April 26, 2016

Learning about Rocks & Minerals

We recently learned about rocks and minerals in science.  Potato really loves science, especially when we do hands on experiments.  We used Quizlet.com to learn rock and minerals identification.  We also did two experiments and went on a hike to a local granite quarry.

March 10, 2016

New journey, Homeschooling, how we got here

Potato and I have started on a new journey, homeschooling.

Potato is in sixth grade this year and has really been struggling.  I've shared many of our struggles on my personal facebook page.  Trouble started within the first week of school.  We live within a mile of the school, which means he has to walk.  Originally he was very excited, but walking and carrying a heavy backpack for my tiny guy (52 inches, 54 pounds and hypotonia) was just too much.  I thought no problem I'll just drive him to school, which worked for about a week.  Then he started refusing to go to school.  Every morning was a battle.

October 4, 2015

A better me

Last year in April I started my 5k training journey.  Since then I've run many 5ks, two 10ks, and two Warrior Dashes.  It's been a long and sometimes difficult journey.  I started this running journey with my sister and now my husband has joined us. I'm very competitive and hard on myself.  This often causes me to feel like I haven't done well in races.  I just have to remind myself that I've worked hard to get where I'm at.

I'm determined to get myself into better physical shape.

And my newest passion is yoga.

March 8, 2015

Scout leadership

Potato, Monkey, and some of the boys from Potato's Den
at the Camp chapel
Monkey is a Boy Scout and our Webelos den's Den Chief.  In the past year he has really stepped up into a leadership position.  He is taking his role very seriously

When we took Potato's Webelos Cub Scout den on a camping trip.  We went to our local Scout camp and the boys had lots of fun.  All of the boys had such a great time.

For this trip we took the boys camping at our local Scout camp.  The goal was to work on achievements for Webelos and Arrow of Light.

December 7, 2014

End of and Era

Mom and Grandma at the Relay for Life June 2012, 2 years ago
It's not an actual era, but it feels like one.

About a two years ago, my Grandma was very sick and survived her congestive heart failure and pneumonia.  She hasn't really been the same since then.  Her body has gone down hill.  She was not eating enough calories to keep herself going.  She needed constant care, which my amazing mom and our amazing home care woman gave to her.  In the past six months she has been admitted to the hospital for a collapsed lung twice.

Last month she had her last night with us.

May 7, 2014

Fun with my kids

Frozen, it's every where.  Three of my four kids Love it.  If you don't know what Frozen is, then you are probably living under a rock.  Frozen is the newest Disney movie, about two sisters.  One who is trying to hide from the world and keep her secret.  And the other who is overly optimistic and wants to see all the world has to offer.

The songs are very catchy.  I often find myself singing them.  Mostly because the kids keep quoting the movie and it makes me think of one of the songs.  My husband and Monkey are completely done with hearing any songs or quotes from Frozen.

Here is the fun part.  Ladybug, Duckling, Potato, and I were driving home from a friend's party.  Ladybug decided to play the movie on her Ipad.  Of course all three of them started singing along with the movie.  Potato even had his penguin do some dancing, he is such a ham.  Since we had recently watched some parents lip-syncing Frozen songs in their car, I got an Idea!  What if I pulled out my phone and tried to catch some video of the kids singing and having fun.  Check out our video to see and hear the fun we had on our long car ride home.

PS - Hope you all enjoy the view of my ear.

~Earthy Mom

April 15, 2014

Training for a 5k and more

3 weeks ago I decided I wanted to do a 5k.  Potato's school just had one last weekend, the Great Strides 5k.  All the money raised will go to the school's PTO fund.  I walked in it with my mom and my sister, and Monkey ran.  My mom came in 6th place for her age group!  And Monkey came in 4th place for his age group!
My sister and I plan to run in the Murphy's Mad Dash for a Cure 5k in May.  In September my husband and I plan to do our first Warrior Dash!

I downloaded a couch to 5k app to help me get ready for the Murphy Mad Dash because I haven't run since I played field hockey in high school.  I've been going out running 3 days a week right after I put Potato on the bus.  The other 2 days I've started doing strength training.  I love the way getting out and exercising makes me feel.  I feel like I have more energy for the rest of the day.  I feel motivated!  I am even beginning to look forward to my next run.  To see if I can run faster and further than I did the time before.

The first couple weeks were tough.  It was still very cold out in the mornings, 17-18 degrees cold.  I didn't want to go out, but I pushed myself to do it.  I bundled up in a sweatshirt, my winter coat, hat, and mittens.  I'm sure I was quite the sight.  I'm really enjoying the nice weather running now.  I will admit I'm not looking forward to the summer running.  I don't like really hot any more than really cold.  I'm kind of a 60-70 temperature type of person.

Time for me to get out and run!

~Earthy Mom

April 4, 2014

Hello Spring! I've missed you

First flower in my garden
I've been feeling great and really motivated lately.  And I think its is because Spring is in the air!

Winter is really hard.  I don't like the cold and it seems like it is always dark.

I love the spring time.  It feels warmer (even though it is only in the 40-50's).  The sun is out longer!  I can get out into the garden and I love seeing the flowers coming out.

Last night I heard the peepers, a sure sign of Spring.  I had to call my mom and tell her I heard them.  I drive the kids crazy making them come out and listen to the peepers every year.  The other day the boys and I checked out our flower beds and found 3 flowers!  The daffodils have popped up too and we can't wait for them to open up!

It just feels so good to see and hear all the signs of spring and new life beginning.

Welcome back Spring!

~Earthy Mom