We are not normally a sport loving family but, Lydia LOVES the Raiders so naturally Aurora LOVES them too.
The next day at school was Charger's Spirit Day but in true Aurora fashion she just had to rebel and wear her Raider's Colors. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to let her do it but after thinking about it I am glad that she is not a "follower". She doesn't care about what everyone else is doing and is a force to be reckoned with.
In honor of Robert's 38th Birthday I am sharing 38 things that make him special.
1. He is hilarious
2. He is very relaxed which balances my craziness
3. He loves music
4. He is a wonderful son
5. He is an even better Husband
6. He is a wonderful Dad
7. He loves super spicy food
8. He is like Bruce Willis' character in UNBREAKABLE.
9. When he was younger he looked just like Neil Patrick Harris during his Doogie Howser years
10. He supports me and my dreams
11. He is always there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on
12. He loves my Mom
13. His sarcasm
14. It was his idea to add to our family
15. He works hard to support our family
16. He loves Disneyland as much as I do
17. He's a thrill seeker
18. His willingness to serve others
19. How tender he is when he talks about Bryton and Hayden
20. He has become a real handyman
21. He helps me overcome my depression and anxiety
22. He loves to play with our fur babies
23. His patience
24. He never complains when I mess up dinner
25. His love of chocolate
26. His love for the scouting program at church
27. His love of movies
28. He loves a good root beer
29. He's become a master gardener
30. He grills our Turkey every thanksgiving
31. He can sleep anywhere
32. He falls asleep very easily
33. His willingness to help me more around the house since I am now limited in what I can do.
34. He does whatever it takes to make me happy
35. He loves Starbucks almost as much as I do
36. He can fix almost anything to do with the cars
37. He comes home from work when I have panic attacks and stays until I feel better
Today was spent recovering from our sunburns, tidying the house and watching some of our favorite shows and documentaries on Netflix. If I'm being completely honest there was some Judge Judy and COPS and possibly some Maury thrown in the mix as well. The adventures will continue tomorrow.
At the beginning of the year we decided that we wouldn't go on a vacation but rather a stay-cation since we went to Disneyland so many times this last year. We started our week of fun by camping in the backyard last night and of course no campout would be complete without Reese's cup s'mores.
Two weeks ago we decided that we needed a new dog that was a better fit for our little homebody family. We found this handsome little 7 yr. old dachshund mix at the local animal shelter and fell in love. We brought him home and after a small escape attempt we decided on his name. The kids picked his middle name(can you tell that our family LOVES Big Bang Theory?). Introducing... Houdini Wolowitz Parker.
He is a big cuddle bug and loves to have his belly and head rubbed
At first the cats detested him and us for bringing him home and but after a week they have become the best of friends and can often be seen cuddling and napping together. It is the sweetest thing I have ever seen.
His first night at home he slept outside but from then on out he somehow managed to con his Daddy into letting him sleep at the foot of our bed with his blanket. He has also gotten Daddy to bring him meat bones from the butcher once a week. He is a very spoiled little man.
This time of year I get very excited and very, very scared. Excited that school will soon be starting and i'll have a routine again and scared because I remember that we homeschool our children and they will be home with me 24/7.
Now, while I love my children more than anything in the world, admittedly there are times when I wish that they didn't have special needs and that I could send them off to school like everyone else. It makes me feel like a bad Mother for feeling that way, because what Mom wouldn't want their kids with them all day everyday.
That aside, I really do love all that comes with a new school year. I LOVE buying a new lesson planner and getting all of the curriculum sorted out and divided into what TLC calls LP's(learning periods). I love getting it all written and printed out. I thrive on having it all organized and ready to go. I've got it all ready on my end now i'm just waiting for the call from the school that everything is in and ready to be picked up.
What do these well-known people all have in common? Besides creative genius or exceptional leadership...
Each received a large part, if not all, of their education at home. That's right folks, these people were homeschooled! Through reading, discovering and exploring. There are many, many more people who have left their mark in the world and were educated in their own home. (There is a great list of famous homeschoolers at http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net )
Whenever you feel challenged or discouraged, just take a peek at these names and realize the potential those little people in your home have if you only give them the tools to unleash it! Many of these incredibly intelligent people were poor public school students and felt like failures, yet thrived when allowed to pursue knowledge in their own way and time.
I am going to be brutally honest with you and most importantly with myself. I keep asking myself "Is it over yet?" Don't get me wrong, I love and I mean LOVE homeschooling my kids.
September through April I am on top of it and always adding in super fun activities and field trips to maximize our learning potential. I fill out learning, reading and lesson plan logs daily. We have all sorts of fun doing school all over the house, the yard and even at the store. For lack of a better phrase I am "Super Mom!".
As soon as May 1st rolls around that all goes out the Window and all I can manage to get done is the bare minimum required. I am beyond grateful that our dance parties, trampoline and walking the dog all count as P.E. or we would be in BIG trouble. We have had a lot of days of what I like to call "The Netflix School of Learning". I have yet to fill out a single log or report and all of the kids work from the last 5 weeks is due by next Friday the 7th. Now, before you judge me for our usage of Netflix on almost a daily basis this last month. Sage and Aurora can tell you all about Egypt, King Tut, Cleopatra, Ramses the Great, The Nile River, Moses, and the Israelite's, The Great Wall of China and why it was built and name all of the Greek and Roman Gods. Seriously... what 3rd grader and Kindergartner could do that????
Sage was supposed to work on a science fair presentation but no matter what I did to bribe motivate him he wasn't having any of it, I gave up so I could keep some part of my sanity and we just did 5 small science experiments. Then last week I found out that Aurora has to prepare a device less than 6x6 inches to keep an uncooked egg from cracking for the Egg Drop on the last day of school. The Hubs is usually in charge of things like this but he's been working a lot and has been super busy with the Scouts at Church, so here I am trying to figure out what kind of device will work best. This is definitely my definition of Hell.
Then I think back to our days of Public School I remember that it could always be worse. The last minute projects and stress that was brought on by making sure Sage had his homework folder, reading log and behavior chart signed and backpack cleaned out daily. He always managed to have a teacher with more OCD than me and to top it off there seemed to be contest between the kids for who brought the perfect handmade gift for his teacher and signing up for enough things so the class could have a decent party since most of the parents never signed up for anything. I am so glad that we have left those days far, far behind.
I've decided that it takes all kinds of Mom's to make the world go round. Public School Mom's are my new hero's!