Indianapolis With Kids

Indianapolis With Kids

Indianapolis is one of those places that is so close to where we live but yet I’ve never stopped to give it a second thought about taking a vacation there. I had heard from friends there was a great children’s museum, so Indy was sort of percolating on the back burner of my brain, but again, there always seemed to be a “better” place to vacation. However, the stars aligned this spring and Indy started yelling at me with a…

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A Little of This and a Little of That

A Little of This and a Little of That

Hello readers!! Life has really kicked into high gear in our house. Between in-person school for Eli (which he rocked at!), me deciding to take up a new hobby (crochet coasters anyone??), a couple family vacays, and soccer season for not one but two kids, my writing has taken a bit of a back seat. But school’s out, soccer is finished, and summer is here, so my goal is to start writing again. Now the question is, where to begin?!?!?…

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Ice Ornaments

Ice Ornaments

We had some really cold temps the last couple weeks – so cold that we couldn’t be outside sledding or hiking or any other fun winter activity. So, I decided to bring the winter fun inside with ice ornaments! These were super simple to do and a lot of fun. Plus, they looked gorgeous hanging outside in trees with the sun reflecting off the ice and snow. Materials Silicone baking mold or flexible ice cube tray Food coloring Yarn or…

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Word on the street is…

Word on the street is…

…ALL students will be back in school full-time starting March 8th!!!! Say what?!?!? Yep, the teachers are getting their second vaccine shot this week, they have 2 weeks for the full immunization to take affect, and then bam! School is in session 5 days a week every single week. Hallelujah! As Eli and I struggled again today with schoolwork, I realized just how much I miss be only a mom to him. I go to bed at night dreading the…

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I Was Fired Today

I Was Fired Today

The day started out like every other homeschool day – time to work…no I don’t want to…well you have to…I’m only doing one thing….not the way it works buddy…yada yada yada. I was prepared for all of the protesting. I was even prepared for the pencil throwing, which inevitably ensues after lunch. What I was not prepared for today was getting fired. Oh Eli. Eli: I want a new mom. Me: Ok, how about ____’s mom, although I know she…

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One Week Down…

One Week Down…

The first week of in-person learning is finished and we are embarking on another week of at-home learning….followed by a week in school, then another week out, etc. Eli woke up Tuesday morning slightly excited to go back to school, but with some reservations. Got his lunch all packed – chicken nuggets in his thermos to stay warm (yes, I had him practice opening it at breakfast! Ha!), bag of chips, animal cookies, water bottle, and of course a sweet…

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It’s happening…

It’s happening…

In a little over 9 hours, Eli will be back in a classroom!! *Ahhhhh the crowd goes wild* I am thrilled he gets this opportunity to be back in school with his friends, going to art/music/library/gym specials, being face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) with a real teacher, eating lunch in the lunchroom….hang on. Back it up. That last statement is why I didn’t sleep well last night. In all my glory of rejoicing that Eli gets to go back to school, I…

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Happy New Year…maybe it should just be New Year…

Happy New Year…maybe it should just be New Year…

Here we are – 2021 – and I’m still waiting for Eli to be back in school. *sigh* Part of me guessed the school was going to announce they were remote right after the new year, but it still stung when the announcement came in. 2 more weeks of remote school BUT at least this time we have a teacher who is doing live Google meets 2x a day and lots of hands-on worksheets, instead of just apps to fill…

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Right back where we started

Right back where we started

Homeschool. Sigh. Will it ever end??? Yes, yes it will in fact end TOMORROW to be exact. Not that I’m counting. Wait. That’s a lie. Where most people have countdown to Christmas calendars going this time of year, I’ve had a countdown to “the end of homeschooling a first grader who spun around in his desk chair and loudly told me he was bored while in a live Google meets chat with his virtual teacher and classmates.” That’s the kind…

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Winter Hikes

Winter Hikes

I know I’ve talked about how much we love fall hikes in the cool weather, but winter hikes are just as fun. Granted, they are even better if there is snow on the ground, but hopefully that is yet to come! Covid messed a lot of things up this year, but there are definitely some good changes that businesses and events have made ~ curbside pick up at every store and restaurant, extra sanitization of shopping carts and touchable surfaces,…

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