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  1. Re: the bolded: She sounds like a hoot! 🤣❤️ Today was a medical appointment in the city. The kids brought actual (not independent) schoolwork for the car ride and knocked out quite a bit. We did grocery store pickup and club store pickup while we were there. We did some errands when we got back and I'm debating whether to take them to the park or just play outside here at home. I'm tired of being in the car, so I'm leaning towards play outside here. Family movie night tonight. Have a good weekend everyone!
  2. Yesterday was reading, memory work, spelling, writing, handwriting, math, and an episode of Sharks. And a playdate with friends. Today is another playdate. When they get home we will do read alouds, independent reading, spelling, writing, and math at a minimum. We might watch another episode of Sharks if they need some down time at some point. I'm trying to get lots of tasks done while they are gone.
  3. Good afternoon! Full school day today. We've done morning meeting, math, and language arts. We are taking a lunch break and outside play break then we'll do science, piano practice, and read alouds. I have lots to do after school work, again, so I need to start moving faster, lol. 😊
  4. Take care of yourself, critter! Well, its 5:30 in the morning and I can't sleep, so I guess I'll post our plans for the day! We have a full school day today. Morning meeting, math, writing, spelling, handwriting, science, piano practice, and art. We should get lots of outdoor exercise today with warmer temps. I have a mile long "to do" list but school is the tippy top priority. Everything else will have to wait.
  5. Well done, critter! You deserve a break! 👏 House hunting took all morning yesterday so we did math, writing, and read alouds in the afternoon. Then we went to the library for an hour and a half. The boys are at a playdate today, so I'm letting dd enjoy a break from her younger brothers. She's doing schooly things though. Art, making jewelry, piano practice, reading new library books. I'm cleaning the house in peace and quiet. Ahhh, bliss. I think I will have the big kids do a math lesson each, after the boys get back from their playdate. Then tonight is family movie night so I think that's a pretty good Friday for them!
  6. I go back and forth on the open concept argument. I recently went to a party at a newly built custom home and I personally thought they took "open concept" to a whole new level. You walk in the front door directly into the "living room" but the living, dining and kitchen was literally one giant square room with a super tall vaulted ceiling. The kitchen cabinets and counters were in one corner of the square and there was a huge island in that kitchen corner. The dining table was in the other corner and the couches floated in the middle of the room around the tv/fireplace. For some reason, I found it completely unnerving. We are house hunting right now and I can't understand how a huge 4 bedroom house has a dinky kitchen with very little cabinet/counter space, open concept or not. Why???
  7. Good morning! The kids are doing better today. We are having a slow, rainy morning but we'll get started in a few minutes. I'll probably make it a light day just because that always feels more doable after a break. So we'll do morning meeting, writing, and math. Read alouds and piano practice will be after lunch.
  8. Well, the kids eyes are still huge and everything is blurry. Its making one of them especially cranky. So I'm doing gobs of read alouds. We have a huge stack of read alouds from the library that we got behind on with all the house stuff. So today is a good day to get caught up. Its raining today, anyway. Maybe I'll make some banana bread this afternoon. That should cheer everyone up. 😊
  9. What is a normal number supposed to be? Sorry you are back to square one. 😞
  10. Well my grand plans for school work before 1:30 failed miserably! The toddler was up all night not feeling well. He finally fell asleep in my arms as daylight was starting to fill the room. 😰 He slept in my arms until 10am. So we got up and had brunch, lol! We have to leave the house clean for showings so by the time we were ready for the day and the house was tidy, it was time to go! I can't win! I'm sorry so many of you are under the weather! I hope you all feel better soon!
  11. Critter, we were posting at the same time! 😄 We have to get moving in the morning, which sucks on time change week! We need to get our full school day done by 1:30. Then we need to get ready and head out to eye checkups. So that means morning meeting, language arts loop, math, science, lunch, and chores before 1:30. Since the appointments are one at a time, we probably won't be home until after 4. Then they'll be all out of whack with dilated eyes. Uggh. A quiet, dark evening at home sounds nice though, as long as they aren't cranky. 😎
  12. Nope. Not hokey. Not cheesy. And its a very big deal. I'm so happy for you! And for your dd, even if she still claims to not like reading. What a huge accomplishment! ❤️
  13. We are back with a fully stocked kitchen! Woohoo! But I forgot ds needs allergy injections today. Boo! So we'll head in a bit out to get those done. I need a car wash anyway, so I'll check that off the list, too. The kids did all kinds of math on our road trip today. And reading chapter books. And snacking. Man, they can put away food! I always ate like a bird when I was growing up. I still do, kind of. 😄
  14. This is so cool! I hope you occasionally update the hive on updates to your new home, since its such a unique situation with it being your dh's childhood home.
