Thursday, August 31, 2006

Checking in


Checking in
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I'm feeling like a school marm! Well actually not really that "marmish" but I am feeling like a teacher to Tanner. We've been doing school since the 22nd of August. I started early and with a very light schedule so I could sort of "feel" my way along and also to keep things on a very positive note for Tanner. So far so good. We've had some ups and downs which I expected, one VERY bad day and the rest have been pretty darn good for us. I am doing much reading in my spare time and learning so much. I'm actually enjoying myself and that surprises me.



I have not been doing art at all but hope to draw just a bit tonight. I do plan on doing some art next week when Tanner and I do a paper Mache project; we are going to make insects since we are doing a unit study of the critters. I'm looking forward to it and I hope he is. Oh, I just realized I can show our work here, what fun!



My other news is that Holly and Elton have left Chicago and moved back in with us. It's really sad in many ways because the reason for the move is Holly's poor health. They drove back without a clue that they would move home a month later but as soon as they got back to Chicago Holly got sicker and there were a few other issues too, like not being able to find a place to live near everything they needed and within their very tight budget. Holly had given it everything she had and was broken hearted to give up her scholarship and Elton gave up being the head of his class at Shimer. They are still adjusting since they've only been home a week. Elton did get his old job back here in Boise so that is at least a bright spot. They are researching schools on the west coast now and hope that they can start at new schools in January.



Hope all my LJ friends are doing great, I've not had time to read journals for a while so I feel very much out of touch.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Home alone


Home alone
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Usually I go to a group on Tuesday evenings but it was canceled tonight. Instead I stayed home and made a birthday cake for Tanner. Tanner will be 10 years old tomorrow. We will be taking a couple of friends to the wonderful water park, Roaring Springs, on Friday to celebrate. I have to say I'm very excited to go myself because this summer I'm not fat and I have lots of energy so I can go on all the slides and stuff, whoopeee!

Tomorrow night Tanner and I are going to break his new fort in by spending the night out there. It's not actually quite finished but it's enclosed and windows and door are in it's far enough along for us to enjoy. We'll be reading some scary stories and eating some fun snacks and hopefully we'll be going to sleep too. I'm not sure how I feel about sleeping out there, I suppose it will depend on how well the air mattresses can keep my old bones off the floor.

Out on the Canoe


Out on the Canoe
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This morning Paul and I took the canoe out again. We had such a nice time, it's so quiet and peaceful on the water in a canoe. We didn't have Tanner with us so there was plenty of time that we could hear birds singing and in the case of blue herons, croaking. I think it's pretty good exercise too, at least for the upper body. It's only about 20 minutes from our house to the reservoir so we don't have to go far to get a little break. We really want to take some trips to more interesting places but haven't gotten a chance yet, thankfully we live in Idaho and there are many interesting places to check into though. (By the way, this is my "outdoorsy" look... ah naturale!) It's nice to do things that don't require "getting fixed up".

Out on the Canoe


Out on the Canoe
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This morning Paul and I took the canoe out again. We had such a nice time, it's so quiet and peaceful on the water in a canoe. We didn't have Tanner with us so there was plenty of time that we could hear birds singing and in the case of blue herons, croaking. I think it's pretty good exercise too, at least for the upper body. It's only about 20 minutes from our house to the reservoir so we don't have to go far to get a little break. We really want to take some trips to more interesting places but haven't gotten a chance yet, thankfully we live in Idaho and there are many interesting places to check into though. (By the way, this is my "outdoorsy" look... ah naturale!) It's nice to do things that don't require "getting fixed up".

Home alone


Home alone
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Usually I go to a group on Tuesday evenings but it was canceled tonight. Instead I stayed home and made a birthday cake for Tanner. Tanner will be 10 years old tomorrow. We will be taking a couple of friends to the wonderful water park, Roaring Springs, on Friday to celebrate. I have to say I'm very excited to go myself because this summer I'm not fat and I have lots of energy so I can go on all the slides and stuff, whoopeee!



Tomorrow night Tanner and I are going to break his new fort in by spending the night out there. It's not actually quite finished but it's enclosed and windows and door are in it's far enough along for us to enjoy. We'll be reading some scary stories and eating some fun snacks and hopefully we'll be going to sleep too. I'm not sure how I feel about sleeping out there, I suppose it will depend on how well the air mattresses can keep my old bones off the floor.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Summer Sicky


Summer Sicky
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I missed going to the Y both yesterday and today, bah! I've got one of those nasty summer colds so I'm laying low today until time to go bowling just after lunch.



I've been getting things ready to start school but not moving very fast. Got some curriculum ordered, got some research done, started preparing a place in my studio for the actual classroom. There are some really exciting things about homeschooling that get us looking forward to it. For one, we can take field trips and stuff while teaching that give us opportunities to see stuff that we would normally miss during the school year. More time to pursue what we really are interested in! I think Tanner is starting to get into it also!



As far as art is concerned, I am going to keep trying to do drawings on a regular basis but I am going to try and do them with the written word too so it will be a form of journaling in a more deliberate way. We'll see how it goes. I've been journaling without drawing and it's been taking so much time that it's frustrating. I want it to be accomplishing more, to give me a chance to work on creative writing and drawing at the same time. Dunno if it will be possible but that's the goal. I think it will be interesting to document what we are going through as we start out on this new adventure of home schooling.
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