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Nov.-Dec., 2013

My brain is so busy with different projects. It is hard to get a handle on everything. But here we are, Dec. Already.


We did an OMSI class. Physics Lab. Aaron and Naim had a lot of fun and it sounds like Naim was the volunteer guinea pig and was use to demonstrate what sounded to me like a TENS unit. Basically a volt of electricity through his body. Later, they also took an impromptu class about planet ice in the solar system. Also, they tested organic vs. flash frozen strawberries in the cafeteria.

This isn’t so much a class but Naim has been going to my WW meetings with me. So, he learns a lot about nutrition and manage your food choices. They have also gone swimming and we have played around in the gym before the meetings (which take place at the gym.) They are now old enough to take a self-manager class to have more responsibility and privileges at the gym.

We have signed up for the full day at Village on Wednesday. Classes don’t start till after the new year.

Avery’s Goddard DARs. I am hoping now that we are in this career change that he can continue to go there. I am hanging on for now and will be applying for childcare assistance, but we will have to wait and see.


Aaron is on the Orange Level in HOP Master Reader. He complains about Sylvan 2nd grade but does get it done well. He continues in grammar.  He is almost done (like a day or two from being finished, with his  current HWT book. He will go on to the cursive one next.

Naim and I have been doing the first Chapter, Lessons 1 and 2 of Reading Horizons Discoveries. It is slow and tedious, but the good news is that I think we are making headway. He still has trouble with b, d, y, and g. And sometimes p and q. But progress is being made Goddamn it!

He is doing the 1st grade Sylvan language arts book. I have skipped around a bit to match what he is doing in reading. He is on the last little bit of handwriting and I have gotten him JUST the ZB workbook and a generic practice workbook to do next.

They finished the multiplication/division chapter in math in focus and are now on the last chapter on money. I have ordered the next set of books. Naim did quite well on the last chapter.

While the kids are doing their work, I try to integrate Avery with, for example, math manipulatives he can practice counting on (he can count to 10) or reading a book to him when they are doing their reading. I am trying to bring him into the fold. He seems to like it.

We are reading Mr. Popper’s Penguin. I have kind of given up on some of the activities, but we have watched videos about penguins and antarctica and have worked on some vocabulary and things.

We also have done one Atelier art project where they did 4 paintings to represent seasons. And they have done at least one or two music lessons from Calvert music.

Field Trips:

Besides OMSI, I don’t think we did any big field tripping in the last month.  We went to Outdoors In on Avery’s Birthday, and the kids had S. and R. over for a sleepover on their birthday. They also went to D’s parents house for a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving. They also have gone to HFAC a few times for WW and for swimming. I can’t think of what else they have done. It has been fairly cold and Nik and I have had to keep ourselves healthy and rested to deal with all the career change stuff.


August 4-11, 2013

Ok, So I think due to our A/C breaking down and my office being like, 98 degrees for the last week, I did not get any blogging done. I will review:

On 8/4, Naim and Nik went to a Portland Timbers reserve soccer game. This was a free ticket that he got from being at soccer camp. Since it was reserves, the stadium was practically empty, but he had fun. It would be nice for him to see the mayhem of  a full-fledged game. Nik rooted for the Vancouver White Caps and Naim rooted for the Timbers. I think they even had American and Canadian Flags. White Caps won.

On Monday, Avery went to Goddard and the kids did school downstairs because it was cooler. I can’t remember what they did right now. We also went to the library in the afternoon where we read some pokemon and superhero books and they turned in their summer reading poster and got their free books and stuff.

On Tuesday, we waited around for the A/C guy who didn’t show up, we tried to get some school done and Erika came for Naim and they went for a walk. In the afternoon, we went to the park and to D’s house for some cool air. They had fun going through the stuff they haven’t seen in 8 months. I should have let them do that awhile back. They also went with Nik to a neighborhood safety party at the park. They ate watermelon and talked to the police and fire people about safety stuff. Naim apparently entertained the firefighters a great deal.

On Wednesday, They went to the dentist in the morning and they went to Pump It Up in the afternoon.

Thursday I am drawing a blank, but I do know that I spent flippin’ days waiting for home repair people who did not show up.

