Spring Break in Florida Pt. 2

Spring Break in Florida Pt. 2

There are more things to do in Pensacola besides the beach…

We would’ve stayed longer at the beach but the weather got a little cloudy and rainy. So we decided to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, the most visited museum in Florida. It is also the home of the world famous Blue Angels.

There’s so much to see, including historic exhibitions and restored aircraft.  The kids had the opportunity to get inside some of the aircraft. The best part about it is that the admission is free!

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So if you are thinking about visiting Pensacola, this museum is a must go!

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Spring Break in Florida

Spring Break in Florida

Searching for warm and sunshine means driving 15 hours to get to the beach over spring break.

We drove to Pensacola Beach, Florida and this is what we found! beautiful clear-water ocean and white soft sand! Not crowded with people at all, but still close to the busy town with lots of restaurants and shopping places to enjoy.

It was so nice to be able to step out of the routine, spend quality time with family and get recharged! and who doesn’t like to get recharged by the ocean or would do anything to be at the beach right now, especially when you are in the middle of April and still feels like winter!!

We drive to Florida every year, we have been to many beaches in Florida before but when it comes to being clean and beautiful clear water and white sand, this one is our favorite so far.

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Tell me what’s your favorite beach in the USA.

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Natural Wonder

Natural Wonder

Last year we had the most wonderful spring break so far. And today I’m remembering how unforgettable it was.

Our road trip to Arizona was spectacular.  We drove more than 24 hours to get there but it was worth it. We stopped one day in Colorado to admire Colorado Rocky Mountains, it was worth the stop, unbelievable scenery.  Then drove through Utah to admire the Arches, and again incredible views. We regretted not staying in Utah longer but next time we will visit Zion National Park.

At last we arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, we were in awe of its size and splendor. Our original intention was to camp there but it was too cold during the night, so instead we stayed in one of the lodges, we were blessed to find a room available for us for two nights!

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After our visit to the Grand Canyon we decided to visit Sedona, Arizona. We stayed there 2 days and what can I tell you, it was wonderful!! Red Rock State Park is beautiful, and has a lot of bike trails. We definitely won’t forget the stars at night sitting by the fire in this beautiful place.

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If you haven’t been here, I suggest you make this your next adventure!!

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Decisions

Decisions

It’s been a while since my last post, life keeps getting in my way with less time to write. But I’m back, with tons of things to talk about!

Let me share some of the things that were happening a few months ago. You know that one of the biggest job as parents is to make decisions for our children. Years ago we made the decision to home school our children. Why? because we enjoy the freedom it brings. We choose a curriculum that best fits our family, we travel to places pretty much whenever we want for as long as we want to and of course we can have a pajama day every day! ha! maybe not everyday.

We know each home school family is different and faces year by year decisions whether to keep homeschooling or not, through high school or not, Same for us we take it year by year praying to God to lead us in this journey of parenting and decision-making,  but as the kids get older we face new challenges.  High school is a point where we stop and think about whether we continue educating our children at home or not.  We reached that decision-making point with our oldest daughter this year. We can’t believe she is a young woman! High school seemed so far away, I kept telling others:  no I am not thinking that far ahead; but it’s here and let me tell you that yes! Last week she started attending a private christian school close to our house and we are exited about it!! No more home schooling for her, bitter-sweet, but we trust in the Lord she will be the light wherever she goes. She will face new challenges and we are ready for them. As for the rest of my kids, they will still be home school, we will be limited to travel whenever we want during the school year but we can still enjoy the curriculum we use and have pajama day.

I’m sure we all face decisions to make in the education of our children. Whether you home school or not, I will say to you trust in the Lord. Homeschooling is not meant to shelter your kids from the world, and sending them to school is not meant for you to let your guard down against the devil either, you need to be more involve with your children and pray for and with your kids. Yes home schooling give us the freedom and the convenience of being right there with them, to guide them in the world, taking real life opportunities to teach them, but we shouldn’t let our guard downs either.

I praise you either way brave parents! who take the challenge to homeschool or to take the challenge to send them to school. God sees both of you and he made the promise that you and your house will be saved.

Now, who says life is easy, this year has definitely been adventurous and fun!

How about you? Do you home school your children and take it one year at a time? or Do you know for sure you will homeschool your children through high school? or even college? Do they go to a school?

 

P.S. I will share something too, all the things I had to do to register her for school, oh my!! if you are not used to, like me, it can be overwhelming: School physical, up-to-date immunizations, school transcript (made by me since I was the school), letters of recommendations, placement test and an interview with the school.

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My New Adventure

My New Adventure

Yesterday, Friday March 31st, I opened my online store!!! So exited and nervous at the same time, you know the feeling when you are about to begin a new adventure!!.  Hi, my name is Ursula Rodriguez and I love designing and creating things with my hands specially when it comes to knitting, crocheting, sewing and weaving. Ever since I can remember I was always surrounded by bright colors, knitting needles and crochet hooks, wool and beautiful hand woven textiles. Being born in Peru, a culture that is known for its beautiful organic alpaca fibers, merino wool and hand woven textiles, were a big influence in my life.  The passion and the love for creating handmade items are deeply rooted in my heart. Now I am passing this love for handmade to my children which are a big part of this adventure.

So, over the last couple of months we have been (me and my daughters) weaving and creating beautiful handmade wall hangings, small and big. Improving our style and colors and techniques, adding texture and love!  After thinking about it over and over I decided to open my online shop, opening my shop was not that easy, I was afraid and insecure, balancing home and being a homeschool mama of 4 kids made it a little harder too. I thought about it for a long time.

Until one day I told myself lets try it, why not, and I did it.  It took a lot of courage, believe me, I was terrified, the more I thought about it the less I wanted to do it.  First step is always the hardest, right?, but with a lot of encouragement from my family I did it!! Now this is just the first step, I still have a lot to learn, (I still have to climb a mountain) how to grow my business is the next step, using social media for marketing and meeting new people who can help me grow my business is next and meeting people who are just like me, starting a new adventure. These are my goals, it is a learning process and I’m sure I will be hunted by those insecurity thoughts again. Hopefully I will be more confident to stay focus on my vision.

How about you, have you started your own handmade business? or any type of  business/dream? Are you in the process of ? or are you a long time entrepreneur?

Leave me a comment I would love to hear all about it!!

Thank you!

Ursula Rodriguez

If you want to check my shop, you can go to the menu bar, top right corner and click SHOP or you can go to lanaandlino.bigcartel.com

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