I'm not one to be overly sappy...but saying goodbye to my friend Jennifer and her family was really difficult. Jennifer made a huge impact on me and came along at the best time. I first heard her name on our Yahoo support group. She announced her arrival and soon after, I found a link to her website, www.toadhaven.com. Immediately I knew we would be friends. Her website inspired me to start my own...the frog theme on my site is sort of my 'ode to the toad'! Sponatious, up-beat, energizing are just a few of the words that describe what I like the most about her. She bounced into town almost as quick as she bounced out...but she is a free spirit that way. Before she did, she asked me to take a few shots of her two kids. I was honored!
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Trying to capture lifes little and big moments as a homeschool mom of two and a third one at the U of O! Goooo Ducks!
The other day on the Facebook Homeschooling Freethinkers group page, a link was posted to be a part of a survey about working families homeschooling their children. One of the questions was: "What does a great day look like?". Ahhh...good days are hard to come by for anybody but I thought it might be fun for other people to see what an ideal day homeschooling looks like for our family. Before I started homeschooling it was hard for me to envision just what would a good day look like. I was surprised at how helpful it was to write this all down! Not all homeschool days look like this but we have had days like this, and it's what makes homeschooling so worth it! What does your ideal homeschool day look like?
A GREAT DAY:
If you are a working family and you homeschool, I encourage you to fill out this questionnaire!
Yesterday at the farmer's market the bread man asked, "Hey Maddie, what are you doing here? Playing hooky today?
Maddie's response: "I'm homeschooled, I'm always playing hooky." Then she skipped off with a smirk on her face.
Kid's always handle these questions better than adults do. Because of my insecurities, I would have tried to explain our schedule. I might even try to explain all the learning opportunities you can find by shopping at the farmers market, but I didn't. I didn't have to. Maddie's face and short explanation said it all.
Over two decades ago, my parents visited Athens and Rome and walked in the same places that we would on our vacation. Often I wondered how these place would be different and how much would be the same after all of these years.
Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of visiting Europe. My mom was a flight attendant with Pan American as a young woman and was able to jet set all over the world! She always had such exciting, interesting stories to tell. When they were in Athens for their honeymoon, a man had a heartattck in the elevator of their hotel. Mom (also an RN) performed CPR for what seemed like an hour. No ambulence would come, nobody would help! Finally a doctor came, looked at the body and said, "Deed" and walked away!
So, here I am in my 40's, using my passport for the first time ever! I plan on using my passport as much as possible in the next 4 decades of my life and continue to walk in my mom's footsteps!
Went to the movie, "The Social Network" this weekend. Ever feel like life is imitating art? Let's just say during the movie I was feeling 'it'. I won't get into the gory details because I am being passive aggressive, of course. I will say that if someone steals your idea....well...you probably should fight for it.
On a much lighter happy note, things are settling down in the homeschool area of my life. Annie's getting her Homeschool Momma groove on again! Stay tuned for some mind bending time line tricks! Don't be nervous!