Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Homeschooling Moms, we need your help...

Okay ladies, I need your help. My husband is in school learning to code. He needs to write an app for his first project and asked me for some ideas. My first thought was homeschooling. We use Android and there isn't a good app for creating a lesson plan. Lets face it, who has the time to sit and fill out those lesson planners provided by our home school. (Setons, etc.) I have 7+ children and every hour of my day accounted for. I want a simple app that a can quickly fill in the subjects by day/week, time and a short overview of what the class will entail for that day. That's it, nothing fancy, just efficient. Here's where your help is needed. Since everyone does their home school differently, we want to know what you would like in a lesson plan app.

If you would be so kind as to respond in the replies..

1. Would you like/use a mobile lesson planner?
2. What features would you want to see? details please
3. Would you want to be able to customize it yourself?

Below is a poll for your mobile browser. Don't worry, we have no idea who you are or what you're using. Sean just wants to see how many people use each operating system, so he can decide which systems to make the app for.
Thank you in advance for your input! This will really give him a head start and an advantage in his class!

What mobile web browser do you use?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I know, it's been awhile....

I know, it's been a really long time since I last posted, but with everything that has been going on, I just haven't felt like blogging. That sounds really bad, but its true. I don't even know where to begin..

I guess I'll back up to my last post, which was.....Memorial We were going through some really rough times with Sean and his job. He was ALWAYS on edge and grumpy due to the amount of stress he is under. Not to mention he wasn't sleeping more than 2-3 hours per night. The 80+ mile commute to and from work wasn't helping either. It was all really taking a toll on him, so he decided to see a Dr. His blood pressure was a bit high, which was a red flag. The dr. asked him a bunch of questions regarding work, health and family. The Dr. determined he is suffering from work induced anxiety and insomnia. He wanted to put him on one of three different prescription drugs. One is a highly addictive "happy pill". The second is a very strong sleeping pill, that would knock him out for 8-10 hours. However if he didn't get at least 10 hours of sleep on the pills, it would make him very groggy. Since he has to drive 1.5 hours to and from work, that's not an option. The third drug is completely out of the question, however is the most mild of the three. Sean turned down all three options. The doctor said he was being silly in not even considering the third option. It would help to relax him and allow him to sleep. The Dr. told him he needed to do something before he ends up having a heart attack.

Sean did get a bit of good news a couple weeks ago. One of the guys he works with quit, so his territory was open. They hired someone new for the area but another coworker just moved to Sean's area and requested to switch with him. Her area happens to be our old neighborhood, about half the distance from where he's working now. So instead of taking 1.5 hours to get to work (on a good day) it will only take him 35-45 minutes. The added bonus, he gained a bunch of T-Mobile locations. He's good friends with all the managers and employees, which will help his quota's immensely. It pays to be in the wireless family!

We had a birthday. Sam turned 2 on June 18th. It was Superman themed since the movie was about to come out. He had a lot of fun. He actually understood the present opening process this year so it was really cute. I took some video too but can't figure out how to post it. Will get back to you with that.

Sam chomping at the bit.

Mary introducing Sams presents

SuperSam! He's wearing a cape too!

Waiting for cake!
We did have a bit of a scare the day before Sam's birthday. Long story short, Lizzie was playing with Bear, our big dog, in the kitchen. She trapped him behind my desk chair and somehow hurt him. He yelped and bit her face, pretty badly. She had blood gushing into her eye, it was a mess. It looked pretty deep too and wouldn't stop bleeding. I was pretty freaked and Sean was ready to kill Bear. I put a band aide on her but she ended up with and allergic reaction to the adhesive, which made it look much worse. It's pretty much healed now, but she has a scar.

On June 20th, Sean and I celebrated our 9th Wedding Anniversary. As I've said in past posts, it's not a fond memory for us, but I guess we're obligated to celebrate it? This year I replaced the chaplain glasses the movers broke from my Mother with new engraved glasses. I even replaced the cute bride and groom flute decorations too. Sean bought me 2 dozen beautiful pink roses. We celebrated with putting the kids all to bed really early (candy bribery) and having a romantic dinner then watching This is 40 (great movie btw). 

The 4th was a lot of fun! It was sooooo cool here. In the low 70's. We sat out on the back patio all day and had a bbq. The kids played and we got to relax. I wasn't feeling that great, so eating was a challenge for me.

Now to the present....we are in the last TWO WEEKS of our homeschool year THANK GOODNESS!! I tried to draw our year out because I am changing our school year around next year. Instead of Sept-May, we are doing Jan-Sept. We would rather have all our favorite holidays off and start school with the "actual" year start. I know it seems weird, but with homeschooling, we have that flexibility!

Last but not least, the REAL reason I haven't been blogging....I haven't been well. Don't worry, it's now passed, but for about 8 weeks, I was pretty miserable. The reason....we're expecting our 8th baby the end of January! I know, we're crazy but this is the last one.

I hope you all have a great weekend!