Hey Boy. Stop it with your charm and let me focus on my day…

Thank you to my sister for sharing this on Pinterest, I’ve now discovered a treasure trove of  Ryan Gosling homeschool memes. Check out this site for its dedication to the whole concept.

 I was seriously laughing out loud to some of these because of how amazingly true they are not just from a homeschool frame of mind, but also just getting a little lost in the idea of Ryan Gosling expressing it.

So my confession is I wouldn’t mind a “Ryan” to discuss curriculum thoughts with or joining us on a field trip.  Apparently he  homeschooled for a period of time during his youth. He was having trouble in school, so his mom decided to homeschool him instead. He says it gave him “a sense of autonomy that I’ve never really lost.”  Sweet.

Ok so maybe homeschooling for a year doesn’t exactly qualify him as the expert on math manipulatives, and unit studies, but it sure makes for a good laugh…and a little welcomed distraction in my day haha.

Alright just a couple more of my fav’s… if you can handle it lol.

Okay now kids, let’s get back to work...  🙂

Bowling fun for little ones!

Last September when I decided to give Ella and Gavin the opportunity to join a Homeschool bowling league, I admit I was a little unsure about it. When we showed up the first day they were the youngest kids in the group which was definitely a little intimidating. Up until that point, they had most of their experiences with bowling by little more than a remote and our favorite Wii sports game, in the comfort of their own home none the less. They’d never bowled without bumpers, which is obviously a saving grace to kids when they want to feel successful at this sport! In a league however, it is about learning all aspects of the game; good form, picking a ball, lane etiquette, rules and scoring, skill development and of course zero dependency on lane bumpers! I realized that this would be a good challenge for them both.  Knowing that they’d have great support and guidance throughout the way, I was confident with the decision for them to join!

Ella getting tips from Mr. Bill their "coach"

Gavin's ready for his turn!

The session last season turned out great! They had loads of fun and made so many new friends. It was a really good challenge for them through out it because it definitely didn’t come easy. They were too little to really get the proper form down, so it was a lot of “double-handed” bowling, but they tried their best.

Silly poses 🙂

Towards the end of 3 games, you can see their energy levels kind of dragging. That didn’t stop them from wanting to come back though each week. Fortunately I was even able to meet up with some fellow homeschooling mama’s, which is always a blessing.

At the end of last years session, they each received a certificate of completion and celebrated with a party and “fun bowl.”

New accomplishments!

After the first of the year, Ella and Gavin decided that bowling was something they wanted to do again. so we went ahead and signed up for this current session we are in now.

The league was also opened up to the parents this time around, so guess who signed up?!!

Yes mama did 🙂

Team Slowpokes 🙂

El and Gav were super excited to have me play. This time however, they each wanted to branch away and play on different teams. They played with each other on a team last session. Now Gavin plays on a team with a couple of his buddies, they are TEAM GNS. Ella and I play with one of her girlfriends and we are The Slowpokes… I don’t think I need to explain that one lol 😉

Watching the ball

Fellow bowlers give Gavin a cheer!

Having this experience for them has truly been an exciting one. It’s something fun to look forward to that they can do together each week. They know every Tuesday is the big day, so sometimes Monday is warm-up day on the Wii haha. We get extra sleep the night before and I get to insist on a good breakfast so they keep up on energy. 🙂 On occasions I like to treat them to a lunch date with friends, following a morning of bowling.

Ella and Grant listen to Mr. Bill's morning tips!

Even Grant has had his share of fun. I would probably call him the league mascot because he gets doted on by all the kids and is always there to cheer sister, brother or friends on. Also offering the occasional high-fives!

I make sure to equip him with plenty of things to do!

Grant armed and loaded with a bag of goods.. and that smile 🙂

You might catch him doing important business on his laptop…

Special business going on!!

Or even sneaking a turn by assisting on the lane…

Sister gives him a chance to bowl

The interaction with other kids has been a great benefit to all three of them. They are gaining ability to relate with various ages and personalities. The patience with the game and focus, as well as strength that it takes to get the bowling balls down that lane is commendable. They have both improved so much and are doing really well!

