Here is my husband’s train of annoyance lol. He has the black pieces and his train is usually the longest. My son won that night though.Here are two of our favorite games and some ice cream bowls. We played the North American version of Ticket to Ride. Our ice cream bowls were a gift from my sister. I believe they were from Home Goods.
Happy Friday, everyone! This is our 10th year of homeschooling. Milton is in the 9th grade. Say what?! I don’t know how time flew by so quickly!
This year, for his curriculum, I decided I would try something different with him. Instead of a full day of instruction on Fridays, some portions of Friday are now dedicated to life skills. This has been on my mind for the past few months because, whether or not he knows it, he’s going away to college, and I want to make sure he is prepared for life. The plan is to focus on a different skill/area of focus every two months, so he will learn four new skills each year of school. The first two months we are focusing on home economics. He’s learning how to cook, properly do laundry, maintain the lawn and pool, take out the house trash and dishes. I know it seems pretty basic, but I promise, it’s been great, and he’s learning quite a lot right now. In addition to this, I am trying to make a point to have social/learning outings with his homeschool friends at least once a month. For instance, last month, they met up to paint pottery and have lunch.
Another change we made is making sure he is sticking to class periods. He has a schedule (he always did) that lists what he needs to be doing at every moment of the day. That might sound harsh, but if any of you homeschool, you know these kids like to get up and aimlessly roam the house throughout the day. He said the schedule made him feel as if he were a robot, but to be honest, the schedule allows him to get everything done without being stressed out. His math, in years past, would take 3-4 hours each day, but sometimes, it seemed as though it took all day long and he wasn’t getting the other subjects done at a decent rate. Now, he has blocked off math time in the morning, right after lunch, and then an allotted homework time each evening, so if he didn’t finish his math, or another subject, he would still have time to do it. Again, if you homeschool, or if you don’t, you might find it crazy that he has homework time. The truth is that I HAD to find a way to have the school day end, give him time to do other things, have a mental break, and then have a designated ‘homework time’ to study/finish the day’s work. I’m no longer wondering where the day went. Also, at the ending of last year, he was getting up on his own and starting his day. This year, he’s getting up almost 2 hours earlier than the scheduled 8AM wake-up-time. He’s matured so much in this area of getting up and getting his schoolwork done.
Another part of his schedule is PE. He has to complete 120 hours of PE in ninth grade, but he has to try different types of activities. One way to earn credit is to play board games. He doesn’t really care for board games, however, we played Ticket to Ride with a friend the other day, and now he’s hooked. He’s even asking to play and beat us the other night.
One way we like to bond, is by having dessert together while doing a family activity, whether it be watching a movie at home, playing a game, or even being out at a restaurant. Many times when we start an activity such as this, one of us always wants to know who will be the one to get dessert. It is usually me, but I don’t mind it. On Tuesday night, we did just that. We played Ticket to Ride again and ate dessert while doing so.
An issue for us is my hubby’s dietary restrictions with being lactose intolerant and trying to find something that is not packed with sugar. We may have found the perfect solution in Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts. Have you ever tried it? The desserts are lactose-free, fat-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher, have a low Glycemic Index, and are low in calories! The two we tried on Tuesday night, during our family board game night, were Snickerdoodle Dandy and Cake Batter.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not ice cream, and if you are expecting that taste, you’ll be disappointed. It is a frozen dessert. It has the consistency of frozen yogurt. We let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes to let it soften a bit.
My hubby said it was refreshing. My son was blown away that even eating the entire pint of the Snickerdoodle had less calories than a honey bun. You know those are definitely the words of a growing teenage boy who loves to eat.The Cake Batter only had about 150 calories in the ENTIRE pint! Seriously, you can eat these desserts every day. We have three more flavors to try, and I know we won’t be disappointed. I’ll be sure to update you on those as we go through them.
My favorite part about Arctic Zero was the fact that it was low in calories and it is something my husband can eat for dessert without all the side effects of dairy products. I also didn’t experience a bad after taste. After spending several days a week lifting weights at the gym, the last thing I want to do is be derailed by a high calorie dessert. I even downloaded a calorie-counting app on my phone, and on days when I don’t make it to the gym, I can still have desert! If you have a sweet tooth, it is a great way to mix up your dessert choices.
You can find Arctic Zero at your local grocer or go HERE to order your own. Mine were delivered to me, and you can have yours shipped as well.
Now you know one we love to spend time as a family, what are some things you do or use to heighten your family’s your bonding experience? I’d love to hear about it. Please leave your ideas below.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.