Rachel

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Texan homeschooling mama to 7! After 13 years in the North of Scotland, now living in the North of England! :-)

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Sunshine (even if it's -2Β°c outside), a pile of Duplo, and 3 little boys. πŸ‘Œ πŸ’• They have been filled up with homemade waffles for breakfast and are busy building. Quiet Saturdays are the best - even if the moments that are actually quiet are rather few. πŸ˜‰ 😊 #saturdayslikethis #quietmoments #lifewithlittleboys #boymama #lifewithtoddlers #mamalife #littleboysarefun #lifewithboys #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #legoeverywhere #lifewithsevenkids #welovelego #motherhood #brothersarethebest #motherhoodisthebest #brothersmakethebestfriends #brotherstogether
When you have 5 boys, and your friend has 4 boys, what better place to meet up than a train museum with a special space exhibition?! πŸ’™ 😁 A few of our boys think trains are the best, so they were happy. And another few dream of being astronauts. πŸš€ So it was amazing for them to stand next to the capsule that Tim Peake returned to earth in from the International Space Station last year. Our combined 4 girls were quite outnumbered, πŸ˜‰ but boys & girls alike had lots of fun and learned a lot too. A really lovely day spent with lovely friends. πŸ’• #homeeddays #homeedlife #homeeducationlookslikethis #homeschoolinglookslikethis #homeschoollife #homeschooldays #homeschoolingmama #alwayslearning #learningisfun #learningtogether #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #mamalife #motherhood #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #lifewithsevenkids #friendsareablessing
Why bother with toys when you can play with the rubbish & recycling bins?! 😬😩 His latest obsession - when he's not turning off/on the dishwasher! 😜  #lifewithtoddlers #toddlerlife #lifewithlittleboys #boymama #oneyearolds #babylife #13monthsold #busybaby #curiousbaby #lifewithsevenkids #childhoodunplugged #mamalife #letthembelittle #motherhood #mamaneedscoffee #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
This boy and his trains. πŸ’•πŸ’™πŸ’• 😊 It's crazy how he can identify all the most obscure engines from Thomas and name them all correctly. Esp when he tells me about ones I didn't even know existed. πŸ˜‚ Someone local was giving away this Melissa & Doug train table because they lost the bolts to put it together. But Peter and Abigail soon fixed it! 😁 Fergus thinks it's great. ☺ #trainlovingboy #boysandtrains #thomasfan #thomasobsessed #boymama #lifewithlittleboys #lifewithboys #toddlerlife #littleboysarefun #lifewithtoddlers #threeyearolds #toddlersarethebest #mamalife #letthembelittle #lifewithsevenkids #childhoodunplugged #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Keeping the cookie monsters fed! πŸͺ πŸ’• 😁 (They are only sitting still because they've got something to eat! πŸ˜‰πŸ’™πŸ˜†) #lifewithlittleboys #boymama #littleboysarefun #lifewithsevenkids #mamalife #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #motherhood #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodthroughinstagram #lifewithtoddlers #toddlerlife #alwaysbaking #homeeddays #homeedlife #homeschooldays #homeschoollife #vegancookies #homeschoolingmama #childhoodunplugged #eggfreebaking #eggfreecookies #veganbaking #winterdays #lovetheseboyssomuch
Made puffed pancake for the kids breakfast this morning. They need something warm on such a frozen day. 😊 ❄❄ Only a light dusting of snow, but sooo cold. No, I'm not a fan of winter - I was born in Texas. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜† #missingsummer  #alwaysbaking #puffedpancake #germanpuffpancake #mamalife #lifewithsevenkids #motherhood #homeschoolingmama #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #winterdays #mamaneedscoffee #motherhoodthroughinstagram
How fast the past 13 months have gone. πŸ’• Feels like George went from baby to toddler over night. πŸ’™πŸ˜Š #13monthsold #oneyearolds #growingupsofast #boymama #lifewithsevenkids #toddlerlife #lifewithlittleboys #littleboysarefun #busybaby #curiousbaby #letthembelittle #lifewithtoddlers #toddlersarethebest #mamalife #childhoodunplugged #motherhood #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