On Friday, Avery went to Goddard and the kids did school. The A/C guy came in the afternoon. Also R. came to visit Naim for the afternoon.

On Saturday, they went to the gym with Nik.

On Sunday, we went to visit D in the nursing home and they played minecraft and other games with him.

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July 15, 2013

Avery went to Goddard.

I had to go to OHSU to the Audiologist and then meet with the NDBEDP people, so no schoolwork today. I did, however, take them to some of the places I used to work at Doernbecher and they played at the playground there (and a few minutes in the playroom on the main med/surg floor. I did not want to take them up to oncology for immunosuppressive fears.)  We then rode the tram down the hill and the streetcar back to downtown. So that was kind of fun for them.  One of the biggest events of the day, though, is when a medivac helicopter landed almost right on our heads. I don’t think I have ever been that close to a helicopter landing. It was actually landing on a low roof next to us, but the force of the wind was incredible and almost knocked me over. A and N had to hold on to a railing to stay upright. Every single piece of paper, dust or leaf got mixed up into the air and I had to cover my eyes with my hands to keep them from getting pummelled from little pieces of debris. It was kind of impressive.

Also, Naim was very interested in all the medical stuff I was having done. He watched and asked a lot of questions and said that was what he liked best about the day, that he got to hang out and see medical stuff. Hmmmm.

May 28, 2013

We went to the Children’s Museum because Avery did not have school and they had a new Dinosaur exhibit. Avery was really happy about the dino exhibit and just being there. He also carried around a stuffed basset hound for a long time. Woof Woof! We spent some time in the clay studio because we had been reading about Maria Martinez. Naim made a nice little pinch pot. Aaron made a snake/cobra. I found out there is a glazing and pot throwing lesson on Sundays, so maybe we will go to that when we pick up the things from the kiln.

February 21-27, 2013

Well, since this last whole week was taken up by my emergency surgery business, and  I need to conserve my energy to be able to more quickly go back to the job at hand, I will do a quick summery:


The kids and I went to the Children’s Museum, where we saw the Storyland exhibit, and did our usual stuff. Avery was great except for lunch, when apparently I ordered him the wrong thing. The new cafe sucks and is overpriced, so we learned our lesson there and next time will be taking our lunch. I’m sure there are pics below.

That night, I took the ambvan to the ER, where I stayed until Sunday. I had surgery Friday afternoon while Nik stayed home from work (eye roll!) until today.


I was supposed to take them for their VH OMSI class, but obviously…Nik took Avery to Goddard and I do not think I saw any report from that day. But he stayed the day in the Forest and so I think he is a permanent member now.

Due to all the ER goings-on, the kids did not make it to OMSI in time for their class, but they decided to go to OMSI anyway and see the Mythbusters exhibit which Aaron has been waiting for for months. So I am glad they went but sorry I missed it. But always next month, I guess.  It seemed like it was part exhibit and part show. They were duly impressed.


On Saturday we were supposed to start our yoga class in downtown Hillsboro and then meet with our park guy, but obviously all of that went to hell. I had Nik bring the kids down to the hospital to  visit me and also bring me some clean clothes and of course my all important iPad charger! They only stayed about 1/2 hour, which was fine because I was sleeping the day away.


I think the kids went to the store and the pharmacy with Nik because I was unable to do safeway and I needed scrips. Apparently, like a true homeschooler, Naim interviewed the pharmacist and learned all about her job while he was waiting for her to sort out my scrips.  I came home on my own in a cab this day.


Nik was home and Susannah took the kids to visit Dwight at the nursing home in the morning. This is good because I have not been able to take them for about two weeks. Later, Nik took them downtown to drama and art, so I was happy they didn’t miss those since they missed last week because of my being sick. (roll eyes AGAIN.) Aaron made “marble paper” out of I guess shaving cream and paint.


Nik home again, it was a pretty low-key day.  Avery went to ECSE and we finally got all the vaccine stuff straightened out. Naim and I went for a walk around the block to get me started back to getting up and around. And to test whether I could take them to VH.


