Lately in Our Life ~ All Around Champ, Ecuador & Simple

Lately in Our Life Nov. 2015

 

All Around Champ!

The new gymnastics season has begun and we have one VERY HAPPY boy!  He is competing at a new level this year {6} and felt totally prepared for his first meet which was in November.  Well, I suppose he was prepared since he WON!  This was his very first 1st All Around place and he was so excited!  He also took first on rings, pommel and floor! We are excited for his second meet in about a week!

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Ecuador

I recently went on an incredible trip thanks to my awesome friend Jodi. You probably already know that I love Young Living and might know that Jodi is the one that got me hooked many years ago. Well, Jodi has been with Young Living for over 10 years and is pretty “high up” in her rank with them and earned a totally free {yes completely all expenses paid} trip for 2 to visit the Young Living farm in Ecuador.  Her husband couldn’t go so she took me!!!!  how incredibly cool is that?

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I didn’t have many expectations going into the trip, just an open heart and mind and excitement to spend time with one of my best friends alone for 5 days! We stayed in Guayaquil, and traveled to the 2000+ acre farm which is about an hour away.

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Seeing the plants that turn into the oils I use was incredible.  That’s Jodi and I in front of a Palo Santo tree on the left and in front of Oregano fields on the right. 

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Even more incredible than seeing the plants was meeting the Ecuadorian people who work on the YL farm there and their joy. Not only did we get to meet many of the employees, we got to meet many of their kids!!!  This was the really cool part.  Young Living has a school near the farm which educates 300 children PreK-12th grade!  They have their first graduating class this spring!

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It was the trip of a lifetime and I am just so grateful to Jodi for taking me!

 

Simple Holidays

This time last year was WAY different than this year.  We spent Thanksgiving last year away from family due to Frank’s broken legs and our move. This year we had a totally uneventful, simple day with family.  It was lovely. I am finding myself very grateful for simple.

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Lately in Our Life ~ Friends and Fun

Lately in our Life Oct 2015

 

A Full House!

Can you guess who’s family that is in my schoolroom? It’s a LONG time blogging friend turned entire-family-in-real-life-friends! That’s Jodi from JodiMcKenna.com {you may know her as Granola Mom 4 God which she was for years}! Her amazing family came to stay with us for a few days last month!

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Sadly it poured down rain most of the time, but by the end our 7 kiddos didn’t even care and went outside anyway!

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Brian and Jodi came down to help me in another way, they led a Young Living class for us!  It was awesome to have them here and to learn from them.  They have been using Young Living for 10 years!  Our family is still in love after over 2 years {I don’t talk about it much over here – don’t ever want to seem pushy} but you can keep up with my oily adventures here!

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Our kids got along great and we had loads of laughs together.  I only wish we had longer to develop our friendships in real life!

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Philly Friends

Speaking of great friends, we had our very best friends from where we used to live here for a visit back in August! Oh how we miss them!!!

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Beach!

Ahh the beach right when MANY other people have kids who are back in school!  This is an annual trip with my parents and a trip we all enjoy very much. We go Labor Day week when it is still warm, things are still open but there’s hardly anyone there after the weekend!

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Got pictures with my babies at the beach!

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Fun 2 Days

There’s the lovely Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations and that’s my cutie husband in the middle of us!  The three of us spent 2 days together attending Digital CoLab a few weeks ago!  It was a great learning time and we enjoyed connecting with other blogger friends.  My husband helps me with the business side of things for my online world so he attended alongside of me to learn a bit more! 

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Lately in Our Life ~~ Summer Wrap Up

Lately I totally forgot to write this series!  I haven’t shared since June, whoops!  I was doing so well then totally forgot about it!

Lately in our Life August 2015

 

Loving the Library

My little book worm loves the library and we go at least once every 2 weeks!  She has spent much of her free time this summer with her nose buried in a book.  I can’t lie – I love it!  Neither of my boys loved books as much as she does.  This is a treat for me since I always secretly hoped I would have at least 1 bookworm!

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Summer Gymnastics Training

Our son has had a pretty intense training schedule this summer.  He absolutely loves it and it has been fun to see his progress.  He is excited to begin competing again in November at his new level {6}. Here are a couple of video clips {click to see them on Instagram} of him in the gym this summer! It still blows my mind to watch him.

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Beach, Pool, Yard, Lake & Camping Fun

We were thankful that our small above ground pool survived our move and has been a great way to beat the southern heat this summer!

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We have also enjoyed my parents’ pool a lot {on the left below}!  AND…I turned 40!  The pics on the right are from my birthday dinner!

