When Life Happens

When Life Happens

Sometimes life happens.
Sometimes life happens and its ok to admit that it’s hard.

I normally don’t write posts like the one in the picture. I know parenting is hard, and I know that YOU know that parenting is hard. MOST times social media is not the right outlet to complain. Maybe I should repeat that…


Ok, Back to your regularly scheduled post…

As I said, I do not normally write posts like this, but the exuberant amount of unadulterated chaos happening at my house at that time was so overwhelming it was humorous! Seriously, here is the low down:

2 out of 3 of the kids were screaming
The baby was screaming to be held in between shoving amazing amounts of green beans in his mouth and promptly choking on them. (Or screaming because we wouldn’t let him shove more in) Before dinner he was screaming because he wanted dinner.
My 4 year old was throwing a fit, screaming that she is mad, running around the house (for the millionth time NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE) and asking for more food (If you know her, this makes complete sense). Before dinner she was asking for food. EVERY.KIND. OF.FOOD.EVERY.BREATH.SHE.HAD.

The oldest is trying to be overly calm because he feels the chaos in the house. With his mini-notebook in hand, he has a million questions (which he asks VERY calmly) “Mommy, how do you spell AGAIN?” Mommy, will you teach me to crochet with a hook?” “Mommy, can I have my K’NEX back?” “Mommy, can I play with this toy that has tiny, microscopic pieces while the baby is right here?”

It always starts with “Mommy” and ends with me giving him this “Are you kidding?” look while holding a screaming baby and telling (yelling over the baby) the 4 year old to STOP RUNNING IN THE HOUSE!

Oh, did I mention that EVERY WINDOW IN THE HOUSE IS OPEN? Oh, yes, there’s that. While cooking dinner the hubby nearly smoked us out of the house. Seriously, we are talking open front door, red eyes, waving the smoke away from the fire alarm type of smoke. We were one step away from having to crawl around the house!

On top of that (oh yes! There’s more!) my husband had to leave for a meeting at the height of the chaos, smoke, screaming and dinner. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! The only thing I could muster was “Please don’t leave me!” He promised me he would be gone for not very long and would bring back some wine. SOLD!

As soon as he left, the chaos in which I had mistakenly thought had climaxed, indeed increased…three-fold (I can neither deny or confirm this relation to the amount of children in the house). About 30-minutes in, the chaos got too much for me to bear and I gave in and called the hubby to return pronto because, no. As I heard it start to ring, I noticed a ringing sound coming from the counter…

No. This is not just happening.
This is when I started writing my Captain’s…I mean Mommy’s… Log.

Mommy’s Log:

Stardate 69593.6
I have just lost communication with the co-pilot. I must now trust that he will return to the mother-ship and not abandon his crew.

Stardate 69593.7
The co-pilot has been gone for a suspiciously long time for what was supposed to be a “short excursion”. I can only assume he is acquiring provisions of wine and cookies.

Stardate 69593.8
The princess of the crew is finally in her quarters. After much convincing, a firm talking to and a lullaby, I think she has officially retired for the evening.

Stardate: 69593.8
I am growing suspicious of the youngest member of the crew. He seems out of sorts. I suspect mutiny! Or he might just need a nap.

Stardate 69593.9
The co-pilot has finally returned! There was much rejoicing until we took inventory of the acquired provisions. Mistakes were make and in this time of crisis, there is no room for error!

Stardate 69593.9
The entire crew has finally retired to their quarters for the night. The oldest of the crew was commended for his assistance and bravery in a time of crisis. I still have my suspicions about the youngest. I must keep a close watch overnight and the days to come.

and on top of that, we are out of wipes.

***These are actual stardates based on a stardate calculator from TrekGuide.com.

Exciting NEWS!

Exciting News

The answer is no. NO, we are not expecting another baby.

BUT…there has been a lot going on around our house in the past month (or two). Mainly, my computer desk area got taken over by a Christmas tree and other Christmas decoration explosions! I am happy to report that the tree is down and I have my wonderful work space back!


