my son's response "neat"
So here we are on the 4th of December, just starting a new year with the Crew. Seems to make everything busy again, though in reality it just makes it a bit busier if one manages their time well.
BUT that's not why I'm here, today I"m here to walk you through a day in our life.
This morning I woke up WAY too early, I would have loved to have slept longer but I also didn't want to get up so I laid in bed reading and dozing off and on. Finally got up at 700, started my bunny chores, came in at 730 to wake up our student to get him on the way... I know he heard me, but when I got in at 900 he was still having breakfast so he got to school late. He mumbled something about falling back to sleep...
The lad finally deigned to wake up when I brought laundry upstairs to his room. "Mom? What???" I
My response was "It's 930 lad, you might want to get up. I"M HUNGRY!"
While he readied himself I got laundry put away.
After discussing our conversation jar question "what toy did you play with most as a child" (we both said lego), over a breakfast of cereal, we read our missionary story of the day. About a family travelling through the jungle of Belize, getting lost at night, and being protected by an angel. (that's the very short rendition). The lad and I were quite astounded by the events.
We got a bit of a late start to the day, as the lad needed to care for his mice and snake.As I got our materials ready for our upstairs work, the lad did his 20 minutes of reading. By the time he was done I had printed off some math practice sheets for him and figured out our assignments from Mapping the world with art. Part of the time needed was in using my new map program to make some maps for my lad. He's been struggling with some of the complexities of the maps due to his "it has to be perfect streak". So I thought printing them out would be better and with the map program I could put my dots on the page, and put in mountains and what not. It worked a charm!
My lad was able to focus on the countries and the places instead of working on doing the drawing perfectly. He was able to save his art acumen for creating a Medieval TO map. This project was really enjoyed by my lad. He enjoyed figuring out how to make the letters special even if they aren't done in a medieval font.
We followed this up with some math practice, this took longer than it should have and my lad, when asked to double check his work with a correct answer sheet, said "MOM.. if I do that.. then there's no point in my correcting it as I already know the answer! It's best if you check them for me mom." (what does say in return to that?)
By this time we were getting hungry as it was getting on 230, so we stopped to have lunch and while having lunch finished up our day with Classics for kids. Today our artist was Modest Mussorgsky.
Of course, just as our school day was drawing to a close hubby dear said, "check this video out you two". Isn't science rather neat? My son now wants to go to a friends house and use their pool.. wrong time of year or not. :)
The rest of our day was taken up with minecraft (1/2 hour the lad playing solo), 1/2 hour playing lego Harry Potter with Dad on the Xbox, cleaning the book room (me), having supper (the whole family), the lad writing out lines for venting his frustration inappropriately, the lad attending Cadets at the local Christian Reformed Church and that's about it. :)
So overall, even though the day started sluggishly and none of us had a whole lot of ambition, the day went fairly well. :) Now to see what tomorrow brings!
So, do you have a day in the life to share? If so, I'd be delighted to read up on it. Leave a link in the comments and I'll check it out too. :)
Glen Campbell, well-known songwriter and singer. Inflicted in his older years with Alzheimer's. Willing to let the world know of his struggles and wanting to bring greater understanding and awareness to this disease. This video is a good memorial to this moan, remembering the good as well as the hard things in life. Much loved by his wife and children is evidenced throughout this movie..
From the Press release:
In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.
This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. .....
The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, .....
I watched this movie this afternoon. It's a decent show that shows the joys and the struggles of living with a person with Alzheimer's. I don't know that I would pay to see it in the theatre, but for viewing at home or at a private venue with others, I would not be disappointed. They did an excellent job of providing balance, they showed the good things.. like really does it matter if Glen wants to play a song twice? Does it matter if he doesn't always remember things? They also talked about the hard things...like getting fixated on something so much so he could harm himself, and getting confused about door bells and elevator buttons, struggles with anger and confusion. Through it all though, you see the love that is shown to Glen by his wife and family, and the love he shows back to them. Humour is evident throughout.
This movie mde me more aware of the struggles people face everyday with loved ones failing in their memory and capabilities. It's a hard road.
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Rock of Ages
Text: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778
Music: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from it's guilt and power
Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee
This video below is the closest I got to the version we have. They change the last line of the first verse just a bit.
Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778
Born in 1740 with a Marine father who died early in his life so he was raised by his mother.
Converted into a Methodist church, he read the 39 Articles of the Church of England and become a member of the Church of England.
Staunch Calvinist, fiercely and sometimes in a less than positive manner, defending this doctrine including the doctrine of election. Had an ongoing feud with John Wesley.
