Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Life Changes and we hang on!

Life Changes

So many great things are happening in our lives but it is different too.

I have always home schooled Jake and Tatyanah and Tim was home part way through 3rd grade. Where do I begin??


He was home and graduated early, he hated doing "work" and then one day, around 14, he decided he wanted to graduate with a diploma. He worked his butt off. He was enrolled at 15 in college and graduated with amazing marks at 16 and 13 days old! It was incredible. He was in school to become a phycologist and was going to major in Psychology and minor in Political Sciences, (proof children become who they are suppose to become, not who their parents are).. He did one term in California and one term in Canada and decided to become a Paramedic! He is excelling, he just bought a house, it is being built as we speak, and he is getting married to his amazing fiancee in November. He is happy, truly happy and fulfilled. We have an amazing beautiful relationship and I am so proud of him. He is 21~


He has always been home schooled and very unschooled but this past year the first term, after he decided to work on a high school diploma, he became very hard to give expectations too. He would work on assignments on his own time and often rush through what he had to do with poor results. I am of the thinking, if they want a diploma, they should get the best diploma they can. So Jake and I began to butt heads so I gave him a warning that he will be in school next term i he did not work harder. He did not work harder and we found a great solution. He started Outreach, a school that is for kids that do not do well in traditional school or are busy in sports or want a different kind of schooling. I was worried but the teachers are great, excellent, unbelievable! He continued to work at his own pace and had teachers whenever he needed them. he could go in once a week to drop of work or everyday and work with teachers. He excelled and got 72 credits so far this year. In Alberta you need 100 to graduate, Jake has all his requirements but English 30-1 and Social 20 and 30!!! He is flying along!
He is working with friends doing landscaping and working around the house for them. Everyone always comments on what a hard worker he is, what a great kid he is! We are so proud of him, he is always a great fabulous kid!

Oh lordy that girl! I love her so much, she is mini me! She is full of life and love, she feels everything and speaks her mind! She is coming into her own person, she is unbelievable. I wish I was half as strong as she is in life at her age.

She has decided to go to school full time. She is a social girl. She will try out for every team, be in most clubs and love it. It is what she loved about school when she went in grade 7 for 5 months. She only came home because she felt she was missing out. She is a money saver and has 2 jobs plus babysitting. She nannies for a little guy once a week and is a dog walker. She is very careful with her money and saves like crazy! She wants a scooter to get around on so that will be interesting! She is a klutz! Oh but what joy she almost always brings~ I love being her mom and I love watching her grow, but she is not little anymore and she is becoming a young lady, it is hard!

I find this part of life so hard but exciting. The kids are amazing people, we all have fabulous relationships, but they are growing up! It is nice to not have to find sitters to go out with friends, it is great to talk to them now in their understanding and ideas. It is wonderful that they still always hug us all the time. It is also sad, my wee little babies are getting big and when they get hurt, they deal with it themselves. They do not tell me all their secrets anymore and they are separating from me. Sad but beautiful!

So life is changing but in an amazing natural beautiful way!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reading : The Happiness Project!

I just began reading this book and it is very good! I am wondering what others think, fill me in!

Our Garden!

I did not know gardening would be so fun! It is a lot of work and very sad when things do not grow as we wished, we lost a bunch of tomatoes in the beginning due to Alberta frost, PAST MAY LONG!!! We planted a lot of seed and some decided they did not want to grow but most of it is fun! I like seeing how many things come to life and how fast they grow.

We like digging and weeding and visiting. We are a part of a community garden and it is wonderful to learn from each other and see the different gardens and what is growing. It is also interesting to see all the different ways people garden!

We have planted beans, peas, lettuce ( I accidentally weeded all but one of our lettuces), beets, carrots, cucumber, squash, kohlrabi, broccoli, cabbage, and a bunch of herbs!

Tatyanah accidently weeded our carrots and I accidently weeded our lettuce but I left one! Amanda knows better what to weed :)

MS Bike Tour: Team Eiffel of My Bike

Team Eiffel off my Bike

Sandra, Scott, Kathy, Amanda, Marci and Roxanne (missing Cathy)

185 KM of riding, through heat, rain, tears and laughter, friendships were grown and strengthened, Eiffel off my Bike prevailed. It was a hard ride for those who have never rode before and never that far.

We learned to LOVE butt butter and appreciate proper bike seats. We learned to push ourselves past what we could ever do! It was a challenge to say the least.

We raise over $12000 for the MS Society of Canada!

Day 1 start line

Sandra and Roxy

Little fun at the campground after 6 hours on the bike!

Finish line with everyone!!

Celebrating the finish!

Our team shirts....

Sadly I could not ride this year as I had pneumonia and I thought I would do ok but I was too sick and weak :( I went out to see our team and support them at the finish line on both days and it was great. They all did amazing!


Tatyanah and Casy on the waterslide being Taty and Casy

Stacey and Russel!

Casy and Tatyanah

Taty and Casy always have so much fun together!

Me, Cydnee and Russel!

Cydnee at 2 1/2 mths old