IDEAS, THOUGHTS AND THINGS TO INSPIRE US
Yep, it's a trying morning already. Oh...and Happy April. ;) Here's what it boils down to...I could care less what my mood is..it's when the kiddo's mood sucks is when it all goes downhill like cement in a wagon. FOCUS. I have said that word at least 400 times since last week...over and over and over. ugh! When he gets with it...it's great. It's getting him to that point that tries my patience. And if I have to ask him one more time...WHAT THE HECK DOES THIS SAY; I CAN'T READ IT; WHAT IS THIS WORD? I'm going to stab myself in the eye with a pencil. Lol WRITE SLOWER, TAKE YOUR TIME, USE YOUR BEST HAND-WRITING. I think I might just make a crap load of signage and hold each up at the appropriate time. It would be easier on my nerves. ;) Thank goodness I love that kid with all that I have...
So yesterday the President extended the orders to stay away from each other and hang out at home until April 30th. That means a whole month ahead of this learning at home. I guess it doesn't seem as bad as NOT having a date. I know...that doesn't mean that April 30th is written in stone and can't be updated. But...it does give me a SENSE (or false hope!) of...a light at the end of the tunnel.
So Tuesday went good; it marked a full week of our new normal of learning at home. Wednesday was also good and I think kiddo and I both enjoyed it. Yesterday was his 12th birthday so I have him the day off of school learning. However, last night all of his teachers and a bunch of classmates had their first group chat on Zoom. It was so awesome that he was able to actually see everyone - they were ALL smiles and it was such a positive vibe. They all just visited and kind of got used to how Zoom works and just caught up a little bit. Today is Friday, our second Friday, and because it's supposed to be so nice outside and dad is home...I'm giving him today off of school learning, too. Plus, he's done all his work for today ahead of time. Although, at 1pm CST he does have another online chat with a group to play a social studies games called Grade Bowl.
Well...I'm grateful to report that after a time-out was had and picking up his bedroom, the kiddo came around and apologized. Even the hubby cleaned up his mess. Of course, this was AFTER I broke down into tears. But...the point is that all got better shortly after and calm and fun were restored.
Today starts our first full week of "distant learning". I've read so many varying opinions on how to approach this at home as a parent that it's making my head spin. The thoughts have been from a very regimented classroom like structured day to letting their kids learn what they want when they want. I thought last night that I would find a happy medium somewhere in the middle and make it fun. This morning, I've already failed at that. It's not me. It's him! Lol I was doing my best and...without that level of discipline...my kid is staring at the computer, doing every thing else but what we planned on! I can't function like that! I can't make it fun if he won't behave and focus just a little bit! So now, instead of starting off on a good foot we've started off on a bad foot. No, I'm not doing your project for you. No, I'm not cutting out your skeleton pieces - you're 11...you can use scissors. And now...he's in a time-out. He doesn't treat his teachers at school like this! I know this because all his teachers say he's a great kid. For real...no wonder I'm stressed out. I thought today I was going to really get this home learning stuff down...that it was going to be a great start to the week. Come to find out...I was wrong.
Well Friday sucked. lol Okay...maybe that's a little drastic...but it DID start out rough. My hubby was home from work so that distracted the kiddo from concentrating. Honestly, it was like having 2 kids at home! "Stop interrupting. Stop goofing around. Let's focus here. The sooner we start the sooner we'll be done." And that was just what I had to tell my husband! lol
I actually got some good sleep last night. I think the thought of the new norm has started to sink in. This morning I was able to get all of kiddo's school materials organized and set up for him so he can easily access it all. That really helped...getting everything organized...it helped my brain feel less confused and overwhelmed.
Well, I haven't blogged in a long time. I think I decided to start because I need an outlet for venting and sharing. I'll tell you right now so you can decide if you want to continue reading or not...this probably has very little to do with painting and ALL to do with what my family and I are going through in regards to this "pandemic" sweeping our nation. So, read on or switch pages now...your choice.
Never fails...this time of year I, and probably many of you, get anxious for those warm spring evenings. The days are getting a little longer now, the sun is shining a little brighter and the air in my house is getting older and older - at least it feels it! Isn't that one of the best parts of warmer weather...being able to finally open up all the windows and exchange that winter blah air for fresh outside air? No, I'm not going to mention all the pollen and allegeries some people have...let's just pretend for now that spring is perfect . ;)
Also, with these thoughts, is the anticipation of the new Gurney's magazine coming in the mail! :) I hardly ever order from them because we purchase plants and seeds from one of our local greenhouses. But...I do love looking through the pages as I plan for my garden. I get my paper and pencil out and make a list of what I want to plant in each raised vegetable bed, of which I have 6. I also start to remind myself how nice it would be if I had a small green house of my own - made from old windows - hey...I have a FEW of those! ;)
I'm going to see if I can part with a few windows I have and designate them to a project like this. I'm staying hopeful! :) I would love to see pictures of any greenhouses you have done - or would LIKE to do. Maybe we can inspire each other to get these projects done THIS year. :)
I just wanted to quickly share this article (link below) with you. Enjoy. And rememeber...try to create something today...from in the kitchen to the craft room. It doesn't matter as long as you enjoy it. :)