Homeschooling the early years, part 2,  an enriching environment

Homeschooling the early years, part 2, an enriching environment

It’s only fair to share…NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 2 in a 12 part series….read part 1 here. Here we go…My trip down memory lane… The year was 2005…the beginning of the year…My oldest was […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

It’s only fair to share…NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   So…lately I’ve been obsessing with going through family pics from the early years of our homeschooling adventure. The years when I had at least one preK or kindergartner. […]

Blogger posts added to this blog

It’s only fair to share…I started blogging on Blogger back in 2004. I started this blog, centered around homeschooling, in 2005. I kept both blogs for years so that I could keep them separate. The Homeschool Realm as a place to center around my thoughts and resources regarding homeschooling… and “Tina’s Realm” on Blogger as a place to just be […]

My hot husband

My hot husband

It’s only fair to share…I just have to share another comedic moment in the Smith household…just overheard: Adam (my husband), talking to my daughter: We’re out of lemon and lime juice and Mommy won’t go get more. Maeven: Why don’t YOU go get more? Adam: Because…I’m on fire. Never a dull moment around here, lemme tell ya!! It’s only fair […]

Homeschool Update!

It’s only fair to share…I recently recorded a new episode of the Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast with my cohost (episode not ready for publish yet, but I’m aiming to have it out soon!)…and one of the things we talked about was what our curriculum and resources look like for the year…so I thought it might also be a good thing […]

The future’s so bright…

The future’s so bright…

It’s only fair to share…Today I’m working hard on various projects in the making…and reflecting on something I have learned over the years from all my experiences and especially the failures. One, never give up. And two, don’t rely on or trust others with my dream again. Learned that the hard way. I know I will need to work with […]

A Family Walk

It’s only fair to share…Our family takes short neighborhood walks daily. At least we try to. We live in the Central Valley of California, where from May through October every year it is HOT…often triple digits…so this gets challenging during these months. Have to go early. But we need these short walks daily, for sunshine, fresh air (such as it […]

Hot dog fingers

Hot dog fingers

It’s only fair to share…Tyr was scratching my back on Mother’s Day and Adam wanted a back scratch too, so he told Maeven to go scratch his back…his reaction: “No! She has no fingernails! That’d be like rubbing 5 hot dogs on my back!” It’s only fair to share… Related posts: another hot day My hot husband OMG its HOT!!! […]

A crate full o’music

A crate full o’music

It’s only fair to share…  Doing some reorganizing and decluttering and I found an entire crate FULL of kids’ music! That’s right! This is a square milk crate and it truly is ONLY filled, right to the top, with kids’ CDs! Yes, I did have a bit of a kids’ music habit once upon a time…having been a preschool teacher […]

I reject your reality and substitute my own

I reject your reality and substitute my own

It’s only fair to share…  I feel like I am living this….Everything around me is running a zillion miles an hour and I HATE that lifestyle with a PASSION…and find myself, sometimes unconsciously, sometimes consciously, rejecting this lifestyle. Things speed up around me and I often find a way to slow things down without even trying…many times unconsciously. That go-go-go […]

Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

It’s only fair to share…Having a discussion about survival of the fittest with Adam and Tyren..I mentioned maybe some deer had longer necks and were able to survive because they could reach more food… Then the conversation evolved into silly speculations, ending in Adam saying: “What if the original inventor of the forklift was really shortnecked deers, and humans stole […]

Thoughts on family

It’s only fair to share…I was just doing some thoughts on family while showering. I do a lot of thinking in the shower.  Some families are not close. I know families that spend time together, but don’t necessarily know each other or even really enjoy each other’s company. They might have awkward or toxic relationships or they might just do […]