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  • We’ve decided to definitely do Classical Conversations (CC) for our homeschool group next year and I have decided to align our curriculum with what we’ll be learning there… well at least in history and science.  We’ll also be using the program they recommend for writing (Institute for Excellence in Writing).  It is a fabulous writing program that I fell in love with as soon as I truly learned what it was, plus when Nick adds in the Essentials classes next year (for grade 4-6, we decided starting both this year would be too much though) he will be using that program there.  By starting it this year at home it will be familiar and hopefully reduce the stress for him next year as writing is very stressful for him because of his SPD.  We also might be switching our math program to Saxon Math, but I can’t decide for sure.  Anyone used it??
  • We (Happy Feet and I) went to a practicum for CC last week.  I got to meet some local homeschooling people that I had not met before.  Happy Feet got to play in the nursery with a whole bunch of teenagers, which he thought was pretty awesome.  I can’t tell you how many people came and told me how cute, sweet, and well behaved he was.  That was fun.  It was funny because he was about the only baby willing to stay in the nursery for very long.  Nick would never have gone in it at that age.  As it was Nick opted not to join us but to stay home with dad, but I was really glad in the end that he made that decision.  His "camp" would have been a lot of drawing and I don’t think he’d have held together well.
  • Happy Feet is still here.  We are still riding the he will be staying forever / he will be going home roller coaster up and down at an alarming pace.  It seems to change daily.  We have hope that the next court date will be very important to the case, but it could very well just end up being 3 more months of the same.
  • We are off school for the summer.  It’s a good thing we decided to take this summer off (usually we go year round) because we are NEVER home!
  • Happy feet will have been here for half of his life at the end of the month… that’s a long time when put in that perspective.
  • I’ve turned into one of those paranoid moms.  Foster care will do that to you.  Especially when your foster toddler is a bit of a daredevil.
  • We are getting used to have a very boyish boy around here.  Nick was always super cautious and hated to get dirty (probably because of his SPD).  Happy Feet revels in playing in the dirt and the mud.  I have no doubt that if he sticks around he’ll be bringing bugs, snakes, and all other manners of critters home, not to mention trucking in a lot of dirt.  I LOVE IT!!  Truly I do.  It’s so much fun.
  • I still want more foster kids, but this case has been so tumultuous, we might have to be very clear that we need a bit more clear cut case.  Either a child who is almost definitely going to go home and maybe whose family needs to build a support system (which we’d be thrilled to be) or a legal risk case (child who is close to having parental rights terminated).  I don’t know if I can do this craziness again.  I’m sure if we are supposed to, we will. 
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April 16, 2013

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Homeschool Group – We’ve Decided!

April 14, 2013

I mentioned a few days ago that we were having trouble deciding which homeschool group to do.   After visiting Classical Conversations the choice became very easy.  Nick loved it, I liked it a lot, and we have a winner.  Sure wish it was a bit less expensive, but it works out to about $13 a [...]

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April 14, 2013

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14 Months!

April 13, 2013

Happy Feet is 14 months old now.  I missed his 13 month update, and I’m a little late on this one, but not because there haven’t been lots of changes.  This baby has gone from baby to toddler, and with that he is keeping me on my toes! So my dear Happy Feet, here is [...]

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Helmet Update

April 2, 2013

Happy Feet will be completely helmet free in 2 weeks!  We start nights and naps only on Sunday and then a week later it comes off for good. This baby boy’s head has changed from having a 15mm difference to a 4mm difference.  The doctor was sure he was too big for it to do [...]

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Next School Year

April 1, 2013

I can’t believe it’s barely April and I’m already trying to make plans for next school year.  We need to find something to participate in.  Nick needs more time around kids and I need to make some more friends.  I’m trying to figure out what option from the things available around here will work the [...]

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March 29, 2013

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Changes

March 29, 2013

  Being a foster parent is tough, it shows you sides of yourself you don’t necessarily want to see.  I want to support this family.  I do my best to be supportive of them.  I am not a person who likes feet dragging though.   The general public believes that CPS is looking for what is [...]

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