All The Things

A lot of friends have noticed I’ve taken a step back from social media and blogging lately. Some have emailed concern, others encouragement, and I give the same response…sometimes life just gets crazy and you‘ve gotta put first things first. Ya know?  It’s been one of those seasons here.

Busy. Crazy. Good. And social media had to take the back seat.

There has been so much going on here in the Pitt household, I wanted to take a moment to fill in y’all on all the happenings. Because first and foremost, you are my people 🙂 . I appreciate that you read my blog, and subscribe. And, as it’s been since the start, this is where I share me. Not just the latest and greatest products I’ve found.

So what’s been going on?

2:1 PLANNING

2:1 Conference

Even though I haven’t been on social media that much. I’m still busy working! The 2:1 Conference is less than 45 days away and I truly believe this is going to be our best year yet! The speakers, the attendees, the message…I get goose bumps thinking of it.

Seriously, you need to come to this event. It’s life changing and blog changing. And I don’t say that lightly.

NEW BUSINESSES

 

Last year, I started a new security business. I know that sounds crazy and straight out of left field, but I assure you it’s not, No really! My husband has been in this business for 20 years and I’ve learned a lot just from conversation and observation.

And because, like most bloggers I’m a serial entrepreneur, when the opportunity presented itself to bootstrap my own start-up I just went for it. So, now I’m the CEO of Enterprise Security Solutions, and Shane works for me.  It’s interesting, and somewhat strange to have my husband working for me. But, the business is growing and we’re excited about the future!

TEEN MOVES

All three teens have moved out. What a whirlwind that has been! Fun, excitement, and yes, some tears.  Just so there’s no confusion in the who’s who, let me explain for my newer readers.  Shane and I have a 19 year old son, Fox (in addition to our 2 other children, Bram who is 8 and Amelie who is 3).

In addition to our children, we were given the privilege of raising my husband’s two younger brothers, Lawrence and Billy, for the past 6 years. It was an adventure I wouldn’t trade for anything, I love them like crazy and am thankful for the time we had them in our home.

However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t without struggle. Billy struggled the most; he never really felt at home here though it wasn’t for my lack of trying. I have not and will not share online about Billy’s struggles, they are his story. However, there came a point when I no longer felt comfortable having him in our home. That’s why, when he had turned 18 and completed 11th grade, we made the painful decision to have Billy leave.

It was not a decision we came to lightly, I shed many tears. But I wholeheartedly believe Shane and I fulfilled the duty God asked of us and it was time for Billy to move on. He’s now living in Florida with his father and new step mother. I’m sure he’s loving the Florida weather!  He’s a sweet young man and I ask that you would join me in praying God would intervene in his life and show Himself mighty.

Then, there’s Lawrence who is now 19, dating an awesome Christian girl and working a full time job while living in a nearby town.  He moved out a couple months ago. He’s ready to take the reigns of his life.  Shane and I are standing back, enjoying watching him spread his wings and start to fly.

We can’t take credit for the man he’s becoming, but it’s nice to know we played a small part.

And then there’s our son Fox.  He just moved out last weekend. He’s also dating a wonderful Christian girl (more about that below) and working a full time job while living in a nearby town.  He’s also 19 and absolutely chomping at the bit to be out on his own, and be his own man.

Again, it’s so fun to watch him spread his wings and start to soar.

WEDDING PLANNING

Fox and Justina

I think most of you know by now my son Fox is getting married this year…the weekend after 2:1.  I told the couple they could set the wedding for any weekend except the 2:1 weekend and they chose the very next weekend. For Real.

If you’ve ever planned a large event, or a wedding, you can imagine how busy we’ve been LOL.  But it’s all good.  Things were coming together nicely, but then there were….some changes (see below). So now, they’re considering just saving money and going to the Justice of the Peace.

CALL ME GRANDMA!

A few months ago, I learned I’m going to be a grandma!  Yes, my son and his fiancee are expecting a baby.

