  While I am holding a pose or breathing deeply through a particularly hard stretch I find that I am able to think clearly with no outside thoughts or distractions creeping in.  I take this time to thank God for my blessings.  My health, my ability to move my body, my family, my ability to give and receive love, my faith and how it has grown much stronger over the past few years.  While I rest and lose myself in the quiet, I pray.  It came as a shock to me that I could actually say a prayer uninterrupted by my own thoughts.  This has been a goal of mine since I wrote this post in February of 2011.

Yoga is something that I need to do more than once a week and I am searching for what will propel me out of bed and onto a yoga mat to begin my day.

Homegrown Learners


Frogcreek said...

Sounds like a great week! It is so funny that you have discovered Downtown Abbey as well. I am devouring it. I am a show away from finishing season one! I love it, and my watching buddy is Kaya of all people. He adores it!. Strange but true. I am really glad I decided to watch it!

Jessica said...

This is just for Greg and me! I hope I like season 2 as much as season 1. I heard the premiere of season 3 was a bit of a let down.....

Theresa Novak said...

We love Downton Abbey here! Allie really likes it, too.

I am so happy that you are "getting" yoga. My experience when I began practicing yoga was very similar to yours and I wanted to shout it from the rooftops--sometimes I still want to! I am so glad that Jason and I share it. You have to go to Kripalu--you would LOVE it! You can do yoga, walk around in the Berkshires, take classes on whole food meal planning and prep and recipes, take nutrition classes and holistic healing classes and eat great, healthy meals. We loved it. It's probably the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. We went last year between Christmas and New Year's and were hoping to do that again this year, but Jason couldn't do yoga because of his surgery. Now we are determined to replace everything we took out of savings when he was out of work...and then we will hopefully find time to go back to Kripalu. It may be nice to be there in a different season, spring or fall.

I wish I knew a secret to getting up and on the mat! I struggle with it, too. Sometimes I am great and will do just that for a few weeks in a row and I feel awesome and like my best self, and then some times I get sidetracked and once the girls are up it is all over for me. If you find the secret, let me know!!

Rosemarie said...

I think writing the week in review is great. I love how you categorized all your activities. Sad to say but I think we are stopping Life of Fred. I found it a bit funny and bizarre but William didn't like it at all. We made it through two books, but he "just wants the math with no story". he tells me.

Enjoy Yoga- it is so relaxing and peaceful!

Jessica said...

I loved karate when I was in my 20s. I studied it for a few years. This is similar in that it has the mind-body connection I so love and although it is super tough and my body is aching, it is not as harsh on the joints as karate. I could not go back to that now. I am scouting out other yoga studios but they do not offer beggining yoga first thing in the morning (like at 7am!). I don't have time during the day and by evening I am wiped out.

I am going to push myself to get up with Greg, do yoga from 5:30-6:00 and still have plenty of time for my blogging in the morning before the girls get up. I'll let you know how successful I am!

Jessica said...

We tried LOF Fractions with Grace and it did not work for her at all. We'll see where it takes us. If nothing else she has moved past a hatred of math and now is enjoying it and open to it. For that alone I am grateful!

Mary Prather said...

You know I love reading about your weeks.

I'll pray you get some relief with Yoga.... I'm finding it really helps me!

Guitar lessons, huh? Anna starts them next week. I think she and Grace are much alike.

Enjoy your weekend, Jess.

Jessica said...

The effects of yoga last so much longer than anything else I have tried (with the exception of karate). I am not too sore but I feel like I have worked my body. The thing I notice most is how easy it is to breathe. Odd, but true.

Keep going with your healthy habits. We will encourage each other along the way!

Karen said...

So glad to see you doing these again Jess. I love how your weeks flow. It always seems that way to me. Love the fact that Grace is learning Green Day. :) Love to see what your amazing girls are up to. Keilee has been having such fun with her art supplies, I was blown away that you and the girls sent her such an amazing gift. We also love Downton Abbey and were also a bit late. We watched them all in September I think. It is just a wonderful show. Thank you so much for mentioning Keilee's video. She has just gotten SUCH positive feedback from it. It has shocked us both a bit. :) Hope you are loving the Yoga. I used to do Yoga years ago, I really need to get back into it. Is this an outside Yoga class? A DVD? I would love to start this again.

Beth said...

Love your art journaling! We are working in Apologia's Zoology III and haved loved all the zoology books so far. Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa Novak said...

Jason runs into the same issue. He does yoga at 5am and the earliest classes at studios around here are 7 or 8am and he already needs to be on his way to work by then. The yoga studios around here offer cards, we buy 10 classes for $150 and the card is good for 6 months, we can go to any classes we want and have the card stamped. It works for us for the occasional weekend or holiday.

Jason is considering getting certified to teach yoga, but that is a time struggle, too. Maybe someday...

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