Adventures in Homeschool – The First Day of Preschool & Totschool

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Preschool is freaking expensive.

There you have it. That’s reason number one as to why I’ve chosen to “homeschool” my children. Yes, I put homeschool in quotations because I’m not really using a curriculum and it’s all based on what they do best.

Playing.

We just moved to a new state a few months ago and we just wanted to enjoy our time with the kids this summer. And if I’m being completely honest here, I didn’t even have any type of schooling for the kids on the brain. Then I had friends from where we came from and a couple here that were asking me:

“Are you going to be putting A into Preschool?”

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Well Susan, I never really thought about it. But I’m going to look into it. BAM. Prices are no joke. Yes, that’s my number one motivator in choosing to homeschool. And there’s nothing wrong about it. My kids are 1 & 3. I really don’t think it’s all that necessary for US to put them into a school and pay all of that extra money. I mean, my kids socialize plenty when it comes to church, the daycare at the gym (I’m there almost daily), and seeing other kids for play dates. Trust me. They’re socialized!

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Anyway…this is a post about their first day of school! We didn’t do a whole ton but you bet your rear that I got some photos of them! We started a bit later. Second week of September to be exact. Most kids started in August or the first week of September and that’s the cool thing about homeschooling: flexibility. We had company in town for a few days when I had originally planned to start but I didn’t want to start and then have to change it up again right away. One of the big subjects we are working on is having a routine!

The first day (and week) went great. The kids attention spans are about what I had expected. 30-45 minutes of semi-structured playtime and it was great! A even loved working in his little workbooks. So, I can’t complain!

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For their “lesson plan” of the day, we really did just do some playing around. I love letting the kids play with stickers. It helps them to work on their fine motor skills. And while they are picking out stickers, we can work on letters and colors as well. I ask them what colors they are and what not. Although we didn’t do a whole bunch, we had fun.

And the best part about doing school with the kids is that when I say, “Hey! It’s time to get ready to do school!”

They are so excited. That’s a total win in my book.

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Moving Out East

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The day that we had been hoping and praying for, for months and years, had finally come.

It’s not like we absolutely hated where we were living at, but we felt as though we were ready to go. With my husband being stationed here for 7 or 8 years and myself for nearly 5, we had outgrown this place. Plus, I don’t like dry heat, so there’s that!

But since we ready for a change and a chance to see family a little more often, we had hoped for orders to the East Coast and that’s what we got! And it’s pretty crazy to think that this is the place that our relationship started, where we started a family, and grew. It’s where we had our first home and this is the house we brought our kids home to. It’s a bit surreal, a bit sad, exiting…emotional. I was quite emotional on the day we finally said “goodbye” to our “home.”

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So, the packers came one day and packed up our entire house. They even brought little boxes for the kids to use to pack up some things they wanted to travel with and crayons for them to decorate them. I thought that was adorable. We filled that house with a ton of stuff over the last 3 years and it was crazy to see it all packed up in less than 8 hours. I think it was even 5 hours if I am being honest!

The next day, the moving truck came and the movers started loading all of our things up. That also didn’t take very long. We spent the night in a hotel on base and the next day, we blew that popsicle stand! We did the final check out of our home and said goodbye to a few friends of ours. Friends of our kids too. Friends that became family.

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I remember, when I joined the Navy, that I always heard about those you served with becoming your family. And it’s so true. But in my own life, it wasn’t JUST the people I had served with who had become my family, it was also the people who were serving along their own spouses that became my family. We know this life and how to be there for each other. And as moms, there are some of us that just…clicked.

Seeing your kids saying bye to other kids is really emotional. At least it was for me. Plus, I am saying bye to my own close friends! All I was thinking about is:

Are we actually going to stay in touch? Or are we just going to say we will talk to each other all of the time and not actually follow through?

Either way, I knew I was extremely blessed to have been able to have those friendships during the time that I did.

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Anyway, enough of the emotional stuff! Ha! We headed out towards Las Vegas but not before we stopped at Old Navy to use our super cash! And sure enough, my best mom friend (that’s what I call her) ended up finding out we were there and met up with us! She was the absolutely last person to send us off. It was so funny and sweet. Her boys are the sweetest and her oldest was crying the night before about us leaving. And her kids asked if mine could sleepover. Ah! I thought I was done with the emotional stuff! I guess not!

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But seriously. It was the cutest. And I was happy to see my friend again before I left.

