Thursday, September 04, 2008

Tomorrow Is Testing Day

I'm not sure what has gotten into our family this year, but we are on the Education Journey for sure! I have decided to take two Community College courses as well as the Holistic Health Practitioner course. I will begin an English Composition course, as well as a Basic Computer course in mid September. I'm looking forward to a refreshers course on the technicalities of writing.

I have to go to the college tomorrow and take their placement exam. I'm confident that I will do fine on the English portion of the test. But math will most definitely be a joke. You might think I am just being modest. But I am not. I will be honest with you and tell you that my math level is literally probably at a 3rd grade level. There is a very real chance that I have a learning disability. I am actually going to talk to the college tomorrow about being tested. If I am officially diagnosed that will answer many questions from my whole life's journey. Wish me luck on the drive (by myself) and the test. Big steps for me. If you know me well, you know that I am NOT one who enjoys driving long distances.

Tomorrow is a day of tests. I will go to the audiologist and get a hearing test tomorrow afternoon. The genetic condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta runs in my family and it often causes hearing loss. I have shown signs of marked hearing loss in the last year. So I am finally going to be tested. Osteogenesis Imperfecta is also known as Brittle Bone Disease. That kind of sums it all up. My little niece had broken bones while in the womb. My father and my sister both have Osteoporosis. I haven't looked into my own personal bone health enough to tell you the stage that I am at. I am looking into that with my doctor right now.

So, life is moving along. I like the feeling of progressing. Jakob loves his school. I love my schooling. Leif enjoys his job and doesn't mind his schooling except the fact that he doesn't have enough time to focus on it. And Caleb enjoys the education that life brings.

Life is good!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Family Christmas Tradition


When the wise men visited Jesus after his birth they came bringing gifts for him. As far as we have been told, there were three wise men and three gifts. Special, yes. But there were only three. Not the dozens of gifts that we tend to find under the traditional Christmas trees in our generation.

For the last couple of years Jakob has received many gifts for Christmas. All ranging from the new size of wardrobe needed, to the classic toy that we just HAD to get him. We started to notice after two years that he really didn't care about ALL of the gifts. He just enjoyed the whole thought of it all.

So when my friend told me about their "Three gifts for Christmas" tradition. We grabbed it! As you have probably put together, just as Christ was given three gifts for Christmas, we will follow this tradition and each person in our family will receive three gifts for Christmas from this point on (except from other outside sources of course like family and friends, though we have asked Santa to keep his present giving to one gift per child:)
We will spend the weeks after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas focusing our teaching moments on the true meaning of Christmas and the gift that our Savior is. I found a few different families who follow this tradition and they have nothing but good things to say. Their children even say that it isn't a concern to them not to get dozens of gifts on Christmas morning. The feeling of the Christmas Spirit steels the show!

But what about all of the NEEDED items that are purchased and put under the tree each year. You know like undies, new clothes, socks, etc? I am not going to wait when the kid's need these items. We will just purchase them when needed and not make them such a huge event. This might help us give special gifts for Christmas.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

My Personally Made Formula Arrived


Today I received something special in the mail. It's called Adrenal Mega B. It is a Vitamin B Complex that I formulated and had a company make for me. Throughout my studies I have concluded that I am in serious need of a mega dose of Vitamin B's. It is not easy to find a vitamin B complex that has a huge amount of vitamin B's and nothing else. As a nursing mother, I have to be careful what I take. So, I formulated this myself. There is a company who will allow you to formulate your product and they will fill the capsules for you and send it to you.

I'm excited to put it to use! I think my next product will be a Calcium-Mag-D supplement specially designed for myself and my family who has a genetic condition called Osteogenesis imperfecta.

Our Family Schedule


This is just for our family's benefit. It might be fun to look at later on down the road.

MONDAY
8:00AM (Feed Caleb, keep him up)
Breakfast
Accountable Kids
10:00AM (Mamas school time, Nap Caleb)
Play date
12:00PM (Feed Caleb)
Home
Lunch
12:30PM (Nap Caleb @1, School time until 2)
Nap
2:00PM (Feed Caleb)
Wake up
2:45PM
Leave for dance (starts @ 3:00)
3:00PM Leif’s Home (Leif’s School Time)
3:45PM
Pick up from dance (ends @ 4:00)
4:30PM (Feed and Nap Caleb)
Start Dinner
5:00PM (Leif’s done with school)
Eat Dinner
Clean Up
Garden
Bath
5:30PM
Family Home Evening
6:30PM (Feed Caleb)
Accountable Kids
7:00PM
Visit Grandma
7:30PM
Get Ready For Bed
Article of Faith
8:00PM (Feed and Sleep Caleb)
Be in bed!
9:00PM
Lena asleep

