Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Answering Questions With Questions

Kindergarten has officially started! It's been mostly good. We enrolled in Georgia Virtual Academy at the last minute. I was seduced by the FREE, pre-organized curriculum. Not too thrilled about having an assigned teacher, although she sounds nice enough. There are hoops to be jumped through and that may be what makes me decide against it for next year. The material so far has been pretty easy for Ava--almost too easy. I'm thinking it'll get more challenging as the weeks go by. She's asking to do lessons at all hours, even if we've already "done" school that day, so I usually oblige her.
One of the things about my child that I find a little aggravating is her penchant for taking a simple question and not only going on and on with her answer (she gets that from her daddy) but the off track questions she sometimes asks. If we're looking at pictures of houses in a magazine and I ask her which house she likes best, she's not just gonna say, "The blue one." No, she's going to ask where the house is, who lives in it, do they have pets, and if there's a Mexican restaurant nearby. Sometimes I go along with this (there has to be a name for it), but usually, I just go on to the next question or comment.
So last night, I'm doing her hair and she is being particularly wriggly. I ask her, "Ava, why can't you sit still? You got ants in your pants?" The response: "Red ants or black ants?"

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Atlanta Summer 2009

In looking for the planetarium, we ended up at the wrong Fernbak Museum

We read Who Owns the Sun, a Five In A Row book. It's mostly about slavery, but we learned mostly about the sun, the planets and the drinking gourd (Big Dipper). The Science center has a planetarium, where we enjoyed a show about the constellations. The girls were able to make the connection between the drinking gourd form the book Follow the Drinking Gourd and the real night time sky.

Back yard fun

Miss Independent at the Olympic Rings Fountain

Going there was a last minute decision, but lack of proper swimming attire was not a problem

Centennial Olympic Park
Imagine It! Children's museum. Hubby took pictures of Ava & Shelby with his phone, but I have yet to get them. He decided to join us at the last minute, and thank God. I don't know what I would've done with all three at the museum by myself! Keeping up with Delaney was challenging enough!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kids and Craziness

Hubby teases me becasue I like to watch reality shows about big families (I quit Jon & Kate because of their divorce). As a kid I loved Eight is Enough and The Brady Bunch. I don't know why I'm so fascinated by big families, but I know this: three is sometimes too much! The reason I haven't posted in so long is because they keep me so busy! Sometimes, all I'm doing is holding the baby, but that keeps me form accomplishing other things like laundry and dinner. I know one thing that might make a difference is getting up earlier, but I don't want to ! (*whine*). Over the last few weeks, I've been having some major insomnia that I attribute to perimenopause. Yes, there IS such a thing. My periods have gone from like clockwork to schizoid since I weaned Mr Huggie (Delaney). That never happened after the other babies. I've also been kind irritable, which is sooo not like me (really, I'm not being sarcastic). I've also been trying to get ready for school. We enrolled in Georgia Virtual Academy and school officially starts on 8/17. We'll be on vacation that week, so I'd like to start in the next few days. GVA is called public school at home by some. Just the fact that it's at home makes it sooo much better than public school. I'm really liking what I've seen so far and am excited to get started. But first, I need to not be so busy all the time....