First Day of Second Grade

Today was Caleigh's first day of 2nd grade. She has gown up so much in the past year, but it's still hard to believe that she is a 2nd grader now. It's even more of a shock to me that I've been homeschooling since she was three. 

Over the past few years we have really fallen into a groove with adapting certain curriculums. I've found things that work for Caleigh and right now couldn't be happier with the volume of information that she is learning. 

The older she gets and the more intense the curriculum becomes, the more time is involved with the day to day work. This is typical with all kids, but it has been a challenge to juggle all of Caleigh's therapies and appointments. 

Since we homeschool year round, we decided to take the summer off from therapies. It was a first for us and quite honestly very enjoyable. We may make a habit of it each year. This week marks the return of therapies. Over the next few weeks Caleigh will have a full schedule again with at least one appointment a day if not two. 

We've added in a homeschool co-op group each Wednesday morning. The first eight weeks Caleigh will be in a hands on science class. I'm hoping it goes really well for her. Fingers crossed. 

Today we jumped in head first. Caleigh said that she enjoyed our afternoon. She's always happier when we are homeschooling and that's one of the reasons that we school year round. 

I love seeing her passion for learning. I'm excited for the opportunities that the new year will bring. Second grade here we come!


Fossil Rim Glen Rose, Texas

On Mother's Day... yes, three months ago, our family drove down to Glen Rose, Texas for a private tour of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We loaded a tall bus and headed out for the three hour expedition. 

This was so much more exciting than the zoo for Caleigh. She wasn't height restricted by fences blocking her view from the level of her wheelchair. She was up tall just like the rest of us to see and feed the animals. 

She learned that zebras are very mean. They bite. So we didn't take the time to feed these guys by hand. His food was thrown on the ground 

We brought Caleigh's brown tomato chair for her to sit in while we were driving around. We had to stuff some towels underneath it to boost up the height, but it worked. They do have a wheelchair accessible bus, but we opted to have Caleigh sitting by us. 

The giraffes were amazing and honestly they were our favorite part. It's just completely crazy how tall they actually are. With as much as our girl loves to travel, I bet Caleigh would adore an African safari adventure. 

Here's Caleigh rocking some crazy curls and a very large ostrich egg. 

A special thank you to Linda and Rick for making our Mother's Day special and one to remember. We had a wonderful day with family and friends. 

March Bluebonnets in Ennis, Texas

Back in March Caleigh and I drove down to Ennis, Texas with Grammie to see the spectacle that is the Texas Bluebonnets. I remember going at least once when I was a kid, but I haven't been in probably twenty years or more. This was definitely something that I wanted to show Caleigh and of course I wanted to get the obligatory photo with the state flower. 

The town of Ennis has some pretty great "trails" that are basically back country roads. The visitor's center in town provides maps and hints to the best spots if you stop in before you get started. 

The first thing that struck me was the overwhelming smell the bluebonnets provided. The moment I took it in, I was traveling back in time to hanging out with my Pawpaw at the flower shop that he worked at. The smell of true fresh flowers in the thousands is breathtaking. 

We went on a weekday which I highly recommend. We also went a few days after the Bluebonnet festival which was another good move. 

Mom's from all over are plopping their unsuspecting infants, toddlers and willing children in the flowers for photos to treasure forever. That being said, it gets crowded. 

If you never want to look at bluebonnet photos the same again I suggest you look at the Pooping on Bluebonnets tumblr. Luckily for us Caleigh's wheelchair avoids this situation. 

There are generous land owners that have offered up their fields for this phenomenon. 

This was a fun, allergy filled day. We got the shots, the smell and the memories that we were after. I think we will definitely make the trip again.