March 2020

March was quite an interesting month for us as I am sure it was for most everyone around the globe.  We started off the month fairly typical.  The weather was AMAZING in NC.  We took quite a few walks and even got a hike in with some friends.

Midmonth, we took our spring break.  We headed out to Utah to get some skiing in.  Bad timing, right?  We got one day of skiing in and it was FANTASTIC!  The weather was perfect.  No powder, but a great day.  Then…..we all know what went down.  The ski slopes closed and the country started going on lockdown, so we rented a car and started driving.  We joked that Nick has always wanted to drive across the US, so now he had his trip!  Nick and I were a bit nervous to jump in and drive without any plans.  No hiccups.  The trip was easy and fun.

We came back home and jumped back into school.  Our days were pretty typical.  We woke up, cleaned and started school.  Without after school activities, we did get a few projects done around the house.  The kids painted the garage-which we had to clean out first!

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Other than that, the kids fished, biked, played on the water, read and played with the dogs.  I started planning for next year (I never do that this early, but I had time).  So far we stayed healthy and were lucky that the quarantine did not affect us too much.  I hope everyone is safe and healthy!

February 2020

So obviously, blogging does not seem to be happening for me lately.  Getting the computer to sit and type is one part of the dilemma.  Sims is taking several online classes and uses the computer ALOT!  I think that we will be on the hunt for another laptop before next year.  In addition to not having the computer much anymore (I have to admit that I do not miss it at all), time is seriously flying by.  February had a few parts to it, so I will break the month down a bit.

Sims worked through his courses-Algebra II, Ted Talks, Physics, and a college prep dual enrollment class.  He has been sailing a good amount and working on sailboats.  We also worked on his accommodations for the ACT in April.  *Note to everyone needing accommodations-do this VERY, VERY early.  You need all of your testing already done, a learning plan, and documentation from someone other than yourself. As a homeschooling parent, this process was a bit overwhelming and took a lot more time than I expected.

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Sawyer worked through Marine Biology, Algebra I, World History, and English.  As far as school goes, Sawyer is LOVING marine biology.  The labs are fun (although we have to wait on a couple for the crayfish to come out of hiding in the creeks).  She learned some really cool tricks on her Lyra that she got for Christmas.

Parks worked on decimals in math, the Outsiders book, Latin word roots, and woodworking.  He completed his longboard which he was super proud of.  He also got in quite a bit of snowboarding.

In med-February, the older two kids and I went to check out a couple of colleges.  Sims requested to go look at a few schools in January.  He did a terrific job with setting up the college tours, meetings with admissions personnel, and sailing teams.  We did quite a bit of driving over four days and learned quite a bit about what the kids like and don’t like in schools (or what they think they like and don’t like).  We also got to do some nature study at the beach where we saw dolphins playing and a green sea turtle.

The end of the month included a climbing competition in Virginia and the end of the snowboarding season for Parks.

Finding Passion- Sailing

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Sailing has been around for my crew for many, many years.  Each child started going to a sailing camp when he/she was 8. Sawyer has let sailing go.  She did not love it.  Sims and Parks seriously love the sport.  They both started around age 8 and still sail.  They sail all-year-round!  Yep, even in the cold!

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They both started on dinghies or small sailboats and have worked their way up to bigger boats.  Parks still likes the dinghies better and sticks to those.  Sims will sail the dinghies and has found a new love for keelboats.

I love watching both of them out on the water.  I am amazed by the confidence they each have while out in a boat.  There is so much more to sailing than getting into a boat and moving the rudder.  They have to set up the boats, read the wind and the weather, be aware of their competitors, know how to fix what they brake, know how to protest, know how to clean up, know how to care for sails, and so much more (in fact, Sims just informed me about how much math he uses when he plots points on a chart).  I look forward to watching them both grow in the sport!

Finding Passion-Skateboarding

 

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I recently thought about what my kids are doing now.  Two are still rock climbing as their passion in addition to a couple of other activities which I will post on later.  Parks has a new passion that he has been working on for about two years now-skateboarding.  While he was biking a while back, he began playing with and making fingerboards and fingerboard parks.  Believe it or not, this is where he began his skateboarding journey.  He started off learning the tricks and the physics behind the tricks.  He learned how to hit specific features.

Then last year, he received a nickleboard for his birthday.  Since that time, he has gotten a park board and a longboard that slides.  He goes to the skatepark whenever he can.  When he cannot get to the skatepark, he has set up features in the yard complete with a rail, a quarter pipe and blocks of wood to slide over.  He spends time practicing and perfecting his skills.  Sims took him to the skatepark last week and called me in amazement at how good Parks has gotten at his tricks.

Part of his school for this year included woodworking.  He decided to make a longboard using kit from Roarockit.  The kit was fantastic.  He and our neighbor worked on the board shape.  Then Parks worked on sanding it and getting the final shape.  Finally, he stained and painted the board.  Overall, the board turned out pretty awesome.  He is ready to tweak the foam and change some things up to make another one.

A Day in the Life 2020- Friday

The last day of the week. Yay! Overall, today was a pretty typical day. We all woke up, ate, and did our 15 minute clean up.

The kids jumped into their school work. When they finished their work, Sims and Sawyer went to move boats around. Sims took the ski boat up to get worked on.

We took the pups to the vet for an appointment. Then we had a bit of a movie marathon.

Sawyer needed to watch The Monuments Men for world history. Then we rented Harriet because we missed it in the theatre.

I hope you had a happy week. We are off to the weekend!

A Day in the Life 2020-Thursday

Today you will see why the kids did so much school work on Wednesday. We decided to take a last minute trip up to the mountains to ski today. We spoke about trying to make it happen earlier in the week but the weather didn’t look so great. Wednesday morning, the kids and decided that if the weather was ok that we would go to ski slope closer to home than the one we originally wanted to visit. Then it snowed and iced Wednesday night. I had to wait to see how the roads were in the morning. We waited until about 930 and decided to take the chance. The day was very foggy. Skiing was great. Other than a quick picnic lunch, we were on the slopes. In the way home, we saw an amazingly beautiful sunset!

A Day in the Life 2020- Wednesday

It’s Wednesday!  Another “Day in the Life” post!  Monday’s post is here.  Today was not too exciting (it seems like a theme this week-lol).

I woke up at 645 to the dog crying at my door.  I got up and took her for a walk.  When I got home, the kids were up and getting ready for the day.  Wednesday is another co-op day.  Today, however, Sawyer and Sims stayed home to get work done.  After our 15 minute clean-up, Parks and I headed to co-op while the other two sat down to do some school work.

Parks did independent work at the co-op in the morning.  Then the group did a yard clean-up for the American Legion in the afternoon.  I headed out for an appointment around 1145.  Sims picked up Parks for me from the co-op and they headed home.

 

Once we all got home, Sawyer was still doing school work.  Sims worked on his trunk for a bit (the handle broke) and tweaked his wake gate before he went out surfing.

At 430, I went to yoga with a friend.  Sawyer and Parks each had a friend come hang out for a bit.

Typically Sawyer has her art club on Wednesday nights.  This week, the art club was canceled.  However, we still went out.  When I returned home from yoga, Sims asked if we could all go get ice cream.  So, we all headed into town to get a sweet treat.

Once at home, we all settled in for the night.  🙂