Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 4

Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 4

Oh my goodness, 4 parts for September, and it’s not even over yet!  I did have a disclaimer about how busy September is though  😉  We had some ever so cute moments at the birthday parties the kids had this month.  Madi, my niece turned 5, and Curren, my daughter, turned 6 the next day.  Close birthdays!  We love when all these cousins get together.  They are so cute together, and I always force the grandmas to take a grandma/granddaughter picture together.  So I had to share some of them.









My Grandma and me, I sure do love this woman!


Sometimes they don’t cooperate for Grandma pictures…


They all like to fight for the space on her lap!  There’s 5 of them, they don’t all fit!  Silly girls.


Here’s Kaylan totally cheating to win the game.  Ha!  We had to have a chat about what cheating is after that.  Nothing like a game of pin the tail on Olaf to bring up a teaching moment!


Curren had a princess tea party, complete with nail polish and make up and photos, oh my!






Even Jordi got to take part.







All these princesses!  It was so much fun!  Please excuse our posters I was too lazy to take down behind my streamer backdrop. LOL Lesson learned!



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Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 3

Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 3

Let’s go to the farm!  We love field trips in our family.  Our kids are hands on learners, and they love to experience new things and find out new facts about the world around them.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned from homeschooling, it’s that this saying is true: Kids brains are sponges for information!  It’s amazing to me the facts that these kids can memorize and use at a moment’s notice.  They even know quite a bit that *gasp* I don’t!  That’s another thing I’ve learned from homeschooling.  I have so much to learn!!  It’s kind of fun.  It’s like rediscovering all the information you once learned as a child.  It’s all so interesting, and I’ve been enjoying all these conversations with the kids about the different things they know and are learning about.  Makes this momma happy!  Here’s our latest trip to Centennial Farm in Costa Mesa, CA.  They have some educational programs available that look very neat. I’m hoping we can do one of them soon, the girls (all 3 of them!) really loved it here!


Little baby chicks!  They were so cute!




And baby calfs!  They were so cute, too, but not too thrilled that we were bothering them.  So we didn’t for long.

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The coolest thing we saw this day were all the piglets!  I think we counted 12 in one pen, and 1 in the other.  We must have arrived around feeding time, because not too long after we showed up at their pen, this momma was attacked by 10 of her piglets for some food!  She had no choice but to just fall on her side and let them eat.  I have  new respect for momma pigs, and the ferocity with which their babies eat.  “Go momma go!” is what we were saying to her.

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Momma and baby.  A biiiiiiig momma.  So big I had a hard time getting a picture of her bigness!


This pretty peacock was evading me.  He was so beautiful.  I love these birds!


Hahaha!  I love these kids.


She wishes she could really milk this cow!


Dreads, anyone?


Daddy gave the girls a little bit of history and information on the cotton plant.  They thought it was so cool that their clothes came from a plant!  They never knew.  They even picked up a piece that had fallen off the plant and got to take it with them, which they thought was pretty awesome!  This place also has a HUGE garden area meant for educational purposes.  So we got to explore some of the neat things they were growing, also.  Such a fun place!

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Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 2

Life in Photos ~ September 2014, Part 2

I had forgotten about this neat field trip we went on.  It was nearing the end of the “summer break”, and we wanted to get some more beach time in!  There’s a very cool educational program at Bolsa Chica State Beach, and they love to have homeschool groups.  Yay for us!  The kids had this educational talk with one of the park rangers, and they really enjoyed that they knew so many of the answers to her onslaught of questions about sea life.  Apparently Wild Kratt’s is a popular show among our crew of kids!  After their talk about the ocean, we were able to participate in a group beach clean up, which is always needed!  It was nice to do a service project with the kids and help them learn why it is so important to respect our Earth and the life on it, and to keep it as clean as we can.  They even had a really good time doing it!  After our learning excursion, the kids were more than ready to get in a couple of hours of beach fun with all of their friends.  Their energy knows no bounds!  The moms got to hang out, too, which we always, always enjoy.




What happens to a dolphin if they do not have a dorsal fin?  They spin in circles!  Their dorsal fin is what helps them to swim in the direction they need to! I swear I’m learning something new every day with all this “elementary level” education…



A piece of whale baleen to touch and sniff, so cool!

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Time to clean up!  The most popular question I heard: “Why do people leave their trash on the beach?!?  Don’t they care about our environment??”  Future environmentalists, calling!

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We work hard, and we play hard.

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Life in Photos~ September 2014, Part 1

Life in Photos~ September 2014, Part 1

September is a long, busy month in our house. Lots of birthdays, new classes started, and the beginning of our unschooling year has begun, which means so have some pretty cool field trips. So much to do! So much to take pictures of! So much life learning to take part in! Here’s some of the things we have done so far this month…


One of our field trips this month was to the ENC in Newport Beach.  I can’t say enough great things about this place.  We had, yet again, a super awesome tour guide that was SO good with helping the kids stay focused and learning for the whole 2 hour tour.  All of the kids really enjoyed all of the hands on activities learning about the Native Americans from the area.  We will definitely be going back here for some more learning, per kid request!



Catching some ducks the way the Tongva and Achumen did.





A Tongva celebration!




How Native Americans made holes in shells to make necklaces.  Hard work!



Even their string making was labor intensive.




It was quite a warm day for this tour.  The kids were loving that their tour guide was spraying them in the face and mouth whenever they requested.  Line it up!



“I’ve got my eye on you!”






A game to build friendship and trust among the Native Americans.





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The Homeschooling Pioneer of Orange County!

The Homeschooling Pioneer of Orange County!

Ok, she’s probably going to kill me for titling the post that way, but I just had to.  I had the opportunity to shoot headshots for Mrs. Erin Huffstutter, this super awesome, business savvy, passionate homeschooling mom for her latest business venture she’s cooking up.  She was quite a natural in front of the camera, I mean look how gorgeous she is!  It wasn’t difficult to catch her in her natural element.  I call her the Homeschooling Pioneer of Orange County because she has revolutionized homeschooling for so many families, including mine.  She is the leader and creator of the amazing homeschool group I often write about and share pictures of on my blog, and her ideas of what a homeschooling community can look like and accomplish have been inspirational to the many families that make up the wonderful community of The OC Homeschool Group.  Stay tuned, and eventually I will blog about this great new venture she’s on!  You may be interested!  If you are a homeschooling family in Orange County, or are currently thinking about if homeschooling is the best option for your family, please check out her website.  It has some really great, informational links on homeschooling. You can also check out the group, all the awesome field trips and fun times we have, maybe you’d like to join us as life learners!  Check her out!












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