Progress

Today, progress looks like my kids playing bookstore!

They set up stations: a bookstore and a restaurants.

Now, they are taking turns visiting each establishment.

Free/pretend play is so important for kids to explore their creativity. To explore social interactions. To understand the world around them.

Last week, we started limiting technology time.

Since the pandemic began, we’ve been in transition after transition both physically (which is to be expected when you travel full-time), and in regards to finding employment opportunities that help us live this lifestyle. During this time, we have relied a little more on technology than we would have normally.

Sometimes, we have periods of more technology than other times. I’m learning to accept that’s ok! However, it’s important to notice when technology is interrupting healthy day-to-day functioning!

So, when the kids were throwing fits and having meltdowns, we knew it was time to adjust our schedule, and re-focus them on how to handle situations.

Today is a small victory! Our house feels peaceful, once again- as my kids are exploring free/pretend play, while getting along, and treating each other with kindness!

Rainy Day Activities

Since we are no longer in the “survival mode” of homeschool, we are starting to add more activities in our day.

Lately, my girl has been loving painting.

This week, she painted an egg carton.

The next day, she used pinto beans to transfer from a bowl to the egg carton.

Both painting and this activity are great for fine motors skills.

She’s also learning how to sit still and focus on one activity for longer periods of time.

What are your family’s favorite rainy day activities?

RV Life: Year One

We moved into the RV, after living with my parents for about a month. When we moved, I was still healing from double pneumonia. We lived for two weeks at Quail Creek RV Park, before moving to where we would be for the remainder of our time in Waco.

For most of the year, we were basically just living our normal daily life.

I had gone back to teaching for the year, and Allen was finishing his second to last year in public school at a local high school.

We spent the summer traveling. We wanted to get an idea of what it would be like to travel full time, before we left to explore the US.

We came away with some memories, and having a good idea of what it’d be like to travel full time.

In fall of 2019, Allen started his last year of public school, the boys started their last full year in public school. He was also teaching English online. I started staying home, and A was going to parents day out 1 day a week. I was working on figuring out work from home jobs that I could do while we travel. Not one of those panned out. I had a plan of how all of this was going to look and work. Needless to say, my plans didn’t matter one bit.

In December, Allen and I decided A would start staying home with me full time beginning in January. So not much had changed. . .until March 2020.

Tidal Waves

I don’t know about y’all, but 2020 felt like a year of tidal waves crashing in. Knocking me over, getting back up, and getting knocked over again. It felt like a year of events, some of them a long time coming. And so far, 2021 is looking a lot of the same.

Ideally, I would’ve been writing about our experiences and sharing them, throughout the year. However, I’ve learned over the years that I focus best when I’m able to focus on one pressing thing at a time. Therefore, writing has been mostly on the back burner.

And while 2020 felt like monthly tidal waves crashing in, years prior, I felt like I could hardly keep my head above water. Even with a year holding so much devastation, it also brought growth, and respite.

Now that we are finding our rhythm, I’d love to start sharing our journey with you.

Starting from “the beginning”.

Photo of the Day

Did you know that alligators bark?

A few weeks ago, we went with my hubby’s Granny to the zoo. I don’t know if we were being too loud, or there was a zoo keeper nearby bringing food. . . But this guy let out a low, loud growl/bark. I jumped, and screamed just as loud. And then laughed at the realization that I never new alligators even made a sound, let alone a growl/bark.

The Why Behind the Writing

Hi! My name is Jessica, and I am Rooted Mama!!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some new faces around here. . .so, I thought I’d introduce myself.

My family and I travel full-time. We homeschool while on the road, and we work remotely. And sometimes, we work camp!!

I started writing years ago, because I needed an outlet. Writing is therapeutic for me. I internalize my thoughts over and over again. Which, cranks up my anxiety.

SO, I started writing as a way to get those thoughts out of my head. To process. To verbalize all that internal thinking.

I’ve found that I love writing about a whole host of topics: anxiety/depression/mental health, marriage, parenting, education and homeschool, health and wellness, my walk with Jesus. . .and I LOVE sharing my passion of photography.

So, welcome AND thank you for following along this journey!! I’m humbled that you choose to take the time out of your day to read and join along!

26 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 6

Remember how I said that I needed this season of Thanksgiving, more than any other year?

A few days into transitional months are hard. That adjustment period.

This morning started off rough, with two kids throwing fits. . .right from the get go.

Thankfully, we were able to turn our day around by about 9 a.m. (for the most part)

Thinking over the day, though. . .

Today, I’m grateful for the small things. The mundane. The day in, day out stuff that happens, yes. . . Even on the road!

I’m thankful for morning cups of coffee while the kids play outside in the leaves. I’m thankful to have gotten another load of dishes washed. I’m thankful for play time at the playground, and daily walks to see the fountain show.

26 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 5

The other day, I got to babysit my nephew. After my sister came to pick him up…we went to the park with all of our kiddos in tow. If we had stayed in our house, and decided not to travel full time…We would have missed out on moments like this.

I’m grateful for spending these moments together, and creating memories.