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Why My Garage Stinks…

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This morning, I logged onto facebook and found one of those gut popping, tears rolling blog posts that moms write and other moms find hysterical.

Here it is: http://putdowntheurinalcake.com/2012/07/so-your-bathroom-smells-like-pee/

and it’s call to action was to no longer feel shame for the unpleasant aromas kids’ cause in your home…

So, here’s my confession, by which I purge my shame about both killing animals and why my garage stinks:

#1 You should know that my bathroom too smells like pee too!  But more troubling is that our garage smells like a combination of wet dog and… something vile that you can’t quite put your finger on.

I know what it is, but I can’t quite put your finger on, or better said… I can’t find it.

Month’s ago, in a campground so overridden with frogs you might mistake it for the plague, one Mama (that would be me) decided it would be a great home school activity to dissect a few of these frogs.  So how to prepare the frogs for their ultimate donation to science and the education of blood thirsty child (a disturbing euphemism for ‘how to kill the frogs’)

After much debate, it was decided we would freeze the frogs… if you’re a mama – you probably know where this is going!

So, freeze the frogs we did.  And they selflessly died in the perfect pose for dissection – such wonderful frogs really, I’m kinda sad we killed them.

Frozen Frog goes well with Peas

But now, we had frozen frogs and I had lost the nerve to filet them and start pointing out guts.

I thought the nerve would return so I kept the frogs in the freezer…. I should restate: I KEPT THE FROGS IN THE FREEZER!!!

But if you have kids, you know their curiosity is ceaseless and one of them (all of them actually) was sure if we defrosted the frogs, they would come back to life.  🙂

So, someone did just that… defrosted a frog and simultaneously lost it, in the garage of our camper.

Maybe it did come back to life and its death smell is a curse it cast on us / me.  But more likely, somewhere in that garage is a limp, soggy, rotting frog carcass and that’s why my garage stinks!

So when guests come to check out how the crazy people live in their camper, I mean ooh and ahh about our ‘spacious accommodations on wheels’, I feel compelled to blow in their face, and let them glance from the threshold the area the represents half of our 500 square feet living space!

Until the frog is no more….

Is there a stench in your home?  Share it and feel shame no more – that’s why air fresheners are a billion dollar business!

20 Resources to help you Roadschool Through the Holidays

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This time of year can be hectic no matter what kind of lifestyle you enjoy. Many families on the road take time off to travel back home for the holidays or simply enjoy their surroundings for the season. No matter what your holiday schedule, the Roadschool Moms team encourages you to Roadschool through the Holidays. These are the favorite homeschool holiday resources on the RoadSchool Moms Approved list this year:

Language Arts & Cross-Curriculum Resources

Homeschool through the Nativity from Intoxicated on Life

All About Christmas from Meet Penny

Holidays Around the World from Teachers Pay Teachers

The History of Santa Claus from Lesson Plans Page

All About Rudolph from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures

Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles from Road Trip Teacher

Truth in the Tinsel from Oh Amanda

Science

Christmas Science Labs from The Science Penguin

Christmas Nature Study from Our Journey Westward

Tie-Dyed Christmas Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

Math

The Twelve Math Days of Christmas from A2Z Homeschool

Christmas Math Facts from ABCya

Writing & Copywork

The Christmas Story Copywork from Mom’s Mustard Seeds

December Scripture Writing Plan from Sweet Blessings

Reading

Advent Book List from My Humble Kitchen

Christmas Chaper Books to Read Aloud from What Do We Do All Day

12 Christmas Books to Read to Your Kids from Stewardship

Art, Music & Other Fun Resources

Christmas Carols Music Study from Squilt Music

How to Draw a Reindeer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Christmas Tree Chalk Art from Hodge Podge

Lego Christmas Projects from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Many of the resources above can be used to homeschool across the ages of your roadschool. Here are a couple of other holiday roadschool resources we found that your middle school/high school teens might especially enjoy:

5 Days of Teen Christmas Ideas from Education Possible

Nutcracker Unit Study from Homegrown Learners

Holiday Math Activities from Lindsay Perro


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s favorite resources used in their own roadschool during the 2015 holiday season, tune into the December 6th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

2017-2018 Roadschool Planner Free for a Limited Time!

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Are you getting ready to head back to your Roadschool?  Just in time for a new year, is an updated tool from the Roadschool Moms Radio Team to help you achieve Roadschool Success!