On the other hand, Mommy still has a long way to go with her bowling talent, or lack there of. But I’m having fun with my little loves, so that’s all that matters to me!

The perfect day for the train!

Something I’ve wanted to do for a while now with the kids is to take them for a ride on the Metrolink. It’s something I’ve never even experienced, and we live now within an easy walking distance from the station in downtown Upland. The kids always enjoy watching the train pass by, whether we’ve seen it in the car or out for a bike ride. There is something so exciting about that train whistle, that it doesn’t seem to get old to them! They have often asked when we will get the chance to ride it and today was the day some little wishes came true.

I discovered that the train happens to run through Claremont during the time we need to be in Claremont on Thursday morning’s as well. One of Ella’s favorite classes that she has been fortunate enough to take is a cooking class at The Young Chef’s Academy  in Downtown Claremont. After realizing a trip on the train would be in order today, I told the kids we would go. They were beyond excited about this trip, it was adorable! We went ahead and walked to the station this morning, making sure to have enough time to buy our tickets and get situated. It’s great that kids 5 and under ride free! Here we are waiting for our train.

At the station

Here are Ella and Gavin eager as they are about to get on our train!

The trip probably only shaved off about 5 minutes of actual drive time by us taking the train. Actually much to my surprise it didn’t save me much on gas either. It was definitely worth the experience though and I have to say was just easier overall. I wasn’t loading and unloading the car, which I definitely have to account time for. I also wasn’t dealing with annoying drivers and parking. It was quite convenient to walk to the train station, hop right on with the stroller and easily off, without a fuss. I would probably prefer it if it was an option . But that’s not the case, so I will just enjoy it while I can!

Ella’s class is a few minute’s walk from the station which is also partly why this trip worked out perfect. She did a couple of these cooking class sessions toward the end of her kindergarten year and really enjoyed it. She recently started up again and was super excited! Not only has Ella started to develop a good foundation and appreciation for basic cooking/baking fundamentals. It’s a chance for her to be in a “class-like” setting in which all the students practice patience and apply math concepts as they work together at preparing the recipes during each class. Each week her teacher, Chef Leslie has a new recipe planned and they get to enjoy the hard work at the end of class of course!

On the menu today:

Crab cakes with Remoulade Sauce and Buttermilk Beignets!

Chef Leslie explains how the yeast is 'alive!!'

Here is Ella as she was given the task of measuring the yeast.

It’s nice because it gives her a taste of things we wouldn’t normally make at home obviously. Mommy also learns a thing or two on occasion, which is a plus!

Family gets to observe the class

Gavin, Grant and I usually will watch the class for a bit as it starts. Then we busy ourselves on a walk or window shopping/observing. I say observing because there is so much to see in downtown Claremont. Cute antique shops, art galleries, historical spots, architecture and shopping! Here is a beautiful building at the station…

The boys had fun playing near a very child friendly water feature today for a while.

Perfect entertainment!

There were plenty of leaves and flowers to turn into floating devices.

Leaves afloat

Flower boats

After some fun in the beautiful sun, it’s time to head back to get Ella. We arrive as the class finishes up and is about to eat their delicious food. Looks like another successful cooking lesson!

Happy young chef 🙂

We ended up having some time to kill before we could catch the next train back. What better on an 80 degree day in February, than to enjoy a yummy smoothie while we wait! And give Ella a chance to admire the water art…

Love them!

Time to catch our train again!! But not before a little ‘hip-hop’ pose as these silly’s like to do…

They crack me up most of the time 🙂

Don’t forget us over here Mr. Conductor!!

It was a quick ride back. With just enough time for some silly faces 🙂

And also happy faces…

Gavin enjoyed the ride!

and of course little miss Ella, reading up on the Metrolink…

Some reading material..

The train ride was a great thing for us to embark on today. A fun way to add adventure into our everyday. I especially love that it’s giving my kids the experience of being part of our community. It’s one thing for us to study up on maps and of course learn about the different aspects of a community, but I just love the we can live it too!

Look at that world out there!