Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring!

Who knew it would take me till now to have time to write another blog post.  I had plans on trying at least once a week.  Guess we will be working up to that!

Spring is here and with it comes the fun of ordering chicks, planning our garden, spring cleaning both the yard and the house.  I have already taken care of some of that, but there is much more to be done.  This year we ordered four new types of chickens, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Cuckoo Marans, Ameracaunas, and Welsummers.  I love chickens, especially beautifully colored chickens and beautifully colored eggs.  These chickens will be laying anywhere from dark brown eggs to speckled eggs to blue or green eggs.  We currently have a flock of Rhode Island Reds, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and Barred Rock.  But these we have had for 2 years.  In order to keep up egg production for our family, we must cull the flock and begin again.  Culling will not begin till fall.  I am excited for our new flock coming up.  My sweet Princess is excited as well.  She is my little chicken girl.


The garden is mostly planned out.  We put our garden in our front yard since it has a large sunny spot and we don't use that part of the area for much else.  My DH is also building me a second garden box for my side yard garden.  My first box (from last year) will contain things I want access to for quick dinner additions, tomatoes, salad, cukes, and such.  My second one will contain my culinary herbs.  My daughters and I love to add fresh herbs to our dishes and my hubby loves basil on most everything!  The front garden will contain many other fun things like pumpkins, more tomatoes, watermelon, cantelope, peppers, squashes, peas, beans, etc.  Looking forward to all the good things there.  

So, I am doing my annual purge of the house.  Our home is comfortably small.   We cannot let clutter build up.  And, I have noticed that my kids have more toys and such than they really truly play with.  So I am focusing on scaling way back on toys this year.  In the past few months, I read this article and found it very interesting to think about.  Though I don't agree with everything she said or even did, I do agree with some of her points.  We, as Americans, are spoiled.  Our kids have too much.  WE have too much.  It is so easy to forget our blessings.  So we are scaling back and giving away.  I am also scaling back on my possessions as well.  I am not going to be hard on my children and not on myself as well.  I am looking forward to less stuff and more room in our home.  

How is your spring shaping up?  May it be full of blessings and sunshine for you as well.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!  I am so excited to be starting this little blog where I give you a peek into our window of life.  I am the joyful wife to my wonderful husband for 18 years.  I am also the mama of 6 delightful children ranging in ages from 17 down to 5.  I love what I do.

So what do I do?  First,  I am a Montessori/Classical/Charlotte Mason homeschooler.  I love the way we school.  The 3 R's, a smattering of history and science with a lot of hands on, a bit of Latin, nature studying, a bit of art and music, and a whole lot of reading.  We love all things books.  Not surprising since we have a collection of a couple thousand books (and counting).   We also throw in unit studies from time to time if a topic of interest comes up.

Second, I am a homesteader.  We currently live in a rental on a farm.  We have a flock of chickens (my favorite) and a steer.  We also enjoy gardening of all kinds - flowers, herbs, and vegetables.  In the past, we have had goats, pigs, and sheep as well.  We dream of a farm of our very own some day.

Third,  I strive to live as naturally we possibly can.  I make most of what we eat from scratch, I love essential oils and herbal remedies.  I make most of our cleaners.

Lastly, I love to sew!  I mostly make costumes for the kids and doll clothes for the girls large collection, but every once in a while I have time to quilt, make special clothes for the family, or just fill a need we have.



A bit about my family.  My husband is a remodler.  He and I also run a Homeschool Family Travel business.  We live 30 minutes from the heart of Washington, DC, so we have a blog devoted to our travels there.  We make several trips a year there which has greatly enhanced our children's education.  We have also traveled to other places both in our country and abroad.

My children have many varied interests.  Ladybug is 17.  She plays the violin and the piano and is a senior.  Violet is 15 and plays the violin and piano as well.  She is a freshman.  Jaguar, or Jag for short, is 12.  He is in 7th grade and plays piano and loves to make lego stopmotion.  Jackboy is 9 and in 4th grade.  He also plays piano and loves lego and is our family whittler.  Princess is 7 and in 2nd grade.   She loves dolls of all shapes and sizes and loves anything to do with princesses and mermaids.  Monkey is 5 and is my kindergartner.  He is full of life, full of spunk, full of spirit.   My girls all love sewing and crafts of many kinds.  All my kids love to write stories and/or books.  All are also avid readers.  

That is just a bit about ourselves.  My blog will be full of our adventures in living.  From time to time I will share recipes, crafts, or free homeschool things.  I pray this will be a blessing to you.  

Many blessings as we begin this journey together!