Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sometimes Homeschooling...

Homeschooling means a lot of different things.

Sometimes homeschooling means getting to sleep in when we've had a big day the day before...
...cuddling up to read some classic literature together as a family...
...hearing stories about adventures and times years ago...
...sharing in the responsibilities and joys of putting food on the table...
...and making some artwork inspired by the day's activities.
Sometimes homeschooling is lovely because it's so peaceful and quiet. It has the slow easy pace of long summer days even when the autumn chill is in the air most mornings. It means family togetherness and special memories shared, taking life at a pace that is slow and manageable and hearkens back to simpler times.

Sometimes homeschooling is lots of hugs and cuddles and gentle voices, quiet spirits, and meaningful conversations. Those are the days that make me want to press pause and savor each moment.

Sometimes homeschooling is amazing and wonderful and peaceful and productive.

Sometimes homeschooling is not any of those things.
But that is a post for another day.

Friday, September 6, 2013

I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it

School is in session, the pools have closed, the smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes is in the air, I have 3 little boys with brand new hoodies...

and I am armed with my hot glue gun.

It must be that time of year. THE FALL.

In our house this means 2 birthday parties for 3 little boys followed by the culminating event:

Now, we don't do the scary stuff. My guys are anything but tough. They think that Disney's Homeward Bound is about as terrifying a movie as they ever want to see. Forget Mary Poppins, even. One look at the box and they threw it to the floor. Chim-chiminy-chim-chiminEEK!

However, I am a pseudo-crafty, theater/dress-up- lovin' girl.

And I have worked very hard to instill that same love in my boys. The hubby plays along for me. He's a good man. What can I say? He loves me.

So I love to make costumes for the whole family.

That's where the hoodies and the hot glue come in.
You see, I'm way too busy lazy to actually sit down and sew a full costume for anybody these days. And we've all seen those kids in their flimsy store costumes completely covered up by a big puffy jacket because Halloween happens when the nights can actually be pretty cold. Therefore, it is my humble opinion that just about any kid's costume can be constructed using a hoodie and sweatpants as the foundation. So far in my house it's been done with the Wizard of Oz, superheroes & villains, Medieval times. I am hard at work making it happen for this year's theme as well.

I like to reuse old materials for grownup costumes, too. This year will also be featuring a prom dress from days of yore. Yes, folks, I went to prom. Once. No need to repeat. And the dress? Well, let's just say it was so hideous interesting that I have managed to lose all photographic evidence that I actually wore it. I will say that it used to have this beauty attached to it:

My house will be in a state of frenzy for the next few if you need me, you may have to dig me out from underneath a pile of craft supplies.

Yes, you are right. The title of this post has nothing to do with its content. But who doesn't love a little Arrested Development?
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