Monday, November 23, 2015

The Wants

I've been wanting to blog.  Each time I open the page to write, I can never finish.

I'll just ramble.

One day I told Mr. A to bring me something tasty to drink.  He returned with Pelligrino Sparkling Water and flavored syrups.  Yummy!

After a few weeks I realized that my belly which had been expanding was shrinking.  I've been walking the track while QT is at practice but I've also realized that the sparkling water has replaced my soda intake.  All of the bad stuff in soda has been eliminated from my diet!  I'm so pleased by this discovery.

My mom's aunt is in town from Georgia.  Her aunt was born in California and moved to Georgia in the 90s.  Anyway, while my great aunt was here I showed her some of the things the kids have made. As I was showing these things I realized that TR knits, sews, draws, and makes things from clay, paper pulp and other materials she collects. The kids then went into the living room and QT showed her his drum set. I realized the kids are learning the drums, piano and guitar.  They are taking Spanish, Science and QT is running track and TR is doing 18 hours a week of gymnastics.

We are Tiger parents!  It's amazing because I've been calling this woman a tiger parent because her 9 and 6 year old kids do competitive gymnastics, play instruments, karate, cross fit. As I was pondering on the fact that we aren't tiger parents and considering this woman, I realized we do as much but because we home school our kids get during the day.

I've been enjoying hanging out with Mr. A and my kids.  Mr. A is a very fun person.  I chose well.  In hindsight, I realize how well I did chose because we've grown together and kids really made me realize how important marrying a person with aligning child rearing goals.  My kiddies love him and feel secure, and I enjoy that they are so secure in their father and respect him.

I've had 5 or 6 hearing this year.  I won all but 1.  Now to get paid from the ones I won.  I'm tired just thinking about it, but 2016 should be a good financial year.  Maybe we can build a fat cushion!

Have a lovely Thanksgiving and prayerfully I will be able to blog again before the day of Thanks.

I thank God for this life I've been blessed to experience. He is Great!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Market and the Community

Mr. A designed a fun homeschool activity yesterday.  Before going to the store Mr. A went over people in our community.  Then he had the kids go over the food groups.  He made a graph so when we arrived at the grocery store, the kids could identify the food group the food we were purchasing belonged in, the price per pound of the food or the price of each item. Mr. A introduced the kids to the butcher, the cheese expert and a clerk, as community members.  They were all happy to engage with the kids and curious about what we were doing. Lots of people were stopping to ask if it was a school project or if we home schooled and expressed they thought it was a great idea.   

The kids used the last column of the graph to total what each item cost and if the price was per pound or we had more than 1, they multiplied.  Both kids did their own math.  TR tallied the total amount of the food. Her estimate was $69. The clerk rang up the sub total and said $63. Mr. A said to the clerk, did you add the melon?  When the clerk added the melon it was $69!!!!  Whoo hoo.  TR was right! We did math, health, community all in one grocery store trip.

That was the most fun in the grocery store ever.  We did health, social studies, math and meal planning all in an hour at the market.

Home school requires effort, planning and parental commitment, but the reward is worth the work and the reward is much greater than the work.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Too Much Beauty in the Closet

I gave TR a homemade hair smoothie on Friday morning.  My goal is to get her hair to its maximum level of moisture

The recipe included, a drizzle of Mediterranean Blend Oil, 1 heaping teaspoon of Coconut Oil, 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil, a drizzle of unfiltered grape molasses and a drizzle of raw honey, 1 teaspoon of Bragg's liquid  amino, 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise, a quarter of a frozen and then boiled banana. I love banana in my hair smoothies and they soften into a great consistency when frozen and then thawed in hot water.

I blended the ingredients in the blender. I then sprayed TR's hair with a teaspoon of baking soda in water.  I hear the baking soda temporarily opens the cuticles. I wanted to open them and let the smoothie moisturize.  I left that in her hair for  4 or 5 hours.  I used diluted shampooed on her hair  and  let her spend the rest of the day and night with deep conditioner.

On Saturday before I headed to the Farmer's Market and she went to gymnastics, I used watered down Knot Today to rinse the condition out of her hair, I then did the Max Hydration method as seen on youtube.  I added a bit or raw honey and mediterranean blend oil to Azteca facial clay and added water.  I then put the mixture throughout her hair.  I let it sit for around ten minutes and rinsed it out.

Her curls sprang back when I pulled them.  Yaaaay!  This has been my hair goal for her.

 While her hair was wet I separated it and used Knot Today, coconut oil and Kinky Curly Curling Custard.  The finally process took about 15 minutes. Her curls dried and survived 4 hours at gymnastics and an evening of trick or treating.

  I'm looking forward to doing the max hydration method again and seeing continued  hydration.  She is excited about wearing her hair in its curly state and wearing her hair down.

I did a length check sans the two strand twists.  I shall do another check in January.