08-25-2014

First Day of School!

Today was our first day of school for the 2014-2015 year!

And what a year it will be, not only is Sydney now in the 2nd grade but AUDREY is joining us at the table for preschool!

Lets take a moment to reminiscence about my babies, shell we?

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Aren’t they cute? Well, they grew up into these beautiful young ladies!First DayToday went extremely well! I’ve always had great luck when it comes to the first day of school, they leave me feeling excited and ready for the new school year! Unfortunately, there are days which make me doubt my decisions, my abilities, and my sanity. So it’s good to blog about those days that are awesome, and try to forget about the bad 😉

I’ve been worried, nervous, excited, and very anxious about how school was going to work this year. Not only this Audrey’s first year in “official” school, but in February I’ll be nursing a baby while I teach math (and other subjects, of course!) While this was a breeze with master-champion-nurser Zachary, I was only teaching Sydney and preschool only took 30 minutes.

Oh, and Sydney is very good at sitting still. She’s extremely patient.

I love it when I pass down traits that I do not actually posses. It’s a great thing.

This year we have preschool with the girl who shares more than just my nose and my name. She also shares my lack of patience, and my inability to sit still. Maybe not inability, but she and I share a mutual disinterest when it comes to sitting still.

But much to my surprise and delight the first day went really smoothly! Audrey sat still (mostly), she was thrilled to do her Letter of the Week curriculum, she even sat still during the prayer and scripture study. When her school time was over, she played nicely by herself until Sydney was ready to join her. What a blessing!

Zachary on the other hand….well let’s just say he got banished to naptime when he decided to draw on the wall.

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08-06-2014

2014-2015 Curriculum

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This year is going to shake things up a bit in the Sherman household. This year I’ll be adding a new student, AND adding a new baby! This is something that I’ve spent a good deal of time and energy worrying about. How am I going to juggle both girls’ educations and the demands of a newborn? Will one of them not get enough attention or time? Of course these emotions, worries, and thoughts are very similar to the ones I had when I was pregnant with Audrey. So I’m hoping the answer will be exactly the same. Everything will be great, nothing will be the same, find the new normal.

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Gospel: Studying the Doctrine and Covenants and Baptism Prep (more about this later.)
Art: Home Art Studio 2nd Grade
Math: Math-U-See Beta
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 2 and up
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting Level B*
History: Story of the World Volume 2: Medieval
Writing: Writing With Ease Level 2
Grammar: First Language Lessons Level 2
Science: Sonlight Science C (Geology, Meteorology, and Mechanical Technology)*
Read Alouds: See here. *
Readers: Sonlight Readers Level 4/5

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Audrey will be doing preschool this year! She will be doing Letter of the Week curriculum by Confessions of a Homeschooler. She will also be doing bits and pieces of Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten and All About Reading Level 1 and up.

*Personally when I’m reading someone’s blog and they’ve switched curriculums I always wonder why. So here are the answers to the whys:

From Handwriting Without Tears to A Reason For Handwriting: Sydney really enjoyed HWT and had no problems with it. It’s a great handwriting curriculum. My only problem with it is simply that they teach writing on a different set of lines, this didn’t confuse Sydney at all but Audrey was VERY confused by the paper. How tall do you make that letter A? I had also noticed that when Sydney was doing her copywork or narrative exercises for Writing With Ease she didn’t know how to form her letters because WWE uses traditional lines, which differ from HWT. So to help keep things all uniform, we are switching.

From Apologia BACK to Sonlight Science: We used Sonlight’s science curriculum for Kindergarten and we really enjoyed it. I planned on using it with Audrey when she was in Kindergarten. My reason for switching last year was because I wanted a curriculum I could easily do with all the children at once. Apologia fulfilled that. However, there were many theories they discuss that I don’t agree with, some paragraphs that I wondered why they were included those were things I could ignore, and censor out. However, what I couldn’t ignore was when Apologia came out with an anti-Mormon statement. It was uncalled for and I refuse to support such a company. I was really sad about this because I did love Apologia, I loved the rich pictures it provided and the easy experiments. But I feel like going back to Sonlight is a good fit for us!

