Friday, February 26, 2010

Winter Olympics

People will often ask me how I like homeschooling. My response is always the same, "I have a love/hate relationship with homeschooling. I love it because I am with my kids 100% of the time, and I hate it because I am with my kids 100% of the time."

So you'll understand why one of my favorite times of the homeschooling year comes during the winter when our family participates in homeschool ski day's at Badger Pass in Yosemite.

Michael takes ski days off from work. The kids enjoy the physical education portion of their schooling with their substitute teacher and daddy.
$14 each covers the expense of ski rentals and skiing, and it buys me a DAY OFF!

After 5 months of sitting at the table surrounded by books, papers, lesson plans, and pencil sharpeners, this homeschool mom/teacher gets a few much needed personal days.

On my personal days I take in a movie, linger at a book store, sip coffee and people watch, enjoy a quiet meal, window shop, and breath... all by myself.
I have 9 hours to cram quiet goodness into. I aim to metal in gold in my personal day sport!

hannahmcphee collage
Emilie, sporting the Hannah Kearney look.

pom pomcollage
Josie wearing my child hood beanie.

ski boots collage
Josie asked Michael to take pictures of her "high off the ground to show mommy."

Enjoy this short video of mostly Josie; narrating, skiing, crashing,
and speaking with a southern accent.
(where could she get her in front of the camera goofiness from?)

Thank you Spinner for joining Michael and the kids for this ski day.
Next time grab the camera and get me some pix of you with the kids too!


  1. Did you get a personal day "gold"? I hope you got all recharged and ready to tackle the spring!!

    I love watching Josie ski... she is too skinkin' cute!! :)

  2. Nice to have some personal days. I hope you enjoy them!

    The video reminded me that we haven't seen one of your vlogs lately. (hint, hint)

  3. People who homeschool are rock stars in my book. I love our Christian school. Pray for the opportunity to keep our sons in it next year.

    And your daughter is so cute with the Hannah Kearney look. My hubby is sort of in love with Hannah Kearney. I wonder if I could get my hair to do that? LOL

  4. i am jealous of your personal day! i wish i could have spent it with you while the dads and kids skied. chalk up another reason to move to idaho.

    loved the video.... oh sweet josie loved it!

    its almost march which means we are one month closer to maycation!!!

  5. Denise,

    I just love all your videos, it really does make us all feel like we are right there with you, so thanks for taking me on the vacation!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  6. Such a cute video. Patrick can't wait to take our girls skiing....and I can't wait for him to take them either. ;o)