TUESDAY-THURSDAY
8:00AM (Feed Caleb, keep him up)
Breakfast
Accountable Kids
Snack
10:15 Feed Caleb
10:45AM Leave for school (school @ 11:00)
Mamas School Time (2 hours), Nap Caleb
1:15PM
Feed Caleb
1:30PM
Leave to pick Jakob up (ends @ 1:45)
2:00PM (Feed Caleb)
Lunch
2:30PM (L&L School time until 4:30, Leif until 5)
Nap Jakob and Caleb
4:30PM (Feed Caleb)
Wake up
Start dinner
5:00PM
Eat Dinner
Clean Up
Garden
Bath
6:30PM (Feed Caleb)
Accountable Kids
7:00PM (Wednesday Lena YW until 8:30)
Visit Grandma
7:30PM
Get ready for bed
Article of Faith
8:00PM (Feed and sleep Caleb)
Be in Bed!
9:00PM
Lena asleep

FRIDAY
8:00AM (Leif School (?)
Feed Caleb, keep him up
Breakfast
Accountable Kids
10:00AM
Start Laundry
Grocery Shopping
12:00PM
Lunch
Clean up
Laundry
1:00PM
Nap
3:00PM
Laundry
Leif School until 5:00
4:30PM (Feed and Nap Caleb)
Start Dinner
5:00PM (Leif’s done with school)
Eat Dinner
Clean Up
Garden
Bath
6:30PM (Feed Caleb)
Accountable Kids
7:00PM (Wednesday Lena YW until 8:30)
Visit Grandma
7:30PM
Get ready for bed
Article of Faith
8:00PM (Feed and sleep Caleb)
Be in Bed!
9:00PM
Lena asleep

SATURDAY
8:00AM (Leif School (?)
Feed Caleb, keep him up
Breakfast
Accountable Kids
10:00AM
Start House Project
4:30PM (Feed and Nap Caleb)
Start Dinner
5:00PM (Leif’s done with school)
Eat Dinner
Clean Up
Garden
Bath
6:30PM (Feed Caleb)
Accountable Kids
7:00PM
Visit Grandma
7:30PM
Get ready for bed
Article of Faith
8:00PM (Feed and sleep Caleb)
Be in Bed!
9:00PM
Lena asleep

Our First Day Of School and Our Food Philosophy

Well, as you may note from my last post we started school today. I'm actually not worried about Jakob's school day. Of course we explained to Jakob that when the teacher said ugly, she didn't mean it in a mean way and that the ugly duckling wasn't really ugly, it was very special, just like all of us. When it comes to snacks, I just thought it was very ironic that the teacher provided that kind of snack after she and I had an in depth conversation about healthy snacks. But, I can't worry too much about those things. We had to except long ago that Jakob is a member of the world out side of our little family bubble. We try not to shelter him to an extreme from different foods that he might be offered. We don't eat some of them in our home, so when he gets them I just tell myself it's not a regular part of his diet and move on.

Jakob understands that there are healthy foods and foods that are just made to taste good and eat at special times. One of the ways that we have taught him this is to play a game while we eat. As we eat we go around the table and quiz each other on what each of the foods on our plate does for our body. Jakob loves this because his goal right now is to grow as big as he can, as fast as he can! So the thought of food and sleep helping him reach these goals are very exciting to him.

ANYWAY... sorry about the tangent. Our day went really well! Last week I took a day and made a detailed schedule for our family to follow as we try to juggle everything that we've taken onto our plate. It Worked! Life could have been a nightmare today. But everything went really smooth. I think the only person who might not get all of the time that he needs is Leif. I do worry about this... We'll have to try and make a point of sending him off to do his homework when it's time.

I have already learned some fascinating things and look forward to learning more. Jakob is excited to have some friends and it makes life so much easier to have him be entertained by someone else for three hours of the day. Caleb slept during those three hours. So, I'm set!

I realize that it's only the first day. But it sure will be nice if things keep going like this...

What Did Jakob Learn At School Today?


So Jakob ran out of his first day of preschool and Ran into my arms. What caught my eye was an orange powdery ring around his mouth... Hmmm? I thought... We had a bit of trouble getting into the car, but I'll write that later. Right now I have to tell you about the conversation that Jakob and Leif just had. It went something like this, "So Jakob what did your teacher teach you today?... Umm, a new bad word... Oh... what was the word?... Can't remember. How did you hear it?... With my ears. Jakob so what did you have for snack? Umm... two marshmallows and Cheetos."

Should I be worried about Jakob's first day of school?:) Well, we did discover that the new bad word was ugly. Stemming from the story the teacher read called "The Ugly Duckling." The subject for the day was "You Are Special." As for the Cheetos, I have no idea what's up with that!! You may note in an earlier post that the teacher expressed her serious intentions to keep the snacks healthy. Today was her snack day, I guess I'll just have to hope that she had a serious misunderstanding of what carrots look like!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Christmas in August: Mama's School Materials


I received my school materials yesterday! I am officially a student of the Global College of Natural Medicine in their Holistic Health Practitioner program. It is a two year program that will award me with a Practitioners Diploma when I am finished. I won't bore you with all that I will be studying. But I know I am really going to enjoy it! I do hope and pray that I'll be able to truly balance all of my priorities. It won't be easy. Wish me luck!!

We opened the box and had a lot of fun pulling everything out. I have my work cut out for me. It's been good showing Jakob our enthusiasm for learning and school. I hope it stays with him.
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