Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Change of Plans

Have you ever had one of those weeks where a huge problem is dropped on your life like a bomb?  As I mention last week, we had finalized all of our trip plans and the kids were counting down to our vacation.  Then on Sunday the bomb dropped.  A situation came up that caused a huge problem.  A disagreement that had to be resolved.  It took three very tense days for an acceptable resolution to be found.  In the wake of the disagreement Mr. Daddy and I had to make a very difficult decision.  We had to cancel our planned vacation to North Carolina.  We felt that as a result of the disagreement the vacation would tense and unpleasant for everyone involved.  We took a loss by canceling our flight and scrambled to come up with a replacement vacation.  We were able to find a great deal on a last minute cruise out of New Orleans.  We were able to soften the blow of disappointment, for the kids, by finding the cruise and the promise of seeing family and friends in Kansas City later this summer.  Sometimes changes have to be made in our plans. 
A change in plans can happened for many reasons.  It could be a great new opportunity has just become available to you, or you can be blind sided by something unexpected.  The fact that sometimes we are subjected to unpleasant situations is part of life.  Maybe it's just something people don't like to talk about, but our journey isn't always going to be enjoyable.  My goal for my journey is to handle the changes in plan with as much of a positive attitude as I can muster at that time, and hope that when I look back at the situation I can feel proud of how I handled it.  Even when we do our best to handle the situation as gently as possible, feelings can be hurt.  Our change in plans has caused some disappointment in friends and family that we will not get to see as planned, but we made the choice that we felt was best for our family.  Does this mean our journey is doomed?
A bad start or a good start is no indicator of how the journey will turn out.  Things change constantly changing regardless of what we want.  While the reason for change and change itself wasn't fun or enjoyable we have high hopes for our cruise.  I'm scrambling to find packing tips for cruising with the kids and trying to come up with new ways to make our new journey enjoyable.  We are driving 16 hours each way to get to New Orleans and back, so I'm looking for some new ideas to make the journey fun for the kids.  Our new plans include several possible stops in places we haven't been to before.  To a homeschool mom that sounds like learning opportunities, ones that were not available before.  Remember, a change of plans is really just a change of opportunities.

Until next time,
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

About the Journey

This past week was our first week of no school for the summer.  The kids have been playing and releasing a lot of pent up energy.  Mr. Daddy and I have spent more time finishing up the necessary reservations for our vacation. It feels like we have been planning this trip forever.  In reality the planning started in February and we have done little things here and there.  We are currently about 2 weeks out from the start of our travel and the kids have started counting down.  It seems to me like we take a lot of time planning.  We plan where we want to go, what we want to do when we get there, and how we can get their and back as quickly as possible.  Call me old fashion but I have fond memories of family vacations and my favorites were usually road trips.  Why are the road trips my favorite? 
Road trips are my favorite because I come from a family of STRANGE GEEKS!  Every night we sat down together at the table and had dinner.  Every Sunday was family day.  We would do puzzles, watch movies, and just hang out as a family.  The strangeness didn't stop there.  We had silly songs we sing only on road trips and car games we only play on road trips.  Yes there were moments of, "she's touching me," and, "he took my toy."  We are strange geeks, not perfect angels.  My mom must have enjoyed all the crazy noise, but she did her best to make us look at the scenery around us.  She stressed the importance of enjoying the process of getting there.  To her, the journey was part of the experience and should be enjoyed as much as the vacation itself. 
A thought occurred to me one night while I was stressing about the details of our trip.  What about the journey?  Now I had calculated how much driving time and flying time the trip will include, but how was I going to make the journey an enjoyable part of the experience?  My kids have made the 6 plus hour car drive from here to Kansas City several times this last fall.  In case you have never driven across Kansas, it is very flat and a rather boring drive.  We attempt to make it more fun by counting wind turbines, certain color of cars and cows.  We are driving to Kansas City early so we have a couple of days to visit friends and family in the area.  The kids are really looking forward to visiting with them.  The kids are also taking their very first airplane ride and seem to be looking forward to that part.  What if we took the idea about enjoying the journey farther?  What if we applied it to every day life?

This summer we are going to attempt to enjoy the journey to the start of a new school year.  Join us as we try to bring fun to every day.  Join us as we make it about the journey and not the destination.

Until next time,
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Homeschool Weekly Buzz - April 4, 2015

In my life this week...It's been a rather busy week as we gear up for Easter. 
Doesn't it always seem like plans for big meals get out of hand quickly.  It will only be the five of us, so I try to keep things fairly simple.  We are making some old favorites and trying some new ones.
Mr. Daddy and I nailed down some more of the last minute details of our vacation.  We have scheduled a lunch with Grandma and Great Grandma.  We have also scheduled some time with Grandma and Grandpa B.  I have made arrangements to visit with Mama Rosie.  We may have to schedule our visit with our Sweet Southern Friends for the Saturday we fly back to Kansas City.  We booked our hotel for the night before our flight out of Kansas City.  We are pretty sure we need to get a hotel for the night before we fly out of Virginia, but Oma wants as much time as possible with her grandbabies.  Our flight leaves Virginia at 7am. We would need to get to the airport at 5am to make sure we have time to get through security.  It's a 2 hour drive to get to the airport.  That makes it a 2:30am wake up call and  some really crabby kids.  You know you are a parent when vacations seem like more stress then staying home.
I finished the girls Easter outfits.  I didn't do anything fancy or ambitious.  I bought some nautical fabric with fake smocking.  One easy seem up the  back and some 2" ribbon for straps and they were finished.  It's a cute dress for Bug and a cute tunic to wear with capris for Bee.  I bought some BIG hair bows for the girls to wear in their hair.  If I was super crafty mom I would have made them myself, but I'm not.  Mr. Mister was much easier.  He's wearing a cute little sailor outfit that is a hand me down.  I will be doing my best to get cute pictures on Easter and will share them.
In our homeschool this week... Wednesday Bee finished Christian Studies with a 100% on her final.  Thursday she finished Composition without too much fuss.  Friday was a battle.  She and Literature to finish, but instead of just getting the job done she wasted time.  Nothing frustrates me more then wasting time.  We finally managed to finish the school year on Saturday. I'm so glad to finally be done with it. 
Things I'm working on... I have made several calls and e-mails about co-ops in the area.  It seems like an impossible task to try and find a perfect fit. 
I'm cooking... I'm getting ready for a big Easter dinner. 
The girls are really excited to be trying ambrosia salad.  We usually avoid foods with coconut and coconut flavoring because Mr. Daddy isn't fond of either.
I'm grateful for... I'm grateful that Mr. Daddy has Easter Sunday off from work.
I'm praying for... I'm praying for good weather on Easter Sunday.
Something I am ogling or have my eye on... I'm looking at the possibility of buying an embroidery machine.  I don't know much about them so I'm still in the research stages.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
Until next time,
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