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Simplifying in 2011

One of my New Year’s plans is to simplify things.  This is a tough one for me, because I have so many interests and I love diversification… but I have decided that one of my simplifications will be moving this blog over to Blogspot, as I have a few others over there as well.  Having everything together in one place will be easier on me, I hope, and I hope that it won’t be too much trouble for you, either.  🙂

In the meantime, I may post a few more things here, and this site will remain up for some time, but please check us out at Making Our Dream Life Happen over at the new site.  There are some exciting changes coming up this year for us, so I hope to see you there!

As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please check us out, and I hope to see you there!!!

I’m also going to post a quick list of blogs that I have.  Some of these are new, and some have been around but quiet for a while.  I have plans to keep these blogs going, and a plan for regular updates on them.  Please feel free to check them out as well, and drop me a quick line, letting me know that you found me.  🙂

My photography blog.

My photography website.

Inked in the South.

As I said, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back by within a couple of weeks, so feel free to leave me a comment here, but I’ll be checking the new blog daily.  🙂


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Plans for trip to Jacksonville, FL

So we’re planning for next week’s trip to Jacksonville, FL.  I’m trying to plan an educational trip that will… well, educate and stimulate a 13 year old, 12 year old, and two 5 year olds.  With a husband who refuses to plan where we’ll stop for our overnighter.  😀  So I’m stuck trying to figure out where we might want to stop along the way, to decide how much time we’ll have to spend there, and look for frugal ways to learn something interesting.  Anyone else know how difficult that is?!?

OK, so in my head, I’m trying to plan for anywhere between Diamondhead/Bay St. Louis, MA to Pensacola, FL.  I’m planning to try to encourage a stop in New Orleans, LA on the way back.  NOLA is an expensive place to stay, but I’m hoping since it will be right after the 4th of July, I can find a place or two that will be inexpensive.  The hardest parts about NOLA is that 1) it’s difficult to be frugal in NOLA, and 2) we’ll probably have about 4-5 hours max (half the evening, and the other half the morning) to explore before we leave… and even a long weekend in NOLA was not enough to do more than scratch the surface.  So, I’m trying to plan out a quick visit on the return trip (because everyone will be more mellow on the return trip, instead of as anxious to get to Jax).

I’d LOVE to stay somewhere along here, and drive Hwy 98 for a while… right along the Emerald Coast.  I LOVE Love love this area!!!!

So… does anyone have any suggestions?  Where to go, what to see?  I can google a location after I have one, but in the meantime, I’d like to narrow down where I am “shooting” to stay.  🙂

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Homeschooling this week

This week’s plans:

1.  Chris to start pre-algebra

2.  Trip to library to exchange books & videos.  The twins ROCKED at sign language with the last one, so we’ll be continuing with those videos.

3.  Planning for trip to FL.  Plan History and Geography lessons around trip.  Also planning some marine science lessons in there (for our trips to the beach).

4.  Basic math… have Chris & Tristan help calculate cost of our trip, based on mileage and staying one night over at a hotel.

5.  English/grammar lessons – work with me on my English classes (tailoring to fit Chris’s level)

6.  Continue working with Kyle and Kody on sight words and learning to read.

I’ll also be working on my Social Science, Humanities and English Classes, and will probably incorporate some of my work into lessons for the kiddos.  🙂

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL week!

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Completely OT – Pinups

For those of you who come here from my Victoria Advocate blog, you may have already seen this… so this is for everyone else.  🙂

Completely off topic, but I ❤ Photography.  I’ve always been interested in glamour photography, and then I found pinup photography.  Now I’m doubly in love!!!  I am in talks with the owner of a company, Sweet Tart Pinups to do potentially offer their style photography throughout the U.S. (as a photographer/representative).  Due to our lifestyle (homeschooling, traveling), it is a possibility… and one that I’m interested in exploring.  What a job!  To travel, make women see how beautiful they are, and providing them with photos that are gorgeous!!

So, if you have a moment, and don’t mind participating in some unofficial market research, please visit their website… and then come back and tell me what you think.  Do you love it?  Would you be interested in booking something like this if you knew the photographer could come to you?  Or would you be more comfortable traveling to a permanent studio?  What do you think?

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First Post

This is the home of our family Making Our Dream Life Happen.

Dream Life = unschooling our youngest children, traveling in an RV full-timing it, living life to it’s fullest.

We’ll update you along the way!


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