School is Out, 2017!

We officially ended our school year on Thursday May 4th. After completing our 36 weeks of curriculum, we were ready to call it a year and take the next 3 months off to relax. So for the next 90 days we’ll be soaking up our favorite season, summer.

But first we need to make things “official” and officially end the 2016-2017 school year with our end of the year photos and interviews!

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Schools Out, 2015!

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Today’s post is all about the END of the 2014/2015 school year. 

That’s right, school is out!

Hello Summer!
First off I had this goofy idea. What if I took legit last day of school pictures? After all we do home school and sadly that often means long mornings with crazy hair and pj’s. So just for the sake of “keepin it real”, here you go. 

But you know there was no way I was going to let that be that. So I waved my magic wand and voila.

Sweet Sisters


When I grow up I want to be a…. MOMMY
Marissa has chosen this for the past 3 years now and this was the first time I asked Emily.


Emily has another year of pre-K left, but Marissa got a promotion.

I just love this sweet girl and her free spirit.
End of the year interviews:


Age: 6 (so close to 7!)

Height: Started at 4′ 1.75″ ended at 4′ 4″

Favorite color: Pink (But she wants it to be clear that she likes all colors except black)

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite movie: The Rio Movies

Favorite Book: Junie B. Jones Books

Favorite song: Let It Go (2 years in a row now)

Favorite game: Bowling on the Wii

Favorite animal: Pandas

Favorite thing to do: Play outside

Favorite part of school: Science

What are you most excited about this summer: Swimming


Age: 4

Favorite color: Orange (She has always loved orange)

Favorite food: Pumpkin Bread

Favorite movie: Frozen

Favorite Book: Froggy Goes To Camp

Favorite song: Happy, Pharrell Williams

Favorite game: Mickey Mouse Candy Land

Favorite animal: Lady Bug

Favorite thing to do: Watch movies

Favorite part of school: Tracing letters

What are you most excited about this summer: Playing on the slip and slide

And now, just for fun, let’s stomp on this mamma’s heart a little bit.


First day of the first grade

Last day of the first grade.


Why, oh why must she grow up so quickly?
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So Long Kindergarten

Writing this post is emotional on so many levels.


First off my baby is done with Kindergarten. A child growing up is beautiful, humbling and hard. I still vividly remember the day she was born, bringing her home, and all of her firsts and now she is a five year old (not for long) miniature version of me (at least in personality).


Secondly, we just finished our first year of home school. That is a sentence that I never in a million years expected to ever say. This time last year we were prepping for Pre-K graduation, enrolling her in Public school and jumping through the hoops of shots, eye appointments and kindergarten screenings. I had never given a thought to the possibility of homeschooling. In fact, if I am being completely honest I would say that I had pretty strong feelings against homeschooling. I don’t even know why. I am assuming I just thought that since the “system” was already in place why wouldn’t people just use it.

Somewhere between graduation day and the middle of summer something happened. Maybe it isn’t even that something actually happened. It was more like I was still enough and took off my judgmental mom hat long enough to be quiet and listen to God speaking to my heart.  At first it started with questions. Why were we choosing the public school route? Then those questions brought conviction and truth to our specific situation.


I don’t feel the need to get into a list of reasons telling you

 why we chose home school.

I believe that God put homeschooling our children on our heart and that it is the perfect choice for our family. I also believe that God doesn’t give the same calling to everyone. What is His plan for our family may be different from where He leads yours.

The most important thing is that we take the time to open our heart, our mind and listen when He speaks to us. If I had refused to let him soften my heart and break down the walls of resistance that I had constructed I would have missed out on one of the most amazing years of my life. Not only did I watch her learn, I was her teacher and that was an amazing experience and a gift from God.

Marissa Renea I am over the moon proud of you! You are a blessing from God and I couldn’t be more excited to learn and play with you as we move on to first grade, together.

End of the year interview:

Age: 5 (so close to 6!)

Height started K at 3’11” ended K at 4′.75″

Favorite color: Pink, purple, red

Favorite food: donuts

Favorite movie: Frozen

Favorite Book: The Monster At The End Of This Book

Favorite song: Let it go

Favorite game: Hide and go seek

Begining of the year Pre-K and K

End of the year Kindergarten Photos


Amazing and terrifying all at the same time.

Now to go find a tissue.

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