Summer is coming to an end in a few weeks. I wish I could say that the leaves are changing color and the air is feeling cooler but it's not.  For us here in San Diego it usually happens mid October. Although I guess if we want to experience Fall a little sooner we could drive inland for about an hour and we can get the four season experience. The kids and I have done so much these past few months, from hiking the mountains of Big Bear to jumping in fresh water water holes. We've had endless picnics and bonfires, trips to the beach and late night summer pool dips. It makes me a little sad school has started. My oldest is a senior in High School and will be graduating early in just a few months. Then it's off to college and it'll be just me and the little ones. As much as I love the idea of her going to college and growing up I can't help but feel a little heart ache. I cannot believe how fast time flies. So please cherish your children ALWAYS! 
Green Valley Falls is a 45 min drive from our home in the city. I found it through a hashtag (duh) and it was a pretty amazing place. I had no idea swimming holes existed here in San Diego lol so of course we had to go and experience it our selves. We paid $10 for the day (although I found out another time we went that we were in the wrong spot and had to pay $30) woops. We had a nice picnic and had 'smores and the kids swam their little hearts out. We hiked about 10 minutes to get to the water so it was very easy for the kids. The water was a little cold but very refreshing. The little kids had fun in the 2 feet deep water while my oldest was the brave one who jumped 10' into the water hole.  This place is a must visit if you are ever in the area during summer time! 
picture overload below! 


We did it! Last Monday was our first day of home school. Sophia is a kindergartner and Aiden is a pre-schooler.  I didn't think we would have space for our learning corner since we live in a super small apartment but I rearranged our furniture last minute and came up with a decent space for the kids. The kids were super excited to start school today! Not going to lie, the first day was a bit stressful. Being my first time as a home school mom I had a lot of doubt in my mind. Didn't know if what I was teaching my kids was correct or if I was going to totally fail and no be able to do this. But right now it's been a week  and I'm feeling pretty confident. I'm a bit less scared and i'm really looking forward to the rest of the school year.
We don't really have a set curriculum, I've been doing a lot of research and we're mixing lots of Charlotte Manson, Waldorf & Montesorri along with a little bit of common core stuff. This might not be for everyone but it's what I feel comfortable with. We started our day by reading. We did lots of painting, used modeling clay to make apples since our letter of the week is A. We worked on a bit of letter A work sheets. Aiden's attention span is pretty limited so he had lots of fun panting and counting with our wood sticks. He painted and worked a little with his colors. I'm trying to work at my children's pace and not trying to push too much on them but they seemed to be just fine.We ended our day with a scavenger hunt and found lots of colorful nature pieces that I had the kids count and sort. It's little things like that, that makes learning fun for them.
Here's a look at our little home school corner. Lot's of thrifted books and pieces to fill this corner. Our sensory bins are things I purchased from Hobby Lobby and some things we found outside during our nature walks. Lots of DIY projects to complete our super cute space.