What my ideal schedule would look like vs. my actual schedule

Oh goodness, I could go on and on about this one. I could also rewrite this regularly, as often as my mind changes about our structure (or lack there of).

Let me start off with…

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HI. I’m Sadie. Yeah, that tiny brown lady embracing the resistant hug of that toddler holding the stick. I LOVE the idea of waking up to the sun rising, drinking a cup of coffee while listening to the neighborhood birds sing their morning songs, while my dear child sleeps silently in her room inside. I dream about awaking while it is still dark, getting a good run in, and then coming home to make an early breakfast, and worship Jesus through song at the moment Aspen wakes. Sometimes I like to envision myself starting our day with reading aloud an old Beatrix Potter book, or scripture out of Psalms, and then subtly making our way into our peaceful schooling. Or sometimes, I dream about forgetting about all of that and going straight to the beach to worship God’s natural design, and then planning our education for after nap time. I have lots of dreams, as you can tell. But currently, none of those match our existing schedule (or again, lack there of).

For the millionth time, I like to excuse my poor timing due to our summer adventures. But honestly, even without the constant travels and visitors, I really must admit to sucking at this aspect of life.

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yes, this is 100% my personality. Let’s just climb a mountain, read a good book, and forget the rest!

My dear photographer friend regularly lectures me on “Conquering the morning”, yet I find this the most difficult thing in my life to do.

I love the idea of waking at dawn, but accomplishing it is a different story. Who knows, maybe one day I will surprise myself? But until then, Aspen and my schedule looks more like this:

*note: this is our average day, not every day. There are several days where we wake up at dawn for a sunrise session, early doctors appointments, and play dates*

9AM – Wake up and cuddle/talk about our dreams and drift in and out of sleep (yes, I leave my room and jump right into Aspens bed)

9:30AM– Get out of bed and eat breakfast, which typically consist of “healthy” cereal or a quick fluffy omelet

10:00AM– Finally make my way to the shower while Aspen eats her breakfast and watches an episode of Wild Krats

11:00AM– We make our way out of the house to take care of any errands and/or play and eat lunch

1PM– nap time!! AKA mom does some picking up and computer work

2:40PM– Aspen wakes up and we cuddle on the couch for a few minutes

3:00PM– I give Aspen a healthy and filling snack and one episode of a show of her choice

3:15-4:30 – school time! Yes, we only do forty five minutes. Why? Because research shows that toddlers only need 15-30 minutes worth of attentive school work a day. We push it to forty five minutes because we also love to do art work during this time.

4:30-5:30 – This is when we do independent play while mom preps dinner and gets shit done around the house. We also listen to either hipster, classical, or gospel music during this time.

5:30PM– dinner time! This is technology free, 100% just bonding time. Here we eat delicious food while discussing our day.

6PM– Clean up kitchen/ independent play time (occasionally, during the summer, this is beach time!

6:30– music, movie, or game time! We switch between dancing like lunatics while singing at the top of our lungs to some good ol’ Justin Timberlake, play a board game (apples to apples and Candy Land), or sitting down to watch a movie together. Twice a week we opt out of cleaning and free time to hit the beach, parks, or trails for the evening.

9PM– Aspens bed time. Our bed time routine consists of reading two books, saying our prayers, and then singing our three favorite songs: You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Sunshine On My Shoulders.

9:30PM– Mama sneaks out of Aspen’s room, pours herself a glass of cabernet, and either binge watches Netflix while crocheting, catch up on computer work, or prepare for the next days projects. Most days, it’s all three.

Midnight– Is when I force myself to fall asleep

 

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This week in homeschooling

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This week has been a bit sporadic. We spent last Wednesday flying from Spokane, Washington to New Orleans, Louisiana. Then Thursday we went to the aquarium in NOLA and in the afternoon made our journey home, back to Navarre, Florida. Friday I unpacked and did laundry. Saturday we went grocery shopping, caught up on sleep, and made our way to Crestview to see some friends. Sunday was our day to volunteer at church and clean the house, and then Monday was Aspen’s day at the sitter’s. Monday is always the day where I’m able to get the most work done. Not just in the house, but also with my Photography business, Ubsorne business, house work, and scheduling any and all appointments that need to be made. This Tuesday I had an exceptionally rough day, and decided to use it as an emotional rest day, and then by Wednesday I was ready to conquer the world. So, with all of that being said, this is the little amount of homeschool preschool that we managed to do this week:

WEDNESDAY: Numbers + beach day

 

THURSDAY: Shapes + library day

 

FRIDAY: Letter “A” + Beach stories 

 

 


I am passionate about giving my daughter a fun and playful approach to learning. I want so bad for her to have a natural love of education, and in order to do that it’s my job to make each experience a pleasant one, especially with her being so young and impressionable.

