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The “Ick”

We have been part of the “Ick” people.  We try SO hard not to get anything.  To not be exposed to any others that are sick, have been sick recently, or that have been exposed to sick.  I know impossible.  But we really do try to stay germ free.  Then it HIT and it didn’t hit gentle.  It took everyone as a prisoner, one right after the other.  My husband I think was the subject that first got the “ick”.  Job hazzard I guess, when you work in a retail store and you help customers, I guess it’s fair that they share theirs with you if you share your knowledge with them. 

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A Sensory Trip

Here in Northeast Ohio, it was a beautiful Friday.  Today, I took my son and my mother on a little road trip.  I’ll call it a sensory trip because it was so nice to be out with out having to think about the roads.  Those miserable roads have been ice covered, snow covered, and the snow was so packed down on drive ways and parking lots it was like “pot hole alleys”.  Some so groved that it was like be sucked into a vortex.  But anyway, my son sat in his carseat in the back and my mother in the passenger seat. 

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All you need is love…

There are times when I think am I doing right by my son.  Is it right that I kept him home to homeschool versus sending him to our public school system?  This one doesn’t take long to remember why I did what I did!  Our schools system offered three schools to choose from, it was nothing short of  “Garden of Shadows” tale out of the “Flowers in the Attic” series.  I do a lot of comparisons with television shows and books I’ve read in the past.  The part that stood out the most to me in the “Garden of Shadows” were where the main characters were hidden in the attic and weren’t able to come out to see the light of day…also they were fed poisoned cookies under the door to “rid” of these unwanted children. 

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New Groove

I need a sabbatical.  I know from time to time we all need a break.  I’ve taken to calling this much needed break a sabbatical. 

You see life got turned upside down in August.  My mom entered the hospital with what we thought was going to be pneumonia but spent 2 weeks inpatient getting a diagnosis of Stage IV Lung Cancer.  My heart sunk and hasn’t been the same since.  During her stay, my son got sick with pancreatitis from a medication he was on for seizures and ended up inpatient also.  He was in 4 days during her 14 days. 

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An Introduction to an Out of Tune Mom

My hopes are that you find this worth reading; my hopes are you come back and read again. My hopes are that this blog will not only give you a picture of our life…as we live it…but also picture of what has worked for us.

I am married to Steve (15 years), and a Stay at Home Mom, Home School Teacher, Nurse, Temporary Physical therapist, Temporary Occupational Therapist, Temporary Speech Therapist, Dietician, Home Health Caretaker, Secretary, and Chauffer of one special guy, Tristan. I know you can already relate, maybe not to all the duties (I’m sure I haven’t listed them all).

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Preschool Decision

My husband and I are pretty conservative–I’m not talking about politics (I almost never am)–but just our general life decisions. We prefer things cooked from scratch–we don’t even own a microwave. I stay at home and my husband goes out and earns the money.

Even before Charlie was born, we thought that I might end up homeschooling our children. Not because we don’t like public school–I am a huge fan of public school–but because we knew that our children would get individualized instruction that was made just for them. Once we had Charlie, it seemed even more likely that he would need me around to insure that he got everything that he needs and deserves as far as an education goes.

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Satisfaction

I’m sure that every mother has things that make her proud of her mothering skills–some activity or item that causes you to pat yourself on the back and say, “Good Job.”  Perhaps you feel especially good if you manage to get the whole family seated around the dinner table. Maybe a spotless bathroom fills you with joy.  You might be one of those people who feels wonderful when your children go to bed without incident.

Despite my role as a stay-at-home mom, I was born without the cooking and cleaning gene. Dust bunnies tumble freely down my halls and our local grocery store makes way too many of my family’s meals.

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Magic Marker Monday — Handmade Block Prints…

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso

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What do you get when you mix a little printing ink with some foam trays, a pencil, and an ink brayer?

A whole lot of fun!

And a great block print ready for fridge framing!

Happy printing!

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Magic Marker Monday — Stained Glass Coloring Pages

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso

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We wanted to try something a little different in the coloring book realm and came across some great stained glass coloring books from Dover Publications a while back. They have a wonderful selection of beautiful stained-glass coloring books and kits that are perfect for hours of colorful fun!

This week though, we decided to try printing our own stained-glass coloring pages…

There are lots of free coloring pages on the web — Dover Publications is actually a great source for this too.

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Magic Marker Monday — Cave Paintings

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso

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At our house over the past few weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at ancient art through our homeschool art curriculum with Artistic Pursuits and we started with cave paintings.

We had a lot of fun just doing a Google image search on “cave paintings” and then talking about the different drawings — what they looked like, how different it would be to paint on a rocky surface instead of on smooth paper, and what the artists might have used to draw and paint with.

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