The Drive Home & Homeschooling.
I’m not really sure what to say now.
I’m sad. Especially about Misha. I can’t help but wish for some sort of miracle that would allow me to just adopt Misha and live happily ever after.
I’m trying not to think of it.
The drive home from Atlanta was tough.
We passed through so many terrible storms. My 20 year old sister was with me, so at least I wasn’t completely alone. I think the trip will be good birth control for her. ;)
We hit some kind of whirlwind with tire pieces and leaves flying in a circle, multiple miles of heavy downpours including the most blinding rain I have ever been in. Suddenly we just couldn’t see anything, it was all white while driving down the interstate. Frightening.
Then at one point in Tennessee my phone, which acts as a weather radio, told me there was a tornado warning. The sky was churning and very dark. We decided to stop at the nearest exit because who wants to take the risk of being stuck on the interstate in the middle of nowhere when a tornado touches down?
So we got off and stopped at a Pilot truck stop with a Wendy’s in it. We were almost to Knoxville, somewhere near Philadelphia and Sweetwater Tennessee. The storm was intense! Others were crowded in there too, having gotten off the interstate for the same reasons we did.
Apparently a small tornado or a downburst hit just three miles from where we were, destroying homes and trees. Wow.
After we got back on the interstate we hit a million more storms, with warning after warning popping up on the weather alerts.
At one point we were in the stretch of I-75 around Jellico where there’s no exit for 17 miles. It started pouring down the rain and we had a flash flooding warning for the area. Then there was actually flash flooding! The road was covered in deep water. Each time a mac truck would go past on the opposite side of the highway the truck would send up a huge tsunami-like wave over the divider and into oncoming traffic. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
Henry was screaming and crying most of the drive home, on top of the weather woes.
I am still exhausted from the trip. My car is still a mess because it rained and stormed all day today, preventing me from unpacking and cleaning it all out. I need to do some deep cleaning in the back now that Mariana is no longer here. She was the queen of car vomit.
On the way to Atlanta we had given her Zofran to stop some of the insane amounts of vomit that child produces every 10 minutes in a moving vehicle. I guess it didn’t work all the way, because she’s Mariana.
Misha, Rosie, and Mariana were all sitting across the back seat of the van together for the whole 7 hour trip down there. At one point we got out of the car to use the bathroom and get gas. Mariana’s shirt was covered in nasty dried vomit.
We asked her what it was and she casually answered, “Machina bolnoy!” Then she grinned.
Misha and Rosie had never noticed her puking on herself. We couldn’t find puke anywhere else in the car back there. Weird. And she insisted on wearing that crusted vomit shirt until we got to the hotel and I physically pried it off of her. This child!
She refuses to take Zofran, or any medication, so I had to shove it down her throat every time I wanted her to take it. At one point I asked her in Ukrainian why she just won’t take the tiny dissolving pill. I asked her sarcastically if she loved vomiting. She starting smiling and got excited saying, “Yes! Yes I love vomiting!”
What the heck!? Some things I will never be able to figure out. I give up.
Today we drove to the city to go out to eat with Tyler’s family. I will say that I kept looking in the back seat in a panic expecting a vomit fest any second. Tyler felt the same way. It was very relieving to realize we can go anywhere without facing a puke fountain.
I really need to get my homeschool plans together for this school year. I’m planning on starting the week after next, when we get back from the beach. Homeschooling and getting on with the year…That will keep me distracted from feeling so sad about my little ones being gone.
Right now we have an annoying little virus going through our family. Henry was sick before we left for Atlanta. He got a random fever, no other symptoms. It was weird, it came and went for four days. I never gave him any medication because he was mainly feverish only when sleeping at night. Then he got a rash on Monday afternoon after the fever broke while we were at the hotel in Atlanta (fun!) and the rash lasted through Tuesday and started to fade on Wednesday. It was barely raised red dots and splotches on his chest, belly, back, and cheeks.
The weird thing is the only other time he’s ever been sick it was with the exactsame thing. Fever for three or four days. Rash.
Today Ada complained of being freezing cold all day long, even after I gave her ibuprofen because her head was hurting a lot. I finally found the thermometer in the luggage and took her temperature tonight. It was 99.8 with ibuprofen on board. Blah.
Stupid germs! At least this is just a little fever and nothing else miserable. I hope.
She says her head hurts, and her body is super cold, and her throat hurts a little. Then she runs off playing and laughing, and she still wants to eat. But her eyes look bad, like too red and puffy with dark circles. She’s kind of pale.
I just have so much to do. I do not have time to lay in bed with a fever. And our vacation is coming up! If anyone else gets sick I hope it’s this coming week so we can all be well for the beach during the first week of September.
My throat is mildly hurting right now. It could be from allergies though. This is a bad time of year for my allergies. I have a long track record of getting a massive sinus infection during the first month back to school every single year. Whatever is blooming or pollinating now is killer to my system.
Anyway, I’m hoping to write more about our homeschooling adventures this year. We are still doing Charlotte Mason style schooling. I love it.
Ada wants to start kindergarten, or Year 0 in Charlotte Mason. I think it will be more like a casual K4 sort of deal. She wants to learn to read. She’s already doing really well with writing, all on her own. I’m so surprised. She loves to copy words even though she doesn’t know what they say. We’ll also continue working on math. Basic addition and subtraction.
Rosie will be doing the second half of Year 2 and the first half of Year 3 this year. The years don’t exactly correlate to American grade levels. Technically she’s in 3rd grade this year. I’m going to take some time this coming week to lay out my book lists and loose plans for each subject. I usually make a weekly schedule instead of scheduling everything far in advance so that we can have the flexibility to take breaks when needed, or to skip books and go out to do something fun.
I love homeschooling.
I’m anticipating it being somewhat easier this year since I can have Ada play with Henry while I work with Rosie, and then Rosie play with Henry while I work with Ada. Some subjects we do together, like read aloud literature, picture study (famous artists), hymn/folk song study, nature study, and Bible reading. Ada enjoys listening to the history also. Ada actually picks up on a lot of facts and has a surprisingly long attention span for a four year old.
I’ll give more details about how we do Charlotte Mason later, when it’s not 12:15 at night.
This is a very good explanation, if you’ve never heard of it. Except we are not crazy intensely religious about it, and Rosie does know what evolution is…