HOMESCHOOLING

Yep, we homeschool.

Nope, I don’t wear skirts or jumpers….EVER.

Yes, I have taught my children at home since Kindergarten or kindigarten, or kindergarden….since the beginning.

No, I am not doing it for religious reasons.

Yes, I give my children a choice every year of going to public school or staying home. I do however love my job and pray my children choose to let me teach them every year.

No, I don’t have a Education degree just a degree in Electronic Media.  Although, I don’t think ANY degree prepares you to EDUCATE (notice I didn’t say teach) your children. ALL teachers learn along the way.

Yes, we sometimes fight. Yes, we sometimes cry over math (I usually get over it quickly though).

Yes, we sleep in.

No, my children are not sheltered. No, my children don’t deal with bullying. No, my children don’t feel pressure to be something they are not. No, my children don’t wear name brand clothes and in fact being boys they sometimes don’t wear any clothes. No, I don’t think I am better than you for homeschooling, maybe crazier, but not better. No, I don’t think everyone should homeschool.

Yes, we feel we are a closer family for it. Yes, my children have friends outside of homeschooling. Yes, we do co-ops. Yes, I have learned right along with my children. YES, I feel like they are getting a great education!

That pretty much sums it up.

 

 

 

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL????

I was reading an article today about the struggles that the “pioneer” home schoolers went through to become law abiding citizens.

You see, not very many years ago (I think that because I was a middle schooler at the time), home schooling was illegal. The article itself was interesting but nothing I would forward to anyone. What was more amazing were the comments.

WOW! There are a lot of misconceptions about home schooling AND public schooling. People making comments were very “absolute” in their thinking  and I found it very disturbing what was being said.

Now this is not a post about the value of home schooling vs. public education. This is a post about being flexible in your thinking or being absolute in your thinking. There are certain moral issues I think you SHOULD be strict about…don’t kill, steal, lie, cheat etc… But c’mon, schooling? I understand why people send their children to public school and let me just tell you I do not judge ANYONE for that. I also as a home educator don’t want to be judged for keeping my kids at home and giving them a education.

Yet the comments still bring up a sting that many people despise my choice to educate my kiddos in the comfort of our home. Same goes the other way, many home schoolers despise parents choice to send their kids to public schools. What it all boils down to is we have a lot of “extreme” thinkers. My way or the highway thinking which I find to be very offensive and personally very idiotic.

In the US we are blessed with freedom which means that on many fronts I get to have a choice. A choice that I could eat rocky road OR bubble gum ice cream. A choice to get in my car and go see a Dr. OR stay home and be sick. A choice to walk or run. A choice to pick my toes OR fingernails…see this is getting out of hand. I HAVE CHOICES!!!!! and so do you.

I believe you also have a choice to have a opinion but what I find is that most people who want to be belligerent in there opinions are also uneducated in them. I’m not sure if someone thinks the louder, meaner and uglier they are with their words more people will believe them? Or maybe they are not very secure in their beliefs and are trying to convince themselves? Or maybe their brains have been switched out by aliens and they just can’t help the opinion they have? OR MAYBE they are just jerks.  Most people that are secure in their own beliefs and opinions can hear another side and either comment politely with a rebuttal or just walk away with a shrug of their shoulders.

I find it weird that in this day and age so many people think they have to be “right” in their opinion. Lets face it, there really is more than one way to do most anything.  If someone doesn’t agree with you and you have made it clear that you are passionate about it, don’t belittle them. No point in it. If you don’t agree with someone then don’t follow what they say. It really is that simple.

MY LOVE

I can’t possibly explain to you how much I love music. Music falls in my lineage of love right after my family.

I could listen to all genres of music at least for a little while. Rock is my all time favorite and I love all of it except scream-o. I think there is absolutely NO talent in screaming words and I sometimes think, “I can’t wait for this person to loose his voice so I don’t have to hear this EVER AGAIN!!!!!”

My boys are all VERY talented musically. Konner plays guitar and loves to write his own songs. Phillip is the second drummer in our house but has surpassed his daddy in talent. He also is a phenomenal singer but is to embarrassed to do it in front of people. Robb also plays drums but has worked so hard in the last few years that this love of his has been put on the back burner. Robb also played saxophone for many years and toured with a band in his youth. I say I have no musical talent but because I love music so much I find out all I can about bands and albums and songs . I am the trivia queen. I am also a expert with lyrics. I can remember lyrics like no one I know. I can hear a song once and will always remember at least parts of the song FOREVER. My hubs says if my professors in college had sung all my lectures I would be the smartest person ever!!!!

My love started young. I must have had very cool parents because I now see and appreciate the type of music they exposed me to. My first recollection of music was my own 45 record player and it’s a small world record.

Small world album art

I then graduated to a Shaun Cassidy record, you know the ones you got with the big poster? I loved him and knew I would marry him.

