Friday, August 05, 2011

Quick Takes: Can I Dip the House in Bleach? Edition


All my happy thoughts that everything was better...Hmph. Since posting last, my oldest got pneumonia too. The youngest got swimmer's ear, though he hasn't been near the water. Wednesday my three year old got a 102 degree and was still running it when she went to bed on Thursday night. This summer shall be known in the family annuals as The Summer of Great Pestilence and Divers Maladies.


We started school anyway, doggone it. I am happy with the things the kids are doing, but I have chosen rather a lot of Mom-intensive materials. Which means the days are long, simply because they have to do a lot of things with me. My oldest also remarked today that while he so far likes the history program I laid out, it is in his words rather "rigorous." I did wonder as I was creating it if I was putting too much into some of the days, and now only a week or so into it, I can categorically say, "Yes." Revisions will follow.


The one year old, who could climb before he walked, now can climb on the dining room table, my  very high bed, and really any place he decides to climb. Nothing is safe.


As part of history, I have been reading a children's version of Beowulf to my second and fourth graders. My 4 year old son has been listening in. I asked the girls to illustrate a scene from the book and they both drew Beowulf ripping off Grendel's arm. Gruesome much? Then the four year old got out some paper and colored pencils and drew his version too. I'm not sure whether to be proud or worried that I've psychologically warped the children.


My three year old has fewer potty accidents than her almost five year old brother, and she's only been potty trained for a week and a half. What's up with that? Is this a common boy thing? My oldest child is a boy too, but being the oldest and just being who he is, these issues did not come up. My four year old just doesn't care all that much, and mostly gets ratted out by his siblings for smelling unpleasant, rather than being appalled by his own wet or stinky underwear.


Have a wonderful weekend and please throw in a prayer or two that my family will get out from under the cloud of disease eventually.

More Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.


Andy said...

came looking for pics of the one-year-old; leaving disappointed :)

deanna said...

My daughter had way more potty accidents than my son, but on a positive note, when they left for college, it was all good:) good luck, I always say I failed potty training in regards to my kids.

Nadja said...

This year was the Year of the Great Pestilence for us, too. It began in February for us, with Dom's two ear infections followed by ear tube and adenoid surgery; everyone had colds running in circles (one round, then another, then another, with barely three days between),I had a broncial thing for 5 weeks (I still lose my voice if I shout--a blessing and not a curse, methinks) then Gemma with her horrible April illness and ongoing dermatological problems, and so on and so forth. It has only let up somewhat recently.

It never rains, but it pours...

Personally, I love the gruesome drawing. Why wouldn't that most vivid of scenes not capture the imagination. Heck, it is pretty much all I recall of the Beowulf story myself!

I'll say a prayer that your pestilence comes to an end. God bless you all!

linda said...

I'm so in love with the fact that you exposed your kids to Beowulf already. I had to wait til 9th grade.

The drawing is fantastic.

Becky said...

I noticed that my older son (very nearly 5- I can't speak for my younger son as he only just turned 1 and is in diapers) fell apart in the potty department when he was learning a new skill pretty consistently through at least age 3. Boys seem to have trouble with multitasking.

Also, do you read the blog "Like Mother, Like Daughter?" I'm pretty sure they are Catholic and are very reassuring on the issue of have I permanently scarred my child by doing things that were considered totally ok 50 years ago but are now viewed as anathema (re: books and the like, not things like beating your child)

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