Roadschool Moms CautionThe Roadschool Planner has room for you to record:

  • Goals
  • Reading Log
  • Map your Journey
  • Family Bucket List
  • Attendance
  • Monthly Themes
  • Field Trips
  • and so much more!

And best of all, it’s free!

It’s the perfect place to keep track of “what you want to learn where”.  Like no other planner available, this planner integrates your travels with your learning opportunities so you don’t miss valuable lessons and you can easily capitalize on your journey – making your time on the road a true learning adventure!

Super Charge Your Roadschool!  Check out this recent show where MB and KT share their Tips for Prepping for a Great Roadschool Year

Join us every Sunday night at 9pm est at http://www.roadschoolmoms.com for more tips, advice, fun and fellowship to recharge your Roadschool.

Not available on Sunday night?  No problem!  Subscribe to our iTunes podcast and catch the replays when it’s convenient for you!

To get your free Roadschool Planner, click here!2017- 2018-Roadschool-Moms-Planner2 copy

And a special “Thank You” to Roadschool Mom, Bethany Van Mills who updated this document for all of us!!

 

 

Stuck in the Sand

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There we were.  Having the perfect Roadschool kinda day.  Exploring the rusted, decaying spine of the Peter Iredale.  This relic from 1906 impales the shoreline at Fort Stevens State Park along the sun kissed, fog laden coast of Warrenton, Oregon.  A quick google on the beach yielded the ships fated tale of woe.  A saga of wrong turns, nautical mishaps and stowaways.  Little did we know that this wreckage would serve as prophetic foreshadowing of what our future held.

IMG_9939The dogs were romping, the kids were dune diving and three sets of adults enjoyed the surf and each others company, but like all good things, it was time to wrap up and head home.

And so we packed up and started home.. only we didn’t get far.

The front bumper of some hapless vehicle, laid in our path… only the bumper… another clue to the fate that awaited.

50 feet from pavement we were moving, but not forward. Frankentruck was digging its own hole to China.  No amount of transmission rocking would grant our freedom. 4wd high… nope.. the big guns, 4wd low… only served to seal our fate as sand was flung across our hood and windshield.

The Hamilton’s who had left a mere 5 minutes before us, made a u turn, but stopped short on the paved border as they had just narrowly avoided the clutches of the soft sand themselves.  It’s a good thing too, ’cause as everyone knows, two stuck trucks makes a grown man say… ‘aw…. shucks” 😉

A young Canadian family was on the beach and started triage with a plastic pink princess shovel.  For some reason I was under the impression that this required more substantial equipment.  When I realized our beach toys would work, we all got busy, digging.  With shovels, and cups and even a seahorse sand mold.

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We dug and made a haphazard sand ramp and then the pulling began.  Strapped to our Good Samaritan, the tug-o-war began.  Unfortunately, Frankentruck won and stayed put!  The tow rope snapped and came flinging back to our bumper.  Thank goodness we were all clear otherwise this would have been tragic!

Then the Calvary came… in the form of the Sheriff Wood.  He formed a truck sled team tying a tow rope to his Standard Issue Dodge and our Canadian Savior’s Chevy.  Would this be the horsepower that would yank us from the grips of the sand that by now had fully engulfed the frame of Frankentruck?

You can see for yourself in this brief video.

8 Great Destinations to Watch 4th of July Fireworks – Guest Post by The Road Trip Teacher

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Want to watch 4th of July Fireworks with your Fulltime Families Friends?  Save your spot for our upcoming Hang Out!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country.  Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!
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The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.

 

Fulltime Families Hosts Hangout at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Balloon Fiesta Hangout” at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,  October 4th to October 11th, 2017* in the Standard (dry camping) RV area, in Albuquerque, NM

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Hot Air Experiments, Arts and Crafts
  • Flying High Dance Party
  • Roadschool Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • Experience Morning Ascensions and Night Glows along side your Fulltime Families Friends! (additional fees apply)
  • Balloon Crewing Opportunities (18 and older, baby sitting swap will be organized if there is enough interest in this feature)
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations with the ABQ Balloon Fiesta as soon as possible to ensure you have a space.  http://balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information.  When completing the reservations be sure to include “Please park me with the Fulltime Families Group” in the Comments Section 3 (see below)

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An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 25 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Hangout in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
Hosted at the Balloon Fiesta Fairgrounds (Standard Sites) Dates: Oct. 4th 2017 - Oct. 11th 2017
Price: $50.00

*The dates of the Hangout incorporate Pre-Fiesta dates and only 1 Fiesta weekend… feel free to choose the dates for this event that best suit your plans.  Fulltime Families will be hosting events during the Hang Out dates only. 

