Have you ever been an Unschooler???

The last 8 days have been a whirlwind of illness here in our household!  I am more than tired.  However, more than anything: I am behind.  I know every home school mom gets behind every now and then, but I am feeling more like an Unschooler, ick the word is like salt in a wound. 

We keep up but am I doing enough? Are these kids getting all they need to excel in life?  Am I going to be a huge disappointment to them? Are they going to hate the fact that we missed a week of school due to illness?

All I know as I press on is that these children are the most important part of my life.  This little family is all I have got and all I can pray to take to heaven with me.  So we missed a week of school.  We shared germs, and toasted Rocket Pops, Crushed Ice, and Gatorade.  We snuggled in the living room and watched a million movies.  We ate Chicken Noodle soup and Ramen Noodles over and over again.  We drove each other a little crazy but wow we will remember the bug of 2011.  I can actually remember a few illness when I was little where my mom slept on the floor and she ate sherbet too, just because that is all I could eat.

So last week we were Unschoolers, we still read books and watched Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom.  They still colored and created awesome art.  They played games, and learned to play jacks.  We learned a lot about hand washing and we learned that Lysol kills polio but not the flu bug of 2011.  Most of all they learned that we love them.  I stayed up all night, for many nights, making sure to nurse them back to health.  I served up a lot of love and I got a lot of love back.  My husband did big shopping for Rocket Pops, Mug Root beer, and Progreso Chicken Noodle Soup among many other things.  He even made jello for the first time eva’! 

Beautiful Unschooled Art from the girlie girl!

So we unschooled this week due to illness, oh well we have unschooled a time or two or three…for vacations, and family get togethers too! 

So tomorrow it is back to Bob Jones University 1st grade and Classical Conversations reviews!  This week we will get back to the schooling basics.  We will also get back to violin lessons and horseback riding lesson and Wednesday night church.  So tomorrow we won’t be Unschoolers anymore!

Even so, the first box to cross off on tomorrows list is an American Girl tea party in the  living room tent.  The kind of tent that includes the chairs from the table and the linens from all over the house! That is where we will start school in the morning?  The last time the girlie girl asked the boy if he wanted to have a tea party…his reply was “You got any food?”  So we will have food!

Have you ever been an Unschooler??

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (King James Version)

Ecclesiastes 3

 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

 3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

 5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

 6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

 7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


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We lost the War!

This stomach bug hit our family hard.  It took each of us down one by one.  Never in the history of our small family have we shared an illness that lingered in our home for more than a week.  It has been tough.  However I must say it was good to hault life outside home for a bit, and to toast Rocket Pops and cups of crushed ice.  The intial first 12 hours of this bug was the worst for each of us but after that it was sipping, sleeping, and recovering. The really unfortunate part was each of us were sick in the middle of the night, which really wore us out.  We were so pleased that the baby did not seem as sick as the rest of us, it was easiest on here PTL.

So that little note I left in the middle of the week about Lysol and handwashing and this and that, we lost that war.  This stomach bug was tough.  And my poor husband feels like a sitting duck.  He would be the last victim and he waits.

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Who Am I?

Who Am I? 

It is the dawn of a brand new year.  2011.  It is a year of high technology and so far a lot of wind and not much snow.  I sit here with music lightly playing in the background and the sound of a baby swing as it clicks and glides in the calmness.  It holds a precious gift as she sleeps…hands behind her head.  I am thinking and I smell coffee.  I sip and I think…….

 Sometimes I am driving down the road and the DVD is playing Curious George again and I write a million words in my head.  I write about days gone by and things I love.  I find great passion in my faith and I am able to lay it all out there.  I think to myself if I could put this down on paper people would read it, someone would identify, I’d get an Amen.

I want to Blog.  Why?  Well I have been inspired by a few blogs.  The first of which is the one I love most by Kelle Hampton.  I love her posts. I met her on her blog when she was broken, raw, so very real that my tears joined hers and I could feel her pain.  I have followed her for a year now and I love her blog.  I love how real it feels to read about her life and think I am just like that or I want to be like that or well maybe I don’t want to be like that.  I love her pictures.  I love her ebb and flow.  And I think I am soo like that, broken, raw, so very real.  But then I think Who Am I?

I was talking to one of my best friends today about accepting friends on facebook.  Should I ? Should I not?  It occurred to me that you are very open and transparent or you are walled in.  Now I am not saying that if you do not tell everyone every detail of your life that you are walled in, but I am saying some of us are just more able to be very real no matter who sees it; no matter what they think.

There was a time a long while back where I would have sat down with a laptop a candle and a cup of coffee and told you every detail about myself.  And I know that if I had started a personal blog in my 20tys it would have been so easy to lay it all out there.   Something happens to some of us as we age.   As our knees begin to squeak we begin to think about how easily they can break.

So I come back to the question:  Who Am I?

So here I go

I am female~~that is a good start.

I am consumed by life, the good , the bad, and the ugly.  But I want to be more consumed by the JOY, LAUGHTER, THE KNOWING A TRUE GOD AND HEARING HIM EASILY. 

I am walled in.  I am afraid to be who I am sometimes.  Sometimes my way of life, my opinions, my “just being “has offended and the older I get the less I like that.

I am in need of great love.  I get it from my husband and my children: the girlie girl, the boy, and the baby. 

I am in need of more love especially from a handful that I am unsure really love me.  Do you have any of those handfuls too?

I am kind.

I am weak.

I am strong.

I am fearless and I am afraid.

I am sure and unsure.

I am indecisive on a million questions, and rock solid on a few.

I am in love.

I am a mommy in love with being a Mama.  I never want to put them on a bus and go back to my morning coffee. (I drink alot of cold coffee)

I am fascinated with people.  I want to know what makes them tick.

