{Travel} Planning for Home Educators

{Travel} Planning for Home Educators

In my 15 years of home educating, we have invariably taken at least one trip per year that includes Field Experience. We always plan it on “off months” when most school kids are in school during the day, making the most of time without crowds. First, what is Field Experience? For most professions, Field Experience is practical application of what a student has learned in the classroom. For us, Field Experience is similar: we study something in the classroom, and…

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{Running} April running & Race #45

{Running} April running & Race #45

We had a big half marathon planned for April in Kansas City: The Garmin Oz marathon. A few weeks before we were to run, we got an email they were postponing the half marathon because they couldn’t have the finish line celebration they wanted. Unfortunately, they pushed it to the first weekend in November, which didn’t allow our girls to participate in the race. We were disappointed, but asked for a refund and then had the girls’ entries switched to…

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{Field Experience} Roadside Kansas

{Field Experience} Roadside Kansas

One of my favorite things to do on a road trip is to find unique attractions you wouldn’t find just driving down the highway. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and in my search for places to stop, I decided this is one we have to see. It was, unfortunately, cloudy and chilly when we stopped, but it was still a sight to se anyway. This one is located in Goodland, Kansas. Be sure to take the Hwy…

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{outdoor life} running March miles

{outdoor life} running March miles

March was a better month for mileage, but I hit a hiccup when my April half marathon was postponed. It’s hard to get motivated when your “why” is gone. I have a 15k and a half marathon end of May and first of June, so I have to get my butt moving again. The weather has warmed up so the motivation is returning. I just wish there wasn’t so much outside stress in my life right now that distracts me….

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{Outdoor Life} Garden of the Gods

{Outdoor Life} Garden of the Gods

The weather and “indoor life” are finally getting to us. We had a pretty good blizzard, then some snow (March is our snowiest month anyway) and it’s finally starting to warm up. We decided we needed a big outdoor day so we walked around the Garden of the Gods and did some “bouldering.” We experienced some giant flakes for the first 10 minutes, some clouds, and some sunshine and the weather was about 50 degrees when we finished. After, we…

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{Transition to Grey} 4 months

{Transition to Grey} 4 months

Time flies! It’s hard to believe it has already been 4 months since I stopped dyeing my hair. My girls have been great: they keep telling me how “cool” my hair looks. I have my moments about it–I would never decide to go back to the hair dye–but I doubt how good it will look when I’m done. I wish I had started this journey earlier last year, so that I could be done with the growth by my 50th…

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{History Nibbles} President Truman

{History Nibbles} President Truman

We are visiting Missouri and Kansas next month as part of our Civil War study. I have found visiting historical sites really solidifies our studies, and we are so looking forward to our visit. We will be visiting Independence, MO. President Harry Truman grew up on his parent’s farm in Independence, MO and he is said to have worked at a little soda shop called Clinton’s Soda Shop when he was young. We plan on visiting some of the landmarks,…

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{Outdoor Life} Race #44

{Outdoor Life} Race #44

Today was race number 44 for me since October 2013. It was supposed to be a 7K, but it measured at 4.24 miles. I really don’t understand how they couldn’t move the finish line ONE-TENTH of a mile (they did warn it was a 7K-ISH) so that it could fit in with my previous 5 races of 7K distance (including this very race we ran last year when this one was forced to be virtual). This is my second race…

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{Outdoor Life} Snowfall

{Outdoor Life} Snowfall

It made for a really great sledding day today! The sled run by our house was pretty icy after the sunshine yesterday and overnight freeze, and made for some really fast sledding. Make sure you get outside today!

{Outdoor Life} snow storm

{Outdoor Life} snow storm

We thought we might get to run this morning, but there was already 7ish inches on the ground, so we shoveled instead. We are currently at about 13” of snow and it’s still falling. My oldest is at work, I am not sure how she will get home. Blessed Sunday! Stay warm.