My name is Spritz

Hey there!

Since we moved to Utah a few months ago we have been on a mission to have as much fun, as a family, as possible (and that seems to mean buying toys). We live in the perfect area for recreation and we are eating it up. 

My husband and I have been looking at Travel Trailers for over a year. If you've been on a hunt for one you KNOW what I am talking about...you go to shows, you go to dealerships, you look, you dream, you talk about them, you cross them off your list...Then you start over. I can probably tell you we have looked at no less than 18 million 900 and 25 trailers. -I realize that isn't how that works, but I wanted you to get what I was trying to say. We looked at A.LOT.OF.THEM! When we moved here we said "We will wait until next year until we buy one"...HAHAHA well. Clearly we couldn't wait. The season was NOW. 

We went to General RV. I am not sure we will buy from them again. There was some shady business going on and I don't think I trust them to do anything for us again. Our salesman was very nice and his family was from where my parents live, but their managers aren't honest. We wont be back. 



She is a Coachman Clipper Cadet 17BH. She is small but cute and I love her. Our son named her Spritz on our way home from the dealership. She feels like home more and more every time we take her out. 

Our first trip? To Big Mountain RV in between Fountain Green, Utah and Nephi, Utah. IT WAS AWESOME! Downside? Everyone was super close. It was a smidgen high, but honestly it was immaculate. I promise I could eat off the bathroom floor right across from our site. It was THAT clean. (Not that I am recommending eating off the bathroom floor....Just trying to prove a point) Little girl and I slept like Champs. I was honestly surprised how well we slept our first trip. The management was SUPER nice. Like over the top nice. They had a swimming pool, which we used, laundry, a game room, snacks and lots of hiking close by. It was the perfect "breaking her in" trip.

Anyone else find things on trips? Ours in our family is hearts. 
This one was found on a trail close to camp on our second trip. It made me smile. 

Our second trip? Up power plant road in Mt. Pleasant Utah. A little more primitive, but we still had full hookups. --and a grocery store close- which obviously I still need! lol (and before you ask-No I did NOT pull her with that car) Lots of hiking trails and crisp fresh air. We loved it. There was only one spot with "full hookups"and it was non potable water, but it worked. We also used our shower here for the first time! It did its job and we never ran out of hot water!!! BONUS!


We have found some pretty awesome deals to go inside this beauty, thanks for a few Facebook groups telling us about how to travel safely and where to get the goods. I will tell you about those in another blog post. I had an entire shipment come in these last few weeks and I am excited to test them out! In the mean time hang tight...and enjoy a few pictures. Our next trip is coming up fast. 

xoxo
Pelley

Our year in a minute




Well HI!!

Its been a few months. Ok its been a year. Sorry. I am not even going to offer excuses other than its been a crazy year. 

We are in a new place and have a new schedule with a new baby....and I am hoping I can get in the groove of blogging again...I REALLY WANT TO. 


Here is what our life looks like right now. 






My baby boy turned 6. SIX YALL!!

We not only had TWO birthdays since the last time I checked in, we ALSO had a baby girl. She is the happiest baby alive and we love her. 


Just look at that cute slobber! I just cant get enough. As I type this up she plays happily on the floor. I would have a 20 more just like her. --That will be a blog for another day. 

Now that we have had a few pictures to catch up on our little family, back to the reason I wanted to write. 

HOME SCHOOL! 

Now that we officially have two years of schooling under our belt I wanted to share a few things that I have learned and what has "worked" for our family. I will use the word "worked" because not all days are created equal. I always had this romantic idea of home school, but lets be clear...its nothing like I thought it would be. 

Its so EXHAUSTING. Rewarding YES, but I am totally tired by the end of our 2/3 hour day. lol. My son is smart and stubborn. A combination he came by honestly. He is MY child. (I am so sorry mom) I wish I was the kind of home school mom that is totally cool with unschooling. Watching learning shows and taking fun walks and talking about what we see. Not that mom and I wish I WAS! My son is lazy like I am and I am afraid he would have zero desire to learn to read until he was like 30. Just like potty training...we struggled yall. We struggled. 

So this year and last year we used Horizon phonics and math. Its old school phonics. Teaching long and short sounds and its worked great for my son. When he goes to pronounce a word he is learning the rules and it has helped. Is it perfect? Nope. Its a work in progress. Its a lot of review and I am perfectly fine with it. He needs it. I need it. I wouldn't recommend the "Health" portion of this curriculum, but the rest has been good. 

I have added these last few weeks (we are behind from taking 2 months off for the baby and move-which you can DO as a home schooler) a journal. I let him draw and he writes about it. I dont tell him how to spell anything until the end. I love how he sounds out words. It makes me so proud he tries. We also have been reading The Aesop for children. Its ADORABLE. If you dont know what fables are I highly recommend you look into them. Its like moral character building in stories children understand. After I read him the story I like him to tell me what he heard. (Narration) Its pretty cute what I hear. His point of view makes me smile. 



I really focused on phonics and math this year- Character training was a big part of that (that is an everyday training process) but we had two "subjects" math and phonics. I feel like those are the building blocks of life. We do chores and play with friends but that is about what our home school looked like for kindergarten. I have been told by more seasoned home schooling moms that kindergarten isn't about "school" as much as exploring. I have to constantly remind myself of this. We spent a lot of time playing with friends and learning how to be little, but I feel like  he is smart enough he needs a little structure. What I have learned 1-2 hours of "sit down learning" is plenty for his age. Otherwise he would be classified as a ADHD kid, when in reality he is a boy. 

First grade will most likely start in October...yet again. I can't seem to start school ON TIME! We are legally registered for school in Utah, so we are LEGIT. I am going to be using a curriculum called Weaver- Its a unit study and I am beyond excited to get started. We will still be using horizon for math a phonics for now, adding a little bit more for first grade. For me home school is more about educating for life than teaching to a test. I want him to be a well rounded Father and Husband than making sure he passes next weeks exams.

Pelley

Disney on a Dime. Part 1: Planning

Howdy;

I know its been entirely to long since we've gotten together and honestly other than being lazy, giving in to Facebook, Pintrest, homeschooling and enjoying the summer with my home school mommas, I really do not have a good reason as to why I haven't been on here. I am going to do a blog post that is long over due.

Lets talk Disney World.


Oh man. First I want to start off by saying my husband is the reason this trip even happened and was successful. He is the MASTER of vacations, plans them down to the tiniest detail and I let him. I give him free reign when it comes to vacations and he never disappoints. Our Disney vacation was no different. He rocked it!

Let me show you how we had a blast and still saved money.