Saturday, September 7, 2013

Work Week- Take Ad Infinitum

 Monday rocked every one's world with a great visit from grad school friends. Paul brought an arsenal with him, rifles, pistols and hand-guns. Clay pigeons, soda cans, paper targets and fence posts all bowed before us. Outside all day blowing through tons of ammo and getting sunburns. Labor Day love, right there.

Cub is taking an on-line Marine Bio class on-line. Tech/test run this week. Looks fantabulous! Flower keeps at the Time for Learning- her fav areas are science and language arts.

Lots of housework. We primed and painted and re-painted the basements worth of trim. It is one giant puzzle piece as we are using re-claimed 12" trim from the second floor. Instead of 4 rectangular rooms the basement has 3 rooms, including a 6 sided room. So it had to be measured and cut and then checked. Somehow about 60% of the 6 -sided room wasn't measured right and has to be re-done. This doesn't usually happen to my detail oriented, somewhat ocd dh. Back to the cutting table. Again. It's where he lives.

In other house news, 2 more door-knobs were installed. I hope to get the other half of the attic primed and then a color thrown up and the last laundry room wall just needs finish sanded and it's ready for prime and paint. It is really, finally, really getting finished.

I'm doing a Before/ After Pin of Summer Projects sometime soon- soon as in, as soon as I get caught up with my life.

I'm reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Chiaverini-  a well written, fascinating pov about the Civil War, abolition and Mrs. Lincoln's challenges, which were many.
Cub is reading Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. I informed him that not liking the book was not optional.
A children's story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children's story.
-C.S. Lewis
Flower is reading Little Maid of Old Philadelphia.
Feeche is reading something by Karen Hancock. His fantasy kick continues.


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Summer love. I am really much more of a summer/beach type than far north, dead of winter type. So we are all in we don't want to start school mode or summer to end mode. It's been an exhausting, hard work summer on every level. Either way, Monday is the big day.

Reviews: A Child's Geography by Knowledge Quest - don't forget to sign up for the massive give-away!
Beauty in the Heart by Doorposts

The Science and Art of Motivation by Andrew Pudewa
1) Children like to do what they like to do- they like to get better.
2) Children want to do what they think they can do.
3) Children hate to do what they think they cannot do. Children prefer punishment to failure.

I think the above it good to keep in mind. I also like what Leigh Bortiens says about not catering to our kids likes all the time, shoring up their weaknesses as we encourage their strengths. It's a fine line and difficult to walk, especially with strong willed kids, ld's or other challenges. What do you think?

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Tonia said...

Target practice looks like fun! We just finished redoing our bedroom - I can't imagine having to do the whole house! One room wore me out. :)

Chareen said...

I think we need to visit with you on Labor Day. We miss being able to spend a day target shooting now that we live in town.

Mary said...

Shooting fun! Love the C.S. Lewis quote.