Home for Thanksgiving

I am thrilled that Chloe will be home for 7 entire days for Thanksgiving!

Kenny made a dashing trip to Harding to get our girl, her BFF and another local friend. He left Thursday night and arrived home this morning at 7am.



She has some major crafting plans plus numerous appointments and parties. We must squeeze into 7 days. So friends please don’t think we are ignoring you but simply savoring every second with our sweet girl.

Large Family Homeschooling Organization- Part 2 Meal Planning


This is the most helpful thing I could to help with my Large Family. I just wrote up a menu plan from August 21- November 30th. I keep all my recipes on my pinterest board FOOD FUN or Gluten/Soy/Dairy/Egg free….is that even possible? I do print some of my recipes to keep in our family binder but typically just bring up my pinterest boards and fix the recipe from that. I even planned nights we needed to eat because of soccer games.

First thing on my mind when I wake up is what will I feed these kiddos for supper….this takes the load off immediately.

Steps For A Great Back to Homeschool

Even in the homeschool world things can play out crazily for the first day of school. The weeks leading up to it.. Homeschool moms are typically looking for the best deals on school supplies. Wardrobes aren’t the same priority when you can do school in your jammies but my kids still get some new threads and the back to coop outfit.

But on the first day of school at home things really kick into high gear. The first day of school can be overwhelming for me who will be teaching 12th, 9th, 7th, 3rd, K5 and a K4 and adding a very active and cute 3 year old thru adoption hopefully by the end of the year or other moms teaching many ages or just one age.

So, for all of those homeschool moms who will have a very busy first day of school this year, I want to give you some ideas to have a successful first day of homeschool!

1. Make a Schedule….just do it. This is the part i struggle with the most but my most favorite part. A schedule is nothing more than a written plan for your day. There are many different types of schedules with different levels of detailing. When the going gets tough, you can always leave the schedule but if there is no written plan things are likely to be left undone. So, have a written plan! Any schedule is better than no schedule.

2. Start before the first day or take it one step at a time. Aside from a written plan, Get a plan for the ‘littles’, if I can keep the littles occupied and quiet… My older kids do fabulous.

3. The first day of school, my kids are always curious about new books, notebooks, computer programs, note cards, supplies, and on and on. So, we do little “school” on the first day of school…although they do learn a great deal. Since we have the entire school
Year, I let them have a chance to thumb through things and become familiar with each book or program during the time when they will be doing that subject. They can also ask all of those hundreds of questions, i know they will have. I look for an extra special project, art, experiment, or kitchen fun in the first few days of school.

4. Start your school day with a high protein breakfast. And plan out your meals. I can not stress this enough. In fact I will have another blog post on just that.. Menu planning. But put supper in your crock pot.. So your day can be carefree!!

5. Best for Last! Remember to stop and laugh.. Smile. Don’t be stressed. Look for opportunities throughout your day with your kids to just stop and enjoy the moment. Sometimes I get so focused on completing a project or schedule.. I miss the fun loving parts of my day. Learning is fun!!

Enjoy your back to ‘homeschool day!

Our Christmas Eve…

Christmas was wonderful this year.
We are so thankful to have our little Mia home, and feeling better.
First we started with sugar cookies.

Mia and Mommy.

Mia going to town with her cookie cutters.

We just let her have her own cookie dough.

Which was good news, for Santa, since she chose to lay in the cookie dough.

Daddy posing for a picture.

Loving on Camye’s perfect little cookies.

Chloe decorating her cookies.

Isnt she beautiful?

Arent they splendid?

We started the day at my Mamaws in West Virginia.

Sorry these pictures are out of order.
This blog could be called the many faces of Pauly.

So pretty.

She knows she is about to open her Tom’s from her Mamaw and Papaw.

Sweet. Sweet. Camye.


Paul loving his Mamaw.

Oh and the grand gift of all.

Her precious table and chairs.

Her reaction and Paul’s reactions to Christmas this year were priceless.

She loved her table and chairs!!

Oh yes..I believe this was about the time she looked at me and said.

I am so happy, mommy.


Oh my the preciousness that oozes out of this girl.

Merry Christmas Eve.

Hold on for Christmas Day.

~Thanksgiving with my Family~

Thanksgiving was small this year, only 14 people. That’s small when you are used to well over 30 people crammed into my Mamaw’s house. This also meant less Aunt’s to do the dishes….so no more kid table and yes I did all the dishes. But that’s okay.

For some reason my pictures uploaded backwards, so we will start with Mia emptying the Oreo Truffle plate. She loves her sweets!!!

