This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment …

{this moment}

“A Friday (or Monday) ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.”

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Summer Life

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Last week I shared our summer with our homeschool group. This week I am gonna show you our summer life. It’s been an easy, breezy summer! Almost makes me sad we need to start school soon. Summer isn’t over yet though!

Warm summer dog walk.

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Sisterly love

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Children’s Museum Trip #1

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Berry Picking with Papa

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Free Play

GASP!! Side-by-Side but not fighting?!
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A Week at Grandma and Grandpa’s House!

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Craft Stick Puzzles

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Lilly Loves Frogs!

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Splash Pad!

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Children’s Museum Trip #2

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Exploring the Creek

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Horseback Riding

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Library

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What have you been up to this summer? What has your favorite park of summer been?

Thanks for reading :)

10 Things I Have Learned about Grief and Loss

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Well. Today is the day I dread more than any day of the year. August 19, 2004 my father-in-law died in a work related accident. I really hate this day. It’s a reminder of his death, the aftermath, and that we will continue on without him. Of course, we feel his death all throughout the year, but this day really hurts. My husband and I were only 23 and 24 when he died. Not even married for two years. We have learned a lot about grief, loss, and life in the last ten years.

1. First and foremost, “You don’t get over it, you just make room.” It may be corny to quote “The Walking Dead” but it is the most accurate description I have come across. You never get over this, you simply learn to live with it. Some days are easier than others but you never truly get over it.

2. Life is short. One tiny slip, and it could all be over. When I got the phone call that my father-in-law was dead, my heart sank into my gut. I remember thinking, “It takes one phone call to change everything.”

3. Life can change instantly. Our life could easily be divided into before my father-in-laws death and after. In the blink of an eye. Everything changes.

4. Family doesn’t have to be blood. Death brings out the best and worst in people. The people who support you the most don’t have to be family.

5. Hard times reveal true friends. See previous :)

6. Grief hits you when you least expect it. We have had meltdowns after watching United 93, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings. You never know when that grief will strike you and you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach like the moment you found out.

7. Time heals shit. Time heals all wounds is bullshit. A great quote I found is “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.” Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince.

8. Your kid’s relationship with their dead grandparent is difficult. I felt tremendous guilt that my kids never got to meet their other grandpa. But I don’t want to burden them with my loss. It’s a delicate balance between remembrance and baggage.

9. You will feel their presence. No matter your beliefs, religion, or skepticism. There will be days when you feel your loved one with you :)

10. Grief changes you. But know that you can move on. Don’t let yourself get stuck.

What Makes Me Smile #2

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I tend to be a Negative Nelly at times, so I was thrilled to come across another blogger, Alison from Under the Big Oak Tree, who started a series called “What Makes Me Smile.” She “journals some things that make me smile each week. Hoping that when I look back, I’ll see just how many things I have to be grateful for and smile about in my life.” I adore this idea. So I have decided to share 5 things that make me smile. Enjoy!

1. Friends Especially friends who watch your kids while you sit on the porch and drink relax. We had our bi-annual meeting of friends this weekend. While we were relaxing on the porch, some of our friends were teaching the kids croquet. Nothing is better than someone else supervising your children!

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2. My dog Maggie Maggie is 11 now and as loyal and loving as ever. I love this dog more than most people. Whoops, did I say that out loud?!

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3. Maters My garden tomatoes are ripening. So glorious!! It’s an amazing feeling to watch your garden grow through the spring and summer. Even though it is a weedy mess, I wouldn’t trade my garden for anything :)

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4. Road Trips!! Last weekend we had our family reunion. This weekend our friends reunion. Which means lots of time in the car. Our car Stella is awesome! Makes me super excited for our road-cruise in a couple of months!!

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5. Jason Momoa’s Instagram Yeah. I’m just gonna leave this for you to all enjoy :) Click the link. You won’t regret it.

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What is making you smile lately? What in your life are you grateful for?

Thanks for stopping by!!

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment …

{this moment}

“A Friday (or Monday) ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.”

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Homeschool Summer Fun

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Every Thursday, I share a little bit about our homeschool life. Interested in why we are homeschooling? Click here. Want to know about our unschooling curriculum? Click here! Any other questions? Ask away. I would love to hear from you :)

It’s hard to believe August is almost half over! It’s crazy how fast this summer has gone. Especially after the horrible winter we had. The weather this summer has been beautiful. Not too hot, but warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. After spending the winter basically hibernating, our homeschool group decided to make the most of this summer by getting together every couple of weeks. It has been a fun summer!

Family Night The group set aside time on a Friday night for a family potluck. Fathers often miss out on most of the homeschool gatherings. My husband was working so he couldn’t make it. The girls were a little upset when they saw the other dads, but they managed to have a good time!

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Park Days On our summer fun list, we wanted to visit a ton of parks and boy have we!!

