Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We just started . . . homeschooling!!

My daughter will be four in October, so we started a K4 curriculum with her this month.  Of course, this means little brother will be participating with his own worksheets and crayons and whatever else.

I am using the curriculum from Confession's of a Homeschooler. (Her blog is HERE and the curriculum is HERE)  I will say that I have used a couple of components from 1+1+1=1, (and her site is HERE)  Specifically, I used the printables she has to go along with Songs for Saplings, ABC Bible verses.  There are full page printable for each verse, as well as flash cards and a puzzle page for your child to put together.  The link for those is HERE.

We are taking a very laid back approach to homeschooling this year.  It will be structured some days and others we will vary what we do.  I see no reason to take away play time at this young age because I feel it is just as important.  Well, actually more important.

I want "school" to be fun for my children and not something they dread each day.  I know there will be times they don't want to "do school," as my daughter says; but overall, I hope they enjoy learning.

We will have music class once a week this fall and a few other things to rotate in and out.  I am still deciding on what we will do.  A friend has "Poetry and Tea Tuesday," and I love that idea!  She has a great blog over at Book Review Mama, you should hop over and check it out!  She is a book lover like no other!  :)

So, we are "doing school," in our dining room.  This means we have to be able to put it up and eat dinner at the end of the day.  Not too long ago, we put in cabinets with countertops in my work area so I happened to have a sewing cabinet I wasn't using.  We moved it upstairs and put it in the corner.  It is perfect because I can put a cabinet lock and keep the little man out of it!  You can see in the picture below, we have a board with all of our main areas on it.  I love this thing!!  Thanks to my mother-in-love, we had a big piece of chloraplast (plastic cardboard used in sign making) and I put it on the wall with command strips so I can take it down whenever I need.  I used velcro to attach each item on the board.  My daughter actually loves to take down and put up each thing as we talk about it.

So I will periodically update our homeschool journey on here as we go, so keep an eye out for that.  Thanks for reading and come back soon!

God bless!
Lee Ann

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Plan with Me Filming

So, I decided I wanted to try filming a plan with me video for youtube.  I thought it would be fun since it would be my first week in my Erin Condren hourly planner.  I learned a lot with my unboxing video.  First, I needed light and quiet.  The lighting I could do, but the quiet part was harder.  It is hard to find quiet time in my house and even if it is sleeping time, my little may wake up at any minute.

I also learned that I talk slow when I am nervous and trying to do something right.  I had to speed up a lot of my clips to make it a tolerable amount of time.  I know people don't want to listed to me for 30 minutes!!   I added some music to it also.
I had a lot of fun doing this and may do it in the future again, but I will not be doing weekly plan with me videos for sure.  I do want to do different videos though and so far have thought of a few topics.  Here is my list:  planning, homeschooling, meal planning, cleaning schedules and routines, goal planning, decluttering the house step by step, life with toddlers, Sephora play boxes, and working with my Silhouette Cameo.  Let me know if there is anything else you might want to see or read about.

So here is the link for my video, it is for the first week I did in my Erin Condren hourly, so it was a few weeks ago.  :)

Thank you for visiting and God bless!!
Lee Ann

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fears and anxieties

Fears and anxiety can creep up on you at any point in your life.  If you knew me before, say 22, you would know, I love people and being around them.  Today, you might question if I could even carry on an adult conversation some days.  There are a lot of reasons this might be so, such as I spend all day with two littles under the age of 4. This has had a little effect on me but the main thing that has affected me has been my recent miscarriage.  I don't understand why it has manifested this way but it has made it hard lately to even be around people much less carry on a conversation.

My friends have been great and reached out to me for comfort, just to talk or invite me to something.  One friend last week texted me probably 4 times and I never responded.  I love her and have no reason to be upset but for some reason every time I picked up my phone to respond, I froze.  It is a weird anxiety to say the least.  Another sweet mommy friend has messaged me to comfort me because she has been through this also, but I haven't responded yet.  I can't put the words down.  Like I said, I don't understand it.

So I am trying to work through it and recover a little bit of my confidence currently.  I have started back reading a devotion that speaks to me and trying to find a Bible verse each day to respond to that anxiety and hold onto it.  I am trying to talk with my husband more about how I feel instead of pretending I am okay until I explode in tears and have to miss a friend's little boy's birthday party because I just can't handle it.

This weekend I did something a little out of the norm for me and way against how I have been feeling.  I attended a planner meetup with about 80 other women.  When I bought my ticket it was supposed to be around 30 people and they changed the venue to hold more a few weeks later.  I almost didn't go.  I had myself talked out of it.  I needed to be home with my family, my husband had worked long hours and needed the reset.  He encouraged me to go and so did one other person.  I won't name her because she may not want me to, but she gave me just enough reason to get me out of the door.

The thing is, I had never met her before Saturday at the meetup.  We had just chatted online.  She is a strong lady who is very sweet.  We joked about giving each other a big hug when we met, and we did just that.  She was my anchor that day and she reminded me that the Lord will always be my anchor.  So that day, I met a lot of great ladies and had a lot of fun.  Hopefully, started new friendships with some.  I walked up and talked to several people, including some that I have admired online.  I even told them that and sounded quite dorky, but I did it.   I took loads of pictures even though I don't like how I look right now.   I put myself out there.

One thing I do know happened, is that I grew a little that day.  Another thing I know is there is one lady who has a tried and true friend when she needs me.  She helped me step out, and for that I am grateful.

So if anyone else is reading this, and feels this way, know that it can get better.  Also know that you can help someone else without even knowing it.

God bless!
Lee Ann