Author: ortaylor1990

CH. 5 First Day of Homeschool Co op

This week was another busy one. We started out our week by making a crazy one day trip to St. Louis and back. So twelve hours on the road altogether. But we survived and it was fun.  We got back home and back to homeschooling and gymnastics in the evening.  Elli and I got to go just the two of us to speech therapy this week and she was thrilled to have some girl time with me. Afterwards we got some cake pops as a special treat. Zack and I have been talking about how we really need to start having regular dates with each kid individually. It means so much to them and we need to have more deep and meaningful talks with them to learn about their precious little hearts and minds.  Friday was super exciting – it was our first day of homeschool co op! Elli is in 2nd grade, Aubi is in kindergarten, and Isaac is in preschool. I’m very excited our this new adventure and the kids are having a blast! …

Friday Musings – CH.4

Wow, was this a busy week! I wanted to record videos of the girls reading buuuuut here I am and it’s already Friday evening and I still haven’t wrote this week’s Musings. I will record those…soonish. So without further ado:  1. Firstly, school is going great. Elli is doing great with her reading and math. Aubi is reading above her age level and is able to learn concepts so quickly. Isaac is learning shapes, colors, and animals. Ollie is learning how to open and close doors and all sorts of other wonderful mischief-making skills. This week was also our first week back to speech for Elli.  2. This week I did something completely out of my comfort zone, but something I should have been doing for years: I shared the gospel this week with a couple of men that came to the door. I did a terrible job and am truly embarrassed (seriously haha), but God is greater than my abilities and I’m determined to face my fears of sharing the gospel with everyone. People …

CH.3 Adventure at The Fort

This past weekend we got to go on an adventure with Zack to The Fort in Fort Smith, AR. The history there is amazing. It’s one of our favorite places to explore. You can tour the building, there are beautiful walkways and a park right on the river. I love those relaxing, carefree days of adventure with the family. They are the best.  We also went to gymnastics where I unknowingly went with my pants inside out. We went to church and learned about church history which was very informative and interesting.  One of the most exciting parts of the week was signing up for co op and classes. The girls each get three classes. Elli chose social studies, earth science, and incredible edibles. Aubi chose PE, earth science, and incredible edibles. Isaac will be with the preschool class and Ollie will be with me except for the hour that I’ll be assisting in the preschool room.  I found out that they will also be having pictures taken like school pictures. How cute is that?! …

Friday Musings- Ch.2 First Week of School

Week 1 of the new school year is almost over and it’s been a great start to our new school routine. It hardly went smoothly and almost nothing happened the way I planned, but as Shakespeare said “expectation is the root of all heartache” and I definitely did not expect anything to go as planned.   Hey! Will you look at that?! Not even a little heartache in the Taylor home! That Shakespeare must really know what he’s talking about.  So now, with week one coming to a close, my goal for next week is to keep working towards being and doing better and learning more and more each week. One of the most amazing parts of this journey is how much I’m learning right there with them – how to be more organized, which learning systems are best, what their individual learning styles are, how much coffee I can drink before I explode…important stuff.  If I can teach my kids one thing it would be a love of learning. I want them to never stop …

Friday Musings- Ch.1 New School Year

I’m starting a new series on my blog called Friday Musings. But since you read the title, you already knew that, didn’t you? Maybe, just maybe I will be able to keep up with a weekly family update every Friday. I have kept up with my 52 week challenge so I’m hopeful. So, here’s the first installment: This week we are preparing for a new homeschool year. Elli is going into 2nd grade and Aubi is starting kindergarten. We actually never stopped doing school over the summer and Aubi has been doing kindergarten for the last two months at least, but next week we will “officially” begin the school year. I don’t like to stop because I am not as productive when I get out of a routine and it is SO hard for me to start everything all at once. I do much better if we keep some small routine going and then start just a couple new things.  Next week I will be doing my very mom-best to establish a daily school routine …

5 Tips for Naming Your Baby

I have named a lot of children in my day, four to be exact, so I’m kind of a baby naming expert AND my husband and I have argued about every one of those names, so you see, I know what a dilemma choosing your child’s name can be. Naming your child is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make. I’ve created a list of five tips that are sure to make you and your child the talk of the town. If you have a tip that I didn’t name, be sure to send it to me! 1. ALWAYS go for the alliteration. ALWAYS. Alliterations are an absolutely amazing alternative. (What?! Did you just see that alliteration?! Ahhhhhh yeah! *air punch* *another air punch* hashtag winning.) Alliterations are easy enough. Examples: Tilly Tammy Taylor. Trevor Todd Taylor. Tiberius Tyrannosaurus Taylor. I could go on, but you see the pattern. Your children will forever thank you for giving them an alliteration name. 2. Do you have a favorite book or movie? A favorite character? …

An Embarrassing Tale

What’s the most cringe-inducing, most embarrassing moment your kids pulled on you over the weekend? Was it a tantrum? Was it something disgusting they did? Would you like to hear our story? It just might make you feel better about your own moment. It’s not a long one, don’t worry. STORY TIME: I’m telling our pastor and his family (who we love like our own) about how the girls were asking me some big, whopping theological questions that I was having a hard time answering. Things like “If God is all-powerful why didn’t he stop Adam from eating the apple?” and other tough questions that I am not well-equipped on answering.  I know, I know. I know what you must be thinking! My kids are so mature and, dare I say, sophisticated? Can’t you just imagine us sitting around discussing theology over tea and cucumber sandwiches? That’s probably exactly what happens. Probably.   (Side Note: our pastor loves teasing our kids and they love the attention and love to tease him back but they also love …