Posts Tagged ‘control freak’

History Nerds UNITE!

May 24, 2011

I simply had to share my excitement for next school year.  American History for highschool is what I will be teaching, as well as casually guiding my two younger kids through American History literature.  OH, I’m so excited about all the books we will be reading this coming year!  I’ve already announced to my two sons, who do not love reading YET, that this will be a foundational year for them and their reading careers.  Yes, they both rolled their eyes at the woman who gave birth to them!  Sheesh.

My planning is almost done and for the first time in ten years of homeschooling, I’m branching out to try a few different curricula.  Of course, I’m still using Konos for History of the World 4: American History.  Nothing beats the activities in HOW!  Nothing.  But for the youngers, I’m trying a few more structured choices that will enable them to be a bit more independent.  I’m stretching myself here, believe me.  I’m a control freak, and I’m giving up some control somewhat willingly.  We’ll see how this goes!

I’m so glad all of next school year is written down and organized and planned and structured and ready!  Whew!

Crash Helmet Time

May 3, 2010

Yes, it’s true.  She’s driving.  My baby girl, whom I delivered just a few years ago, is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.  If you live in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona, please consider yourself warned.  She has actually been driving for just over a year and she is a good driver if I do say so myself.  But, as the mom, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of your firstborn offspring driving away from the house for the first time in your life.  Who is going to monitor her speed?  Who is going to do every blinkin’ synchronized shoulder check with her?  I don’t enjoy relinquishing any amount of control… at all.  Is this what it feels like to grow up?  I don’t think I like it.

Her first adventure was to Walmart and I sent her brother along for protection.  He’s 11…. but he’s strong.  As they pulled away from the house, he crossed himself in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Made me laugh. 

She was sent with a list and her own cash.  Great!  Now if I send her to the store I have to have cash all the time instead of my handy debit card.  At the checkout line, she said the little old man cashier was a bit surprised a young lady like herself was price matching her vegetables for the lowest possible price in town.  I’ve trained her well. She was aghast, “Mom!  The Roma tomatoes were $2.19 per pound at Walmart!  The price match was $.50 per pound!”  That’s my girl!

This morning she drove herself to school for the first time.  Yes, we still homeschool.  She is taking a writing course and Spanish at a homeschool co-op.  This frees up more time for me, but I’m not sure how productive I’ll be while I pray without ceasing. 

Sometimes I wish they could stay 4-years-old forever.  So innocent.  So sweet.  So imaginative.  So stinkin’ cute.  But I do have my own personal shopper now.   Hmmmmmm.