Old Betsy & The Infernos

Old Betsy & The Infernos | Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup Party Our week was full of fixings and endings, but through it all we homeschooled… Old Betsy sprung a leak this week. Well first she dripped and then she leaked and after my husband tried tightening a hose clamp, she decided to gush and overheat. So Old Betsy got a trip to the auto mechanic to get a brand spanking new radiator and my husband got an unplanned vacation day and and unplanned car rental. Life can be tricky with just one car, but in general Old Betsy isRead More →

A Busy Week is a Good Week

I love weeks that are busy, at least those that are busy teaching my kids. The subjects whir by and with each lesson, I feel myself brushing those cobwebs out of my brain. I think if you don’t homeschool, you probably have no idea what I am talking about. Remember that feeling of a new job when it just starts to make sense and you realize that you really know enough to avoid getting fired and your brain is busy and happy? Well, that is how it feels for me every day that I homeschool my kids. When they were little, the challenge was toRead More →

Our Babies Started Laying! Our big (funny) event this week was that our young chickens started laying. I looked out the back window into the yard on Wednesday afternoon. There, standing on the laying box was ‘Little Peep’, one of our golden chickens (we got two yellow orpingtons at Easter this year to add to our existing flock). Little Peep was trying to find her buddy, ‘Jelly Bean’, and had narrowed her location down to the laying box. Later, when my husband came home from work and went out to check for eggs, he discovered two large eggs and one little one! Jelly Bean hasRead More →

This Week Was About Getting Out Of Their Way… Our Weekly WrapUp & the Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup This Week I Realized I Had Become THAT Homeschooling Mom This week was a monumental, clouds parting above, music playing from the heavens, kind of a week for me. I realized that I was well on my way to becoming that overbearing homeschool mom character you see in cartoon strips. My Kids Were So Ready For Me To Back Off I think for my kids, this week was more of a relief than anything else. Mom was no longer chasing about behind them with pilesRead More →

Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails It was a good week This was a good homeschooling week. Not one of those prize-winning performances fit for a Pinterest post, but a solid week where everyone made forward progress in spite of twisted ankles and the obligatory fall colds. My kids are really good at making the most of every situation they find themselves in, and so we progressed through our week in a happy lopsided fashion, with plenty of liquids, pain reliever, and the go-to activity of all under-the-weather homeschoolers: documentaries. We mostly focused on Geography We are reviewing Let’s Go Geography! rightRead More →

This is one of those weeks when I think back on our homeschooling efforts and cannot for the life of me come up with a single flop… or a funny… or even a minor fail… at least not any that relate to homeschooling. I have one funny, but it is about our pair of young chickens. These two girls are slowly joining the flock of the other four, year-old chickens we have. It has been a very, very slow process. We let our chickens roam free in the backyard and so recently I started letting the young ones out to roam with the older pack.Read More →

Well, I took a summer break from Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails. I needed to have a little more time for things and our homeschooling days were not structured enough for me to have that many stories to share. But we are back now and I have a doozie of a fail this week to share with you… You know how nearly everyone has THAT dream where you are late to work even though you thought you were on time? Well, this week we very nearly lived it. My daughter interns at a Karate Studio a couple of times each week. She is the personRead More →

Sailing Through Failure versus Getting Caught in the Eddies of Disappointment This morning I ran across a wonderful short video that a homeschooled girl (Hannah) made demonstrating her rubber-band powered paddle boat. What a wonderful demonstration of how positive a homeschool fail can be! She starts the video by discussing how she made the boat and why she colored the bath water. Then she winds the paddle up on the back of her milk-carton boat, puts it in the water, and…. …. it doesn’t go. So unfazed, she takes it out an talks about how she designed the pencil-struts that hold the paddle so thatRead More →

​I think we had a fail this week… This week we sat down for a group reading and discussion session. It began with reading about the events surrounding the admission of the last of the western united states into the union. All began well, but then it devolved. Somehow my kids turned the history of the United States into a two hour long discussion and research project around the sacrifice that Abraham was prepared to make and would that be something you could do to your own child. Life with teens really is interesting! Well, it was a history lesson fail, but maybe a homeschoolRead More →

So here we are again on the cusp of the end of another week of homeschooling. Our homeschooling week was overpowered by one massive flop: our angel cat died. This cat was special. I know everyone says that their cat is special. But this cat really was different. He did not behave like cats do. He was born under a bush behind a grocery store and my brother-in-law befriended his mother and saved the whole litter as well as momma cat. And that is how our angel cat came to live with us. We knew he was different from the beginning. He had no meow,Read More →