Spring Fever

Oh friends. It has been six days since I popped in. SIX WHOLE DAYS. That’s almost an entire week. Where has the time gone? I feel like I blink and days have passed. How does that even happen? Like, it was February and then POOF! It’s March. I hope this month might go just a wee bit slower. Goodness knows I need time to just get things done and with it flying like this, I feel so behind all the time.

Life over here has been the same as always: busy and chaotic. School seems to be a bigger struggle every single day. I keep telling myself that this is normal but some days I wonder if all children can be as resistant to doing their school work as mine. But, resistant or not, it gets done; even if it takes us all day and several meltdowns later to say we are done. Sometimes you just have to do what you have have to do.

Spring fever has officially made it’s way here and I truly believe this may be the biggest reason school is a struggle. This time every year leaves us all desiring road trips and vacations, sunny skies and warm sand. Yet, here we are in freezing temps with rainy skies and muddy tracks left on my floors. Oh how I am ready for Spring. I am also ready for a break in school, hikes and beach time, sand and sun and I am especially ready to be able to go home and visit my family. Spring fever is definitely making us feel like school is just a burden these days.

But even “burdens” must be carried if they are important and school is definitely falling into the important category. So, to liven up our moods and spirit, we ordered our curriculum for next year and I am hoping once it arrives, it will spark excitement back into our hearts and that by seeing what we are working towards for next year, will also bring back some much needed motivation on both our parts.

Do you ever feel like Spring can’t here fast enough? Boy I sure do. In the meantime, it’s deep breaths and let’s get back to it for us. I hope your school days are a bit easier than ours!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤


Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

I have an immense love of the written art. Books are a staple in our homes and my life.  I am extremely concerned with literacy in both our home and our nation. As a homeschooling parent, one of my top goals has always been to ensure that our home is filled with the right kinds of books and that I am creating an atmosphere of adventure and learning through reading.

In a world where IPads, IPods and Iphones have given our children access to anything and everything this world has to offer, it has become an addiction that has begun to steal our children’s contentment and intellect. Where children used to fill their hearts and minds with books and toys that allowed for creative play, exploration of new ideas and concepts and critical thinking, they now fill them with digital video games and YouTube videos or social media apps that foster a need for the constant state of “having more” and are stealing from them valuable growth and exploration. With our entire nation, especially our children, plugged into screens more than ever before, we have begun to see a rise of the generation of “boredom”; nothing satisfies them or is ever enough. Being inundated with videos and shows such as toy reviews or reality television and bombarded with the constant advertisement of the next “coolest” thing has led our children to become obsessed with having material items simply for the sake of being able to say they own it.

Books are a hidden and, often times, under appreciated treasure in our world today. They fill the shelves and libraries often untouched and unexplored. They have become an object of disdain among a vast majority of children because they are seen as “work” rather than something of enjoyment.

Books and reading are vital to both emotional and academic growth in our children. They help our children to explore their own feelings and passions. They open up a world full of possibility and adventure that our children so desperately need.

One of the most common statements I hear from individuals is, “You have way too many books.”  This always surprises me and saddens me for two reasons: 1. I feel like I do not have nearly enough books and 2. How is it that in a world where we value the art of collecting gadgets and apps on our phones, we have lost the art of  valuing and collecting a good book?

While we are teaching children that they can never have enough toys, games or the next coolest app, we should be teaching them that they can never have enough books; they can never read too much or explore enough.

If we are wondering why we have an increase in depression and dissatisfaction within our next generation, I feel we must stop to ask ourselves if it could coorelate to how much time they spend “plugged in” and how little time they spend exploring a good book. We must ask how much technology surrounds our children rather than books. Books educate, yes, but they also provide an escape and can give our heart a sense of purpose and encouragement and joy that is currently lacking. Books can provide an escape for the hurting and the broken. They can ignite inspiration and change. They can provide a place of safety and security when our hearts need it the most. Sometimes, a good book can change the way we think or feel, sometimes they can even provide healing and peace among a world of chaos and grief.

