Random Ramblings {week 7 2014}

The Philbaby is 3 months old today!


Three chins at three months

Three chins at three months

He still seems so new yet it seems like he’s always been a part of our family, too.  He doubled his weight at his 2 month check up.

And Miss J is 3 years now, too.

MissJ 3 years old

And Miss E also had a birthday so I have 3 teenagers!  She used her birthday money to buy a bracelet loom, then immediately set up a shop selling bracelets.  She’s made almost $10 so far! We didn’t get a vendor’s permit. Shhh.

MissE making bracelets

Good things come in threes, right?

I’m still trying to get in the groove of things around here. Late January is a hard time for homeschoolers.  The doldrums hit, plus our winter is unusually cold, like the rest of country.  I just want to hunker down and drink hot coffee and hibernate.

I changed up our history program for the older boys a little bit, and started a YouTube playlist of documentaries.  We’re marching through the 20th century, using Peter Jenning’s book The Century.  It’s so much more interesting than dry history texts!  I don’t have time in my life for boring books, and I don’t want them to think history is stupid and boring.

Don’t be me and zone out in class and think that McKinley got assassinated because of something vaguely to do with the Teapot Dome scandal.

And speaking of Teapot Dome… who watches Downton Abbey?  My friend Melissa Wiley does awesome recaps and calls it Melrose Abbey.  She’s right, it’s basically a straight up soap opera which usually I despise but I love this one!  Is it the costumes? The historical aspect?  I don’t know! There’s so much that flat out annoys me about the show (can anyone take Cora seriously any more?  Can Mary please have more than one inflection?) but at the same time I love to watch.

And I wouldn’t mind having a Daisy or an Ivy in my own kitchen, either.


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  • Martha February 13, 2014, 1:59 pm

    I know what you mean about the January homeschooling doldrums!

    My daughter got a loom too, and love it. It is great that your daughter has an entrepreneurial spirit!

    Philbaby is absolutely precious!

  • Milehimama February 13, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Thanks! My girls love the loom. We’ve spent a bit of time on YouTube watching how to videos, and I think she wants to buy another one so she can make even longer ones/necklaces.

  • Anita @ Cedar HIll Farmhouse February 13, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Sounds like things are going well. Stay warm.

  • Jill February 14, 2014, 9:08 am

    January has been hard for us too. Not to mention the snow and the frigid temps in February so far.

    That’s a great idea for history. My kids also find texts dry and I will look into it. What documentaries have you found on youtube? We have pretty much gone through everything worth watching on Netflix.

    I also love Downton Abbey. I just love the whole old English time period, even in books. I love anything by Jane Austen or any author who writes in a similar fashion. Maybe it is something to do with men being men and women being women. Men treated women with a respect and dignity that just isn’t found very much anymore. And women acted (and dressed) with dignity and self respect.

    Congrats on all your birthdays!

  • Milehimama February 14, 2014, 12:31 pm

    My boys are older- middle school/freshman. Here’s the playlist I have so far, I’m only up to JFK lol! I also need to add in some Great Depression stuff, but it’s a start. The WWII in HD is very cool, it’s actual footage. We have a lot of discussion during/after. It’s in chronological order, mostly wars but with some other stuff thrown in (e.g., I have Charlie Chaplin’s The Little Tramp in there in the correct place, chronologically.) Amazing that my kids can make a better movie with my phone than was made back then!

  • Jill February 15, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Wow, what a play list. Oldest son is in 4th this year and loves history. Especially anything to do with WWI, WWII, and well any war video we can find. He has watched a lot with his dad since they both share this love. He has also watched (many times) America the Story of Us and that gives a general overview of the history of our country. It doesn’t go as in depth as a text, but is good enough for him at this point. I am going to look through these and try to incorporate some. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Nicki Woo March 7, 2014, 12:12 pm

    I have no idea of what you said in this post. I can’t get beyond the first picture of Philbaby. Oh. my. Lawd. I want to eat him up.


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