Next Years Plans

Our plans for next year keep changing, but I think I have finally gotten everything figured out. Our first major change is that Autry has decided she wants to be homeschooled next year. I was very surprised when she told me, but she thought it out and weighed all the pros and cons. She is going to spend the year at home working on her art and writing, and then she is going to try to get into OCHSA next year.

What this means to me is that I had to plan our year out differently because Autry is a different learner than Tru, but I finally have a plan, and I am quite satisfied with it. For LA we are going to continue with K12 LAs which I am very happy with. Tru has done a few weeks of it, and Autry will join him in the work. For math the twins will be doing Life of Fred as their main program. Many people use LoF as a supplement, but I have found it to be a very rich program that teaches all the math concepts. I look forward to using this program with the twins. Tru has almost finished LoF fractions, but I think we will review it with Autry and then move on to decimals. I am hoping that we can get through these two books and LoF pre-algebra with biology by next May.

The twins have picked out a science program from Winter Promise called Sizzle, Solve, and Survive. It sounds like a very interesting program, and I know I would have loved it when I was little, so I am excited for them to work with it.  From the WinterPromise website:

Learn to Use Sustainable Resources to Survive!

You are about to be stranded on an island, where you will need to learn to live sustainably using the resources available to you on the small island. To survive, you must learn how to harness the power of the sun and the wind as well as tap the energy of other physical forces. You will read the journal entries of islanders and build models of the same projects or conduct the same experiments right alongside them.

The program uses this kit from Thames and Kanos, and I am hoping that it keeps their interest all year. In addition they will be working through Singapore Science.

For history they are going to do K12’s World History using  the Human Odyssey along with reading The World In Ancient Times and The Medieval and Early Modern World.

Tru is going to continue his Latin studies using Latin for Children, and Autry will be working on Chinese. Together they will also be working on Spanish using Rosetta Stone.

Then they have their classes. Autry is in acting, homeschool choir, private voice lessons, and homeschool orchestra. Tru will be in homeschool orchestra, a p.e. class (either swimming or basketball), and Lego engineering. All in all I am very happy with our plan. Hopefully it will all work out…

Summer Theme – Changes

So there has been a good deal of changes going on here this summer, and all I can say is that we have had no time to homeschool, although we have done plenty of learning. We are in the middle of moving, and I just have no energy to write a long blog post. Hopefully sometime next week I will be able to post about some of our changes and what we will be working on next year.

For know I thought I would just post some pics of what we have been up to lately.

Tru's good friend Joaquin visited us for a week. They had so much fun!

Autry played Beethoven in a play.

You can see her solo here.

Callie packed herself in a box. She must have been worried that we would leave her behind.

Decca has been practicing piano with a baseball bat.

Truffaut has spent a good deal of the summer "thinking" as he says. He hates to be interupted when he is "thinking".

Autry has been making lots and lots of movies.

And Decca has decided he likes to put on his own suntan lotion.

Eleven Years Ago…

The twins’ birthday is today. They are eleven (wow!). Every  year when we celebrate their birthday, I can’t help but to think back to the months leading up to their birth. It was such a difficult pregnancy, and it was so hard for me to go through both emotionally and physically. In honor of my walk down memory lane, I have decided to re-post my post from last year on their birthday.

The twins at four months.

Ten years ago I was on bed rest. I had been on bed rest for three months with 3 to 4 contractions an hour. I was receiving steroid shots twice a week, and I was on a terbutaline pump that I had to change myself once a week. I had already been in the hospital numerous times when my contractions were more than four an hour. On top of that I had been to the cardiologist weekly because my heart rate was high, and it was skipping beats. By 35 weeks I was emotionally drained and physically drained. On June 28th, when I had more than four contractions an hour, I went to the doctor’s office. I was excited and scared when he told me he would no longer try to stop the contractions. He felt the babies would be healthy, and that  it was time for them to be born.

By that evening I had been in hard labor for several hours, and I was getting ready  for my c-section. The doctor decided that because of the babies small size and the fact that they were both breech, a c-section would be safer. Right before the scheduled c-section I was informed I would have to be transferred to a bigger hospital because another pre-term baby had just been born, and the hospital was not equipped for three preemies. I was then brought to the other hospital in an ambulance and taken immediately in to get a c-section. It was 11:50 pm. The doctor decided to wait ten minutes before he started, so the babies would be born after midnight. He wanted to give me to have an extra night at the hospital to recover, and by waiting until after midnight I was assured the extra night. At 12:01 am my son was born. Two minutes later his sister followed. They were small, and they were perfect.

The twins needed a little extra help breathing, and so they were whisked away to the NICU. I was worried and upset. Their dad went with them. and I felt helpless as I lay in the surgery room. I had another complication when the nurses and doctor could not get my bleeding to stop after the surgery. The doctor told me afterwords he was really worried for me, but he was such a wonderful doctor that I never knew it.

It was more than 24 hours before I could see the twins. They were in the NICU, and I wasn’t able to get out of bed before that. I had pictures of them, but I just wanted to hold them. Finally they were placed in my arms, and I knew immediately that everything that I had endured the last three months was worth it. I silently gave thanks for everything, especially for the wonderful doctor who had done so much for us (including calling the insurance company when they refused to cover everything needed during the pregnancy).

The next few days went by quickly, and I was very happy when the twins were able to leave the hospital the same day I did. My daughter was the healthier of the two and experienced very little consequences. My son had a little more trouble. He couldn’t eat much and had trouble keeping down his food.  He was needy and very sensitive and just looked sickly. Over the years he has always had it a little harder than his sister. He has amblyopia and strabismus and has had to endure years of patching his weak eye and has had one eye surgery. He also has asthma and allergies, and he is not that physical. They both have sensory issues.

But they are perfect. I look back over the last ten years, and I am so blessed to have them. We celebrate their birthday today, but I celebrate it everyday. I often pause and just think how lucky I am and how grateful I am. I give thanks every night for them. They truly are my miracles.