Work, Travel, Army Life, and Dinosaurs

June 10, 2014


Working From Home

This was my view yesterday morning as I worked from home. Bella and Charlie “getting their wiggles out” as she calls it.

In the middle of emails and writing and phone calls, we booked a trip to northern California in 3 weeks for my grandma’s 90th birthday. I’m so excited to head out there and have her meet Bella. The last time I was there, I was 16 weeks pregnant with her.

I’ve been writing for She Reads Truth on their new plans. Next up is Ruth (probably my favorite plan so far) and we’re offering Study Packs now! These are so wonderful to have as we journal and read God’s Word together.

She Reads Truth Study Packs

So you all know it can get hot here. Like really hot. Dry heat or not, when it hits 104+ – you’re just going to melt. Then last week there was this:

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112*. We ran from air conditioned house to car to store. Thankfully this week it’s only reached the upper 90’s so far. Who knew that 3 years into living here (this is our FOURTH summer) that upper 90’s would mean relief?

We said goodbye to some dear friends last night. My doula Emily and her family are moving to Georgia (if you need a doula in GA, find more here!). I told Sam that after him deploying, this was the hardest part of being a military family. I do love the adventure of it, I wouldn’t trade our life for anything, but it’s hard to be so close to someone and then have to see them move or move yourself. My other friend Laura is moving at the end of this month as well, and we’ve known her since right after I lost the twins.

Bella and I have started the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I’ll admit – at first I was like what is going on in this book with the dots and >? But as we get into it, I’ve started to see how similar it is to the phonics I taught at school. The only thing is – Bella isn’t that into it. She is so used to learning things independently. So much of what she’s learned as been through her own doing, partly through us encouraging that and partly through life circumstances. So she’s easily frustrated, wants to wiggle and move. We’re going to give this a shot but if she isn’t ready, or we need another program, I’m going to be flexible. She’s expressed a real interest in reading, but it may just not be time yet.

Babble is back up! I’ve really missed it, it’s been over 2 years of writing for them and it holds a whole different level of work for me. I’ve been trying to focus more of it on education/homeschool since that’s where we’re headed as Bella gets older and more into actual academics.

Academics with mud and dinosaurs.

Speaking of which, she is totally obsessed with dinosaurs lately. Sleeps with them. Has them at the table. Knows dozens by name. It’s a fun phase to watch her go through.

Not so fun to step on a hard plastic triceratops at night in bare feet.


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  • jess

    June 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Have fun on your trip!

  • Hildy

    June 12, 2014 at 6:22 am

    The Reading Lesson is worth looking at; it’s a simple phonics-based book that I did with Drake and while he did get impatient with the silly sentences, I just used the phonemes we were working on during the week and made up our own stories (maybe you can make up stories about dinosaurs?) I also got him stories from the library for me to read to him about characters learning to read (Rocket Learns to Read was his favorite). He saw that others struggle with it too, which made him see that it’s not going to come automatically. He’s impatient and a perfectionist, so he’d get really frustrated if he didn’t “get” something right away.
    And I totally get the hardship of moving and having friends move. We’re military too, and honestly, I think it’s harder than deployments, maybe because it seems to happen so often. Hooray for facebook to keep in touch, right? 😉

  • Erin

    June 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I just bought that book for reading bc my son wants to read so badly. In fact today at the library he checked out a youth chapter book just so he can pretend to read. Hope I have some success with teaching him bc at his school they have to read in K (he’ll be in TK in the fall, turns 5 in sept)

    Speaking of heat and northern CA, we’re melting too, at least in Sacramento. Hope you’re headed to a cooler part of our large state!

  • sarah

    June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I really like 100 lessons for developing blending techniques. I think when I first started with my son, even the short lessons were a bit much and so we just did a half lesson everyday. With all my kids, we eventually moved to little phonics readers when they were somewhere about a 1st grade level. They felt more accomplishment doing that, so while I’ve started them all with that book. . .I think I’ve yet to finish it!

  • Jen

    June 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    you made me smile! It absolutely does not feel good stepping on toys, esp when my 1 year old decides to continually dump out legos. YIKES. Have fun in california

  • Stephanie

    June 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Have fun on your trip to CA. 🙂 I wish you safe and fun travels.

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