Mean girls suck

Ah, to be a fourteen year old girl again.  I would't trade my anything to go back there. Except maybe to switch places with my girl so she didn't have to go through it.  It is so fucking painful to watch them go through the hard stuff.  Like I was speaking of on my birthday that no one tells you that, just as much as you love your kids, you hurt for them.  And there is no amount of Al-anon that can help you when it is your child who is being mistreated at school.  It is so fucking painful. ...more

I've Lost Something

 I lost something special to me today.  My diamond fell out of my engagement ring.  I can’t believe it.  My hubby gave me that ring almost 23 years ago.  My heart has sunk and I’m so sad.  I know that it is just a diamond and that maybe one day it can be replaced.  But, it will never be the one that he gave me when we were so young.  Not that we’re old mind you! ...more
I think you are totally justified in shedding a few tears over that.more

The Five-Second Rule of Homeschooling: What About Socialization?

Ever since my partner and I decided that the private school our kids have attended for the past three years was beyond our budget for the indefinite future, and that we would homeschool for as long as we need to, I keep hearing the same thing: “What about socialization?”...more
I have homeschooled for over 21 years, run homeschool groups, and teach groups of homeschoolers. ...more

Eat Mor Chiken!

Today I took my kids to Chick-Fil-A.  We love us some Chick-Fil-A any day of the week!  But as all of you know, today was special, for many reasons.  First of all, as a Christian, then as a citizen of the United States and third as a mom. ...more

24 Hour American River Backpack

http://westvistaurbanfarmschool.blogspot.com/2012/07/24-hour-american-ri...by Kristin Sherman Olnes...more

A Manual of the Mechanics of Writing

I bought for $10 this weekend a book published in 1921 called A Manual of the Mechanics of Writing.  For some reason, I love the formal tone of old writing.  Let me quote form the Preface:...more

Another Weekend...

ANOTHER WEEKEND OF summer down! It's going so fast!! We are now half way through July and I feel like summer just got started, EEEK! I guess the closer we get to August the more I start thinking about school and getting my ducks in a row. Planning schedules, looking at activities, and making sure we have a good balance can take a lot of time. Maybe not physically, but definitely mentally....more

Growing up...

TIME JUST AMAZES me. I feel like I watch my children each day and before my eyes they grow up and I don't always appreciate until moments like today. My peanut boy joined Cub Scouts today. It was a little like deja vu watching him with all his new scout mates. It seem like just yesterday I was taking my oldest to Scouts and my peanut wasn't even born yet. For so long is was just the robot boy and me. Now I'm on to a new stage of the these little guys growing up and...Continue reading......more

Homeschool Conferece Finds...

ONE OF MY FAVORITE things about attending the homeschool conference each year is looking at all the new curriculum and games. My kids love games, especially board games. One of my favorite companies for games is Simply Fun. They have some of the best games and they are fun and educational. There are many ways to implement learning into each game, which I love....more

Homemade Pretzels...

IN THE KITCHEN today we made homemade pretzels! They are the best! My oldest grew up making them, but this is the first time I've made them with my little guys. It was great fun. What a great way to spend a wet day, by playing with dough you can eat!...more