Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Saint Ignace, Michigan

Oh my goodness. I really meant to blog all of this stuff earlier, but it's like the kids keep me busy or something ;) But they are both napping right now so its go time for blogging! I recently shared about our little fam bam selling our house and deciding to travel (blog on making that decision and our plans with traveling soon, as well as making a camper a home) but we first wanted to take a trial run trip up north before we started gallivanting all over the US. We wanted to see how the reality would be of living in a camper, how the kids would handle everything, etc, etc. So anyways, I took a ton of photos so I will be dividing this up in a few different blogs.

Saint Ignace was our first stop, it was a super cute town and we basically just lived at the playground and took daily visits to the lighthouse. Our campsite had a view of the lake, that was really pretty to wake up to everyday.

    My dad introduced the kids to "Airwolf", a cheesy show about a plane, or jet, something like that, basically airwolf is the Chuck Norris of planes. So Eli is really into planes. We went to the little airport and asked if we could watch a plane take off, the pilot was so cool and said "Just come on back." He let the kids get in the airplanes and watch the take off- he offered to take us on a ride.....but....um....no.

                   Spent so much time at the lighthouse, I wouldn't mind never seeing another again

                                 Eli- Lover of train tracks        Serenity: habitual coffee stealer

     So that was our first adventure! I have a few more posts that I'll be sharing from up north. We really      had a blast and I cant wait to experience other places as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Happy 2nd birthday Serenity!

Our sweet Serenity turned 2 yesterday! Can't believe your two! You bring us so much joy and just keep us laughing. Love you baby girl. Happy birthday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Preschool Homeschooling

This year I will be homeschooling Eli. Last year we did some very lightly structured learning things, but this year he is ready for more. He asks questions and wants to learn, he asks to go to school. School isn't an option since we are traveling, but honestly, we would plan on homeschooling regardless. It's something Ive put a lot of thought and prayer into.

There are a million and one reasons why I feel homeschooling is best, its works best with us being on the road, I love that it will be christian-based, and I love the flexibility that goes along with it. I'm also looking forward to a little more structure, I can tell its something he is ready for. I do know that many of my friends are interested in homeschooling, and while I cant tell you whether or not this is the right choice, Im looking forward to sharing our journey of homeschooling and hope to inspire/help/and encourage others :) SO, lets get started...

I know many families are thinking of the school year coming up, while I know its a bit early to "plan" I had to get on it because we will be on the road, which means, i have no idea what to do on the road as far as ordering curriculum, or shopping for supplies....cuz i just dont know whats out there. So I decided to start getting things done now...and let it collect dust for awhile.

Most of our schooling will be done in the camper (a blog of turning our camper into our home will be done soon...hopefully) but again, we have the great outdoors and neat places to see. I dont really have a schedule in mind, but I'm thinking we will start out doing 2-3 days a week, a couple of hours on those days. If its too much, i'll back off, and if he's ready for more, then we will add in some hours. But here is what I plan on doing:

So here was something I found at Ironica Adventures, I have used this lesson planner and it's so helpful to stay organized, plus, ITS FREE

Morning time:
Calendar, weather, seasons, I also plan on doing a daily bible verse at the bottom of the board. I saw this idea on pinterest, I thought this would be perfect because it would fold up and I could store it, which works great for living in a small space. I got everything on here at JoAnn Fabrics and I had 50% off coupon so i spent a whopping $7

I spent some time debating on ordering a curriculum or not. At first I figured he's 3 and it should be easy peezy, but the more I looked around I decided I ordering one. I ordered Preschool for 3's from Alpha Omega Publications, I did a lot of research on curriculum and fell in love with this one. I just got it in the mail and have looked through it quite a bit, and seriously, I'm in love. I love that everything is wrapped around God. And it teaches God's love, bible stories, everything, in such a gentle way.But it uses trains and animals and pictures that I know will keep Eli captivated, it also comes with workbooks and a teacher guide!! I'm so excited to use this!

We don't really need school supplies, but backpacks are a big deal to these two :) Nothing wrong with incorporating things that will make it even MORE fun, but I know they will have a blast!

So thats pretty much it! I do plan on continuing blogging about our journey in homeschooling...or roadschooling. What works, whats doesnt,  and what our routine will look like. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A new adventure

We're off to see the world!! :) Ryan and I had decided awhile back that we wanted to go exploring. Go on an adventure. Experience a different way of life. So we decided to buy a camper and live in it and go see some places we have always wanted to see. One of things I am most excited about is learning to live with less. Being a minimalist. Obviously we just cant fit that much stuff in a camper, and i'm finding all of this 'junk' I could have just lived without. Right now we are keeping busy packing and making the camper a home. I'm excited to share this journey with everyone. :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A new adventure

Our house sold!!! YAY!!! We are very excited. We are currently working on our new place and cant wait to share what our plan is in a few days.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Some family time outside

We decided to play some t-ball outside today. It was so nice out. We tried to teach Eli how to hit the ball, drop the bat, and then run through the bases. We used cardboard as the bases and he never ran past second.

These moments are my favorite. I love being outside, I love family time, I love my kids learning knew things and then taking such pride in their achievements. Blessings are just everywhere- aren't they? Even in a t-ball game in your own front yard.

we really aren't sure what she is doing here...assuming its push ups

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Serenity is 18 months old!

That went by fast! I can't believe our little girl is 1 1/2. She is SOOO funny. She constantly keeps us laughing. Her personality...is big. She is stubborn and determined and doesn't respond well to the word "no." But she is also full of love and hugs and kisses. So here is a little list of what she is like at 18 months old
* Strong willed
* LOVES to be held (kind of clingy)
* Loves to play with Eli
* Will sit on the potty for a second- but really has no interest in using it (although she's used it 3 times before)
* Daddy's girl. All the way. Asks for him every minute or so.
* Says lots and lots of words, small sentences
* Reads. She loves books. Her favorites are with babies and Dora. So I found a Dora baby book. WIN.
* Enjoys the slide
* So loving, always giving hugs and kisses
* HILARIOUS - seriously, this girl just keeps us laughing and laughing

We are so blessed

She is so beautiful inside and out.