Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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!
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.
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.
I was beginning to think that I’d never get to say that we were really traveling. . .
There for awhile, we were bouncing from Texas to Missouri, and back.
But, the last two months, we really started traveling, and have been able to have more adventures.
Never in my life, did I think we’d get to say that we had your traditional summer nights. . .cooking s’mores and going swimming. . . AND get to see snow ( real snow) all in one summer!!
We also got to go see the St. Louis Arch!! That’s one place that we really wanted to take the kids!! The tram was still not up and going (COVID), but it was a great experience for them-nonetheless. I can’t wait to take them back, when they can see from the top of the Arch!! We also found Cardinal Stadium.
I love how much a lot of our adventures turn into learning experiences, as well!! This is what I dreamed! That my kids would be able to learn about the world through traveling experiences!!
Today, we were mostly inside. (It still gets hot super quick in the day-and also…we are just around a lot of people, currently…so…social distancing!)
One trigger for me lately has been all of the asking “Can I watch a movie” “Can I be on my tablet?” “I don’t wanna _______.”
A lot of days, I let my obstacles get the best of me…
Well, I can’t ______, because of _____.
1. Am I really going to allow ________ to get in my way?! Really??
2. Am I really about to teach my kids to make excuses for why not to do something that is going to be helpful? Really??
So, today, while my husband and the kids were outside for a few minutes…I wrote out 3 pieces of paper that I feel like will help our house run smoother, and will give clear expectations on when the kids can have their tablet and TV time.
This is self- care for me…because, I need a flexible-structure. My kids need a flexible-structure. Also, too rigid of a schedule just doesn’t work for me. I used to be more rigid when I had one kid, but with each kid…too much structure just stresses me out…I don’t know why..it is the way it is.
So, flexible on the timing, but knowing x,y, and z will happen in a day. This is how we work best.
This structure helps with my kids knowing that when they complete x, y, and z…then, they will get to ______.
It helps them to feel like what they want, or how the day will go is not this obscure scene of events.
It lowers the amount of tantrums in a day.
And in return, lowers every one’s stress levels throughout the day.
Our flexible-structure creates self-care all around.
Has the day been perfect?! Far from it…
But, this really does create an atmosphere of peace, calm, and being able to work through problems in a healthy way throughout the day.
Last summer, I wanted to set up (some) structure for my two boys. I wanted my oldest to start practicing cursive, and my youngest to work on his handwriting and letter formation.
In my mind, they would be excited. They would get their activities done quickly, and we would be on with the rest of our day. WRONG. Haha. I got SO much push back. So, I had them do some practice, here and there, but decided not to be too structured about it.
Fast forward to the school year. I began to mentally prepare them how we would be homeschooling “next school year”. Lots of talk about, “next year, when we homeschool”…In my experience, kids do a lot better when you prepare them for what’s to come through conversation.
Little did we know, they would have, sort of a, transition period half-way through the year. I won’t go all the way into all of the uncertainty that the corona virus pandemic brought, including my kids’ last year in public school. But, I will say, that it sort of gave us a transition period.
At home learning gave us a preparation season. It gave us a “dip your toes in the water”. I’m thankful for this. I’m thankful we aren’t jumping in with cold feet.
So, as the school year ended, we took June off completely from any intentional learning, with an exception to a short Juneteenth lesson.
This week, we have started being more intentional. The goal? To work on our homeschool stamina. I want us to have stretched our muscles, before we dive into homeschool, in September.
So, right now…my oldest has to spend some part of each day reading, and practice 5 pages of cursive.
And my youngest has to practice two pages of handwriting practice and read one book.
Right now, they are “advertising” to a frog trying to get it to live in a toy house, so they can keep it as a pet…I’m sure they are learning something from this…right?!
As we are looking to homeschool next year, I have been looking for an option that will best serve our needs. I.am.so.excited. That I stumbled across School House Teacher.
As I learn more, and begin our homeschool journey, I can not wait to share our experience, tips, and tricks with you.
Stay tuned for more info as this school year closes, and next school year begins.