Top 20 Advantages to Homeschooling

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20. Your kids never tell you that you’re a lot dumber than their teacher.

19. If you can’t find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?

18. Cleaning out the refrigerator can double as chemistry lab.

17. Your kids have good reason to think they might get spanked in school, but no reason to think they’ll get beat up by a gang.

16. If the principal gives the teacher a bad evaluation, she can stick her icy feet against his legs at night.

15. You can post the Ten Commandments on your school room wall and won’t get sued.

14. You never have to drive your child’s forgotten lunch to school.

13.Your child will never go to their 20th high school reunion, meet an old flame, and recklessly abandon their marriage.

12. You get to change more than diapers, you get to change their minds.

11. If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you’re having a PTA meeting.

10. It’s better to be slightly concerned about socialization than very concerned about socialism.

9. Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group showers after PE.

8. The only debate about the school lunch program is whose turn it is to cook.

7. You never have to face the dilemma of whether to take your child’s side or the teacher’s side in a dispute at school.

6. If your child gets drugs at school, it’s probably Tylenol.

5. The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.

4. Your kids recognize that this list is numerically in reverse order.

3. Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have on your car.

2. If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.

1. Some day your children will consider you to be a miracle working expert and will turn to you for advice.

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These lists were found on TheApplePeel.org

My Little Cookie Thief

First a Money Thief; now an Oatmeal-Raisin-Chocolate Chip Cookie Thief!

Am I a bad mom to think this is hilarious?

Of course; sharing with Daddy makes it all better…

until she makes him feed her the cookie she shared!

Going back for seconds!

(Technically fourths since she grabbed 3 cookies the first time.)

And finally the admission of guilt!

This last one of Audrey is my favorite pic of the moment!

It reminds me of the lovable Puss In Boots:

Image found here.

Show Me The Money!

My husband, Shane, got up with the girls today so that I could get an extra 15 minutes of sleep. When I was dragging my feet out of bed I heard him shout:

“No! Don’t throw away Mama’s money!”

WHAT?!

That had me moving a bit faster toward the coffee 🙂

As you can see it’s more than a dollar!

Here in Okinawa we are not allowed to have yard sales on base. So someone had an ingenious idea of setting up a yard sale website: Okinawa Yard Sales. The OYS community is made up mostly of military Americans trying to sell their extra stuff & looking for good deals. We post ads and the people who want the stuff can click a link which e-mails the seller. We then communicate about where & when to meet for pick-ups and payments either through e-mail or by phone. About a year and a half ago; I stopped meeting people and required that people come to my house to pick-up because of way too many no-shows and last minute cancels. It just was not worth it to me to spend my time sitting somewhere for an hour giving people the benefit of the doubt for a $1.00-$10.00 item or two. Then it became a problem that I live off base. Unfortunately for me a lot of people are not willing to travel the 10 extra minutes.

Anyway, since we are PCSing (probably in August) and I really need to condense my stuff; I decided to give OYS a try again. I spent a most of the days on Wednesday and Thursday sorting, taking pictures, and posting ads. I think I posted about 80 of them! I spent Thursday and Friday sitting around at home waiting for people come pick up items. (BTW a tip for you OYS addicts: Disney Movies & Pampered Chef Items sell quickly!) I made $275.00 in 2 days! This was a blessing because last weekend I spent a lot of money on Kimono Pictures of my girls. I wanted them to have the pictures as a memory from where they both were born.

Last night, I placed my wad of cash on my desk next to my computer. Apparently that was the wrong place for it!

Audrey counting the money?

“It’s MY money!”

Leaving a trail behind her!

Playing with the money!

God has truly blessed me with wonderful children and wonderful memories!

I can’t wait to look back in the years to come!

Kid Bloopers!

Kendal, like most young kids, occasionally says something completely unexpected that makes me laugh. If it doesn’t make me laugh; it at least make me wonder “where did she get that idea?”

Here are some examples (these examples happened between the time she was age 2 and now age 3):

  • When we have to take the girls to the doctor (or do almost anything else medical); we go to the Naval Hospital on island. They have  a nice Koi fish pond that Kendal loves to look at every time. I generally ask her questions to get her thinking; like “How many fish are there?” One day I asked her, “What are the fish doing?” I expected her to answer with “swimming.” Instead, Kendal very seriously (and excitedly) said, “The fish are taking a bath!”
  • Several months ago; my husband Shane took Kendal into one of the airplanes that his shop was working on. He gave her a tour of the plane and she was super excited! Ever since that day; she calls every plane she sees “Daddy’s work.” Recently, we had to take something to Shane at work. Driving along the flight-line; we saw several planes. Kendal shouted, “Look Mama! Daddy’s Princess Airplanes!” She still occasionally calls them that.
  • Shane was away during the month of March of this year. In order to get Kendal excited about going to church or school; I generally start naming some of her friends that she is going to see once we get there. One Sunday, I named Shane’s friend Chris. Shane and Chris often go bike riding, diving, etc. together. Kendal excitedly said, “I’m going to see Daddy’s Chris!” She has since called him that several times!
  • Kendal has three teachers in her preschool class. All of them are female. One day while getting ready for school; Kendal said, “Mrs. ** and Miss. ** are boys!” I quickly started explaining, “No, they are not boys; they are girls.” Along with explaining that we call girls “Mrs. & Miss” and boys “Mr.” I also tried to tell her that only girls can have babies (since one of the teachers is pregnant). For some reason she has it stuck in her head though.
  • Speaking of pregnancy…Kendal will sometimes point to her belly button and say, “I have a baby in my belly button!” This sends Daddy off the edge. He thinks that she is too young to say stuff like that. Of course, I think that she is just too young to understand and way too young for me to try and explain it to her!
  • The most recent example was this week. I had to take Kendal to the glasses shop to get new ear pieces put on her frames (because Audrey snapped one of them off). The lady put a pair of used black ear pieces on them. When she brought them out to see how they fit Kendal’s face; Kendal started crying hysterically. “I don’t want blaaaack! I don’t like blaaaack! I want pink and purple!” We ended up changing them to a pair of purple ear pieces because the black ones were to big. The owner of the shop said that Kendal was one of two kids under the age of 5 (who he had worked with) who seemed to have a sense of fashion.

When I hear Kendal or other kids say funny and/or unexpected things; I am reminded of their innocence. Kids see the world through completely different lenses than adults do. Jesus loved and accepted little children and so should we!

“[Jesus] called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4

What completely unexpected things have your kids said?