When you hear the baby say "Oh dear!" and look over to see he's found the tubs of Hama beads! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yes, I think it's obvious he knows he isn't meant to have them. πŸ˜‰ His siblings often say "oh dear!" when they find him into something. Since no one noticed, he decided to let us know! 😁 Thankfully he didn't get them open - he did attempt to, of course! A few minutes later he walked to the kitchen and helped himself to the packet of Bourbon Cream biscuits. πŸͺ Yep, hardly a second passes when he isn't into something or making huge messes! But then he comes over and wraps his arms around me and says "I lov ya!" πŸ˜πŸ’• #12monthsold  #oneyearolds #almost13months #growingupsofast #mamalife #lifewithlittleboys #boymama #lifewithsevenkids #toddlerlife #littleboysarefun #lifewithtoddlers #toddlersarethebest #curiousbaby #busybaby #neveradullmoment #lovehimsomuch #motherhood #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #mamaswithcameras #mamaneedscoffee #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodisthebest
Over 20 years ago (yes, I'm that ancient), when I had time on my hands and dozens of pen-pals across USA (the days before I had email or internet!), I had the idea of making a friendship quilt. πŸ’œ I had a number of pen-pals (most I'm still in contact with today! πŸ’•) send me a square each for my quilt. My friend Anna had two of her sisters do a square too. ☺ My Mom did one (the farmer boy holding a hen) and my Grammie did a few (birds & foot prints). Even my brother Nat designed a square! 😁 The mouse was cut out by another sibling - a little sister I think but for some reason it didn't get a name on it. Anyway, I sewed all the squares way back then but never got any futher. It was packed up and moved across the world when I relocated to Scotland in 2003. And it has sat ever since. BUT I'm determined to finish it this winter! I must complete this quilt. 😊
Homeschooling with toddlers! πŸ˜‚ Yes, reality in something like this - trying to read the history lesson whilst balancing a large book and two little boys across your lap! πŸ’• πŸ˜€ #homeeducationlookslikethis #homeschoolinglookslikethis #homeeddays #homeedlife #reallifemotherhood #boymama #homeschoollife #homeschooldays #homeschoolingmama #mamalife #motherhood #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #littleboysarefun #lifewithlittleboys #lifewithsevenkids #toddlerlife #lifewithtoddlers #toddlersarefun #homeschoolingwithtoddlers #lovetheseboyssomuch
Studying the American Revolution means you need to dress up as Indians and Colonists. πŸ˜πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Yes, a few of my kids came downstairs this morning dressed for lessons like this! πŸ˜† No, Benjamin did NOT join in - that would be against his principles. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ Think it was torture enough for him to sit thru a reading of the Declaration of Independence! The joy of kids with dual citizenship - they pick different sides and my oldest boy clearly sees things from a British point of view only. 😝 Thankfully it's not a war. 😊 #welovehistory #mysteryofhistory #homeedlife #themysteryofhistory #brightideaspress #homeeddays #homeeducationlookslikethis #homeschoolinglookslikethis #homeschoollife #homeschooldays #homeschoolingmama #learningisfun #learningtogether #childledlearning #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #motherhood #mamaswithcameras #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram
Opening doors is his current obsession, so he always finds the toys with doors. 😁 He woke me up the other morning climbing over my face and practicing the sentence "O-pen th door! O-pen the door!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It was helpful he announced that he was planning to get off the bed and open our door to leave the room! πŸ˜† But it was so fun to hear him working out all on his own (as I was asleep! ) how to pronounce something clearly. 😍 He certainly IS a handful of mischief (or just super curious and inquisitive! πŸ˜‰). Yesterday I had to constantly keep him from things like turning off the oven when the bread was baking, turning off the dishwasher halfway thru the cycle, pulling the hamster cage off into the floor, plugging in electrical plugs, and a lot more. He isn't one to be distracted from things - he always remembers what he was doing previously! But I couldn't love him more! πŸ’• Something about the babies who are extra hard work being so lovable at the same time. πŸ’™πŸ˜Š #boymama #littleboysarefun #lifewithlittleboys #lifewithtoddlers #toddlerlife #toddlersarethebest #12monthsold #oneyearolds #lifewithsevenkids #curiousbaby #busybaby #mamaswithcameras #mamalife #motherhoodunfiltered #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram