Thursday, April 17, 2014

#SliceofPerfect in My #MessyReality {Photo Challenge}

Today Jill Krause from Baby Rabies inspired me with her photo challenge. I read her post and nodded, I often post very nice photos of my kids but people don't get to see the 'big picture'. This above is my Slice of Perfect, I chose to crop out our messy kids/homeschooling/guest room after I've pretty much let them make a mess and move things around. 

This morning they woke up and Baby E shouted she wants to 'do school'. Our normal educational activities are nothing like school, but this time she wanted me to use the whiteboard and wanted to have 'school desks'. You can see that below. As we were doing math, we heard the beeping sound outside and my 2 year old exclaims, "Excavator!" It actually was one, and they were both so excited! They've been watching the excavator dig a whole for the past half hour. 

Less obvious in the photo is our ceiling that has leaked almost every winter. It's been fixed, painted over, and leaked on again because of ice build up on the roof. Boxes of legos, rocking hourse, exercise ball, dollhouse, just a typical play room. Notice the Christmas lights hanging. It's mid-April. They don't want to take them down!

So there you have it! My Slice of Perfect. It reminds me of having to choose daily to enjoy the 'perfect' moments among the really messy daily reality of motherhood. Otherwise we would all go crazy. 

You can tweet and Instagram your #SliceOfPerfect and #MessyReality photos to join in on the Baby Rabies photo challenge!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Officially Here! {photo session}

Yesterday was GORGEOUS. I can hardly believe we're out of our winter slump and can finally take photos outdoors! We had fun at this park and opened the season to a lot more outdoor time that we desperately crave. 

Pollinating Bee

New England winters make me wish we moved to a slightly warmer climate. Which may actually happen in the distant future, for many reasons. I'm so over spending the winter home with sick kids. Over. It's a fact of life and you can't always avoid it, but surely there are places where we could live to get sunshine not just 5-6 months out of the year. No vitamin D, guaranteed sickness. Supplements help, but just aren't the real thing. 

When we got to the garden, I remembered I completely forgot to actually dress them nice for photos, just got out the door in whatever they had on. 

That smirk!

My princess!

Baby E and Baby T were so happy for the warm the weather that they almost liked the presence of the bees on nearly every flower. Plus it was a good deterrent for my toddler, who wanted to pick all the flowers where he isn't supposed to. 

We'll be enjoying this spring, summer, and early fall, but honestly, I'm not looking forward to next winter. 

These photos were taken at the Stevens Coolidge Place (that I didn't even take a picture of!), just a ten minute drive from our house. 

Can't wait to see it in all it's early summer glory!  

What climate do you live in? Love or dislike winter?

Photos: Copyrighted to V & A Photography, specializing in Boston wedding photography, Boston family photography, and Boston newborn photography

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homeschool Giveaway {10 winners, $600+ prizes!}

Do you homeschool? If you do, you'll love today's giveaway! Looking for resources, encouragement, and training for next school year? This giveaway has some great resources to get you started. We're giving away $600 in prizes.

As you know, we are homeschooling our kids and we absolutely love it! It can be hard and it requires a lot of creativity and time on my part, but it is all worth it in the end and we love having our schooling revolve around real life.

Get Equipped! Homeschool Giveaway - 10 winners, $600+ in prizes. Ends 4/19/14

8 Winners Will Get...

  • A live stream pass to the Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference (worth $29.95)
  • Two year-long handwriting workbooks—print and cursive—that help kids memorize a long text of Scripture, and a 30-day family Bible study that delves deeply into that same passage (worth $17.50)

2 Grand Prize Winners Will Get...

  • All the prizes mentioned above
  • A year-long subscription to Lessontrek's lesson planning app (worth $60).


One-year subscription of Lessontrek's lesson planning app (2 Winners)

Sponsor: Lessontrek

Lessontrek is a better and modern web application for online lesson planning for the homeschool, private, and public school teacher. Lessontrek helps parents create lesson plans quickly and easily. In just a few minutes you can setup your school year and subjects, create lessons and assignments, record grades, and more. Their handy drag-and-drop system makes reordering lessons easy.
"I like how you can organize the subjects, set up the school based on whenever you start and take breaks. I also like how easy it is to use and create the subjects, assignments and color code everything." - Gretchen (Colorado)
Lesson trek is giving two Grand Prize winners a year subscription ($60 value for each). .

Livestream Pass to the 2014 Family Discipleship and Homeschool Conference (10 Winners)

Sponsor: Christian Heritage

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 Live stream Ken Ham to your living room! Enter to win a Live Stream Pass to 2014. Family Discipleship & Homeschooling Conference. 10 WINNERS! Watch the preview video at From the comfort of your own home, join thousands of other homeschoolers for two full days of hope, encouragement and inspiration. The live stream of the 2014 Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference will present something for every member of your family:
  • Fathers will be called to loving, servant leadership and faithful discipleship in the home by looking to their heavenly Father for the perfect example of fatherhood they never had.
  • Mothers will be encouraged with a fresh perspective on the big-picture “why” behind the daily routine of motherhood, as well as practical tips for keeping the “homeschool routine” from turning into the “homeschooling rat-race.”
  • Young adults and children will be prepared to engage the culture for Christ with a biblical view of history, science and defending the faith.
Through the lineup of dynamic speakers and practical sessions, you will be equipped to fulfill your great calling in life: making disciples of Jesus Christ – one child at a time.

One-year handwriting curriculum and accompanying family Bible study (10 Winners)

Sponsor: Intoxicated On Life

Philippians ESV Family Bundle

This bundle of resources is aimed at helping kids memorize and understand a longer text of Scripture—in this case, Philippians 2:1-18, the Apostle Paul's great hymn to Christ celebrating his incarnation, death, and exaltation. The bundle comes with two handwriting workbooks—print and cursive—which provide a year's worth of handwriting practice, vocabulary words, and dictation practice. The bundle also comes with a 30-day family Bible study and Scripture memory cards. All of these resources are centered on Philippians 2.
Intoxicated On Life is giving 10 winners this family bundle, each one priced at $17.50.

Enter the giveaway below!

Giveaway runs from April 10 to 19. Enter below and don’t forget to share this great opportunity with your friends!

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. 

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