Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What the? Can you believe it? We started our space unit today for unschooling. I hope you Pin my awesomeness. Hahahahah. Just kidding. I'll do it myself. Hahahahaha. I'm hilarious.

Anyway, I got my ideas from many people which is mostly the purpose for writing this blog. I'm thankful for the resources available to me. A lot of other women and men have already done the hard work. I just get to use their ideas.

Somebody that I used to know (get the reference? It's a song), recommended this blog to me. I read a few posts and shared it with another friend who needed some validation on the unschooling. I told her that this girl kind of makes me feel like a rockstar for choosing to homeschool. It's a good decision for us.

I got a lot of my ideas from this blog. I hope you don't go there because she makes me look bad. lol. I'm grateful I found it though because I was able to put together several of my ideas from her week long unit.

The kids woke up to this weeks basket of fun. There's moon dough, felt, books from library, stickers, beads, and markers, paper, etc.

We started by reading a few books from the library on the basics of the solar system. That there are planets, they have names and moons, and suns and stars. Then we did a worksheet activity that had the planets on them. They colored them, cut them out, and pasted them in order on black construction paper. And now I can't find the place I got the worksheet from. Grrr.... Let me get back to you on that.  That was it for today. It took a good 2 hours or so. We spent the rest of the morning doing chores, and playing with each other. Oh, did you know that most materials don't have the updated news that Pluto is no longer a planet. Makes me so mad. I'm part of this group on Facebook called, "When I was a kid, Pluto was still a planet." haha.

I haven't taken a picture of the final product. It was enough just to get these pictures. Now, don't get me wrong. This day was not full of bliss and happiness. We had ups and downs and it was hard. Harder than I'll admit. But it was good. And I'm gonna keep going. I'm so excited for this journey. Do you homeschool? Do you use a curriculum? If so, which one? 

Friday, August 9, 2013

I got this jewel of a message on the voicemail at work today. I super wish you could hear the it in person. It's amazing.  Keep in mind that I work for a trash company.
"Yeah uh, hello, uh hi. Is this the United construction place? You're gonna have to skidattle from my play area. You're building houses in my play area where I like, where I like, ride my trikes and stuff. So uh yeah. There's also a car coming towards me. And it's Pizza Hut. Right now. So uh, you're gonna have to skidattle because I'm gonna eat my slice of pizza and enjoy it. So uh, yeah, I don't know how to track the ending number. So uh, I'll just take a poop in your bathroom. I'll just take a poop in your port-a-potty. Okay, Goodbye.

Best day of my life.

So on the first Sunday of the month, people that are of the LDS faith participate in what's called a fast. We go without food or drink for up to 24 hours. We then donate the money that we would have spent on that food and the church uses it to help out those who are in need.

The concept of fasting comes from times of old. Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, so did Christ. There are so many religions today that still fast, and usually for a purpose. It brings one closer to God. We fast to bless those who are sick, to get personal revelation, to get guidance, become more humble, etc.

Because I'm breastfeeding, I don't usually fast from food. But my good friend Hannah gave me the idea to fast from other things I might normally do on a regular basis. For me, this is social media. Isn't that sad? However, having done this a few times I've realized how addicted I am to such things. And it's hard. Probably just as hard as it is to go without food. lol. But for real.

Anyway, I really feel like fasting makes me more aware. It makes me more aware of things I might not even think twice about.

When my mom has something to remember, she puts a piece of jewelry on the wrong finger/wrist because it's not normal and when she looks at it, she's reminded to do or get the thing she didn't want to forget. For me, that's kind of what I liken fasting to. Going without food and Facebook (lol) helps remind me of important things I might have temporarily forgotten. I remember talking to my sister about certain principles of the Gospel that are not just LDS principles, they're universal laws. I feel like fasting could be one of them.  As I studied a little on the topic of fasting i was surprised at the amount and intensity to which so many cultures practice fasting today (lent anyone?). There are cultures all around the world who still practice the fast which leads me to believe that it could benefit people of all backgrounds. There are health benefits too!

For me fasting makes me feel more authentic, more grounded. Does that make sense? I was talking to David about it and he said that he feels this way when he runs. He is so thirsty, so in need of energy that he's able to step back and really feel in tune with himself and his surroundings. That's how I feel when I fast. 

I have this goal in life right now to surround myself with authenticity in all forms. I have much to say on the topic but until then I'm curious to know what makes you refocus? What helps you to see what you want to do different?