Spaghetti Day!

This was definitely a day that will go down in the History books for the BEST DAY EVER! Declan has shown so much excitement for these events and it is such a FUN way to teach the calendar to early elementary school kids.

Today we had our own version of an Elf breakfast. If you are one of the lone rangers on this planet that has not seen the best (Christmas) movie on earth, I suggest you get to it. Anyways. We  had a breakfast full of spaghetti, swedish fish, crushed peppermints, Now & Laters and syrup.  Since Declan usually lives off of carbs and sugar, I believe that he is actually an elf. No judgement, he is growing and and thriving and you only live once right? Um, yeah.  Rylee tried some, and enjoyed it but didn’t eat a full bowl like Declan did. Noah is smart enough to know better.

For dinner, we had my favorite lazy meal.  Spaghetti, Raw Spinach, Garbanzo beans, chopped pepperoni, fresh herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. ( Leave out pepperoni for a great meatless Monday meal).  I didn’t get a photo, but I will have to next time. It’s quick , easy and everyone seems to like it.

Disclaimer: Noah called this carb loading and that’s okay. Declan never stops moving. Also, he brushed his teeth.  This was important. SUGAR overload.  It is worth the day of sugar and carbs for all of the excitement and all of the memories.

Follow along with us for your next adventure when we post about Bird and cuddle day!

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Celebrating all of the Holidays

A dear friend of mine, a fellow homeschooling mom and the one who gets all of the things done decided to celebrate all of the Holidays–not just the big ones, but the little ones too.  Like Bubble Wrap day! She was kind enough to share it  will add photos as we celebrate so you can follow along as we celebrate all the holidays. January 1st was a wash because we were all sick and yesterday there wasn’t a great holiday to celebrate so we will start tomorrow!

January 3-Sleep Day

January 4- Spaghetti Day

January 5-Bird Day

January 6- Cuddle Day

January 7-Pioneers Day (Liberia)

January 8-Bubble Bath Day

January 9- Peace Agreement Day (South Sudan)

January 10-Dark Chocolate Day

January 11- Puddle Splash Day

January 12-Pharmacist Day

January 13- Constitution Da (Mongolia)

January 14- Pet Dress Up Day

January 15- MLK DAy

January 16- Dragon Day

January 17- ?

January 18- Winnie The Pooh DAy

January 19- Popcorn Day

January 20-Cheese Day

January 21-Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22- Blondie Day

January 23- Measure your feet Day

January 24- Compliment Day

January 25- Opposite Day

January 26-Spouse Day

January 27-Chocolate Cake Day

January 28-Kazoo DAy

January 29- Bubble Wrap Day

January 30-The Three Holy Hierarchs (Greece)

January 31- Inspire Art & Love day

Who is going to join us?

 

A Word a Week- Purpose

Purpose- 

I feel like as humans we are pre-disposed to want a life of purpose. We want our lives to mean something, to leave a legacy, to make a mark.  Last year I was able to quit a job that I hated and truly commit to what I love–travel planning and homeschooling my loves.  My purpose began to surface as I made new friends, built an incredible village and connected on a deeper level with my children and my husband.

Something happens in your soul when you are released from the monotony of the 9-5 job and you have the ability to work for yourself and teach your children what you think they need to know to be purposeful and live a meaningful life. Last year, I found my strength, revalidated my purpose, prioritized my goals and created new ones.

Work is meaningful.  What you do, and how you spend your days -is meaningful.  Some people find their meaning outside of work through extra activities, fun family events and vacations and that is perfect too.

What are you going to do this year to find and execute your purpose?  What have you done already?

Stay tuned for next weeks post in our Word a Week series for 2018.

Car theft and lessons learned

A few days before Christmas we woke up to find that someone had taken my van from my driveway, as a Christmas present to themselves. I spent the first 30 minutes staring at the wall, in disbelief. Seriously? My HOA bubble was burst.  I grew up in an inner city, so I know that these things do happen, but REALLY?  We went through the motions after I could comprehend enough to take care of what I needed to and got the car back late last night.  Children had stolen my car. They had done it before, have been a nuisance to the cops.

I picked up my car from the sketchiest towing company I have ever been to.  Perhaps suburbia is just rubbing off on me. It was all just very uncomfortable.  My van is in decent condition.  The items that were in there that I was worried about have been returned with the exception of Noah’s new chucks and my coveted blue yeti cup.   They did leave cigarette butts, the inside of a cigar, trash, and a box of chips ahoy! At least I know what snacks they like when I visit them in prison.

I cried yesterday. For the first time since my car was stolen and it was a messy, blubbery, crying mess. It was a real ugly cry, but this morning I feel like I have learned a lot.

5 things I learned from having my car stolen:

  1. Strength is harbored until you need it. Even though I am a homeschool mom, a blogger and a dual business owner I underestimated my ability to manage chaos and mayhem. I really was able to tackle and manage this problem.
  2. Good friends are like gold.  From a text message of remorse, a bottle of wine on my table without me requesting, neighbors offering their car, daily check ups to see what I need, and being there to help me laugh through it-you find out who your friends are and my friends are better than gold.
  3. You cannot mess with my kids.  My (almost brand new) car was stolen from my driveway and that made me mad.  What made me loose sleep, and want vengeance was the fact that my children’s stuff was in there. Some items that were irreplaceable, and they didn’t care.  When I found out my car was found, I just wanted my kids stuff to be in there.  Thankfully, most of it was.
  4. I have a heart for kids that need it. These kids are broken.  They are lost.  They need someone, something that will help them be better. They act this way because they are allowed to.  If they go to jail, I am probably going to visit them (law abiding) and love them through this.
  5. Knowledge is Power. I have never been in a situation where I have been scared to open my door, worried about doors being locked and worried about leaving my home with no one there.  I am now.  I am looking over my own shoulders in my own home.  I’ve been kicked out of my suburbia bubble.  It can happen anywhere.

I know how blessed I am. They took my car. A replaceable item that I did get back.  It’s filthy and I feel violated.  They took my stuff, my hard work, my blood, sweat and tears. They took the first new car I had ever owned and went joy riding.  I am not sure I have ever been more angry, grateful, and empowered to help change these kids all at one time.

Blessings

I had to do dining reservations this morning for a few families that are traveling in June, so I am up early. Typically I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to sleep until 8, until little footsteps come creaking into my room, and tiny giggle la abound-telling me that I am not going to believe what Jingles did this morning.

This morning, I have had a few moments of peace. Coffee in hand, publishing to social media, in awe of the Christmas decor and the magic of Christmas. A child in one of my groups that I coach came into my house earlier in the season and said “it looks like Santa’s workshop in here”. My thoughts-EXACTLY what I was going for. Anyways, sitting here in the stillness, the quite, gives me time to reflect on my abundance.

Like most family’s this time of year, it’s been a juggling act of time, finances, responsibilities. I finally finished the last few things that I had to do for the year (yesterday). There hasn’t been a lot of peace. But in the chaos, and in the absence of it, all I can say is WOW!

I’ve had 14 christmases with a man I love! 14. My mom gets to have a safe, comfortable (sometimes annoying) home to live in. I have three kids, that are thriving and all so special. I look at my tree and see everything under there. All the gifts that my children have bought for their friends, that have been sent to us by friends, that we bought for friends for a Christmas party we are hosting and can’t believe how lucky I am. The presents merely represent the enormous presence of friends in our lives and how much we honor and love them. This year, don’t look at your presents as things-see them for what they are.

They are a physical, tangible way to hold someone else’s love for you! Merry Christmas!