From Sonlight Read Alouds to my own choices: This is simply because there are SO many good books! I poured over a few lists (including Sonlight’s) when choosing our readers, and added a few childhood favorites!

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-2014I’m participating in the Not Back to School Blog Hop!

06-22-2014

Happy 4th Birthday, Audrey!

My sweet little Audrey Thyme turned 4 today!

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I absolutely cannot believe that it’s been 1461 days since that sweet baby came into our lives. It seems like she’s been part of our family forever, babies are awesome like that.

Every year this child turns another year Jordan and I give ourselves a pat on the back. Whew, we’ve kept her alive another year! This use to be a joke we made with Sydney. But with Audrey it really is an accomplishment! She doesn’t make it easy, at all.

Compared to age 2, however, 3 was a pretty good year for Audrey! Worst thing that happened was her tonsils were removed in September.

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She’s been talking about her birthday since January, it’s been a LONG 6 months for her. I’ve been chuckling during these last 6 months because her impatience almost perfectly matches mine when I was waiting for her to arrive! Because she had been waiting for SO long, and she had to watch all of her Joy School friends have their birthdays first we decided to celebrate a week early, so her party was June 14th.

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In case you don’t know who she’s dressed up as, we had a Sofia the First party! Audrey seriously looks just like Sofia, in my opinion. We had two parties on the same day, a friend party and a family party. Yet again, the amazing Chelsee stepped up and helped me with the cake and cupcakes!

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She got a tricylce for her birthday, one that is small enough to fit her and she can easily peddle all by herself! This is a huge thing for my small girl :)

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And now, for my favorite part! Audrey stories/quotes from the last year:

-“There’s a hot dog in this stick!” (talking about a corndog)

-“I put my eye on you!” (instead of “I’ve got my eye on you!” something she heard often!)

-“You driving MY crazy!” (instead of “you’re driving me crazy!” also something she heard often!)

-“Don’t say stupid! It’s actually rude!” this one she would shout across the room. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

-We watched someone skydive on TV and I asked Audrey if she wanted to do that when she grew up. Her resonance was, “No, I falled out of a window, dat hurts. These people are crazy!”

-She would request the “light colored” bowl/plate/cup. And would throw a fit if hers was dark.

-We met a friend at the airport who was returning home from a 2 year mission in Chile. His name is Peter, when he left Audrey was only 18 months so she didn’t remember him. Right before we left to go meet him she told me, “I’m so excited I finally get to meet Peter Pan!” I corrected her and said no, it’s not Peter Pan, it’s just a friend named Peter. She replied, “Mama, you said he was FLYING in!”

-“I can’t wait any longer!!!!”

-“I SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO hungry!”
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-She is ALWAYS singing!

-After Grandpa Sherman’s funeral there was a luncheon and Audrey had a cookie that Zachary wanted. She held it above his head so he couldn’t get it. He grabbed her shirt, pulled her down and stole the cookie. A few minutes later she went to take his cookie and he put it above his head. He’s 3″ shorter than she is, but she didn’t try to get the cookie, she sobbed and threw herself down saying that she wanted a cookie.

-She got her finger caught on the bow on her leotard in dance class. Teacher Annie offered to cut  it off. Audrey though Annie was talking about her finger. She came screaming, crying and running as fast as those little legs could carry her from the dance room.

-“Mama, is Cotton Babies far away? Far away like Utah? Utah is VERY far away!”

-She overuses the words “always” and “never.”

-When she turned 3 she decided that she would never wear jeans again. So she wore a lot of leggings. 10 months later Jordan made her wear jeans while she went bike riding. She cried and said, “I ALWAYS wear jeans! I NEVER get to wear leggings!”

-Audrey: Pretend I’m Sleeping Beauty and I’m asleep ’cause I touched the spindle. I need a kiss!
Sydney I’m not kissing you!Audrey: Then I’ll DIE!!!!

-Audrey was putting powdered sugar on her plate, but had no pancake. Grandma Sherman told her she needed to eat a pancake with it. Audrey’s answer: “Why?”

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So here’s  to 4, my beautiful ball of energy! Let’s make it awesome!

(Let’s have a goal this year of no ER trips, no surgeries, and no ear infections!)

06-08-2014

Dance Recital

Yesterday was the girls’ dance recital, both girls took Ballet/Tap this year. They did awesome!

