While living in Korea, I started a project life style album to document our adventures there. Here are the first 3 months. I really need to get things out and start working on them again. It is definitely an album I would like to finish!
School is out and I have a little more free time, SO I have made it my goal to make time for myself to get creative and do some YouTube videos! YAY!
So far I have created 4 mini albums! Four!? Can you believe it!? Today I wanted to share with you a mini album that I made for my friend after she had her third little blessing! You may have seen the other albums I have made her on my YouTube channel.
So here it is...
I just love this Crate Paper Toy Box line! I love the way this little album turned out and I hope that you did as well. Please like, comment, and subscribe here and on my YouTube channel!
Well, I survived our first week of homeschool for the year!
It was a little messy and not as organized as I had hoped. When we began the week, I still hadn't received my printer, which meant that we could only do certain subjects for half the week until our printer came. After that, we had to cram in everything that needed printing at the end of the week. As unorganized as it was, I still did it! I know I shouldn't be that surprised, since I homeschooled last year, but I am celebrating my victory!
I spent a little time this morning prepping the printing for next week and I am confident that next week will be even better! Next, I need to address some storage issues or the lack there of.
I have been thinking of scrapbooking a lot! I REALLY want to work on my project life from our time in Korea and finish it. I also want to try my hand at a mini album. It has been quite some time since I have made a mini! Time hasn't allowed for it recently but I am hoping I will get a couple hours to myself this weekend.
The girls and I did sit down a couple of weeks ago and do some art journaling!! It was messy but super fun, and the girls did a fantastic job! We used scrapbook paper, tissue paper, ephemra, diecuts, paint, stencils, rub-ons, ultra thick embossing powder, embossing powder, and mist.
I am such a proud mommy!
Well hopefully I will get some crafty stuff done so that I can get it up on my blog, and maybe YouTube as well. I'm sure you are tired of reading about my day to day! ;)
It's Back to School Time! Some children have recently started school and others will be starting soon. We plan on starting Monday! I'm excited to get this year started. Over the past week we have taken our placement tests for spelling and jumped into some math. I still have a ton to do, as we are STILL waiting for our printer to arrive. AHHHH....
With the school year starting, the start of other activities and sports will begin also. This means busy times for those of us that have school age children. With all the craziness that is about to ensue, it has me thinking about healthy and quick lunch options and how I will keep my house clean! I want to share a couple ideas that we have recently tried out for lunches and dinners. Sometimes life is a lot to juggle, so I will also be sharing our Summer Routine that I am hoping will continue to work for us.
Some of you know that we were eating a paleo diet before heading to Korea. That proved to be a little more difficult than we thought in Korea, so we are trying to get back into the groove. The first recipe isn't paleo, but still a healthy option.
The first recipe is from Sara at Dinner at the Zoo.
Her Rainbow Veggie Roll-ups are fabulous! Not only are they colorful, but they are delicious too!
My kids enjoyed helping to make this fun food and, better yet, they liked them. For one of my pickier eaters, I allowed her to pick the veggies she did or didn't want to include in her roll-up, but she had to choose 2. We have also tried these with all the veggies and some ham or turkey.
The next recipe is from Kristin at Live Simply.
We tried her Chicken and Napa Cabbage Salad and it was fantastic! The flavor and smell are so good. This is definitely something you could make ahead and eat cold. We will definitely be making this again!
I would love for you to share some of your go to recipes for those busy school nights!
Now for the routine. So over the summer, I set up some new rules.
My girls get up in the morning, we have breakfast and then they are required to brush their teeth, hair, get dressed, make their bed and pick up their room. All pretty standard stuff. I know this next part seems easy and probably isn't a new concept, but it works. They are then asked to read, play board games, draw/color, etc for at least 30 minutes before they are allowed to swim, have tv time, play outside or get on their tablets. My kids usually forget about the time and end up playing, drawing, etc for much longer than asked. This allows me plenty of time to vacuum, sweep, do some dishes and throw a load of laundry in. My house has been clean all summer, including my kids' rooms!! INCREDIBLE!
Don't get me wrong, there have definitely been days where they need a little persuading. The trick is to be consistent and don't back down! This may change some as we will need to start school work, rather than have free time, but the same rules could apply for after their school work is finished. I'll keep you posted on how it is working through the school year and if we made any changes.
What routines or schedules do you have in place to help you? I'd love if you'd share them with me in the comments below!
We have been back in the states one week shy of two months now and I am somewhat surprised to say that I am feeling a bit lonely.
When we first arrived we visited family back home and that kept us busy. Once we arrived to our home, my mom stayed with us for a couple weeks, we were busy cleaning our home and fixing damage/neglect caused by our renters, shopping for things that we had sold before we left, playdates with friends, meetings for planning homeschool co-op and girl scouts. Now the dust has settled and I am finding that I am pretty lonely and bored............. my house is clean though! haha ;)
I can't put my finger on it really. Maybe it's just the difference in our lifestyle from Korea to here. While we were living in Korea we were always finding things to do, walking down to shop or to hang out, playing with friends, story time at the library, hula lessons, etc. Although we could and will be just as busy here, especially once school starts, it's different. I find this interesting to even say, seeing as life in the U.S. is go, go, go. I felt that life in Korea was more laid back; however, we were always on the move both in the U.S. before we left and in Korea. Maybe instead of it being a matter of being busy, it's actually the atmosphere I miss.
All I know is I don't leave to walk to the store and end up out all day with my friends or girls. Instead I sit in a house that I love but with no where to walk, no one to hang out with. I mean I have friends, and we have been meeting up with them often, but life here is different. When you are living in another country, your friends are your family and connecting with them several times a week is just normal. Here your friends have their lives, you have yours, and you talk or see each other occasionally. Is it possible that I just miss the relationships and the connections to people that we had there?
Whatever the case may be, I'm sure this feeling will pass and life will move on. I will find my groove and get back to it, but isn't it thought provoking how different life can feel after experiencing life in another country for just one year?
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