  15. I'll have to tell dd about this. She and ds are both really into space right now since we started watching One Strange Rock. 😊
  16. I can guarantee your image of me is way off base! 🤣 And how did I miss the view from kitchen window thread?! Slache, you have a beautiful family and it looks like you all had fun at Disney! Thanks for sharing!
  17. Well we finally made an offer on a house today!!!! Now I have to distract myself for the next 2 days waiting to hear back. Hopefully we will hear some thing before the weekend. I'm so stinking nervous! I can't focus on anything else! I finally found a house I love (I mean, it has things I definitely don't love, but I can't get everything I want in one house) and I am convinced they won't come down far enough in price. They should because the house is way overpriced. I thought it was but even our agent rolled her eyes and said its priced way too high. Anyway, I'm still convinced they won't accept our low offer. Just so I'm not crushed when they don't. 😬 But I really love the house, so why not try, right? (Oh, and the kids love it too and dh is meh but he's always meh about everything. I didn't force him to sign the offer! 😁)
  18. Posting now for tomorrow because its going to be busy again. Getting up and out the door in the morning for a medical appointment in the "big" city. Long drive so I'll bring independent school work for the big kids. I also ordered groceries to pick up while we are there. 2 weeks worth! So excited to not have to go grocery shopping for 2 weeks! Family movie night tomorrow with pizza and popcorn and then crash!
  19. Good morning! TV went off at 8 and we all got dressed and went to the doughnut shop! That was a fun treat for the kids. 😊 We are home now and doing our afternoon chores early because we have another appointment this afternoon. We are house hunting, thus the reason for so many extra appointments lately. I really really really want to do regular schoolwork today but I am thinking it may be more productive to set the kids up with some child led learning today. Dh and I were on the phone with the lender for 20 minutes a little bit ago and the lender is calling us back at a set appointment time this afternoon before we meet with our agent. It just sort of balloons and takes over the whole day. The toddler was recently given a giraffe themed gift and he's asked to find a video to learn about giraffes. Older ds is currently obsessed with sharks and dd is in a jewelry making frenzy. So I'm thinking I might just write a checklist on the dry erase board of some interest related things to do today. I'll have them make their own lunch and quiz each other on math facts. They could do some computer math games, too if they want. The neighbor kids are home today so my kids are wanting to play with them. I can't tell if they have the day off school or if they are sick. 😬
  20. Sorry you have a sickie on your hands, HSL! Yesterday was not as good as Monday but unrelated to the new rules. Lol. Today started off solid with the TV off at 8 and morning chores. But dh is home today, so of course, that throws everything out of whack for some unknown reason. We are doing school lessons but are running behind. I am cooking lunch now while the kids have a break so lunch is really late for us, too. We have an appointment later this afternoon that we need to get ready for so that will take some time. Morning meeting ✔ language arts loop ✔ math- half done science- not done yet piano- not done yet art- probably won't happen today
  21. Hmmm... That's interesting. I have been under the impression that there isn't room for negotiations on HUD or bank owned houses because they just list them for what they need to get the mortgage off their books. So you have to take it or leave it at their list price in whatever its current state is, because they are also not going to pay for any needed repairs. I wonder if it varies in different parts of the country.
  22. Its horrible here! We are all butting heads over everything! Dh and the toddler fell asleep on the couch so the big kids and I are quietly eating (a very late) dinner and they are watching a show while veg with the hive. We are supposed to be leaving for our extracurricular in 10 minutes! I don't think we are going to make it! Lol! I'm done with this day!
  23. So here's the update on how today went: We actually got out the door early and we were 15 minutes early for our appointment! I thanked them for cooperating and getting out the door without a fight. The kids noticed that breakfast was much more pleasant (and quick) without the tv distracting them! So two early wins! Yay! We had time after our (shortened) appointment for morning meeting and math. Lunch took a little longer than an hour and they were a little grumpy during language arts. Science also took longer than an hour. We were all worn out by that point, so I let them have their screen time and we did our weekly house cleaning chore after. We ran behind the rest of the evening so they got to bed later than I like but, oh well, its a work in progress and I'm content with what we accomplished today. It was really the start of our days and a good routine that needed an overhaul because it really does set the tone for a good day or a bad day. We'll see how we do tomorrow! Schedule for Tuesday: -30 min morning meeting -30 min read alouds -1 hour language arts -1 hour math -30 minutes science -1 hour lunch break -after lunch: exercise, weekly chore, 15+ minutes piano practice Free Time 7pm leave for activity 10pm bedtime
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