Saturday, March 27, 2010

So apathetic tonight...

I have bounced around from one thing to another and nothing is holding my attention. There is nothing I want to do at all. I don't know if my depression is setting back in or if I'm just bored overall.

I've been crocheting a blanket and it's been what I want to do most of the time now but even that doesn't interest me at all tonight. I'm just waiting to go to bed I guess.

Yeah, I think this is going to be my shortest blog ever because I don't even want to do this lol.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" by Lucille O'Neal

I didn't know what to expect when I requested this book. I knew nothing about this woman besides the fact that she was Shaquille O'Neals mom. I didn't even know if she had anything to say that was insightful or interesting.

I was so very pleasantly surprised by this book. I read it all in one sitting and I couldn't put it down. Lucille's outlook on life and her frank look at her past showed me that she has gotten to a place that many of us women strive to be. She is comfortable in her own skin. She has made peace with her past and keeps her eyes on her future.

This was such an easy read and presented in such a way that it almost felt like a conversation. She didn't 'talk' down to the reader. She just presented her life in a way that, to me, said 'this is who I've been, this is who I am now and I like that person'.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Story of Easter by Gwen Ellis

This is the latest book that I reviewed for It's a children's book that also has a free dvd included. I was anxious for this book to come, because as a new Christian I don't really know how to explain Easter to my children without being to graphic for a four year old.

When I got the book, I read through it first before reading it to my son Daemon. I was impressed with the way the book was laid out. It was broken up into short chapters with bright illustrations on each page. Perfect for keeping the interest of small children. Then at the end of the book they added a section called "Can you retell the story" and had all the illustrations from the book mixed up so children can go through the pictures and try to recall the story themselves. I thought this was a great learning tool.

The thing I was most worried about was how they were going to approach the death of Jesus. The book approached it very matter-of-fact. They told what happened, left out the more 'gory' and upsetting details and explained in a little blurb at the bottom of the page that the day Jesus died was a very sad day but God still had a wonderful plan.

Overall I was very impressed with this book. It was very age appropriate but still conveyed the message of Easter in a way that children can grasp it. I enjoyed the book, but more importantly my four year old son enjoyed the book.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kind of overwhelming

So I decided to homeschool Daemon until this fall when we are going to enroll him in preschool. There's so much that I want him to learn that I figured a structured school like setting would be the best. I am scheduling out my day to the minute it seems like so I can get in two hours of 'school' and still have time for Tristan and cleaning.

My problem, like always is I do too much and need it to be perfect. I'm not teaching a class of children just my son and I'm planning like I am. I think that is why it's so overwhelming. This should be FUN too otherwise I will turn him off of learning.

So far I have it mapped out that we are going to do 'school' two hours a day Monday through Friday. Monday will be social studies and honestly there is SO much I could do for that. Tuesday is math/telling time/days of the week. Wednesday is science/nature. Thursday is language arts/reading/shapes, colors etc and Friday is art/music. Obviously these are just guidelines for me and there's stuff we are going to be doing that might not quite fit with the theme of the day but that's ok.

The problem I see is I'm not quite sure how to make my schedule so it's the most effective. I need to do two loads of laundry, deep clean one room, straighten and vacuum the rest of the rooms, and make sure my baby is fed and played with during the day too. So I'm working on it slowly just trying to get everything figured out.

I think that if I just do what I have set for myself everyday and don't try to do more that everything will be fine.