Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I was out running an errand today and had a horrible encounter. Instead of feeding the anger of another person I decided to just ignore them. I think I'm going to make little business cards with the link to this article on it to give out when I encounter someone who is angry about our choice to Homeschool.

{Click on the photo to read the article}

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Countdown...

... has begun. T-Minus 8 Days and 9 Hours until School starts. We are all very excited and cannot wait for another fun-filled adventurous year of Homeschooling. It also helps that we will be celebrating our second day of school at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


It's been two years, and while it seems like it was ages ago it also feels like it was just yesterday that my Mom and I were laying in bed talking and making each other laugh before she went to the Emergency Room.

The kids have been missing her a lot lately.We spent the day doing things that reminded us of my Mom and cuddling with the kids in her chair. She will always be in our hearts and her memory will forever live on.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings...

One of my best friends is getting re-married this weekend. I was honored when she asked if I would design the announcements. I was given three colors and an ocean theme to work with. 

I was asked to keep it simple and clean and this is what the finished product looked like.

I used Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software to create this gorgeous announcement. I just can't get enough of MDS and the endless possibilities it allows me to create numerous projects.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I ran across this today and it perfectly sums up how I feel lately.

The Homeschooler's Wish List

1. Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

2. Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.

3. Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

4. Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

5. If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.

6. Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

7. We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

8. Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

9. Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

10. We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

11. Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.

12. If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

13. Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.

14. Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

15. Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

16. Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

17. Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.

18. If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

19. Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

20. Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

21. Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.

22. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

23. Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

24. Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

25. Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Babies Having Babies

According to Aurora and Gabby this is how babies are born. These girls so funny, they are always doing silly things like this.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012-2013 School Room

Last year our school room needed to function as a guest room as well as a school room but we soon found that we needed the extra space. So, this year we removed the bed and put up a large 8x6ft white board and added some bulletin boards for easier display. Forgive the poor quality they were taken with my iPod since Aurora has lost our camera. As you walk in the room and turn left this is what you see:
Calendar/Weather/Address Board

Grammar Anchor Charts and
a bulletin board to display the kids masterpieces

Computer Station

Empty Bulletin Board and Desk

Class work bin/ Teacher supplies

Our new white board (LOVE IT!)
I have since added President Hinckley's 9 Be's above
the whiteboard but changed them to the 9 Bee's

Alphabet/ Number charts for Aurora
and our color coded schedule

Bookcase with leveled books, games and curriculum

Close up of the desk

Now all I need to do is make new curtains.