Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

These days September 8, 2010

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These days we are spending a lot of time together. Learning, doing, creating, exploring, discovering, cooperating.


















These days are wearing me out. These days are fulfilling me. These days I’m becoming a better mom. These days are what I was created for. These days will sustain me well into my old age.


I will never forget these days.

 

The first day. August 25, 2010

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What’s been up May 4, 2010

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Man, I haven’t blogged in a long time. I just don’t seem to have the time anymore. And that’s a good and a bad thing. It’s good that I’ve been really busy but I’m definitely ready to take it slow for a while.


My mom is doing really well. She is having a heart cath done this week. It’s one of the last things she needs to do before she’s officially on the transplant list. I think she’s technically on the transplant list now but she’s on the internal list?? I don’t really know what that means. She will start chemo pills in a few days and she’s not looking forward to that. We’re just praying that she is able to get a transplant before she starts to feel bad. She is very healthy and takes good care of herself so I know that once she gets that transplant she’s just going to bounce back and feel 30 again! I have no doubt!!


Our friends Matt and Lindsey met their beautiful son Patrick on Thursday. Patrick is going to have to spend some time in the NICU. He and his parents are just the sweetest things. They came home from the hospital yesterday without him. It just breaks my heart but we are so glad that Patrick is here and making excellent progress. Lift them up, folks. Encourage them. Love on them.


We haven’t had any offers on our house yet. We ended up not getting the first house we put an offer on. Someone else made an offer and unlike us, they don’t have to sell a house first. But we found another house that we really like. We went ahead and put an offer on it and got a contract in place on April 30th. That was the deadline for the $6,500 second time homebuyer’s tax credit. If we miraculously close by June 30th we’ll be able to get that money. That money would go a long way for us. To be honest, I’m not counting on it happening that way. Call me negative or whatever. I think I’m just being realistic. But anyway if we get this house it will be great! We would have plenty of space, hard wood floors, a great backyard, and a Barbie pink bathroom for the boys and guests. I’m tired of trying to keep this house ready to show and we’ve had some family strain because of it. I hope it sells soon. This has been a really stressful time.


Homeschooling is going okay. We’ve gotten behind and we’ll have to keep going through part of the summer. And that’s fine. I don’t think it’s a great idea to take the whole summer off anyway. I entertained the thought of keeping Mikey out of school next year too. I entertained this thought for about 8 hours and then I came to my senses. My reasoning behind keeping him home is that it would free us up to go and do a lot more stuff. It’s hard for us to go do much fun stuff because Mikey has to be at school at noon. But we just simply can’t get anything important done with that kid home. It’s just not possible. Jack would forget how to read and even write his name if Mikey were here all day, every day.


So between homeschooling, selling a house, trying to be there for Mom when I can, keeping up with my business, and just being a wife and mom, I’m just flat out tired. And I’m not trying to be a downer. This is just a tough season in our lives right now. I know It will pass.


Jackson will be EIGHT years old in three days. I can’t believe it! He has been such a great joy to us his entire life. He is just such a great kid and I’m very proud of him. Friday is his birthday and we have reserved a hotel in Houston for Friday and Saturday nights. Phillip’s parents are going to keep Mikey while we spend the weekend completely devoted to Jackson and doing what he wants to do. This will be the third year that we’ve done this for his birthday. He had the choice of having a party and inviting lots of friends or doing this and this is what he chose. He wants an itouch for his birthday. That’s an expensive birthday present for us but he has saved $70 and I think his grandparents are going to chip in some too. It’s kind of ridiculous for him to have one of those but I know he’ll take care of it. He’s very responsible like that. So this weekend we’ll probably go to the Children’s Museum again, go buy his itouch, eat at Chuck-E-Cheese, hang out at the pool, and just enjoy each other. We will all do our best to leave the stress of our lives right here at home.


So that pretty much sums it up. Just in case I don’t get around to doing a post with all of these pictures, here are a few from a recent evening spur of the moment beach trip.







 

How’s homeschooling going? January 1, 2010

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So I know I should be doing another Christmas update and/or writing about our 2009 year and all the things we hope to accomplish in 2010. And I’ll probably get around to doing that in the next week or so but right now the homeschooling thing is on my mind.


People sometimes ask me how it’s going and I’m pretty honest. I usually say that it’s going pretty good but we have days that it doesn’t go so well. There’s a bit more to it than that. I realize now that I had an unreal expectation of how this year would go. I thought Jack would LOVE being homeschooled. I thought I would be in a way his hero. I thought he would awake with great anticipation about what wonderful things he will learn today. And of course, that’s not how it has been at all. He pretty much dreads our daily adventures just as much, if not more, than he dreaded going to public school. I am not his hero. Sometimes I fear that we’ve actually grown apart this school year more than we’ve grown together. I feel like I spend the majority of my time with him threatening, bribing, and nagging rather than laughing, learning, and building good memories. I’m feeling very disheartened lately about the whole thing. I’m more convinced than ever that I will not be doing this long term. And sometimes I regret going down this road at all.


It’s not Jack’s fault that this thing isn’t working out all that well. He’s just a kid and I’m the grown up. I’m the one who’s responsible for making it work. And I just can’t seem to do it. I know that this is probably one of those hurdles that if we get past it, things will get easier. I know this is probably how a lot of homeschool parents feel the first year. This is the time when many give up. And I really want to persevere and come up with a plan of action that will work for both of us. But I know my weaknesses as a parent, as a teacher, as a human being and I just don’t know if I’m cut out to do this. If Jack’s going to hate his teacher, I would rather that teacher not be me.