I plan to start the Peaceful Press at the beginning of 2019, but until then I am using what I have to teach Aspen the basics so she will be ready to learn a bit more in depth at the start of the new year.

A lot of our schooling revolves around painting, reading, crafting, and exploring. I bring basic preschool curriculum to the beach, nature trails, at while out exploring our neighborhood. No matter where we venture to, there is always a book in our hands to teach us and guide us as we explore God’s and man’s work. The rest of the time, we are painting, crafting, discussing, and watching while learning about the alphabet, numbers, counting, hand-eye coordination, weather, colors, and shapes. We have so much to learn, and it’s only the beginning!

 

Side note: you have no idea how excited I am for her to be ready to read Little House on the Prairie and learn about history and environmental sciences. 

Our weekly library finds – part 1

*subjected to be edited at the end of the week (Sunday) to give a review of the books*

My favorite day of the week is the day we get to go to the library. Normally, that day is Tuesday. But since we just got back from practically a two month long vacation, this week has been more about catching up on house hold chores, which includes but is not limited to: cleaning, dishes, yard work, laundry, scheduling doctors appointments, emailing, marketing, and trying not to lose my sanity. Unfortunately, this rather crazy schedule has postponed our weekly trip to our beloved local library until Thursday. The blessing is that Aspen and I both love to read beautifully written and illustrated stories, which means that we will be done with our books by Monday, and we can presume our weekly routine next week.

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At the library, Aspen firsts goes to the puzzles in the kid section. There, she begs me to sit down and work on animal matching and numbers with her. Once she becomes bored of the puzzles, she makes her way to the computer to “play” (haha-she’s two. Moms and teachers know why I’m laughing) an educational computer game. This is when I make my break and am finally able to look through the books and select five that I believe are either exceptionally well written, or has something to do with the curriculum we are studying that week- meaning books about Apples as we learn about the characteristics of the letter “A”., etc. When she becomes bored of her computer game, she joins me, and I let her pick out a few books that she specifically would enjoy reading throughout the week. Typically these books are at random, and have pretty illustrations on the cover.

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One of my greatest joys in life is being able to get lost in a book with my daughter. As we read these tales, she holds my hand and listens attentively. She asks questions, as any toddler would do, and stares at the pictures as I read the words below them. She has such a passion for learning and reading, which ignites my own passion for learning and reading. My daughter is a true inspiration to me. Her constant ability to feel and wonder makes me aspire to be like a younger, care free version of myself. One who, too, wants to explore the world through all the senses, and come back to the mother whom allowed them to do so.


This weeks library finds list:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen *edit: this is such a freaking cute book! Perfect for the little in your life that has a hard time settling down to sleep*

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus PFister *edit: This book is a classic. I don’t know why I don’t own it?? Anyway, every child should be read this beautifully illustrated book at least once in their childhood, if not more*

When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant *edit: I would classify this as a living book. It is such a wonderful little story about spending the summers in the Appalachian Mountains with their grandparents. It was so lovely and reminded me of our summers in the Colorado Rockys with my own family- I honestly may put this on my amazon order list*

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin *edit: such a sweet little book for younger babes, but honestly Aspen might have outgrown it! She had a hard time staying captivated, although I had not*

Curious George visits the Library by Margret ReyH. A. Rey *edit: The Curious George Series is another series that I fell most children love at Aspen’s age. I mean, George does live a pretty exciting life!*

Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist by Jane O’Connor *edit: There are two things Aspen loves right now: Fancy Nancy and painting. This sweet little book made her so happy, and she regularly asked for it throughout the week*


I also want to mention that, although I write beautiful and kind words about how much Aspen appreciates books and going to the library, that does not mean she is always perfectly behaved. She is still a toddler, and acts as such. If you ever visit the Mary Esther Library on a Tuesday around 11am, you will most definitely hear a few screeches and belly laughs, as well as the occasional sassy fake cry. It’s all just part of the game and the learning experiences.

