Moving In

So how long does it take to move? I have seen some places that say they bought a house, packed up, moved in, unpacked and were settled in within about half an hour, while others say they have been there for 20 years and once the last box is unpacked, they will post how long it takes.

For us – as for most people – it’s different. Part of that is the homeschooling, the age of the kids, the things we are involved in outside of the house – and part of that is what is your primary focus. The day we moved into our new home (before we got our things from storage), we had mattresses to sleep on, paint and painting supplies to paint the walls, and the home entertainment items.

At some point I plan on posting pictures of our journey from our previous home, to the rental house, to our new home, however right now, I’m just trying to get things unpacked.

It is nice to have everything under one roof again. ¬†ūüôā

As for school supplies – those of you who have read my blog before know I have a weakness for school supplies and craft stuff – well – here are¬†some¬†before pictures – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

school room - before

School Room – before

Craft Area - before

Craft Area – before

As for the after pictures – well, give me a few days, weeks, years . . .

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge

CHAP convention! Day 2

It’s the second day of the CHAP convention and it’s been going great.

I’m having trouble with WordPress on my phone, but I’ll be back to share more later.

The big thing to note is that CHAP is changing locations and dates for next year.

Next year the CHAP convention will be on June 2 & 3 and will be held at the Lancaster convention center.  How exciting!

5 Weeks and Counting

5 weeks!!! That’s right – it’s only five weeks until the HEAV Convention. ¬†As promised on Facebook I’m planning to post some suggestions and tips that I have picked up over the years. However, first things first – why should you go to convention?

  • Three days of unending knowledge
  • Support and encouragement
  • More used curriculum in one place that I have ever seen!
  • Fantastic speakers
  • An amazing Children’s Program

If you aren’t sure about convention, try it just this once, you will be hooked. This will be my 12th year attending – and I don’t even live in VA anymore. It’s that good! I’ll be there – will you?

Ok – here are the first of the tips –

  • Make sure you are registered! I know this one sounds silly, but I have known people who are involved in convention planning and preparation who have forgotten to register for the actual convention.¬†So – if you haven’t registered yet – take a min and do it now – HEAV Convention Page
  • Check out the Used Curriculum Sale – The barcoding system is open – you can now go online and learn about selling, and shopping.
  • Finally – check out the General Convention Information on the HEAV site.

I’ll be back later next week and let you know some more ideas and tips, fun things like what to bring with you to convention, printouts you will want, and vendors you should definitely check out. For now, I have to go get a few things pulled together for camping. It’s cold, rainy and it’s orienteering weekend with the Boy Scouts.



Who is teaching who(m)? Part 2 – Still a chance to win a free Family registration to the HEAV convention

Well, let’s just start this off by saying what I learned over the last couple of days. If you put who when it is supposed to be whom, people notice. Lot’s of people notice. You will get messages via facebook and even phone calls to let you know what people noticed.

* sigh *

In my last post I told you I would tell you about something that I learned from a friend and that it involved an apple.  Well Рwithout further ado Рhere is it:

 When cutting your apple, cut off the sides - similar to this:

sliced appleThen you cut the other side the same way. After you are done with 
the cutting, put the apple back together by pressing the pieces back
on to the center piece. Then wrap the apple with a rubber band -- 
this way, you can take a cut apple with you, and not have to worry 
about trying to cut it when you are out. This is a great idea with 
kids, especially if like with Bug, you have one that is missing some
teeth.  :)


Isn’t that totally cool! It was funny when she was going to show us, because she said of I have this neat thing to show you so we all got so excited that she was a little worried that we wouldn’t think it was cool enough. So technically there is another lesson in there – everyone gets insecure at times, even other moms.

Want to know how to feel more secure and recharged at the same time? Come to the HEAV convention. (Do you like how I did that?) I’m not promising that you will find out everything that you need to know, but I am promising that you will find out all sorts of great stuff, meet wonderful people (I’ll be there!) and be able to check out tons of curriculum. So, sign up below to try to win a free family convention!

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