I am sentimental.  As much as I would like not to be I am.

I am not a morning person, I dream of being one, but it will never truly happen. I am a night owl, the price for this high.

I am tired, all the time and have been for years.  So low energy, but people don’t believe me~~ask my husband.

I am in chains to some hurts and broken dreams.

I am not a Daddy’s little girl but my girls are Daddy’s girls!

I am a victim of Domestic Violence.  My parents fought like cats and dogs.  They both lost. (I use victim as speech only, I am not a victim of anything.)

I am filled with the Holy Spirit~ ~~I speak in tongues…………..you stopped there right.  Hmmmm?

I am a nurse, a Pediatric Nurse, always wanted to be right after I decided I did not want to be a Veternarian.

I am not a good speller, I did not learn phonics. I study phonics now.

I am not good at Math but I did score 100% on Drug Calculations in Nursing School, that was good!

I am thrilled when I hold babies, esp. my own.

I am not proud of any of my mistakes but I am proud I learn from them.

I am overweight and I hate to exercise.  I really hate it, but I will start again soon: promise.

I am a sugar and cream coffee kind of girl.

I am passionate about photos, but I don’t really know what to do with the thousands I take. I am learning but I do have a raging desire to excell in this area.

I am jealous at times, esp. of others who appear to have perfect extended family.  I say “appear” because I know the grass always looks greener on the other side, but I would like my grass to look a little greener. However,  maybe I would need more “fertilizer”.  Get it?

I am a work in progress.  God’s not done with me yet.  Praise His Name.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ which means I have all the grace I need to be all that He has planned for me to be.  He knows Who I Am?   I wish I knew too.

I might do this again.  I am soo much more than the words above.  I might like this girl a little more than I really knew.

Who are you?

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DONT TOUCH THE BABY! 5 things I did to stay healthy!

not a particular fan of any of these, its just what we had

Its here the stomach bug that has been “sickening” to all of my friends.  It first hit the girlie~girl and now the boy.  I am on a full on mission to keep these germs away from the little member of the family the baby.  So yes, the bathrooms are SUPERCLEAN, so are the sinks, floors, laundry (I almost boiled the water to wash things), and my hands: SUPERCLEAN!

Here are 5 things I did to try to stay healthy.

  1. Handwashing!:                                                                                                                  and lots of it.  Hand Sanitizer: I used it everytime I touched my kids, their cups, anything, and everytime I touched the baby.  I also had the kids use it constantly.
  2. Lysol:                                                                                                                                                       We used it on everything.  I even used it on the linens, even the unsoiled ones.  If I took it to the laundry room I sprayed it with Lysol. I even sprayed the clothes I wore a time or two (not sure that is a great idea but I did it). Lysol bathroom cleaner was a must too. I also bleached everything I put in the sink that was used by the kids, cups, puke bowls, the works, rinsed and bleached. Let me clarify: I sprayed bleach on anything I put in the sink.  I did not let it set there and breed more virus.
  3. Quarantine:                                                                                                                         Althouugh I could not keep my kids in seperate rooms (I am a Mama to 3) I placed everyone in the Living Room.  And I contained the baby.  This way the whole house was not completely under attack.  We were close to one full bath and the kitchen. 
  4. Fluids:                                                                                                                                     We drank ’em! Gatorade, Pedialyte, Tea, Popsicles, anything! Yes there were times of letting the gut rest but when they were willing they drank. And to keep ahead of the game for “the just in case I get it”: I DRANK!
  5. Rest:                                                                                                                                      They rested and I rested.  It was a good time to just be here! And it still is as they recover.  We canceled all activities today. Even though the kids are not vomiting anymore: they are on the mend.  They need to rest.  So if it is possible Rest!

What do you do to keep the bugs contained at your house?

Check out what was for breakfast today! below!

I should have made a sign! DONT TOUCH BABY!


What's for breakfast? While they recover.



disclaimer: this is not a medical advice post, do what your doctor tells you to do.

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Rock The Oneder Fund! www.kellehampton.com

My favorite blog is www.kellehampton.com.  for a ton of reasons.  I don’t know Kelle in person but if you read her blog you will know Kelle.  I meet her blog a year ago when she told her story of giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome.  She just turned 31, so all of it was very unexpected and she was sooo for real about it.  I love her story.  I love her blog. I love her family. I love her pictures.  I love Laine.  And I love Nella, she will soon turn one and she is a Oneder!  Donate to the Down Syndrome Association through the below site and let me know if you do!!!


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5 tips to organize and save your photos!

If my first photography theory is:  ” Just take the picture!”

Then my second photography theory is: “Just save the picture!”

  The important parts are that you took it and you saved it.  In this digital age the options after the first two completed tasks are endless.  However, if you don’t take the picture you don’t have any options.  And if you don’t save the picture you may not have any options if they are lost due to a crash etc.  Therefore as imperfect as this may be here are my top 5 organizing photo habits.

  1. Take the photo!
  2. Delete photos that you don’t love immediately and while still on the camera before you download them to your computer.
  3. Name the file:  I do it by date and keyword~~for example  January 10 2011 Playdate with Moms group.
  4. Select photos in that file that you LOVE the most and put them in a subfolder ~~for example January 10 2011 Playdate Favorites.
  5. Then back up save to a disk, to Wal-Mart to carbonite, Snapfish, email them to your family members.  Make sure they are in at least 2 different places. 

You might want to couple this with another activity you have to do like balancing your checkbook.  To me my money and my pictures are pretty important.  I have been saving my pictures faithfully but not balancing my checkbook.  Today I did both!  These were both on my New Year’s Resolution List.

How do you handle your photos? And for that matter your checkbook?

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