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06-03-2014

Joy School Graduate

This year I did a co-op preschool with some friends from church called Joy School. It was a cute little preschool and Audrey adored it!

Except for the waking up and being somewhere by 9 am, she wasn’t overly happy about that. And lets be honest, neither was her mama! 😉

But it was a good experience and she loved it, so it was totally work dragging her butt out of bed.

They sang a lot of songs as part of Joy School and I think it really helped encourage Audrey’s love of music and singing. She’s always singing! I loved hearing the songs she came home singing. I think she’s one of the few three-year-olds who can spell American thanks to a song called I Love America, haha!

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05-11-2014

That Spells Audrey!

Audrey went to a birthday party and was given a goody bag with her name on it. Later that same day she asked what the tag said. Jordan asked her what letters were on the tag.

“A-U-D-R-E-Y. Hey! That how you spell Audrey! That spells Audrey!!”

She was so excited that she recognized her name but that smile got even bigger when her Daddy told her, “You read your name!” She can’t wait to start reading!

(She has since hidden the precious Audrey bag, so I didn’t get a picture of it. But you’ll have to make due with the picture of Audrey writing her name by herself.)

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03-24-2014

Ear Infections, Bye!

If you’ve been around for a while you’ll know that my poor Audrey Thyme has had a really rough go with ear infections in her life. And if you don’t already know here’s the story:

By the time she was a year old she had had 8 ear infections.

The 6th ear infection didn’t respond to amoxicillin.

The 7th ear infection also didn’t respond to amoxicillin. It also didn’t respond to omnicef. So 3 weeks after we initially discovered the ear infection her poor ear drums were close to bursting. I held my 10-month-old baby down once a day for 3 days while she was given penicillin shots. Which, by the way are NOTHING like a vaccine. I cried. She cried. The poor nurse had to comfort us both. And then I had to wait for an hour to make sure she didn’t have a bad reaction. At this time we were told we needed to go see ENT.

The ENT told us to wait until she was 12 months, and the summer came. Hopefully that would make it better.

On July 3rd, 2011 I woke up to my husband panicking. Audrey kept throwing up, she had a temperature of 103 that wasn’t going down, and she had diarrhea. My baby who rarely cried was screaming her head off. Immediately I rushed her off to the emergency room and was told that my poor girl had ANOTHER ear infection, and that this time it had caused her to become severely dehydrated. I can’t even remember the name of the antibiotic they had to use that time, but the ER doctor told us that in all his years of practicing medicine he had never prescribed it to a 1 year old for an ear infection, and it would be best if she never had to have that strong of antibiotics EVER again. We called the ENT the next morning, and her tube surgery was scheduled for July 15th, 2011.

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After her tube surgery life was pretty uneventful, until November 2012 when she woke up on Thanksgiving with yucky goopey eyes. The next day I took her in, assuming she had an eye infection. Turns out her tubes had come out (which we knew they would soon) and she had an ear infection that had drained into her eyes. It was time for another tube surgery, which happened when she was 2.5 years old on December 11th, 2012.

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Only about 6 months went by before she had another ear infection. But both tubes were firmly in place?! We were at a loss until our pediatrician told us that her tonsils were unusually giant for someone who doesn’t have a current cold. And so, when she was a few months past being 3 years old, her tonsils and her adenoids were removed on September 11th, 2013. This was the hardest surgery of all. The recovery period was awful. My child who can out-eat teenage boys refused to eat and then would cry because she was hungry.

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And then, guess what, less than two months later she had ANOTHER ear infection! Her tube fell out. She woke up with the goopey eyes again. When the doctor told me what was going on I had a new emotion about this whole process. ANGER. My child had had THREE surgeries in 2 years! She had two sets of tubes, no adenoids and no tonsils! What gives?! I had spent the last 6 months fixing her gut problems with probiotics and lots of yogurt. She was FINALLY pooping like a normal person for the first time since she was 3 months old!  And now they wanted me to throw it all away and give her more antibiotics? My 3 year old had a tolerance to two different antibiotics. AND from all the scar tissue of 2 ear surgeries plus all the ear infections she had a borderline hearing loss.So yeah, I was pretty stinking angry. And I wasn’t going the antibiotic route again, at least not yet.

