Our Odd Week in Review: Family History, Ice and Upset Tummies

In my life this week…

I started down my once a year genealogy binge in which I get lost in the rabbit holes of the mystery that is our Native American Heritage. My grandmother was almost full blooded Cherokee, yet there is NO proof, a major lack in records and no one left in the family to fill in those gaps with the oral history.

I have reminded myself that I shouldn't embark on this journey so close to Thanksgiving. It makes me ANGRY. It makes me angry that we celebrate sharing a meal with the native people like we were so kind to them. It takes on day of really diving into history, reading the records of those who forced out of their lands and the tales of those who refused to make you wonder why we are so proud and thankful of our freedom when we gained it by stripping it from others.

As many Native Americans changed their names to "white" names, decided to call themselves Dutch Black to avoid being sent west or were orphaned when their parents were killed, I may never know my families true history. 

The benefit of it all; it has made for a rich history lesson all week in which discussed so many aspects of our heritage, immigration, the natives and more.

In our homeschool this week…

I was informed by older kiddos that they don't like reading stories, they read ALL day (non-fiction) why do they need to read a story. I tried to explain the value of a good story to them, but they really want nothing to do with it. 

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. I myself have always prefer non-fiction and only read fiction when reading to the kiddos. Plus, every trip to the library the kids have a stack of non-fiction ready to check out. 

I won't force it and just continue with good quality books to read aloud. At least Ali still loves fiction and will bring me a pile of books at a time to read to her.

My kiddos favorite thing this week was…

Getting to experience real ice outside from the cold for the first time. Sure it gets down to freezing time and again in Florida, but here in Virginia it has stayed cold enough all week that they not only got to keep watch on frozen water in a bucket, they even got to see ice sickles.

Things I’m working on…

A review for ShaveMOB that I'm going to post next week (just in time for holiday shopping.) 

I’m grateful for…

COFFEE!!! It may seem like a trivial thing, but after being up half the night with a little girl who was puking for no apparent reason, I NEEDED it. She never had a fever and was so calm about four hours of intermittent vomiting and is now up, feeling fine and still fever free. Evidently something just didn't settle well in her tummy last night.