All Around The Circle
Thoughts,reflections and humor, from a work at home mom who runs around the circle of life daily.
Welcome To All Around The Circle!
Glad you've found the time to visit with me today! I'm Elle and I write mostly about my family. Life is always changing around here, but we try to keep up with it all the best we can.
I hope you'll follow along on our journey: all around our circle of life.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me some time to read this because I originally borrowed this book from the public library and then didn't get a chance to read it. Every time I went back to borrow t again it was either reserved or checked out! Glad I came back to reading it because it is filled with humor and many truths about today's youth feeling entitled.
The 'Experiment' focuses on one life learning area per month, making this a year long endeavor. At first I thought this may be 'b-o-r-i-n-g' to read about, but Mrs. Wyma writes with humor and I could totally relate to her children's attitudes.
The focus areas include the following life lessons: Beds and Clutter, Cooking (menu planning, shopping & washing dishes), The Outdoors (weeding, planting), Working/Employment, Domestic Dirty Jobs (think bathrooms), Laundry, Handyman/DIY, Party Planning/Hospitality, Teamwork, Errands, Service For Others, and Manners.
By looking at that list of twelve areas you may think 'that's all common sense'. I kind of thought that too, but then thought about some of the things my kids do or say. If your children don't have to do certain tasks, what makes you think that they're intently watching you do said task so they know how to do it? Chances are they're not watching you intently and they don't know how to do said task. You will see that clearly when you read this book, as well as paying more attention to the little things in your child's own daily life.
I have tried little experiments with my kids throughout this book (lunch packing, loading/unloading the dishwasher, cleaning up after a meal, etc.) I can tell you this, my kids need to learn to do more for themselves and this book was a great jump start for me to teach more daily life lessons.
I did not know that Mrs. Wyma started a blog before she got this book deal. I will be going back to look at past entries from her blog, as well as keeping up with her present entries. You can find her at www.theMOATblog.com. Keep teaching your children; they are our future!
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
so that doesn't quite work for today. So I'll just call this 'WordFul Wednesday'.
Monday was quite the day. Definitely a Monday to put behind me, that's for sure! It began with an e-mail from a customer whose kitchen has been being remodeled within the past few weeks. Honestly, it should've been completed by now since they began work on April 9th. Her e-mail stated she was working from home and the installers still hadn't shown up to work. This was at 9:30 am. Last week we had an issue with the installer not showing as well. I phoned my boss, who was in an interview with a possible new installer, and he was not happy to say the least. He asked me to phone the installer, whom he had been trying to contact all morning with no luck. I also could not reach him and just left a voice message. My boss called me back after the interview to tell me that he's going to have to fire that installer; no surprise to me. He also said his day was being re-routed because he had an emergency dental appointment in about an hour since he'd been up in pain since 3am. I reeived another e-mail from the customer saying they wanted a new installer on their job and they were unhappy the job was taking this long. I spoke with my boss later in the day and he told me he spoke with the customer and that the man he was in the interview with would be finishing the job starting Tuesday. Okee-Dokey!
I pick up the kids from school and Em starts telling me about the spelling bee they had. She was upset because she didn't make it and the word that stumped her was 'quiet' (which she knows how to spell.) She said she was nervous because everyone was staring at her, cheering her on, telling her she was going to do great, and then she slipped up on that word. Later when the class was going out for recess, the girl who did win the bee came up to Em and said something along the lines of 'too bad you didn't win it.' Em said 'I don't really like spelling anyway.' (She does, but she was mad at herself and trying not to get upset.) The girl said something else to her and then gave her a 'whatever'. This girl a perfectionist and very in your face about it. Em started crying in the recounting the whole story. I felt so bad for her. Then, we get home, she has her after school snack and then it's time to do homework. 'Lo and behold she forgot her homework folder at school. She starts getting down on herself about how stupid she is and begins crying again. I have her call two of her friends to get the spelling words for her alphabetical order assignment. She has two homework passes, so she used one on the worksheet she didn't have. After dinner she seems to be over her awful day and back to her good 'ol self.
Monday, April 22, 2013
I've been quite busy and haven't blogged for a few days. I was doing quite well with daily blogging, but with all the outside work and inside Spring cleaning, places to go, people to see and so on, blogging may take a back seat for a bit. Heck, I haven't even been reading much lately and I truly miss it.
Time to get my ducks in a row and figure some things out!
If you see me blogging intermittently, this is why.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
- Elle - CraftWithKids
- SAHM for 10 years, recently turned WAHM. I blog about my daily life and book reviews. I'm sure along the way I will expand into other areas, but for now that is the direction of my blog,All Around The Circle, has taken.My daughters are 10 and 6 (4th Grade & Afternoon Kindergarten.) I am so looking forward to no more of the1/2 day Kindergarten schedule because it leaves very little time for me to do anything.
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