Saturday, December 30, 2017

That's a Wrap! Another Homeschooling Year in the books

I say it every year!  But really...where did this year go?  I feel like it was just yesterday that we were hanging out in Granbury, Texas, with my family, ringing in the new year.

I also can't believe that we are about to launch another year of homeschooling in a DIFFERENT country!  Everyone will be getting older and smarter!  It's going to be EPIC!

Taking the time to reflect back on all that you did and learned can be so encouraging.  I hope you allow some time to do the same...homeschooling or not. 

January 2017

We loaded up a great bunch of our homeschooling friends and explored Glen Rose, Texas.
Our first stop was Dinosaur World followed by an epic sleepover in Granbury, Texas.

We flew at IFly!

We learned all about Albert Einstein!

February 2017

We started our Wild Explorers Club...

did LOTS of hiking in the cooler weather!
And enjoyed another fun year with our Science Co-op

March 2017

Our Lego Club built the skyline of Austin Texas
We loaded up the same bunch of homeschooling friends and explored Pedernales-falls and The Science Mill in Johnson City.  We rented an AirBnB house for the night and had another EPIC sleepover!

We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with hosting a Reader's Theater event at a local park.

April 2017 - Road School 

Our first stop, on this roadschooling trip, was The Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

We enjoyed the beach!

And stopped at the USS Alabama on our return trip home.

May 2017

We launched our very, first Poetry Tea Time

Took a trip to the Ross Perot Museum

With a stop at The Doseum in San Antonio, Texas

June, July and August 2017

We started reading Charolett's Web while using Brave Writer's A Quiver of Arrows Guide - FREE download

Enjoyed MORE reading and added snacks

And I took 2 of my homeschooling besties on a trip to Colorado.  Moms ONLY!  And we made so many great memories!  Can't wait until we do it again. 

September 2017

I hosted the very, first VIRTUAL Brave Writer conference due to Julie Bogart breaking her ankle 3 days before.
But it was a great success!

The day after the conference, we drove up to Colorado for one last roadschooling trip in the US.
Our lives were about to change in a BIG way!

October 2017

We said "Good bye" to THE BEST homeschooling tribe anyone could have EVER asked for!

We flew across the Pacific Ocean on October 19, 2017 to begin a new chapter in our life!
We moved to Taupo, New Zealand!!!  

November 2017

We needed to do some fun learning while we lived in a hotel for the first month in Taupo.
So we gathered up our supplies and wrote in so many fun ways using the
 Brave Writer 7 Day Writing Blitz - FREE download

We explored our new town... 

And celebrated our first Thanksgiving in New Zealand while living in the basement of Jer's boss.

December 2017 - Road School

We found a random beach to play during our drive back from roadschooling.
We enjoyed a trip up the cable car in Wellington.

We enjoyed learning in the NZ capital of Wellington.

We enjoyed some "sea schooling" on a boat

To celebrate Christmas in NZ (keep in mind it's summer over here!), we drove to the top of Mt. Ruapehu to hike and slide...on this volcano!

And we ended this amazing year, celebrating the birth of our Savior!
I wanted to read the boys one Christmas read aloud book over the 12 days of Christmas. 
This was our final book.  
So sweet and simple, just like our Christmas.

We are looking forward to the upcoming year!  We are so blessed and fortunant to get this unbelievable opportunity to school and live in New Zealand.  I can't wait to see all the "edventures" we take in this beautiful country.  So stay tuned...2018 is going to be amazing!

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