So if you’ve been wondering how the homeschool thing is going, that’s pretty much it. I’m not saying that we’re quitting. I still very much want this to work. But I don’t know how to make it work. And I feel like I’m the only person who can make it work.


If you read my blog at all, you know that I post when things are good and I post when things are bad. I don’t do this to jerk you around or worry you unnecessarily. But that’s just life. Sometimes things are good and sometimes things aren’t so great. If I don’t post about the not so great, then the good won’t seem as good. Of course, I could lie and tell you things are wonderful but that’s just not my style. Anyway, I guess we’ll see how this second semester goes. I think I’m going to have to start doing things a bit differently if we’re going to be able to keep doing this.


Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Our first fieldtrip! October 29, 2009

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Yesterday Jack and I went to this interactive theater in Houston and watched a play about the history of Houston. I actually didn’t realize it was about Houston until we got there. I thought it was about Texas in general. Anyway, we got in free and Jack had a good time. AND…shockingly enough, I didn’t get lost coming or going. That is a miracle. Here are a few pictures I took during the play. There were just four actors and they just ran around like crazy people pretending to be different characters. It was really pretty amusing. Jackson really enjoyed it but said he didn’t learn anything. Typical.


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Then we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I ate way too much great food and then still ate a bag of Sugar Babies on the way home. Jack played this triangle peg game several times. One time (with my help) he ended it with only two pegs left. If you have only one peg left you’re supposedly a genius. Jackson said, “Man! I was almost a genius!” He says the funnies things sometimes.


If Jack’s in the mood the be photographed, he likes to make lots of different weird faces. He does this on his own. I just take the pictures. If Jack’s not in the mood to be photographed, then he hides his face or glares at me or whines.


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This one cracks me up. He looks so pitiful.


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Man, I love that kid and my 50mm lens. But I love the kid more, of course.

 

The first week of homeschooling September 4, 2009

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I kind of hate to say that this first week has been so easy. It kind of makes me think that I must be doing something wrong for it to be so easy. Is that optimistic or what?? Anyway, we’ve had a great week so far. This is sort of a run down of what we’ve done this week. And I haven’t taken a single picture yet.


– 8 spelling words (compound words) that Jack has mastered


– Psalm 24:1 memorized “The earth is the Lords, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”


– Lots of handwriting practice – Jackson still has pretty sloppy handwriting. Must be a guy thing.


– 11 pages of math done – The math we’re doing right now is actually 1st grade level and it’s too easy for him. We’re skipping lots of pages and moving pretty quickly. I wanted him to have some review time and sort of figure out where he is in math before we move on to 2nd grade stuff.


– Lots of good discussion and “experiments” with water including a water balloon fight of sorts.


– We have read 4 chapters is Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil. I read a chapter or so to him and then we talk about it. I think this book is kind of boring but he seems to like it. I think it’s holding his interest more than mine.


– He has read 7 chapters of More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson. He reads this book to himself and then we talk about it. He’s not enjoying this book. We’ll both be glad when we’re done with it. The next book he’ll be reading is The Whipping Boy. Maybe he’ll like that one better.


– History is still something that we haven’t really found our groove in yet. I need to really work at making this stuff more interesting by finding stuff online and doing other activities and stuff. As of right now, History is just something we have to do, just a box to be checked. I really don’t want it to be like that.


– I need to find a good daily Bible devotional for kids. I haven’t really looked for a good one yet. This week we read about Moses and talked about some of that. He also had a good talk about Heaven and Hell last night in the car.


Another homeschool mom told me that when you homeschool, you begin to realize that your kids are learning all the time. It doesn’t really stop when you’re finished with your assignments for the day. We talk about “school stuff” in the car while we’re driving and at dinner. It’s great because I actually know what he’s learning about so I can include it in our daily conversation. I rarely ever talked to him about what he was learning in school before. Teaching him in this way just seems so natural and organic. I can see what where he’s struggling and where he’s excelling. I can see the wheels turn and the light bulbs go on. It’s really cool to be so involved in what he’s learning again. I have really missed that.


Jack will be blogging about his take on this first week later today. His blog is The Scary Lamppost. He wanted to name it that….don’t ask me. He doesn’t blog very often but I’m going to start requiring it of him once or twice a week. When he blogs, he usually dictates and I type it out. Hopefully in the next year, he’ll be doing his posts on his own.

 

Looking forward to our new life August 13, 2009

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Last year about this time Phillip was starting back to work at Sharpstown Middle in Houston, I was preparing to teach 4 year olds three days a week, and Jack was getting ready to start 1st grade at a local elementary school. One year later Phillip is beginning to prepare to teach Pre-K through 4th grade music in Freeport, my only source of income will be my business, Jackson is looking forward to his year of 2nd grade at home, and Mikey will be starting the 2 year old class at a local preschool that I love! Lots of changes in store for our little family. I think we’re all a bit anxious and unsure about how these new things are going to work out (except Mikey…he’s oblivious). But we’re all really looking forward to our new life that will allow us much more time to be together. It’s going to be a good year.