Literacy is a struggling issue in our nation and our world. We have lost the art of holding a good book in our hands and with that, we have also begun to lose our sense of wonder and adventure.

I encourage you to look around your home. Do you fill it with books? Are they in your bedrooms? Your home offices? Do your children have access to all kinds of reading material or do you find your home and rooms to be full of merely electronic gadgets and screens?

We all want to be a part of the ways that our country grows and evolves and we all get excited and pulled in by the enticement of the next big thing but while we are a society that has become so very “plugged in” day in and day out, I feel we must take back our children and teach them what it means to foster a love of reading and books. It is time we unplug and begin to become fully aware of the crisis in our nation that is technology. These screens are robbing us of our time, our contentment and our humanity.

Someday, our world may experience a regression in technology or worse, we could face a crisis in which access to the internet could become threatened. If that happened, how would it affect your family?

For centuries children had but a few small toys and shelves of books and from among them arose a generation of explorers and inventors who created the most extraordinary, life changing things; a generation of people who asked the questions no one else dared ask and who pioneered unit the unknown with courage and fearlessness. Where are the next great explorers of our times? Who will our children become?

I fear that if we continue to push literacy aside in the home for a more “hip” and easy fix of temporary entertainment or fulfillment, we may someday soon find that the last of the great explorers and inventors have come and gone.

Books are so much more than words on a paper. They are the hope of our children and the legacies we leave behind. They are the secret to taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

So the question should never be if we own too many books but rather if we own too few.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Desperate Measures Call for Serious Creativity

With Little Miss M added to our mix, we are finding it harder and harder to be able to keep up with our homeschool schedule and work. It seems we are always playing catch up or trying to make up stuff we had to miss. At the rate we have been going, we will be lucky to finish our school work by the end of June and that just makes me cringe. I know. I know. We are not on a time frame but I love my summer breaks. If I don’t get one, I will be soooo crabby. I am fairly certain I won’t be the only one.

So, I decided that enough is enough and took to Pinterest. I needed options, I needed major help. Thank goodness I did because I came across these nifty little activities for babies and toddlers called sensory bags. They are so easy to make and consist of simple things like water, baby oil gel or aloe vera gel and items such as buttons, wiggly eyes, sparkle rhinestones and other little flat trinkets that won’t bust the bags.

Once you feel the bag with the liquid of your choice and add the items then you seal the bag and you can use tape and tape it to a table, a high chair or in my case, a plastic plate so we can use it in multiple places. Here is our first sensory bag:


I used some cheap green aloe vera gel from the Dollar Tree and different sized wiggly eyes and buttons I had in my craft supplies in our classroom. So far Little Miss M has loved this. As you can see, I taped it using some packing tape so it would be much harder for her to pick at or pull off. She loves the squishy, soft feel of the gel as she moves around trying to get to the objects inside and she also loves to lay her cheek on it sometimes because it always stays cool to the touch.

While we will need to have other options for her so they continue to spark her interest, this has given us some great help for now and I am hoping that we will find other awesome ways to keep her engaged and entertained so that we can make our homeschool days a bit easier. I guess you could say that we are officially launching our very own baby school. Desperate times and all.

What ways do you keep your babies entertained so you can school your other children? I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas or things that have worked for your family too.

Until next time!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤

Hip Hooray, President’s Day Stations

I apologize for being a bit quiet the last week! We had a crazy week after Valentine’s Day and I have been working hard to organize and purge my classroom and to get lessons planned and see where we will be in May.

So, today was our homeschool group meeting and I planned all our activity stations. I was excited to have found such amazing ideas on Pinterest and could not wait to set them up. The most loved station was the Macaroni Monument station where the kids were all instructed to build their own “Washington Monument” out of pasta shells. We had Penne and Rotini shells. Using clay, glue and the pasta, those littles spent almost the entire time at that one station! The second favorite station was definitely the “Quill” station where they turned an ordinary #2 pencil into an old fashioned writing quill. It was so simple and easy but the kids went nuts over it!

It was a really successful meeting even though I was so exhausted I could have slept standing. That’s seems to be my norm these days.

Below is a snapshot of each of the stations. I highly recommend each of these activities for your next President’s Day.

