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Monday, March 14, 2011

I've been bombarded!

It seems like there are so many fun and exciting things to share with you, but no time to do it all.  I'm also quite certain that many of these things are only exciting to me, but I'll fill you in on a few before we hit the road on Wednesday.

~First~ I got my first roll of film back from Walgreen's.  Scott bought me an old Pentax K1000 from Ebay a few weeks ago, and I flew through the first roll to see how they turned out.  I love that there are so many ways to keep photography interesting and I can't believe I didn't discover film years ago!  Overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I love the vintage feel to all of them and the film grain is so gorgeous and authentic.  I was also very happy to find that the light meter worked. 

The following pictures are all from that roll. 




i am giddily in love


~Second~ I've been thinking a lot about Maria starting school.  I have tossed around the idea of homeschooling, but Scott (who likes the idea) doesn't think I can do it.  I would LOVE to prove him wrong as well as prove to myself that I can do it ;)  I'm quite dissatisfied with the public school system and believe that she would get a better, FULLER education at home.  I'm sure some of you out there are teachers and most of you send your children to public schools, but it's just not the path we want to choose.

So, yesterday while Scott was at work, I took the girls to Barnes & Noble to check out the kids section and to look into the topic of homeschooling.  After Ginger had a complete meltdown in the store, we left with a Pre-K workbook for Maria.  I guess the trip wasn't a TOTAL disaster. :)  Upon our return, Maria was excited to get started, so we did a few pages before dinner.    She tried her hand at tracing numbers as well as various counting activities.  She was really receptive and eager to learn, which makes things easier.  It'll be nice to have a head start before she even begins school next year... and it's fun for her!

*if any of you homeschool (unschool) your children, I would love to hear any suggestions/feedback you might have to share*

~Third~ I was offered the chance to share our story with another website.  It's hard to explain all the details, but it's a well followed site and a really great opportunity to get our story out there.  I'm not the best writer, so sharing our story to hundreds of people won't necessarily be an easy task, but nonetheless, a FUN one!

~Fourth~ We leave on Wednesday!!  Tomorrow I'll be packing up the dishes and getting last minute things in order.  We're also planning a trip to Disneyland on the way to Arizona.  Maria is extremely excited about this, I only hope she's big enough to go on some rides.  We'll be back on the road again on Friday morning, hoping to make it to Tucson before it gets dark.  I don't think I've ever been so excited to see my parents!

So with that, we'll be away from the blog for a little while.  We're going to take time to be with family and get situated and familiar in our new surroundings.  I'm sure we'll be back with fun new pictures and lots of adventures to talk about.



  1. The pictures turned out absolutely gorgeous Barb!! So glad to hear all of you are doing so well. When it comes to homeschooling, The Pioneer Woman site has a section devoted to it that I think would be worth checking out. There are also individuals that homeschool their children that are guest bloggers on the site that I think would be more than happy to be contacted with any questions. Here is the link:

  2. Barb...we need to set up a Skype date to talk homeschooling! You can totally do it and I have tons to say about it! xo {LOVE the film!!!}

  3. we've never been so excited to see you either...except for 5/26/80!!!

  4. I love the way your film turned out, so beautiful. I just found a lomo-LC+A camera at Goodwill for $2.99!!! I just about died when I saw it thrown in with the rest of the junk cameras. It's a little beat up, but seems to work just fine. I'm almost through my first roll of film and I am hoping and praying it turns out.

    I can't wait to hear more about the opportunity for you to share your experience. It sounds like it will be fun.

    I too am looking into homeschooling our kids. Jake will be entering into middle school next year and there is just no WAY I am going to let him go to the public middle school in our district. I have been checking into the Classical Homeschooling method, but I haven't decided for sure what curiculum we are going to use.

    I hope you guys have a blast at Disney! Maria is going to just love it! She is at that perfect age of complete and total wonder.

    Gosh, sorry I wrote a whole novel.

  5. What great results with your new camera find....makes me want to go thrifting. Enjoy your travels to AZ - say hello to the sunny weather for me (I'm missing that right now as we are again bombarded with rain and our roof just started leaking).

    Good luck with your research into home shooling. You will find what is right for your family. I have many friends that have gone the homeschool route (each for different reasons), and I must admit - I can totally see the benefits.

    Safe travels - congrats on your new writing opportunity - can't wait to hear more.


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