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Feminine LWD + Easter basket ideas

Everyone knows the LBD (little black dress) is something fierce. But this feminine loving mama is quite fond of the less poular LWD (little white dress) as well.

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This gorgeous dress is PERFECT to wear to Spring events like Easter, baby showers, and garden parties.

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And as a side note, taking pictures with my little minion is my absolute favorite. I promise the excitement and love in our eyes is NOT posed. This is how we feel/look/react to eachother 90% of the time (unless she’s in trouble or I’ve spent too much time editing pictures and she’s irritated with me)

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EASTER. Easter is coming up, and I will be the first to admit it is my favorite holiday. Christmas had always been the winner for me, but the past few years Easter (and it’s true meaning) has grown more and more on my heart. I love the spring time weather, the florals, the “everything is new” feeling, the femininity of it all, and the concept that we are all reborn through the resurrection of Christ. It’s such a beautiful and true concept that has touched my soul so much since becoming a mother that I cannot help but celebrate the spirit of Easter all year round. And let’s face it, the chocolates and light dresses are an added bonus.


This year, Easter will be a little different for our family. We will still be doing a community easter egg hunt, church service, and an eater basket filled with swim suits and beach towels, but unfortunately, we wont be celebrating it with Scott. It’s always hard on our hearts when we have to go a holiday without our dad and husband, but we know that there is a reason for each season in our life, and that we need to embrace this one, as well as all others in the future. I’m a firm believe that a positive mentality will always outshine a negative circumstance. So that is what we will do. We will embrace the seperation and use technology to our advantage, as well as look forward to the day we are together for an easter celebration.

ALSO, because I know people struggle with coming up with things to put in Easter baskets other than chocolate, I wanted to make a few suggestions:

I personally do a beach/ Summer themed basket. It typically includes a swim suit, beach towel, sunscreen, and beach or pool toys. Another idea is a garden themed basket. It would include seeds, soil, spring based books, and mini shovels and maybe rain boots. I also love the idea of an exploration basket. This one would have a magnifying glass, ant farm, books on bugs, animals, and plants. It would also have a sun hat and hiking boots.

Whatever you choose to pack in your childs basket, have fun with it and remember to include the true reason behind the holiday.


This year I am wearing Pink Blush for several ocassions. It’s hard not to when their dresses are catered to motherhood and femininity. One of the several ocassions is Easter and my good friend Shelby’s baby shower. This one in particular is such a light weight and detailed dress, and really ties into this years victorian revival trend.

*What are some things you all have planned for Easter?*

Wine not Wednesday Vol.2

Happy Wine not Wednesday! Today I’m going to start with a few places on my Bucket List, and end with some of my all time favorite books.

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Today I am drinking Noble Vine’s Rosé

Bucket List Destinations:

  1. Provence, France
  2. Ireland
  3. Santorini, Greece
  4. India
  5. The Virgin Islands

Favorite books:

  1. “The Island” by Victoria Hislop
  2. “The Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant
  3. “Last Light over Caolina” by Mary Alice Monroe
  4. “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See
  5. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

What I’m reading this Spring

Let’s face it. I’m a mom with a million things going on. I don’t even want to bore you with my on-going list of the daily duties and activities my life entails, because I’m sure most moms can already relate. But I swore to myself when I had Aspen that I would not stop doing the things I love just because I now have another person to love. Reading is one of the numerous activities that fill my heart with content, but as we all know, time is limited when you’re raising a child(ren). So each season I choose a book and I stick with it for the season. Spring’s book is “Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution” by Michelle Moran.Spring reading January2018-2Spring reading January2018

My good friend, Morgan, has been known to me for her similar taste in historical fiction (and her love for vintage inspired clothing), so I knew when she recommended this book that it would be a good one, and so far it is.

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Although I have just began reading this novel, I have already been captivated by how the author balances fact with fiction. For more reviews, I linked the Goodreads page here.

I will give my own personal review once I am done, but I don’t expect that to be too soon.


I would love to know what your favorite Spring time books are, and what you are currently reading! 

