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A Peek at My Week: Birthday Boy


This week was spent largely in preparation mode to get ready for Haden’s birthday party. My boy turned 6! How did this happen??!! Time goes by way too fast most of the time. Friends joined us yesterday to celebrate the birth of my amazing Doodle, and he had such a good time. I really just wanted to share some pictures from his party, so I am keeping it short and sweet. Mostly because all I REALLY want to do is go lay down and watch a movie, now that my school work for the week is submitted. Only 2 more weeks!

So, here is a little glimpse at the fun he had at his party. I’m going to upload more on Facebook, if anyone is interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just for fun! I caught a short clip of Addison counting earlier in the week. SO cute.

IMG 1437 from Mike Bowden on Vimeo.

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Homeschooling: An Interview with My Kids

I was reading on our local ICAN forum board yesterday about what kids had to say about homeschooling, and it made me want to ask my kids what they really think about homeschooling. Haden seemed pretty intrigued with the idea of being interviewed for my blog, and even more amused that I typed as he spoke and wrote all of his words down. ๐Ÿ™‚

Me: What is your favorite part about homeschooling? What do you like about it?

Haden: I love school. I like that we hang decorations. I like that I can give you letters and I get to wear my new clothes. I love playing outside, and pretending I’m going grocery shopping and being an explorerย when it is a sunny day and not muddy. I like that I don’t have to go to public school.

Me: What don’t you like about the idea of public school?

Haden: That you have to stay there a looong time, and when you get home it is like dinner time.

Me: What is you least favorite part about homeschooling? What don’t you like?

Haden: I don’t like when I have to do a lot, and I didn’t like that game where I had to stop and go. (It was a game like Red Light, Green Light, but using it as a word game. He was not a fan. LOL)

Me: What is your favorite subject to do? Why?

Haden: I really like doing handwriting. Cause I just love writing. I like to write letters and I’m going be a letterman when I grow up. I will write letters to all the people I know – like Ashley, Tyler and Laura and Wendy and Dickie.

I had hoped to ask more questions, like “What has been your favorite project so far?” and “What would you like to learn more about?” Haden called our interview to an end though. He said the rain was getting to him and making him grumpy, and that he needed a break! ๐Ÿ˜›

I tried to get Addison involved in the conversation, so when I asked her what she liked about homeschooling, this is how the conversation went…

Addison: Uuuummm…. Gigi’s House!

Me: You don’t do school at Gigi’s house, but I guess you could. What else do you like?

Addison: Cinderella! Me watch Cinderella! Please!!!

Me: You want to watch Cinderella?

Addison: Yes!!!

So, there you have it! That is why my kids like homeschooling!

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A Peek at My Week: All That Jazz

I’m feeling terribly unmotivated to write this week’s post, but I’m gonna give it a go anyways. It isn’t that the week was bad, or that nothing interesting or fun happened. It is just that I am tired, and it was a very busy week that I don’t really feel even a little like laying all out there tonight. And you don’t feel like reading all of that, so it is a win for everyone involved. ๐Ÿ˜›

Haden celebrated his birthday with my family this weekend, even though his actual birthday isn’t until next weekend. He had a great time, but I don’t even have the pictures uploaded yet, so I have nothing to share on that end. I could go upload them… but I’m not gonna. See. I’m totally lacking in having my shit together tonight.

It was a great school week, but I apparently didn’t feel the need to photograph much of it, since when I went through my Instagram pictures this week, I had nada on there. Except for these from co-op classes on Wednesday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday, I had the following conversation with Haden…

Haden: Is today a school day?
Me: Yes.
Haden: Aww, man! When isn’t it going to be a school day??!!
Me: Sigh.
Five minutes later….
Me: You wanna take next week off from school?
Haden: Why? I love school!
Me: Are you serious? Sigh.
Two minutes later…
Me: Well, we are taking next week off.
Haden: Ok.

