Friday 10 August 2012

HSMJ - Snow and Science Stuff

In my life this week…
 It certainly has been an over busy week this week.  I always used to wonder what was up with my girlfriend who had teens and was always tired.... well now I know.  Gosh it does certainly add a lot of work to your day.
 In our homeschool this week…
  • We have been reading High-Tech Olympics.  What an intriguing book.  Did you know that the javelin has been redesigned to stop athletes been able to throw it too far ? Apparently athletes were getting up to the 100 m mark and beyond so for the safety of the crowd it was changed for woman in 1999 and for men in 1986.
  • We finished reading the Scholastic biography: Thomas Edison. What an incredibly interesting man. This little book has inspired me to want to visit the museum where he created most of his inventions.
  • Sir N won a colouring in competition.
  • We have been working through an Olympic themed unit study
  • Started learning about the United Kingdom.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I am inspired by…
  • My girlfriend who has lost 30 kg (66 pounds).  She got tired of diets and exercise. She simply took control and went on portion control all she eats is three to four small spoons of food at each meal time. I am amazed and inspired to get back on the weight loss trip.  I have regained all the weight I lost last year, sigh.  I am inspired to start again on Monday.
  • Candace Cameron Bure who wrote - I Choose to Fight.  Boy can I identify with what she has to say about raising teens .... I am there now.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • Saturday I had such a great day of teaching and fellowship with other woman at week 2 of the Beautiful Woman Conference.
  • Sunday was a great day to catch up with Paul.  We also went to our first ballet and tap dance recital.  It was so much fun watching the tiny tots do their ballet thing and see the skills that tap dancers have.
  • We went to see and play in the snow on Monday.  This is a first for Sir N and he so enjoyed it.
  • Tuesday we took big brother Mr T to a job interview.  He has been hired for a three month probatory period. (Sadly he had to pull out of this work as when he started he realised that due to his back surgery he was unable to do this work) We also went to Kelly sports with Sir E where the children played a number of games along an Olympic theme.
  • Wednesday was swimming and a catch up lunch with a friend.  We used to babysit her firstborn a couple of years ago.  I love seeing the great relationship this little boy has with Sir N.
  • Thursday Miss J had an interview for a cafe job as a barista.  She goes for a trial run next week.  Go Miss J.
  • Friday we visited a friend and taught her how to use Pinterest and Mr E came over to play with Sir N while his big sister did her first ballet exam.
  • And we are busy counting the days till we go on an adventure to see a solar eclipse.  This adventure was inspired after we witnessed a total lunar eclipse last year.

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Watching Sir N and his cousins enjoy the snow for the very first time together.  We went to visit Lake Mountain above Marysville.
  • Getting a phone call let us know that Sir N had won the colouring in competition that he entered last week.
What’s working/not working for us…
  • Waiting till too late in the day to start school reading.  Next week I have committed to start reading first thing after breakfast.
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • What topics would you like to see discussed about homeschooling high school on blogs ?
  • I am also looking at possibly purchasing  Who is God and Can I really Know Him ? Biblical Worldview and Truth by Apologia.  Have any of you seen this and or used it ?
Things I’m working on…
  • Expedition Earth South Africa resource post - Yes finally finished and posted.
  • Learning my way around  Notebooking Pages website.  I finally bit the bullet and purchased a subscription. I printed my first page this week: Thomas Edison.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Corn Chowder
  • Macaroni and Cheese in my crock pot.
On Pinterest I found...

I’m grateful for…
  • My new friend Mrs T who has inspired and encouraged me.  My long term friends who have changed some special dates for a birthday party so that I too can attend.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
I found this YouTube clip and am so inspired and touched by this mans generous heart.



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Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


  1. Wait! Candace Cameron Bure has teenaged kids? Oh. My. ::sigh:: I AM getting old! LOL

    Um, snow? Where did you go?! LOL Although I think I'm ready for fall, I think I could wait on the snow for a while! LOL

    1. I was surprised too ! No you're not :)

      We went to Lake Mountain.

      Have a great weekend.

  2. I don't know why no one told us that having teenagers takes MORE time and energy than raising toddlers, but they sure DO! I can relate, I'm right there with you. We have one that just turned 18 (whew!) and one that just turned 12 (ack! here we go again!) and several others grown too. Teens need us, even though they think they don't.
    I have to tell you that I was struggling to wrap my brain around your snow pictures, until I realized you are in Australia! :) It is very hot here right now and snow is the last thing on my mind, but in six months we will be reversed. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    1. Oh Dawn that's so funny! You made me smile. Yes I'm in Australia it's winter and I am cold. I am looking forward to thawing out and enjoying summer.
      You are welcome :)

  3. Replies
    1. Deborah it was fun but I am sure glad I do NOT live in it. It was so very very cold!

  4. What?!! So,you're telling me that my exhaustion doesn't end when my kids get older? So, pretty much I should plan on being exhausted until they leave the home? Thanks for the heads up! Lol. Macaroni and cheese in the crock pot, yumm..

    1. Yes I'm afraid you are ;o) it gets worse because they need you to drive them everywhere ! You are welcome

  5. Just have to say that my eyes widened when I saw the snow--I even double-checked the date on your post, LOL!

    1. Sorry to have confused you :) LOL Your comment made me smile !


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