When you give yourself credit for something and take pride in what you do, it doesn't mean you think you're better than someone less. It just means that you value who you are and you send that message to the world.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
As to weight...if he looked bigger, I'd say, "You seem fatter than the last time I saw you." I've learned by life experience that people get fatter for any number of reason, most of which are benign. I am aware that people may not like having their deficiencies- increased bulk, for instance- pointed out. But my mouth may spit out, "You look fatter!" before my brain concludes, It would be rude to say he looks fatter!Losing weight is another matter. If someone looks a lot thinner, I might say, "You look a lot thinner..are you sick?" I know people go on diets. But people my age are just as likely to be thinner because there's something wrong with them. ....
With me, though there is no external sign that I am conversationally handicapped. So folks hear some conversational misstep and say, "What an arrogant jerk!" I look forward to the day when my handicap will afford me the same respect accorded to the guy in a wheelchair.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- "I gave the President a high five mom! We need to respect the President. But we need to respect God more."
- He was reading the captions and said, "party?? what party??" I quizzed him and he remembered the Republicans and the Democrats. He remembered that Obama is a Democrat and then said, "Well he should probably listen to the Republicans since he already knows what the Democrats think."
- He was very very excited to hear about new jobs and the economy. He would like to let everyone know that Andrew's window washing is open for business.
- He is pretty sure that the President knows Jesus given that he kept talking about prayer and all....
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Homeschooling, and specifically Unschooling have been in the news quite a bit. It is portrayed as being unparenting, unruly and even...feral. Here is one article posted on ABC news.
Monday, June 7, 2010
My friend Jen at The Black Pearl Academy first introduced me to Fun and Sun. Andrew requested it so we are going to do it again this year with a few changes. The basic premise is that you earn paper ‘suns’ and can spend them on various things. This year we will only be doing schoolwork for the suns..not chores. Chores are working very well as a framework for RDI and so we will keep them separate. I am not ‘demanding’ any work from him. I simply tell him that if he wants to earn the suns, he has to do the work. I can frame these any way I want by simply saying that a worksheet is worth 2 suns or perhaps he has to do 2 worksheets for one sun. That way if he has a goal in mind I can speed up the process. Some of the prize items are things he wants daily (ice cream) or he can ‘save them up.’ He is the ultimate saver so we are encouraging him to spend a few on lesser items that he can enjoy now versus saving up for only big ticket items. Our prize list is somewhat fluid but i am NOT including computer time on it this year. He tries to use computer to control us and so I am leaving the control of that in mom and dad's hands by not using it with the Fun and Sun program. Here is a list of our current prizes
MD’s french fries…3 suns
Ice Cream… 3 suns
Video game rental…7 suns
Build a bear or webkins clothes…. 4 suns
New Stuffed Animal… 10 suns
Restaurant with mom and dad…. 15 suns
Build a bear… 20 suns
New Wii or DS game… 20 suns
The beauty of this program is that you can do it however you want. He can earn suns by worksheets but also quiet reading time, chapter reading and “other things mom indicates as sun worthy." Black Pearl Academy has their own way and others do as well. This can be great for school kids too during the summer if you want them to keep up their skills they learned during the school year.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
One feature of this e-book that I loved was that each recipe had icons indicating not only allergens but also relative cost, backpack friendly, and even a 'slight indulgence' icon for those that might be watching calories. A page early in the text lists these out clearly and each recipe shows the appropriate icons. The relative work intensity and storage options are also noted. Sure I could figure out for myself which recipe has an allergy we need to avoid, but you can flip quickly through the page views and pick out some favorites right away. Most of those that were not gfcf could be easily modified and indeed she gives tips to do just that.
We really struggle with the yeastie beasties around here. There are even tips included to 'trick your tongue' into thinking you are getting more sugar. And I'm not talking about artificial sweeteners. Other tips include choosing cookware and various ways to 'upgrade' the health factor in recipes in general. The book also contains hyperlinks to the website to further explain certain recipe items.
There is an entire section on making your own power bars. Above is the picture of the ones I made. There are very specific and detailed 'how to' instructions and over a dozen potential varieties follow. The ones I made were delicious. I also tried the granola bars. I used a gluten free flour mixture (the recipe called for regular) and although they didn't stick together like glue, it was unanimous that it was the best granola I had ever made. There were many goodies and sweet treats that I will be trying over the next weeks and the granola will be come a regular menu item.