In my life this week…
I’ll be 16 weeks pregnant on Tuesday, nearly 4 months along in this 9 month journey. And let me just tell you, all I ever think about is food (and Zantac, for the heartburn after the food). It’s so funny to me how, in the first three months or so, the thought of food is extremely repulsive and in the next 6+ months, I’m eating constantly (even in my dreams). Nothing too bizarre really, just Mexican food, chips, and ice cream.
Though with fall in the air, I’m beginning to have pumpkin bread cravings. But I have those even when I’m not pregnant.
I do miss my coffee, though (and all the cream and sugar I use to make it palatable). I forego caffeine while pregnant and nursing, which means I have roughly one more year before my next cup. The home-brewed decaf is far from the real deal, unless I add a considerable amount of chocolate syrup to the cream and sugar. And by then I might as well have chocolate milk, which is the morning routine I’ve swapped for—a big glass of chocolate milk instead of the old friendly mug of coffee.
So, to sum up this section: In my life this week, I’m trying desperately to revamp my voracious appetite and intense cravings to something even slightly resembling my old healthy diet of steamed vegetables, stir-frys, baked salmon, and George Foreman-grilled turkey burgers.
In our homeschool this week…
I’m loving our adjustments to kindergarten. We’ve finally got school to where Mommy is enjoying it, which is important, you know. As far as my once-beautiful-now-grossly-disorganized lesson plans? My new system is to check off with a pencil each page that we do in each subject, then check off the week when every assignment (that I’m going to do) has been completed. The result is that I’m in Summer: Week 12 in Phonics; Fall 2011: Week 1 in Math; Fall 2011: Week 3 in Critical Thinking and Geography; and totally off the cuff for handwriting and art/music. But I couldn’t be more pleased.
The nice thing is, since I decided at the beginning of the year to only schedule 6 weeks worth of school at a time, I only have three more weeks of this mayhem before I reorganize.
- We’ve wrapped up our first week in Nigeria and nearly learned the countries of West Africa.
- We’ve begun our study of Renoir’s “Still Life with a Bouquet” and continued our music theory. (I’ve misplaced my Vivaldi CD and may have to resort to a youtube.com playlist if I can’t find it soon.)
- In K5, we are on Abeka “I Do Read, Book 3” and loving the reading journey. He spelled “mash,” “smith,” and “twist” this week as part of our lessons on his phonics sounds. And in math, he’s flying through addition, writing and recognizing his numbers up to 100, and working on counting by 2’s.
- In PreK, the little one is finishing up with the letter D and working on number recognition and counting for 1-10. Along the way, we’ve also had fun with fine motor skills, shapes puzzles, and color recognition.
My favorite moment…
Holding my son in my lap for reading time with the little one cuddled beside me to hear his story. He always adds more expression if she’s listening in.
Questions to ask…
Since food is ever on my brain, what are your favorite fall snacks?