Back to the NEWS.
In October I did a big International Babywearing Week post on my website with mini photo-sessions with moms and babies and a group photo shoot with everyone. The editor of our local newspaper found out about International Babywearing Week and contacted me. I told her about my photo shoots, IBW, and my blog where I was posting the pictures.

The next thing I knew, I was meeting with the editor and she was offering me a column in the local newspaper to write about mom-type-things! She said that the publisher and herself loved my blog and my writing and thought it would be a good addition to the local paper!
What?! How cool, right?

(See what I did there, with the title? Exciting NEWS as in NEWSPAPER! Yeah, I didn’t think it was funny either.)

Since then I have been writing some mom column pieces here and there and have even written a few of the headline articles. Look at me! I am now writing regularly with the newspaper and am loving writing and meeting new people in my community. I have no idea what is next for me, but I am loving being a bigger part of my community and sharing my thoughts as a mom to other moms in my area.

I never knew if anything would come out of my blog writing. I do it on the side, between changing diapers, mediating fights over toys, and trying to manage my home, but it is a labor of LOVE. I LOVE the writing. I LOVE sharing what I know and I LOVE the people and connections I have been making for the past 4+ years. It feels pretty good for someone to look at my work and recognize the work and love I have put into it. I am not going anywhere. I am actually hoping to be able to blog a little MORE often now that I am doing it for the paper as well.

Did you miss my International Babywearing Week posts? Check out the pictures!
My Babywearing Project
Babies of Babywearing

Thanks for all your continued support and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!


Advent Week 1: Hope

Week 1 Hope

Advent sneaks up on me every single year, but especially this year because Thanksgiving was so late! I stuffed my face with turkey and pie and turn around and BAM! Advent is staring me in the face! Advent is my favorite season of the year. No, not the Christmas season, but ADVENT. Advent is the four Sundays prior to Christmas where we prepare our hearts for the coming birth of Christ.

The United Methodist Church (and other denominations) light candles on an Advent wreath each week prior to Christmas Eve and a white “Christ” candle in the middle on Christmas Eve. I know that not all traditions do an advent wreath, so I explain about the wreath and have some beautiful candle-lit pictures.
Celebrating Advent at Home: The Advent Wreath
The United Methodist Church puts out a Advent Worship at Home for families to light the candles and celebrate each week just as the church does, but I found myself needing to adjust it quite a bit for my family with such young kids. So I thought I would share my adaptation of the church’s home worship.

Advent Week 1: Hope

First Reader: This is the first Sunday in Advent. Today, we light one purple candle. This is the candle of hope. Advent is a time of waiting and hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus. We hope that everyone will come to know and worship God.

(Light the first purple candle)

Second Reader:  When we look at the first candle, we remember God’s promise.  God promised to send a someone to save the people. God fulfills his promises and takes care of his people. God brings peace and all of this gives us hope. Again we wait excitedly for the birth of baby Jesus.

Sing: Oh Come Let us Adore Him
Matt Redman- Oh Come Let us Adore Him (video with lyrics from youtube)

Read Jeremiah 33:14-16
The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. 15 In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.

Prayer: Dear God: Thank you for your son, Jesus. Thank you for the words of Jeremiah, the prophet, that remind us that you are the source of our hope. Help us to live each day with hope and to share hope with everyone around us. AMEN.

Most of this comes straight from the Advent Home Worship. I re-worded and re-wrote a few things so that my smaller kids could understand it better. I also left out the discussion and shortened a few other parts. Definitely check out the one made by the United Methodist Church!
Advent Worship at Home

Don’t feel bad if you don’t get to this on Sundays. Just try and do it sometime during that week. My parents did this with us every year growing up and it is one of my most powerful memories. I hope that these help you and your family enjoy the Advent season together and keep Christ in the center!

Thanksgiving Fun Packet

Thanksgiving Packet

So one of the things I love about homeschooling is the fact that I can do lots of fun holiday activities with my kids. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it is such a family focused holiday (I mean, plus there’s LOTS and LOTS of food!)

Anyways, I wanted to put together a packet that my Big Boy could work on the week before and week of Thanksgiving. In all of my research I found some great printables and even a few videos to go along with being thankful!

