Where have you been, Sweet P?

Electric Run

I never thought I’d see the day that I wouldn’t set foot in my {virtual} house for almost five months. This place is so dear to me that I just knew I’d always be hanging out here.

Well, stuff happens.

Several things created the perfect storm, and next thing I know it had been months since I’d posted.

Some good, some not-so-good. Ultimately, I think I needed the break. I did lots of really fun things {I’m spilling about them below!}.

I just wish I hadn’t let myself get to the burnout point in the first place. Then I wouldn’t have needed the siesta.

So, what have I been up to?

I DID NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE 5KS!

Sure, I walked them, but in my world, “Tiffany” and “5K” did not belong in the same sentence together. But, I did them, and I had a blast!

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Electric Run

I MADE MY OWN HOMESCHOOL PLANNING NOTEBOOK

Can’t find what you need? Make it!

I SPOKE AT A BLOGGING CONFERENCE

It was actually really fun and I’m hoping to do it again next year.

I WENT BACK HOME FOR A FUNERAL

This definitely wasn’t fun, but in the end, I learned some stuff about my Poppy I never knew and that rocks.

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I WENT TO A SELENA GOMEZ CONCERT WITH BABYDOLL

She had a blast, and that was worth admission and then some.

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I WENT TO THE ZOO

I let a flamingo eat straight out of my hand!

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I WENT TO FRONTIER DAYS AND THE MOUNDVILLE NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL

We saw hoop dancing {amazing!} and participated in stomp dancing.

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I WENT TO THE STATE FAIR IN NC

It was cold, but I ate a deep-fried Snickers bar, so you know, it was cool.

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I VISITED WITH MY BROTHER WHO JUST GOT BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN

I was very thankful he made it home to share interesting stories, video, and pictures.

MY MOM AND SISTER CAME TO VISIT

And it was great: we cooked, we went to a fall festival, and we visited Sloss Furnace during haunted house time. Priceless.

BABYDOLL STARTED BATON {AND KEPT PLAYING SOCCER}

She loves it, and is a natural!

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BABYDOLL MADE ARTWORK FOR OUR LIVING ROOM

Vince and I added a couple of minor touches, but she is the real star!

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And this is just a smattering of what went on!

I’m not going to promise five blog posts a week now because I don’t want to be a liar. ;) What I can say is that I feel renewed and excited to be back here, and I hope that it comes through in what I plan to share.

Our 2013/2014 Curricula

Curricula

Curricula

Well the school year is about a third over, but I’m putting this post up anyway. You never know when someone will stumble across it and find it useful.

I know when I started homeschooling I wanted to know what anyone and everyone was using…

MATH

Life of Fred – We’re sticking with what works. I can still say that this is hands-down the best math curriculum around.

HISTORY

myWorld Social Studies

GRAMMAR

Growing with Grammar

ART

Artistic Pursuits

WRITING

WriteShop Junior Book D

SCIENCE

Interactive Science

GEOGRAPHY

Road Trip USA

LITERATURE

Classic Literature Unit Study

HANDWRITING

Digital Teaching Tools

EXTRAS

I set several goals for the year, things that I’d like Babydoll to learn. We’ll be systematically working through those.