Shaun Cassidy

It is after this that I remember listening to my parents records…

Fleetwood Mac- Rumors- My sister and I would wrap scarves around ourselves and perform on the fireplace hearth.Rumors album

In our big customized 80′s econoline conversion van we would listen to 8 track tapes of Bob Seger. I loved him and knew I would marry him.bob seeger

I also loved ABBA, when Dancing Queen would play I would dance in the back of that big van like I was at Club 54.Abba

Then came the cassette player. My first cassette? Queen. Queen, how cool are my parents!!!

The early 80′s was a disappointing time in my life for music, except this one little gem… Pat Benetar

Then some boys came around and changed it all for me.

Motley CrueI loved all of them and knew I REALLY would marry them (at least one of them). It was this genre of music that made me so happy.

I was not a depressed rebellious girl, I just really liked heavier music. It has stuck with me. I still like heavier music but will always choose Hair bands if given a choice.

By the way, I did end up marrying my rock star…he’s just not as well known.IMG_0501

Love,

The Groupie Housewife

MY PERFECT FAMILY

Let me introduce you to this cast of characters in my perfect life, from left to right: Konner- he plays guitar. Phillip- He plays drums, Robb- AKA: Hubs, he also plays drums and me-I’m the housewife. I play the radio and sing…badly. The two babies at the bottom are Ringo Star and Charlie Brown- they make me happy.

I love this picture. It’s all about how we want to look to the “outer world”.  I want you to believe that my family is this classy looking all the time. I want you to believe that my hair does this everyday, I want you to think my boys are smiling and happy and NEVER want to argue with their parents, I want you to believe that my dogs sit JUST LIKE THIS ALWAYS!!!!

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I would hate for you to know that the candle on the table was never lit or that Phillip ALWAYS wears glasses or that the pants I have on are actually yoga pants and while we were in between takes I stepped on the bottom hem and because I had slick spanxs on underneath my pants came down and I gave the photographer a little show.

I would hate for you to know this about my perfect family.

I would hate for you to know when we wake up we have hair like thisIMG_0401

or when we sleep we catch flies like thisIMG_0406

and of course because we are perfect we could never let anyone know we take our kids to rock concerts, that’s just crazyIMG_1070I would especially hate if you thought my dogs don’t sit perfectly all the time.IMG_0020

 

Boy, I’m just glad that what you know about my family is this….IMG_0109

Perfectly Yours,

The Housewife

Inner Peace

Hubs and I have always dreamed of moving out of the city to a nice quiet place in the country. We wanted to have a place our boys could roam and discover and experiment and enjoy.

Several years we looked but nothing was quite what we wanted. It was just a feeling that there was something that fit us better.

As we drove to a friends home we found the perfect spot. It was beautiful, on top of a hill with views like none we had ever seen. It had a cute little white farmhouse on it that was a little dated and looked like it needed some work but nothing major. The yard had tons of flowers and looked as though it had been loved very much at one time.

Unfortunetly it was not for sale. After inquiring more from our friend she told us that this place had been for sale several months previous but she had not seen any signs up for a while and assumed someone had bought it.

The good thing was we decided this was the area we liked and we got a hold of a realtor to help in our search. We looked at several pieces of land, we drove from one side of town to the other, down yonder, in the holler, over the fields to grandmother’s house, wait! What?!

Anyway, after many weeks of looking Hubs mentions to our realtor the piece of land we loved. She knew who it belonged to so she inquired and come to find out it was taken off the market “just because.” They were still interested in selling the place and we knew we were supposed to have it. After many months of weird negotiations (which is another story!!!) we got our farm.

It does have a lot of work but going out there makes my heart peaceful. I love the sounds, the smells and the general energy that comes from being out there. I hope some of these pics make you feel the same way. Enjoy!

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Our little Farm House

 

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The Old Barn at Sunset
The sunsets are gorgeous at the Farm
The sunsets are gorgeous at the Farm

 

First Timer

I’m so excited. Today is the the day. I have thought about this for many years but something held me back. 
Was it my lack of confidence? NO. Was it that I didnt have anything to say? NOPE. Was it that I thought nobody would care? Nada.
It was my lack of IT experience AKA: Not knowing how to create a folder on my desktop, AKA: not knowing how to get a picture uploaded, downloaded or sideloaded. AKA: I’m a techtard.
But Today I stood up, I wouldn’t back down, I battled the long hard fight with all of the technical demons. I WOULD NOT LET THEM WIN!!!!!! 
So…   I turned the computer part over to my husband. I will write and take pics and then I get to tell my hubs what to do with those things. (I’m sure literally and figuratively at points in our blogging relationship). 
I’m very grateful to get to put all my thoughts out in the universe and I only hope that someone relates to and enjoys them!!!!

Yours Truly,

Excited Housewife!!!!