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We are a motley bunch! Once a year, for about 4 minutes, we clean up real nice-like and snap a few pics to send out as christmas cards so no one suspects just how strange we are on a day to day basis.

 There’s hubby, who works hard all day and misses a large portion of the crazy that goes on around here.  Which is probably just as well…I don’t think he signed up for most of it when he agreed to marry me and have my babies.  Or, let me have his babies. 

There’s me; homeschoolin’, soapmakin’, fun havin’, trip plannin’ mom… a rather random and ‘big picture’  individual who manages to homeschool and run my own company   without a lot of the ‘little picture’ details that hubby swears would make my life a lot more orderly.   I am the Oscar to his Felix.

At 10 y.0., there’s my oldest daughter, The Naturalist.  She led us to the homeschooling path we’re on.  4 years of dealing with the school system while trying to keep her from having a complete breakdown was enough for hubby and I, so we took a leap into the great unknown and couldn’t be happier!  Thanks for being a dyslexic, gifted, right brained thinker, kid!    She is passionate about nature, Animal Planet, History Channel, drawing, horseback riding, writing songs and poems, and being happy. 

At 7 y.o., there’s my son, The Golfer.  I wish I could clone him.  Don’t get me wrong–I love my girls, but one each is plenty.  But The Golfer?  He loves to snuggle.  He loves to sleep in.  He loves to drink Coke and eat Ding Dongs with me.  He’s ‘easy like Sunday Morning’, to quote Lionel Ritchie.  His passions are golf, video games, WWII, and golf.  Oh, and also, he loves golf.  He is the defending USKG State Champion and will attempt the World Championship  in Pinehurst this year. 

At 3, and almost certainly bringing up the rear, is The Toddler  The Sassy Princess.  (I just realized she’s getting too big to be The Toddler and needs to be renamed to fit her bigger and older self!)  She is assuring the final spot in our family belongs to her by making sure hubby and I are too busy and tired running around after her to get any baby making done.   Her passions are NOT getting potty trained, dividing things into groups that run ‘with brains’ or ‘with batteries’, watching Spongebob, and telling everyone what to do.

So here’s my family’s journey with dyslexia, giftedness, homeschooling, & living life well, and a list of books, games, CD’s, and movies that we recommend for everyone!

22 Responses

  1. Hi! I read your comment on my blog but realize I don’t think I know you! But thank you for your comment and I’m so glad to find and read your blog!

  2. Hi Child’s Play,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on such an important issue. Glad to have found your blog this way!
    Your family does make one pretty picture :)

    Thanks!
    Snigdha

  3. That is a beautiful picture. I miss ya buddy. I love reading your blog it makes me laugh! I can’t wait to see you this summer at camp – something I always look forward too.
    love you kathy

  4. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Lovely pics, wish I could do that. lol

  5. Hey Tiff,

    I just love reading your stuff. You are so bright , witty, and creative. I really lam so proud of you and your family. Hey, you are terrific with that camera too. What kind of camera do you have. I would really like to kow

    Love Ya
    Margo

  6. Hi there! Just wandered in off the digital expressway. This looks like a fun place to pull over on a regular basis! Thanks!

  7. Amber from Mile High Mamas sent me over to check out your blog and then I find my good friend Tara is your first commenter on this page. Think it was meant to be!

    Trying to track you down to invite you to a cool Denver event but can’t find an email :)

    http://stevespanglerhomeschool.eventbrite.com/

    Love the blog, will be poking around a bit! Barb

  8. Hi ! I accidentally bumped into your blog a week ago while I was surfing for parents of dyslexic children.

    Found your site very touching, informative and cool .

    Actually , now every day I spend some time to read your blog. Very nice place.

  9. Great blog! Love your photos, but your blog’s real creative too!

  10. I was happy to discover your blog today. I’ve developed an educational program for Windows called SpellQuizzer that helps children learn their spelling and vocabulary words without the battle that parents often have getting them to sit down and write them out while the parents dictate to them. The parent enters the child’s spelling words into the software making a sound recording of each word. Then the software helps the child practice his or her words. It really helped my children with their weekly spelling lists.

    I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in Child’s Play!. If you are interested in hosting a giveaway of a SpellQuizzer license I’d be happy to supply a free license to the winner. You can learn more about the program at http://www.SpellQuizzer.com. There’s a video demo you can watch at http://www.spellquizzer.com/SpellQuizzer-Demo.htm and a community site where SpellQuizzer users can share their spelling lists with one another (http://www.SpellQuizzer.com/Community). Finally, there’s a page targeted to homeschooling families at http://www.spellquizzer.com/spelling-software-for-homeschoolers.htm. I’d be happy to send you a complimentary license for your own use of the software. Please let me know if you are interested.

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  11. Hi Tiff,

    Linda has been home fighting something off so we have been reading your website…. past and present. You are just terrific. I love your family.

    Anyway, was reading Rivka’s website or blog tonight and saw something maybe you all would enjoy doing. There is a part called “Wand Making” Think you will all enjoy doing something like that.

    Her website is http://studyinvernacular.blogspot.com/

    Hope all is well with you

    Love Ya

    Auntie Margo

  12. Just found your blog by way of Shutter Sisters, then by way of Flickr, finally ending up in your photostream and clicking here to you blog. Glad I made it.

  13. Love it Love it Love it. You guys are just terrific. Did I ever tell you that. Tiff, I was checking out some things on you tube and found this one thing that I thought that maybe Brooke would be interested in. She is so talanted in drawing and the more she can do the better. I think she is amazing really. I really really like you and your kids. Anyway; here is the site maybe she might like to check it out. http://www.fivepencilmethod.com/free-video-drawing-tutorials/?gclid=CI_A5-6Dnp8CFRMhnAodg3_XKw

  14. Stumbled upon your blog and I apologize for emailing while your moving, but I had to tell you that you have completely, utterly, and authentically captured the insane chaos of decluttering while moving. I have done it a few times in the last few years and I’m still decluttering/unpacking from outrlast move while preparing for the inevitable next. Good luck to you and your family as you move and welcome to California (I’m in Orange County).

  15. Hi! I don’t know how I am just know hearing about your blog…it’s so fun! Looking forward to following your adventures!

    xxoo
    sara

    http://www.livelightlytour.com
    http://www.walkslowlylivewildly.com

  16. Hi!!

    You’ve been a long time contact of mine on Flickr and I’ve been looking through all your photos lately!! Any tutorials on how you get such cool looks to your photos???

  17. I have been skipping around on your bog. It is quite interesting. What kid of RV do you have and do you live in it fulltime or just have it for camping. You are doing a wonderful thing for your children.

  18. Hi,
    I have felt like a bit of a lurker sneaking into your blog and gaining wisdom and strength from your words so i figured it was time to say HI! My sister (Leah B.) has told me many times of your blog and once I checked it out I have been hooked!

    Thanks for the refreshing outlook on being a woman and mother!

  19. Just found you! I’m lovin’ it. And you did a gerat job of getting “cleaned up real nice like.” I’m totally joining your Flickr challenge thing!!

  20. It is refreshing to see that there are actually people taking the initiative in the development of their childrens education. Thank You!
    Michael – compassartcreations.com

  21. Loved reading about your journey.
    I have to smile- we are just starting our journey. We have had our 7 yo in a “great private” school for 2 years. Happy to say it was only 2- saddens me
    That it was for that long. I feel brave for doing this when all around think I am crazy but what you are doing and able
    To let go of is truly remarkable. Anyway would love to be able email you and chat in more depth. We used to live in CA but now in FL.

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