We were introduced to “The Homeschool Movie Club” a few weeks ago and signed up for an opportunity to preview “A Dog’s Purpose” which comes out on the 27th of January. We went to see it last night. It’s a good entertaining family movie. There were several funny comments and scenes and some sad upsetting ones as well. Your emotions run the full gamut. In my opinion, the previews gave away a bit too much and there were no real surprises. But overall, “enjoyable”.
Here’s what sort of got my goat. I struck up a conversation with a fellow homeschooler sitting next to me. We were sitting in the midst of a “regular” theater. I was talking about how spoiled we’d become with the new theaters that are emerging, the ones that have reclining chairs and cup holders that fit your cups. I actually had the thought that I’m not very comfortable (when in truth I was perfectly comfortable). His comment in return was that he just wanted popcorn at a reasonable price. And in truth, popcorn at movie theaters is, for sure and for certain, over priced. But when you are at a movie with a family of 4 and they have given you this outing for “nothing”. It’s not asking too much to buy a tub of popcorn that will feed your entire family, and a drink that you can share for “$17”. I understand if you can’t afford it. I admit there have been times when I’d bring water from home and baggies of popcorn in my purse. But I wouldn’t grumble over price when I’m getting everything else for free. Just my opinion! I’m working this year on being more grateful for the things we have and are given. Now if I can just get a handle on gumping over other people’s opinions. 🙂
In an effort to make history more fun and interesting for my 10th grader we purchased the French Revolution Lap Book curriculum from Hands of a Child. We used this to help her organize the information in her head and get a better grasp on the lessons. The lapbook breaks the information down into easy to use lessons and as she works on each task she gets a better idea of what it is all about. The activities help to cement the knowledge in her head.
The lessons do require printing, cutting, pasting etc. which can add to the time to complete each lesson, but the benefits are far worth it. If you have a child that does not enjoy this type of activity, you can do the printing and cutting ahead of time for them. Those who struggle with fine motor and writing can use the version that allows you to type the information onto the page before printing.
I read somewhere that only 8% of those who make New Years Resolutions are successful at achieving them. So why make a resolution? Every year I make resolutions. Do I keep them all? Nope! Do I keep some of them? Absolutely! Continuing to work towards good health, good relationships, making our world and making our family life better are good things. If I’m not successful at reaching my goals, at least I tried and made I improvements for awhile. Starting a New Year is a reminder for me to get back up, dust my pants off, “forgive myself”, try to find something else that might work to reach my goal and try again. I believe I (and my family) lose out when I quit trying. Here are my goals this year.
- Walking 7000 steps 5 times a week
- Drinking 64 ounces of water a day
- Throwing away 10 things every day until all of my clutter is gone (more is better, but at least 10)
- Declutter, organize and deep clean our home. (Using Spring Cleaning 365)
- Menu Planning each and every week (healthier meals, less stress, less money, win-win-win!)
- Going on a date 2 X per month with just my husband.
- Participate in 1 quality time activity with each member of my family every week.
- Making monthly, weekly and daily lists to keep me focussed on my goals.
- Read and write daily
- Get to bed on time and get up on time at least 5 X weekly.
What are your goals for this new year, or week or day?
We were ready to travel to my niece’s wedding in Charleston this weekend. We worked to get clothes ready, gifts ready, and preparations for someone to care for our home and pets for while we were gone. It was to be an exciting weekend with family while we celebrated their commitment to love each other. Then came Matthew! Totally unexpected Matthew began to churn our way. Matthew is a hurricane that is currently wrecking havoc on Haiti and Cuba. Now we are stuck at home and they are having to evacuate Charleston because predictions have him heading our way. After all of their time planning their perfect day, I am saddened for them and all of us who were looking forward to time to celebrate them together.
Now we suddenly have to switch to emergency prep. We basically have a one day warning to get our stuff together. Now where to start? Below is my preparation list. Feel free to use it to help you if you need direction. But please keep in mind. I am not an expert. I have had some experience in this as I’ve grown up in Central Florida but use your own judgement and follow this at your own risk. 😉 (my disclaimer)
- Find important papers, (insurance papers, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.) and seal them in a waterproof container such as a zip-lock bag and place them in a safe place or pack them to go with you if you are evacuating.
- Take stock of what you have in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Start eating from fridge and freezer to reduce possible loss of food due to lack of electricity. Make a menu “canned” menu in case you loose electricity.
- Make sure you have a manual can-opener! You will need this to open cans if you lose electricity. Check a hurricane preparedness list such as this one http://www.mynews13.com/weather/hurricane-center-checklist.html#supply to ensure you are prepared.
- Make your list and head to the store. The sooner, the better. Stock will be depleted quickly. Don’t forget personal care items like medicines, feminine hygeine items etc. While you are out there, fill your gas tanks, and fill your propane tanks.
- Next step is to prepare you home. Pick up anything in your yard that can become a flying missile! (Chairs, garbage cans, trampolines) Secure them. If you have a pool you can throw your outdoor chairs in the pool. We remove the jump pad and netting on our trampoline to prevent the wind from catching and tossing it. Then we secure the poles as best we can. We bring our garbage cans into the garage. Do whatever you can to protect yourselves and your neighbors. If you have a neighbor who has not done this, offer to help them move their outdoor stuff.
- Next, prepare the inside of your home. Board or tape your windows if you are going to do so. Make a living space to wait out the storm in the safest room in your house. Usually near the center of the home where you have no windows or the fewest number of windows. Put your battery operated radio in there with pillows, bedding and games to wait out the storm.
- After you have done all you can to prepare and helped those around you prepare, keep a close eye on the news. Make sure cell phones are fully charged.
-Put your expensive china or anything you want to protect in your dishwasher. It is one of the safest places and is sealed to protect from the elements.
-Clean your bathtub and fill with water. This is to use if water use is lost. (Think flushing toilets etc.)
-Pack necessary items for last minute travel into backpacks that can be quickly grabbed if needed. (Think medicines, change of clothes, important papers, personal care items)
Please feel free to share any of your tips below. I’m always looking for different ways and different ideas.
For anyone in the path of this storm, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and prepare!