For my cover page for the packet, I found a “Happy Thanksgiving” coloring page. There are some great free ones here.

I then printed out a turkey “color by letter” page because my boy loves to color, but also needed a little challenge with his coloring. I found this great printable on Reading With Kids.

I then found a great resource on Free Homeschool Deals. It is a Thanksgiving Writing Pack. It is a great 3-page writing prompt about giving thanks. It includes a page with 4 “complete the sentence” prompts, a page where you can writing what they are thankful for each letter in “THANKSGIVING” and then a free page with a turkey they can color and a few lines on the bottom for any creative writing they want to do.
Thanksgiving Writing Pack

My Big Boy loves books, including making them. So I found this First Thanksgiving mini-book from Education to the Core. It is a two page mini book that you can print in color or black-and-white. It is a freebie on her Teachers Pay Teachers store. You do have to make an account to download, but it is super easy and you can get lots of other freebies!
Thanksgiving Activities

What is a Thanksgiving “fun packet” without a craft?! Not a true FUN packet in my opinion! So here is an easy color, cut and glue craft from Adventures with Gigi that your kiddo can do with not a lot of help from you! *User hint* Click on the image and save it on your computer (GIF). Then open and print it.
I Am Thankful For Craft

Here is another freebie packet from Teachers Pay Teacher geared toward kinder and 1st grade. I love finding freebie packets because of the choices of activities and I can print what I want. I just downloaded this packet and printed a few pages of what I wanted.
Thanksgiving Activities Free

I found a thanksgiving themed word search that I printed and included from Superheros and Tea Cups. I tried to make my own simple word search, but it didn’t come out the way I wanted. This one is simple enough and already made. I thought this would be a good challenge for my son, because it is hard to stump him.
Thanksgiving Word Search 

I also found a great video from the Berenstain Bears about counting your blessings. It is short and great for Pre-K and early elementary. You can watch the episode on You Tube.
The Berenstain Bears- Count Their Blessings

Not sure if the next video needs any introduction. The other video I would include in this is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. You can also watch this on You Tube (or buy it online/in store for better quality)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I am seriously loving this packet of thanksgiving activities. Since it is a holiday week and I have family coming into town, it is going to be a busy week. I may not have a lot of time to do school work with my big boy, but he has a huge packet with a variety of thanksgiving related activities that he can work on at his own pace, on his own.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, family, food, and thankfulness! God bless you and your family and Happy Thanksgiving!


An Incredible Halloween

Saturday was Halloween and my family had a blast! No gore or scary costumes here! Earlier this year I got the idea to be The Incredibles for Halloween this year! We have the perfect number of people and even a red-headed baby to play Jack-Jack. I soon found out that buying the cheap “made in China” Incredibles costumes would have been WAY expensive. (The adult versions were like $40!) Sorry, I love Halloween, but not enough to go broke! Plus I would rather buy real clothes that are comfortable and possibly used again (minus my husband’s red leggings!)

The Incredibles

I opted to make my own. Off to find red leggings that would fit a grown man! (I found them!) I got some inspiration from Life Out of Bounds, including her logo and mask pattern, but mainly had a picture in my head of what I wanted and did my own thing.

Mr Incredible

I love that my husband was just as excited as I was about this! (Ok maybe not THAT much, but he was pretty excited!) I love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and is game to wear red leggings and his underwear on the outside. I really think he is Mr. Incredible. Mr Incredible had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. He had back boxer briefs with a yellow felt belt and HUGE black socks that he wore OVER his shoes, and of course, his mask to keep his identity a secret.


As the maker of the costumes, I had a blast getting to dress up with my family! We went downtown for our local Trunk-or-Treat and we had so many comments and people stopping us to take a picture. That was super fun! Elastigirl also had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. (which I forgot to wash before wearing and woke up with HIVES all over my arms the next morning) I used my black swimsuit bottoms with a yellow felt belt, and some black boots that worked just perfectly, and of course, my mask to keep my identity a secret.


