Monday, December 28, 2015

'Tis the Season

TR has had cornrows since before Thanksgiving.  I finally finished removing them and tonight we pre-conditioned, washed and conditioned ( her hair. She didn't want to go to bed with damp hair so I used the  hair dryer and then I decided to flat iron the bottom section to see the length while straight.

She was quite pleased with the length. I suspect if we are consistent with her hair care regime, she could hit her goal of waist length hair, by the summer.

Tonight's photos.
 The last length check was in October 2015 and she had twists.
 The last time her hair was straightened was January 2015, so I added that to attempt to compare.
January 2015
December 28, 2015

I think the December length was at 7. I did a dusting of her ends.

I will make a hair appointment soon to get her hair put in twists or braids.  Braids make life easier and I prefer little girl hair styles on little girls.


In 2015 we settled and won a number of cases at hearing. We are scheduled to enter 2016 with enough to pay a year's worth of bills. I'm excited about that. I want to use the extra funds to expand the businesses.

I feel like I'm at my peak earning years so I want to earn a lot before I hit the decline.  I also want to set up a business so my kids will have a means to earn if they need a job.

I'll probably make a 2016 to do list.  Writing things down is powerful.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Homeschooling Fun

Yesterday we completed 5 months of homeschool with both kids! We're taking a break along with other kids, although we'll likely still do some schoolwork.  The kids are excited about their Christmas break but I think I might be more excited than they are.

We have 2 weeks without gymnastics, art, track, speech, Spanish and Girl Scouts.  2 weeks to relax, and refresh and to plan. 2 weeks of not having to drop a kid off at a certain time. 2 weeks of freedom to roam without time constraints or to stay home and relax.

HomeSchool Goals

As a homeschooling family, I want to give my kids a full and well-rounded education.  I keep my ears open for learning opportunities.  I'm considering purchasing the Logic of English and spend time on the kids spelling.  

I told QT to write a story and his concern was that he wouldn't be able to spell the words. That tells me we need to work on spelling.  The Logic of English (LOE) also has cursive writing instruction. The kids have taught themselves to write in cursive, and the LOE says cursive is more natural for kids.  I'm inclined to believe that claim, since both kids prefer to write cursive.

Mr A always says a good leader/manager removes the barriers and obstacles to allow the team member(s) to perform at their highest ability.  

If spelling is QT's barrier, then its my job to give him the tools to feel competent and confident.  QT is 5.10, and is a fluent reader of age 1st-2nd grade material.  It hadn't occurred to me that he might question his ability to spell.  He knows his phonograms but we have to develop his confidence in using them. TR used to write stories and she would ask me how to spell certain words and I would help her sound them out, but she never didn't want to write due to spelling concerns.

I'm excited!  


The buck stops here.  If our kids have or don't have a skill, it is an indication of our parenting and our work as educators.  We don't have a teacher to place our expectations upon. The responsibility is on us.

Homeschooling has to make me better because the best way to teach is by example.  I'm currently working to teach TR organizational skills. I have to organize and be the example and a more organized me, is a better me.

In most things I have to reteach or teach myself, before I can teach the kids.  They see me learning, making mistakes and trying again.  

I'm glad Mr A and I have the will, the determination and the confidence to educate our own kids. I grow with them.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Bay

Every weekend that we go to the Farmer's Market TR fills out the form to win a basket of produce.  Today (Saturday) TR won the basket!!  Fortunately I had only gotten eggs, 1 bunch of kale, apple cider and a few apples.  I usually spend about $100 on fruits and vegetables.  Today I spent under $30.  I'm excited to get creative in the kitchen this week!

TR ate a few grapes and said that victory tastes sweet and free food tastes amazing.
The A family has been busy but we've been enjoying ourselves. QT is busy with track and I enjoy seeing him out on the field and having conversations with 5-7 year old boys.  He is naturally competitive. Since both of my kids are competitive, I'm beginning to think ether Mr. A or myself are competitive.   Perhaps competitiveness is a trait that is hard to see in yourself or maybe it looks different for older people.  My career is about winning and losing so perhaps I'm still a competitor.

TR is enjoying gymnastics. She qualified for the State Meet this year and got 3rd place on floor.  I'm glad that she found a sport she loves.  At 14 or so months old, a month after she began walking, she climbed on our couch and walked across the back like it was a beam.  

I was nervous but I remained calm because I didn't want her to pick up on my fear and fall. When she was done, I picked her up and smiled.  I called Mr. A and told him what happened and told him we needed to put her in gymnastics so she could use the balance beam.

I didn't know baby gymnastics existed! Not long afterwards Mr. A went to Babys R Us and saw a baby gym in the same lot. He went and signed up for a trial class, and called me to tell me. I was excited and when we went TR was in her element. 

When she was 3, I enrolled her in ballet and took her out of gymnastics. after a couple of months she told me she wanted to go back to gymnastics.  I reenrolled her that next session and she has been doing gymnastics non stop since.   People often ask me how I knew to put her in gymnastics so early and I tell them the balance beam story.


I enjoy homeschool.  When shopping for schools, we toured elite private schools and the schools I liked gave the kids freedom, independence and an ability to practice self-discipline.  Those tours made me realize how a school environment can be.   We're able to offer those values in homeschool. My top goal for homeschooling is to allow my kids to be creative, develop skills that allow them to take ownership of their education and be confident in their ability to conquer challenges and learn from failures.  With TR I see her entrepreneurial and creative spirit.  She isn't afraid of trying something new.  She believes she can do whatever she puts her mind to. That is powerful!  QT is great with money.  I appreciate his ability to plan ahead and manage money.  If he wants to be an entrepreneur his financial skills will be of great benefit.