Inside the Mommyvan

Homeschooling & Life Inside the Mommyvan - an old dog learning new tricks


Pick a day before Feb. 14th? OK, the day before, of course. Not exactly a usual day… all of these are more or less normal parts of my life, but there usually aren’t as many of them in a single day. Here’s a Day In The Life of the Mommyvan crew. Check out Parentwin for more DITLs from this week!

Every day starts this way for me, but this was an early one thanks to a girl child with bad dreams. She got back to sleep, i gave up. Also: Me, 5:30 AM.

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Drugs for the day. Only have to get a third of them down first thing. 20140214-082717.jpg

On Thursdays we don’t do much schoolwork at home, but there is still planning and filing to be done. I do enjoy a nice view while I work.

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Child #1 appears, followed by #s 2 and 3 hunting up some breakfast.

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Time for a little play while I get snacks ready to take with us to our co-op class day.

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Throw on some clothes, and off we go! 9 AM.
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While the kids are in their classes, I get a chance to chat and eat in peace. Today’s hot topic: a Groupon for… vajazzling (don’t Google that, seriously. NSFW. Not safe for kids or your own sanity, either.). Co-op parents take turns making soup each week. Today was Moroccan garbanzo bean. Yum!

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The kids take two classes here, Science & Nature and Games Around the World. Today they exchanged Valentines with their friends.

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What treasures are we bringing home today? A superworm grub to add to our beetle collection (we’ve already watched three of these guys pupate and emerge as beetles, it’s pretty cool!) and some Olympic torches.

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Pizza lunch and playground time with friends, one of the highlights of our week.

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The scenery on our drive is not bad at all. Once home, it’s rest time. A little quiet reading for all, me included.

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20140214-092219.jpg Tag-team parenting today, Daddy home early to supervise math drills and piano practice while I head out for an afternoon of medical adventures. An hour and a half at the rheumatologist’s office and another half-hour at the pharmacy. I used the time to pick up some Valentine goodies for the kids.

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Hubby gets dinner ready for the kids while I do a quick change into fancy pants. Date night!
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20140214-092303.jpg As soon as our sitter arrives, we head out and discover that a vulture has dropped some of its dinner on our front walk. Possum? Armadillo? The world may never know.

I’ll spare you photos of the food, here’s our favorite sushi chef instead. And my dinnertime pills.
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On to the main event. These guys know how to throw a party.
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…the 458 Speciale. Stunning!
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Looks good on me, don’t you think? It’s probably a good thing we’re not into tracking, this car is certainly built for it.

Home again, and it’s not even 10 PM. I got our little friend settled into his new home. His cousins, the mature beetles, are in the box behind him.

Some bedtime web surfing, and it’s off to dreamland for me (after quick sneaking back out to the kitchen to leave a little surprise by my sweetie’s coffee maker for the morning).


It’s been a while since my last post. Life has happened. Travel, the death of my father, illness, holidays, houseguests, and then the days and weeks of clawing our way back into a routine after an interruption of our usual schedule… only to have it disrupted again and find ourselves back at square one.

As much as I enjoy it, blogging took a back seat to the most basic daily necessities. Trying to force it, or any of the other resolutions that passed through my head at the turn of the year, into a life in turmoil wasn’t going to do anything but bring me added stress and disappointment. So I passed on that. My goals, my hopes, even my dreams haven’t undergone any radical changes from December through January. I just want to get back to business as usual.

We’re finding our groove again now, enough that I’m even taking on a new extra-curricular activity or two myself. The apple cart may get upset again tomorrow, but for the moment things are good.


This is a flower I spotted on the ground as I was walking through the woods over the weekend. I saw one, then a couple more, then dozens along the trail. It gave me hope, these bright blooms scattered about atop the dead, brown winter leaves carpeting the path. It was a powerful reminder and a great help to me at that moment, but that’s a post for another day, I hope one day very soon.

Visiting the pumpkin patch at a local church has been an annual event since the kids were babes. They each pick one pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern and one mini pumpkin for decoration. I try to get a few nice photos while we’re there, since we don’t get much fall color anywhere else here in Florida.