My oldest was so excited to be Dash! I am pretty sure he would have dressed up like Dash for Halloween even if the rest of us were something different. As soon as he got his costume on he took off running through the house. I didn’t know what to do! Do you tell Dash to stop running in the house? Dash had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots (over his shoes) and arm cuffs (yeah, that’s right! I used the entire pair of tights!) a yellow felt belt and of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.



My daughter is the shy one of the bunch and I wasn’t sure she would go for this, but as you can tell, she totally got into it. Even though we have a different birth order than the TRUE Incredibles (Violet is the oldest) it still worked out. Violet had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.


Baby G’s costume was so cute. It was just like the older two kids, but smaller. I originally didn’t make him a mask because I had no doubt he would just rip it off, but he did great when I was taking his picture! I also loved that Jack-Jack and Baby G are right about the same age, have red hair and totally make some of the same noises. Jack-Jack had tiny red leggings (with little bows at the end that we hid with the “boots”), a red onesie (which was amazingly hard to find, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

It made me feel great that not only did my family have a blast, but so many other people enjoyed our costumes! I have NO IDEA what to do for next year. I don’t know if I can top this! Better start working now! Hope you enjoyed our costumes! I would love to see what you and your family did for Halloween!

Shut Up and Let Me Wear Leggings

It’s that time again, ladies! Fall has officially arrived and finally the cooler weather has started to grace us with its presence. With the cooler weather comes jackets, cute scarves, trendy boots and the dreaded legging debate. You laugh, but I think you know what I’m talking about. Every year somebody comes out with this year’s “leggings are not pants” post and it gets passed around social media like a runny nose at day care (you moms know what I’m talking about!) Posts like THIS, and even This Facebook group that calls themselves LANP (leggings are not pants) are strong supporters of leggings NOT being pants. The struggle is real and so is the debate.

Let me be real for a second. I wear leggings. I wear leggings as pants (GASP!) Shut up and let me explain. I am a stay-at-home mom of three small children. My wardrobe is 90% functionality 10% “cute”. Most of my days are spent in pajama pants I never had a chance to change out of or yoga pants because they are comfortable and moveable. Neither of these are flattering or “cute”. I have also been pregnant three times and my body has changed quite a lot through those pregnancies. Yes, I am a small person, (When I say small, I mean I’m the size of a freaking 12 year old and no amount of donuts, fried chicken or pizza is going to change that, because trust me, I’ve tried!) but my body has still changed and many of my clothes don’t fit like they should. Plumber jeans that show my crack when I bend down because the waist is too big. Church jeans (you know, the holy ones) that I finally have busted through and show off my granny panties (or not so granny panties depending on the day), but let me tell you about my leggings. I LOVE my leggings. I have leggings in several colors, they are easy to match with a shirt and I do not have to fight with the bottom to get them into my cute boots I’ve been dying to show off. And you know what?! They make me feel good! After spending every, freaking, day in sloppy, baggy, pee covered clothes, I love the way I look when I put on an outfit with leggings. For me its the best of both worlds. Its the comfort of yoga pants with the cuteness of getting all dressed up. So shut up and let me wear my leggings. I feel good in them!

Ok, stop! My “I wear leggings as pants” rule has some stipulations. So before you start announcing to the world that leggings are ok, YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE RULES!

  1. Buy the right size.
    Whatever your size, claim it! You are the most beautiful in the correct size for your body! PLEASE buy the correct size. *hint: If you can see through the leggings in ANY WAY when you bend or move, remove, return and back away slowly!
  2. Check your undies.
    Seriously ladies. Be aware of what underwear you put on when you wear leggings. No one wants to be able to see the ruffles, design or whatever. It looks trashy. Put your underwear on, put your leggings on and look closely to make sure that it looks appropriate.
  3. Buy a full length mirror.
    Seriously, while you are out getting leggings, get a full length mirror and USE IT! Put the outfit on, look closely in the mirror. Ask yourself if you would meet your mother for lunch in that outfit. If they answer is yes, you are approved to leave. If no, go change!
  4. Wear a long shirt.
    Leggings do not go with crop tops! I repeat: LEGGINGS DO NOT GO WITH CROP TOPS! Leggings are best paired with a shirt that covers about half of your butt. DON’T be walking around in a tummy shirt and leggings claiming its ok, because no. It is not. I usually wear a plain v-neck shirt that hits right around my butt peak (the part of my butt that sticks out the most….thus the PEAK). That way I am covered enough to feel comfortable and not like I’m trying to flaunt something I don’t have.
  5. If you are unsure, then don’t wear it.
    If you followed the rules, and are standing in front of your full length mirror questioning whether or not your legging attire is ok, it’s not. If you aren’t sure, then I am sure that you shouldn’t wear it, so dont!