 


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spring fun, pink eye, and why we don’t want much for Aspen’s birthday

 

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Spring is upon us, and I for one, am thrilled! Spring is my favorite season for many reasons. One being, it’s mine and Aspen’s birthday season! Two, the weather is absolutely perfect; and three, it’s gardening season!

This week has been rough for us. So, so rough. Aspen is teething, has a cold, AND had pink eyes in both eyes. Three sleepless nights, and five incredibly difficult and clingy days nearly made me lose my mind. We were home bound from the pink eye for a few days, which really puts a damper on my mood because I am a busy body. I love being on the move and exploring and doing a million and one things throughout the day. But I have a feeling God was like, “hey girl, you obviously wont slow down on your own, so here’s a little bit of pink eye to FORCE you to learn how to relax.”

Most people know that I am not huge on Aspen watching loads of TV. She is only eleven months old anyway, and I just feel like there is so much more we can do to entertain ourselves and let our childrens immagination grow than sitting in front of a screen all day. But it’s hard to stay home three days in a row without wanting to watch all three seasons of Super Why just to keep her quiet for a few hours. But as tempting as it was, I opted out (most of the time). Instead, we gardened, colored, played in our yard, read dozens of books, and visited quiet beaches.

Now she is feeling much better, and we are back to our crazy schedule of constantly moving and having fun. But during this home bound period, as short lived as it was, it reminded me how great minimalism is for children. We have a few house toys she plays with throughout our indoor time, but more often than not, I want her to explore her outdoor surroundings and continue to grow her gross and fine motor skills. She’s about to turn one year old in a few weeks, and I keep thinking of what we want as gifts. And to be completely honest, we don’t really need or want anything. However, to appease those who insist on gifting, we have made a small list of things we think would benefit her experiences, but beyond these few items I feel it is a waste of time, money, and room in our small minimalistic home. Besides, there are dozens of studies out there saying that too many toys actually overwhelms a child and hinders their immagination and creativity. Instead, we’d prefer:

  1. A wagon- for our walks around the neighborhood when she wants to collect all the flowers and pine cones we cross paths with.
  2. books- Aspen loves nothing more than story time. I’m serious, her favorite is Brown Bear Brown Bear. I read it fifteen times in one day because she insisted. And I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too many books.
  3. An evolving tricycle- These look so fun! And it grows with them, so it’ll last a while.
  4. craft box- As she gets older she finds more and more interest in creating. I think a small craft box where we can store crayons, paper, paint, yarn, etc. would benefit her creativity and indoor time for quite a while.
  5. Water table- These are perfect for the hot summer days ahead of us, and are great for sensory play!

At the end of the day, we want to be intentional parents. To us, teaching Aspen that less is sometimes more is a great lesson about life. I’m sure there will be a ton of disagreements on how we parent our child, but that just comes with parenthood during the age of social media. But please, know that we are diliberately not making a big list for a reason. And respecting mom and dad’s wishes are always appreciated.

So, outside of discussing our minimalistic birthday wishes, we are anticipating a beautiful few weeks of spring-time fun before Scott leaves for deployment. What’s your favorite thing to do in the Spring?

Lazy mondays

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I am a busy body.

No, seriously. I cannot stay still. I always want to be doing something. Ocassionally Scott will invite me to lay on the couch with him during Aspen’s naptime, and I can’t. I find myself figeting and getting restless. I always think that there’s something more productive I could be doing. Cleaning the house, folding laundry, taking a walk, checking my email, making meals. There is no such thing as down time in my book.

But, knowing this, Scott occassionally wont give me an option.

So he had monday off, and he went out Sunday evening and bought me roses, and turned off my alarm clock so that Aspen and I could sleep in. He let me take my time getting ready, and instead of spending the day cleaning like a mad woman (which I do daily anyway), he took Aspen and I out to starbucks. We just SAT there, drinking our drinks and talking. It may seem silly, but that is a pretty big deal to me. It is so necessary to just relax every once in awhile.

But, needless to say, the moment we got home I was back to cleaning, yard work, and cooking. I’m a real mess.

In other news, I scored this vintage Beatrix Potter collection book for $5.00 at our local antique shop and I tell you friends, I nearly died. I’m still grinning thinking about it.

Also, flowers are my love language.