My name is Kimberlee. I am a late-thirties wife and Mom with three energetic kids, three lazy cats and a slightly different take on eating, schooling and music.
I STAY HOME AND SO DO MY KIDS
I am the wife of an incredibly intelligent man who works hard so I can stay home with our kids. And, I am one of those “crazy” people who home schools their kids. Yes, that means I am often with my kids 24/7. There is no rushing around in the morning to get the kids off to school. We are sometimes still in our PJs at 10 (or noon), we do school sitting in a rocking chair or beanbag and turn a lot of everyday experiences into opportunities for learning. Did you know that television commercials can be educational? Or what about a magazine ad in the doctor’s office? Didn’t you see us the other day crouched over the sidewalk looking at an ant carrying a dead fly? Yup. That was us!
When I post about home schooling or staying at home with the kids, my goal is to encourage you to interact with your kids with education in mind. It continues to amaze me how a conversation, a trip to the post office or a random event seen out the front window can lead to a information treasure hunt and an opportunity to teach. Don’t be afraid to try home schooling, summer schooling or teaching as you go along in life. You are qualified and you can do it.
GOT GLUTEN? WE DON’T.
As the mother of children who have celiac disease, I have learned to cook without gluten (and sometimes dairy and soy) and survive. Eating gluten free can be financially, socially, emotionally and culinarily (is that a word?) challenging. I strive to come up with recipes that my husband (who does not have to eat gluten free) will eat. But, I also try to cook things with common ingredients that people (like me) in small towns can get off their grocery’s shelves. I went from a Hamburger Helper chef to a woman who cooks from scratch for most meals each day. If I can do it, so can you.
I hope my gluten free posts will encourage you to cook for friends or family with food allergies/intolerances. It is a rough road, but it can be done and it can be done well. Normal people do not have to go to a culinary institute to learn to cook without “typical” ingredients.
THERE IS A LITTLE MUSIC IN ALL OF US
I also have a Master’s degree in Music Therapy. When I was in the workforce, I used music to help people meet their physical, educational, social, communication, spiritual, cognitive, emotional and other personal goals. I have worked with babies before they were born, moms in labor, children and adults of all ages and abilities and been with someone as they were dying. My specialties included NICU, labor & delivery and early intervention. However, I can not say that there was a population I did not enjoy serving. Regardless of a person’s age or abilities, I am constantly amazed at the power music holds!
I hope I can occasionally put a little boogie in your step and a song in your heart. Perhaps I can help you find a new musical game to play with your little ones. Music can make any situation more fun or educational and you can do it without electricity, internet or batteries! Even if you think you can not sing, you CAN make music or dance to music without ever uttering a note!
Meet Kimberlee here on the second Monday of each month…