 So I’m not giving up my leggings. I love them, they are comfy and they make me feel good. This fall I will be rockin’ my leggings with shirts, long sweaters, dresses and my boots. You have something negative to say? Shut up and let me wear my leggings.


Yes, I’m rockin’ my leggings, boots and shirt! It is almost mid-night and I don’t care!

The Babies of Babywearing

Happy International Babywearing Week! I am continuing my celebration of International Babywearing Week with MORE PICTURES!! Yay! You can’t exactly do any babywearing without a baby! (Though I have seen many a stuffed animal or even a dog being worn) So the babies are the main focus this time. As I said before, babies that are close with their moms (or dads) are happy, content babies. It was so interesting to watch each baby interact with his/her mom, react to me taking pictures and to their surroundings. Seven different babies with seven very different personalities, but all loved being worn by their moms!


3 month old Demi peeking out from being carried by mom, Mandi in her Boba 4G

I could not get over how beautiful this baby’s eyes were. I love blue eyed babies! Demi’s mom, Mandi says that she loves babywearing because “I love feeling her so close, especially in social situations where there’s a lot of people around. She relaxes immediately in the carrier and so do I.”


18 month old Norah hanging out on mom, Amanda’s back in their mei tai

Norah loves when mom bounces her around while wearing her. Her mom, Amanda says that she loves babywearing because it “keeps me hands free and baby comfy”.


8 month old Evan cuddling up to mom, Rebecca in a homemade ringsling

Even though Baby Evan wasn’t feeling 100%, I got a few shots of this sweet boy snuggling his mom. I am partial to this ring sling because I made it, and plus it makes his eyes POP! Rebecca says she loves babywearing because “When nothing else will calm him down, babywearing does!”


8 month old Kaylee enjoying the taste of the Ergo Sport straps.

Kaylee’s mom Shelby is fairly new to babywearing, but these two fell in love fast with this carrier and how comfy it was for both. Shelby says that she loves babywearing because “we feel closer together”.


8 month old Zechariah giving me a big smile from being worn by his mom Shannon in the Infantino Mei Tai

I had not seen adorable Zecheriah in quite a few months, but as soon as he saw me he reached out and I got to hold him while his mom got all ready with the carrier. Shannon says she loves babywearing because “It has helped me be close to my little one, but still allow me to be hands free to take care of my other children and get housework completed”


11 month old Greyson snuggling up on his mom, TJ in their Ergo Galaxy with adorable monster suck pads

Greyson has the most adorable curly hair and beautiful eyes. His mom, TJ says  “I love to wear my baby because they feel safe when they are close. I can nurse and have my hands free!”


8 month old Jameson snuggling with mom, Maria in her comfy wrap.

Baby Jameson cracked me up with his smiles and wiggles! Him mom, Maria, says that she loves babywearing because “Because its the only time My son will cuddle with me”.

It really was amazing how easy it was to get these sweet babies to smile while being held by their moms. If you want to see more babywearing photos check out My Babywearing Project.

My Babywearing Project


Babywearing group shot at our local park.

Happy International Babywearing Week! I have been planning on doing some fun things on my blog to celebrate and participate in International Babywearing Week (Oct 4-10). For those that are not familiar with this, International Babywearing Week is a week-long opportunity to celebrate, advocate for, focus media attention on the many benefits of babywearing, sponsored by Babywearing International. People all over the world wear their babies and this is a week to tell people how much we love it and share the benefits of wearing your baby.

