Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Future of Education

Does this stir your soul and bring the fire back to your homeschool vision the way it does for me?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home

Does it make us real North Carolinians that we have actually picked cotton now?  Well, some of us have anyway.  I found a private co-op that was inviting homeschoolers to attend one of their field trips to this cool historic farm with lots of hands on activities.  

And guess what?  I didn't have to go!  It was the FIRST time ever that I dropped off my kids at a school and said goodbye as they went off on a bus to attend a field trip.  Then I took my oldest to  a Spanish class (also a drop off!) and then went home and gave the baby a nap.

Um...for the first time in forever.....I had time on a weekday to clean, read email, make dinner EARLY, pay bills, make phone calls....It. was. awesome!  I mean, really, it felt sooooo good.  Is that what it's like to drop your kids off at school every day?  I'll confess it was kinda nice.  But on the other hand, the whole time they were gone I was missing them, thinking of them, wishing I had been there to get my own photos and experience the learning with them.

Picking Cotton?  That's something you can't do in WA!  Glad some of the kids got to have this southern experience so soon in our new home state.  On our way to the bus I was singing this song for the kids

Looking forward to more exploring in our new home state!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Did I tell you we moved?

Yeah, it's been a bit of a whirlwind.  But we moved!  Not down the street, or a few neighborhoods over.  Not even a few states over.  Baby, we moved from one coast to the other.  We left our home of the last 14 years on Pacific North West and we are now Tarheels!  Yep, We're in North Carolina.

It has been such an adventure!  I'll catch up on the details as we go along.  But let me just say that the cool, cloudy, breezy weather we have today is a refreshing gift!  It reminds me of our Seattle home and is such a relief from the record breaking heat we've had the past 7 weeks or so.

Seems like just yesterday that we left....

We sold our house in a week!  Packed up the house

Loaded the truck

Said goodbye to our house of 10.5 years. Four of my six babies were born here.  It was the only house my kids could remember. SO many memories contained in those walls and in my heart.  Good times, bad times...happy and sad times.  Holidays, birthdays, family visits, homeschool adventures.  That house witnessed it all.

We hopped a plan out of Portland and headed east!

The hardest part, was leaving 1/6 of my heart behind.

Dear Baby Hazel, I will have to carry you in my heart from here on.  I can't bring you flowers or wash your stone or trim the grass. I can't bring your Easter basket or a Christmas tree.  But I wear my necklace everyday.   Your picture is by my bed.  I still buy you flowers.  Purple ones.  I miss you baby girl.  I always will.