So, we decided to take the week off of school next week. Mostly. When I say “take the week off,” I always feeling like I’m almost lying. ๐Ÿ˜› Honestly, I never feel like we aren’t doing “school.” Learning and livin’ – and all that jazz.

Some not to be missed footage of me chatting with my kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG 1409 from Mike Bowden on Vimeo.

In other news, I am 3 weeks away from being done with Human Biology and then I get a little mini-break! I’ve decided to register for Intro. to Sociology next, so I’m feeling optimistic that I will actually be taking a class I’ll enjoy. I also registered for this free course with Coursera –ย Introduction to Genetics and Evolution. I’m uber excited.

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Some Insight From My Boy

In bed last night, I was reading the book, Maybe you should fly a jet! Maybe you should be a vet! with the kids and Haden said that he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. So, I asked him if he could write a book about anything, what would it be about?

His response…

“I would write about all my thoughts. I’d write all the stuff in my head, about bad days, and good. You know I have a really awesome life?! I’ll blog like you.”

He made me smile and laugh, but it seemed strange to me that he associates me as being a blogger since I don’t really see myself that way or ever self-describe myself as one.

After all this time, (It has been 2 years!) & 154 published posts (Umm…wow.When did I do that?), it may be time I start taking myself more seriously. Or not. ๐Ÿ˜› ย I do none-serious pretty well.

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A Peek at My Week: Fwacking the Birdie

This week my cooperative had their 2nd annual Homeschool 101 event, and I packed up a nice rolly cart full of homeschooling goodies to share with everyone that came. I even managed to score some new-to-me books at the used book sale for $5! Mostly Magic School Bus = total win.

The event took place at the park where our classes will be held in the fall, and while we were there Haden spent the majority of his time learning to play Badminton with a group of kids from another group. He was fwacking the birdie pretty good by the time we left. ๐Ÿ˜›

Our cooking project this week was Lemon Brownies, and they were freakin’ AMAZING. Plus, easy to make. I will be making them again and again.

More pictures from this week…

The water in our fish tank must taste much yummier than the water in the water bowl, because my cats really prefer drinking from it.

In other news, we decided to revise the way we use our workboxes just a bit, because the original way just wasn’t working for us as I had hoped. Otherwise, I am still loving my drawers!

Oh, and I started reading the book,ย Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. It is amazing so far, and if you haven’t read it, you REALLY should. I haven’t even made it all the way through the second chapter yet, and the things I have learned are astounding. I spent the earlier part of my day being completely appalled by the fact that we actually have a national holiday to celebrate Columbus. That’s pretty F’d up.

We spent the weekend with my family for my sister’s birthday, and enjoyed our time at Lake Jackson today. Here are a few more pictures for the road!

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A Peek at My Week: Friends

This has been a good week for spending time with friends and tackling some of my organizational goals. That is about all it has been good for… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wait! I lied. It was also good for making marshmallow popcorn (Mmmm. Good.) and for working on Haden’s Summer Photo Challenge.

We had fun play dating this week, swimming and cooking out with friends.ย I even get more time with good friends today, with the promise of hotdogs and alcohol, which sounds VERY promising!

I ย managed to make it to my first doula mentorship meeting in a VERY long time, and while I was happy to see people that I have been missing, the night also made me feel semi-sad. Sad that the birth world doesn’t really belong to me anymore, and that I now feel misplaced there.

The kids hanging with Maddie & Grace this week…



I took the idea of the snack drawers from Pintrest and just made a snack basket. I didn’t feel like buying a new set of plastic drawers for the project, and there really isn’t space in my pantry for them anyways, so I just decided to work with what I have. I think it worked out for the best, and has been a hit with the kids. This week it has homemade granola, applesauce, raisins, peanuts, pretzels, fruit leather and peanut butter crackers in it. Next on my agenda is to put a plastic tub in my fridge to keep refrigerated snacks in one area.

Also, I managed to work another thing off my to-do list, which was making a list of goals for myself for the upcoming school year, but some are just generally good reminders for every day living. My hope is that reading these on the bad days will help me pull through.

