Amanda’s Famous Chicken Salad

Amanda's Famous Chicken Salad

I spent the past weekend at my friend Amanda's house celebrating one of her son's birthday.  It was such a great day, especially because all our kids could run free in their huge country yard.  For lunch Amanda made one of my favorite dishes, her famous chicken salad. Why is this dish famous you might ask?  Because it is delicious! Amanda makes this salad every year for our homeschool co-op celebration and awards ceremony.  Many of us look forward to eating this and its one of the first dishes that disappears.  With all fresh ingredients and a splash of lemon juice, it's a perfect dish ...

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Horizons K-2nd Grade Physical Education Curriculum Review

Alpha Omega Horizons PE Curriculum Review - All Lined up to jump

As homeschoolers in New York State, I am required to teach PE to my boys.  Last year I kept it extremely simple and listed running and ballet class on our forms.  My boys are very active and spend good chunks of time playing outside, so I don’t worry about their health or fitness level.  A few weeks ago I didn’t worry about their physical development much either.  Then I received a copy of Horizons K-2nd Grade Physical Education Curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications to review.  This year we are doing PE for real! About Horizons PE Curriculum Horizons K-2nd Grade Physical Education ...

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Flower Arranging Sensory Play

Flower Arranging Sensory Play

We use a variety of sensory play in our home.   I try to keep things rotated so the boys continually have new experiences, especially during their creative play time.  Many years ago I saw the idea to do a flower arranging station with black beans and fake flowers.  I first created a flower arranging sensory tub for Bebop when he was 2 or 3.  Since then there have been several iterations of this tub as the flowers needed replacing.  I just pulled it out again to set up for Doodad and remembered I had photos from last year! The tub itself is pretty simple.  I have dry black beans as a base ...

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Sometimes You Need to Help Your Kids Fail

Parenting an intense high energy child is a challenge, especially when they shut down at the first sign of possible failure. Sometimes you need to help them fail.

I’m raising a perfectionist.  I’m not doing it on purpose, he was born that way.  He’s the kind of kid who won’t do anything until he can do it perfectly.  He didn’t walk until he was 14 months old, then his first steps were at a run.  He didn’t talk until he was 3 and then all his thoughts came out in paragraphs.  I love this amazing little boy, but sometimes parenting him can be a challenge. We are currently participating in a running club at our local gym with a handful of other kids twice a week.  It’s a very informal group created for the summer to help moms stay sane with energetic ...

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Today Was Hard {Repost from the First Day of Deployment}

I was working on things behind the blog this weekend, mostly cleaning up old post and editing categories and such.  My end goal is to make this more user-friendly.  As I was going through old posts, I found this one from the first day of deployment last year.  I had completely forgotten that I’d written…

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Deployment is not the Hardest Part of Military Life

Deployment is NOT the Hardest Part of Military Life

It’s just not. In my time as a military spouse, I’ve noticed that deployment is often treated as THE sacrifice that families make.  To the point that all other struggles are dismissed and often never addressed or supported.  Deployment has been put on a pedestal as something holy.  I mean that in the biblical sense…

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Contentment & Military Life

Contentment and Military Life

We’re moving next year. And 3 to 4 years after that. And probably 3 to 4 years after that too. That’s a big piece of military life. We know going into a new community that our time there is limited. That can make it very hard to engage with others at times, especially on short…

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Deployment Journal - The Reunion

Our Reunion – The Start of My Deployment Journal

I feel like I’ve been keeping a big secret from my blog readers because I never talk about being a military family. Some is intentional, as there are parts of our family life I choose to not blog about. For the most part our every day life is just like everyone else, so I had…

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