“I don’t know how you do it”

We’ve all heard it. Probably a million times.  Here’s my response today to a teacher/friend on Facebook telling me: “I don’t know how you do it.” Well, it really all depends on how you look at education. 🙂 And I fully respect everyone’s right to their own views on education. just as much as I respect everyone’s right to their […]

Its an adventure, I tell ya!

I’m always evaluating our homeschooling adventure and thinking up new ideas to grab my children’s interest and enrich their lives with new learning experiences. I’ve not yet found what I would call my “groove” and don’t in any way feel like an “expert” at homeschooling. I’ve read and learned a lot about this subject but I sincerely feel like even […]

WHO I AM MAKES A DIFFERENCE

let me preface this to say i’m not writing about anyone in particular here except myself. this is just me, talking out loud to myself and sharing my thoughts today with anyone interested in reading them. today, as with every day nowadays, i got up at 6:30am and headed out for my walk, plugged in to my mp3 player. i […]

Notes from an Oprah Show

I’m going through some old video tapes and found an old Oprah show that caught my interest. It was a show about domestic violence leading to murder. The part that caught my interest was an interview with an abuser that beat all his wives, and nearly killed his current wife…he was a cop and he and his wife managed to […]

My dad understands…

“I don’t know how you do it all!” and similar comments is something I hear at least weekly from everyone. From strangers, from friends, from loved ones, from EVERYONE. And while I know it is well intentioned, it really wears on me sometimes. Hearing it so much, it starts to make me feel like maybe they mean I am doing […]

so much in my brain

as always, my brain is going a million gazillion miles a minute. i’m actually feeling really happy lately about not being on the go constantly. its a nice change. i really enjoy being able to know that i don’t have tons of things to work on. still things to do, but not like crazy planning stuff like the discovery center […]

nearly there

in just a few days i’ll be done with the madness of the past month. first TDC’s event, then halloween, then maeven’s birthday then her party…october/november are really crazy around here and i’m feelin it. will be glad to be done with it for another year so i can breathe and start gearing up for xmas. (ack, its not much […]

My Dad’s Dream

i’m reading “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver…it describes life in the appalachian mountains. it sounds just beautiful. it makes me ache to live someplace beautiful. its makes me realize what i’m missing here in fresno. beauty. nature. don’t get me wrong…there are wonderful, beautiful PEOPLE here (and a lot that aren’t, as with anywhere). but i’ve lived a lot of […]

photoshop for kids!

wow, i never thought of teaching my kids to use photoshop! i’m still learning myself, and i think its just so complicated…but this article really has me thinking. maeven and tyren have both played around with computer paint programs and such…what an idea, to look for tutorials and videos to teach them how to use the photoshop tools to create […]

back to routines & schedules

i’m back working on a routine again. haven’t gotten past the planning phases yet, but i dug out my old checklist i made awhile back and looked over it again. i do that from time to time when a blog entry makes me think of it again. and since the lazy organizer is talking schedules again, i thought i’d think […]

what to do in this heat?

seriously things are bad around here. it was 112 yesterday! i’m not surprised. we didn’t even attempt to leave the house. we’re watching videos and playing on the computer far too much for my liking…but really, there’s not much else to do. well there is, but i haven’t yet thought of something i actually want to do that the kids […]

things i’m proud of

ok, this heat and the state of things at my house has put me in a depressed mood today…so i need to think of things to lift my mood. gonna list things i’m proud of that i’ve accomplished in my life, mostly recent stuff. just the things i feel the best about right now so i can get my focus […]

switching gears again

so i spent the vast majority of yesterday plotting out what i feel i need to get done to feel better about maeven’s education. i’d been going in an unschooling direction (though not radical) for awhile, but not really in a very high quality way…just going where the wind blows…just trusting that i’d loop back around and that in the […]

times are a-changin

my children are growing up so quickly before my eyes. just this week maeven seems a young lady to me. i look at her and cannot believe how much older she seems. tyren is no longer a baby, but very much the little/big boy. turning 4 in just a few short weeks, and finally potty trained and spending literally hours […]