Friday, October 31, 2014

we are here

We are here and it feels really good. With everything else going on in our lives- gym schedules, meet schedules, travel schedules, work schedules, eye/contact schedules,... we need to 'UN' ourselves a touch.
And 'UN' we did.
Put away the planner and the rules.... 
and self-directed learning takes off.
 We read some stories, play a few math & word games, created a couple of poems on the board with the magnetic literacy letters we found at NPS, and then it starts with "Mom, I have always wanted to..."
 "To trace these Halloween placemats and make my own haunted house drawing with it."  Perfect activity to do while listening to Neil Gaiman's Halloween on Selected Shorts. 
She is still working on it. We had to put it aside to carve a pumpkin and get contacts in before gym. Boo has big plans for the sky and for the colors on the house itself. The beauty is she has all the time she wants. We didn't even bother to clean-up.  
 This is what learning looks like over here these days.
 And if someone were counting, just out of curiosity, we still managed to touch on every 'school subject'. I doesn't always go like that, nor should it, but for what it is worth it was nice to feel that good about such an easy day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

the little cowgirl

 As this little giant's mom I can tell she isn't seeing things very well- that would be the trade off at work. 
I can also tell how much being around this horse calms her soul.
We haven't seen Latte in a long time, a visit was way pass due.... 
for both of them.

 Pretty fitting "We work as One, We become One, We are 1!"

 And despite Latte being sore and Boo being less sighted they both look pretty comfortable together.
 [Discussing which way is the way to around the barrels.]
 Time for her other love, GYM.

ready or not contacts

 Sooooo, there has been a little bit of eye drama around here ever since Boo broke her glasses at practice on Friday. For a while now Boo has expressed the desire to try contacts again >shutter at the thought<. To put it politely the first time didn't not go well. That was a few years ago. With the discovery that Boo's narrow 119 width frames had been discontinued and the realization that glasses and gymnastics at this level aren't the best pairing I agreed we could try again. 

Or I should say her doctor agreed she could try again. Here is the downside: the lenses she needs to correct all her vision issues are HUGE. That was part of the failure last time around. This time her Dr. is having her use a smaller lens for the first 30 days or until she is comfortable enough putting them in and out. Then we can upgrade to the bigger, better ones. It means while she is in the lenses she has now her vision isn't fully corrected for- in fact she can't read with these. We are officially in unschool mode until further notice. Perfect time of year for it too <3

Day one didn't go so well but its in the past now.

Day two a little better. First day doing gymnastics without glasses!!!!!!!!! Although Boo came off beam crying. When she can't see as well she gets frustrated easier- makes sense. Something about a flick-flick and her standing tucks. Her coach said she is just too hard on herself. That Boo warmed up all the hardest moves she could think of and tried to do them all together in a single pass. Boo's version of taking it easy. 

I thought it was worth noting that one of the other moms commented that Boo doesn't know what to do with her hands now, she was so used to pushing up her glasses after tumbling, lol. 

At the end of Day 2 she wasn't able to get one of her contacts out and managed to leave a finger nail mark on her eyeball. Yep, she cut her eye. I can admit I am starting to (calmly on the outside, panic on the inside) run through worse cases about eye health and all the horrible things that could wrong. I will leave it at I am a bit stressed.

Here we are on day 3. After sleeping in her one contact (totally fine thing to do in the type she has) she put the other contact in rather quickly (under 20 minutes) and we are headed riding because nothing helps hard times feel better like sitting on a horse does.

a little of spooky

 A slow morning filled with baking and books.
Math and math games.
Art and more stories.
 A little sprucing up the house.
When Boo was very young she would say "a little of spooky" to the witches.
 And a real creepy crawly to watch.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

pumpkin hunting

Last weekend we knocked off gym-work a couple hours early to go pick out pumpkins at a locally owned nursery up the street from the gym. We invited a few friends to meet us there.  
 First year that I can recall picking out pumpkin in 70 degree weather! 
 Like Boo, Gavin tends to hang around the gym so we took him with us. 
 We had 3 adults to 4 kids and what seemed like a hundred different pumpkins, in all directions, to see!!! I forget how much fun 4 yr olds are <3.
 After we picked out our pumpkins, my kids got 2 bigs and 1 small each, I took my crew to frozen yogurt. I would have loved to get a pic of the crazy toppings but I never got a chance. Gavin and Boo are yogurt sharks! 

 Now that the weather in Utah is finally cooling off it is time to get down to business and carve our pumpkins.