Preparing for baby four and home birth

I have the minivan, planned car seat and sleeping arrangements in my mind and washed all the things for a brand new baby. Now we patiently wait as I grow more sleep deprived with frequent trips to the bathroom preparing me for newborn feedings. I am almost 36 weeks pregnant and nearly full-term, which means…

Inks Lake 2020, one to remember

Camping, cold weather and children, what could go wrong? Our camping trip to end this very memorable year was only about three and half hours away near the Austin area. Inks Lake State Park in Burnett, Texas has by far the nicest camping spots and restroom facilities we have ever seen. We had to reserve…

My favorite things for Camping

Our family goes camping year round. During the summer months we camp in areas that are more north. Last year we camped the Grand Canyon with an eight year old, six year old and a five month old baby. We added a few more travel necessities to our list that are a must have for…

Guadalupe State Park

Ryan had a work meeting out of town and we decided that we would tag along last minute. I don’t see how couples can be apart weeks or months at a time. My husband just planned to be gone one night. We threw some things in the car, loaded the girls up and drove four…

Butterfly Home School Project

We have had many ups and down this home school year but even I learned something from this little project that we did with caterpillars. Great things take time, great things are worth waiting for and eventually we will grow into the amazing creature that God intended us to become.

From the Archives: 3 lessons learned

I am proud to say that the three lessons I learned almost four years ago are still very true in my life today.  1) My children do not need expensive outings to be entertained or feel they get quality time with us 2) I still use Greek Yogurt as a sour cream substitute in everything…

Minimal Baby Essentials

I have done all the nesting and all the Kondo-ing I can possibly stand. I am 38 weeks pregnant and really only need the baby. Since we do not know the gender it makes it pretty easy to be prepared. We have unisex outfits, diapering and a place for baby to sleep. Since the baby…

Green Kid Crafts

Looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift for children? My kids love to get mail and bonus if it’s a box filled with awesome projects and crafts. As a homeschooling parent I realize how important it is to ask for help or inform our friends and family of gift ideas that are not only educational…

Teach kids to love Vegetables and finish their Dinner

The girls both have gone or are currently going through this phase where they need to be prompted to finish their vegetables. Yes every parent’s daily struggle. When people comment “you guys are so lucky that your kids eat their food” I take a deep breath and internally snarl. “Lucky nothing!! If you knew how…