Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Burrow

One thing I love about unschooling is giving the kids time to come up with creative things to do every day. Today, Curly engineered a rabbit burrow for her pet.

"Holly! I made this for you to be in, not to escape from!"

I think Curly is learning that pets don't always do what we want!

(Note: The IPA box is second-hand. I have no idea where it came from. Hubby, while he does enjoy a craft beer on occasion, doesn't drink it by the case!)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Historical Investigations

Hubby and I love history. The Goombas? Not so much. Their least favorite lessons in the K12 program were the history lessons. Since they flew through math and devoured reading, I decided to try to sprinkle a little more history across their paths this spring in an attempt to pique their interests. Curly read one of the Dear America books, but unfortunately it was too sad for her taste. 

Last night Hubby pulled out the Mystery of History book that a friend loaned to us. While the kids made blanket tents, he read ancient history. 

I enjoyed it, at least. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014


We took a day trip up to Cd'A to visit Miss A (Bean's birth mom) and also see friends. We had a great visit and a really fun day. :)

Christmas in January. Bean got more glow sticks than he could open, so he was in heaven. (He got other presents too, but the glow sticks were all he really cared about. He managed to wheedle his sisters out of theirs, and asked to sleep with them.)

Everyone enjoyed getting out of town and playing with friends we don't see often. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thank You, Dr King!

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Today has been a dentally-focused day. 

This morning, Abi had dental surgery to remove two abscessed molars, seal some teeth and fill a cavity. Her enamel is not well-formed, due to poor nutrition as a baby, so this will likely be a long-term problem. 

She did great at the surgery. When they gave her the versed, she got really loopy and was singing drunkenly, to the amusement of the nurses and anesthesiologist. 

Waking up was harder. She was sore and bleeding and really grumpy. 

She felt a little better when we promised she could have unlimited turns with the kids' iPod watching movies. 

Then, tonight at dinner, Little Mister lost his first tooth! At age seven, he has watched his little sister lose several teeth, and really wanted his turn to come. 

Abi, ignoring the "no spicy food" suggestion, requested tacos for dinner. That's my girl!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


We're going back to Unschooling!

While there were a lot of things to like about using K12 and the IDVA, it was becoming increasingly frustrating to shoehorn each kid's learning style into their one-size-fits-all curriculum. They did their best to be accommodating and flexible, even putting Little Mister in the ALP (Advanced Learning Program), but it was a lot of extra frustration and hoops through which I, as the parent, had to jump.

We'll keep Abi enrolled in order to get her Braille and O&M services, although she has already been largely unschooling with me anyway. And we'll continue. For example, she read "Go, Dog. Go!" with me three times this weekend. Ha!

With the older kids, I'm tired of taking uninteresting lessons and trying to spruce them up and make them fun, and then attempt to mark some sort of attendance that fits with what we actually did. It's silly to have all of these time requirements when they may have learned an entire unit of math concepts in the car on the way to the grocery store.

Done with all of that.

Now that both the older kids are solid readers, they can learn about whatever their hearts desire, and we'll start at the local library.

I'm getting excited about school again. A very good sign. :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mostly Indoor Days

It's January again. Cold, sloppy, icy, gray January. So, the five of us (the kids and I) have been existing in our 500 square foot living/dining room keeping warm and trying not to drive each other nuts. 

Homemade play dough. A lifesaver. And a mess. 

I've started a new quilt. I love quilting in the winter. It feels so pioneer-ish. The kids are finally old enough to stay out of my stuff, so I can set up my sewing table in the living room and work at it here and there between other things ( like school).

A little snuggling. While they are still little enough to want to snuggle. 

The Bigs have been playing a lot of Minecraft, both on the computer and the iPod Touch. 

We get out and about quite a bit, too. Gym days with other homeschool families, out-to-eat family times, playing at church during music practice, and goofing around with friends all make these winter days pass by more quickly.

Girls' Day Out

(Apologies for the lack of blog posts. The app I was using flaked out and I couldn't post. It appears to be working again now.)

Saturday, I took my girls to the mall for some pampering. I realized again what a non girly-girl mom I am when nine-year-old Curly asked me what pampering was! Oops. 

So Curly and I got our hair cut. Abi, since her hair is in twists, got her nails done. Both girls got their ears pierced. 

While I think the girls enjoyed the pampering, the flu has been making the rounds and they both felt a little under the weather. They would have had more fun if they were healthy.