Welcome to our homeschool classroom. If you told me last year that I would be a full time homeschooler, I probably would’ve believed it. HA! Seriously!! It’s something that I always wanted to do but was too afraid to take the leap. I have been following homeschool vloggers on YouTube for years.These vloggers totally have their act together and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.
When our school district announced that they were going with a hybrid model we decided it would be best for our family to homeschool Lucy. Even though homeschooling was something that I always wanted to try, I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off. I spent weeks researching different curriculum and what would work best for us. I went from doubting myself and my ability to properly homeschool to being REALLY excited about it. I was in tears when I got the approval letter from our superintendent.
I had a zoom meeting with the elementary school last night regarding kindergarten for the fall. Once again I feel myself on the struggle bus. I’m not sure what the fall will look like over here. I wasn’t happy with the things I was hearing. I KNOW that the schools are doing their very best to make things feel normal for the students and families. I’m just not sure if public school is right for our family RIGHT NOW. I’m hoping and praying that things will be back to normal in September. If not then I’ll be adding another student to my classroom.
When we left Disney in March 2020 we had no intentions on returning in 2021. Disney planned on opening lots of new rides and restaurants in 2021 and we wanted to wait until everything was done before we returned. Then Disney shut down because of the virus and all Lucy talked about was how much she missed Disney. When they opened back up in July Lucy and I started watching our favorite Disney vloggers on Youtube. After months of thinking about it, and listening to people talk about how safe they felt, we decided that it was safe for our family to travel back to Disney. An entire year before we originally planned.
Our hotel that we usually stayed at wasn’t reopened so we picked a new place on the skyliner. I don’t think I will ever stay anywhere on Disney property without access to either the skyliner or Monorail ever again.
I have lots of pictures from our week. Grab a cup of coffee or a Dole Whip and enjoy!
Our week in pictures:
We went during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts and ate our way around the park
Not all of that food was from Epcot. We tried treats at ALL of the parks!
It was our first Disney vacation as a family of 4. We really missed the older girls but we still had a wonderful time. Disney did EVERYTHING right keeping people safe during this crazy time. I’m so glad that we decided to take the trip. These memories will last forever!!
It feels so good to be back in this little space. You didn’t miss much of our 2020. Just like everyone else we were stuck inside. Ok, there were some pretty big moments, too. Chloe graduated from high school:
There wasn’t a huge traditional graduation, instead they did groups of 20 (or maybe it was 30) kids at a time and their 5 family members. It was a nice ceremony and definitely appreciated after all the hard work these kids put in over the years.
She missed out on prom but her and her friends dressed up and I took some pictures for them:
We had a wedding in the family! Liz and Jamie got married.
Jon and I took Beckett and Lucy to Nantucket for a long weekend with some friends
We started our homeschooling journey
We celebrated holidays (differently this year) and our yearly traditions (with masks on):
I have a hard time sitting here complaining about 2020. Of course, it wasn’t the year we were all expecting or even hoping for. Life was put on hold BUT I got so much extra time with Jon and the kids this year and for that I will always be thankful.
We went to Disney!! When our girls were little we went every year. All of my kids love Disney but none as much as Chloe. I always called her my Disney baby. She was only 3 years old when we started going. She was too little for a lot of the rides so we spent a lot of time on the benches eating Disney snacks and people watching. She LOVED it!! She’s always called it her happy place 🙂
With graduation coming this year I knew that I had to take her on one more “kid” trip. I spent months planning every second of this trip. Even though things didn’t go off perfectly (I ended up in urgent care) it was definitely a trip we will always remember.
I’m so glad that we got the trip in when we did, Disney shut down 2 weeks after we got home. I’m also glad that we got to stay at “our” resort one last time with Chloe. I loved keeping things the same for so many years with my 3 big girls but I think we’ll find a new Disney home with Lucy and Beckett to create new memories. With all of the new attractions coming to Disney over the next few years I have a feeling we’ll be going back again and again. Right, Jon??
