Happy New Year – Family Time

My honey and I decided to do something a little different, but hopefully very special. We decided to plan special dates throughout 2015. Some of these will be Mom/Dad dates, parent/child dates, some of them will be family trips, and there will be an occasional Mom or Dad Only trip.

Why are we doing this? Even though we homeschool, there are still times when it seems like we spend time doing too many other things or focusing on making sure “school” gets done, chores get done, etc rather than spending quality one on one or quality family time.

While the kids don’t know it, we actually already started. We started with a Mommy/Bug Date today. The reason we started today is because there is a local refurbished railroad, and their last trip of the season was today so we wanted to check it out.

If you haven’t heard of the Colebrookdale Railroad, they have done an amazing job with the refurbishing of the tracks and the rail cars. This fall was a preview of the line with lots of things planned for the spring.

Here are just a few pictures of our trip today.

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So the plan for New Years is to reveal the upcoming plans for the year, plus tell them that we will add in things as we go. I even have a special calendar that I got from the LEGO store that I am going to have the things written on so they kids can see when things are coming up. Here is how it is all going to work –


  • Word document with each event details (date, time, tickets (if required, etc.)
  • Printed documents (such as tickets) are printed and located in my “travel drawer” so I know where things are
  • Calendar (gotten free from the LEGO store) with each event written on so they kids can look forward to it and know when it is coming up

Last year we won a few things at a few different auctions (Including HEAV’s Silent Auction!) The other auctions were ones that I went to in order to plan for HEAV’s Silent Auction.  So while at the different ones, we won a few things that included trips so those are planned into our Happy New Year Plan. The other “events” that we are planning are not big or expensive, but focus on spending time with the kids. Here are some examples:


  • Going to visit family and friends
  • Trip to the Poconos
  • Going Zip lining
  • HEAV Conference
  • Going to Sight and Sound
  • Going on a Train Trip
  • Daddy / Daughter Dance
  • Company Party
  • Trip to Zoo

Quality Time:

  • Woodworking
  • Craft time
  • Nature Walk
  • Bike Ride
  • Library Visit

Some of these are specific to each child. For example, SixHands loves to go to the library and have time to look for books and Princess absolutely loves to craft. I am looking for some new ideas as well. What kinds of things do your kids like to do with you? What Mom/Dad dates have you done that you really enjoyed?

I’ll let you know how the announcement goes – it will be tomorrow on New Year’s Day! Until then I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

“Show Me” Your Favorite Christmas Break Moment So Far

As part of the Show Me series that I am doing with some of my favorite fellow bloggers here is my second entry.

If you want to know more, your can check it out here:

Show Me Your Favorite Christmas Decoration
Show Me Series

So far this Christmas Break has been great. Some of my favorite parts don’t necessarily have pictures as they are the moments that we spent just being together and enjoying spending time with each other. Here are a few that I do have pictures of:

This is the second year in choir for Princess. This image of her singing in the choir was actual in focus, but I don’t like to put kid pictures online so I blurred it a little bit. The part of this that I really liked was that when Princess first started choir I had to sit with her, then she would come back to sit with us between songs. She is confident enough now that she has no problem sitting with the choir.


The big thing this year is that Princess – my struggling reader – did a reading for the Pre-Christmas Eve Mass at church. We practiced several times and she had it mostly memorized, but she stood up in front of everyone and did it! I am super proud of her.

Bug usually gets help with the larger Lego sets. However, while I was taking my Christmas Day nap, he built his Lego Coast Guard Plane all by himself.


We had a visitor arrive on Christmas Day. She wandered up to my honey while he was out putting his new LED lights into his car. We took a walk through the neighborhood, but could not find her home. We gave her a bit of milk and took her in for the night. On Friday morning we took her to the vet as she was sick when we found her. She had a bit of a cold and was underweight, but otherwise she is in pretty good health. We believe we have found her a good home (one of the ladies at the vet’s office). She did ask if we could keep her for the weekend as she was going to have company for the weekend. This gave the kids an opportunity to get to play with her a bit longer. While we would love to keep her, I have pretty good allergies to kitties. We have kept her sequestered in a bathroom but I still have had a cough, itchy, watery eyes and I’m very stuffy. It’s a bummer, because I love kitties as do the kids, but we are hoping to get an outdoor kitty at some point.

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What is your favorite Christmas Break moment?

“Show Me” Your Favorite Christmas Decoration

So I have a few favorite Christmas Decorations – IMG_20141221_224408 This is my overall favorite Christmas Decoration. While it is a small simple unpainted nativity I really love it. My favorite part of this nativity is that Mary is holding baby Jesus. Most of the nativities that I have seen show baby Jesus lying in the manger, I just love seeing Mary holding her baby boy.IMG_20141221_224413   My other favorite decorations are ones that the kids have made. All three kids – SixHands, Princess and Bug went to our Co-op Christmas Craft Day.  Here are some of their creations.






I would love for you to share some of your favorite Christmas Decorations with me – feel free to do so in the comment.

Merry Christmas from the Homeschooler On the Edge!