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Finding a Schedule That Works For Me

If you remember a while back, I confessed that I am just not good on a schedule.  If you missed it, you can read the post by clicking here.  Over the last year I have played around with a variety of different schedules trying to find one that works for me.  Mostly what I have…

Keeping up with the “norm”

In high school I had a theory that I was the epitome of average.  Average height, average weight, average intelligence, average interests, average hair color.... you get the idea.  There was nothing about me that stood out.  I was normal. Not much has changed in the many odd years since then.  I'm still pretty average.…

How are those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

As you may recall, I told the world that New Year's Resolutions were important and to prove it, I set some of my own and posted them, for all the world to see.  (You can read about it here.)  Here it is March and it's about time I follow up on that post and how…

When I’m Failing My Kids

I guess today was just one of those days, or maybe this week was just one of those weeks.  The kids have had colds for what feels like months now.  I think the weather is what's causing us problems:  30 degrees one day, 70 the next.  Anyway, because of all of the sniffling, coughing, puking...…

Garden 2017

As you may remember, my 2016 garden was pretty much a failure.  (You can read about it here.)  I only managed to harvest one small meal's worth of okra.  There were a lot of factors that played into my failure, not the least of which was my own lack of attention to my garden's needs.  But!  I do not feel discouraged.  In fact, I believe I learned some valuable lessons from my gardening failure last year.  Lessons that I think I can apply to a garden this year and reap much more success.  I have also been taking some time to read a variety of books, articles, and posts that have given me some great tips and ideas to make 2017 a much more successful year. It takes a lot of planning to make the most of your garden, especially when you're just starting out.  More weathered gardeners and farmers probably plan a lot less because they already have experience to show them what to do.  My garden still needs a lot of set up to be its most sustainable and I can't set up what I don't plan for.  Plus, if you know me at all by now making lists, researching, and planning is really my favorite part.  I lack a bit in the execution area. (more…)

Don’t Let New Year’s Resolution-Making Be Cliche

It drives me crazy when people dismiss holidays because they are "cliche".  The couple that doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day because they believe in showing love every day, or in this case the individuals who don't make New Year's Resolutions because NY's Resolutions are just made to be broken.  But what if they're not?  What if these special days and the activities related to them are not just cliche's, but rather opportunities?  Opportunities to redirect ourselves to be better people.  Reminders to ourselves that while we may believe in showing love every day, we don't always DO it. No.  We don't NEED these holidays to remind us to be better.  We don't NEED one day to tell us what to do, how to do it, when to do it.  But it doesn't hurt.  And while WE may not need these annual reminders, some people do.  So why not embrace these holidays? So, in that spirit... let's talk about New Year's. (more…)

Christmas when you’ve lost faith

I grew up in a Christian family.  I was born to a traditional Southern Baptist family, and attended church, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible school until I was 8 when my mother converted us to Catholicism.  At 9 I began attending Catholic school, going to Catechism classes and Vacation Bible school.  Steeped in the Catholic church and all of its traditions I was by all accounts and measures a complete Christian. I have spent the last 22 years carrying on that tradition.  I have taught my children to know God and Jesus.  They have all been christened and the oldest two have gone through their first Penance and first Communion.  I have read the Bible to them.  I have taught them to pray.  I have taken them to church and signed them up for vacation Bible school.  My oldest daughter attended Catholic school for the first 6 years of her education and before I even considered homeschooling, I toured the local Catholic school for the Princess. Christianity is what I have always known. (more…)

Homeschool Home Tour

A few months back my friend Kristie and I were having a fabulous bitch session, I mean... oh hell.  I can't make it any more flowery than that because that's exactly what it was.  We were bitching.  Hot topic:  Husbands.  It wasn't a husband-bashing, not really.  It was more a venting of all of those husbandly quirks that at one time we probably found endearing but after 10+ years of marriage we now find extraordinarily annoying. The one topic that we kept coming back to was housekeeping.  Ugh.  The mere mention of that word sends me into a fit of vexation. But I get it.  I do.  I like a clean house.  I love having a clean house.  I love things neat and organized:  easy to find; everything with its own place. The question is not if I like it that way, it's do I have the time and energy to keep it that way? (more…)

My Gardening Failure

Turns out I don't have much of a green thumb.  All of the planning, money, work, and stress and we managed to get 3 black bean pods, 2 pinto bean pods, and 1 small serving of okra.  Jealous of my fresh food plethora, aren't you? To be fair, I had basil but didn't harvest it because I thought it was like rosemary and just continually produced.  I may have had sweet potatoes but I wasn't sure when to pull them.  I also had more okra that I didn't harvest because it came at the end of the season and by that time I was pretty much frustrated so I neglected the end of the season.  In a lot of ways this year was a gardening failure. But I did learn.  And while I haven't started putting in the planning for next year, I feel pretty confident that next year will be more of a success.  Maybe we will get to eat 2 helpings of okra and a couple of tomatoes!  Come on over for the feast...  Haha. Here is what I've learned and how I hope to make next year better. (more…)

The Morning Basket

A lot of my friends have really loved the idea of The Morning Basket that we've been doing this school year.  I would like to take credit for this amazing thing, but it's definitely not a unique idea.  There are so many variations of The Morning Basket with so many awesome ideas all you really have to do is look.  Of course, what good would this blog post be if I told you to go look elsewhere?  So, let's talk about how awesome MY morning basket is.  🙂 (more…)

Chicken Jail

  When we first moved into our new house the chickens had free range of the yard.  Their only barrier was the chain link fence that ran the length of the left side of our yard.  Over the last year we have started fencing in the back yard to contain the animals.  (And by "we" I really mean The Husband.)  If you remember, The Husband had done extensive research about fencing and ended up picking up some flexible fencing rolls that we ran the back and right side length of the yard.  You can read about it in my post "Putting Up a Fence."  We also used this fencing to enclose our vegetable garden to keep the chickens out. (more…)

Sometimes Depression is more…

  My normal daily schedule can best be described as "Vampire Life."  Ok, that's probably a severe exaggeration.  Basically, I wake up between 8 and 10 a.m., function through my day, get the kids in bed between 8 and 10 p.m., and then spend the next 2-4 hours (give or take) working.  Those are the hours that I blog, do web design, play words with friends, stare at Facebook, crochet a scarf for my Little Man, create my school plan for the next day/week, surf Pinterest to see how I am failing at being SuperMom, catch up on all of the TV shows I am binge watching, and read whatever ridiculously wonderful young adult novel I am obsessing over.  This schedule can be tiring especially on nights that one or more little one doesn't sleep or comes to get in bed with me or on days that I stupidly signed us up for a homeschool activity that starts at 9 a.m. which means we have to be up at 7 and out the door at 8 a.m. BUT!  For some reason, this schedule has worked for me.  The last 3 years that I've been homeschooling, and honestly even before that this has been my normal schedule. EXCEPT. (more…)

The Wonderful Homeschool Co-op Pt. 3

13062260_10206273192413628_1893119157131119806_n Welcome to part 3 and my final post on Homeschool Co-ops.  You can read about Year-Round Open Co-ops in part 1 and Subject/Curriculum Specific Co-ops in Part 2.  This final type of co-op is by far the biggest and most involved co-op. There are a lot of ways I've seen this kind of co-op done, some successful and some not.  To be honest, unless you are an amazing planner and organizer, and have a fairly vast group this co-op can be an epic failure.  I am more than happy to participate, but I do not envy the mastermind behind putting these types of co-ops together. (more…)