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We ARE Explorers

We are EXPLORERS! This just may be our new motto. Haden is alway telling me that he wants to be a REAL explorer, and I am constantly reminding him that he IS a real explorer. Today, when I saw an extended version of that poster on the Oakmeadow Facebook page, I instantly fell in love with it, and knew that Haden would appreciate it. So, I wrote it out and read it to him. He smiled a HUGE smile, and thanked me for making him the poster, before taking off outside with Addison and our “critter keeper” to go exploring.

It is hard to see in the picture, but there are 3 Roly Polies in there. I guess they are our new pets for the moment. Until tomorrow anyways…

This week has not been going the way I would have liked… Michael has been sick and gloomy weather puts me in a generally bitchy mood… but things seem to be on an upswing. The day finished out quite nicely with being able to watch the beginning of the Transit of Venus, which Haden found very cool, especially after spending a chunk of our day talking about it, and Addison was… not so much interested. However, she did enjoy jumping up and down on the kitchen table, acting like the wild monkey girl that she is.

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Our Road Trip and Cruise

Darn you Facebook and your stupid photo uploader! You forced me to use my flickr account. Here are the pictures I promised from our trip! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย This is better anyways, because I was able to do a slideshow. So booya, Facebook.


Our trip took us from home to Savannah to Jacksonville. There we caught the big boat that took us to Key West and Nassau, then back to Jacksonville. From Jacksonville we drove to Okefenokee, and eventually we finally made it home! I really loved Key West. It was beautiful! I hope to be able to go back for an extended stay sometime, because a few hours just wasn’t enough time.



I am so happy to be home! Even though I my house was COVERED in dog hair when we got home, AND I have a ridiculous amount of laundry to wash and fold, AND my house feels like it is rocking like a boat, AND I have no food in my house… it is good to be back.

Yesterday felt like the longest drive EVER, probably because our family seriously takes a 6 hour drive, and we magically turn it into 10. In all fairness though, ย we did detour again, which was probably our first mistake, but I guess it all worked out fine in the end. I’ll spare you all the details of the misery of our trip back, and instead show you some pretty pictures of where we detoured.

We went to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, drove a path along the Suwannee River Sill, and got out to explore a little bit. Awesome views, and we even managed to see an alligator, turtle, Great White Egret, and tons of dragonflies and butterflies. I would love to one day take a boat tour, but little Cheeky Baby will need to be a bit older for me to take on that adventure!

I am still working on uploading all of our pictures from the trip, so I will eventually get around to doing a post about our entire vacation.

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This Boat is a Rockin’

I had all these well laid plans to be catching up on my blogging, and doing my school reading this week. Neither have really made their way to reality though. Our trip so far has be fun, but we are staying busy and it has been rather exhausting.

So, I am loving…

All the free food. It is really nice to be able to eat whenever, and not have to worry about the cost. Although, this trip may add a few pounds on me as a result, but really that is a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜›

I am thinking about a late night pizza snack even now…

Thus far, I think my favorite part of our trip has been the detour we took to Savannah on our way down to Jacksonville. What should have been a 6 hour drive (you know if we didn’t stop AT ALL), was an ALL day adventure for this family, because my children were not having it.

So, while we were in meltdown territory, we realized our route was taking us just about 10 miles outside of Savannah, and I said to HELL with this. We are going, we are getting out, and we are having some fun. So, we did.

I hadn’t been to Savannah in YEARS, but I have fond, albeit slightly blurry, childhood memories of cobblestone streets and the river.

So, we went to River Street…

Downtown Savannah is beautiful. I love all the Weeping Willows, and now after our little excursion, I want to plan a vacation there so that we can see more of the city.

Tomorrow, we will be docking in Key West (our first stop), then I gets a date night with my man. Exciting stuff!!!!

Ugh. This boat is a rocking… and not in the good way. ๐Ÿ˜›