Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our Weekend with GI Joe ~

We drove three and half hours Friday to pick up our oldest son Joe aka GI Joe and a "Battle Buddy" for the weekend, and then we headed another hour to the woods!

~ GI JOE and Justin Lee ~
He was so happy to see his big brother!
We were fortunate enough to have  family  that lived an hour away from base to put us up for the weekend. They were such troopers for letting us crash there the whole weekend =0) THANKS!!!!!

We managed to find spots for all of us.
Joe made himself right at home ~ ahhhh the magic music can have on the soul.

Saturday morning was beautiful, so after breakfast we headed outside to play.
Gabe made Aunt B a flower <3

This was my morning view. Just beautiful and the hospitality was way more than we could of asked for =0)

My Oldest son Joe and I

We decided it was way to nice out to sit around so we took the boys on a nice long walk.

Jaxon wanted to catch up with everyone else and left me behind yelling " Run Run Mom"

He caught up with Big Brother Joe

Nate carried this rock most of the walk
Gabey found a shiny one
Everyone was on the hunt for the perfect rock
even the big boys...
I couldn't pass up this family photo op

 This was the coolest tree!
I looked back and they were all holding hands <3

It sure was awesome opportunity to get to spend the weekend with Joe!

All three of the little guys were getting tired.

Gabe didn't bring his coat along, but Mommy had a spare for him to wrap up in . 
So we headed back to play some ball.

And ball was played

We kept telling Jaxon to stay away from the barbed wire, but he had to learn why on his own...

and guess what, he got stuck trying to go under so Army guys to the rescue

safe again and lesson learned (the hard way)

A beautiful end to the day.

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Why do we Homeschool? Our Top 10 Reasons.

Why do we homeschool? 

In our experiences, people such as  friends,  relatives, and even total strangers have asked this rather large and complicated question in a nonchalant and often cynical manner. I’m certain most homeschooling parents would agree that responding to the ?why? question is not something that can be accomplished succinctly or casually. After all, the question is big, a  really BIG question.
I will try to answer why, but the main reasons are Family and FREEDOM!

  1. Customized teaching and learning ~ One of the great advantages of homeschooling is the ability to recognize a child's distinct learning styles and needs and tailor a family's teaching and learning approach accordingly.  The increasing popularity of homeschooling has led to curriculum resources for every type of learner, from a wide variety of purchased, packaged curricula to choose from, to countless online learning sites, to community programming specifically targeting homeschoolers.  For "eclectic" homeschoolers and unschoolers who may choose a more unstructured approach to homeschooling, there are museums, libraries, academic and cultural events, classes, lessons, and a host of other resources to facilitate child-led learning.  Homeschooling allows us the flexibility to adapt to a child's specific learning needs and use the full resources of the community and its people to augment learning.
  2. Focus on family ~ Homeschooling positions family at the center of our children's life, fostering family togetherness and core values, and creating a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow and to strengthen sibling bonds - Homeschooling our boys allow them build strong sibling bonds, learning from and with each other, collaborating and trouble-shooting, and creating together each day.
  3. Enjoy outdoor learning - The efficiency of homeschooling, of individualized learning, creates many opportunities for free play and exploration, much of which occurs outside of one's home, throughout one's community, and through meaningful interactions with the natural world around us. We benefit from having the world as our classroom.
  4. We get to sleep in on school days and Sometimes, we do school in our pajamas.
  5. Reclaim childhood - Childhood today runs at a dizzying pace, with pressures to grow-up faster and earlier than ever before.  Homeschooling helps to reclaim and retain the innocence and spirit of childhood for each kid a wee bit longer.
  6. Quality literature for our textbooks. We love the library an online resources!
  7. We get to create our own schedule. Homeschooling helps us to prioritize how a child's time is spent each week to maximize curiosity and self-directed learning, and minimize stresses and waste. It helps us to slow down, simplify and focus on creating more peaceful, unhurried family rhythms.
  8. Our family likes to spend time together. Homeschooling provides us with the gift of time.  Time together to teach and learn.  Time for children to uncover and pursue their own talents.  Time to explore nature and the world around us.  Time to read.  Time to play.  Time to dream!
  9. We have control over the curriculum which means we're free to follow our interests. Our daily routine allows for plenty of life lessons, self sufficiency, unstructured free time and opportunities to foster creativity through imaginative play and the arts. 
  10. Hands-on multi sensory activities make learning fun and meaningful! We believe learning should be joyful!

What are your thoughts on this list?  How does it compare with your own top reasons to homeschool your kids?

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Friday, March 2, 2012

A quick look at the past couple of weeks.
 I missed last week due to the icky tummy bug that hit us HARD.
It's short and sweet this week.
I'm packing up the boys and we're taking a roadtrip!!!

Today I get to pick up my oldest for the weekend who is traing at  Ft. Leonard Wood, MO for a few weeks!!! It's about a about a 3 1/2 hour car ride not too bad. The boys and I are so excited to see our GI Joe!!!! Then we're off to see some close friends of ours whom we haven't gotten to see very often the past year.
The weather is CRAZY here!!! Woke up to hail this morning. I hope we don't run into a mess on the interstates. I hate the traffic and big rigs sooo much! I'm always a nervous wreck.
Making the boys green ham and eggs this morning. Not sure if they will eat it or not. Got several other Dr. Seuss themed activities planned out. I hope we get to do them all since this will be a short day for us.
Pics to follow next week =0)
I'm linking up with Homegrown Learners Collage Fridays, Learning All the Time, Ordinary Life Magic Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Homeschool Creations

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ Wendy

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party TODAY!!!

Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations all week hurrah! 

“If we didn’t have birthdays you wouldn’t be you.
If you’d never been born,well then what would you do?
If you’d never been born,
well then what would you be?
You might be a fish!
Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob!
Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of
hard green tomatoes.”
“Or worse than all that…Why,
you might be a WASN’T!
A Wasn’t has no fun at all.
No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t.
He just isn’t present.
But you…You ARE YOU!
And, now isn’t that pleasant!”
Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ Wendy