Lets throw some pictures up here so we don’t get completely behind, shall we? November and December have gone by in a blink of an eye. It’s crazy that it’s almost 2020. I do like the sound of that though.
Lucy was a jellyfish in The Little Mermaid back in December. She was the cutest little jellyfish I ever did see. She is so lucky to have all these big sisters come out to support her.
Beckett and Winnie cause trouble daily. Ha! Best of friends!
We went to Lucy’s parent teacher conference and she wanted to see if Beck would fit in her locker. I have the same picture of Lucy when she was his age.
Emma came over on her day off and sat and watched the new Blues Clues with Beck. It was one of her favorite shows when she was little.
Emma, Megan, Chloe and Ashlyn all met up at Meg’s apartment and spent the day in the city a few weeks ago.
My parents had a Christmas party the other night with just our immediate family. I was so nice getting together with everyone.
Beckett got all of his curls cut off…….. I have a love/hate relationship with his hair. I miss his curls but he looks so handsome with his hair short. Not sure where we’re going from here. LOL Yes, this is something I spend time thinking about.
He’s also very into green eggs and ham at the moment.
A few Christmas photos from the month:
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
This was our 24th Halloween trick or treating as parents! The scene looks so different from where it was only a few years ago. We are down to two little trick or treaters and pumpkin carvers over here. A little bitter sweet for sure.
We made sure to put on our annual pumpkin carving playlist while carving the night before Halloween
Beckett has been obsessed with all things Toy Story this fall so of course he needed to be Buzz Lightyear
Lucy was the cutest little she-devil
We met up with our friends to trick or treat
And came home with a ton of candy!
I miss the days of having all of my little trick or treaters here together but I never let that stop me from enjoying these days with my last two littles.
Christmas music has been playing through the house while I put out my turkeys and pilgrims. Our thankful leaves are filling up and I keep trying to convince Jon to let me put the tree up early. The holidays go by so fast so I plan on slowing down over the next two months. I’m in cozy, nesting mode right now, eager to welcome home Emma and Megan for Thanksgiving weekend!
Gosh, we are already in the later part of the season and I have so much to catch up on. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Mostly because of the weather but also because even though it’s busy, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up at home and just enjoy my family.
We celebrated Beckett’s 4th birthday earlier this month. I still need to go back and do a birthday update for him. I can’t believe how much he’s grown this year! On his actual birthday we drove into the city and had dinner in the North End
After dinner we went back to EMMA’S NEW APARTMENT for desert. All in capitals because I can’t believe she is on her own!
The following day we had a big family birthday party for him
Lucy is enjoying Cross Country
And Beckett is enjoying being the center of attention with all of her friends. Ha!
Alison and Grace came up to spend the day with us
Beckett decided that clothes were a suggestion and not a requirement. Hahaha~
We went to Tracey and Paul’s surprise 25th Anniversary party
We went from apple picking:
To pumpkin picking:
I worked on Chloe’s senior pictures
A few more fall pictures from this month:
The little kids are getting excited for Halloween but to be honest I am SO ready for the real holidays to get here. My house is feeling a little quiet with only 5 of us here. I can’t wait to have everyone home again.
I’m a day late, but what else is new? We’ve been busy over here crossing things off of our fall bucket list. Last week Tracey came up to spend the day with Beck and me. We hit Hobby Lobby, Chik-fil-A, loaded up on fairytale pumpkins from Trader Joe’s and then ended our day at the farm (where i locked my keys in my car). I LOVE when she comes up to spend the day with us!!
This weekend we took Lucy and Beckett apple picking. We usually fill up one bag and then head back the following weekend. It’s one of our favorite things to do in the fall so we go multiple times a season.
So many fun things coming up over the next few weekends including Beckett’s 4th Birthday!! We are busy planning a super fun Toy Story party!! Can’t wait to celebrate our boy! Or boys!! It’s Jon’s Birthday this week!!
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