posts in travel and hiking

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week We Had a Beatlemania Experience and I Dyed My Hair Blue

Jacksonville, FL, USA

The Beatles Eight Days a Week #TheBeatlesEightDaysaWeek
The Beatles Movie #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek

I haven't written a weekly wrap-up in about a year. Seriously, I really need to do them more often - like maybe weekly - because I often want to write about what's going on in our lives, but don't want to bore you with my daily activities.

Yes, I need to just wrap up once a week to fill my own need to document our story. After all, this is the perfect place for my mom blogging.

Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

lighthouse in Ponce Inlet

One of the best things about being Central Florida homeschoolers is our access to local resources.

In our area, homeschooling is such a norm that nearly every organization offers something specific to homeschoolers.

I've been homeschooling for almost 17 years and have visited a lot of places. Whether you live here or plan to visit, you'll want to schedule some time to visit these places.


Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

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In this post, Central Florida refers to the counties of Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Marion, Sumter, Volusia, and Brevard.

Orlando Science Center in Orlando - The science center offers four floors of live programming, giant screen movies, and hands-on, interactive science exhibits. Homeschoolers can even sign up for STEM classes!

Kennedy Space Center in Titusville - I'm not sure I need to write a description here. We all know what Kennedy Space Center is, right? If you have a science-loving kid, or a future space explorer, this is the place you'll want to visit. 

Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Barberville - I love history and visiting historical places which makes this one a favorite. This little "village" makes for a fun living history field trip. They hold events, classes, and themed field trips at reasonable rates.

Learning about 19th century jobs
at Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando - You'll find three floors (67,000 sq ft) of exhibitions in this history museum. They offer exhibitions, tours, and programs that trace our region’s roots and reflect on the history of the nation. Homeschool classes are available.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford - Yes, it's a zoo, but with a lot of fun, educational events and activities! Have an adventure on the aerial adventure course or take a swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. Homeschool classes and workshops available.

Ocala National Forest - A place that is near and dear to my heart (I used to live in this forest), this is a perfect place to expose your young naturalist to the real Florida.

Long and Scott Farms - Great for farm tours, corn and sunflower mazes, and more! Homeschool groups welcome. (We love the sunflower maze!)

Sunflower mazes are
one of the BEST field trips!
Florida State Parks - Any of them. All of them. Take your pick. Many offer educational classes and there's always plenty to learn in our state's forests.

Gillespie Museum of Minerals in DeLand - One of Lorelai's favorites! Located at Stetson University, this museum boasts a collection of 20,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens. This was one of Lorelai's favorite field trips. (She loves science. And rocks.)

Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet - This center offers 4-part school tours: a tour through the exhibit gallery, a visit to the Sea Turtle and Seabird Rehabilitation areas, and an educational program beside the Ponce Inlet at Lighthouse Point Park beach.

What have been some of YOUR favorite homeschool field trips? Let me know in the comments.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: A Difficult Decision and a Nerd Fest

My kids attended a nerd fest and I decided to leave my "forever home." This and more in my weekly wrap-up and homeschool mother's journal.

It has been a while since I made any personal blog posts. One of my goals, now that I've changed my blog name, is to write on a more personal level more often. I suppose participating in the Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weekly Wrap-Up is one place to start.

A Living History Field Trip: Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Barberville, FL 32130, USA

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Florida is a must-do homeschool field trip. Find out about this hands-on living history lesson.

We love history field trips. 

Today, we visited the Barberville Pioneer Settlement. I've wanted to go here for a few years, but never got around to it. When one of my homeschool groups planned this one, I couldn't refuse. After all, I now live 10 minutes away from it. I've got no excuses.

We took two of their tours: The Pioneer Program and the Lassie Cake Program.

It was a long, hot day. I was concerned with how well Lorelai would or wouldn't do in the heat, but we managed to keep her body and moods at an acceptably cool level. 

This field trip was one of the best educational field trips we've ever taken. I think each of us learned something from it. 

Time Spent Alone with My Youngest Daughter

In my life this week...

Alexis has been at her sister's for over a week, leaving Lorelai and me together. We've kept busy all week with homeschool projects, arts and crafts, trips to the library and playground and a Renaissance Faire.

We were suppose to attend a music jamboree today, but we awoke to a gray and rainy day. I have no desire to spend my day in the rain. Hopefully tomorrow will be better for that. 

Black Bears and Possum and Gators, OH MY!

In my life this week...

I've been blogging a lot! Yes, that's tiring. Just a little recap in case you've missed posts this week...
Be sure to check those out. That really is all I've been up to this last week. 

Our Trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013

Our Trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 #awacon2013 #awacon13

I meant to have this post published on Saturday. As you will see, I haven't been home, so here it is a couple of days late. 

In my life this week...

I've been away from home. I've been away from home a lot

Last week, we left on Wednesday to stay at my daughter's house. The following day, we departed for Georgia to attend the Anime Weekend Atlanta con which was held Friday-Sunday. It was one of the greatest weekends we've ever had. It didn't end well, however. I'm choosing to share only the joyful weekend we had before the negative stuff.

We returned on Monday evening. On Friday, we drove to Tampa to attend the ShadoCon Final Fantasy Ball. That didn't turn out well at all because we had some challenges that caused us to arrive quite late. We didn't think that would be a problem. We were wrong. It ended two hours earlier than we thought. The girls were disappointed but not nearly as upset as I would expect.

Our Khaotic Weekend {Khaotic Kon 2013}

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

I have spent an inordinate amount of time planning. Planning blog posts. Planning projects. Just planning. I'm kind of over it at this point. This computer screen has become my frenemy. It helps earn an income but boy am I sick of staring at it!

But let's talk about something far more interesting: 

Khaotic Kon 2013! 

I don't know how many of you know anything about anime, manga, Jpop and such things, but Alexis is hyper-focused on this stuff. She has been for a long while. I've never been very into it (of course much of this stuff didn't exist when I was a kid). But last weekend I attended a con with the kids. I had a blast and so did they.

I don't always interact in social situations, but I watch people. What I saw that weekend impressed and fascinated me.

  • Everyone was so sweet. I saw no snobbery, "cliques" or any other negativity. Everyone was genuinely kind to each other. 
  • Alexis isn't alone in her hyper-interest in these things. I knew there were others interested in anime, J-pop, manga, etc. What I hadn't realized is that so many people were interested in all of the same things she is. Everyone there seemed to know everything about everything. 

Learning on the Weekend

We love using weekends for outdoor activities like hiking and geocaching. That's exactly what we did Saturday. It's been a long while because our van died in September. This was a much needed break from the "stir crazy" feeling we've all been having lately. I'm sharing a few photos from our day.
Lunch at the park (what a face!)

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