Tuesday, September 04, 2007

One of Those Days

It was... to the fullest extent of your imagination... one of "those" days. It is truly amazing the amount of distress, frustration, disruption, and general chaos one cranky 4 yo can impose on a household of otherwise relatively cooperative people. With great effort and no shortage of ideas, JoJo managed to whine, argue, complain, and toss himself into the middle of any and every attempt at normalcy. Now, I'm pretty good at recognizing pleas for attention or illness and adapting accordingly (a skill that has not come easily for me) but for whatever reason, JoJo was clearly determined to be miserable today... and make everyone around him feel likewise.

Fortunately, the other three boys managed to get done what they could do on their own with minimal instruction, although an Algebra lesson between too highly stressed individuals with a young'un in the midst was out of the question. Good thing we have a head start on the book.

All that aside... there were a couple of highlights. I love these new copywork books from Queen Homeschool Supplies that we just started. One is a book of sports-themed lessons for copywork and dictation; the other is part of a series of workbooks that teach spelling through copywork. Since copywork is my favorite way to teach writing, I consider them a great find!

Also, Wy-Guy is in a literature based science class that meets once a month for experiments following assigned reading done at home. We've really been enjoying our first book, Archimedes and the Door of Science. It's led to so many questions that they were begging to read The Librarian Who Measured the Earth as well. My boys were excited to read something... this alone was (almost) enough to redeem the whole day.

But the highlight would have to be the arrival of Signing is Fun, a recommendation of Donna's. Once this arrived I had lost their attention for the rest of the day. We are planning on taking a mission trip in January to a school for the deaf in Mexico and the boys wanted to learn some sign language. Since I had pretty much given up at this point (it was probably about noon), I handed over the book and told them each to learn how to say their name in sign language. They fought over the book (of course) but then learned their name and more. I learned how to say computer. :)

This gave me some time to take a look at the book that came in the mail for me, Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery, which I absolutely love... and will have much more to say about tomorrow. I then plunged in on my $11 Shrug. (Heat paralysis forced me to refrain from any unnecessary housework... and since we all have clean underwear I took the afternoon off.)

I'm still not sure if I'm going to be able to pull off the look... or if the shrug is going to fit... or if I like the yarn... but I keep going. Fortunately it's a quick knit.

How long have you kept going on something you knew would probably end up in the loser bin?


sophanne said...

All the way to the end I fear, All the way to the end.

Laura said...

Yep, to the bitter end for me, too, I regret to say.

Sorry about your heat! We had 14 days of triple-digit temps, and the entire month of August was never below 95 - absolutely enervating. You should crack out a book set in a cold climate and give up the knitting just for the duration of the heatwave.

Donna Boucher said...

Yay for Signing is Fun!!!
I'm so glad the boys liked it and that you were able to sneak in a little knitting after such a hard day with JoJo.

He needs five kittens and a box.
This is what Jean in Wi told me to do when Katie was being disruptive as a toddler.

The goal for Katie would be to get all five kittens in the box at the same time.

Isn't that brilliant.
Didn't get past the Principal, tho.

Sarah said...

Some days you have to step back and just let it happen. The sign language book sounds like fun! So does the science group.

I have a few finished things in the closet that are total losers, will never be worn but are done. And once in a while I put them on, take them off, and sigh as I put them back on the shelf. Can't even bring myself to unravel...

km said...

I sent you a sign lauguage email. Must have been the first day back after a holiday syndrome...my 2 was a pill yesterday too.

Yarnhog said...

Okay. That beats my day. As always, I am in awe of homeschooling moms. I barely made it through an afternoon of football practice, homework, and showers.

I have an endless capacity for denial when it comes to loser projects. My worst was a lace cardigan. Even when it became obvious to the completely uninformed, naked eye (my husband's) that there was no way this thing was going to fit anything walking on two legs, I finished knitting it, gave it a faux fur collar (yeah, that should have been a tip off all by itself), wove in the ends, wet blocked it, reinforced the button holes, sewed on the buttons, and THEN was completely astonished that it didn't fit.