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before August 5th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between August 6th, 2017 –Sept. 4th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Sept. 5th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping and Balloon Fiesta Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

Fulltime Families Hosts Solar Fest in Oregon, Experience the Solar Eclipse with your Friends

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Solar Fest Hangout” in Bend, Oregon,  August 17 to August 24th, 2017 at the SunRiver Thousand Trails in Bend, OR.

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Solar Experiments and Crafts
  • Black Out Dance Party
  • Solar Science Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations at this Thousand Trails park, asap.  Not a Thousand Trails Member yet, contact the TT / FTF Rep Alisha Deschene at  (207) 270-1121.  Non-Member rates are also available for this park.

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 15 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Solar Fest (or hangout) in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families Solar Fest Hangout
Hosted at the Sunriver Thousand Trails Bend Oregon - Aug. 17th 2017 to Aug. 23rd 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before June 18th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between June 19th, 2017 – July 18th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after July 19th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Tucson with Kids

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Thank you to Tucson (former) local, Jennifer Miles who compiled this list for the World’s Best Roadschool Convention Attendees.

Here’s her suggestions for the best of Tucson with Kids!

Jennifer starred her family’s  favorites. but the others are still “on to the top of the list” for people who enjoy that type of activity.   The ones that say RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY are truly plan ahead and schedule. They sell out early and have limited availability.

In Town
Outdoor/Nature

*Flandrau Planetariumhttp://flandrau.org/ $7 adults, $5 4-15  This one is on the campus of the U of A.  Ranked one of the top 10 planetariums in the US. Have great kids activities.
*Botanical Gardenshttp://www.tucsonbotanical.org/  $13 for adults, $12 student, $7.50 4-12     Some great events like Alien Invasion of the Plant Kind and Butterfly Magic during the week of Convention
Desert Wildlife Museumhttps://www.desertmuseum.org/ $19.50 for adults, $15.50 13-17, $6 4-12
Old Tucsonhttp://oldtucson.com/ $16.95 12 and over, $10.95 4 – 11 Come experience what life was really like in the Old West.
Pima Air & Space Museumhttp://www.pimaair.org/  $15.50 for adults, $9 kids over 6 For those in to planes.  This place is huge.  (Also called the boneyard)
Spring Training – Sadly, there are no games for spring training this year at the Diamondback Stadium but this is one of the highlights every spring in town if you ever come back.  Just for that reason, it’s worth mentioning it.

Outdoor Retail Activities

*4th Ave Street Fair – http://www.fourthavenue.org/fairs/general-information/ Dates are Mar 21-23 this year for those who arrive early. This is a blast and has all sorts of street vendors. It’s the “Big event of the year” in Tucson.
There are always things going on – http://www.visittucson.org/events/calendar/

Indoor Entertainment/Restaurants

*Downtown Children’s Museumhttp://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/ $8 for over 12 months (second Saturday of the month is $2)  This is a fun one. It’s not huge but they change out the exhibits and my kids will spend hours there.
*Gaslight Theatrehttp://thegaslighttheatre.com/ $18.50 for adults, $16.50 students, $8.50 12 and under RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY  This is a super fun dinner and a show in a “old style theater” Beach Blanket Bee Bop runs Apr – June  Dinner is an extra cost and their Pizza is a favorite.
*Chaco’s Caféhttps://www.facebook.com/ChacosCafe  This is my favorite mom & pop mexican place in the country! Seriously, get the carne asada and the salsa bar! You would never find it if you didn’t know about it.  A little hole in the wall but AMAZING! This and El Charro are downtown near the Children’s Museum so would be a good “museum and meal” day.
*Eegee’shttp://www.eegees.com/ Frozen ices and subs. (Kind of like Subway but the frozen ices are the real reason we go) My kids beg to go here every time we are in town for the frozen ices.  There are multiple locations in town.  And, yes, the ices are such a family pleasure, I actually ranked a Subway-type place, as a must go to.. Crazy!