So I put out a request to see if anyone would be interested in doing a mini babywearing photo-shoot to celebrate babywearing. I figured it would be a fun, small way to get real moms from the local community involved in a international event. I had such a wonderful response and my week soon filled up with mini-sessions of moms and their babies. Let me tell you, this has been one of the most fun weeks I’ve had in a while! It also got me thinking. I walked into this project hoping to learn more about photography, but I learned so much more than some photography skills when I was out there taking pictures of these moms. I talked with the moms, I listened to moms, I played with babies, and I did so much more! I realized early in my sessions that this was no longer about babywearing, but about moms.


Shannon and her 8 month old baby boy in an Infantino Mei Tai

Moms NEED community but for some reason (time, family, work, etc) never seem to make it a priority. Moms need to be around other moms. We need to know we are not alone. We need to know that its normal to feel what we feel as moms of little ones. As I was doing my sessions, I cannot tell you how many times I heard how long its been since they got out of the house, or put make-up on, or just enjoyed the outside with their little ones. I don’t have the answer because I am guilty of not making this a priority, but it was very clear that community is important to being a healthy (and sane) mom.


TJ and her 11 month old baby boy in an Ergo Galaxy

Moms with their little ones are beautiful. I don’t just mean beautiful on the inside, because let me tell you. ALL the moms I photographed this last week are immensely beautiful on the inside. (as well as on the outside, but I’m getting to that) Moms with their babies are beautiful (Did I already say that?) Every single mom that I shot had a negative comment about her own appearance. Every single one. While some moms were concerned about lingering baby weight, others commented about their hair or skin not being perfect, but as soon as they got in front of the camera with their little ones, they were glowing, radiant, confident moms. I hope they see the beauty and confidence in the pictures that I saw during the photo shoot.


Maria and her 8 month old baby boy in a wrap.

These babies are happy. Let me explain what I mean. As moms we are always second guessing ourselves. Are we doing the right things? Are we raising our kids the right way? Is this what is best? My answer to these moms is YES! It was so obvious to me that all these babies are so love, so cared for and it shows. These are happy babies. I have had many photo sessions with babies and they are not easy. I’ve had newborn sessions when the baby refuses to sleep, toddler sessions where cooperation is just not happening, but these sessions were the EASIEST baby sessions I have ever done! These babies love their mamas and I think that is a great testament to how wonderful moms they are!


Shelby and her 8 month old baby girl in an Ergo Sport

It is not about the photograph, it is about the story. I went into these sessions hoping to capture some precious mommy and baby moments, but I soon learned that I was capturing a story. With each session as I took pictures and listened, I learned about each mom’s story. I learned an amazing story about how one baby got his name. I learned about how a new baby restored confidence in one mom as a mother. I learned about some of the hopes and dreams these moms have for their precious bundles. Every time I walked away at the end of a session, I was filled with joy that these moms would share these stories with me.


Mandi and her 3 month old baby girl in a Boba 4G

I would do photography for free. No, seriously. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was little and helping my dad in his dark room. I had so much fun capturing moments and making memories with these families that I would feel bad charging people for me to do something I love so much. I think that’s why I offered to do these. It was my project, my ideas and these moms were so gracious to go along with it. I want to thank these moms for taking time out of their busy lives to let me take pictures of them and tell a little bit about their lives!

Want to see more babywearing pictures? Check out the beautiful babies in my Babies of Babywearing post!

First Day of Homeschool

We are a few weeks into homeschool kindergarten and I am proud to say that we have survived! Between a fun artsy craft about the sun and an epic meltdown caused by the letter S, the first week was a roller coaster of emotions for Big Boy and myself (and at times the other people in the house).

I have had a lot people ask me to share our first day of homeschooling. So here it is:

First, we took pictures.
First Day
No, really! We did! I created a First Day of School chalkboard print-out with Big Boy’s name, age, Kindergarten, height and what he wants to be when he grows up. Not only do I want pictures as a keepsake, but I thought it was a cool tradition that he can do that most everyone else does at well.

