But, what do you do all day? Everything.

"What do you do all day?"

"I bet you guys just play and play"

"Do the kids really learn?"

"Must be nice to be lazy all the time!" 

These are a few of the things I've heard since we started homeschooling. People are genuinely curious, I don't mind. There's many more regular comments, some very nice and some not so nice. But I wanted to tackle the ones that pertain to our average day. What the heck do we do all day?! First of all, we are BUSY. Always. Nonstop.

My day:
I wake up about 7:00am. This is the quietest part of my day. I don't move a muscle for fear of waking the dogs and having to march down stairs to take them out for the morning. I let this quiet still moment last as  L O N G  as possible.

7:03am My son walks into my room. quiet time over :-/

 I cook breakfast about 8:00am. I can't cook to save my life, but I do have scrambled eggs down. After everyone eats I try to get in a workout while the kids watch a TV show or read a book.

School work starts between 8:30-9:00. The first thing we do is a Bible lesson together. Currently the kids are learning about the Israelites conquering Canaan and Gods promise to them as they sought out the promise land.

After bible they move on to their grade level core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science). Each one is different, catered just to their learning style. And it is NOT easy work, we haven't "dumbed things down" since they are schooling at home:

My son is in 7th grade and working on Pre-Algebra. His ELA is very grammar intensive, and science has more labs in 3 weeks then he saw in 4 years of public school.

Learning isn't just online, on the computer or in a book, there's a little bit of everything.

My daughter is in 6th grade. Her ELA this year is very focused on writing skills, proper sentences and more essays then she'd like. Her math is standard 6th grade work, and her science is pretty fun. Today we were looking at skin cells through a microscope.

History they do together. They are doing a neat curriculum that combines History, Literature, Geography and Bible studies all in one. It's a lot of work, but they love it.

LUNCH TIME! Yes they take breaks :) I am usually busy grading papers, or trying to deal with normal everyday tasks at home (laundry, dishes, dogs, etc.) lunch is something easy. Today it was microwave burritos. Thankfully they love them, haha.

After a bit of a break to play outside or goof off somewhere else we get back to business. My daughter is learning french, just like her mama. And my son is learning Greek (his choice, not mine, I can't help him at all!) Then there's penmanship to help with good handwriting and music. In and amongst all this schoolwork they are learning life skills, today we made cookies. Ok, so they weren't "homemade"... whatever, don't judge me, I haven't had time to even brush my hair yet today!!

After schoolwork is done then the fun really begins. *sarcasm*

  • Football practice at the local middle school (I think it's pretty cool that my son can still participate in public school sports) 
  • Ballet
  • Children's Community Choir
  • Piano Lessons
  • Ukulele Lessons
  • Art Classes 
  • Community Service Volunteering
  • Church Youth Group
  • Orthodontist Appointments
  • Mommy losing her mind
  • Mommy buying stock in gasoline companies
As most moms in the afternoon, I become a personal taxi service driving from one place to another and back again. Thank goodness for smart phones with calendar reminders to keep me on schedule and know whats coming next. There's no way I would remember all this on my own.

I used to finish the end of a long day with a glass of wine, lately I have been too tired for even that. I usually get home, put my feet up and dream of the time I can finally crawl into bed. About this time, my husband comes home and I think "Crap! I forgot about dinner!!" Sorry honey. Last nights amazing meal: My husband had a bowl of popcorn, the kids had sandwiches and left over rice, I had a burger slider and some popcorn. Wow, I am telling you, we are some healthy eating people.

No but really, sometimes we get a good home cooked meal with everyone sitting around the dinner table. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. Looking around at my wonderful family, thinking of the busy day we've had and all we've learned. It's a chaotic life, but it is truly a blessing.

And THAT is what we do all day :)

au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time...


Little Stinker

My daughters new favorite thing is to jump in front of the camera when I am trying to take a picture. 

It was funny the first few times.

Now? Not so much. 

Little Stinker.

au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time… 


A Decade Plus 1

Tomorrow my handsome young man turns 11. I have always loved that his birthday is on Pi Day (3.14) especially since he likes math so much. My first born baby, this mama's boy is truly the light of my life. 

Little stud muffin. He is quite particular when he gets a hair cut too.
(Currently he is trying to copy Tony Starks hair, but i've been told "not Iron Man 1 or 2 hair, only Iron Man 3")

He hates to lose at chess. He will sit and look at the board 
forever until he can figure out how to beat me. 
(Even if that means moving MY pieces when I'm not looking!)

He is an adventurous bugger too. Here he is being towed behind my husbands truck in the snow. His face was frozen but he was still laughing.

He cracks me up!
(But he is reaching the age where he will only be 
silly with mom if people aren't looking)

He loves a good food challenge. This boy can chow down! 
(His favorites are finding the places that did "Man vs. Food")

They drive each other crazy sometimes but they are the best of friends.

Happy Birthday Little Dude. I love you.

au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time… 


Another Year

This morning I awoke to the sweet sounds of my son scurrying around the kitchen, trying to secretly make me breakfast in bed. 

Then this afternoon I was treated to a matinee showing of "Barbie and A Mermaid Tail" in my daughters room. 

I love how in their own little ways, they make me feel special. It has nothing to do with money spent, only that they care. And It's adorable to see how excited they get doing these sweet things on my birthday. I love them so much. 

Normally I am all about the birthday, I have never quite understood why people hate getting just one year older. 

I get it now...

I do not like this getting older thing. It has nothing to do with the lines slowly appearing on my face, or the white hairs I find popping up in my hair line, or the tired muscles in my back. It has everything to do with them. 

One more year gone by. 

A reminder that everything changes and we only get so long to do everything we hope together. 

I know, depressing right? 

Last night I was a mess. My usual night before my birthday excitement was replaced with anxiety, stress and sadness. What gives? I don't want to feel like this! Yes, I woke up to the 2 cutest well-wishers ever, but I still have yet to completely shake this feeling of the sands of time slipping away. So on this my 1,756th year (ok maybe i'm not that old), I have decided to make it count. To not sit around and waste time. To play with them more while they still want me to. Laugh every single day and be thankful for every blessing God has given me. 

Cherish it all. 

Even those days when you wake up and find you are another year older. 

au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time... 


Silent Roar

*loud sigh* 

It has been one long week. I am actually looking forward to tomorrow (a Monday). 

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming :) Here's to a wonderful week ahead to all of you. 

au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time...