Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Water Cycle Song

This week was full. I'd consider among our best moments...visiting my grandmother who is ill but amazingly strong. Looking at her, anyone might say that she is living her final days. But then you look in her eyes and you see a strength that seems to be in direct contrast to what's going on with her body.

Born in 1928, on the cusp of The Great Depression to a family of 10 children, she has seen and lived through a lot of societal changes.

She has been a phenomenal grandmother. The kind that would keep the grandkids every weekend, always had a smorgasbord of food on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and who seemed to always be on her feet, cleaning.

 In fact, I remember watching her as she finished cleaning her kitchen for the second or third time that day. She was looking out of her kitchen window past the acre of land that was her backyard to the wood line of evergreen trees and she said, "a woman's work is never done...a woman works from sun to sun." I was about 12 years old and that was my first time hearing those words but she was that statement personified.

And even now, at the the ripe age of 84, she's still working. She's still got a fight in her eyes and voice. I would rather that she'd go ahead and leave this world behind but when I look into her eyes and/or hear her speak, it becomes evident rather quickly that there is still so much life in her. This is my first time this close to someone who is ailing and it has proven to be baffling to my brain. I told my mom that it's very strange how looking at Granny's body you'd be convinced that it was time to call hospice, but then at the very same time her spirit is just as vibrant and feisty as it was at 54! That has been a brain buster for me this week like never before. I, for the first time, can see the separation of the spirit and body. So many people believe that when you die, that's it, its after life to speak of. Well, I stand even more convinced now that we are not simply bodies...we are spirit beings dwelling in a body and even when these bodies fail...there is a life beyond what we see. Thanks Granny.
A bit of our lives in picture

Now, to lighten this post, I had no intentions of sharing that much about Granny...oh well...that's why I love just kind of follow your thoughts sometimes.

Also this week, we had Monday off from co-op and we literally did nothing. I have those days where I go and go and go than I stop the presses! I may very well hang out in my PJ's or some sweats all day, never go out of the house just really rest hard and so goes the whole family. My husband though, would be in PJ's and never leave the house but would still be working feverishly with school or the I don't know if he ever really rests.

Although we had Monday off, we had three really great school days this week. We got all of our subjects done and the girls did one day of school at their friends' house and their friends came here for one day and we each did a day at home. Very productive. Madison finished her diorama of the Daniel Boone Days. Chelsea completed an entire sheet of Saxon 2 math problems using counting bears.

 In fact, if you have a preschooler that you need to keep busy but productive while you are teaching an older child, give them some counting bears or any type of manipulative to help them count and give them a sheet of addition or subtraction problems to do. That will occupy them and sharpen their math skills for at least 30 minutes or more. And it will derail any guilt you may have about your youngest child not getting the attention or the education of the older kid(s).

Chelsea's work (my 4 year old)
Lastly, you may notice that we've released (I use the term lightly...very lightly smile) another Silly School Song for your listening and learning pleasure. It is The Water Cycle Song. We had great fun creating this song. Hubby and I make a great team if I should say so myself. Our collaboration is effortless, we really compliment each other's thought process very well. We run into trouble however, when I want him to finish "producing" the song but he's either too busy (which I am sensitive to) or he just doesn't have the passion that I may have about getting it finished. Anyway, today all of that is water under the bridge. We finished it and we like it very much. We hope you do to.

I never mentioned where you can find the lyrics to the songs but if you want to add any of our songs to your school day, the lyrics are found at Reverbnation or by clicking the "lyrics" link in this paragraph.

Thanks for reading about our lives this week. Please comment if you like the new song! Also check out the blogs where I'm linking up this week. Homeschool Creations, Collage Friday, Mom Moments and WUH.


  1. How blessed you are to be able to spend time with your grandmother!

    The song is fantastic! I love the Rhythm and so do my kids. They started asking me what as I listening to and started dancing.LOL. Thank you for a quick, fun review of the Water Cycle.

    Sounds like you all had a great week. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I'm so very glad that the kids like it!!! Please come by anytime to see what we have in the hopper! Thanks for stopping in.

  2. What a special Grandma you have!

    You're so creative with your songs!

    And you daughter is doing some pretty advanced math there! Smart cookie!

    1. Thank you!!! I've never thought of myself as creative but becoming a home schooling mom as taught me many things...about myself...good and not so good.

  3. Your grandmother sounds like a smart woman. I like the diorama.

  4. This is a wonderful post, and I loved hearing about your Granny. I don't have any of my grandparents left, but we make sure our boys visit their grandparents often. We are fortunate to live near them. I love your blog, and I'm a new follower so I can keep up with it. :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words about my Granny...and many thanks for the follow! I'm thankful that our girls have had a few chances to see both my husband and my grandparents and I know the your boys will have wonderful memories of their grandparents as they grow up. Family is a blessing.

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  6. I absolutely love your songs! They are so much fun. You should do a separate post with them so I can pin it. :)

  7. Thank you! I do plan to do just that and will let you know when I do. Thanks a million for stopping by and for the follow!!!

  8. What a great idea to teach the water cycle through a song!

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