I really, really meant to take them to VH today, but once I got Avery up and over to Goddard,  I was completely wiped out and having dizzy spells. So, ugh, I didn’t make it. We did the latest “kiwi crate” things with pom pom pets and pet playgrounds.

Avery was over at Goddard all day today instead of Monday, as Nik arranged that so it would be easier for me today and he could go back to work. He did well there and here is his “freely.”

Tomorrow, Avery goes back to ECSE and I will start school up again, but except for maybe some walks with the kids, I am not planning to go anywhere. Friday will be half day for Avery at Goddard and we will continue school. I think we are going to see Seussical at NWCT this weekend if I remember right.


Here are the pics off my camera, the OMSI ones aren’t here.

February 5, 2013

Avery stayed with us (rather than go to ECSE) and we all went to the Dentist.

Avery was not having it. it was a wrestling match, and I don’t quite get the point of kids this little going to the dentist. I only started it because Head Start made me. It is a waste. They did not get xrays, they barely got a look at his teeth, they put a bit of flouride on them and he suffered a whole lot of trauma for really, nothing.

Aaron refused to let them polish his teeth, and because he is harder to hold down, I guess they decided to take him over to a sink and do it with him standing up, which went ok. Couldn’t they have done that with Avery?

Naim did good, of course. None of them had any cavities. Naim needs a tooth pulled if it doesn’t come out soon (its a baby tooth.) He also has a consult with the orthodontist about his underbite in August.

After we took a LONG walk (over a mile) to Papa’s Pizza. They played there for the afternoon, and then we came home.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

All three of 'em, in a line.

All three of ’em, in a line.

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February 4, 2013

Avery had all day Goddard. He spent some more time in the Forest room. We have decided to put him in for a whole day/half day. Because it is sometimes very hard to go anywhere and come get him at 1:00 or to bring him home at 1:00 and then nap him and get him up to go later. He is a kid who still needs an afternoon nap.

Erika came to give me Naim’s assessment results. I was only ho-hum about what she said. There was no great insight there, and no real plan at least that was spelled out. I don’t mean it was a total waste, it is always good to bring in new people when you have a problem you are not sure how to handle, and Naim likes her coming, too. So I will stay the course, but it was just like, yeah. Okay, tell me something I didn’t know, and more importantly, tell me what to do about it. She still doesn’t really have a grasp on the problems he faces and the extent of them. But I wouldn’t expect her to in such a short time. Naim was evesdropping the whole time, and I knew he would. And since the whole, meet without him bugged me anyway (Nothing about me, without me and such.) I didn’t really care. But it made her do “low voice” and then it was really hard to understand her. Finally she just brought him down, and I was like, why not just do this to begin with? We are not telling him he has cancer here, we are talking about problems that he articulates and understands better than the two of us anyway. She mentioned Aaron as a dominating force and bringing him into therapy, which is probably a good idea. She went off on him not putting himself in a family picture he drew. I asked him about it later and he was surprised that she took it as some big significant thing. He said he just forgot and that he hates to draw and he just wanted to get the picture done, so he probably hurried too much. Probably the truth lies somewhere in-between.

Also, we had drama and art downtown, which went well. I have a few pictures.

For schoolwork, lets see:

  • We read the second book in Discoveries, Spots. Aaron read it and we did the discussion questions and the workbook pages.
  • We did half of Lesson 2 in Ch. 12 of MIF. This was about place value, and slowly, slowly, Naim is beginning to grasp that.
  • Both did 2 pp. of Sylvan
  • Naim did another day of review of Unit 3 in HOP. I thought he needed more work with the short u sound.
  • Aaron did the worksheets for Lesson 3 in HOP
  • Naim did the worksheets, practice book and workbook pages for horizontal lines in ZB
  • Aaron did i in HWT.


    They were coming back from the greenroom where they have snack.

    They were coming back from the greenroom where they have snack.

    He has his own sketch book there.

    He has his own sketch book there.

    Another of Aaron's pictures.

    Another of Aaron’s pictures.

    Aaron took these of Naim's class. I don't know what they do in there, but they seem to have a lot of fun.

    Aaron took these of Naim’s class. I don’t know what they do in there, but they seem to have a lot of fun.