I figured out the secret to getting everything done. An Insanity workout taught me in the wee hours of the morning. I wrote about it yesterday @Hip Homeschool Moms. Basic information that God uses as a light bulb moment. Love those. It’s not about how much we do, but how much we leave on the floor when we are done.

It’s November and all my favorite traditions and visions of comfy cozy are coming to fruition. I walk into Joanns and before I even hit the land of endless possibilities the cinnamon pinecones awake every creative nook and cranny in my entire being. We have a Joanns Superstore and it is pretty fabulous BUT I need to go to Hobby Lobby people. STAT. Nothing better. I am pretty sure they will be in heaven. Wouldn’t you agree?

For my little guy? Heaven might be his sock monkey, the Polar Express, Thomas…. and me. I’m totally good with that.

We are so close to right on schedule with school. Yay us. In reality, I am a little shocked. Discipline to stay on track is tough when homeschooling during the time of year that is a mecca to gumdrop and pony lovers everywhere. Every where you turn is warm and fuzziness ready to lure you away from the planner. I planned this school year with an entire week off at Thanksgiving. We just might need to work one day of that to be totally on track, but no big deal. Things are going really well for the most part -then there is math. I am considering a change, but I think that there can be such danger in curriculum hopping. One can not jump ship every time something does not go as planned. However, with my increased knowledge of the education world and the deeper level of understanding that I have with my children’s learning styles, we may be making a mid year change and moving to Math U See. I am sitting on it, talking to a teacher friend, a homeschool mom friend, and praying about it.

Speaking of curriculum, I am not loving Explode the Code online for many reasons. In fact, we have stopped using it entirely. They will not refund any portion of my payment, which is a big bummer. We are using the workbooks only now and have been for a couple of years. They rock. Other than that, I am really happy with all of our choices this year. Things are going well. Except for the incessant arguing between an almost 14 year old and an 8 year old, but that is for another post, another day.

The other day when I was assigning homework for the weekend, my 13 year old says to me, “Mom, I miss the days when you didn’t know what you were doing.” I grinned ear to ear. Thank you…very much, I say. No higher complement in my classroom.

A few weeks ago, I had an idea in the produce section of Whole Foods. Candy is typically a fabulous “incentive” in school. Let’s be honest, bribery works. I mean I know I would like it if there was an individual ready to give me a chocolate chip when I finished mopping the floor. “You scrubbed the toilets with a cheerful heart? Congratulations, here is an m n m.” It could be fabulous.

However, with our recent efforts to improve our eating habits, I was a bit stumped. Candy didn’t seem like a totally fantastic idea. Yet, while in the produce section, I remembered the trail mix bar. It has a ton of nuts, pretzels, dried fruit, and a few candies {free of dye and some of the junk found in a lot of sweets}. So, I thought this was a perfect compromise. I proudly shared my plan and I let each of the kids fill up a little tub to create their own trail mix.

Do you see anything missing? Total fail.

Love this girl.

Christmas decorating is in theory to begin when we have completed week thirteen of school assignments. A little incentive for all of us. However, two very wide eyed little girls, just might be sleeping in their beds next to the glow of twinkle lights this evening. A certain mother just might be considering a slumber party.

Pony and gumdrop lovers everywhere unite.

It’s Christmas time!



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8 Responses to Rambling
  1. Cara Yeh
    November 13, 2012 | 6:42 pm

    Such a great post! Not enough room for me to respond… Your girls’ Christmas trees gave me a BIG smile! Getting an m&m for scrubbing toilets? Brilliant! I’m going to keep a stash in my bathroom. Oh, and his line; “Mom, I miss the days when you didn’t know what you were doing.” Ha! Love it!

  2. Barbie
    November 13, 2012 | 10:54 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, and might I add your photos are beautiful. I love gleaming from other homeschool moms, since I work full time and homeschool a 12yo. I did switch science curriculums twice already, but am determined to make my current choice work. We are using Teaching Textbooks for Math and since we started using the DVDs, my daughter is doing very well. I love the trail mix idea! And yes, Christmas is upon us. Let the decorating begin.

  3. alicia @ la famille
    November 14, 2012 | 6:18 am

    we are sorta on schedule, but not really. this week has been slacker deluxe for us!! when life gets busy, it’s just hard to get it all in. today we are going to the symphony and maybe we’ll get math in…and hopefully reading. 🙂

  4. Kelli
    November 14, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Love the Christmas trees! I went to Target yesterday and as soon as I walked into the Christmas section I started getting stressed.

  5. Jamie cruz
    November 14, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Just found you via hip homeschool moms facebook page. You have a true gift for writing and photography! Love your blog. Im a jesus lovin wife and mama to a 16 month old. Inspired to homeschool when the time comes, work with children as an occupational therapist. Your blog is so cozy! Your family is blessed! 🙂

  6. Amy G
    November 15, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Homework for the weekend? Man you are strict! 🙂

    We WERE so on track . . . and then have had a few personal road bumps . . . so we have some catching up to do. I too planned a week off at Thanksgiving, but I think we’re gonna need to work right up to Turkey day. Bummer.

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far my sweet friend!

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