Friday, November 23, 2007

Playing with Light

So I played with light last night. It is one of the days of inspiration and I wanted it to be creative. You tell me if I got creative enough.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


So here is my post for the theme youth. My nephew was in a Thanksgiving Program at school and of course I took Jack with me. If you don't know this already Jack is my D200's name.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Self Centered

Day before yesterday was the inspiration day of self centered. Since I couldn't think of anything, I ran a bath. This was my self centered moment. And just so you know, that is juice in the glass. I'm to poor for wine. lol.

The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List

A great friend of mine sent me a link to this so I am posting it here as we are homeschoolers too and I really felt like this applies.

The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List

By Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling Magazine, Issue #1, Fall 2007, and thanks to Tweetey for sending this list to me.

*1 - Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

*2 - Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.

*3 - Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

*4 - Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

*5 - If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.

*6 - Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

*7 - We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

*8 - Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

*9 - Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

*10 - We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

*11 - Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.

*12 - If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

*13 - Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.

*14 - Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

*15 - Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

*16 - Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

*17 - Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.

*18 - If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

*19 - Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

*20 - Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

*21 - Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.

*22 - Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

*23 - Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

*24 - Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

*25 - Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today is Nature

And here are my pictures, I sure have really enjoyed just pulling my camera out for this. I am hoping that I will be adding some of my sessions from this week on here as well. So for my nature here is a sunburst not done as well as my friend Renee, and my nuts that I found in my tree. I sure thought the squirrels had cleaned us out. But I guess not.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Real Life and Content

So my friend is doing 30 days of inspiration and I am coming in a little behind (I think two days behind but I will try to post some of this on here. Yesterday was real life so here is Faith having a breathing treatment. Today is Content. So my post for Content is my Aimee who was content to sleep. I know I have tons of pictures of them sleeping but I tell you, it's the easiest way to take their pictures.

These are green channel conversions in photoshop. What do you think?

Friday, November 9, 2007

We are all sick!

But we are getting better. After the miscarriage we all got sick and have been fighting it for about 2 weeks. But it is finally getting better. Here are my poor sick kids tortured yesterday when we had to wait for my husband John at his discogram. It didn't show anything so we are back to square one. We are getting ready to do a spinal cord stimulator. We will post how it goes. Here are the pictures that we took yesterday. I really felt that it was therapeutic to take some pictures. I feel like I really haven't gotten to do it for fun in a while so this was nice.

Aimee's M & M's

Faith's leaf she found me.

Aimee checkin out a car coming into the parking lot.

Faith and her usual pose for me.
The girls were by a fence that had dogs on the other side. They really got startled for a moment.