January-February

March 3, 2013

So…one thing I should work on for March- organize passwords!!!!  That goal speaks for itself 🙂

On helping big boy read, well, we’re coming along.  We’ve got a good start on sight words.  Tomorrow I plan to post some of the activities we’ve tried.  Most of them I found on Pinterest.  He can identify the, and, of and was.  Next I want to work on pronouns.  I’m trying to make sure that I’m not forcing this on him, that I’m being relaxed with the activity and stopping when he seems bored or frustrated.  He does seem proud when he can identify words in various contexts!

Little Boy is more of a hands on learner it seems.  He is my little chef, who is happiest in the kitchen with me or using my pots, pans and cooking utensils!!!  We did try “color boxes”.  Each week I had Big Boy help me fill a box with items (toys) of one color.  To be honest, I think Big Boy enjoyed the activity and silly song I made up to go with it than Little Boy, but that is perfectly fine!  I also began discussing colors in a different way based on the linked article below (i.e. I say “Let’s put the grapes that are green in the pot”.)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-johnny-name-colors  

Exercise is going well.  I’m doing mixed strength/cardio workouts for about 30 minutes two to three times a week (depending on how often Big Boy goes to school :)).  I’m not feeling a ton of difference as far as energy, but I’m sure it’s not hurting.

Cooking- a work in progress.  It has happened two times a week more weeks than not, but finding something that everyone can/will/should eat in our house is QUITE A task!!!!  I have enlisted the help of my mother-in-law.  Surprisingly, to me, it took a bit of pride swallowing to ask for help with learning to cook.  I’m not quite sure why since most people who know me (mil included) know that one or two years ago we would have eaten sandwiches or eaten out 365 a year if we didn’t have a microwave in our house.  OH- and we got a meat thermometer, which has allowed me to cook meat without constant paranoia that I have just given my family salmonella!!!

And, last but not least….coffee….(hide self in shame).  Let’s just say, it’s not happening.  Or, shall I say, coffee is ALWAYS happening.  And, per usual, it’s not just the coffee.  It’s the sugar.  Delicious, addicting sugar.  Everyone has their poison I guess.  Is this mine?  I guess so, but I NEED to kick this.  The question is, can I kick it just a little, or is this something I have to kick hard, out, for good?   Do I say “It’s just not something I’m ready to give up right now”, and take the easy way out?

Coming tomorrow, Goals for the next month(s).

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