Month: September 2015

Is It Really Vacation With Kids?

Lighthouse

Ah vacation. Time to relax. No work, school or responsibilities. iPhones are forgotten. The beach beckons. Hear the seagulls. Feel the warm breeze. And…here comes the hurricane. Not a literal hurricane. I’m talking about my three children.

I never appreciated a child free vacation until I couldn’t go on one anymore. There are five of us now and despite the gift of being in the beautiful South, I’m well aware of how much work a vacation with kids can be. The slathering on of sunscreen multiple times a day, the coercing them out of the pool after three hours, the junk food, the rain that traps us indoors for days, trying to keep my fearless three-year old from drowning in the undertow. You get the picture. By bedtime, I’m ready to collapse or scream.

Vacation

On the flip side, I get to spend lots of quality time with my family. We are blessed to be able to go on vacation. We are lucky to have beautiful weather today. The biggest decision of the day is beach or pool. I wake up to chocolate chip waffles and good coffee. I’m reading a really inspiring book. Life is good.

Vacation with kids? Yeah. We’ll do it again.  We are making memories. And those are worth all the work.

Homeschooling Made Easy

This is our second year homeschooling and though we’ve had ups and downs, I love every minute of it. Being able to spend quality time with my children is a true gift. Figuring out which curriculum to use has been the hardest part of our journey.

Enter Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool. Lee Giles, a homeschool mother of six, has put together a huge resource for homeschooling parents who are overwhelmed by all the options. You can search by pre-made levels or mix and match to suit your child’s needs. Once you decide on a level, you start on Day 1 and follow the directions from there.

Math, English, History, Music, Art and so much more!  Visit her site and take a look around. I gravitate towards an eclectic, unschooling style of learning, but I love using this site on days I panic and feel like we need to “do school”.

Easy Peasy