A day in the life of us

A typical day for my family goes like this:

6:10 – The Milk Monkey stirs and my husband (as wonderful as he is) gets him from his crib and brings him into bed with us.

6:30 – The Princess awakes and promptly starts bugging the Professor who is still asleep.

7:00 – Daddy gets up and takes the whole gang downstairs while Mummy sleeps a bit.

8:30 – Everyone has eaten, Daddy starts work, Mummy gets going, the professor starts school.

9:30 – Daddy leaves for work and the Princess starts school.

9:45 – The Milk Monkey is hungry.

10:00 – The Milk Monkey is tired and goes for a nap.

10:05 – The Princess has to go to the bathroom…again.

10:10 – Mummy encourages the Professor for the 10th time to concentrate and do his work.

10:15 – Mummy explains to the Princess that correcting her is not the same as punishing and there’s no need to cry.

10:20 – Mummy catches the Princess as she leaps through the air with excitement about how much she loves doing school at home.

10:25 – The Milk Monkey is awake again, Mummy puts him in his high chair, he smiles as we sing songs about the sounds the letters make.

10:30 – Mummy tells the Professor to leave the baby alone and do his work.

10:40 – The Milk Monkey is bored, so Mummy gives him puffs to eat.  He prefers dropping them on the floor.

11:00 –  The Princess is finished school, Mummy encourages the Professor for the 20th time to concentrate on his work and get it done.

11:05 – Mummy steams some fruits or veggies to make baby food.

11:10 – Mummy starts work, the Milk Monkey goes in his jumperoo and the Princess plays upstairs while the Professor continues with his school work.

12:00 – Milk Monkey is hungry again.

12:05 – Mummy makes lunch.

12:15 – Mummy cleans up around the kitchen and finishes the baby food and feeds Milk Monkey.

12:30 – Mummy cleans up lunch and gets back to work.

1:00 – The Professor finishes school and it’s quiet reading time/nap time for everyone except Mummy (though she wishes it included her).

2:00 – 5:00 – Time is filled with games, crafts, playing, reading…mixed with work for Mummy, making dinner and various Milk Monkey needs.

5:30 – Dinner.

6:30 – Daddy gets home and takes over so Mummy can get work finished…hopefully before it gets too late at night.

7:30 – Bed for the kids.

It’s busy, sometimes even crazy and there’s usually a list at the end of the day of things I just didn’t get done.  At times I feel like I’m just barely keeping my head above water but it’s all worth it in the end!

 

 

Why we homeschool….

Whenever we tell someone we home school, one of the first questions we get is “Why?”   They expect us to come up with one simple reason to a very well thought out decision.

The whole concept was new to us.  My husband and I were not homeschooled as children.  We didn’t know anyone who was homeschooled or anyone who homeschooled their children.  We were unaware of struggles that other parents had gone through to make homeschooling a right to parents.   We didn’t know where to start!

The idea of homeschooling started as a whisper inside me one day and I spoke it out loud to my husband.  We read all the information we could get our hands on. The more we thought and prayed about it the more we knew it was for us, even though the task was daunting.

So in the end it was not one reason that brought us to the decision but a long list of reasons… 

 

  • Learning positive and useful social interactions like relating to people of all ages and not just their immediate age.
  • Learning what is right and not what is politically acceptable.
  • Learning to be compassionate not judgmental.
  • Learning at their pace and not the pace of 30 other children.
  • Learning in their style that works for them.
  • Learning in a comfortable, safe environment.
  • Learning to take responsibility for their education.
  • Learning without the distraction of being “cool”, being bullied and the need to fit in.
  • Homeschooled children excel and are being sought out by Universities now, including Harvard.
  • Being able to take advantage of the many homeschooling programs available.
  • The idea of creating an education portfolio rather than just earning test scores.

 

Along with the reasons listed above, we knew that God should be in every part of our children’s lives, especially in their education.  He has called us and has given us the abilities to raise and teach our children and that is what we are doing.  It’s not always easy – my life is a balancing act but it’s helped me to trust God and allow his grace to work in me.  It’s exercised my patience, it’s developed my self control and it given me ample opportunity to practice kindness instead of frustration. 

It’s also developed in me a deep love and appreciation for my children.  I enjoy their company and I’m so grateful that I get to spend so much time with them and being able to watch them learn and grow is one of the most amazing blessings in my life. 

Love and Laughter…

One of the qualities about my children I enjoy the most is their unpredictability.

Most of the time it’s a good thing.

My children keep me alert, they keep me wondering and they are a constant source of humour.

Sometimes it’s their choice of attire…

Sometimes it’s where and how they fall asleep…

Sometimes it’s their achievements…

and sometimes it’s just a simple moment…

that makes me smile.

My heart fills with laughter and my days unfold before me with new adventures.

When the evening finally arrives and I’m drained of all energy…

from all the responsibilities of life,

a small, unexpected gesture in the form of a snuggle and the spoken words from a tiny voice

– “I love you, Mummy” –

blinds me from all the stresses that have surrounded me throughout the day.

