Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lesson - cause and effect

When we chose to homeschool our boys, our reasons weren't necessarily considered the "norm".

A day in our homeschool consists of many things. Today, for one, we learned the many ways cause and effect cycles throughout every moment in our home.

First: A spoon, a letter block and a round cylindrical block make for a great catapult. Not necessarily a good idea, but creative nonetheless.

Second: Building a fort out of cushions, blankets and pillows is fantastic! But not so great when you are in it and your brother decides it would be a good landing place as he hurls himself off of the couch (Turbo inside; Tank doing the hurling).

Third: Finding an old Halloween costume that is a penguin and putting it on, although 2 sizes too small, is a great idea. An even better idea is to ride your scooter or bike around. The bad idea comes into play when you realize you are covered from head to fingers to ankles in a black penguin suit and it is 96 degrees outside.

Fourth: It being 2:30 in the afternoon and no one has yet to change out of their P.J.'s, (aka: underwear/diaper) yet. Going to a public school like that might be grounds for mommy having to come pick you up early.

Fifth: Being able to snuggle on the couch in your favorite blankets with your brother and mommy while reading 28 books is the best way to spend a Wednesday at your homeschool.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sink Baby

There is a huge difference between Turbo and Tank. I know, I know, every kid is different, but really...this chasm between the two is GINORMOUS!

When we first gave Turbo a haircut, you would think that we were killing him. By the second haircut, he had sworn us off as the loving parents we are all together! I think that his third haircut was somewhere around his 3rd birthday.

With Tank, he could care less. His first one, he got to sit on the counter and play in the sink. A total no-no in this house. Only because his brother has found a way to plug the overflow hole so as to make a "waterfall" in the bathroom all over my bathroom floor.

However, last night, Tank got his second haircut. He was so content sitting in the sink drinking water from a small cup and eating his bowl of fruit that when it came time to get out, he wasn't having it! I finally convinced him to take a bath, but only because I offered a bigger "sink" to sit in.

Notice the pointy finger? He might be the most polished out of all of us yet!

Frogs No More

I'm sad to say that our frog-growing experiment is done. I've flushed the last one down the toilet. It's a bummer too as you could really begin to see where their little legs would have begun to grow. We could have had froglets instead of tadpoles!

With the kit came a water treatment, which I ran out of. I figured it wasn't going to kill them, just maybe "delay" them in their growing a bit. Unfortunately, I was wrong. They went belly up in less than 2 days. Guess the water treatment was kind of important.

Turbo, amazingly enough, has been okay with it. Dad and I decided that maybe we will just skip the "tadpole" thing all together and get him a frog or two at the pet store. But after researching it a bit, I'm thinking maybe we will just stick with the freak-of-nature crustacean, also known as "Spidey" the Hermit Crab. This thing is still kickin' after 18 months! I must be doin' something right keepin' him alive...which is NOTHING! Maybe if I buy one more crustacean, it might take the place of our tadpole loss...if it ever comes to that with Turbo.


While I was writing this, I have not actually flushed the 2nd tadpole down the commode. I was planning on doing it once Turbo woke up and was out of his room. Suddenly, he come flying out of his room, EHEM! You were suppose to be sleeping! Mom! Hopper has hopped out of the tank! Come here! WHAT? He is suppose to be dead!!!!! Sure enough, Turbo had taken off the lit to look at him and that "think" hopped right out of the tank and was floppin' around on the table! We got him back into the tank and he began swimming around. Really? Turbo replied, he was sleeping mom! Um, I give him the remainder of the day to go belly up...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Swim, Bike, Shoes

This summer, Turbo had three goals, (with a little help from Mom and Dad):

1.) Learn how to swim (CHECK - although still working on)

2.) Learn how to tie his shoes (has no interest. would prefer to slip on shoes rather than tie - HEY! we still got time!)

3.) Learn how to ride a bike without training wheels - YAY!!! He did it!!!