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Some of our new friends live on a lake and we have spent time with them there and LOVED every minute!

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We enjoyed a beach trip with my husband’s family and the kids enjoyed camping with their Pop Pop and Daddy!

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My oldest son spent much of his summer away, mostly serving with church and enjoying his new church friends.  He went on a beach getaway with his new youth group, mission trip to Chicago, and spent a week helping at a camp for children with special needs. He was gone a lot, we are happy to have him home!

I have enjoyed our summer break, and am also happy that fall is upon us.  I love routine and I truly love homeschooling our kids.  I have missed it!

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Lately in Our Life ~ TTD, Visitors, Finishing Up, Getting Ready and Baby Birds!

Lately in our Life June 2015

 

Homeschool Convention

I had a blast at the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention in Sandusky Ohio in May.  I was a speaker there, along with my pal Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations.  We both brought our families and spent every spare moment with them!  It still blows my mind how God used the Internet to unite a friendship like this.  Our husbands have become friends, our kids are friends and we are just so grateful!

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I also got to spend time with another lovely blogging-turned-in-real-life-friend, Jodi — who is also the one who inspired me to make the leap with Young Living years ago!  I am just so thankful for both of these ladies!

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Visitors!

Yup, the faces are familiar!  The same people we spent the weekend with in Ohio, showed up at our house a few days later!  It just worked out that way, as they had a wedding to attend near us and stayed with us while here!  It was LOVELY and we are so glad we could host them! 

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Finished Up

Ahhh.  Done with the current grade level.  It feels nice. This kid was especially excited the day he finished science! 

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We do take a summer break for a couple of months, even though I personally would be fine with a year round schedule.  Our oldest has a lot planned with our new church {mission trip, beach trip, leading VBS, helping with a special needs camp, etc.} and he needs some time off completely. 

My gymnast {Krash} has a pretty intense summer schedule which means he needs a school break too.  Ladybug will be at home a lot and we will be doing some school together.  When my kids are younger and developing reading skills, I don’t like to take more than a couple weeks off so they stay strong in their skills.  We will work together on some of her subjects this summer and then pick up the rest in August with the boys.

 

Getting Ready

I have been busy busy around here.  I am possibly the most prepared I have ever been, or at least in the past couple of years.  I am slowly going through all of our subjects and doing everything I can to prep them for next year.  These were two of my projects that were shared on Instagram.  The All About Reading one turned into a whole blog post here!  The USA Geography is a post in progress right now, I will share soon what we will be doing!

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I am also working on year end review posts for each grade level, and also curriculum choices for next year {1st, 4th, 8th}.  I hope to have those done very soon, but I am still making some decisions and purchases!

 

Baby Birds!

My kids are bird obsessed and we were thrilled to find a bird nest with 3 eggs last week!  At first we weren’t sure what they were but quickly learned they are Mockingbirds who hatched soon after we found the eggs! I was praying my kids would get to see baby birds grow up and am so thankful my son spotted this nest!

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Lately in our Life ~ Birthdays, the Beach and Finishing Up!

It’s been awhile since our last Lately in our Life post.  Our life has been busy and blogging has gotten a bit behind!

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We have a teenager!

I cannot believe we have  TEENager!  This is a pivotal year as our youngest turned 6 and truly became a “big kid” and our oldest went from preteen to actual teen! 

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We have a 9 Year Old!

Our middle son turned nine recently and he is just as obsessed with birds as his little sister is!  His entire birthday list consisted of bird everything.  He is holding the Blue Jay he built from one of his gifts, the Lego bird set!  The cake pops were made by my mom for him!

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The Beach

We got to go to the beach for a surprise vacation.  My aunt owns condos and offered them to us for free, which lined up with the week Krash had off of gymnastics practice, which equaled YAY we are homeschoolers and we can go!  It was an awesome trip and I am so thankful!

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While at the beach, the little girl got her ears pierced.  She had been wanting it for about a year and with everything that has happened this year {my husband’s injury, our move, etc.} it just never got done.  Well, it’s done now and she LOVES her new earrings!

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Finishing Up

Slowly subject are getting finished for the year {like All About Spelling shown below}, and this makes my kids happy.  We do school some in the summer but once they finish the subject they do get a break.  Slowly we are coming to a close and we are all ready for a bit of a break.  I won’t take much of a break with Ladybug, as with the younger years I don’t like a big summer gap, so we will continue to school together!

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Warm Weather

Ahhh, southern heat has arrived!  I love the warmth and can even deal with the HOT.  I just hate cold.  Sunny days, reading outside, gardens, homemade popsicles, it all makes me smile!

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