Sometimes When You Homeschool.. You Have to Pull Out the Big Guns

I've been homeschooling since 1998.  In that time I've had a couple of children tell me they wanted to go to public school. Usually when this happens I say..

  • Go ask your father.
  • Are you sure you want to get up that early?
  • Do you want to miss out on the stuff we do during school hours?
  • Do you really want to ride a school bus?
  • You know you are not going to be able to snack whenever you want too.. AND they don't have iced tea and lemonade on tap.
  • You can't wear your pj's all day.
  • What about when we go to the American Royal? You'll have to go to school!
  • Won't you miss your mother?
  • What about Netflix? Who will watch Netflix if you are in school?

Sometimes the more brazen children will tell me; "I don't care, I'm want to go!"  When that happens, we practice going to public school the next day.  The school bus arrives at our house between 6:50am and 7:02am. 

I woke #5 up at 6:00am, if you are older and want to go to public school, you will have to get up around 5:00AM. He took a shower, had breakfast, made his lunch, packed up ALL of his textbooks and put them in his backpack and marched outside to wait by the drivers ed car (not at the end of our very long driveway) for the bus to come.

homeschool2#5 going out to wait for the bus.


While #5 was waiting for the bus… I admired my pink crepe myrtle.


And the butterfly bush.


He refused to speak to me while he was waiting…  But I think he's realized this might not be all it's cracked up to be.


The bus went by…. Can you see the yellow-orange bus?

#5 came in the house, and the plan was for us to go upstairs and start school…. and continue until public school was released. I walked upstairs… and this is what I found.



He was asleep.  When he woke up he said he said; "I don't think I'm cut out for public school."

A Few Questions… and Some Old Pictures

Our house being built.

What was I doing ten years ago?
Back in 2002 I had a 16 year old, 6 year old and 3yr old.  I was pregnant with #4,  selling primarily antiques and collectibles on eBay, homeschooling and doing stuff to our house.  We had just built the house we live in now.  My dad was not having a good year, and I flew back and forth to see him in Georgia every other weekend. 

5 Things I did Yesterday:

1. We went to my in laws house yesterday to celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary. 

2. Look through old photos of The Man and his family. 

3. Ate some delicious BBQ

4. Loved watching my mother in law play with #6

5. Needlepoint for an hour in the car ride over there

#2 and #3 Ten years ago…

5 snacks I enjoy:

1. Mounds or Almond Joy

2. Hostess Snowballs

3. Russell Stovers Chocolate Covered Coconut Eggs

4. Reeces Peanut Butter Eggs

5. Popcorn with Hot Tamales


Things I would do if I were a billionaire: 

Build a homeless shelter in my community, Pay off my house, add a 3 car garage and a mud room.  College for my 7 children, set up some kind of college scholarship thing at our church.  Pay off my church's building debt.  Give money to each youth group in our community.  Take the youth on a mission trip that we would not normally go on… you know some place unusual.

5 jobs I have had:
1. New Car Sales manager

2. Cashier at a grocery store

3. Lifeguard

4. Worked at a "meat market"… packaging meat, helping customers

5.  Telemarketer for a Carpet Cleaning place

If only she were that small now.. and her floor were that clean…

3 bad habits
Worry, Fly by the seat of my pants, talk too much

If I had nothing to do I would…

I'm not sure I've not ever had anything to do.. but I love to sit at home watch a movie and needlepoint.

5 places I have lived
Camarillo, California, Clearwater, Florida, Raymore, Missouri, Olathe, Kansas, Hutchinson, Kansas