Monthly Archives: September 2013

A day in the life of our homeschool family

Monday Sept. 23

Inspired by Sarah’s post here I decided to do my own Day in the Life.  Sadly when I started it this morning, I thought we were going to have a great school day, then life intervened.  I plodded on and did this post today anyway, as testament to homeschooling as a part of real life.

7:30:  we woke up, this is late.  Actually this is when Little Brother wok up and I got up.  Big Brother actually got up at 6 (I thought is was 6:30, Daddy says it was 6) and went in to Daddy and spent some quality time (that is kept Daddy awake).  We were going to go walk with Daddy before he went to work; but that plan didn’t fly when Momma could not wake up and the boys were grumpy.  Daddy went to work and Momma fed the boys.

8:00:  We were doing art.  This is totally odd for us since I generally make them wait till school is done for art; but they have been after me to pai nt nerf darts to make them in to slugs (from Slugterra).  It kinda works if you keep the paint thin; think paint flakes off.

art 2




8:30: we are finally at the table.  Generally we are at the table at 7:30 or 8:00.  I really like the days we are at the table by 7 or 7:30.  Today it was 8:00 which is not all that bad.  Big Brother starts with Penmanship, Little Brother is doing Jump Start Kindergarden on the computer and Momma is cleaning up art and breakfast and putting dinner in the crock pot.

table time

computer time

9:00:  Big Brother has moved on to spelling and Little Brother is getting tired of Jump Start

boys at table

9:30 we have to stop table time, that is going really well, and leave for a doctor’s appointment.  The boys did get Journal done before we had to leave.

little work

bigs work

9:50 to 11:00 waiting in the WAITING ROOM for a 10:00 am appt.  Then we wait in the exam room 25 more minutes for a 3 minute appointment.  Momma is not a happy Momma.  We did, however, accomplish Memory work (the Preambvle to the Consituion) and watched a School House Rock video too.  We also read over 30 pages in oour World History (Story of the Wolrd Vol 2) 

12:45 : we are finally home, I let Little Brother watch TV, Big Brother heads back to the table to do math and Mom makes a late lunch.  After feeding the boys, and while Big works on math by himself Mom calls a doctors office and makes a few other medical phone calls.

2:00– the boys both take a TV break and Momma makes Epi Pen Packs (2 Epi Pens, typed out instructions, and all medication necessary) for Little Brother’s flying insect sting time

3:00  Grammar is done and Momma calls an end to the school day.  There is more than could and should be done; but by this time in the afternoon the attentions spans are waning.  Today we did NOT do:  Bible / Character, Science, Manners, or Phonics.

I send the boys off to play and I try to get chores does around the house.  Big Brother is writing pages about his slugs.

3:30:   most of the laundry folded Momma sneaks in her first kettle bell / hand weight work out of the day; this SHOULD be work out 2 if not 3 for the day.  Three hours to go to a 3 minutes appt this morning really through the day off (that and sleep till 7:30).

4:45:  we did a full house pick up to get ready for Daddy to come home.  We set the dinner table and watched Wild Kratts on PBS.

setting the table

5:30:  Daddy gets home and dinner is eaten.

6:15 EPI PEN education.  This will have to be repeated; but we made a good start on the boys’ learning their roles in responding to an allergic reaction in Little Brother.

After that we colored a little, Little Brother helped Daddy work on the car a little, and we watched Mystery in the Museum on the DVR

7:40: Bedtime

8:00 Asleep

sleeping boys


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responding to an allergic reaction

Tonight we started allergy training with both our boy; more correctly allergy response training.  Little Brother’s bee (and stinging insect) allergy is life threatening and since we met with the allergist and have a plan for sting / reaction care it is necessary the boys be fully able to play their roles. Little Brother has already spent one night in the hospital due to a sting.  The real fact is Little Brother’s life maybe in his own hands or the hands of his brother.  Little needs to know how to take care of himself, and Big Brother needs to know how to either guide Little or seek care for him, or if he has to, to care for him.

We talked about what to do if Little is stung; what Little needs to do and also what Big Brother needs to do.  We talked about looking for an adult; and clearly telling the adult Little has been stung, is allergic and needs his medication.  We talked about what to do if the adult just wants to comfort the crying Little and doesn’t react to the fact he needs medication.  We taught them lines to say and we role played.  We role played not only interactions with the adult, but the administering of the EPI PEN (Thanking God for the no-needle trainers that they send with ever Rx).

We went over, time and time again, the correct response:  look for an adult, tell the adult, insist the adult give Little the medication and call mom.  If there is no adult we went over how to administer the EPI PEN (either to himself or to his brother).  We talked about after EPI PEN is chewable allergy medication.

We talked that the whole care plan (below) even though we made it clear that Momma or Daddy or Grandma will take care of most of the ‘list’; we don’t want them to worry about taking care of everything, we just want them to be able to meet the urgent needs right after a sting.  We explained that in each “EPI PEN pack” there would be the PENS, as well as the chewable medication Little needs.  There will also be written directions for any adult to see and follow.

We will have to do many more nights of role playing and repetition but for the first night of going over it the boys seems to respond well.  With enough practice they both successfully used the mock EPI PEN on themselves and an adult.  We role played enough times that they got though the lines we have created for then without prompting.  Tonight was one the first of many night, especially of role-playing; but it was a good start.

Allergy reaction instructions for XXXXXXXX (DOB 10.29.07)

As of 9.20.13 Emergency phone:  417-XXX-XXXX 2nd 417-XXX-XXXX

Immediately after sting

Epi pen

25 mg of Benadryl

Pepcid or Zantac (either one)

Head to ER

10 minutes after sting

2nd epi if the reaction is still getting worse or he is having trouble breathing

Possibly 12.5 more Benadryl

Hour after sting

Zyrtec 10 mg

Repeat every 6 hours for 24 hours

Benadryl and Pepcid / Zantac


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pray in the life of a month, another look

He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands. — St. Benedict of Nursia

Never have I heard a better description of motherhood; the daily in the trenches (laundry room, school room) mothering.  Up before light, after being up a lot of the night, carrying straight though till well past dark.  Cooking, dishes, laundry, school work (or homework), shopping, social commitments, clean bathrooms; that a mother labors is never a question.

Mothers don’t sit and contemplate the wonders of world; note I didn’t say mothers don’t contemplate the wonders of world.  I honestly think as mothers we are more attuned to the magic of life and all God’s tiny miracles.  Watching a toddler try a toy and try it, and seeing the joy when it finally works.  Sitting with a school age child chewing over math word problems and seeing each one go better than the last.  Watching the sunrise while cooking breakfast; and relishing the joy at a baby’s first word.  Everything a mom does is wrapping in the glory of God.

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9.2.13 hiking again Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

We hiked Lake Casa Blanca International State Park again.

little brother 9.2.13

brother 9.2.13


boy and catus

boy and catus 9.2.13

big stick

big brother 9.2.13hik

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9.1.13 3 THREE mile hike

We hiked THREE miles at Government Canyon State Natural Area — and love it there.

big ready to start 9.1

big rock 9.1

boys with mom 9.1.13

little rock 9.1

looking 9.1.13

ready to start 9.1.13

resting 9.1.13

rocks 9.1.13

sleeping after 3 mile hike

starting 9.1

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Random August Photos 2013

8.5.13 big

8.14.13 little turtle

big in tree

Big School 8.8

brothers hug

doing chore

lego 8.13

legos done

little in tree

little legos done

little School

little wrote zoo 8.13

rose 8.13


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8.31.13 just a few photos

brothers 8.31

brothers sleeping 8.31

silly 2 8.31

silly 8.31

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