Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Not Feeling It...

I realized last week that we had gone all summer without anyone asking me to take them to the library, Lowe's or Hobby Lobby for books and supplies for a project. That just broke my heart! What had changed?  

Two years ago we started a new adventure.

While my husband and I agreed that homeschooling through high school was going to look different, we differed in our ideal way to get there. My husband wanted our oldest son to take a more traditional approach to high school, meaning ala carte classes, assignments, due dates and group classes. I still believed that our project and interest led, whole life studies were the best way to go, but the intensity and depth of the projects would increase. What we ended up doing the last two years was a mix; my version of a six period high school class schedule. By incorporating our history and English together I cut back on some of the disjointed feel of our new style. I also tried to add interest in science by incorporating math and science and enrolling them in labs.

Now that we are seven weeks in to year three, I'm declaring it not enough. Not a complete failure mind you, but a failure in the things I care the most about: a love of learning and a desire to delve deeper in to interests without prodding.

The boys and I sat down today and I asked them, "If you were going to follow your passions right now, what would your day look like?" We talked about the importance of math and the two younger boys said they actually LIKE their math (thank you Math-U-See) but that they don't like the speed with which we are flying through history. My oldest, 16, wants to revisit the Middle Ages, my youngest, 10, wants to study Ancient Rome and my middle, 13, has a burning desire to stay in the Renaissance. Mr 13 said he wants to make things. He wants a workshop to create in like a modern DaVinci. My schedule now doesn't leave much time for things like that.

So this morning, we are backing up. Stopping. Taking a hard look at what was and what is and where we want to be. This week, my husband and I will have a lot of thinking and praying to do. In the mean time, my youngest is reveling in Ancient Rome with that old gleam in his eye....

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Signature Style Board

New Year is my new favorite. I have always loved Christmas for the joy and celebration, but what I really love is that the holiday is followed by a time of renewal and reflection. When I found this project for a Signature Style Board I was really excited. Just what I needed! After following her direction on the blog, this is what I came up with:

So there it is! My signature style in pictures. I really love it! Thanks Darlene!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Disney Vacation

What is the #1 dream vacation of families everywhere? Disney World! We were lucky enough to take our second one in November and we had a ball!

Day One:

We decided to cut our trip in half. Our home is a 12 hour drive from Orlando and we felt the need to take a rest half way there which just happens to be the Gulf of Mexico.

Day Two:

Slowly we made our way toward Disney World and our room at Riverside. We spent the afternoon exploring and shopping at Downtown Disney and even got a surprise package. Our Elves shipped themselves to our room.

Day Three:

Our first day at the parks was spent at the Magic Kingdom, or as I am prone to calling it, Disney World. By far the most iconic of the parks, it is usually the most crowded as well. My boys were determined to conquer all three "mountains" and generally avoid any "baby" rides this go around. Extra magic hours for those staying on site was at Hollywood Studios that night so when Magic Kingdom shut down, we headed over there for some late night fun.

Day Four:

Our second day found us in reversal of our first. Hollywood Studios was mostly about shows for us since we had hit all the rides the night before. Our very late Magic Kingdom hours were spent riding our favorites from the day before.

Day Five:

During the night C started coughing. In the morning he was running a high temp. Not having a thermometer with me, I guessed it was around 102*. Luckily for us, I had scheduled this day to relax and enjoy some of the other Disney magic with our "extra magic" tickets. C and I stayed in the room where I started running a lower temp, while Lou took the other two boys to Blizzard Beach. With several hours of sleep, ibuprofen and cough syrup, C and I were feeling better and decided since we picked it up at Disney, it was okay to go to Disney. It's a lot of money to sit in a hotel room for a cough....

Day Six:

This was the one day we had our scheduled class for our YES program tickets and while Lou packed the well boys up early, C slept in and eventually (around lunch) woke up fever free and coughing much less. We packed up in the hopes of meeting up in time to catch our lunch reservations and enjoy EPCOT's World Showcase. If we had known the temperature was going to drop into the 50's with a stiff breeze, we may not have gone, but it worked out!

Day Seven:

Animal Kingdom was wonderfully empty on Thursday. We spent almost no time in line all day and even got to enjoy staying after hours to see the last showing of Finding Nemo. We headed back to Downtown Disney for some T-Rex Cafe and Disney Quest.

Day Eight:

Our last day dawned with one extra park day looming and no one with enough energy to get out of bed. After lounging for a while we decided to hit Blizzard Beach as a family and then catch the Fantasmic show and the extra magic hours at EPCOT for a last big energy push.

Day Nine:

We were so sad to leave our Disney home away from home, but we were all SO tired that I'm not sure we could have taken much more anyway!The boys requested ONE last stop at Disney Quest before we left... At two in the afternoon we finally left and headed toward Atlanta and then spent day ten driving home.