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.


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


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!



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!

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.  🙂

A Day in the Life 2020-Tuesday

It is time for the annual Day in the Life series!  Monday’s post is here.  I think I was right yesterday when I said that this week might be boring. Today was pretty quiet.

I woke up at 645, meditated and went for a walk. The morning was beautiful.


I came home to a bustling house. Breakfast was in full swing. At 830, we all did 15 minute clean up. Then everyone went to their rooms to work except for Sims. The heat still wasn’t working so individual rooms were warmer. Sims started working on a new online class today so we learned how to navigate the class.

I spent the morning looking into ACT registration for homeschoolers and colleges.

Sims and Parks went to work with the tutor around 1230. Sawyer had an appointment at 2 that I took her to. Then we went to her pet sitting job and home.

This afternoon, Sims and Sawyer went to climbing. Parks went skateboarding. I worked in the yard.

We met some friends for dinner. Sims dropped Sawyer off at the restaurant and then headed home. Once home, Sims worked on his car. The rest of us strolled in around 9. Now we are all settling down for the evening. 🙂

Happy Tuesday.

A Day in the Life 2020-Monday

We are back at this time again-a day in the life series. I enjoy this series for many reasons. The two main reasons are 1. I enjoy seeing how our days have changed and 2. I enjoy reading about other people’s days. I have a feeling this week will be slightly boring as things are not too exciting around here lately-which is ok by me.  Last year’s post is here.

I woke up around 7 this morning to a nice cold house. Our heater went out yesterday so the house is a bit chilly which made getting out of bed a little tougher than usual.

The kids all began moving around 730 and everyone was in the kitchen by 815. At 820 we did our fifteen minute clean up- yep, we are back to it! By 9, Sims was in class on the computer and the rest of us were packing up for co-op.

While at co-op, Sims held down the fort as the heating guys came. He also had a math class online at 11. I assisted the health class this month at the co-op, so I worked on the props for the class. Today’s class was on nutrition. We had a nice spread of food for lunch.

After co-op, Sawyer and I headed home for a brief bit prior to an appointment with our naturopath. Parks went to skate with a friend on the greenway. Sims went to his personal trainer for his shoulder rehab.

After the appointment, Sims picked up Sawyer and headed to climbing practice. I went to my appointment with the naturopath. When I finished, I had a message from Sawyer saying that she didn’t feel well so I headed north to pick her up from the gym.

Once home, I started dinner. She laid in her bed and Parks was in his room. Dinner cooked. Three of us ate. Nick came home. Sims came home. They ate.


Around 815, Nick and I headed to the market for milk and eggs. Home by 845.

At 9, I jumped in a bath to warm up! Sims made cookies for the family and the night came to a close. Until morning. 🙂