I called up some friends who had been through similar experiences and they all said the same thing, chiropractics and essential oils.

And so, my long winded posts leads us here. I took Audrey in every other day to see a chiropractor, we put Garlic oil in her ears, and rubbed basil, OnGuard (thieves), oregano and melaleuca (tea tree oil) around her ears multiple times a day. She smelled a bit like a spice drawer for a while 😉  We were told that it would take about a week for it to work, and at the end of the week I took her back to her pediatrician to see what she said. She said Audrey’s ear infection was cleared! A few months later the second tube fell out and we repeated the same process, and since we knew what to look for we were able to stop it before it got bad at all! Her eyes watered like crazy (which is how they start) but never made it to the goopey stage.

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02-27-2014

All About Learning

Yup, here’s an update for you!

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Sydney passed off All About Spelling Level 1! I think she already spells better than I do 😉 She was so excited to pass off the last of her lessons and then help me get prepared for Level 2, her favorite is the Word Jail for those pesky rule breakers. After her first lesson in Level 2 she complained that our jail didn’t have anyone in it.

Jordan told me I’ll need to devote a whole room to all the rule breakers in the English language. He’s very supportive that way.

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This year Miss Audrey has been working her way though All About Reading Pre-Level 1. They have it divided into 3 sections, capital letters, lower case letters, and then the sounds. She just passed off all the capital letters, so we were getting ready to change our chart, and start reading a new book! She was very excited to be 1/3 of the way done. She can’t stop talking about how she can’t wait to learn to read next year. <3

12-26-2013

Christmas with the Shermans

So it’s taken me a while to get these up. Why? Because I was slightly upset when we did these pictures. Because they weren’t “perfect.” Not everyone was smiling, I was running back and forth to my camera, that sucked I really should buy a remote. After torturing my family tying to get what I thought was the “perfect” picture I gave up and realized I had several good shots, I’ll just change out faces and completely photoshop my family’s Christmas picture.

I loaded the pictures all into Photoshop, picking out the best ones for each of us where we look our best. I started swapping before I suddenly realized: HELLO?! You’re family isn’t perfect! Zachary’s silly smile is great. But Audrey’s face where she’s trying so hard to show her “pretty” smile is JUST AS GREAT.

So here’s my family on Christmas Eve and on Christmas NO PHOTOSHOP.

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Speaking of not always looking perfect….

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This year we did a Secret Santa, each kiddo drew another siblings name and then I took them on a date to pick out a $10 present for their Secret Santa.

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Zachary had Sydney and he bought her a My Little Pony t-shirt.

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Audrey had Zachary and she bought him a plane.

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Sydney had Audrey, and she bought her a Princess Aurora barbie and Hello Kitty socks. I love the look on Audrey’s face here!

10-25-2013

The Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite family traditions is to go to the Pumpkin Patch every year!!! We have so much fun!

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We asked the girls what they wanted to do first, but there wasn’t much point, they ran straight for the pony rides. This year I decided that we would go earlier in the October. Normally we go the week before Halloween and it’s usually packed, cold and muddy. Last year it rained on us. I was not disappointed in my decision to go at the beginning of the month! The girls ran right up to the pony booth and were able to get right on! In the past we’ve waited through three pony rides before finally getting to get on the ride!

After the ponies they decided they wanted to get their faces painted. Sydney got her usual mask, and this was Audrey’s first year getting a “big girl face painting” (last year she got a stamp) and she chose a rainbow. Zachary got a stamp of a pumpkin on his face for the first time!

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Next we launched pumpkins, and because my kids have the best/silliest daddy in the whole world they each got a chance with Jordan to launch their pumpkins. Zachary was super excited!

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While we were washing hands after the petting zoo, Audrey ran over to the stand where they sold kettle corn and caramel corn, and swiped a bag. She walked over slowly, grabbed a a bag and RAN away quickly. No one even noticed until we yelled after her. She looked so proud of herself! A few hours later, after we’d gotten our pumpkins and were waiting for Jordan to come back after he loaded them, I bought Audrey a kettle corn. Excited is an understatement.

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Looking forward to carving theses pumpkins!