Walt Disney World – The Place Where Dreams Come True

We really, really like this place:

 

We took the kids there in 2010.   The trip was the beginning of many firsts for us as a family.

The first time the kids flew on a plane.

The first time sleeping in Grandpa’s trailer at The Fort Wilderness Campground.

It was the first time the Little Professor washed dishes (but not the last)!

The first time the Princess and the Professor met their favourite characters in person.

Belle from Beauty and The Beast

Alice in Wonderland

Mickey Mouse

Buzz Lightyear

Lotso – and yes, he does smell like strawberries!

Tinkerbell

We had lots of fun firsts on that trip…

but the best first of all was finding out that the Milk Monkey

was going to join our family 8 months later!

Our little dream came true!

Plymouth Escapes of Reality

When life starts getting too stressful I like to pack up some water and some sweaters and pile everyone into the car and take off to Plymouth.  There’s something about that place that de-stresses me.  The closer we get, the lighter my shoulders feel and the easier I breathe.  I don’t know if it’s the ocean air or maybe it’s being around tourists that makes me feel like I’m on a mini vacation but I find it restful and renewing.

So one Saturday, last September, after some wonderful and much needed Mummy time, I announced to the family that we were off to explore new parks down in Plymouth.  With lots of cheers we were on our way.  Finding new parks for the kids to try out is something we like to do.  We’ve been to Plymouth many times but we never found this little gem until that special weekend. The children enjoyed it immensely and so did Mummy and Daddy as we watched the boats sway in the ocean while the warm salty air kissed our skin.

We had some new found friends following us around!  The sign at the entrance read “Do Not Feed the Ducks!” but I think people must feed them anyway by the boldness of our feathered friends.

 

The kids played and played…they didn’t want to leave and who could blame them…the evening was magical in that calm, relaxing park.

 

 

That day I was thankful that we had grabbed a bite to eat right before we found the park. In fact it was “the really nice lady” (the Little Professor) from Ali’s Galley who steered us to it.  If you are ever in Plymouth and you want a really good roast beef sandwhich you HAVE to try Ali’s Galley!  The Sweet and Sassy is amazing!

Field Trips…

One of the things I really LOVE about home schooling is that we get to go on field trips whenever we want!  One of my favourite places to go with the kids is the Boston Children’s Museum.  It’s very hands on and the kids love it!

 

Great climbing for the kids!
Landing the plane.
A little break dancing…not sure where she learned to do that!
Swallowed up by a bubble.

 

One Monday every month the Boston Children’s Museum hosts a HomeSchool Meet and Play.   The next one will be this coming Monday, February 27 at 11:00am.  We’d love you to join us in Countdown to Kindergarten for HomeSchool Meet and Play!

If you’ve never been to the Boston Children’s Museum, I strongly recommend it.  Not only do the children love it, I’m pretty sure most of the parent’s do too.

 

I’m thankful that I am able to share so many moments like these with my children!

10 Reasons Why I adore My Husband…

10.  He does dishes, laundry and anything else that I need help with around the house.

9.  He works very hard to provide for our family AND takes night classes.

8.  Sometimes he makes me laugh so hard I can’t breath

7.  He always has a kind word to turn away my wrath – it doesn’t always work.

6.  He’s amazing with computers and he works hard to fix our house, even though he hates doing it.

5.  He gets up during the night with the Milk Monkey, braids the princesses hair and helps the Little Professor get his lessons going in the morning.

4.  He always thinks my ideas are great and stands behind me 100% in anything I do.

3.  Even after 6 1/2 years of marriage, he still makes me tingle and gives me goosebumps.

2.  He adores our children, plays with them, makes them laugh and takes an active role in their care.

1.  He loves God and leads our family in His ways.

 

Spring is in the air…

The Milk Monkey and I were hard at work…he with his toys and me with my job. (Have I mentioned I work from home?)

The mild weather outside was beckoning us, so we stopped what we were doing and went for a stroll.

At one point we just stopped and breathed in the crisp air.

I closed my eyes and bathed in the warm sun while listening to a bird sing with chimes in the distance.

It was a delightful promise of the spring to come.

 

It did not take long for the Milk Monkey to go from this:

 

To this:

Homeschooling…

I have been homeschooling my children for almost 2 years now.   The Little Professor started with Grade 1 and is now finishing Grade 2.   The Mighty Princess is doing Kindergarten.  It’s fun and we have a good routine going.

 

A little information about our home school:

  • We use the ACE Curriculum – Mummy adds some of her own stuff to keep it fun and exciting
  • Pace work hours are 8am – 2pm – unless something fun comes up, then we just work around that
  • Life schooling hours are 24/7 – we try to turn everything we do into a learning experience
  • Everyone who attends our school has to do it with a happy heart – some mornings that takes a little encouragement
  • Our goal is to take our schooling on the road as much as possible – to get some hands on learning

 

 

Even the Milk Monkey joins us for school.  He’s learning about physics as he drops his toys to the floor.

Teaching my children is inspiring. It’s amazing watching their little brains expand with knowledge!