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Saturday, August 7, 2010

5 Down 175 to Go

When did the highlight of my days become talking about my kid peeing in the potty? Yeah, you guessed it. Lizzy is potty training. She is terrified of big potties (ya know...reg sized ones). BUT last night she got over her fear so she wouldn't pee on the princesses that were on her pullup (yep, that's what gets her going in the potty - along with a chocolate covered raisin reward). We were invited over to a friends house with a group of people in Awana leadership - don't know how I ended up there, but yep, we got suckered into leadership.

We started school Monday, and we have now successfully completed 5 days of home education. It was hairy at some points along our journey like when Lizzy had her melt downs because she wanted brother's full attention. I have been fairly successful at getting them to work together, and they are both thoroughly enjoying their days.

I am also enjoying my days, but I've realized that I'm going to have to really "tone myself down." Andrew is an incredibly bright boy so I'm pushing him to learn harder stuff. In the meantime, I need to remember that he still has the attention span of a 5 year old, AND when he gets distracted, I need to learn to shut-up and still give him time to respond before giving away answers. I'm not teaching to share how smart I am....but to let him THINK through things to find answers. DUH!

One of my favorite activities this week was building towers with Andrew using tens cubes. However, Lizzy was melting down so I had to take her away from Andrew so he could build. I knew Andrew wanted me to see what he built so I handed him the camera and told him to take pictures of his progress instead of coming to get me to show me. It worked sooooooo well, and I will certainly do that again! He was able to explore using the towers, I was able to help Lizzy independently, and we were all 3 happy!

I can only hope and pray that our days continue going this well. And I need prayers to remain calm, continue with creative quick thinking, and patience with Lizzy while Andrew is busy.

Here are some pics of our days: Andrew & Lizzy having snack time while listening to a book on CD, Andrew building towers, Andrew taking pics of his towers, and I love how in the last pic you can see the toy hammer...which he used in his tower building activity.


  1. I love it!!! I am sure those two are having a blast!!! I miss them! A seems to really enjoy learning. I hope he continues to be that way. And hey, E is getting to learn things too at an early age! I hope you and Mat are doing well also. I can't wait to see all of you again!

  2. Oh my gosh I'm the same way Charles is always like CANDRA because he will ask Nation a question and if he takes too long [more than one second] I'll answer it, ha ha. I know I'm going to have to learn this so much when we start homeschooling. Charles waits naturally, but my personality wants to "help" the other person right away ; )