Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summa Summa Summa time. Summa time.

I feel like I have had a marathon of a couple of

Biz. E!

Oh hi, Marmalade.

Hubbs and I before going out to dinner.

Bubba in his car that we made.

Another shot of Bubba's car.

Homeschooling preschool takes quite a lot of work and planning.  I decided instead of being  "Super Mama" and doing it three days a week, I would settle for being "Almost Super Mama" and have it two days.  I work four jobs right now, two from home and two outside the home and it was just too much.  Fridays are just chill days with the kids.  We may go on one of our adventures or run just go wherever the winds take us.  We may just stay in our jammies all day,  or put on our bathing siuts and splash in the kiddie pool.  Yes, me too.
Pinterest has come in handy with lesson plans and activity ideas.  The kids really enjoy it so far.
Check out some pics from a home-school day.
This was jungle week.  Bubba was being an elephant.
I set up an obstacle course through the house with chairs, pillows, toys that they have to go around and pretend they were different jungle animals.

Youtube is a great source for finding short videos and songs to go along with out themed activities or lessons.

Bubba asks me to do this activity now just about everyday.  They loved it!!! Seeing them have so much fun with something so simple that brought out their imagination was priceless.
Otherwise, for those who may be curious, this is a typical home-school day schedule.

Rise and shine at 7. (ish.........everything is ISH here)
Dress, brush teeth, comb hair, meds and head downstairs by 7:30.
Mama cleans up and then checks emails while kids eat and watch some toons.
School starts around nine.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Lesson Board.  Change date, record weather, count how many ongoing days of school we have had and record it, swith our "today, tomorrow, and yesterday" chart. Introduce theme of the week.
Sing a song of the week. Learn a vocab word based on theme.
Learn a moral or family value.
Review our address and Mama's phone number and how and when to call 911.
Then onto their own notebooks where they practice writing, numbers, shapes, counting, etc.
Coloring a picture based on theme.
Make a craft or do an activity based on theme.
Snack time.
Outside time.
Read books based on theme.
Usually in a bed, but this day it was a chair.
This wraps up the school day by three or four.

Other than that, I have been buying fabric and supplies, designing dresses, and sewing, sewing, sewing!  I am glad to report that people are really supporting My Sweet Marmalade this summer.  Ya know, it is pinafore season.



Marmalade turns three this week and Chica turns one a week later so we are having a combo party this coming weekend.  An Alice and Wonderland Party, in fact.  I have been sewing special dresses, fashioing mini mad hatter hats for the girls, hand making decorations, signs, looking up recipes for pink popcorn and chechire cat cupcakes. You name it, I am trying to do it.  I can't wait to show you how it all comes together!

Fabric for the girls special Alice in Wonderland dresses!

And last but certainly not least, we just signed a contract on a home in Florida!  It is going to be a rental property for us,  and who knows.....maybe we will use it for a temp home as we search for the perfect home for our family in our paradise.  Either way, it is a great little house and until it closes, I think I will be a little anxious. I do feel happier already knowing I own a little slice of heaven.

I am trying to get as much yoga into our lives as I can. (note:  Marmalade made up that yoga pose on her own.)
My tribe!

Soul-searching lead to a vision.  A vision lead to a plan,  and step by step it is coming together.   To think back on how the last couple of years have brought me to this place, this is amazing.  Never give up no matter what is going on in your life.  You have know idea the joy that is in store for you if you just believe.
I hope you are enjoying your summa-time!  Keep your eye on my facebook page this week.  I will be giving a coupon code for a HUGE one day sale in honor of Marmalade's Birthday.

It is going to be a busy week again, so if I don't post again this week,  have a fabulous Fourth of July!

Peace, Love, and Sandy feet,
Mama Nic

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