Friday, May 27, 2016


I recently purchased my home school curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year. I went back and forth with different ideas of what I could do and what I should do vs. what I want to do and what I am capable of. It all came down to ME. Having only ever taught school the traditional way, I felt it only made sense to enter into this new phase of life with the least complicated and stress free method. After all, I do still have a 2 year old running around here. So we are going the A Beka Video Streaming Route. I was actually very impressed with the videos. I can monitor my two children while tending to my toddler. My oldest will be in fourth grade and my second will begin kindergarten. Having spent 15 years teaching high school, I am more than happy to let someone else teach the basics of elementary education. I have always been pleased with the instruction that A Beka provides in Grammar and elementary math. When we begin middle school subjects, I may, however, take a different approach to some studies.

One night my husband and I looked up videos from the A Beka website. We sampled a few classes that would involve our children. Although it is not live, the kindergarten teacher does an excellent job involving the students at home in the classroom activities. The fourth grade teacher is very nasally in her speech, which at some point will definitely drive me crazy. I will invest in head phones! Overall, I look forward to a relaxing "teaching" year. I will keep you posted as I "un-box" my curriculum books and share my home school supply purchases! We are planning a trip to IKEA to start furnishing our home school room!!! SO EXCITED!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Magnificent March!

So if your day depends on your outlook, then I am starting out with a positive perspective on today. I have stayed home from work with a migraine and a sick child. BUT, the sun is shining and as I type this post I have another child pulling my arm begging for a snack. Mommy's job is never done. (pause to get snack)

Having planned to go to work today, lunches were already packed, so my day will be smother with that out of the way. I have been working on lesson plans and turning in grades for the 3rd quarter - 3rd quarter? Yes, it really is that close to the end of the year. And for the first time in my life I am considering the world of HOMESCHOOLING! I can't believe I just typed the "H" word.

My head has been spinning since sitting down with my husband and finally deciding that this is the path we are going to adventure. I use the word adventure because it is the way I see it. It will be an experience, and that is how I want to look at it. It may be good, it may be bad, either way it will be an experience from which our whole family will learn.

I have been researching online and picking the brains of other homeschooling families that I have met and have known. I respect all families for doing what they feel best for the education of their children, but I really have to ask myself- What is right for my family? I learned that there are so many different methods of schooling, and coming from my background of teaching, I am confused as to where to start. I have only ever known Traditional education - learning the facts. But there are other options out there. Some sound interesting and possible while others sound completely ridiculous to the everyday classroom structured teacher.

This is the quest I will begin in the coming months. A whole new world , a different way of life, and a lot of time at home with my children (YIKES). I will try to keep  tabs on my progress. Right now we are looking for curriculum. Any thoughts? I covet your opinions, and I understand that they are your opinions! (wink)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Year: New Goals

I have decided to try to get back into the blogging world. I have seen so many good things out there and thought I should be sharing too! So New Year Resolution #1 Blog once a week about positive things!
I have been teaching 5 high school classes at my church's private day school for the past year and a half. I have learned so much about BEING A MOM through it all. I dread the morning routine to get out of the house on time, but it gives my life structure. Chaos is the opposite of structure, and believe you me I have experienced CHAOS. With all the negatives in life I must find the positives to keep me going. For the last 5 months I have packed healthy lunches for all three of my boys. Not one lunchable was bought.... ok only one for a field trip but that was necessary. LOL And then Last week for the first week back to school the boys begged for a lunchable. I gave in. BUT I don't have to . They like MY lunchables better. Sometimes it's the convenience that wins. Nevertheless I am a better mom for trying. 5 months...that's awesome if I do say so myself. I even bought those ziploc containers ( with separated compartments) and silicon muffin/cupcake liners. They help tremendously and the boys haven't thrown one away yet!!
So to the mom who is trying to do better by you kids whether it be switching to healthier lunch options over lunchables, I say " If I can do it, you can too!"  It takes a little planning but I feel better already about giving my kids a better lunch at school.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day # 16 Long Exposure (Revisited)

I played with my camera and did some research. This is my son waving a flashlight in a dark room. The red light is his head lamp. We couldn't just choose one because we thought they were so cool!

June Photo Challenge Days #16-19

Day #16 Long Exposure
I don't have a manual shutter on my camera so I may have to come back to this one. Looks pretty cool if I can accomplish it with my Sony Cybershot.

Day #17 Technology
My morning routine. I love my Google Nexus 7 Tablet. I can do so much on it! Love my daily scripture reading with it! I almost have to fight my kids for it since they love it as much as I do!

Day #18 My shoes
I am a lover of Black & White!

Day #19 Something Orange
These are my lilies in my backyard. Stunning this summer!!

SO today I will try to accomplish some kind of Bokeh (Day #20) photography, Might try to catch up on the Long Exposure while I am at it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June Photo Challenge Day #15

Day #15 Silhouette
This was a challenge. I had a hard time finding the right light. I think that the best part was editing. I tweaked just a little using Picasa. My son thinks it is pretty cool.

Monday, June 17, 2013

June Photo Challenge Day #12-14

Day #12 Sunset

Day #13 Yourself with 13 things.
I wasn't able to complete this one.

Day #14 Eyes
This is a rough one. It's my 2 year old, but he didn't want to be in the picture.