Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

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 the invention.” Um, whaaaat? […]

Thoughts on family

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 get togethers because it’s […]

Enjoying nature with my kids

Enjoying nature with my kids

  Years ago, I worked as an intern at SCICON Outdoor School (aka “The Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation”) in the foothills of eastern Tulare County, CA. In fact, it was where I met my husband, Adam. It was a FANTASTIC experience. Seriously life changing. For one school year I worked 10-12 hour (or more) days, hiking around in the […]

No Chocolate bunny for Dad

Tyr and Adam were arguing about possession of his chocolate bunny (it’s Easter)…Adam was trying to convince him the Easter Bunny left a note saying the chocolate bunny was for his dad…Tyr wasn’t buying it and telling him why…ending with: Tyr: “And ALSO…” (Grabs his bunny and licks it a bunch) “I licked it.” Me: (cracking up) Adam: “Uh, ok, […]

Deja Vu

I’m having an odd sense of deja vu. I’m feeling like I’ve lived this scenario before…But it damn well better be different this time around. And luckily, I am pretty sure it is.So we’re reviving The Learning Village. Remember my homeschool resource center? That failed project of mine from several years ago? Let’s see, it was 2009 to about 2011 […]

Have you heard about Periscope?

Have you heard about Periscope?

  *NOTE: 5/22/16 Updated to reflect recent changes to Periscope and the loss of Katch (site that used to archive Periscope videos that I previously mentioned in this post. Katch has since shut down, so I removed info about them from this post.)     Oh.my.goodness! If you haven’t yet, you HAVE to go check this app out!  It’s only […]

Overwhelm

Overwhelm

  I shared the state of our school room/art area/”Big room” last post…That actually hasn’t changed yet. So today I want to talk about overwhelm. You know the feeling. I know you do. You can’t be a mom in America and not me intimate with the feeling. But I feel like homeschoolers in particular are familiar with this feeling because […]

Getting real

This is me getting real. Really real. This is the state of my school room/art area currently:  Feel better about your house now? In my defense…we just came out of Halloween/birthday party MADNESS. My daughter’s birthday is tomorrow, so we chose to have her party on Halloween this year, with a Halloween theme. Since she is turning 15 and is […]

How do I plan for a new school year?

How do I plan for a new school year?

  And more specifically….how do I plan for a new school year that I will be using Experience-Based Learning (aka “EBL”)?? Excellent question….I’m still actually figuring this out myself. Every year…no joke…my planning and prepping changes. Someday maybe I’ll get a system that works well enough to not have to tweak regularly…but I’m not there yet. At least I’m at the […]

My (Fantasy) Homeschool Planning Steps

My (Fantasy) Homeschool Planning Steps

This was a post that I created last school year, shortly after the year got underway…(had to have been October 2014 since I make mention that my daughter wasn’t yet 14) and I was all gung-ho still and things were going spiffy with my new Experience-Based Learning system. I wrote it in anticipation of how I was going to be […]

A-Ha Moment!

So, I’m re-listening to the book “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham right now….I ran out of audiobooks to listen to, and I thought now would be a good time to re-listen to this seriously EXCELLENT book that was just life changing for me…but it was starting to fade from my memory and I needed a reminder as […]

Depression sucks

Seriously. I don’t like this feeling. I rarely feel like this, and I imagine it’s brought on by that time of the month, so it should be temporary. But I just do not do well with this icky feeling. I am starting to really get an idea how hard it must be to be someone who deals with these emotions […]

Apparently I’m not a good parent

Maeven was being goofy, pretending to be stuck under Tyr’s mattress on the floor…saying “HEEEEELP….Mom, help!” I was texting a friend and ignoring her temporarily…knowing she wasn’t actually stuck…so Maeven says: “Heeeeelp….Mom, heeeeeeeelp. You’renotaverygoodparent” (as a sort of aside)…then…”Heeeeeeeeelp”.  Lol. Dork. I’m surrounded by dorks.

Education is a mindset

Not sure where this train of thought will take me…but I woke up today and immediately got on Facebook, as I always do, and got into a conversation on Facebook that made me think… The conversation content isn’t entirely relevant because my thinking went into a different direction, as often happens, and got me thinking about why I have the […]