Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sassy!

My little Sassy Pants turns 7 today. Every year her birthday is harder for me; she's my baby and I struggle with her getting older.

I do enjoy the person she is becoming, though. She's always singing. She makes up songs all day long about whatever she's doing. Here's a song she wrote and sang for me this weekend.


Happy Birthday, Sassy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Family Fun

I realize it's probably been fall for many of you for weeks now. Here in South Carolina, though, fall is just beginning. We've just seen the beginning of crisp, cool mornings. The leaves on the trees in my yard are still green, but I know they'll be turning color any time now.

Here are some fun activities you can do as a family:

  1. Go for a hike in the woods to see the changing colors.
  2. Jump in a leaf pile.
  3. Go to a high school football game.
  4. Make a fall popcorn tree.
  5. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  6. Carve pumpkins.
  7. Paint pumpkins.
  8. Make s'mores.
  9. Make coffee filter fall leaves.
  10. Make chocolate chip pumpkin bread.
  11. Make a thankful tree.
  12. Visit a corn maze.
  13. Make paper bag pumpkins.
  14. Make candy apples.
  15. Go on a hay ride.
  16. Bob for apples.
  17. Make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
  18. Visit the fair.
  19. Roast pumpkin seeds.
  20. Watch Charlie Brown Halloween and Thanksgiving specials.
  21. Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
  22. Go on a fall nature hunt.
  23. Do leaf rubbings.
  24. Make autumn leaf placemats.
  25. Make leaf lanterns.
  26. Make chocolate chip pumpkin spice cake.
What are some of your favorite fall activities?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Hardest Peace: Review and Giveaway

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My mom passed away almost 10 years ago from breast cancer. I still remember when she first received her diagnosis 11 years prior to that. I had just graduated college. I was old enough to understand what she was going through, or at least have a general understanding. I don't think I'll ever truly understand all of her emotional and physical turmoil through that time, unless I also develop cancer.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight: Mommy Guilt and Worry

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight! Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week is Dawn from Double O Farms. She's sharing about Mommy guilt and worry.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Just call me Alexander.

One of my all-time favorite children's books is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. On Saturday, I felt like I was living out that book.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homeschooler Spotlight: 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Program for Your Student

Welcome to Homeschooler Spotlight! Each week I feature a different homeschooler and her blog. This week is Meg from Adventures with Jude. She's sharing tips for choosing the best program for your student.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm a Softball Mom

For the past 11 years, I've been a soccer mom. At least 3 days a week, I have small people at soccer practices. Every weekend usually means at least 1 soccer game, sometimes as many at 12 among all 3 soccer players. I'm used to my soccer mom status. I've even come to embrace it.

Technically I've been a softball mom for a couple of years now. Sassy and Little Red both started playing in spring 2012. Sassy's played 2 spring seasons of t-ball, and Little Red has played 2 spring seasons of coach pitch.

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