Category Archives: family life

Snapshots from our first day of home schooling

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How about a few snapshots from our first day? I am a bit lost and trying to figure things out and there are challenges for sure, but I am enjoying the way we can pace our day to fit us. Mostly slowing down.
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and this one just because
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Ideas for the summer

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I just saw this article in mothering and wanted to remind myself of these things for the summer. I thought I would post it here for easy reference.

PLAYFULNESS

It’s almost summer now and those warm endless days and nights are near. Here are some ideas to encourage playfulness:

Go bike riding.

Take a walk at night when the moon is full.

Gaze at the stars.

Go on a bug safari.

Make some large cardboard appliance boxes available.

Give your children a video camera to use.

Make a detailed map of your yard, your house, your neighborhood.

Have a scavenger hunt.

Put on a treasure hunt.

Invite the neighborhood over for a circus.

Make boats from wood scraps and corks with paper or fabric sails and sail them down a creek or in the gutters.

Decorate each other’s faces with face paints.

Fill a toy box with old clothes, skarves, jewelry, hats, and shoes.

Make an outdoor obstacle course or par course.

Fill walnut shell halves with candle wax and a tiny wick. Light them and place them around the garden or on a pond at night.

written by -Peggy O’Mara
Peggy O’Mara founded Mothering.com in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief.

these moments

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{this moment} – A Friday 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.
from soulemama.com

I can’t follow the rules today.REBEL! I have three photos I want to remember from this week. I am sure you all understand.

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Blog Love

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Lately, I have discovered two blogs I am really loving. They both happen to be from Australia, which I find interesting. I don’t know much about their culture but I am interested to learn more.
http://www.theroadishome.com//– which is about a young photographer and her family.
The next one is about childhood and imagination.http://blog.imaginechildhood.com/
Check them out and let me know what you think.

Ice pops

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It gets so hot here in florida and it stays that way for about five months. I like to make ice pops for the kids to eat. This past week we made watermelon pops and blueberry/apple juice. It makes my heart happy to see them enjoying them and knowing how healthy and simple they are.         ( These are mobile uploaded pictures and I don’t know how to rotate them, help!)

Homemade cards

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Every year,  I send out a photo card with the kids on it. This year I decided to do something different and have the kids make the cards themselves. I am not attached to how these will turn out, the relatives will love them. I cut up the shape out of card stock. That took like 5 minutes and then showed them how the stamps work and printed a few cute clip art pictures. I printed a picture of all three kids and that will go inside so no one will be deprived of an adorable photo of my kids.

weekend snapshots

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A few images from our weekend. I am loving having a phone in my camera that loads right to the internet. So my quality may be off a little, but it’s more realistic. Not me running around with my nice camera quite as much.
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White boards are used all the time here for spontaneous art-
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Fire and an outdoor movie- so much fun!
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Violet did some painting with me-
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Our new snake- a king snake, (native to florida)-
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