Giving Uncle Rob a kiss on the nose. Uncle Rob is my brother, he is single and doesn’t have any kiddos of his own. But let me tell you how much he loves my kids, WOWSERS…I mean he takes this uncle business serious!! He can not wait for little Miss Avah to come home too!!!

Chloe, Mia and my Papaw Buck, he joined us at my other Mamaw’s. My Mamaw Buck wasnt well enough to join us.:(

Here is the spread…and Camye, my hubby, my mom, my Mamaw and the side of my Papaw.

Notice Chloe and Blake’s expression on their faces…..like oh yes Uncle Rob does this all the time….

Mia thinking….lets get this show on the road!!!!

~Trick or Treat~

Happy Halloween!! Last night we went Trick or Treating over at our great friends house. We have trick or treated with these friends for 3 years now. They have 5 kids…we have 5…almost 6 kids….we play well together!:)
Mia, our butterfly, she wanted to be Snow White or any princess actually…but in the rain and the tempature being 40, I was feeling leggings, tights, and turtlenecks.

Blake my glow in the dark stick man…this costume is hard to appreciate in the light. But it was really cute….errr….handsome/manly.

Chloe, my superwoman….oh my…can she wear a costume! She looked gorgeous.

My little bumble bee….its hard to be 10 and pick the perfect costume that you are comfortable in. She was so nervous about finding a costume. She told me she just wanted to be comfortable and look normal. So we bought the tail and antennas and she chose the panda shirt. She looked adorable!

Paul….I mean Mario getting his mustache groomed by daddy!

Mario striking the …ever famous Mario pose.



Mario..a little high on his highly allergic Red dye…but Mario with his BFF Luigi.

The crew….before.

The crew after…I didnt take my camera outside because of the rain.

Mia and her pal Luigi….her face is already stained.

The haul.

And then the games begin….they come home and dump all the candy together. They sort it all into organized categories…then take turns choosing what they want. They have done since they were little. I love my little trick or treaters!

Could She Be Any More Beautiful?

I am not biased or anything. But my sweet little Camye is simply beautitful.

Camye’s dance teacher was recently married. She invited all the girls from her classes to come to or wedding and perform a special dance. More pictures to come on that… I thought it was such a wonderful and sweet oppurtunity.

Be.Still.My.Heart. She is so precious. Her beautiful blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair makes her momma so proud!:) But mostly I am proud because of her heart for Jesus.

Hayride and Bonfire!!

Today was our annual church Bonfire/Hayride. This year it was at a new location…I wasnt sure I was able to return to the last location so soon, as I was tramatized last year over Blakes injury. THis place was BEAUtIFUL!!!!!!!! Above is Mia and her friend Sydney playing with the bread to feed the ducks….or just playing with it.

Our hayride!!!! 2 wagons fulls!!!

It was a bit of a rough ride…so Mia held on tightly to her big sister Chloe.

Bringing up the rear….

Mia being cute…imagine that.

Camye feeding a calf…I love cows …they are my favorite animal! I love their eyes!!

Mia and her cow! She loved feeding them!

Me and the love of my life!!:):)

Christmas Pictures or Maybe not…

 So I have set a goal of blogging everyday for 30 days!! Trying to motivate my inner blogger. Of course if the new blogger wasnt a pain to use it would help. We tried Christmas pictures today. I am not overly thrilled with these. We forgot Mia’s glasses and when I had remembered everyne had ripped off their red and green.

I started taking our own pictures, when my wonderful husband bought a fabulous picture. I found out really quick that anyone with over 1.2 kids…can do their own at home for much cheaper and when everyone is not sick, dirty or too tired. I love the one of Mia alone and Paul alone. Not thrilled with the group shot..will try again later!1

Rainy and Cold outside!!!

It’s October! My most favorite time of the year!!!! It’s cold and rainy, everyone is snuggled in the house with no where to go.. I LOVE IT!!! I love the slowness of life around this time year. School kicks into high gear and life is great.
However, last week we recieved some fabulous news that I can’t share JUST YET! But we have been asked to make a video, write a letter and send pictures for something life changing in our lives. I am ABSOLUTLEY.ECSTATIC!!! I will announce as soon as it is official. So today we needed to shoot some pictures of our crazy little life’s….the kids eating mac n cheese for lunch.

Mia in her snow white costume….riding her little toy around the living room.

Yes she is that beauiful!! Oh be still my heart…we need another one. Don’t ya think??

Little Feet…

Yes my babies loving each other!!