A Rain Dance

September 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

What do you do at first downpour
After the driest summer on record?

You go outside and get your feet wet
You raise your arms a little bit

Then you bust a move or two
While the rain falls over you

Do a turnabout just like this
Being sure to express your bliss

Please also laugh out loud
Knowing you’re making Mother Nature proud

By dancing in the rain


Happy Birthday!

September 8, 2012 § 2 Comments

Twenty four years have since flown by
Since I first met my little guy

Button nose, eyes deep brown
Auburn gossamer on his crown

Speeding through all life’s stages
Time is a war that endlessly wages

Turning our babies, into kids and teens and then
One day we are looking at young women and men

And we are brought to wonder
How the hell did that happen?

Happy Birthday
Love, Mom xo

You’re Asking Me?

September 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

So right on the tails of the last post, I get a text from a friend who is thinking about homeschooling.

I’m paraphrasing here, but it went something like…

“I’m curious about homeschooling and was wondering about the curriculum you use and how you test.”

We arranged to get together later this week and just chat.  She can ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.  I am a little nervous though because I’m not sure how much information is too much.

Though we started out with an attempt at curriculum and worksheets, we’ve come so far from that way of thinking. We just live. We just do what we want. We take interest courses, hang out with our friends, spend time on our computers and watch Dr. Who.

We all cook and garden, do our own laundry, take care of our pets and clean the house. We go on vacation, go to museums and go out for dinner. Like I said, we just live.  We don’t “do” curriculum and tests just for the sake of it. (Though she is considering thinking about maybe sometime testing for her learning driver’s permit. Eek!)

Anywho…my point?  Yes!  My friend wants some information and advice on homeschooling.  I don’t want to try to convert her to any particular ideology or process.  I don’t use the term radical unschooler, though I’m well aware that’s “technically” what we are, mostly because of how it unnerved me the first time I encountered it. Honestly, it put me off because of the general association of the term. I was ready to be a little different, off the beaten path, out of the box even, but outright radical?

That was a little heady for me back then and in that respect, I have put together a short list of the resources I found most helpful when I started out.  A point in the general direction, lots of support, heaps of encouragement and a few words of wisdom.

Yeah, well…it’s the few words of wisdom part I’m having trouble with.

Any takers?  What basic words of advice would you give someone who is thinking about homeschooling?

Yes Shady, I’m looking at you.  Do you see anyone else here?  😉

They Grow up So Fast

September 3, 2012 § 3 Comments

Just checking in.  Things are finally settling down and the hub bub of summer, and 7 family birthdays in 8 weeks, is coming to a close. Thank goodness!

Only one more birthday to go until the end of November and that’s Son next week.  He’s turning 24…gak!

How did I come to be the mother of a 24 four year old baby child kid teen young adult man?  Of course that’s totally rhetorical, I know exactly how it happened.  😛

Anyway, it’s not just Son turning 24 in 5 days…we also had a 19th birthday/going away to college dinner for my nephew, with whom I am very close.  My sister said she’d kill me if I started crying because it would set her off.  We both managed to stay dry eyed but there were a lot of hugs and well wishes, enough to embarrass Nephew.

It makes me lament a little…okay, right now, a lot.

Time just goes so fast and they grow up so quickly.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss 2 am feedings, potty training or temper tantrums. I do miss a whole lot of other things though.  Camping and cook outs, teaching them to swim in the pool, pumpkin carving for Halloween, seasonal crafts, cooking baking for Christmas, sleepovers, movies and even just trips to the park when we packed juice boxes and crackers with peanut butter.

Oh dear. I am being a sad sack aren’t I? I think I’ll end this here and know that I’ll regain my perspective and see all this as the positive changes they are.  I just wish it would slow down a touch.  😉





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