Rock River Park, Fort Atkinson, WI
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Stoppenbach Park, Jefferson, WI
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Riverside Park, Watertown, WI
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Zoo Day Earlier this summer we took a group trip to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI. And by group, I mean us and one other family. But that’s ok! We had a great time. Both of us have been to the zoo often so after riding the carousel, feeding the goats, and exploring a few animals, most of the time was spent at the beach right across from the zoo!
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Beach Day Despite the summer being on the cool side, we did have a fun day at the beach at Whitewater Lake

Lilly the Mermaid!
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Does your homeschool group meet in the summer? What fun things do you do in the summer?

Thanks for stopping by!

Homeschool Supplies

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Last week I talked about our Unschooling Curriculum for the year. Today I want to take you on a tour of our homeschool room and list some of the resources I have found helpful for homeschooling pre-K-1st grade.

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First off, a couple of panoramic shots of our homeschool room. It’s more of a play room at the moment. We haven’t found a desk that works for what we need. Any sit down work we do takes place at the kitchen table.

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I apologize if these pictures didn’t turn out well. The room is very small and it’s the only way to get a shot of the whole room.

From the back door.
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From the opposite corner.
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I have three main storage solutions to help keep all my stuff somewhat under control.

Storage for bulk supplies
Books, paper, games, extra art supplies. Basically, any and all overflow.

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Storage for current schoolwork
I love Thirty-One bags for this. So handy!! I keep the papers for the current work in a folder, and each day bring out what we need. I put the finished work in the binder to keep everything together. I used to give them all the printables in the binder, but it wasn’t the best set up for me.

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Storage for frequently used supplies
Markers, crayons, dot markers, glue, scissors. They have pencil boxes for writing utensils and everything else is in the super organizing tote. I also store the “all by myself” boxes on the table with the school stuff. That way they don’t get mixed in with all the toys.

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Back to school time is so tempting to buy everything you see. School supplies! Cheap! Plentiful!! Resist the temptation to buy everything. I have found that I use the things on this list the most.

Homeschool Supplies for young kids
Printer ink
Folders and binders to organize any paper work you may have.
Glue
Markers
Printer Ink
Paint
Crayons
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Dot Markers
Paper – Construction, printer, butcher, scratch, notebook. Anything kids can paint, write, or draw on to keep your house free of its wrath.
Printer Ink. Did I mention that?
Watercolors
As much artsy/crafty and sensory stuff as you can stand. Kids love this stuff, but some parents don’t. If you don’t mind a mess, buy it by the truckload. If you are on the cleaner side, find what you can stand and work with that.

Thanks for taking a tour of our homeschool room! What is your favorite part of your homeschool room? What school supplies would you recommend to other homeschoolers?

Linking up with List it Tuesday and the iHomeschool Not-Back-To-School Hop. Thanks for reading!

Date Night at Home

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Happy Monday everybody!! I hope you had a fun summer weekend. We spent the weekend at a family reunion of my Dad’s side of the family. We had a ball. My cousin was an amazing host. It was far too long between visits, and I can’t wait for the next reunion!

Today I am continuing my marriage series “Dating your Spouse.” In my last post, I talked about our week night tradition of pizza and comedy night. What it comes down to is marriage is more than anniversaries and special dates. It’s the small moments you create in your day-to-day life.

But no matter how many “I love you’s,” notes in the lunch box, special texts throughout the day, and kisses before work, parents need a date night. However, for some families going out to a nice restaurant isn’t always possible. Between finances and child care, it’s a hit or miss situation. Or if you are like me, it’s less stressful to wait til the kids are in bed and make a nice dinner yourself. Or even better, when the kids are away for the weekend!!

My husband and I love to cook together. When the kids are at Grandma and Grandpa’s for the weekend, we like to take advantage of being able to cook without being interrupted. We can have a glass of wine and talk while we work together to make a great meal. We LOVE a good steak and since you can create a nice steak dinner for a fraction of the price at home, it’s a cheaper option than a steakhouse.

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Date night at home is great time to splurge a little and get some awesome protein at Whole Foods or local butcher shop. Think surf and turf. Beef Wellington. Rissoto. Lobster. If you love to cook, cooking with amazing ingredients is such a joy. We opt for a steakhouse dinner: filet, baked potatoes, salad, and dessert. It’s all about spending time together doing what you enjoy.

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If you hate to cook, go out to dinner by all means. There is no clear-cut way for dating your spouse. Do what works for you!! It’s all about doing something special together. My husband and I love to cook together. Maybe you enjoying taking a run together. Kayaking. Taking a Harley ride to a bar. The drive-in. Dinner and dancing. Movie and take-out. Binge marathon of your favorite show. Bar and the football game. Sleeping. Make dinner and then have dessert from your favorite bakery. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing together, take time. No, make time and your relationship a priority.

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What is your favorite date night tradition?

Have a great week everyone and thanks for reading!!

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment …

{this moment}

“A Friday (or Monday) ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.”

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