Monday, June 3, 2013


I have been doing a lot of thinking lately.  Nothing new.  I am a thinker.  A worrier.  A mom.

The weather is beautiful and this brings about Learning.  We got through the dreary winter of thinking my children are watching too much TV and how much damage I am inflicting upon my children.  Are they getting enough Vitamin D?  Enough fresh air?  Too much TV/technology, blah blah blah.  Then I see days like today with the leaves in full bloom and the mayflies everywhere.  The sun is shining and YES the kids are getting Vitamin D!  Imagine that.
I have been thinking a lot about schooling lately.  Unschooling vs. homeschooling vs. doing the basics. vs ..
You get the idea.  I strayed from unschooling for a while with my worry.  Are they missing some vital information?  Are we not structured enough?  I am stepping back again and reevaluating our way.  Isn't that what parenting is about?  Being willing to take a step back and decide if what we are doing is working?  The "too much" is not working.  They are dragging their feet and not enjoying the process.
We will do math when we can.  When we have time in our busy summer days.  We will do copywork when we can.  When we have time in our lazy spring days.  We will get to it and they will thrive.
Today the kids were in their PJ's until about 10:30am GASP.  I am quite positive that they will get dressed to go to work as an adult.  No worries there.  Unless they start their own businesses and work from home.  They cleaned up their sections of the house and off they went crafting, playing video games, drawing and learning about mayflies, creating our street out of cardboard and rolled papers for houses, playing outside, running, eating, living.
Cohen is quite interested in the poles of the Earth and how magnets play into all of that.  LKoiaheojkhe THAT is what I hear when he brings this topic up.  I need to find a good book that will explain thing further and then throw that book on Ron's lap and say Takeraway!  Reagan is coming into herself.  She is still my spunky, feisty little girl but has much more control.  I am proud of her and who she is becoming.  Callum is still our teddy bear who loves soccer and hockey.  Hadley has just turned 2 and is talking now.  Ricky and Amelie are turning into young ladies who I am very proud to be a mom to.  I really am.
I really am a very blessed mom.  Most days I feel so incredibly happy and lucky and then I have days like one day last wk when I put them to bed at 6:30pm because I couldn't take one.more.minute of being on.
So pictures will come soon and more of our explorations will follow.  Unless we are too busy with life ... wherever and whenever we feel like it.  Isn't that what unschooling is?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Well that top picture needs to be changed!
So we have a worker coming on Tuesday to start our adoption process.  This has been a long time coming.  We have to be moved into our bigger house of course but once that happens we want to be ready.  Of course, I have a lot of insecurities.  Not about adopting a child and it working out.  I actually have no worried about that.  Our family is not perfect.  We can be messy and our children hit each other from time to time.  I get frustrated and yell and so does Ron. I look at our children and I see that they are happy.  We really do have a wonderful life and I know that the child that we adopt will be lucky and loved.  He won't be perfect and we won't expect him to be.  We aren't either.  I worry more that the adoption place won't like us or won't understand our parenting views.  We co sleep.  We don't vaccinate. We homeschool.  We sometimes yell.  We don't have a tonne of money.  What will they think of us?  Hopefully they will look at our children and know how loved another child will be.  I hope they see their little faces and think that they are as lucky/cared for/loved as we know they are.  What if they don't like one of our answers?  What if they don't like that I have spanked before when upset and regretted it because I knew it was wrong?  What if I say "I'll throw you out the window" or the kids say it and they take it seriously?  What if...   I have to remember that if this is what is meant to happen, it will.  God will set this path in motion.
We went to see the other house today.  Guess what!  I went on a real estate site where they show houses for sale and it is taken down!  There is no For Sale sign on the front lawn.  This means that they are satisfied with our offer and are willing to wait.  I am not sure how long but this is good!  We took a family drive and sat and had homemade soup, coffee and cookies at a cute little bakery/cafe in the town where the house is. It was wonderful. Then we took a drive down to the harbor and got to see the fishing boats.  We really feel that this place is meant for us.  We just don't know when this will happen.  God will set this path in motion.  He already has.
Well I am headed off to bed because we have to be up early for hockey.  Oh yes, the lovely 1hr away, with hockey equipment on and ready to go hockey!  lol  The kids love it and it is great to watch them out there.
Goodnight all!