Monday, March 24, 2014

 ONE week ago today we were snowed in with 6-8 inches outside.  Our dog Cozmo doesn't love the snow, but after this past winter he's gotten used to it.  Even my husband was home from work becasue we couldn't get out of our driveway, which has 2 huge hills and is a LOT longer than the average driveway.  The following 3 images are in our backyard.  The snow was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

For many years, homeschooling was just myself and my daughter, Megan.  Preschool, Kindergarten and each grade up through the years until 6th grade; that's the year Alannah Grace was born.  Homeschool became a bit more chaotic, and although I tried to keep a schedule, we did more flying by the seat of our pants than was ever actually written down.  Gracie was born in October, so the first half of our year was a mess.  I hadn't realized how much more taxing it is on a body to give birth at age 38 than it is in their 20's.  I took naps, and yes, we skipped days when by 4pm I'd have to give up the idea of actually doing homeschool and focused instead on merely getting dressed.  I've learned by speaking to other homeschool moms of larger families that we are completely normal.  All in all, by spring we had the hang of it and then a funny thing happened.  I found out I was pregnant again, and expecting the following winter.

SO now we're looking at 7th grade, and a one year old.  I tried to be as organized as I could possibly be, and Megan did a really fantastic job of working independently.  I napped when Gracie napped and when the time finally came, we welcomed our little Nadia in the middle of January.  So now at the homeschool table, which is in the dining room, we have Megan doing her 7th grade school work, Gracie who is either eating or doing something age appropriate of a 15 month old and in a small cradle beside me is a newborn. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Evolution of our homeschool ...

In the beginning ... with a background in Early Childhood Education and twelve years of teaching experience, I entered into the mama years confident, and ready to raise a huge family.  However, God had other plans.  Instead of having a dozen children, we had one precious little girl.  Her name is Megan.  As a stay at home mom I doted on her, and did my best to raise an unspoiled, smart, and Godly child.  We chose homeschool for her education and I loved every minute of it.  She did well.  And when she was in 5th grade, we decided to move from our row house home in Baltimore City, MD to a 5 acre lot in Virginia, way out in the country.  It took some adjusting.  one of the biggest adjustments was space, becasue we went from 3 stories WITH a full attic to a double wide trailer with NO storage - on 5 acres of property. 

That's when God threw in a couple surprises ... we named them Alannah Grace and Nadia.  Picture if you will, my husband and I with our 10 year old daughter Megan, and our dog, Cozmo.  Add an Alannah Grace, aged 16 months (adda year to Meg, who's now 11) and then just for fun, add a newborn named Nadia (and now she's 12).  YES, we still homeschool and NO there is not much room in our very small, very full "clown house".  Of course, it keeps life interesting.  My Grandma always said "You better write your life's plans in pencil becasue is sure the shake you up and toss some of those plans away." 

So, we now have a 7th grader, a toddler and a newborn.  What does that look like?  Stay tuned and see.  :) 

P.S. I didn't even mention to alpaca's ...