Monday, April 14, 2014

Then she told me "You know you can't just pull your kid out of school & teach him out of a book from Costco???"

And I laughed out loud, and at that moment I was 100% certain we'd made the right decision.

The title of this post are words a school administrator sarcastically said to me when I mentioned we'd been talking to a charter school in regards to homeschooling Josiah.

And actually you CAN just pull your child out of school and teach him out of a Costco book if you wanted. So there.

Our boy had a rough year. He received a life changing diagnosis last fall, not at all life threatening, just new hurdles. Life long hurdles. He was struggling in school, not academically, but socially. He was being bullied and his friends were starting to take note of his sensory issues & inability to sit still. Academically he was in the gifted program and doing well, but there were so many things that we as a family disagreed with and ultimately, we feel like the school system treats every child like they're squares & Josiah is a circle. We were watching Josiah's love of learning disappear right before our eyes.

I always said I could never homeschool a special needs child. But it got to the point that Jason was 100% sure it was the right thing & I agreed.

And it's been such a joy. (Mostly, I sometimes threaten to send him back to school). Since we are with a charter school we have an education specialist assigned to us, so I am not in it alone. She has been such a huge help! It's also given us the opportunity to use educational funds for things that interest Josiah (like piano).

He's doing really well & we're having fun, and learning as we go. We're doing lots of hands on stuff & computer lessons. We started hanging out with a group of friends who homeschool & are doing some fun things together.

Overall, I am excited about the decision - and I am excited for next year!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

So, about that ...

It's been like 8 months since I've blogged & everyone keeps bugging me about it! :P

I use this as a family scrapbook, so I have missed capturing our memories & keeping track of special moments ... however, we had a privacy issue, so I backed off and life took over, but here I am and I am not really sure what this will look like from here forward, but if you're still even checking us out, hello! In not writing, I've not done much blog reading either, and I've missed you!

Much has changed in our little land.

We pulled Josiah out of school & we're homeschooling.

We have a baby. (Say what!?)

Lot's of fun stuff to fill you in on when my kids aren't trying to see if Belle's head will fit on Barbies body.

Happy March! :)

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

God bless America!!

We went to Riley's Farm for a little colonial holiday {one of my most favorite places. If only we lived closer. Like on the farm}. Lunch, music, the deceleration of independence, berry picking. 

Having a holiday birthday is fun! So sweet of this boy to want to spend the day with us! 

she ate ALL of the strawberries we picked within hours of us getting back home. so much for sharing! 

Ended the night with some fireworks, which the girl is still afraid of! Great ending to a great day!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

When life gives you lemons, throw the lemons back in life's face and say:

"You know what life?
 I didn't ask for lemons. I ordered an espresso."

And that's the quote of our week. 

This happened. 

Our hoopty is dead. RIP hoopty. I love our hoopty. It was falling apart and needed love, but it was so good to us & ours completely, and our goal was {is} to buy our next car with cash. But you know what I love more then the hoopty? My husband. 

I am so, so thankful for my healthy, full and complete husband. Jason was driving straight down a 4 lane road when a flatbed semi backed out of an ally and slammed into Jason's passenger side. Praise Jesus there was no one else in the car {typically Jason has youth with him}. The windows were blown out and glass went everywhere {I'm still finding it in my washer & dryer and I don't know why or how}. The body is obviously damaged & we're pretty certain it's totaled. Jason was cut by glass, overextended one of his fingers, and has whipblash in his back. 

If you'd like, please pray for us while dealing with the insurance company {not ours, the trucks company}. Also we're having some issues with some of Josiah's medications and his insurance company too. I don't like insurance companies. 

All of this, these lemons, just another reminder that God is good. 

And to end on a sweet note: 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Just to catch up!

I have a few things I wanted to get on here, so it makes it in our annual book, but as a warning, it's in a very random order! 

Beach day! {Note to self: please remember to apply sunscreen to face}

Memorial day fun with friends. 

Finding some crabs in Newport. 

Swimming with friends! 

Drew's senior awards night. He earned the Joe Wayne Brite Memorial Award. 

Some oldies! Here's us in Jan 2000. 

My HS grad! 

Us, on our honeymoon. We did some horseback riding to this waterfall/ lagoon in Quimixto. 
For Drew's graduation gift Jason & I sent him to NYC with the business academy he's been working his butt off with for the last several years. They had a senior trip and we knew it would be a blast for him.

Saying BYE to bro! They were so excited to take him to the airport. 
This is the group of students at the airport.

He was there for 5 days & they packed a lot in that time. Drew says his favorite thing was the Yankee's stadium tour. {Go Yankees!}

Josiah made Drew a little welcome home sign.
Josiah talked his ear off when he returned! 

I am pretty sure there is no one in the world she loves more. 

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