Tuesday, September 19, 2017


First week of school! We like to set a date for the first day of a new year...although we never really stop learning so our year doesn't look much different than our summer or vacations. This year will be slightly different in that its our daughters last year. She's a senior, so our year will be more tailored to that and getting some things finished up to be able to put on her transcript. So in a sense our year will be a little more structured as well.

The kids have picked already tons to learn this year along with some things again that we need to do for our daughter. Some items between the both of them include....

Geography AZ Field trips (Explore Arizona!)
Brush up on Grammar
Solidify High School Math skills
Life Math
Computer Coding
Family Read Aloud (we're finishing up Harry Potter)
Art Journals with Quotes of the Day
Writing with the intent to write a book
Running a business 
Culinary - chemistry and just learning to cook more
Bike Riding
Hiking trips
Gardening...growing to feed our family

So our first week, last week we eased into the swing of things. We started Geography with the study of our own state, Arizona. We are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon by train.

We ordered Discovery Magazine's single issue for both kids of the Grand Canyon here:

We did the Scientific Mom's sand Grand Canyon hands on activity here, although we are still finishing it up due to some drainage issues:

We watched this short video about the canyon as well:

A few photos of geography:

Chemistry: The kids love, love Crash Course so we decided to use their Chemistry videos and supplement with books and experiments as well. So this last week we started with a few video's from them here:

Each day we do a quote of the day and write it on our white board. We take turns choosing it..it can be something inspirational, a bible verse, something that holds meaning for you that you want to share. We post it on the board in the morning then afternoon we sit at the table and work on our Art Journal in which we use part or all of the quote and decorate with paints, or markers, or anything we want and we chat about the quote. Once done one of us reads from our Family Read Aloud book while the others finish with their journals. Right now our Read Aloud is finishing up Harry Potter.

 Our daughters books from the library this week...
And an art piece she just completed....

Other happenings...we went on a road trip/ day trip this last weekend for some family time to see cousins. We've been heading to the Farmers Market every Saturday morning to put money into our local farms and community and get yummy fresh, organic eats.

And this is from today...after learning, spending time soaking up the sun, chatting. Couldn't let the moment pass me by without a quick picture.
Felt SO blessed. Yes they are siblings, but they are also friends.

 Blessed to be homeschooling yet another year. Looking forward to seeing them grow, learn and develop. Love their spirits, their souls and who they are. Cherishing every moment each and every day with them.

Monday, August 14, 2017

May, June, July....

Our summer has slipped away! We've been having fun and living life. Momma hasn't even been snapping very many photos. But lots has been happening and now all of the sudden August is upon us and the start of a brand new school year is beginning next month as well. We're going to have a 7th grader and a 12th grader this coming year and we're excited for what this new year will bring.

Summer adventures and happenings...

Boy Scouts
Camping Trips
California vacations
Daughters 17th birthday
Garden Growing
Weed Mowing
Hiking, Biking
Park with Friends
Lunches with other Mommas
Music playing
Library trips
Buying books for our year

And so much more...

Some photos from our last few months...

Our daughter turned 17

Minecraft building, Library book sale....our daughter got her first 'Harry Potter' box subscription in the mail.

Monsoon season...rains turning everything gorgeous green!

Garden is growing (this was in June/July..and its nearly doubled since then!)
Just a couple of our plants...

Our beautiful daughter-

Life is good. Summer has been great and we only have adventure and family time awaiting us in the following year ahead!

Monday, May 1, 2017


This month we've...

Celebrated Easter Sunday
Human Society Equine Tour with Homeschool
Learned about horses and horse care
Homeschool park days with friends
Boy Scouts
Prepping the garden
Outdoor time
Hiking & Exploring
Writing, drawing
Desk cleaning
Family game nights
Baby ducks at the feed store
Raising baby birds
Learned about WW1, Watched War Horse
Explored science; plants, flowers, bees

and much much more....

Soaking up every moment of this blessed life. Enjoying, adventuring.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Life in March

March has come and gone and its already April, we keep asking where are these months going!? But we are soaking up each one, enjoying each day, keeping busy with life, activities, friends and schooling.

This month we've....

Taken a trip to California
visited the ocean
celebrated our son's 12th birthday
Our daughter cut her hair short!
Father/Son went on a Boy Scout camp out
Chicken watched
Saw baby chicks...didn't buy any!
Started yard work for our garden
 Surprised our son with the Penguin tour at Seaworld (bday present)
Dove into foreign languages in school
Worked on Penguin dioramas 
Park play with homeschool friends weekly
Enjoyed quiet Sundays 
Family game night Mondays

Life is Good. We are blessed!

Family time, fun time, birthday time....March was great!