Monday, September 27, 2010

New Photo!

Confined Space

You can see it for sale here. I shot this at the East Brimfield Dam. It's on the line between E. Brimfield/Sturbridge, Ma. It even has it's own webby page.
Very cool Massachusetts history that you don't read about often.


--Heather :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

QOTD!

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult." -- E. B. White.

--Heather :)

New Peacock Treasury!

Etsy Peacock Treasury


Sooo pretty! Love all the colours! You can check it out here.

--Heather :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thinking......

People say they are loving, affirming and open to others & other beliefs. But they're not. They get a set of friends who believe the same way & get comfortable in that. That's wrong. We should be open, loving and helpful to all people, all kinds of ideas. Yes, I get set in my ways too. We should all strive to not get set in our ways, into our comfort zones, but to learn from & enjoy many kinds of people.


--Heather :)

Summer's last glimmer..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

QOTD!

If someone tells you you cannot do something, then prove them wrong. --ME

--Heather :)

(this is my quote as far as I know anyways.)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

There's no school, like a homeschool!

School has just started for much of Nation, here in the USA. Here at my house, it has been going on all summer long, and all year long before that. Actually every moment we spend together, we use it wisely and try to use the good moments, for learning. Yes, there are some bad moments, some stress and yes, even the occasional, let's call it a heated argument, and leave it at that. Most of the time, we're peaceful & loving, and happy to be together, a hunky dory sorta family. We're a pretty simple family. A Mom, a Dad, two kids, two dogs, and a motley assortment of bugs, snakes & frogs, from time to time. Yes, my sons have my 'bring every stray home that they find genes'. They're learning, not all of them can stay. Especially, the snakes. I'm the St. Patrick for my yard, yes I am. Well, when the Chihuahua hasn't dispatched them first.

BugnRoo playing cars, play-do and boats..

Why am I homeschooling? So many people have asked me, time and time again. In a nutshell you could read this article and it sums it up. I will also say; I'm doing it because right now, it's right for my family. I've looked at the pros, the cons, and every little piece in between. I want the best education for my children. The best that I can give them. We cannot afford Montessori schooling, and I don't believe that Private Education is all that it's cracked up to be, it's only marginally better than Public School is. Seeing all the fundraiser's a Catholic Private School sent home, to a boy's family I nannied for years ago, gave me some part of that inkling.

Some more reasons include: I don't like getting up & rushing in the mornings. I don't like having to yell at my kids, to get them to move. I don't like the crying jags my older son had nearly every morning when he had to take the bus, to kindergarten. He began hating it right off. It wasn't fun for him. He hated it, hated the teacher. Tell me something, does that sound like a happy learning environment to you? Having a kid hate something, all on his own? Come home crying every day? Unhappy? I don't even know the teachers, their moods, type of person, belief systems of those who will mold the people I created & have been molding till sending them to Kindergarten. believe me I bought right into the if I live in a nice suburban town, My kids will get a better education spiel and I was wrong all counts. The school system doesn't allow for parents to be involved. In Kindergarten, a year of school that technically isn't legally required to take? They don't promote the parents & teachers & togetherness that we are ALL on this learning ship together? WHY? Why don't they want me seen as a viable place to learn from? WHO is running this school system anyways? What is their end goal with MY kids? WHO Do they think they are anyways??

Ok 1-10. Breathe in, breathe out. I'm OK. Your OK. We're all OK. But I wasn't OK, I wasn't happy. I was guilty. I was miserable. My son was miserable. My other son was miserable. It was rotten. It felt wrong. It just wasn't making us happy & my son wasn't learning. His art was getting more and more dull, and he had less and less drive to learn & wasn't enjoying himself, at all. Let alone actually learning or retaining anything.

Fast forward button: Click.


Now, we are happy. Now, we are having fun, learning new things & loving every single second of the day, for the most part. Sure sometimes it's hard. Isn't everything worth doing, difficult to some degree? Even making a cake takes time.

I'm no longer guilty, sad & depressed. Neither are my sons.

Gym Class

The amazing part is, I'm teaching them & they are retaining the information given to them. They are sucking it in, like a sponge & regurgitating it back out to me, and in their daily works. They are also enjoying it. My older son is reading books all on his own, and I taught him how to do it. My husband also helped, possibly more in this case, as listening to him stumble annoyed the heck out of me. He was more patient in this instance. Me, of all people.. is in charge of the math detail. GO FIGURE! One book later, and I'm a math geek! If only they had had this book when I was struggling & hating school, er math!

Thanks for stopping in. XOXO --Heather :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

BIG FROG!

BIG FROG


This is what I believe to be a Bullfrog. He came to my house the other evening, around Midnight, to eat some bugs, I suppose. We heard him thumping around & bumping into the house, while hunting. Hubby decided to go check it out, and find out the story, or if it was someone trying to get in. That's how much noise he was making. Very loud. He didn't seem to mind me shooting some pics, but he didn't exactly smile for me. So I guess the lights didn't feel all that great for him, either. So I kept it as brief as I could. Gosh he was just sooo big, you don't just see these kinds of frogs out & about much anymore. Last time I recall seeing a Bullfrog was as a kid, my dad picked one up & he had a photo taken with it. There were tons there, in NH, as I recall. Course, I'm in Massachusetts, maybe we don't have as many anymore for some reason. Cough, cough, (Big Business/toxins in the air, lakes, streams) cough, cough. Sorry, had to clear my throat. ;) I'm alright now. Anyways, not really sure why we don't see them that often, but here we see frogs all the time. So that's good news. I'd love to see more, though.

We all watched & looked at him for a little while. When we started to go in, we noticed another froggy. He was sitting on the house light. Doesn't seem all that remarkable, but the light was up high next to the front door. So he climbed up there & was sitting underneath the bright light, snapping up anything that came near him. I'd show you a snap of him, as well, however, it didn't come out all that good. Seeing that the house light was on & even off it reflected too much with the glass there. I do have policy of no bad pics by me on this blog, it's a personal pride, sorta thing. He was cute tho, I can see why Kermit the frog was hatched. He kept opening and closing his mouth, maybe the camera flash made him nervous, or he was digesting.. he he. He was real cute. I believe he was a grey tree frog, as I've seen the babies of that kind of frog lately, and I used to have one as a pet for a bit.
Noisy lil' bugger. Used to keep my husband up when he worked a job overnight. Peeping and barking, so adorable tho. Spose not so adorable when you need to sleep, so we will leave these ones alone, plus we need them to live long and prosper. The more frogs the better the environment, they say. So come on froggies, you're welcome here. We also kick all the snakes out of the yard on a regular basis. This is the Chihuahua's job. She is good at it.


Thanks for looking. Have you seen any animals near you, lately? If so pop down to the comments section, and tell me about them. Love hearing about them!

XOXO Heather :)

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