A Day in the Life 2019- Tuesday

A few changes that you will see from past years to this year include outside classes.  Today is an outside class day.  The Tuesday schedule alternates each week.  This week, Sawyer and Parks have class, and next week all three kids have class.

715: Wake up.  No one else is up yet.  Everyone starts moving around 730ish. Morning chores and breakfast.

830: We all came together to do our 15 minute clean up and then we head to the sunroom to read our book and prep for the day.

900: I jumped in the shower before we headed out while the kids all worked on some independent work.  When I got out, I helped as I was needed.

950: We jumped in the car to head out for class.

1030: Parks went to his writing class for an hour.

1140: Sawyer went to her writing class while Parks and I went to get lunch.

1230: Parks went into his science class while I sat with Sawyer as she ate lunch.

145: We headed home from classes and over to feed our friend’s cats.

315: We arrived home.  Sims had worked on Chemistry, Geometry, reading for history, Reading Horizons and built a volume for his climbing wall while we were gone.  At this time, everyone did their own thing for a bit.  One of them hit a wall (figuratively)and the whole afternoon dynamic changed.  Luckily, Nick was able to come home early and help out.

550: Three of us got in the car to go to practice and two stayed home. The two who stayed home, hung out and cooked dinner.

810:Practice was over and we went to get something to eat.  We got home at 9,  Watched a show and got ready for bed-dishes, showers, etc.

*not a typical day Tuesday for us.  Usually Tuesdays go fairly smoothly, but today there was a change in the schedule and change is tough for some people.  We have a family member who has a very difficult time with change and we are working very diligently as a family to work on strategies to help.




A Day in the Life 2019-Monday

As has become the tradition, I am about to embark on my version of the “Day in the Life” series done by Simple Homeschool. (Here are my past ones: 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018) Soo….I usually do this post a week or two earlier in the month, but I decided to wait a bit this year due to Sims’s concussion.  Then, I totally forgot about it!

715: Wake up to a very quiet house.

730: Start breakfast and fold laundry.  Sims wakes up followed by Parks and Sawyer.  Everyone eats breakfast and does their morning chores.

815: Sims works on his puzzle and listens to an audio book (he has been working on puzzles to fill his time since he had his concussion).

830: 15 minutes clean up (yep, we are still doing it!.  The 15 minute clean up keeps our house going).

850: We sit in the sunroom and read our read aloud book.  Right now we are reading, “The Not So Great Depression” to go along with our finance/business math block.  We also go over what everyone needs to work on this morning.

930: Everyone separates into their areas.  Parks and I work on math and poetry.  Sims works on Reading Horizons and Chemistry,  Sawyer works on math and writing.

1130: Parks and Sims take the dog and their bikes out to the mountain bike trail behind our house and make a few runs.  Sawyer and I edit her paper that she is working on for writing class.

1215: Everyone makes lunch and I get a quick shower.


Lunch-fridge wide open.

1245: Back to work.  I work with Parks on more of his writing.  Sims is back to working on chemistry and Sawyer is working on Latin.

200:  Everyone heads off to hang out/do independent activities.  I prep dinner and walk up to the grocery store to get some items needed for dinner.  Sims works on his climbing wall (he is still building it).  Sawyer draws.  Parks does some chores to get some money before he and a friend head out on their bikes.


Sims working on his wall.

400: We head out for afternoon activities: music for Sawyer and Parks.  Climbing for Sims.  Sawyer joins him after music.

610: Parks and I got home.  I finished up dinner.  Parks and I sat to eat.


I really do not enjoy spending so much time in the car, but I do enjoy a nice sunset on my way home each evening.

720: Nick and I head out to pick up Sims and Sawyer.

815: Back home.  Nick, Sims and Sawyer eat dinner.  Parks rode his scooter in the driveway.

830: I just filled out my Daily Musings Journal from the Mountain Mermaid Studio and sat to type up my day.  I plan to start winding down for the evening which means getting the kids to shower, putting dishes away, and watching a show or reading my book.  See you tomorrow!


Weekly Wrap Up

Week One in 2019!  Everyone got back to work this week, although it was slow.  Sims got a concussion over the break, so he can only work in small chunks and cannot use the computer (although, he tried to take his online geometry class).  He is listening to audiobooks and working on puzzles.  He is going a bit stir crazy since he cannot do much.  Sawyer presented her poetry this week in her language arts class which was fun to listen to and watch.  Parks presented this week as well.  He read his mystery paper.  Parks also started on a new math program since he finished up Life of Fred elementary series.  So far, it is going well.  All three kids started a new block in their co-op this week. Thus, they were sculpting and learning about finance.  We had an amazing week of weather here so we enjoyed that as well!

Holiday Wrap Up!

Well, we are winding down after a very busy holiday season here!  After the spiral, we had a couple days of clean up and some preparation for Christmas.  We decided not to get a tree this year but Sawyer was really bummed-so, Parks surprised her with a tree as her Christmas present.  She loved it.  We spent the next two weeks celebrating the holidays with friends ,playing games and completing Christmas presents.  Now we are gearing up to start back to school!

Weekly Wrap Up

As usual, it has been nuts around here.  School is winding down for the holiday break, which means that we are out of our rhythm.  No rhythm means increased stress for some in our crew.  In addition to the holidays, we also had snow!

Overall, we finished up “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and started a new book called, “Roses and Radicals.” (Personally, I am thinking this book is a must read for those of you with high schoolers doing US History this year.  It is pretty awesome.). Sims finished up his first semester of Geometry and is working through the break on note taking and more study skills as he moves into more advanced classes.  Sawyer is still working on Physical Science and writing through the break.  Parks is working on writing as well.

Sims also had the opportunity to go climbing this week at Rumbling Bald and Stone Mountain with some friends.


We also celebrated our winter spiral with several families and are now getting ready for the holidays!


It was beautiful!

Winter Spiral-2018

I thought that last year would be the end of the spiral; however, friends asked when I was hosting it.   Thus, I continued the “tradition.”  I love the spiral.  My kids can take it or leave-although, they always have fun.  We started celebrating with a winter spiral 4 years ago to celebrate the light in the world. Now, I feel that I am teaching how the kids not only how to find the light/good in situations/people, but also how to be the light and the good in situations/people.

As always, we started the night off with a walk down the drive lit up with luminaries.  We then lit the candles in the spiral, as I told the story of the Lantern Prince.  Next, we painted kindness rocks to place around the community.  We ended the night with some goodies to munch on and of course, a game of tag.

I hope your holiday season is starting off well.  Happy Winter Solstice!

Weekly Wrap-up x 2

I am not sure where the last two weeks went, but they went quickly.  Since Sawyer’s birthday on the 26th, we have been pretty busy.  Classes are trying to wrap up before the holidays, and I scheduled lots of doctor appointments during this time too.

As far as school stuff goes, we finished our latest book-“Bamboo People.”  Another great book that we read to go with many of our blocks this year, including Civics and Economics.  Now we are reading A Midsummer’s Night Dream before we go see the play next week.

We also managed to start decorating for the holidays.

We finished up the past two weeks with a climbing competition in Raleigh.