The Homeschool Grind

This day of homeschooling is one of those yucky days of homeschooling. Everett is crying all day. To get anything done I wear him. My back is killing me and I’m an exhausted wreck. But you know who’s working well without too much help? Sierra. Thanks to Christian Light. (See post below) Yay!  photo 249eresized_zps9hexofas.jpg photo 253e2resized_zpskdsww5bs.jpg

My daughters learned counting on their fingers at school and use it a lot. Payson was my one kid who never counted that way but for some reason in the last month he’s started doing it! I don’t really mind, as long as he can do mental math too, then it’s all good.  photo 259eresized_zpszs0w9l2x.jpg photo 271eresized_zpstd2hmbzs.jpg

Guess how many hours of sleep I’ve gotten every night of this week. If you guessed very, very few you’re right!  photo 274e2resized_zpsmouinnax.jpg photo 286eresized_zpsh2rmbwee.jpg

I set the camera up with the timer and Ember was taking all these pictures of us.  photo 287eresized_zpsk81nxnjn.jpg photo 291eresized_zpshrcowiml.jpg

After school work was finished the kids played.  photo 307eresized_zpsumktlqtt.jpg photo 308eresized_zpsse3bmwin.jpg photo 314eresized_zps7pxq2jpc.jpg

Sierra Starts Christian Light!!!

We are SO excited when a package comes in the mail.  photo 530eresized_zpsggz2lclq.jpg

I researched and researched and researched curriculum when the stuff we had was just not working for us anymore. I desperately needed something child led, or something the child could at least half way do independently. I wanted a curriculum that taught in the child’s workbooks/textbooks and didn’t just leave it 100% for the parent to read and teach from the parent guide!

In my search I read on a homeschool blog somewhere the term independent curriculum. I googled that and went through as many links as I could and read about as many curriculums as I could. I don’t like switching around curriculum and try not to but if something’s not working, I will switch. Every single change I’ve ever made in curriculum has helped so I know that though I might spend more money and it changes what the child is learning about right then, it’s very worth it if the new curriculum is better for all involved.  photo 198eresized_zps9im2x9or.jpg

Sierra was very excited!  photo 200eresized_zpsg61vwnuo.jpg photo 203eresized_zpsgodckf9m.jpg

So these are from the very first day we used Christian Light. It went SO well! Sierra loved it, it was much easier on me, and it’s now been two months and every single day we homeschool I’m so grateful I found this curriculum and made the switch! I LOVE it! Sierra loves it!
If I homeschool anyone next school year I’m using Christian Light!  photo 209e2resized_zpsfs49u6gw.jpg

And I might as well throw the rest of the pictures I took that day in this post, too!
The kids had popsicles on the porch.  photo 222eresized_zpskgaxy57h.jpg photo 224eresized_zps4dlbamnq.jpg

Everett loves puzzles. He doesn’t even mind when he can’t fit the piece in quite the right way. He just lays it on top of the space and is happy as a clam.  photo 230eresized_zpsdkvsfipk.jpg photo 235eresized_zpsovm1bdmz.jpg

Chicken Enchilada Bake

My family loved this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Bake. We substituted brown rice for quinoa because my entire family (and most especially me) gags at the taste of quinoa. *barf* How in the world does anyone like that stuff?! I know most (maybe even every single person) people I know love it and I can’t stand it. I hate the taste and the texture. I’ve tried to eat it a million different ways, from scratch, premade, at restaurants, it’s just disgusting in every form. Luckily I’m not usually picky and like almost all other food so I don’t really care but it weirds me out that everyone is obsessed with quinoa while I gag at the thought of it.
So if you’re one of the rare ones who hates quinoa, brown rice works perfectly fine in this! 🙂  photo 122eresized_zpsokuoejrv.jpg

Over 6 Years with My BFF

Payson and Elephant. Best buds since 2008.
You know just under 7 years ago I was walking through Target looking at cheap decor to try to stage our Texas house for sale. I spotted that elephant (and a lion and a monkey) and some animal bedding, and tossed it in my cart while my newborn son slept on my chest in a moby wrap… I never imagined that that giant stuffed elephant would become his lovey, would earn his love and devotion. I really didn’t. But here we are, a stuffed animal bought for decor becomes a child’s favorite possession. What a funny thing.  photo 001eresized_zpsqcri9flh.jpg photo 007eresized_zpsqyi5qzhe.jpg


I walk into the office to see stuff everywhere. The kids have set up “forts” made out of piles and piles of toys and boxes and chairs they’ve drug in. I fight back my anger at the giant mess and tell them to make it less of an eye sore and they can keep playing their game. This is the final result:  photo 547eresized_zpskgajcvzh.jpg photo 548eresized_zps0skxdpju.jpg photo 557eresized_zpsd92r2krz.jpg photo 558eresized_zpsu3qxqhvl.jpg photo 562eresized_zps9t6royfb.jpg

Just gonna throw these two pictures in here, too.  photo 588eresized_zpsewaw2dm9.jpg photo 610eresized_zpstfhgdhpv.jpg