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Not According to Plan

:: Not Exactly What we had Planned :: First, a picture to get us all zen!  I thought that I would be posting about different things then I am right now, but sometimes life has a different path for us. We are in the midst of a two week shut down of schools in Maryland due to the COVID-19 disease. It is a bit scary and nerve-wracking as everyone makes adjustments to their daily lives. I had been feeling a little distracted, and I wanted to be helpful. Before we settled here, we moved around a lot with the military, and I homeschooled our children in their younger years and early grades. I am drawing on that knowledge now to help out! Below is a list of websites and several ideas I put together for those who are home with their children during this time. I will add more over the next couple of days but, I figured I would at least the start list now.  WEBSITES I love these websites and the people that run them are great!  *  No Time for Flashcards *  The Im
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Lost and Found

:: Lost & Found :: It has been a very long time since I visited this space and for months I thought perhaps the days of blogging were over. Our lives have turned another chapter, and with all the children in school, I felt that there was not much to say. The blog began to fade as I stepped into other hobbies, activities, and interests. It was ironic that for all the years traveled around and lived a nomadic lifestyle I dreamed of blogging about our home and a little piece of earth. But when it actually came time to write about it, I was left without words. The blog seemed lost.  Recently though, I kept thinking about how I loved this space and the people who visited this space. I missed hearing about their lives. But what could I say? Wasn't everything already spoken? The babies aren't so little anymore, and our daily lives have changed so much that things weren't so exciting to report about motherhood or raising small children who are at home each day with m

Under Construction

My blog will be out of commission until 2019. I am taking some time to revamp it and reimagine what I want this space to be in the future. Above is a soon to be link to my Etsy shop. Stop on over! Good things are on the way!

Weekends

:: Weekends :: It has been such a long time since I put up a post about our weekends. I sometimes feel like our life is moving at a break neck speed. The days are busy and by the night I collapse into bed without a thought about blogging. The weekends are even worse because they are so short. Sometimes I wish that we all had three day weekends instead of two. Four day work weeks would be so much better.  But I am making an effort to get into writing again. We had such a great and very hot weekend. I like summer but give me cooler temperatures and cozy nights any day.  We started our weekend with friends over for dinner. We tried to have a cookout but it ended up being a eat in when the rains started. We had so much fun with their six kids and our three kids. Lots of laughs, running feet, and good food. We are blessed to live so close to them now after so many years of being apart.  Saturday- we ran errands in the morning and then went over to the local fireman'

Travels to New Mexico

:: Travels to New Mexico :: We went on our first big cross country trip this summer with the whole family. It was the first time we traveled by plane with the kids after years of saving airline points from all of Mister's travels. We spent five days in July traveling all over Alberquerque, Sante Fe, and Los Alamos. The first part of our trip was spent in Sante Fe visiting the Old Town district. We went through the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and saw many of her works. We visited the Bascilia of St. Francis of Assisi. The next day was spent traveling up to Los Alamos, New Mexico. It is a place my husband works when on travel. It is also the place where they developed the bombs that were used in World War II. It was a sobering experience and highly educational to walk through the two museums. They even have a Nobel Prize for Physics in residence there. I am glad that a place exists to edcuate future generations about our collective past. It isn't an easy subject to discuss

Parenting & Swingsets

:: Parenting & Swingsets :: Why does it feel like some days I am like a salmon swimming upstream in the river of parenting? That was my facebook status the other week after a long discussion with my eldest daughter as to why we a lot of the time do things a bit differently in our home as compared to others. She got off the bus and was hot and tired from a long day. She wanted to know why we couldn't have friends over to play in the sprinklers. I gently explained that it was a school night and that she had sports practice. A frown formed across her face. Summer would be here soon and then we would have plenty of time for friends. She agreed= parent win.  Then we somehow got on the topic of cell phones. She proclaimed that every one has a phone but her. I know for a fact that every one in her class does not have a phone. I explained that phones were great tools to communicate with other people but phones also link us to the internet. The internet is a great place where

A Backyard Study

:: A Backyard Study :: Everything is in its full glory of spring around these parts. We literally went from winter to summer in the span of three days. The trees of burst forth with green leaves, my flowering plants are blooming, and the dandelions are plentiful. We may just start a dandelion farm because our property looks like a truffula forest ( The Lorax book reference). The air is thick with pollen and the days are getting longer. The perfect time of year to plant a garden.  We planted our first garden in our new home last week. After weeks of back breaking digging and raking the plot was ready. I have been dreaming of this day for so many years and now it is here.  We planted lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, big boy tomatoes, green bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, and watermelon. We hope to have zinnias, chamomile, calendula, and echinacea.  It is a trial and error garden thi