Archive | September, 2014

Museum of Science and Industry-Tampa

30 Sep


This isn’t quite as word-heavy of a post. Deal with it! MOSI was a blast and I highly recommend going if you are in the Tampa area. Tons to do for every age and if you are a member of your local science center, you get free admission with your card! How cool is that? I love reciprocal memberships.


Why yes, that is a 3-D printed Tardis. We’re kind of nerdy like that. The kiddo really enjoyed seeing how 3-D printers work. They had a few of them running so the kids could watch it in real time. I’m pretty sure the kiddo and my husband are convinced we need one.


For me, one of the coolest parts was watching the kiddo build a robot! They had the LEGO Mindstorm kits out for the kids to

IMG_7093assemble. Afterwards they could hook it up to a computer and program it to perform several actions. It was really the coolest thing ever. You can buy them for home use, but they are a little up there in cost. LEGO Mindstorm is definitely on the wish list!

You may be wondering, how on Earth are you managing all of these fantastic things with the tiny one in tow? Because yes, she’s definitely a rambunctious toddler at this point. Well, let me tell you. BABY WEARING. Yes, strap that little bambino to your body and go at it. She’s perfectly content chilling back there and taking in the sights. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that grin. I wouldn’t lie to you 🙂


YAY MOSI! Now go! What are you waiting for?


Field Trip to the Florida Solar Energy Center

30 Sep


We had an a-maz-ing field trip to the Florida Solar Energy Research Center. They are a facility partnered with the University of Central Florida that is dedicated to…wait for it…solar energy research. I know, big surprise! Well, as it turns out, they offer a great program for children in traditional schools and homeschool. During their visit, the kids learned all about solar energy. How it is harvested, how it is used, and all sorts of amazing technology.


By far, the best part was getting to play around with the tech. They tested out a solar oven and did experiments with itty bitty solar panels.

If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy at home with your littles, check out their website HERE! If you’re local, check out their annual Energy Whiz Olympics.

We’re officially homeschoolers!

30 Sep

Yes, we’re now one of *those* families.

I was once like you. Sitting there on the couch, raising an eyebrow when the word homeschool popped up. That was until I stopped worrying about what everyone else thought and took a good look at our life. Was the Bug’s school really the best place for him? Not really. If not, what were my options? Public school, private school, homeschool, and each came with their own set of pros and cons.

Husband and I are educated people. Why could’t we play to our strengths and school him ourselves? Luckily enough, I have a good number of friends that homeschool and one in particular had some great conversations with me about it. One of the big sticking points was that with public school, a child goes a mile wide in topics, but only an inch deep in all of them. With homeschool, you have the option of going inch wide and a mile deep. No moving on when the child has more questions for the sake of getting through material for the big test. For my kiddo, that is huge. He loves research.

Either way, we made the leap and are pretty happy with it. I’m calling it our one year experiment. We’ll reevaluate at the end of this school year (sooner if need be) and go from there. Don’t worry he’s plenty socialized. Between field trips and play groups, he is definitely taken care of.

Sooooo yep. Now I can share all of our homeschool awesomeness!