For those of you that do not know, this is our first time PCSing anywhere. We left our first ever duty station. It’s so crazy to think that wherever you end up, that’s automatically your new home. And you don’t ever know how long you’re going to be there for sure. I mean, I was convinced that I was going to be doing a 20 year career there, but it’s amazing to see what God has done in our lives. And I look forward to seeing what MORE he has in store for us.

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I’ve Been a Bit Busy but I am back!

It’s pretty crazy to think that over the past year, I’ve written and published a total of four blog posts. FOUR.

That’s about one every 3 months or so.

I’ve been really itching to do some more writing and I haven’t been able to really sit down and come up with something valuable or meaningful to say, so I didn’t. Then I decided, with help from a fellow new blogger, that I am ready to just write. For me. No one else in particular. If someone decides to read what I feel like talking about, then that’s pretty neat!

So, here I am! I’m back. With what exactly? I’m not so sure, but a lot has happened since my last post and within the last year so I would love to get you up to speed!

1. I got out of the Navy a little over a year ago and became a stay-at-home-mom. That’s been quite a whirlwind in itself and then we threw in…

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2. We moved across the country to a new duty station this year! It’s pretty exciting (and nerve wracking) to move to a new place. But here we are! And I’m excited to write about our new adventures!

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3. I found a new/old home church. Old: because it’s the sister church of the one I used to go to years ago. New: because it’s about a year and a half old now!

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4. I have started to homeschool the kids. WHOAH. Never thought about the possibility of ever being a teacher – ever. And here I am, teaching my kids. It’s only the beginning!

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5. I started getting rid of all of my stuff. Okay, not all of it, but a pretty decent chunk of it! For now. Before we moved, we downsized since we moved into a much smaller home…but now, I want to get rid of MORE.  I’ll be talking more about our path to “doing more & living with less.”

6. I started really paying more attention to ethical and sustainable fashion. Will definitely be talking more about this as I get more into it! I did a 10×10 challenge in July and it was so fun! I learned a lot.

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7. I resigned from my business with Agnes & Dora. Come to find out…I’m not much of a business person. Ha! Although, I did go from being solely a Poshmark buyer to a seller…

8. I scaled back my obsession with planners and all of the crafty things that came along with it! I’ll be talking about what I’m doing now and what I’m doing with all of the extra “stuff.”

9. I’ve been slowly learning more and more about waste. Especially plastics. So, I’m looking forward to learning even MORE and sharing our zero waste journey with you!

Wow! I didn’t even know I had that many points to talk about until I started typing this thing out! And as I’m typing this sentence, I’m remembering a few other things! I think I’ll save those for a rainy day. 😉

If you’ve made it this far, I would like to thank you for joining me! And I hope we can continue on this journey of life together! Stay tuned for the new blog posts!

“You’re Killin’ Me Smalls”

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Life is getting super hectic around here and not so routine.

Since going back to work at the end of February, there have been a ton of ups and downs when it comes to having a set schedule. I went back to work, had to take a class that involved learning about transitioning out of the military, going back on leave for a couple weeks, then back to work. For me, consistency AND routine is key to me staying sane.

Oh man, it’s going to be hard for me when I am no longer in the Navy and I become a stay-at-home mom!! There’s no way I’m going to be able to come up with some sort of routine while I have two little ones at home! I mean, I came face to face with that realization while I was on maternity leave for about 18 weeks. But I figured it was just because I had a new baby at home…I could be very wrong. It could simple be because I have two littles to take care of instead of one! Not only that, I have never been a SAHM, yet, so I know things will change once I realize I am not going back to work.

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January 8-14: Friends That Visit and the Makeup I Got to Wear

img_0576-1 January 8-14: Friends That Visit and the Makeup I Got to WearIt’s pretty crazy that last week, I put on makeup AND did my hair. Not only once…but twice. 😂

It’s kind of a big deal for myself and other moms that I know. I know there are a few (okay a lot) of those uber glamorous Instagram mom’s that have it all together, but I’m not one of them. And oh my gosh, I love looking at those moms Instagram accounts! Girl. You’re rocking it! It also helps that they’re probably really good at makeup whereas I’m lucky if I can get my contour down correctly. Contour, highlight, blush…ahhhh!!!

Either way, it’s always fun to play with makeup and I did the look shown above, before I went to pick up my friend of 11 years up at the airport! I’ve been living far from home for the past 4.5 years now and it was really nice to have a friend come and visit me.

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