Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flag on the Play

I like to look at life through the lens of football. After 13 years of homeschooling, I've finally accepted that we fall into the category of year-round homeschooling. Try as I might, we end up working in the summer.   I jinxed myself this last Sunday.  I posted on Facebook that I was SO excited about making it a week without a doctor's visit. I was looking forward to a week of nothing but school! It has been so long since we've had a week without any appointments.

The next day, I said, "Flag on the play! Celebrating in the end zone. Penalty will be assessed on the kick off." We had no scheduled appointments this week or next.  Woke up Monday morning excited about the week ahead, and then POOF, the yellow flag was dropped. J came to me with another infected toe. I couldn't believe it!

It wasn't the toe we've been battling for the last 6 months. It was the toe that had an abscess under the nail last August.  My heart sank, because I had wanted to believe the immunologist when he told me not to worry about skin infections -- it wouldn't happen on Bactrim.  The doctor started him on an antibiotic and called the podiatrist who is going to try a different procedure on this toe (it has already had a minor surgical procedure done)

We're back in the end zone celebrating again.  Sometimes,  it is all a matter of perspective. It's a toe. We all have crosses to carry.... I'll be the old lady in the nursing home talking about "the toe".

Monday, July 16, 2012

Catholic Tea Party Hippie

Be sure to check out my new blog: Catholic Tea Party Hippie  and like the Catholic Tea Party Facebook Page, too  :0)   I'm trying to keep my political posts there and homeschool daily life posts here.  I need to write, but so many issues and too little time! 

Rosetta Stone Spanish Homeschool Version

I finally caved and purchased the Rosetta Stone Homeschool version for Independent Study through Seton. Barnes and Noble had a great sale on Rosetta Stone this weekend (may still be on sale), I got it cheaper than the sale on the RS website.

So far, it is pretty amazing!  I think this will give me a huge sense of relief that the kids can REALLY work on their own and learn the language.  Just using a workbook and some time here and there from dad wasn't successful.  That is what Seton offers.  We would talk to Manuel on the phone. A lot.

The RS website says each level is one academic year, if you are wondering. I've already completed two lessons and may learn Spanish with my people.  I just have to break my French habits.... I took French in high school and college and keep slipping in my Spanish pronunciations!

Submitted the Independent Study paperwork and we are ready to go.