Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's BOX DAY!!!!

Soooo our book order arrived today!  4 days early!  I was so excited when I stalked the canada post website and it said "item out for delivery"  Our delivery guy usually comes between 10:30 and 11:00 so at that time, I graduated from stalking websites to stalking my own windows and I enlisted the kids help in case I went blind or got distracted for just one second.  In my defense, it was pouring rain and I didn't want those boxes to be outside any longer than possible!  So he finally came after waiting forever! (in reality it was only 10:45 when he came) Two glorious boxes from christian book distributors!


The kids were sooo excited that we had to take a break from the days schoolwork to rip open the boxes!!
mmmm I love the sound of boxes being open and the smell of new books!  There was a lot of books in there!  Don't they look so enthusiastic about those schoolbooks on their laps?

Here's T's grade one stuff.   Alpha Omega Lifepacs for Language Arts, Math, Science and History.  Explode the code book C and book 1 as well as A reason for handwriting book A.

And J's grade 4 stuff.... Switched on Schoolhouse Language Arts, Science and History,  Teaching Textbooks Math, Explode the code book 7,  A Reason for Handwriting Book C and Canada Map book 2.

There are some other things we will be doing together like our "Africa Land of Hope"  book and the "Exploring Creation Through Astronomy"

 I think we will be doing the Africa one with a group of other home-school kids as part of a co op.  I'm so excited about that one and have so many different ideas to do with the kids.  I can hardly wait.  Although I think I'll enjoy the nice summer days first!

In anticipation for all these new school books, and wanting to free up space in my living room, I cleaned out and organized our toy closet moving most of the toys down to the kids rooms.  That freed up two whole shelves to put school stuff on.  That meant that I could get rid of the pantry style cabinet that I had our school stuff in previously from my living room.  Although that hasn't happened yet unfortunately since we need to find a place for it!  Anyway, the two shelves in the closet is plenty of space for all of our school stuff with room to spare and it looks so neat and tidy!  (as if it will stay that way! ha!)  I took pictures for proof.... I'll probably look back at these pictures in about october when all my organizing has gone down the drain and the shelves look like someone ransacked them.

Left Side

Right Side

Well, now it's time to make lunch for the kiddies... including one little miss cranky pants who is currently pretending to do school work and scolding J by saying "DO WORK" and pointing at J's school books!  Hehe.. she's my little supervisor.
Until another time!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

oh my muscles!

hello again.

So I started to make a change in my lifestyle.  It's been far to long that I have neglected my health and it's time to do something about it.  Sooo about 2 weeks ago I started to watch my calories and slowly added in some exercise.  Last night the J and T wanted to go to the track for a walk.  I decided to try my Couch to 5 k app for my ipod that I bought like a year ago and never used.  So off to the track we went and the kids and I started to walk/jog.  For those who don't know what Couch to 5k is, it's a beginners running program.  You do a 5 minute warm up, then you alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes and then a 5 minute cool down.  (this is just the first week, as you progress the jogging gets longer and the walking gets shorter)  About 10 minutes into the program, I start to think to myself "What the heck am I doing???  This is craziness!"  But I decided to continue on and endure.  The kids were doing great with running.  Although there were a few times where T would run into the jogging lane by accident or start towards some joggers and scare the crap out of them!  Drove me crazy!  Anyway, I'm glad I stuck it out because I managed to finish the whole program and by the end of it, the jogging portion didn't seem as long.

Sooo this morning I wake up feeling great!  Soo I get on my Wii Fit and decide I'm going to try doing all the strength training exercises.  Out of the 12 exercises, there was only 1 exercise that I wasn't able to do.  Whoo Hoo!  I was feeling so great that I decided that after supper I would try to do the couch to 5k program again.   hmmm only one problem with that idea.   As the day drew on, I started to notice that the muscle near my hip was a bit achy... Then my other side started to get sore.... then my calves started to ache... and finally my lower back and my stomach muscles.  Suppertime came and Hubby wanted us to run to the store to get some new shoes and etc.  So I think okay, I'll go running afterwards (obviously still in denial on how bad I was feeling)  So we head to the mall. I even had Hubby park further away from the door so we could all get some exercise.  We get our stuff at one store but I had to run to almost the other end of the mall to another store.  I got my stuff and as I'm coming out of that store, I realize that I'm dreading the thought of walking back to the other end of the mall and seriously regretting parking the car so far away from the door.  Needless to say... Here I sit in my bed, with my pj's on and I did not go running.   I'm praying that my muscles feel better tomorrow so I can get back at it.  I'm really enjoying the exercise and it's good for the kids as they exercise with me!

In other news, I've been stalking the Canada Post website waiting for changes in my tracking number for the huge order of school books I ordered last week.  I've already gotten two of my orders from other places but this one is the big one and I'm soo excited to get all the new books!  I love the excitement new books brings even if they are school books and we can't use them until fall.  The shipment isn't supposed to come in until next monday but I'm hoping that it comes quicker!  Until then, I'll continue my stalking I guess.

 For now though, I think I'll go heat up my magic bag and settle in to bed for a movie.  Good night!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's that time of the year!

Hey everyone! My goodness March was not a good month for our family. It all started with "I"having croup one weekend, then came the sneezing, cough, fevers, ear infections and asthma attacks! For all four kids! Well the ear infections and asthma attacks was T but everyone had everything else. We are finally all mostly back to good health thank heavens! Usually we have been pretty lucky and only one or two kids get sick but this time it was all four and I felt like I was a human pillow and blankie for most of it.

Not only is it the time of year for sickness but we also got our tax return back which means that I get to shop for school books for next year! Yay! It's so fun to get new books!

Well it is now time to start lunch so this is all I can write. Until another time!