Daily binders.
Daily Binder
This took some pre first-day prep, but is totally worth it. Basically it is a binder of simple activities that he does every morning to start the school day off. These are print-outs that I have placed in sleeve protectors so he can use dry erase markers and use them over and over. Some of the activities include:
1. Tracing the day of the week
2. Writing the day of the month
3. Writing the time and drawing the hands on a clock
4. Charting the weather
5. Counting the days of school
6. Monthly name writing (to see progress)
There are lots of great free resources out there so you do not need to create your own printables. I used a combination of a few different resources and created some of my own. Most of my print-outs came from Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s
Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook.
She also has a preschool version and an elementary age version of the daily learning notebooks. Definitely check it out! It is great stuff and Big Boy is loving the activities.

 Wall calendar
Daily Wall Calendar-small
The content on the wall calendar is similar to the binder, but it is more tactile learning. He has to pick out the day of the week, the number, the season and the weather. I love this because he has to be able to read the words to pick them out of the piles. What exactly is involved in my wall calendar? Check out my Wall Calendar post coming soon.

First Day of School Packet
First Day work
This was a fun, creative way to start off the school year. I combined two free printable resources to create a fun “first day” packet. I found an awesome “all about me” printable (free) by Read Like a Rock Star called I’m an Awesome Kindergartener where my son filled in all of his favorite things. I helped with spelling, of course, but he did all the writing and was very proud! I combine this with a few pages of My First Week of Kinder by Teach Bits and Bobs. I included the “look what I can do” page, the drawings page and the self portrait page. The packet was a total of four pages and a perfect mix of writing and drawing and kept his attention for a perfect amount of time.

Reading Lesson
How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Not to brag on my own kid, but I think he is pretty smart! I’ve done some reading work with him, but this kid has pretty much taught himself how to read. Not that he was reading chapter books or anything, so I needed something that covered all of what reading involves, including all the basics. I wanted to make sure he understands all the basics, but something we could take at our own pace. I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s a 100 one-on-one lessons that take around 15 minutes each. It is super easy for the parent/teacher as it tells you what to do. It even has exactly what to say to your child in red font. It is wonderful and we both love it! When I find the time, I want to do a full review of the book to help other parents learn about this book and figure out if it is right for their child. You know, in my extra free time!

We will normally do a math and science lesson each day, but on the first day I wanted to limit the changes and lessons so we would not get overwhelmed.Even with these few things, my son got a little overwhelmed. I wanted the start of school to be drastically different than how his days have been before. This transition made the first two weeks VERY rough, but now that we are in the groove of things, we are both loving homeschool.  I will soon be sharing our science adventures because I am very excited about it and want to share some wonderful resources with you.

Wow! I didn’t expect this post to be so long (and take so long to finish!) I plan on sharing more of my homeschool adventures with you!

Preschool ABC Matching

preschool ABC matchingAs I prepare for my first year of homeschooling, I find myself gathering so many things for my Big Boy going into kindergarten, but not as many for my three year old. I have found some great resources online, but I needed a simple way for her to work on her alphabet recognition. I have these wonderful Eureka alphabet tiles and thought a matching game would be great to help her along.

I created a simple printable that has boxes that match the alphabet tiles. One for capital letters and one for lower case. I then laminated the pages (in hopes they will last longer) and placed them in one of our wooden trays. I picked out one upper-case and one lower-case tile of each letter and placed it in a little cotton drawstring bag.


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The tiles and laminated papers became a learning tray and my daughter loves it! I love it because it not only helps her recognize her letters, but is helping her distinguish between d, b, p and q and other similar looking letters. I also think this will help her when she really starts writing letters and words.

Here are a few ways to use the Preschool ABC Matching pages:

1. Use lower case-letters and lower-case page and match lower-case to lower-case
2. Use upper-case letter tiles and upper-case page and match upper-case to upper-case
3. Use lower-case letter tiles and upper case page and match lower-case to upper-case (and vise-versa)
4. Use upper and lower case pages to test your preschooler’s ABC skills. Say a letter and have your preschooler point to the letter or point to a letter and have your preschooler tell you what letter it is.

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I am hoping to have a link to download this matching pdf and other printables that I make very soon and will update this when I have that done.

I hope this ABC matching activity sparks your creativity to create some cool fun projects for your homeschool preschooler! Please share your ideas with me! I love hearing from you!