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Back In The Groove 2012

It was 68 degrees, in January, in Omaha.  It was amazing and we headed to the zoo to enjoy the time outside.  Here are some pictures from our trip.

We are back at it with simple home school in 2012.  Started on Tuesday.  I have to admit that most days I love home school for the long run benefits and not the day to day.  I only dreamed of being a teacher back in 2nd or 3rd grade when every kid wanted to be a teacher.  I was probably one of the first to grow out of it.  So, when it comes to rolling out of bed in the morning to find the math books, I am not always the most motivated.  I am okay with it though.  I am very excited with the results of our home schooling and the kids that are blooming through it, but I share with you the fact that it isn’t always roses, everyone doesn’t always love teaching, and that a day, or week, isn’t an indicator of success or failure.

she is growing so big, so fast.  

so is he.

With the end of vacation, the start of the new year, and because of my thinking on creativity and passion, I changed up the schedule a bit.  I have cut back on some of the ‘basics’ and am pulling in more music, art, language, and cursive writing (she has been wanting to learn it, but I really hadn’t done much with it yet).  Also, under Lily’s request, we changed the schedule around to fit her liking better.

I want to soak up every minute of them as well as the sun and warmth. 

Rock collection of the day.

I am still trying to figure out how to teach focus.  It has been something I have tried to teach for the last 3 years.  What I tell Lily is that I don’t care so much if she learns in school, but that she learns how to work hard at it.  Somehow they got my personality that gets immediately frustrated if it isn’t easy and right the first time.  This is probably a challenge with all kids, but I would love to know how to teach it out of them.  Hard work, confidence, willingness to try new things, unafraid of failure, these are the things I want to teach more than anything.  With these, the rest of life will fall into place.

she is mastering figuring the area of triangles and thinks it is easy.

he knows his address, that it is full of proper nouns, and that it is a secret not to tell people we don’t know.

she is still trying to grow out her bangs, but doesn’t want to pin them up.

she sewed a hat for her brother yesterday.

he is very excited about his new Spiderman backpack.

the joy in the little things.

How was your first week of 2012?


  1. Danielle Danielle

    Your such a good mom! Such an inspiration to me. Since I’ve started reading your blog I have began givinig bags and bags of stuff to good will and have taken the homeschooling idea seriously. It’s the beginning of an exciting journey for our family. I’m even seriously considering easing into getting rid of our TV, once I get our family on board. You are one of my favorite blogs, and I look forward to your posts. Even blogged about you in one of my posts. It’s a post about mentors.

    • Yay! thanks so much. I am excited for you!

  2. Lorilee, I’m so moved by your passion to teach your kids with so much values we don’t normally see nowadays. Keep it up!!! And PS – as usual,I’m in awe of your pictures! Your kids are awesome!

    • Thank-you so much!

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