Let the home schooling begin!

We have officially de-schooled and now we have started home schooling. I got a lot of people who kept asking me how home schooling has been going, and so far so good. I need to work on my schedule with my son more but we are getting there, we are on our first week and I am slowly getting my son used to the program we are using to start off home schooling. We chose “time 4 learning” since it gives us all the work and it doesn’t cost too much. I would have liked to do free but I don’t have time to plan out EVERYTHING right now.

This is our set up this week. My son is on the other side of my desk with his laptop against mine and then HIS laptop it hooked up to my spare screen so I can see all the work he does as he is doing it so I know he is not messing around on the computer. So far he is enjoying learning at home. He can take breaks when he needs too and he is excited about getting to use the computer! I am going to try to make the desk more of his own in the up coming weeks but I need to reorganize things once I am done with the memorial DVD.

If you saw past posts you would remember that my Grandmother in Law AND my own grandmother passed away with in 2 weeks of one another. I am in charge of putting the memorial DVD together for the celebration of life. I had 158 photos I had to organize, whew. So as you can imagine, I have not been on my blog much. I have told work that I am cutting my hours back again. I will be going back to 1 day a week for 4 hours. I just need to get my son’s school work set up and deal with family stuff now a days.

I did find time to garden a little this week. Since we are hosting the lunch after the funeral, my husband wanted our yard to look less dead… so I went to the store and bought a bunch of lavender. Lets hope it continues to grow nicely, because I LOVE lavender!


Death and Funerals

While it has only been two weeks since my husband’s grandmother passed away, my own grandmother has also passed away as well a few days ago. I was told a week ago that my father’s mother had broken her hip, and working in healthcare, I knew at her age that she may not have long to live. So rest in peace grandma, her pain and suffering has stopped now. My own grandmother has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a few years now and the last time I saw her, she did not know who I was.

Above is a photo of my grandmother and I, from the last time I saw her in person.

Life has been full of ups and downs this past month. Both my husband and I lost our grandmother’s, I pulled my son out of school to start home schooling him, my daughter is starting to make progress with her crawling and possible walking soon, and my medication for my depression is MOSTLY covered by my insurance. So some good, and some bad. But I can live with this.

In the midst of all this loss and changes, I did decide to reach out to my PCP and ask to be placed back on my antidepressants . I think that is really the only way I am keeping it together lately. But I knew I might have to fight to get insurance to pay for my medication since it’s one of those “newer” ones. My old insurance refused to pay for my medications but this year I am on my husband’s insurance and they agreed to pay for most of it. I only pay $62 a month, which I can afford.

I have been trying to get things done – I am scanning photos for my husband’s grandmother’s life celebration. The family asked if I could help make a slide show – so I need to call the funeral home to see what kind of slides they need, but I am in charge of scanning tons of photos. I don’t mind. We are also hosting a family only lunch at our home after the funeral as well. I have no clue what to serve.

Sorry for the lack of updates on my blog. I just needed time to myself. And sometimes writing is not best for me. I was angry at family for how the news of my grandma passing went around. I think the news about family member’s death should NOT be passed around on facebook. It is not how you want to find out about something like this. I think a text or call is fine if you don’t live near the family. But not on someone’s facebook wall.

According to a text, my grandmother will not have a formal funeral any time soon. We will be doing something in the summer, in Michigan, for family that want to go up to the grave site (she currently lived in Florida) so I am assuming she will be cremated and moved up to Michigan. I don’t know any dates yet so I am not sure if I can go. I want to. But we will see.

That is all I am going to write today. I just really am down. But I am okay. I will be back to posting regularly soon.

It’s spring and the flowers are in full bloom

(Just a photo post – enjoy the spring photos) My family and I went to the biopark in Albuquerque, NM.

What is spring like where you are right now? Since this is New Mexico, the weather is getting pretty warm already.

Mofajang Color Hair Wax (Ponyfly)

I found a fantastic product that I absolutely love. I have wanted to add some color my hair but struggled with the decision of possibly ruining my hair or not being able to change my hair color back to my normal hair color. Until I stumbled across Mofajang Color Hair Wax on Ponyfly. I was excited but a bit hesitant to try this temporary color out, since I have very dark hair, but it worked on my dark brown hair. It washed out very easy when I was ready to wash it out too. It stayed in all day, even through my work out!


I chose to use the purple color since it’s my favorite color. And the product smelled really nice and washed off my hands very easy after I put it in my hair. The instructions were easy to follow and the product did not rub off or stain any of my clothes. (This is just my personal experience with it.)

Above are photos of it in my dark brown hair – I did a streak to show how it stands out against the rest of my natural hair color. It was amazing and bright ! The product was not sticky and it didn’t ruin my hair ! I think this is a great option for those of you who do not want to ruin your hair with a permanent dye. And this comes in other colors as well, not just purple.

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Dealing with Depression

This past month has been full of ups and downs. This past year has been full of a lot of joy, but also some losses as well. Last year we lost my husband’s uncle, and this year we lost his grandma. I am dealing with switching my son over to home schooling, and changes in my work. I work less than part time now so that I can care for both my baby and my son now. I feel a bit lost. I am used to working full time. And I was getting overwhelmed with my two kids since I worked from home and also doubled as a stay at home mom.

But now I am cutting back hours and blogging more. But I still needed more help. I called my doctors up because last week I spent a few days just crying. I was angry and sad. My depression has been getting bad for a while but I just broke last week. So I am trying to work on my mental health. Finally.

I am trying to get back on Trintellix, it is an antidepressant that worked on me in the past. The only problem with it is, my old insurance would not pay for it, so I am trying again this year with a different insurance company. My doctor and I met and she put in a request for my insurance to cover this medication – she let me know in advance that I will need a prior authorization and that for a few months I can get the medication for free through the sample pharmacy. At least I can TRY this. But she is really hoping that I can get back on this medication that works for me.

I have already started using it and it is making me feel less tired. I used to get sleepy when I am depressed. I don’t mind the side affects too much because they do go away after a few weeks – its nausea. But it lasts a few hours after I take the pill, so I take it at night to avoid feeling sick.

I have tried so many different pills before and this is the one that works for me. Let’s hope my insurance company will cover some of the costs.

I will be posting more stuff soon – reviews, etc. But I am working on a post for another blog that I am guest writing a post for and I am also working on my grandma in law’s photo slides for her funeral coming up. I will try to update you all soon on how things are going.

Until next time -here is my dog Gwendolyn. She is the cutest!

Check out her instagram at Instagram.com/Gwen_the_irish_terrier

Or if you prefer cats go to my cat, Finnegan’s instagram at Instagram.com/Finnegan.the.orange.tabby
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