...and so the story goes


Fog horn is having issues at school.
Talks too much
can't sit still
rushes thru his work
 - says his teach
As a toddler he didn't say much
as a matter of fact he didn't really speak at all
I was worried- we all were worried
then one day at around 2 years
the flood gates opened
all this time he had been quiet
words came out in full sentences
we are talking volumes here
and hasn't stopped since
Fog horn processes thru talking
there are questions to be answered
lots of them
school doesn't have time for that
school is about listening
listening to the teacher
be quiet
Fog horn likes to play
to run
to jump
boys get in trouble for that sometimes
too rambunctious
sit still
Fog horn likes to finish his task
 so that he can quickly move on to the next
eager to see what is around the corner
size the day type of guy
slow down

well as you can see
he also konks out at the end of the day
 my little rooster gets up at 5 am and falls asleep at 7 pm
 ( this was on our trip to Norway)

Fog horn is on to new adventures

We decided to pull him from school and home school
It has been 2 years since my daughter flew the coop to school
I have had a hole in my heart
when the whole herd left
 different- homeschooling one
 instead of three.

I am up for the challenge and the new adventures it will bring
my heart is filled with joy that I get to spend time with Foghorn

 It has become clear to me that we are so different and have different talents and needs
 my 4 kids are a perfect example
I have been reading "look me in the eye"
it is so insight full how this kid gets thru life
what we think is normal is not normal to some
- and by the way it's one of the funniest books I have ever read
Of course this spurred me on with my homeschooling -
we don't all learn the same way 
Though Gabriel does not have Asperger's
 he is a high energy kid.
  A huge advantage for him
that I can tailor his education to his needs

 Fog horn is full of life
well, he is full of it
  teachers don't have time for this
with all the pressure and the class size
 and I understand that
 but I also believe that one size does not fit all

 We'll take this year by year
Life has an organic way of changing
maybe Fog horn will be back in school next year
 maybe a little extra attention will "cure" his wiggly self

In the meantime Monday we start the week
with Gabriels first riding lesson
I think that is a pretty neat way of starting homeschool
 on horse back

I used Oak meadow for my kids and the library
oh man, did we use the library!
This time around I am doing something entirely different
 with Fog horn
the library will remain the same

For any one who is on the fence about homeschooling
 I hope this little post will give you courage to jump in
( the water is fine)
Children are little for such a little while
my mission is to make his childhood the best I can
 with both learning and playing
...and of course

“Boys are found everywhere on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from,

running around or jumping to.

 Mothers love them,

 little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them,

adults ignore them

and Heaven protects them.”

Alan Beck

...and so the story goes.


  1. I wondered from your comment on my blog this week where you were headed. This is a beautiful post and the path ahead is going to be awesome. I am so happy for you and your little man :) I think you have picked the perfect way to start off your homeschooling journey on Monday. Enjoy.

    Some beautiful photos you shared, love seeing your family. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. How exciting to be eager to allow his personality shine in a home setting. He sounds like such a nice boy and full of adventures, that is where you are both alike. I look forward to hearing me about this journey :)

  3. One of my closest friends has a son with Aspergers. I can't wait to recommend this book to her!
    (found you thru Habit of Being.)

  4. I wish you all the best homeschooling.
    Life feels so different homeschooling just one, but the closeness that comes with it is priceless and something I wouldn't change and one I bet you will love.
    Fog Horn is so blessed to have a mama who understands him.
    If you need any books that the library doesn't have, just ask, I have rooms full!

  5. Gosh, I love this so. I wish I had been home schooled. You are so doing the right thing and I applaud you for taking the reins. Foghorn is going to bloom under your care. No light snuffing there. Thinking he takes after his high energy parents? Absolutely adore the photo of you, P., and G. In the red plaid. I can see Gabriel's same spark in P.s eyes... Xo

  6. I can't tell you how much I love this post. I can relate to it so much with my son. I think he will benefit so much from you home schooling him xxx

  7. hello my dear!! just 're-found' you! love this post and it is so timely for me... i pulled della out of school about three weeks ago to homeschool her and we are loving it! you are looking wonderful and it's lovely to see your crew and catch up with your life!

  8. Following that heart.. cheers to you Mama. LOVE THIS!

  9. Camilla, It is such a GOOD thing for Fog Horn to have such influence and understanding all around his being. We have this journey, all of us, which for me is what I like to observe, how others do it. I find beauty and grace here peeking at your pathway. I have missed you. I am truly sorry to hear of your father's passing.

  10. Oh Camilla! I just found out that you are blogging again, and I am so happy to have found you. Love your new place and reading your lines and seeing your beautiful photography. Looking forward to follow your adventures.

  11. Best of luck on your homeschooling adventure! I am sure it is going to be the best thing for him and your family.

  12. Oh my goodness, I wasn't quite prepared for this post. Boy, can I relate! One of my sons is also a high energy kid. All I can say is how lucky you are to have each other. I wish you much success in your homeschooling adventures.

  13. You are so lucky that you are able to do this. It's just what he needs. Have fun!

  14. Hi Camilla.. Dianne Koppisch Hricko here. I found your blog because you chose my shop as a favorite on Etsy. I have never been to Montana so your photos are such a pleasure and breathtakingly beautiful. As a retired high school art teacher I can understand your homeschooling choice. It was always a great pleasure to me that my subject area allowed many kids who did not excel in traditional classes the opportunity to shine. We all want to do the best we can, it is just finding the key to unlock that door. Thanks again for Etsy and I will be following your blog.

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