Last Days of 2016

What a crazy year it’s been! I can hardly believe 2016 is almost over. We have made so many great memories this year!

Homeschooling is going great! We have a had few bumps along the way and hard days but we have learned to take a deep breath and keep going. My little man is having a great time and little sister is even starting to enjoy it. I have also noticed that we are much closer as a family now then we were. We have done some very cool things this year.

We spent most of December doing countdown to Christmas and Advent activities which the kids really enjoyed. We even had time for a family field trip day to Syracuse to go to the MoST and see the Lights on the Lake. It was a great day and we were able to get a great membership deal to a few other local museums for the coming year.

We will be starting up with home-school again on 1/2/17, I just started planning this morning! 🙂

It’s my goal in the new year to document this adventure moving forward, I know one day I will look back on these memories fondly. (So I better start writing more down!)

See everyone in 2017!

 

-T

Homeschooling Day 1

Well day one of homeschooling is in the books! And to be honest it was a lot of fun. We had a special breakfast of cinnamon rolls and took our first day pictures, which is always a little hectic.

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Then we got down to business, this weeks theme is ‘All about Me’. We are going to learn about our senses and also learn a little more about homeschooling. We started by talking about our five senses and what they do. Then we working on a few reading and writing exercises.

After that it was time to go out and play for a little bit. Then it was snack time and a little Sesame Street (also talking about our five senses). Then we did a little reading time, we read “This is my Home, This is my School” by Jonathan Bean. It is a great read for little ones. We also read “All By Myself” by Mercer Mayer. It’s a little bit of a silly book, it was a big hit.

After that we did a small craft and made an “All About Me” book where little Man told me all his favorite things and even did a self portrait. It was great!

We can’t wait to do it again tomorrow. 🙂

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Homeschooling Here We Come!

In just over a week we will begin our journey intro the world of homeschooling. I am both excited and terrified. I think that’s to be expected.

I am hoping to ease my little learners into our routines and schedule with a few fun theme weeks to start. Although the beginning may be new and at times a bit bumpy I think we will get through it.

Fingers (and toes) crossed!

-T

Getting Ready for Summer

In a few short days my little man will be graduating from preschool. It is both hard to believe and amazing at the same time. To think of how far he has come in just a few short years, and the little man he is (not so slowly) becoming… it makes me heart sing with happiness.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when we worried that he might never talk. And now his endless list of questions astounds me.

Looking forward to the road ahead, I wonder what joys and struggles it will hold.. but I know we will ride it together. And I cannot wait to teach these little minions all they wish to learn.

I’m hoping to plan a few fun things for this summer as well as some much needed rest and relaxation time before we being our home school adventure in the late summer/fall. No matter what I know it is going to be a fun summer!

Doing It Right

When my son was born I worried about literally everything. How much he ate, or didn’t. How much he slept, or didn’t. How much he cried, peed, pooped.. the list of worries was endless. And I was always sure I was doing it wrong. I looked to friends, family and the internet for reassurance that I was in fact ‘doing it right’. But no matter what they said I was always afraid I was going to screw something, or everything, up.

And something I have learned over the past five years of riding this rollercoaster that is being a parent; doing your best is so much better than ‘doing it right’. It’s mostly about trying, even if or when you fail. And loving…above all it is about love. And if you are worrying that you are not doing it right then you are definitely in love with that little being that is cooing and pooping on you. 🙂

For all the Moms and Dads out there know that if you are up late reading this because somehow googling “is this poop color normal” brought you here, you are in fact ‘doing it right’. And for anyone that just smirked because you have googled some such thing, I applaud you as well.

Good night.

Cold Brew Coffee

I love coffee. I mean it’s more than a love.. it probably borders on obsession. But sadly after having 2 babies I have a condition called GERD and coffee and GERD do not mix. However I have found a wonderful solution.

Cold brew coffee. It is an amazingly less acidic and easy to make version of this magical elixir. Ok I might be going a little over board here, but like I said, I love coffee.

In order to make cold brew coffee  I did a little research and purchased a Toddy cold brewer, it is awesome. You can find one here.

Once you get it home all you have to do is put your desired amount of coffee grounds and water in the brewer and leave it over night. The next day just drain it into the pitcher and you are ready to make the smoothest, most amazing coffee you have ever tasted.

The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe for both coffee concentrate (which is what you get using the cold brewer) and iced coffee. You can find it here.

If you do try the cold brew coffee please comment and let you know what you think it!

Becoming a Mom

As the day fast approaches that my ‘little man’ will be turning 5 I find myself thinking about how crazy the last 5 years have been. How being a Mom has been the most amazing, fun, scary, trying, exhausting and rewarding ride of my life. To be honest at first I was petrified. I spent pretty much the last trimester of my pregnancy be scared out of my wits about taking care of someone else 24/7. And those first few months sure were rough! Many time I felt as though I was barely keeping my head above water when he came to caring for the ‘little man’, let alone taking care of myself or the house or anything really.

But looking back I wouldn’t change it, the bond we built over all those long nights and exhausting days has grown into the sweet unending love of a caring little boy who amazes me everyday. Some days feel so long and so hard even now.. and there are many days I question if I am doing things “right” and if he’ll be “okay”. I honestly don’t think that’ll ever really end…

But the ‘little man’ that gave me the honor of being his mom is growing into such a wonderful, smart, caring, funny and unique individual I must be doing something right.

-T