Breaking Christmas Tradition

Ever since we had kids, we more or less have been doing the same Christmas traditions for the past 10 or so years. Even when my kids didn’t quite understand what we were doing, I still tried to let them experience the Christmas season as distinct from all other holidays by creating traditions and giving activities that would remind them… Read more →

Note to Self: Start the Week Right

It’s been quite  a while since I last shared my thoughts here, hasn’t it? That was on purpose. I wanted to be more focused on being with the kids, with as little distraction (as if that could really happen) as possible. So since last year, the only social media app I retained on my phone was Instagram, and I decided to use the… Read more →

Tale as Old as Time: The Story We Should be Telling our Kids

I have always been a fan of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I memorize the songs. I think I also memorize the lines. I have fond memories of taking part in our high school musical play back in the day (okay, saying that just made me feel old).  The moment news of the animated film came out, I didn’t waste… Read more →

Note to Self: Labor to Rest

Don’t you just love long weekends?? I know I do! Although, there’s really no difference for our family since Monday is Dennis’ regular Sabbath and day off, and because our church services are on no matter what (which means he still needs to be on work mode during weekends.) But just the same, I love long weekends and holidays–the city… Read more →

The One Homeschooling Event You Would Want to be a Part of

The One Homeschool Activity You Would Want To Be A Part OfThe way I see it, homeschooling is not just about having school at home. It is not just about choosing the right curriculum, finding a good school routine or structure, or the mommy being called teacher-mom. Homeshooling is a way of life. It is intentional, purposeful parenting. It is… Read more →

You’re Being Watched

As I write this, I am inside the cab, with my three-year old putting his entire weight on my arm, my eight-year old sleeping on my shoulder, and my ten-year old napping in her own personal space. We are on our way to a field trip– you know, the kind that us homeschoolers are fond of organizing in order to… Read more →

School of Rock

Hello everybody! I’m Alyanna. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar so that I can play music for my family. Guess what? Now I can! Why? Because I went to the School of Rock!   When I was invited to the School of Rock, I was excited to go. But as the days drew closer I became… Read more →

Family Activities with La-Z-Boy

Disclaimer: This post was inspired by the one week that we had with the La-Z-Boy Recliner. For this post, I went over some old photos of moments we had with the kids and it made me realize how a lot of our meaningful conversations happened (and are still happening) whenever we all tried to fit into our recliner!  The last… Read more →

On Becoming Art Smart

My girls, especially Alyanna, have been asking me to bring them to art classes for a couple of years now. I think Alyanna was only four when she started expressing her desire to have art lessons. Due to budget constraints, however, we never really put art classes on top of the priority list. My standard response was always, “Oh, you… Read more →

The Ultimate Goal of Why We Homeschool our Kids

The past three or so weeks have been designated as “project weeks”. Instead of the usual lessons and individual work they have to do, project week is when we slow down to just dwell on those topics they would want to spend more time on and make outputs for. Ideally, the kids have to come up with an output at the… Read more →