Saturday, August 22, 2015

First Day of School 2015

I would love to say that we had a great first day... well, we did!  It was day 2 when I realized I overplanned... again.  Needless to say, I think I have figured it out and we are all on the road to recovery from mom, once again, over thinking things.

Our first day started the day with everyone dressing the part and taking pictures outside.


 The oldest refused to have her picture taken, party pooper.

Afterwards, we came in, they changed clothes and we sat down to start a rosary.  I really wanted to start the year off right!

That is when I stopped trying to get them to look holy and just said, "Everyone!  Make a silly face!"

Then there were gift bags.  Hey, I'm trying to be a cool mom here, ok?

Can you tell that my children get unusually excited over paper products?

And apparently bananas.

Afterwards we got down to business

A little well deserved recess...

and we ended our day with a nice little tea with Paleo Zucchini Brownies, which I apparently forgot to take pictures of.  Trust me they were very yummy.  

The next day I realized what I had done, in my frenzy for the perfect school year, by over planning.  So I had to rethink things.  We are starting out a little more slowly next week.  You know, like math and spelling.  Then we will slowly add in everything else.  

Honestly, it was a good beginning, and I'm glad I could recognize what was happening before we were a month into school and completely burned out!  

So here is to a great new school year!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fitness Friday: August 21, 2015

For today's Fitness Friday I am sending you over to my friend Jessica's blog, Shower of Roses!  So you can read about her 50 pound weight loss and life on the Paleo AIP diet.

The Autoimmune Protocol :: My Journey Towards Better Health & Weight Loss with the AIP Diet

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

{yarn along} August 19, 2015

I have been rather ridiculously busy, so I am still reading A Fall of Marigolds.  I know, shameful.  It is really a good book.  Maybe I ought to play sick for a day, so I could finish it...


I wanted to share with you my finished Riverbank!  It took me so long.  I really need some downtime I think.  It is almost beyond ridiculous.  Have I already said that?  As I was saying, the new season of Doctor Who came out on Netflix, so suddenly I was able to get some of this done in the evenings.  We had been watching Switched at Birth and it is really hard to knit when half the people on the show don't speak.

It was a gift for Isabel's birthday.  It is only 4 months late.  But she seemed to like it all the same.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fitness Friday: August 14, 2015




I have not lost weight in over a month.  Everything is totally fluctuating around this one very annoying number.  I have come to hate this number.  This number mocks me every time I step on the scale.

I was ready to give up.  Last night I ate a Peanut Buster Parfait.  I ate it.  I ate all of it

Today I decdied I wasn't going to track what I ate.  That I didn't care anymore.

Then a couple things occurred to me.

1. I have been stressed out.
That is an understatement.  I have been dealing with some health issues that made this month a bit of a nightmare.  I should, by the end of this month, have some answers.  I have one more test to go through next week and then I should know where to go from there.

And life with a gaggle of kids, starting homeschool soon, and appointments galore and you have the worst possible environment for weight loss.

2. I have not been sleeping well.
Due a lot to number 1 and a lot of number 2, sleep has not been easy for me to come by.  And it isn't always a good sleep when it does come.

3. I hate summer.
I'm one of the rare number of people who get Seasonal Affective Disorder in summer.  The heat it very hard on me.  I find it so debilitating.  Everything feels harder to accomplish in summer. 

Is it fall yet?? 

4. Perhaps, now that I have lost 24 pounds I ought to lower my calorie intake a bit.
You know this one just occurred to me.  As we loose weight our body's requirements change.  So, I'm going to lower my caloric intake and see what happens.  Not by much, don't worry. 

So, there you have it.  Something to work towards.  I am planning to give myself a jump start by starting a Whole 30 or Sugar Detox, but no white potatoes.  They have been a bit of a downfall for me lately.

I'm also halfway through my Couch to 5K as of yesterday!!  So even though the pounds aren't falling off, I am making strides in running.

I'll let you know how it all goes...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

{P,H,F,R}: A Morning in Lithia Park

We got a wonderful chance to meet up with a fellow homeschooling family yesterday and play at the park in Ashland.  It was a lovely morning, considering we have been having off and on smoke due to all the forest fires.  We had planned on going for a bit of a hike, so I only brought three of the kids, but that turned into more of a jaunt about town.


There were so many beautiful trees and flowers blooming all over the place.  The kids got bored with me trying to take pictures of them though...


They were very happy to go to the park, however, and play on the playground and sitting by the creek.  There was no playing in it though, as the bacteria levels were high.


We were looking for a trail to hike when we found that the door to the Elizabethan theater at the OSF was open!  They were preparing for the night's showing of Anthony and Cleopatra.

 It was a great adventure and the kids had a blast!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to Homeschool: Hey Homeschool Mama

It started a few weeks ago.  I was thinking about school starting and since I have been obsessively trying to figure out what I am going to do, I decided I needed something to light a fire beneath me.  I needed some inspiration.  So I started reading everything I could on school stuff. 

Wow, what a mistake that was.

A lot of these books, tend to also give you a bunch of parenting advice.  Have you noticed that?  So then, not only was I worrying about what we were going to do for school and pulling out my credit card wondering if I should use it to buy the very next best thing in homeschooling curriculum that I read about on some blog somewhere... Where as I going?  Oh yeah... so not only was I worrying about schooling my kids, suddenly I was worried that maybe I wasn't parenting them right either.

I have been doing this parenting thing for almost 21 years now.  You would think I would know what I am doing.  And sure, I have learned quite a few lessons in those decades (D. E. C. A. D. E. S...  I think I just sprouted another gray hair there).  But don't let anyone fool you, no one has this gig down.  No matter how many blog posts or books you read by people who claim to be experts, they are no more prepared than the rest of us.

So I grabbed those books and shoved them under my bed.  Inspiration is good and all, but sometimes self-help books should just be called self-doubting books. 

I think one of the hardest things about being a homeschooler is that we want to do it all.  We want the very best for our family and that can get really overwhelming. We ponder and go into debt thinking, "If only I can find the perfect curriculum! Then my kids will love learning, love God, get into the very best college (on a full ride scholarship), and never ever ever have to suffer."

Wouldn't that be great?

It doesn't matter what curriculum you use or style of homeschooling.  Our kids will make mistakes.  They may always hate math and only want to read comic books.  They may question the faith, refuse to listen to your advice, and will most likely get their heart broken more than once.  The only thing we can do, for sure, is to be there.

And that is the best thing about homeschooling, no matter if you are a Classical, Mason, Waldorf, Traditional or whatever homeschooler, we can be there.  Life will never be free and easy.  Everyone has bumps in the road.  And if you use a workbook to teach your kid grammar... don't worry, I won't tell.

Praying for you all to have a beautiful homeschooling year!  Please pray for me too!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Another Reason to Homeschool

I want to write more on this later, but felt called, as school is right around the corner, to post this.  There is a warning that comes along with this.  He likes the F word... A LOT.  And there is mention of animal husbandry.

You have been warned, but this is a very powerful message.  One we should all be concerned about.