Until next time!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️





Our Favorite Valentine’s Tradition

We stared a new tradition three years ago when Mister M was in Kindergarten: hosting a Valentine’s Party at our home with friends.

Every year, we host a small fun party with fellow homeschool families and exchange Valentine’s, eat lots of yummy food and play some games or do a fun activity.

Last year, due to baby showers, my pregnancy and preparing to move, we had to skip out on our beloved tradition so this year I made sure that we didn’t miss all the fun.

We invited our book club friends and decided to throw in a fun little contest. Each child was asked to make their own Valentine’s box and we all voted for our favorite. I also took pictures of each box with a number assigned and posted them on my social media so that my friends and family from all around the globe could take part in the fun. The kids did SO amazing and they all turned out awesome. We have a group of seriously creative, kind and smart children.

We made Mister M’s Super Mario Pirahna box using an old hat box, the tube from a roll of wrapping paper, green construction paper, white watercolor paper and two of our plastic bowls I painted red. We had so much fun hot gluing, taping and painting. We were so excited with our end result AND I felt really excited that we had a Pinterest success for once. There have been far too many fails in the last I am afraid.

After eating and getting to visit with friends, the kids all got to put their Valentine’s in everyone’s boxes and then we did a fun little science experiment using Conversation hearts.

*Disclaimer: When doing this experiment, do not open the soda and out in the glass until Just before you so the experiment. Otherwise, it the candy heart does not rise and float like it is to float. We had to learn this the hard way but the kids all still had fun!”

Our final activity was announcing our Valentine Box winners and awarding a prize for our 3rd, 2nd and first place winners. Mister M won 1st place with his piranha box and was so excited. Our 3rd place winner was our friend Eddie who created a Test Track Box in honor of his favorite spot at Disney and our sweet little friend Carlina, whose Pink Owl stole our hearts, took 2nd place.

We really had a wonderful day and already can’t wait for next year!

I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating the people you love the most!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Busy Days, Sleepless Nights

Yesterday was a busy but wonderful day. We had a meeting with our military homeschool support group and learned all about snowflakes. I have recently started volunteering to help with the planning of the group’s meetings and I had fun helping come up with some fun activities for us to do.

We started our meeting with an informative and fun YouTube video telling us how snowflakes form and what they are made of, then we read a book called, Curious Snowflakes, and finally we let the kiddos loose to explore and learn and create using some really fun activities.

Here are some snapshots from the group:

After our meeting, we had some of our friends over to play while us Moms did some planning and ate lunch and then we had Mister M’s first swim lesson. He LOVED swim and is counting down until our next lesson.


Even though it was a wonderful day, it was also exhausting so I was very ready to call it a night around 8pm. I was able to get little Miss M to sleep but she woke up just an hour later and it took several hours to get her good and asleep and then she was back up again at 1am this morning. It was a long, sleepless night and this morning I am just sooo exhausted. I could sleep for days.

I would love nothing more than to stay in bed, sleep and be lazy but…life. Today we have another homeschool group and then it’s home for our schoolwork and maybe if I am lucky, a nap. Oh how I would love a nap.

Busy days and sleepless nights = one exhausted Momma.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Some Days

Some days you scramble to get anything done. Some days you fight all day long to just get through one moment to the next. Some days you feel overwhelmed. Some days you feel alone. So very very alone.

Then, some days you are reminded of how blessed you are with wonderful people and you don’t feel so sad. Some day you are surrounded by good people and good laughs and the grief eases a bit. Some days you manage to get a lot done and you think to yourself, “Maybe this one won’t  be so bad.”

Today is over. We survived. And that’s enough. It has to be enough.

Today I am so thankful for precious friends who came to just do life with us today, homeschool and all, and helped make this day not seem so hard. For loving us right where are. For knowing that underways and deployments can feel so big and scary and we shouldn’t battle it alone.

Today, I am just so thankful for these people.

And for napping babies. Today, I was very thankful for a napping baby.

Kristy ❤️


Sweet Kae and Little Miss M. This Momma sure needed this break.