Busch Gardens Fun

Alternately titled: Proof that I’m getting old because two days later I’m still worn out.

First order of business – I am over at (in)courage today talking about being uncomfortable. I’d love for you to read about the hope that God has placed in my heart despite the unsettled place I am in. Thank you for reading and for your support as I continue to work out the struggles of moving.

And on to my second order of business. Telling you random bits about my life…

We entered into our final ten weeks of curriculum this week and let me just tell you something – home schooling is exhausting. I’m wiped. Some days are jazzy fun. The kids get it. I’m happy.

Birds flit about the house chirping in perfect harmony.

But other days it appears that someone has tied a ten pound stone about all our necks, thrown us into the deep end of a pool and yelled, “Swim!” We stay afloat, but Lawdy we have to work hard.

The only things keeping me sane motivated are frequent scheduled breaks and Cuban Espresso. I like to call it caffienated sludge. It’s somethin’ potent, but it gets the job done. I feel great once my hands stop trembling. Come to think of it, the cartoon birds only flit about when I drink my sludge. Interesting…

Last week I laid out the kid’s lessons and gave them a great, big goal – finish it all by Friday and we will head to Busch Gardens. I wish I could adequately explain the zeal with which they attacked their Math books. Little tongues stuck out of their mouths in deep concentration as they worked through each lesson mothodically. Then they moved on to spelling and writing and Russian and reading and each time someone would start to complain I’d raise an eyebrow (which, incidentally, I never knew how to raise one eyebrow until I became a mom. It’s like I inherited that magic brow when my first born hit two) and they’d snap their mouths shut and put pencil to paper.

Call it motivation, bribery, reward –what.ev.er. We went to Busch Gardens.

I don’t have great pictures of the picture perfect reward day because who wants to carry a mammth camera around an amusement park?

Well, actually, I kind of do. I am going to bring my good camera next time because there are a lot of great photos to be taken there.

The photos I did get, though, were filled with three grinning, laughing, blond headed children who deserved a break. I am proud of my kids and the hard work they’ve put in this year. I’m not sure if we are going to home school again next year. We are still praying about it and looking at our options, seeking what’s best for them, for me and for our family. But for now, I am cherishing this sweet and challenging year I’ve had with my children. We have all grown and learned in different ways. I wouldn’t trade these months for anything.


This was his first big kid ride. I'm hoping he will be my child who likes roller coasters. No one else in my family will go on them with me.


Like my new tennis shoes? I was hoping they would provide a bit of motivation to work out. Turns out they aren't magical. They're just...shoes. Disappointing.


"Mom, I'm pettin' a Wallaby!" That might be my favorite quote of the day. Tia was enamored with these creatures.

Happy weekending everyone! May your days be filled with sun, laughter and maybe even a Wallaby or two!


  1. We did lots of “rewards” too in the 3 years we homeschooled. I would not trade those years for anything, but I also NEVER once looked back when we made the decision to put them back in public school!

    • Yes. I truly believe that home schooling is going to be seasonal for me. I am enjoying it now while I have it. 🙂

  2. It’s a lot easier to do when you live in Tampa! All we’ve got is Magic Springs, wooo hooo!

    I seem to remember a student ministry trip to Busch Gardens when you were my intern where much pranking took place. Do you smell sardines? Oh the stories I could tell your children!

  3. totally digging the shoes, wallaby, and of course, tia’s tatts.

  4. you are so fun!

    • I think my kids would agree with you…on the days I take them to Busch Gardens. On the days when I’m drilling multiplication tables, however, I fear they would beg to differ. 🙂

  5. Busch Gardens. I was thinking beer. Lol. Hence, why I understood you being worn out!

    • Ha! Well, if this park were situated in St. Louis, my guess is there would be a lot more beer involved and they would probably give it away for free. But the two times I’ve been there I actually haven’t even seen beer. I don’t know if they even sell it!

      Which doesn’t really matter to me because I think beer is gross. 🙂

  6. LONG ago there was beer there. The whole place reeked of it. And I will go on roller coasters with you. How much of my home school work do I have to get done?

  7. Uncle Larry says

    This reminded me of a certain little blonde girl. Can’t tell if this is Russian or Finnish but the lettering looked like one of the two and I knew you would know anyhow.