Wednesday, January 27, 2016

1 Thing I Don't Like about Homeschooling...

I wrote this post about 2 week ago when I was sick...and never published it.  My husband ending up getting sick this week which made me start to really see how greatly we work as a team.  He was down and out for the past 2 days and I felt it!  Life has tricky.  My 5pm rescue hero was unable to rescue me when my nerves and patience were wearing thin.

But there are days when he comes home, from a long day at work, and I overlook all that he does and how he helps.  He is a leader when it comes to making us all go for our family walk, dishing out plates at dinner, showering the boys, sweeping after dinner, picking up the living room after I shower, so I walk down to a neat place to spend an evening...I could go on!  

We are a team!  He and I work so hard together to make this life (and everyday) work.  And when one of us isn't apart of our routine and schedule, IT-IS-HARD on the other spouse!  I love this man that we call Daddy!  Can't imagine this wild journey without him.
But today, instead of writing a new post, I decided this was the perfect post to publish.  Read, reflect and Enjoy!

Got ya with the title, didn't I?!

This week I discovered 1 thing I really don't like about homeschooling!  Here it is...

Momma, being SICK!  I mean REALLY SICK!

I had sent a good 2 hours on Sunday afternoon planning and preparing for this great, new year (even though we HS year 'round).  I had those butterflies, was full of excitement and everything was ready to go!  
I came down with a nasty sickness.  Fever, sore throat, aches - just nasty!

I don't have the option to drop them off a daycare and school so that I can sleep this off.  My husband needed to go to work for an important meeting, so him, staying home, wasn't a option.  Grandparents are hours away, so that's not gonna help!

Laundry had been stopped!  Meal planning had been stopped!  Daily life is altered BIG time when any mom is sick, homeschoooling or NOT!

Mommy being SICK is 1 thing I really don't like about homeschooling...

But on the flip-side, I also found out this week how much I LOVE Homeschooling!

Our family had to come together and quickly!  Kids had to grow up, just a smidgen, to help out Daddy.  Daddy had to rely on his awesome-self to come up with a new plan, like ordering pizza, riding bikes to get ice cream near by, warming up pizza for breakfast and tossing it out on the living room floor as he headed out to work.  
(Hey!  They got fed!) 

The boys were asked to leave me alone, watch movies and have fun...and they did just that, until Daddy came home.  (I did help feed them lunch)
My husband called in the troops and they got through it!  

I feel much better today (after sleeping for almost 2 days).  I walked downstairs about 9am this morning to a shiny kitchen (I was expecting dishes everywhere), noticed some folded towels and then walked around the corner to this sweetness...
As I sat, with my delicious coffee in hand, this started to happen.
 Jackson asked to use the USA puzzle which led to...
 ...a great discussion about state capitals, West Coast and East Coast and where we'd like to visit or live next.  And that led to...
 Using the computer as his teacher for the morning to learn about Minecraft Coding using
And this allowed me to put the little guys in the bath for some painting/shaving cream fun!

Life may have stopped for a few days, but learning seems to keep on going! And my husband and my kids are ok.  They survived!

And because we are a family, we survived it all...together!

Happy Learning with your Little Ones!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Peek inside our Week!

What a fun week we had!  I was sick last week, so all of last week's lesson plans had to shift forward to this week.  And that's ok...that's homeschooling!

So here's a peek inside our week.  Enjoy:0)



Writer's Club!  You know you are "living the dream" when you can hand pick your own class while teaching your very own!   Every Monday, I teach writing to these amazing kiddos at the library down the street, while N and MiniM stay at home and play with Moms and other littles.  

After class, we all walk back to the house, have some lunch and host a sharing session.  Each kiddo gets to share their writing for that day with their moms and siblings.  So sweet and so perfect!

Quick Subtraction make-up lesson is just what we needed to do Monday afternoon while the little guys napped.

Isn't Math a little more excited when you learn how to subtract with CANDY!  


What a great morning to learn at the bank AND the grocery store!   

N enjoyed watching the suction tubes at the bank drive-thru while J wrote out a list of change he wanted to trade in for his $50 bill.

Shopping for fruit is WAY more fun when you get to measure it on the electronic scale, right?  They each get to pick out their own bag of fruit, as long as they weigh it and print off the sticker.

 Tuesday afternoons are special for J.  It's his PE class followed by a few hours at the Skate Park with friends.


Learning at home was what we did on this morning.  Colored sand is always fun...just add a 2 year old and some construction trucks!

That afternoon, our Cubetto came in the mail! N and I hacked into this mini-coding machine to see how it worked.  (And we will share that with you in a blog and Periscope broadcast REAL soon!)

Thursday - oh! Thursday!

Not - a - good - day!  I packed our learning and we headed to the post office to wait in line for 3 hours (yes! 3 hours) to get my passport!  It was a morning of patience and practice, for sure!

Jackson "writing around the room" at the Post Office


It was a MUST to make up for a nasty Thursday!  So we made it very memorable!  
We rode the train to downtown Austin, walked to the State Capitol building, had a picnic and rode the train back home.  

Seriously, one of the best days we've had (just us 4) in a LONG time!  The weather was perfect and we had nothing but time to soak up every bit of sunshine.  

Our week...another one down and many more to go. 

Happy Learning with your little ones!

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