Friday, January 28, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal- Week 2

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week…

I was surprised to find out that I won a trip to Tunica, Mississippi! The timing is perfect since my parents are planning a visit from Ohio, which means they can stay with our kids and my husband and I will slip away almost unnoticed! A mommy and daddy need that every now and then, ya know?

Anyway, maybe you can help me out. Tunica is famous for the casino’s but I’d like to break away from the norm here. I plan to visit the Mississippi River Museum, we’ll be staying at Harrah’s and have a gift certificate to eat at 37’s. I’m not saying that my husband won’t enjoy sticking a few pennies in the slot machines, but if you have any suggestions on things to do in the area that don’t include gambling, I’d love to hear them.    

Places we’re going & people we’re seeing…

I think I already let the cat out of the bag on that one.  As far as the kids and I, we’ll be heading out to check out a new Sculpture Trail that is around town. My kids are also super excited to attend a concert where they will see some of their favorite Christian bands like Thousand Foot Crutch and one of my favorites, Casting Crowns. I’ve not decided if I’ll go yet- normally I do go to the concerts with them but this time they think they may want to go with their friends. *sigh* My babies are growing up…*sniff* *sniff*  Actually, its all good with me because now that I’m getting older, I much prefer outdoor concerts.

My favorite thing this week…

Has nothing to do with school. We watched the movie Secretariat. Have you seen it? Oh my. I don’t even like horse shows and am not a fan of horse racing, but I thought that movie was excellent! When it was over we even looked up Secretariat online to learn more- though my kids probably won’t admit that to anyone.   

My favorite thing ,school wise, is that we actually had a couple really great school days. We’ve been reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris and discussing it. If you have teenagers and you don’t want to go the dating route, this is a great book. My kids are really enjoying it, though they probably won’t tell you that either. *smile*

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard my husband tell our children, “…that other than choosing to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, choosing a spouse is the most important decision you will ever make.”  We don’t want to encourage them to date, giving bits of their hearts away little by little or throwing them into temptation’s way when they aren’t ready. Unless they are ready, emotionally, spiritually and financially to get married, they aren’t ready to date.  Of course, that can’t just be our decision. Our children have to come to that realization themselves. Oh well, it seems that I’ve gotten off track… 

What’s working/not working for us…

Our YMCA membership is working beautifully for Phys. Ed. I think my kids will get all of their hours in for their high school credits this month if we keep up the pace! We are really serious about getting or staying in shape. 

This week I signed up for a Free class from Homeschoolblogger, The Greatest Hoax on Earth by Dr. Johnathan Safarti from Creation Ministries International. It was the first class that we’ve joined, but my oldest son really enjoyed it so we’ll be joining others in the future.   

My kids have excelled in their weekly ballroom dance classes and have now moved up from beginner status to intermediate. I guess you could say that’s working.

Homeschool questions/thoughts that I have…

This week has been a good week. I may not a perfect homeschool mom, but it’s not one of those weeks that I feel like a failure. It’s good to have a week like that. 

A photo to share…

023 by travelermom, on Pix-O-Sphere

I was disappointed when the hike we were going to take with friends at Bankhead National Forest was cancelled due to lack of interest- actually, I don’t think it was lack of interest, but threat of inclement weather that scared everyone off. When I woke up to a beautiful sunny day in the high 40’s I knew we had to get out of the house. We headed to nearby Wade Mountain Preserve to hike the Devil’s Racetrack trail. I didn’t read the directions quite right and actually told the kids that it was a mile and a half hike. Turned out it was 1 1/2 miles TO the Devil’s Racetrack trail. Our mile and a half hike turned in to nearly four miles!  Oh well, we survived, lived to tell about it and spent an hour at the museum afterwards! I’d say we got a workout, what do you think?

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  1. It sounds like you have some exciting days ahead of you! Enjoy your get-a-way! That sounds sooo wonderful :) As always, you have so many exciting things to share. I used to follow your blog as Arbor Creek. Looking forward to following your adventures once again.

  2. Hi tonya - I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a "SHow off Your HOmeschool Room" link up party today, in case you get a chance to stop by. I always love reading your adventures and blog and think you would be a great addition to the party!


  3. Robin, It's so nice to have you back! :)

    Melissa, Thanks for the link-up invite. I'll stop by! :)

  4. Your week sounds like fun! I've wanted to join the YMCA for a while, but my kids seem to get plenty of exercise for free, so we haven't.
    Maybe someday.

  5. You might enjoy my blog where I also critique Josh Harris's book:
    "I Kissed Dating Goodbye: Wisdom or Foolishness?"

    Unfortunately Josh Harris is quick to point out the defects of dating but won't admit the problems and defects with his approach. Even at his own church he acknowledged a number of problems but doesn't share them on his website.

    I am glad to see more people discussing this vs. just blindly accepting what Harris teaches as the more righteous alternative.

  6. What a great week!!! I loved your post. So much fun and adventure. I agree though weeks were you don't feel like a failure as a homeschooling mom are great ones!!! Enjoy your time away that is awesome! Unfortunately I am not even close to that side of the US so I am not much help in that dept.

    Stopping on by through the Journal. :) I am also a new follower. Can't wait to read more about your adventures. Have a great weekend.

  7. Thanks for your comment & I have really enjoyed reading your post! What fun! Thanks for the suggestion for spelling. We're already doing Sequential Spelling. I like that one best of all the programs we've used.
    Congrats on winning a trip! How exciting! How cool to have lived & traveled by RV, too. My in-laws used to have a motor home & it was fun to take trips with it-although something usually ended up breaking each time & it was brand new. LOL

  8. High 40's? Hiking? I'm IN! I can hardly wait until the weather improves here and it dries up enough to even consider a hike! :D

  9. Tonya, Memphis is pretty close to Tunica and there are endless places to explore there.

  10. I like what you said about your week being a good one and you didn't feel like a failure. You are so right, we need those weeks where things go well and to feel good about them. I need to remember that more often. I tend to dwell on the bad weeks and forget to enjoy the good ones. Hope you have a good time in Mississippi!

  11. Looks like a great week! We are Y members and I'm thinking of joining the kids up for the homeschool class - then I can do my own! I so need to!!

  12. Hey Girl~I soo love that movie too~and like you it just sorta grabbed me~I *remember* sorta as a kid all the hooopla around this~I was pretty young..but the win against such odds~I cried when he about dogged determination! Question: do you all do K12? We are joining in that tomorrow~I'm blogging about it too~soo excited! Where did you get your button for it? Love reading you~have a blessed day! HUGS!

  13. Toyna - “…that other than choosing to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, choosing a spouse is the most important decision you will ever make.” LOVE THIS! Love reading your writing....thanks for being YOU!

  14. You won a trip???? How exciting!!! I can't wait to hear all about it. :)

    I have homeschool weeks that I feel like a failure too. I'm so glad to hear that last week was a good one for you.

    Thanks for linking up with me.

    Sue :)


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