So Many Changes…

We changed our reading curriculum.  We now use and supplement with phonics books from the library.  Nessy is wonderful, if you suspect your child has dyslexia.  So many letters and numbers are reversed or read as a jumble in our house.  Nessy helps, trust me.

We keep a weather journal.

We have geography and science workbooks and a cool globe that doubles as a nightlight.

We still LOVE Life of Fred Math and are onto the second book, Butterflies.

Added a Handwriting book from the Good and the Beautiful.

Added a phonics/digraph game.

Added spiritual lessons from Deepak Chopra.  The 7 Spiritual Laws for Parents is our book.  We also say a mantra/prayer every night before bed.

It goes like this:

May I be safe

May I be happy

May I be strong

May I life my life with ease

And have Sweet Dreams

*I usually add in whatever the struggle has been for the day.  Usually, it is May I be Kind.

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Finally, homeschooling is a journey.    We are finding what works for us and what does not and what causes stress.  I eliminate the stress, mostly.




This or That

My daughter is having some trouble with digraphs.  So, today, after the word “this” was giving her some trouble, I decided to solve it with music.  We listened to a little Black Sheep and ran from the word “this” to the word “that.”

Dance Party in between words.

You can deal with this or you can deal with that


Panic Without a Disco

When I was a kid growing up in Houston, I thought hurricanes were fun.  Hurricane Alecia actually lifted me up in the air for a couple seconds, a fact my mom swears is not true.

Now, years later, hurricane + kids of my own= anxiety/panic attack. 20170825_160248

We evacuated an hour and a half ahead of Harvey.  It was windy and raining when we left; I almost turned back.  I’m so glad we kept going all the way to Dallas.  All nine hours in the car with three dogs, a cat, and my kids.  It was worth it.

Now, we have a downed fence and some shingle damage.  We were lucky.

It has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things, mentally.



On a positive note, my youngest had a blast on the carousel in the mall.


Ranch Hands


My coastal kids went to their grandparent’s ranch in flip flops, so maybe I should have horseplanned a bit better and brought their boots.  Next time!

At least I remembered the flexi clips for my 6 year old’s hair.  It was so easy to put her hair up in a bun in the morning, and then forget about it all day.  She played hard, swam in a pool and rode a pony.  Her hair stayed put, and it was cute!

Next week, we officially begin home-schooling.  Luckily, this will still afford us the freedom to travel and learn.  I’m pretty excited about this.

I’ve decided to start the year with Life of Fred- Apples math curriculum.  I will let you know what I think of it, and if it will end up being our main math curriculum for first grade.

Enjoy the last week of summer!  School is approaching, quickly.  Thankfully, we are almost ready!

Flexi Clips for school:


Bed Hopping

sleep4Today, we visited our local Sleep Number store, and it was magical!  Dim lights, comfy pillow tops, and a bit of massage.  I’m pretty much sold.   One super cool bed, please!

I took my kids with me to experience these marvelous sleep creations.  Now, most people would think that sounds like torture.  Why take your kids into a place where the temptation to touch, jump and roll around [on a bed] is too much to handle?  My answer is this: I take my children EVERYWHERE with me.  The dentist, the grocery store, the mall, the veterinarian (usually with large animals in tow) and even the gynecologist -you name it, they’ve been there.  My babysitters are hours away.  Looking back, this lack of a “village” has been a tremendous gift.  It’s a gift of time with my children.

I wish I could tell you that all these experiences with my children mean that I have the most well behaved kids around, but that would be an outrageous lie.  They are kids; they get a little crazy sometimes.  Still, all these experiences show them life, real life.  I feel that there is a mighty big lesson in that.

sleep2Also, hey, I got to check out some really cool beds with my fabulous, really cool kids.  And, they were mostly good.  Not a child jumped on a bed.  Of course, they did remove their shoes and lay down on beds, there was some bed hopping, and they were shown where the legos are kept by one of the employees.  Now, I ask you who needs legos when you have moving beds that sense your sleep requirements and vibrate?  No one.  No one needs those legos.

We laugh at your legos! Hahahahahaha!

Bounce into Fitness

We have a new exercise/P.E. plan.  It involves bouncy balls, or as old people call them hippity hops.  I have one, and my daughters each have one.  We tried it out this morning for ten minutes, and (holy crap) it does work.  You can basically use them as an exercise ball with benefits.  The benefit being the bouncing.  That’s where the cardio is hiding.  ballsballsWe also have hula hoops.  Mine is weighted; their hula hoops are from Toys R’ Us.  I bought mine on Amazon.  Believe it or not, there is a world of weighted hula hoops to choose from for exercising.  Heck, people even pay for hula exercise classes.  I should know, I went to one once, and it was very real.

Hooping is a sport!  Check this out.  So, basically, our exercise program consists of super kid-friendly activities and some much needed yoga for me! hooping