Monthly Archives: March 2015

First Official Spring Break

This January, my school aged kids began attending public school for the first time. It’s been a slow and sometimes difficult transition. But one thing we’re used to is fun field trips!

For the kids’ first official spring break, my parents wanted to plan something extra special.

In the beautiful Texas Hill Country, they own a breathtaking piece of land. The kids are happy to roam the 80 acres, feed the fish, look out for deer and sit by or swim in the pool. But this was no ordinary trip! A little rain meant that Enchanted Rock will have to wait for another time.  But we had a lot of fun visiting the Nimitz Museum and learning about the World Wars. We toured LBJ ranch where my ten year old was in paradise asking his usual number of questions of the guides (they’re educated questions, so most of the guides were happy to answer).

After the younger four and I went back home, my mom and dad took the older two to the Houston Port Authority and the rodeo. ALL six kids came back beaming. The older four have already written a dozen thank you cards each, which I hope to get in the mail asap!

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What is Homeschooling?

There are many things that homeschooling is not. Over the six and a half years we did it, I heard a lot of what my kids were “missing out on. ”

So here, in many smiling pictures, is what homeschooling IS.

It is countless trips to museums, whether scheduled with a group or just on a whim.

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It is trips to the zoos that never get old.

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It’s visiting exotic aquariums with tons of other homeschoolers for an awesome, discounted price.

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Oh and we can’t forget the butterfly gardens!

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Of course, there are trips to many gardens.

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Endless hours and story times at the library.

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Going to places by train because they are more fun than minivans!

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It’s learning about nature hands on.

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Taking time to visit monasteries and learn more about our faith.

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It’s showing others our talents.

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It’s time with friends…

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And LOTS of time with family.

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It’s taking time off to be with our loved ones during their last, precious days.

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It’s getting dressed up to report the weather.

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Oh yeah… And sometimes we open our books, sharpen our pencils, and do school work 🙂

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Happiness Is a Box of Crayons

A few years back, I read an article on Yahoo about 100 ways to boost your mood. I cannot seem to find it now. However, I only remember the number one suggestion. Perhaps because it wasn’t what I thought would top such a list geared toward adults. But mostly because of its simplicity. Coloring! Suggested media: crayons. And I have to admit, there is something very relaxing about coloring, whether in a goofy cartoon book with the kids or just on a blank sheet of paper alone.

My kids all love coloring. Baby loves eating crayons still, but I have confidence he’ll outgrow that soon.

So for happiness, grab a kid, box of Crayolas, some paper, and get started!

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