I'm baaaack! No I haven't technically gone anywhere or left my blog but I just haven't posted as much. Sometimes that happens when you've got a project that spans over years worth of time! And Pig & Dac is definitely a project I intend to keep tending to 🙂 It's 5 years old now and even though inspiration wanes at times because I feel like I have nothing to say, something always happens that brings it right back. Like my next subject.
Old School Blogging Days
The other day, I was installing a new plugin on my blog so that it would be easier to go through the blog archives without having to go through pages and pages of posts. As always, I became distracted and started going through my archives and was reading some posts I wrote back during my first year of blogging and I became so reminiscent!
I used to just post random things like how our day or week was going. Sometimes I would only do a photo update and write very little. I would share recipes I was making and just anything else that was going on. Not Pinterest worthy and really not even interesting to anyone but me, but I LOVE going back and reading those posts. I wrote about so many things that I've forgotten about now and it's so nice to have those little things documented.
So, I became re-inspired to go back to old-school blogging. I want to start updating more about what's going on in our lives and what my kids are doing, even if me and my mom are the only ones who read it!
Did you know you can make your blog into a book? I've mentioned that here before and it's something I really want to do. Not a book for sale, but a book for me to read when I'm a granny in a nursing home one day. So I need to make sure I'm doing personal updates more often.
I just purchased the secular kindergarten curriculum from Timberdoodle a few weekends ago. If you are looking for a non-religious curriculum, definitely check out Timberdoodle's secular kits section. They're the best I've found for non-religious curriculum!
The curriculum itself excites me even at 32 years old. I've been eyeing it for the last few years when I first began considering homeschooling, and even though I did get chosen as one of their reviewers a few months ago, I paid for the curriculum at full price. Just wanted to throw that out there so no one thinks I'm advertising for them anytime I'll be mentioning our homeschool curriculum! I just love Timberdoodle and have been a fan long before I ever collaborated with them. What I love the most is how hands on the curriculum is; it's mostly full of educational toys, games, and books.
I was going to unschool but after further researching (still need to do more) I just don't know if I'm personally cut out for it. I'm not the type of mom who can be "on" 24/7 and ready to answer questions or even remember what the hell I'm doing in life if it's just all left in the air. So my goal for now, cause I'm a newbie and I know things will change, is to have our curriculum handy and just ask my son every day what he wants to do. Usually he picks out a few of the games that are in the curriculum and wants to put together the blocks. So that's what we're doing.
Three and Five
The boys are three and a half and five and a half exactly. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, asks me if they are twins when we go out. I do have an uncontrollable fetish for dressing them the same but it's also because Dacky (Isaac) is a big ass three year old. He's seriously wearing the same shoe size as Piggie (Yadiel)! He has huge hands and feet for his age. And his head is super large; he gets it from me, so lovely.
Isaac as a three year old is pretty good. He's really not exasperating the way Yadiel was when he was three. Maybe because he's more distracted having an older brother to play with. Isaac loves building duplos and playing super heroes. I love watching him play super heroes because he plays for so long and really gets into it! He also likes to watch "his shows" and eat about a million "ice cream sticks" a day (frozen Chobani yogurt sticks). He's my little buddy.
Yadiel is getting more mature and calm. He's very sensitive and really picks up on others' moods, so I try to be careful to not hurt his feelings. He's still obsessed with Legos and anything building related and now he's been really interested in numbers and addition. He's constantly asking me what 20 and 20 makes or what 10 and 10 makes. He's very analytical and a huge perfectionist!
The boys have taken on the roles of Isaac being the funny one and Yadiel laughing at everything he does. Isaac does have that trait that just makes you laugh when he's not even trying to be funny, and Yadiel is usually more serious and quiet.
I've been thinking a lot recently how grateful I am to have them and how much I love being a mom of two boys. They're both so precious to me and inspire me to be better everyday. And I mean that, because I mess up a lot and they instantly forgive me, so it makes me want to keep working on myself so I can be more like them.
I swear, children are born perfect and we can learn so much from them before we turn them into being like us! They are pure love full of pure intentions, something we should all strive for.
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Yay for old school blogging! Honestly, I say we just make blogging to whatever our little hearts desire. I think it works best that way.
Remember when you used to have a weekly linkup? What was it called? I'm pretty sure that's how I ended up finding you. Thank God I did!
The boys are precious! Charlotte would love them!
Agree Kristy, I'm all for making blogging whatever we want. I do remember the weekly link-up! I met most of my blogging friends that way, so funny!
Chelsea @ Life With My Littles
I love this! I am glad you are going to be sharing more about your life because I love when blogs do that, and I am bad at it! You seriously have two of the CUTEST boys, and I do not blame you at all for dressing them the same! Your homeschooling plan sounds legit! I will have to check out Timberdoodle since you talk about it so much!
Yes, one of my favorite kind of posts to read by my favorite bloggers are life updates 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comments Chelsea! xo
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
I love it! What an awesome life update.
Isn't it funny how we go through these ebbs and flows in blogging? I pulled so much away from life updates and I found that was when it was hardest to write. We can have interesting blogs simply by sharing what's going on in our lives and whatever moves/inspires us.
I think it's so awesome you found a curriculum that you're excited about! That's important because hey, if mama's not excited, the kids won't be either!
Your boys are so sweet. I giggled at your description of Dacky being a "big ass 3-year-old". LOL My youngest is tall. I just brought her in to get weighed and measured - she's in the 75th percentile! Tall, tall, tall. She doesn't get that from me, that's for sure!
Thanks for sharing this update - I look forward to more!
Ebbs and flows of blogging, yes. I've gone through so many. And right now I'm nostalgic for the old school blogging days. Yeah it really helps that I'm super excited about the curriculum haha, makes me excited to do it with them every day. I didn't know your youngest was so tall for her age! My oldest is in the 50th percentile for height and Isaac is in the 100th for height and weight lol. I swear, he's a giant. Thanks for your comment, girlfriend! <3
Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
You know I'm with you on the life updates. I love how big they are getting! Just the cutest! I love that they have two distinct personalities. Such fun ages.
Thanks Tiffany! I look forward to reading your life updates again!
So glad you are going to update more! I love hearing about your kids and how the homeschooling is going. I like to see more of what you are teaching them and the activities. I need to do more, but I'm not the type to push it on my son. we kind of just to a little here and there, but he will be in school this coming year and I want to help out that process at home too.
Aw thank you Julia, that's encouraging! I will definitely be updating on what we're doing for homeschool and activities. I'm the same, and I just got back from a homeschool conference and they said to NOT push them, so that's good that you don't!
I know..If only my kids wouldn't grow up so fast..