- We started back to school, and the schedule I put together for this year seems pretty workable.
- I'm not crazy about our new math curriculum (Making Math Meaningful) and I miss Saxon Math... but the kids like MMM better, and seem to be working pretty hard knowing that if things don't go well we're pulling the Saxon Math back out again!
- We added "tea time" (thanks Steph... again!) to our schedule. Here's what we did...The kids worked together following a recipe for muffins (to have with our tea) and while the muffins cooked they each read the poem I picked out for the week, and illustrated it (they have different poems). While they sipped their tea, enjoyed their muffin (and practiced "company" manners) I read to them from a vintage copy of Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales. Tea time turned out to be a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
- We had a great time Friday when some friends from the homeschool group came over to play. M has been refusing to go to park day to play with his friends, so I decided to invite some friends here. It was good to see M enjoying spending time with a friend... (This family has a son about M's age and a daughter about R's age, in addition to two other little ones. So everybody had someone to play with!)
- A friend from the old neighborhood came for a visit this week also, and it was fun to catch up on all the news. She and her dh bought a new car not long ago. When I saw the car I couldn't believe she would actually drive it on dirt/gravel roads to get to our house! Here's a pic of M in the driver's seat and R and her friend S in the back. (the new car is a brand new Ford Mustang. It only has 400 miles on it, and is the only one of it's kind in Colorado!)
- M has taken another turn for the worse and had a severe psychotic episode on Thursday. This latest episode was bad enough that I'm not sure if I can avoid having him admitted. In an effort to keep him home, I've increased his haldol... something I really hate to do (because it increases the neurological side effects) but felt like I had to, to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, he hasn't calmed down yet and is still very edgy and volatile.
- After wondering about Rosepetal's cough, I decided to find a vet who could treat goats and get some professional advice. The good news is that I found an awesome vet only about 30 minutes away, Rosepetal rode beautifully in the car (I wonder what the kids at Sonic thought when they brought us our lunch and saw a full sized goat in the back of my van?!), and she doesn't have lungworm! The bad news is that she does have a respiratory infection so twice a day for the next 14 days I have to chase her down, corner her someplace and hold her still long enough to give her a shot of penicillin.