Getting back into the swing of things…

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If you are like me then January is the “getting back on track” month after the Christmas season! I go through this every year. Sometimes it can be hard to re-implement the school day after it has been weeks of…well no school! Here are a few tips that have worked for me!

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Resume Regular Scheduled Programming:
Are you like me and have a homeschool day schedule that works great for you? I have worked very hard to create a day that will keep my kids eager and engaged! For our home it is very important to resume our regular day as soon as January begins! I have found in past years if I drift from the schedule Elias is used to it just adds more stress and drama!

A Lighter Load:
After resuming our schedule I do make a few changes for the first week or two in January.

For the first week I cut each subject in half, this works great! (example: instead of the regular 2 chapters in History we’ll do one. We will have 2 worksheets in Explode the Code rather than 4) Elias doesn’t feel overwhelmed and it helps revive routine!

I focus on non electronic subjects. I steer away from the iPad and computer for that first week! If your kids are anything like mine Christmas break involved more than their fair share of video games!

Electronic Free School Room:
This is VERY important for my family! It is too easy for preschoolers and a grade schooler to get distracted! We have a separate homeschool room in our house so it is easy for us to leave the iPad, cell phones, iPods, DS, ect upstairs! If you do not have a separate school room I would highly recommend an “electronics basket” large enough to keep all your family’s distracting electronics in! Then put the basket in your room…out of site out of mind!

I do have designated game times in our school day! DS time is only about 45 minutes in the whole school day (broken in to short game times) Obviously game time something that you have to decide for your family!

Limit Activities:
Limiting our outside the home activities is curtail for us in January! Our kids have been going going going since Thanksgiving and it is time for a slow down! In January we have two things outside the home…Homelink and AWANA!

Family Time:
Lastly, I think that ending the school day with family fun hour is so important! It doesn’t matter the game the location…just that you are doing it as a family! (example: today there is snow…a whole lot of snow…there a lot of fun out there just waiting for the end of the day!)

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Friday Road Trip!

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A few months ago my brother-in-law and sister-in-law moved from Seattle {which about 4 1/2 hours to 5 hours away} to Moscow {which is only about an 1 1/2 hours away max!} We have been planning to drive down to see them for weeks…but work schedules have not worked out.

This weekend the local Fair was taking place and my hubby got of work at 9am and my sister-in-law was off! PERFECT! The kids were so excited to see their aunt and uncle and go to the fair!

Well surprise surprise we were about an hour and half behind yesterday. We had to drive 20 minutes in the opposite direction to drop off enrollment forms for Elias’ new Enrichment Study Program {Another Post soon all about that!! } THEN, we were finally on our way!

Any other parent would assume that at least one of our twins would fall asleep during a 2.5 hour car ride…right?! Yeah, they didn’t! They talked, they fought, they sang and they yelled…but they didn’t even come close to falling asleep! This made for a VERY long car ride, considering it was nearly 3 hours past their regular nap time…I had the brilliant idea that we should push out nap time because “they will fall asleep on the way there” ha!

Things that I said 1000 times in 2.5 hours!

“yes you do sing pretty”
“no we don’t have the Word Girl cd”
“stop touching your brother”
“stop touching your sister”
“stop spitting”
“stop yelling”
“yep those are wheat fields”
“please take a nap”
“stop yelling, I’m sitting right here”
“no we are not there yet”
“I’m hungry too”
“I’m thirsty too”
“I’m board too”
“quite kicking each others seats”

After asking “are we there yet” 1000 times we were finally there!!! YAY!

It was smooth sailing once we arrived! We got to see Uncle and Aunties new house, the kiddos had a great time playing with dogs!

At the fair we looked at animals, played games: all three kids won a multitude of prizes, the twins rode their VERY first Roller Coaster! We ate food…at little too much fried food for my liking but that all part of the fair right!? It was a tiny small town fair so we only spent a few hours there.

Then we heading to the College Grizzly Bear conservation area nearby. The kids LOVED being so close to the Bears! They had the adult ones out while we were there, they were huge! We could see the babies playing and growling…it was pretty darn cute!

We ended our day at a favorite Mexican restaurant! By then Gabbi had about reached the end of her rope, she was exhausted and Simon wasn’t too far behind. We loved the little town we were in…right out side the  restaurant was a play ground! The kids loved it. It made me wish that we had fun little areas like that nearby!

When we headed home the twins were out within about 5 minutes! Elias was in 15! It was a GREAT car ride home! My hubby and I got to talk about so many things, make decision, and just enjoy each other!

All in all it was a amazing trip and we are looking forward to doing it again…car trip and all!

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I Scream, You Scream, We Both Scream for…The Roller Coaster

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The First “Roller Coaster”!!
Ever since I was tall enough I have loved roller coasters! My husband and my older son want nothing to do with anything like that! You can imagine my surprise when my 3 year olds BEGGED us at the local fair to ride on the little kiddie Roller Coaster!

Ok, it might not look it but this little thing was FAST and it went around the track about 20 times! They were laughing and squealing the whole time! They even put their hands up when they went down the track! It was so cute!

They were so proud when they got off…I’m very proud of my little brave kiddos!

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Yo Ho Ho…A Pirates Life for Me!

Pirate 7th Birthday Party!

We had a great time making and creating!
AHOY! Cap’n Elias is his scallywag crew!
Arrgh! 

 DIY Fun for hours!

Pirate Ship full of cannon balls

Swords! I will post a tutorial soon! You will want to make these!!!

FEED THE SHARK!! Shark made from a box that was in our garage – painted! How cute! Big hit!

Handmade bean bags – felt (I already had) hot glue and dried beans!

Walk the plank – over the ocean! The kids LOVED this!

 The Pirate Ship…

Tiny Treasure Chest full of cannon balls (whoppers)

Marshmellow pops! BIG HIT!

 Cannon Ball Fight…
24 half filled black balloons – – – this was hours of fun for these little boys – and only cost $1.99!!!

 The Presents…
All the kids had so much fun!!!

Other games included:
Toss the Anchor – the kids had a great time tossing the anchor in the front yard!
Treasure Hunt! –
The boys followed the map that Cap’n Elias had  to the X where they found personalized backpacks full of booty – pirate hat, eye patch, looking glass, candy, ect.

All in all this was probably the funnest and the cheapest party we have ever thrown!

The Key? We shopped garage sales last summer – that is where we found the decorations, pirate hats, patches, blow up boat ect. for a total of around $20!

I hope this gives you a few idea of your own!!

Kidlins…

Another Day with Pinterest!
From My KIDLINS board –

I am completely in love with this! I think my kids would adore it as well! For more info click HERE!

 This would be perfect for school time and lunch time! For more info click HERE!

 YES! My Boys NEED this! For more info click HERE!

 Awww! So Cute! My little miss would have so much fun! For more info click HERE!

And…the perfect addition to the little Kitchen and the big Kitchen!! For more info click HERE!


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Makes My Monday: Pumpkins and Punkins!

HARVEST FESTIVAL at Green Bluff…

We look forward to it all year long! The first weekend of October! For the past 6 years we have gone to our Local Family Farms – Green Bluff and Picked Pumpkins! The Harvest Festival is OUR all time favorite family activity! We usually go at least 4 times in October…we just can get enough!!!

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