Trail Dust Town & Pinnacle Peak’shttp://www.traildusttown.com/ city block made to look like a historic town. Free to walk around.  Recommend eating at Pinnacle Peak’s steak house and having someone in the group wear a tie you are okay with losing. Can see dinner prices on the website.  This is a typical steak house with the added entertainment of a “no ties allowed” event if you wear one.  This is one that is always recommended as a Tucson original.  As an added bonus, the steaks are pretty good.
La Parrilla Suizahttp://laparrillasuiza.com/about.html  One of the best Mexican restaurant’s in town. They are a chain but their food is “mom and pop” quality.
El Charrohttp://www.elcharrocafe.com/ downtown if you are at the Children’s Museum
El Paradorhttp://www.elparadortucson.com/  Another “Can’t miss” mexican restaurant in town

In town but a little farther away

Colossal Caveshttp://www.colossalcave.com/welcome.html $13 for adults, $6.50 for 5-12  This one is on the outskirts of town and is a great local cave option.  If you can carve out the time, I’d recommend Kartchner Caverns over this one.
*Seven Falls –  http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/hike8.htm  Part of the Sabino Canyon trail system but this is one everyone should see once. Longer hike. It’s almost 8 miles round trip but has pools at the halfway point to cool off and relax.
Sabino Canyonhttp://www.sabinocanyon.com/  Ranges from free to fee Has both narrated tram tours and non-narrated walking trails.  Seven Falls is one of the trailheads in Sabino Canyon, but it’s such a great one I listed it separately.

Out of Town but worth the drive if you are passionate about the type of activity

Mt. Lemmonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lemmon, http://www.skithelemmon.com/page2.html  About an hour up the mountain, some interesting things to see and do.  Amazing fudge store at top! (Because chocolate is how we judge everything)
*BioSpherehttp://b2science.org/   $20 for adults, $13 for students 6 – 12 Self contained environment originally used as a lab for sustaining life on another planet.
Tombstonehttp://www.cityoftombstone.com/ A little bit farther away but for history buffs this is a fun experience.
*Kartchner Cavernshttp://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/ $23 14+, $13 7-13  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY This cave sells out on a regular basis.  This cave was preserved using the latest tech at the time and is amazing.  We’ve toured a lot of caves and this is still one of our favorites.
Kitt Peak Observatoryhttp://www.pimaair.org/ $15.50 adults, $9 kids If you are up for the drive, their night time tour is the one to go to and is amazing. I’d recommend for older kids really into astrology because of the distance and the late night needed.  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY

 

Prices subject to change, Please check local venues for current prices and times.

Roadschool Moms Highlight Fascinating Online Resource to Encourage Childrens’ Creativity

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For some of our Roadschool moms, DIY means sparkles and glue all over the place, or building models with tiny pieces and rubber cement that glues our fingers together.  Sometimes DIY seems like a lot of work, but it is most certainly a worthy investment of your time.

On this episode of the weekly Internet Radio Show Roadschool Moms, Kimberly is joined by the Jacobs Ladies, teens Melody and Kayla and mom Dawn to discuss the resource of DIY.org and the benefits of encouraging creativity for your kids.

We also share our simple tips for getting started.

Listen to this and all the Roadschool Moms Episode on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

Roadschool Moms Wrap up 4 Weeks of Love and Announce Upcoming Bible Study

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The whole month of February, Roadschool Moms Kimberly Travaglino (of Fulltime Families) and Mary Beth Goff (The Road Trip Teacher) have been exploring the aspects of Love in Roadschool.  This four part series wrapped up with a live show this Sunday night, 2/28, at 9pm EST about the Love of Community on the Road.

During the show, special guest De’Etta Goecker, faciliatator of the upcoming Roadschool Moms Made for Community Bible Study, spoke about how to get involved and what to expect from this first initiative to dig deeper into the Word.

Tune into our previous Love Shows here:

Love of God: http://ultimateradioshow.com/love-part-1-love-of-god/

Love of Family: http://ultimateradioshow.com/love-your-family-well/

Love of Country: http://ultimateradioshow.com/teaching-your-kids-to-love-their-country/

Love of Community: http://ultimateradioshow.com/love-part-4-finding-community-on-the-road/

or subscribe to the show on iTunes and catch all the replays.

For more details or to sign up for the Roadschool Moms Made for Community Bible Study, be sure to join the Roadschool Moms Facebook Group.

Make yourself a priority and give yourself the gift of refreshment and encouragement every Sunday night at 9Pm est.  Tune in at www.roadschoolmoms.com.  Next week’s topic – Finding Encouragement for your Roadschool.

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