After I got over the initial shock, and honestly some disappointment too (they’re still so young and unmarried), I fully accepted the excitement that a grandbaby has to offer. My daughter-in-law, Justina is due in February and something tells me they’re going to have a boy.

But I guess time will tell.  And honestly, my gender guesses are often wrong. Ha! But, you dear reader, need to brace yourself for an onslaught of upcoming grandbaby photos because I’m going to be ridiculous, I’m sure.

NEW WEBSITES

Young Grandma

As I mentioned earlier, as a blogger I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur. When I found out I’m going to be a grandma, I couldn’t help but think that I’ll be a young grandma (I’ll be 37 when baby arrives).  And, my friend Toni of the Happy Housewife, just became a young grandma as well.

Grandmas are no longer wrinkled and clad in polyester! We’re young(ish) and vibrant. And by golly we need a website for the modern grandmother!

Thus was born Mod Granny.  My favorite designers and tech geniuses, Honey and Jonah of Honeycomb Design Studio are working on the website now. So watch for my ModGranny.com launch, coming soon.

MORE BABIES!

PittBaby2016

Last, but certainly not least, just saving the best for last…  A few weeks after I found out I was going to be a grandma, I also was surprised to learn I’m also going to be a new mother!

I’m pregnant!!! Surprised and over the moon excited!!

I’m currently 12 weeks and due March 16th. After some rough days with extreme nausea, and months of being utterly, overwhelmingly exhausted, I’m starting to feel better and my energy is returning with the second trimester.

Something tells me I’m going to have a girl, but again…you never know.

I’m due about 3 weeks after Justina. Plus, my step-sister is also expecting and due in January.  So, from January through March, it’s going to be babypalooza around here!! I’ll be using the hashtag #PittBabyWatch2016 to share updates on this little one. <3

So what do you think?  All this is a good excuse for stepping away from social media for a bit, right?

Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal Review

Apologia Field Trip Journal Review

Field trips are a great way to bring learning to life….or they can just be a fun break from the usual schedule. Whether your field trip is for education, fun, or both, it’s important to record those memories.

Homeschooling is such an integral part of life, I want to help my kids remember as much of the fun activities as I can. That’s where the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia Educational Ministries comes in handy.

Apologia Science

It’s no secret, in my home, we love Apologia and their many resources. That’s why I was thrilled when the TOS Review Crew gave me the opportunity to review the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal.

We’re nearing the end of our school year. Some days feel long and challenging. That’s why I decided to “cut class” and have a day of fun. On my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I took the kids to Monkey Joes, a local bounce house where the kids can run and jump until their hearts are content.


We had a fabulous day, and the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal gave me the perfect forum to record the adventure.

Field Trip Journal Review

This journal is so much more than simply recording a list of destinations. It allows the student to tell the story of their adventure from their own perspective. So, after a full day of running and bouncing around like wild monkeys, I sat down with Bram to record his impressions of the day. And you know what? His perspective was much different than mine. We recorded his adventure with details I would probably have left out on my own. And that was special.

Field Trip Journal Review

The field trip journaling pages make up a large chunk of the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal, but that’s not all it has to offer. As I said, it’s so much more!

It offers you a thorough list of field trip ideas, safety measures to practice, and ideas for preparing for a field trip. It encourages children to explore creation through their eyes with the “My Special Spot” section. And puts value on their interpretation of life around them with the “As I See It” pages.

One of my favorite aspects surprise aspects of the journal is the My Special Spot section, where children are encouraged to pick a spot at least 20’x20′, record what it looks like, and how it changes throughout the year. But, in addition to the usual drawings, children are given the opportunity to do an aerial view.

Field Trip Journal

It would never have occurred to me to have Bram do this! What a great exercise for spatial recognition. I can’t wait to see how his pictures change over the course of a year.

Additional features I love?

  • Super sturdy pages – they’re almost as strong as card stock!
  • Spiral bound – makes it easy to fold and write anywhere.
  • Laminated cover – great protection for messy destinations and drawing while outdoors. Super easy to clean.

