homelearning: what we are studying this year

Today we began YEAR TWO of this homeschooling adventure! Ok, ok, we actually began in August and that’s how long this little gem has been sitting in my draft box! One thing I’ve learned in my first year of homeschooling is that homeschool moms love and hate to talk about curriculum. There is a sense…

Creation Kingdom Zoo

If you live any place in any way near Gate City, Virginia then you must visit. The Creation Kingdom Zoo is nothing short of amazing. I had been ‘warned’ the zoo wasn’t like a normal zoo- there are no paved walkways, fancy backgrounds in the exhibits….and there is purpose for that. The exhibits are more…

Be Still.

There has been so much warring in my mind these days. That I’m forced to relive the worst days amongst lies and more hideous lies is the ultimate blow. But I pray for peace and the Lord provides. Moments at a time, as I trust Him. He who knows the truth far more than even…

Swinging from the Vines

So far this year we have partied three times. We have had a tea party, a minecraft blast and now, a rainforest celebration!! Seth turned 4. It’s so cliche and overdone to say it but I cannot believe Seth has turned four. My youngest, my baby is now four years old. Riding in a booster…

Olaf the Goldendoodle

Nine years ago this April, Greg and I got married. Almost immediately, I wanted a dog. Well, I did want a dog. But I also wanted kids. And we had agreed to wait a bit before having kids. And so, in the way many couples do, I wanted to get a dog to help myself…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2013

Despite the set backs (my persistent illness+Seth getting a corneal abrasion on his second gift and spending several hours in the ER and three days following with his eyes closed) we had a really great Christmas. Not The Mama and I are diligent about gifts for Christmas; each kid gets three gifts and Santa brings…

How The Elf on the Shelf Changed Our Christmas

2012 was our first year of allowing Santa into our Christmas celebrations. And it was all because of that cute little Elf in the red hat. If I have read one, I’ve read 10 negative articles about The Elf on the Shelf this year. I mean, what gives? Is it just that we’ve decided that…

The Lego Christmas (and my fabulous Lego table)

This fall, my oldest two boys just suddenly became very interested in Legos. They had gotten some Star Wars Lego sets for birthdays and liked those fine- but as Star Wars toys, not really as Legos.  Being 7 and 5, I suppose this is around the time that happens but up until now, my youngest…

you want to do what?

I want to be a homeschooler. There I said it. I actually typed it big and bold for the world to see. I want to homeschool my children. This is so bad. I am so weird. I am such an awful parent. My family is going to completely freak out. My sister will be furious….

These Small People Are Always Hungry

These Small People Are Always Hungry. It never ends. Next time I create a blog, I think I will just write about how much they eat. And how they want to eat all day. And how some days it’s like I have just finished cleaning up what they ate when they ask to eat again….