Died at a young age (38) from tuberculois or frail health.
"Toplady had calculated that a fifty year old man in his lifetime would be guilty of; one billion, five hundred and seventy-six million, eight hundred thousand sins. He quite rightly argued that it was humanly impossible for anyone to pay off such a staggering debt of iniquity. Therefore, sinners must needs avail themselves of the mercy and pardon of the Lord Jesus, who died upon the Cross to 'redeem us from the curse of the law.'" (online hymnal)
Rock of Ages, why written.
Popular story is that it was written one while Toplady was sheltering from a storm while inside a cave. This may or may not be true. He may have been inspired by other hymns of the day.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
EnsignMessage. The Telegraph. OnLine Hymnal. Challies. Biblical Resouce Database. Discipleship Ministries.
Talk about history coming to life here.. or at least being relevant.
We're reading through this book Graves of Ice, about the Franklin expedition and what have they discovered? One of the boats!
Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic.
Excerpts of the article follow:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says one of Canada's greatest mysteries now has been solved, with the discovery of one of the lost ships from Sir John Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition.
At this point, the searchers aren't sure if they've found HMS Erebus or HMS Terror. But sonar images from the waters of Victoria Strait, just off King William Island, clearly show wreckage of a ship on the ocean floor.
"It appears to be perfectly preserved," Harper said of the ship, adding that it has "a little bit of damage."
In a statement, the prime minister said Franklin's expedition laid the foundations of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. He called the lost ships Canada's "only undiscovered national historical site."
"The beauty of where they found it is it's proof positive of Inuit oral history," CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, who has covered the Franklin search for many years, said Tuesday.
"The Inuit have said for generations that one of their hunters saw a ship in that part of the passage, abandoned and ended up wrecking…. It's exactly where this guy said it was."
Kinda neat eh! :) Here's a video on the Franklin expedition for your own personal enjoyment. :)
I was reminded this morning of a video that I have found humourous. So I thought I'd share it with you all. Shows the engineers mind quite nicely, while showing the advantages of cat ownership. I smile every time I watch it. :)
The lad's response to this was... some of these are funny mom.
My response: cool, I didn't know that. And yes, some of them are just funny.
The SOTW (story of the world) linky here intrigues me. I want to go through the links and see what is there, and who knows, perhaps I'll write up a post and link to it as well.
In our household we read one chapter a day. I find it inspires the lad to create things and then I can find out what intrigues him and just add to his knowledge base.
The lad and I in the New Year are going to embark on a study of the names of Christ. I found a booklet here that will be of aid to us. We want to make a stone mat or wall to write the names on them. Kinda as a commemorative thing. We want to use this idea that we found on Pinterest. I suspect we may need bigger stones, but I'm not sure. I like the idea of interspersing them amongst stones with no names on them.
I also found this dove mobile that intrigued me as I searched for crafts to complement out study. The lad was quite intrigued and just wants to make the birds .... possibly in a variety of colours. He thinks they will be fun to play with. I agree.. we could make up some fun stories with them. :) If we do make them it will be a fine addition to sewing abilities and hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills. (and fun too). :)
Not sure exactly what our plans are for this last day of our seasonal holiday, we might go see the Hobbit, we might go for a walk, or just kick around. All I know is.. It is VERY cold out here today and glad we have warm places to hang out in. :) Miss Acorn pictured below is NOT happy with the very cold weather this morning. I gave her a box to huddle in today. Hopefully it will make her happier.
My son is constantly coming up with new things that interest him. Right now...it's crickets! Mom, can I make a cricket house? Mom, how do crickets breed, MOM.... :)
So I found him this you tube video, which inspired cricket habitat building. He's got a whack of female crickets and he's hoping that he can get them to lay eggs and have babies without wanting to each other...cause crickets will eat anything they can. He's feeding them cat food and leftovers. So we'll see how it goes. I have told him that crickets keeping me awake would NOT be a good thing.... so we will have to seriously see how it goes.
I'd show you what he built, but my computer sometimes has issues downloading my pictures. Why... haven't the foggiest, but for now no pics.
But for now.. child led learning about crickets is good. :)
I have to admit, there are times when I want my blog to be great and wildly read, and then once I realize how hard people have to work to "make it so", I'll just be glad with a slower build and a modest following. :)
Write now my blog does for me what I want it to. :) But I have a family and rabbit business that keep me busy enough. :)
When I get back from Holidays I want to spend more time browsing through the YouTube Channel of Canadian Geograhic.
It would be very cool to watch more of their videos.
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