Sunday, July 29, 2012

People are so funny!

You got to sit and laugh sometimes they are so funny..

The other day our net went down and we couldn't get anything to work so called the people we get the net from and they said they would have to send someone out to check our problem..

Ok that is fine..

But, here is the funny part...  They called my phone and said you need to log on the net to confirm your appointment


Ok that would be nice if I had he net.. I called you because I don't have the net.

I don't know about people sometimes.... I think they better rethink before they call next time. LOL

Friday, July 27, 2012

Another Great Day in the West!

Went hiking up the mountain... was gone for 2 hours.. oh it was so peaceful and relaxing..

Seen alot of wildlife..

Several Deers all over from doe's to bucks even a baby fawn...

Then we walked up a steep hill and out pop a family of baby rabbits  there 6 total...
they were so cute and hopping all over the place.

Then as we got deeper and deeper in the woods we seen several grown and baby partridge birds. First time I seen one in the wild.. they make a cute sound.

Once we got to the top we decide it was time to come back down which I think is the easy part those steep mountains are steep but we made it..

Hmmm I wonder which mountain we will try next..

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Recycling!

Well I hope this don't go off wrong... but if it does I hope I can explain myself well enough.

We just moved not long ago to another state. This state says we have to recycle everything. Which is fine with me.  I can handle the recycling, well anyway I thought I could..

Well they want you to recycle you might as well take a full time job of it.   Everything has to be cleaned out well, dried and  no labels on anything....

newspapers have to be tied in bundle with a string you can get from them... they will add to your trash bill if you need some....


cardboard the same way.....

nothing can be smashed or crushed or they wouldn't take it..

everything has to fit in a little blue container.. and they pick it up once a week..







Ok you want me to recycle to help the world.  I want to recycle to help the world.  but I don't want to work 40 hours a week to do it..

Also you have to leave the blue container by road and it has to be 3 feet away from automobiles and other trash containers or they will drive by and not pick it up.


My oh my what is going on with this picture...



Well one thing the container is kind of small for a family of 4... we drink alot of water and we buy our water so we have plastic bottles  and then all our soda cans well thats not many not a big soda drinker...

then with the move all the cardboard boxes and they also have to tie and cut to a size I think its 2 x 2  man I am going to cutting for a month...

There is always something to keep us going and on our toes. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Driving in the West

Wow have to get use to driving in a whole new way..


Here the speed around here is only 60 on the interstate which I think is great. But, I am so use to the South where everyone drove 70 to 75 all the time.

Also, have to get use to the kind people  while you are driving they let you over and never give you the Texas wave.

So, yesterday when I was driving caught my self speeding and then had to take my foot of the pedal and say you are not in the South anymore women..

There are tons of new things to learn and do all for the best.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Here's Why Homeschooling Has Gone Mainstream

A few months ago at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday, I saw a mom showing a well-behaved 8-year-old boy flashcards with Chinese characters on them in Panera. Homeschool alert!
I figured this woman was either a very conservative Christian or a crunchy granola type. Being annoyingly curious and inappropriate, as is my M.O., I struck up a conversation with her. She wasn’t either of those stereotypes. She was very nice and talked to me for a while about her experiences homeschooling her kids. I learned that homeschooling is way more organized than I thought and very in vogue at the moment.
In 1980, home schooling was illegal in 30 states. Now, it is legal in all 50 states with about 1.5 million to 2 million children being homeschooled in the U.S., roughly 3 percent of school-age children nationwide, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.
In the same study, it was found that between 1999 and 2007, the number of homeschooled children rose 77 percent.The actual number may be even higher because not all parents who homeschool report information to the government. However, the general consensus is that the stigma associated with homeschooling is gone as it becomes more and more mainstream.
As for why more parents are homeschooling, it is not surprising that the highest percentage listed religious and moral instruction (36%), the next most popular reason being concerns about the school environment (21%), followed by dissatisfaction with academic instruction (17%).
There is also a trend toward co-op homeschooling where small groups of parents take turns teaching the children and/or hiring tutors to assume some of the responsibility. The image of homeschooled children spending their days sitting at the kitchen table are long gone. Today’s homeschooled are out and about with many museums offering programs to homeschoolers as well as other hands-on activities, such as nature centers. There are endless websites dedicated to non-traditional learning opportunities in addition to websites offering support and resources for homeschooling families
I can teach a classroom of 28 5th graders who, between them, cover every learning and behavioral issue under the sun (note to my former colleagues: I said I could, I didn’t say I was good at it), but the thought of teaching my own boys scares me to death.
I always believed it was better to leave their academics in the capable hands of those who did not give birth to them, thus eliminating the emotional turmoil involved in getting them to open a book. But statistics indicate that this might not have been the wisest choice. According to the Homeschool Progress Report 2009: Academic Achievement and Demographics, homeschoolers, on average, scored 37 percentile points above their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.
Almost every study touches on a few other facts. It seems homeschooled kids are far from isolated from peers, do well in social situations, and are more likely to be involved in their community. The education level of the parents had little effect on the success of their children, as did state regulations, gender of the student, or how much parents spent on education.
Speaking of spending per student, in public school about $10,000 is spent on each student, each year, as opposed the $500 spent on the average homeschooled student. This number sounds a little fishy since the last time I took my kids to the aquarium I spent $74 on three tickets. Bad puns aside, when I began this article I was dead set against homeschooling, as are many certified teachers. But, after doing research, I’m not so sure. Maybe the public school system could learn something from the homeschool community.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Back!

Ok Back what did I do to you that you have to be sore and hurt so darn bad.. 

Wow!   I know I been doing alot more then I should but need to get this stuff done and now by back is out I am down for awhile darn it..


Well guess I will just play on net and rest and try to get it so it not so tight and hurt so darn bad.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baby its hot outside!

Right now I don't think you can go any where to get some cool air.  Its hot all over the place.

We decide since it was hot to go ahead and start school up again. Why?  not you can't do anything outside its to darn hot.  That way when the weather gets nice where we can do things we wouldn't feel bad about miss any school.

Its hard getting your self back up and moving in the right direction of school once again.

But, I think we got most the books lined up, in order and going well. Youngest Wolf Daughter is finishing up her last few months of school wow where did the time and how did she grew up so fast?

I looked in every baby book I gotten when the Wolf Daughters were young and it doesn't say anything about how they grow so fast in it.  

So, off we go to get some things done and books all in order and ready for another few months. Then both  Wolf Daugthers will be off to college.  Scarey.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES:

(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.

2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.

3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.

5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would the neighbors think?

6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!

7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)

8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would "freeze-dry."

9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!

10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with

the next washed item.

11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Don't people know how to treat things anymore.

I can't believe we hired a moving company to move us and we lost half of our stuff because they were so careless and didn't care.

Wow I can't believe it.. 

I know they are just material things can be replace but come on... these things were important to us..

So, now we off looking and deciding what to do and how to replace all the missing and broken things that were a big part of our life.