the why in the school

I have a college degree in early childhood education.

I stay home with both my kids.

Education can be such a bear on the wallet.

My children will have more individual attention.

We can go at our own pace and set the schedule we like.

No need to give up the 3 hour afternoon nap yet.

Attention spans are limited.

Learn during play.

Field trips and vacation whenever.

Well this list is incomplete and only partially true but true there are some valid reasons why we decided to homeschool this year. I’m not saying every year will have the same reasons or even look the same but for now this is what is happening.

We are in out third week of homeschool preschool with Archer our 3 yo. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a couple pics of the first week. Then I had the intention to write a post about our week and the ins and outs of what we were doing. But then the second week came and well now we are on the third.

We are keeping things pretty lax and seeing how she handles working. We are now doing three mornings a week. I decided on which mornings based on other things we have going on during the week. We only do mornings because truth be told she still takes a three hour afternoon nap almost everyday.

We started just working with the calendar and counting the days and learning a letter of the week using the activities. I don’t take it too seriously if she needs a break, wants to work with something else or if Griffin wants to join in with the fun I’m totally ok changing things up. Some mornings she doesn’t feel up to it but as soon as griff shows interests she jumps right in where we are. Ok here are some pictures I’ve taken over the past three weeks. I think the picture pretty much explains what is happening but if you have questions I’ll be open to talking about it more.















the why in the school

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Making: a Halloween quilt and a coffee cozy with the scraps!

Cooking: up some delicious finds on Pinterest that even the kids enjoy.

Drinking: water.

Reading: My 132nd books since January.

Wanting: more patience to deal with the kids when they refuse to take naps.

Looking: for the first change in the leaves and the brisk breeze.

Playing: snakes and bears.

Wasting: my brain cells by staying up late.

Sewing: way too many things at once. Its time to clear out the WIP list before I start something else.

Wishing: it was easier to keep the house clean with two kids.

Enjoying: the late night hours to myself.

Waiting: for the weather where I can layer up and wear scarves.

Liking: the politeness that my kiddos show each other.

Wondering: where we will be in a few months.

Loving: my Griffin’s sweet words uttered in the night.

Hoping: that the person viewing our house decides to buy!

Marveling: how the daylight hours are getting shorter.

Needing: just a little more time to myself.

Smelling: freshly laundered clothes.

Wearing: my snowflake cuddleduds and a nursing tank. It is bedtime here!

Following: the same path almost every night.

Noticing: the minute pains in my shoulders and legs after a day cleaning.

Knowing: that tomorrow will bring a new day.

Thinking: life is going to get a lot more interesting here soon.

Bookmarking: quilt ideas and cross stitch patterns.

Opening: mail from Canada.

Giggling: at growls and laughter.

Feeling: immensely loved.



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happy birthday griffin

For Griffin’s birthday we whipped out the stashes and combed over the hair to celebrate our Little Man turning one! I know it’s so cliche to say it but time really does fly! I can’t believe a year has passed. I had so much fun putting together little things for his birthday. I spent the whole day before in the kitchen whipping up mustache treats and working on his birthday board. My aunt yet again made the smash cake after we looked through some ideas on Pinterest. For the party favors I filled little treats bags with stache kisses and mustache buttons that I found on etsy. The fantastic quilt was made by my friend Christina. And a mustache pillow was made by my other friend Brooke. I am a huge advocate of homemade gifts 🙂










happy birthday griffin

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Making:  busy boxes for Archer.

Cooking:  chicken pot pie.

Drinking:  hot tea (of any kind).

Reading:  Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi

Wanting:  a pair of jeans that work for my post 2nd baby body (still).

Looking:  toward warmer sunnier days.

Playing:  peek-a-boo morning, noon and night.

Wasting:  away as I give up chocolate for Lent.

Sewing:  a quilt for baby Ayla.

Wishing:  the weather for a bit warmer so I could take the kids out for a walk.

Enjoying:  my extra hour of sleep in the morning, due to Daylights Savings Time until the kids get the swing of things.

Waiting:  for Spring to come.

Liking:  Tom Tom Club

Wondering:  what  it will be like to homeschool my kids.

Loving:  watching the kiddos give hugs and kisses randomly during the day.

Hoping:  for one warm day this week so I can take a walk around town.

Marveling:  the Truth of Faith.

Needing:  a few more hours in the day to get my To Do list finished.

Smelling:  the sweet scent of a baby.

Wearing:  my new Toms that the Hubs bought on zulily for me.

Following:  the shrill cries of the Little Man.

Noticing:  the brightness in the morning and later in the night.

Knowing:  time heals all wounds.

Thinking:  I am horrible at blogging and yet it only takes a little effort.

Bookmarking:  Dream House ideas.

Opening:  new shoes.

Giggling:  as we tuck into bed.

Feeling:  overwhelmed by cleaning.

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Making:  time for family nights during the week.

Cooking:  Banh Bao for a New Year’s pitch-in.

Drinking:  hot tea (of any kind).

Reading:  Deception by C.J. Redwine

Wanting:  a pair of jeans that work for my post 2nd baby body.

Looking:  forward to a new year and many more adventures to come.

Playing:  trains with my 2-year old.

Wasting:  daylight time as a snuggle in bed with the Little Man.

Sewing:  plaid suspenders for a late gift.

Wishing:  the weather for a bit warmer so I could take the kids out for a walk.

Enjoying:  my half-finished kitchen.

Waiting:  always waiting for the Hubs to finish projects.

Liking:  anything chocolate (right now Whoppers).

Wondering:  where we will be in a year from now.

Loving:  how cuddling the Babe is (even though its because she has a cold).

Hoping:  for one warm day this week so I can take a walk around town.

Marveling:  the Grace of God.

Needing:  a few more hours in the day to get my To Do list finished.

Smelling:  the sweet scent of a baby.

Wearing:  my “mom outfit” as my husband likes to call it. Leggings, t-shirt and socks.

Following:  the advice of others and blogging because I want to blog and when I want to blog.

Noticing:  that chocolate of any kind is great any time of the day or night.

Knowing:  to always listen to my mama, because time really does fly and kids really do grow up faster than we want them to.

Thinking:  that maybe I can at least do this once a month and stick to it.

Bookmarking:  sensory ideas to try with the Babe.

Opening:  a new car seat for the Little Man. (Thanks Gma Doris)

Giggling:  hmm not sure I have giggled in a while.

Feeling:  blessed to have such a beautiful family.

I first found this over on the daybook but she first found it here.  Hopefully in this coming year I can be better about remembering my blog.

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Family Photos

I’m in LOVE with our new family photos and can’t believe that its almost been a month since we had them taken by Kurtis Bowersock. I can’t say enough good things about him. And if you are interested in an amazing investment then you should check them out. So here are a couple shots from the day, I wish I could share them all because I’m that much in love with them. We headed over to Garfield Park and around Fountain Square for this chilly morning.

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Family Photos




26/52:  This past week has been a rough one we had a couple doctor visits and been fighting a virus for over a month and now they both have ear infections.  Archer made a picture for Dr. Parent.




26/52:  We had our Thanksgiving dinner the weekend before to help accommodate for all the different schedules.  Here is Little Man with his Nene.




26/52:  Here is one of the many family pictures from the weekend and this one is missing Kristen because she was behind the phone.