We are thoroughly enjoying this field trip journal. I plan to utilize it over the summer for vacations and fun field trips. Then, I will get two for next school year, one for Bram and one for Amelie. Yes, Amelie is only three, but she can still dictate her experiences to me. I can see these journals becoming treasured memory keepsakes.

Want to know what others are saying about this resource in the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal review group? Check out the other reviews at The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew.

Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal Review

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Weekly Wrap Up | Las Vegas Edition

It’s been quite a while since I’ve participated in a weekly wrap up. So I figured it was high time. However when I sat down to write, everything was a blur. Please tell me I’m not the only person who has to check out their Instagram feed to remember what we did this week?? Please.

WeeklyWrapUp

Maybe the reason I don’t remember much is because the week started out busy. Then Amelie got sick.  Also, hubby and our eldest were away on a business trip so I was shorthanded. Yeah, that’s why everything is a blur…

Monday was my run-around-like-crazy day. I wanted to get Shane some new shoes for his trip. So I decided to drive into the closest “big town” for a decent shoe shop.  That turned into a day of getting the shoes, then walking the mall and spending more money I shouldn’t have spent. From there we made a quick stop at PetSmart because, oh yeah, we needed crickets for the Fire Belly Toads. Of course right next to PetSmart is an Ulta shop.  I had never been to Ulta so it seemed like a good time to stop in.  Of course, by this time the kids were starving so I *had* to take them to Burger King.

I didn’t get anything. I waited to grab a salad at home. Aren’t you proud of me?  I’ve lost over 40lbs and I fit into skinny jeans last week, so sister, I ain’t going back!

On Tuesday Shane left bright and early to head to Las Vegas with our eldest, Fox. Yeah Vegas. While I was home with a sick toddler. Whatever. I asked Shane to send me photos of everything.  And slefies! Don’t forget the selfies and usies! But, Shane isn’t a fan of taking obvious selfies in public and Fox despises that sort of thing. So I have some hilarious “sneaky selfies” from their travels.  I love it!

Shane and Fox
And if you tell Fox about this photo I’ll kill you dead!

Most of Tuesday and Wednesday were spent wrangling a poor, sick, 2 year old with explosive diarrhea.  It wasn’t fun. For anyone. We mostly cut our losses and spent lots of time cuddling on the couch, watching her favorite shows. And doing laundry. Lots of laundry.

Amelie
But we got through it.  And if you’re gonna be sick.  At least you can still be cute, right? By Thursday Amelie was starting to feel better so we began to venture outside, much to Bram’s delight.  The weather here has been gorgeous and I love watching him climb trees and play in the creek.  We spent most of the evenings swinging on the swing set.  It was lovely.

BramAndMomWM
Let’s see what else? Oh! During the wee hours of the morning I watched a really, really wonderful movie called You’re Not You. I wrote a bit about it on my Netflix for Moms post. Have you seen it? It is such a touching, poignant movie. I highly recommend it. It’s about the slow decline of a woman with ALS and the friendship she develops with her caretaker, but really, it’s about sooooo much more!

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This week I was also able to share about a new phonics-based reading curriculum I absolutely love. Bram loves it too which is a huge bonus. It has officially become our new reading curriculum. Check out my review for First Start Reading from Memoria Press.

Reading Curriculum

Oh, and last but not least, Bram decided to cut his hair. Because, you know, it looks so cool this way 🙂

Bram Haircut

 That’s it! Those are the highlights of this week. By the time this publishes Shane and Fox will be home from Las Vegas and we’ll be enjoying a nice, relaxing, family weekend.  I hope you enjoy yours as well.

*Update – I just realized Shane and Fox didn’t leave for Vegas until Wednesday morning. Which means my errand day was Tuesday. So, I really have no idea what I did on Monday. Like I said, it’s all a blur. Oy.

This post is linked up to the Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.