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?!
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Good morning, Good morning!!
Last night, I released an announcement over on my Facebook (@RootedMama) and Instagram (@rootedhealthymama) on what we are doing to expand!
Head on over- like and follow Facebook and Instagram for updates as these next few months unfold.
It’s a New Year!!
I can hardly believe that we are already 4 days into 2020.
Looking back over the last 1.5 to 2 months…I’m in awe.
I’ve enjoyed writing SO much more than I thought I would.
And, I needed some time for reflection and waiting on God.
To reflect on where this blog is going, reflect on what things we need to set up for when we begin traveling, and what things to work on that I am passionate about!!
The details are still being worked out…and I do feel like they are starting to come together.
Before I start releasing any kind of news….
I want to know how your Christmas celebrations were? Did you stick to your plan? Or did you have to adjust?
What about planning for the new year and the new decade?
What goals are you planning for?!
I love the newness and all… I’m also loving to learn the discipline of the day-in-and-day-out. To lean into the mundane….because that is where the real stuff happens.
Most days, I ask everyone in our family a variety of questions. Sometimes, it depends on the day, how many and which ones I ask.
Usually, I start with “What’s your favorite part of today?”
I love hearing my husband and my kids’ responses. I can usually have a guess at what each person will say but sometimes, they surprise me.
And sometimes, they ask me back “What was your favorite part of the day?”
One day, my husband and I were getting ready to pick up our kids from school.
We were scrambling to get ready to head out of town for a weekend to head up to my sister and brother in-law’s house.
It’s become a tradition to head up there in November and go to Silver Dollar City and a festival at a local farm, Sycamore Creek Family Ranch ( https://sycamorecreekfamilyranch.com)
I absolutely love Branson, MO. And, I never would have guessed that it’s a small town. There are always SO many people there..but, I digress. Small town, it is.
So, Why Branson?
Well, you write about what you know…right? I’ve grown to know a little more each time I visit. And I get the joy and honor of visiting Branson, because my sister and brother-in-law are locals. So, that’s one of the reasons why I love Branson…because family.
The other reasons I love Branson, unfold, because my sister is a local. We hear stories about community. It’s a tight knit community…. that is more than the strip and tourist attractions. And, when you look close, you see it in everyday interactions of the locals.
It amazes me how giving the people of Branson are. And because businesses are made and run by people…it also reflects in their businesses.
Also, if you want to get in the Christmas Spirit…Branson is a great place to go. We were there at the end of October, Early November…and the streets and businesses were already beginning to be decked out in Christmas decorations.
So, I’d love to tell you about some great places to visit while you are in Branson.
Silver Dollar City- Silver Dollar City is easily becoming one of my favorite places to visit. There are rides and things to do for all ages. The food is amazing. And, when it starts to get dark…you have got to ride on the train. Trust me. I also hear there is an RV Park. I hope to stay there at least once.
Top of the Rock-This place is absolutely stunning. There’s a spectacular golf course, among many attractions, and a restaurant with exquisite food and a breath-taking view. Head on over to their website www.bigcedar.com to learn more.
Andy B’s– This place is so fun. Equipped with a bowling alley, restaurant, escape rooms and more. If you’re looking for a place to hang out, connect, build community, and make memories. Andy’s Bowling Alley is where it’s at. They also have other locations-look them up.
Branson RecPlex- We attended a community event that they do right before every school year. The community comes together to collect items for backpacks to hand out. There’s a lot to do while you’re there: Vendors, Jump Houses, Food and Drink, and more. As this event draws closer, next year…I’d love to keep you in the loop. Otherwise, you can head on over to bransonmo.gov to see the parks and facilities has that Branson has to offer.
The Landing- Can you say, Shopping? And food? One of my favorite features at the landing is the fountain. We could sit and watch for quite a while. Head on over to bransonlanding.com to see the shops, food, entertainment, and fountain schedule.
Today, I am thankful for The Afghan Village Restaurant in Houston. They have some amazing Hardawa. I love their Bolani with Green Tea–ooh! And their Naan!
If you ask my kids…the love the Rice Pudding the best!
When you’re in Houston head on over to the Afghan Village Restaurant! We also like to go into their shop next door and get all the ingredients for our favorite tea!
In 6-7 months, my family and I will be headed on the road to travel America. This is something that has slowly been coming to fruition over the past year and a half. Through the whole process, our answer has been “We’ll say ‘yes’ until God says ‘no’.”
I’m excited for many things, when our journey begins….
On of them being my love of photography.
I am excited and can not wait to document and share the places we will visit and learn about.
Last week, we had to make a run to Lufkin. We needed a place to stay, close by. So, naturally, I posted in an RV group…asking for places to stay close to or in the Lufkin area.
We ended up setting up at KOA Lufkin. (This is not an ad. I love to share places we stay and things we do).
I’m so glad we did. The location was perfect for what we needed. It was quiet and peaceful. The staff were polite and warming.
It’s definitely a place we will stay, again.
Head on over to the KOA Lufkin website to view their amenities:
Next time we go in, I’ll share places we like to visit while there!
We love this place.
Over the years, my husband and I have grown to love the little town of Shiner.
The first time we went on an anniversary trip, I had planned it because my husband loves Shiner and I figured he’d love going to tour the brewery. And he did.
On our first trips, we stayed at a quaint Bed and Breakfast, Old Kasper House . Now, I didn’t know how I would feel about staying at a place with strangers in the same house….so, we stayed in one of their cottages. And we loved it. We still got the feel of a bed and breakfast, while also having some privacy.
Cindy (I believe she is the owner, but I could be wrong) is super sweet. You can tell that she loves the community she lives in and will tell you some pretty great places to go and visit while you are in town.
In fact, every business that we have come into contact with is like that. They build each other up.
Another place that we have come to love, now that we have an RV is Shiner Boggy Creek RV Park. Jane is also super sweet, and will let you know about what all is going on in town while you’re there. There is a park right across from the RV Park, so if you have kids there are some fun things to do with them, as well.
We also like to venture out to the surrounding communities. There are a ton of history rich communities surrounding Shiner, so if you think you’ll get bored because it’s a small town- you won’t, because there are a lot of fun things to do to get you out and about.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite places in Shiner. If you find yourself out there, feel free to email us back what you loved: Contact@rootedmama.org