Hopefully back to blogging....

Whew!  August of 2013 is the last time I've blogged.  So very much has happened in the last 2 years. It's impossible to even begin to remember all that has occurred, but there are a few things that stand out!

In April of 2013 Miss J and I went on an amazing trip to Paris with my dad.  It was an incredible experience.  One of these days I will get pictures posted of our time there.  I've been fortunate to have experienced traveling abroad when I was young and it was wonderful to share that with Miss J.  I can't wait to share the same experience with my other children!

Shortly thereafter we discovered we were expecting our 6th baby and Mr. K-Love joined us in early December of 2013.  Whoa!  What a huge surprise and joy.  He's pretty much been running the roost since his arrival and has thrown us all for a loop.  I would update you on what happened in 2014, but my recollection is groggy.  The postpartum recovery after K-Love was long and I think more difficult than with any of the other kids.

We had a long winter and looked forward to spring.  I spent a lot of time through the winter reading up on minimalism, simplicity and life management.  Nourishing Minimalism is a blog that I've loved, since she is a homeschooling mama of 6 as well.  Adding a 6th child had thrown my usual systems, already ineffective in some ways, completely off.  We needed major regrouping.  I went through every room and hauled off van loads of miscellaneous and extraneous stuff to help minimize the mess making ability.  It has felt so good to see less and less stuff and only have things that are useful to us right now and make sense for our family.

We've had a lot of other exciting and sometimes tough things happen since the new year, too.  I'll spend some time blogging about those in the next few weeks, I hope!

I'm looking forward to sharing more about our homeschooling, homesteading and homekeeping adventures and misadventures!

This is K-Love, the newest member of our clan!

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{Not} Back to School Blog Hop - Student Photo Week

Miss J - 13
Mr. Lego - 11
Mr. Fix-It - 9
Miss Paya - 6
Little Bit - 3
Leo - school mascot

I have a great group of kiddo's that I am privileged to call mine.  Watching them each grow these years of homeschooling has been such a blessing!

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{Not} Back to School Blog Hop - School Room Week

Welcome to our School Room!  

I've removed a *ton* of stuff from the school area.  Toys have been purged and given away.  Books have been purged and sold, traded or given away.  I'm clearing out the office (again) and just trimming down on everything.  It is ri-dic-u-lous how much *stuff* manages to make its way into our home. Yuck.  I'm great at saying "No" when it comes to obligations, not so good at saying "No" when it comes to things being given to us.  I've added the 6 bin cubby to the right.  It holds all of our school supplies, my planner and teacher's manuals, CD's and printer paper.  The red milk crate is our library box.  I've moved the toy bins into the office and put the old fashioned school desk in that corner for the kids to use with their laptop (Thanks, Dad!)  There is more clear floor space for Little Bit and Miss Paya to spread out, play games and puzzles.  More clear table space for individual work as well.  The flat surface you see in the bottom right is our old TV cabinet (which is a 1970's office credenza) that now houses games, art supplies, and math manipulatives.  

These are the kid's cubbies.  They are color coded and have their pencil boxes, art supplies and all school books.  It is nice to have each child's materials in once place.  Especially since they each have their own syllabus that they will be using for their lessons each week.

We've painted and purged since I've last posted pictures, so it feels fresh and clean.  I've given away, thrown away and sold more things than I can count over the last 2 weeks getting the school area up to snuff to start our new year.  Peaceful surroundings make my heart smile and make it much easier for me to function throughout the school year.  You can see the transformation of our school room here.

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