Versatile Style by Tracey

Dear Readers, Sorry I’ve missed a few days of blogging…

A change in my husband’s job sent me for a tailspin…

However, I believe in Divine Order and can see that at work as usual…

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The bowling Alley is chilly from frigid AC, so I usually bring a sweater…

This is just a simple knit t-shirt style top I found at Burlington .

I love the muted colors here…

Did the faux tuck again to show off the belt and the touches of browns…

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My fly aways drive me nuts, but it was a quck styling to get out the door.

Good news that we are making progress and have a meeting planned with teen homeschooling parents and children coming up in a few weeks to create support for going through high school and socialization ideas for the kids…

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Decided to take of the sweater…

Dear Readers,,, I am going to be so busy these next few weeks getting my house totally uncluttered and reorganized , before my kids leave for college and stick it all with me to do… We’ve written out a daily plan and so far missed the first day.. Not to worry as each day is not packed full and I can double up… Today is cleaning off the Armoire desk  and the craft stuff the kids have on the hearth..

Gratitude

I am grateful for my daughter’s help in making a list to make the task  of decluttering very manageable.

I am grateful that everyone is agreeing to pitch in..

I am grateful that my husband’s job change actually has benefits for our family, despite the feeling of chaos from a toxic personality..

I am grateful that my husband works so hard for us and is sucessful at whatever he does…

I am grateful for these last weeks with my two adult children heading off to colleg…

I am grateful that my oldest still comes by to visit after moving out…

 I am grateful for my dear friends and wish I had more time to fit them in right now!  

Friday My husband and I attended the funeral of a previous co-worker of his…

When someone in their fifties dies without warning, 

It makes us all stop and think of how it really can happen anytime…

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This is what I wore….. 

I actually felt very weird photographing this oufit before the funeral…

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It doesn’t show up well here, but the top is pleated around the neckline and belted….

My Ying/Yang necklace feels like an appropriate symbol for a funeral…

My Bj’s still carries this necklace if anyone wants to check their own…

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I am glad I opted for flats as we went out to a bar at the beach and I did a lot of standing….

Dear Readers, 

My husband and I always remark after funerals about how seeing everyone is always a wonderful part of the process, but a shame that we don’t do get togethers more often… 

Many years ago, my husband lost his grandfather, uncle and grandmother within a short time frame…. He hated the idea of leaving anything unsaid and responded by writing a beautiful letter to his Uncle, his Godfather, a man who’d been such a big part of his life to tell him how much he’s meant to him…   

And wouldn’t you know it… his uncle called the morning of the funeral and Tom mentioned that shame of get togethers when someone passes and his uncle declared,”Well NOT THIS TIME!”  He placed that call specifically to tell us that this trip to Ireland in October truly is the trip of a lifetime and he wants us to extend it from two weeks to three weeks… 

I am speechless and overwhelmend, An entire three weeks with my husband not working… In Ireland!!!!!  My husband and I have talked for 20 years about wanting to go to Ireland with his uncle, as we wanted to see it through his eyes, as he truly loves it… With him aging, we were afraid this might never happen…..

I ddin’t know about this little twist in our plans until we were driving home that night…. What’s better after saying goodbye to someone whose passed to young, seeing old friends and laughing, sharing memories and having a few drinks, than to look foreward to something so extraordinary….

I finally completed the year end testing and mailed it in and am keeping my fingers crossed they get the results back to me quckly to make the August 1st deadline to send to my School Board… 

After doing so I can’t help, but thinking what a wonderful year of discovery this has been in learning more about my son and his individual needs as a learner…

This completes my week of Orange Crush …

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It has always bugged me that before going to school this young man was a sponge, always learning and spouting off to us all that he learned,but the longer he was in school the more this had disappeared.

He was never a child that was interested in cartoons or ones geared towards prechoolers , he sought ones that gave him knowledge. He would get up earlier than the rest of us just to have command of the tv. 

One show in particular that I remember  was” Crashbox“, and then of course two channels he couldn’t get enough of  :  Discovery and Animal Planet… He also continues to love the ” How it’ s Made ” series and “Myth Busters” 

The change in him was very scary as a mother because it was so fast and so drastic… A few things in school sparked him-  like learning about the Egyptians and the phases of the moon… but more and more he seemed to lose the desire and his conversations became less and less about these facts he had  always  been so proud to share…

I bought him an Iphone for his birthday in April and who knew that would be the catylst for getting my son back! He is using YouTube and signing up to channels that interest him and feed him with lots of interesting facts in the news regarding science..

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I could litterally cry and shout for joy all at once, as I am so overwhelmed with emotions… I thought school had ruined this wonderful child and that his love of learning was lost forever…   The tears are flowing as I type this… The love of a mother is so deep , so all knowing and we truly see our children in a way that noone else can.. I know my mother did that for me!  

Now that I’ve shared my Joy-Time to move  on to the things I learned about how our homeschooling was working for him and how to move forward in a better way for the specific needs of this individual child… I love that I am blessed to be directing this and tailor make his education!

Such a wonderful twist for a mother who chose to homeschool because she was forced to when the school couldn’t get the job done… It’s no longer, “I have to do this for him” , but, ” I am blessed to have this choice! ”

 A huge distinction!  

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For the past 3 years we have used Time 4 Learning and I liked that it was easy for me to just be a guide and I learned a lot right along with him…I also saw what my other children were telling me that their programs were more advanced than public schools.  A perfect thing for my very bright child… I also liked that we were able to even chose a year above or below if we so wanted… We started high school this year, a year early and that was a good decision… 

Now for the problem… This is based very much on Common Core and a year long program that seemed to drag on and on in lessons. My son started off each year enthusistically  and really gung-ho… by January he was bored and frustrated and it was a fight to keep him motivated…  

After exploring choices for what program to chose for homeschooling through high school.  I am happy that Ihave found the perfect program called Universal Class...I think that he is super excited about being able to finish a class in one semester and move onto all new classes in January…. He actually told me I got this right and seems amazed that I figured this out and found a solution… 

He is excited about the number of choices for classes and even said he has to get reading and setting goals for a hundred pages a day… Of course that is what his college graduate sister keeps telling him is ahead of him… I think if he sees that he can move quickly through these courses that he will do so… The fact that he said he wanted to reach 100 pages a day is huge as he resists reading  unless I force the issue… Although he was very proud of himself for reading books his brother read at this age in his Advanced English class and seeing he really had fixed what that dumb school had labeled as a disability… That success really boosted his confidence and I am so glad I insisted on him taking that on..

After dreading homeschooling him through high school andthe upcoming fight I thought I was going to have, I feel very encouraged by his enthusiasm and his looking at me like I finally got him… I feel like I’ve won the lottery!!!!! I truly feel like a super hero to my child.. hmmm… what would my costume look like??? 

Dear Readers, If you read all of this Thank you for letting me share my journey and my joy of this most important part of my life.

 I think a huge turning point for me was recently when I saw a Facebook post on Affording the Homeschool Life  where someone used the term Autodidact to describe an individual driven to self learn – that it really hit me what was going on with my son and what he needed.. I can see why some homeschooling mothers are drawn to unschooling whereas before that made no sense to me for a mother trying to get her child ready for college.. I however have no intention of going the unschooling route for  high school , perhaps for a younger child…

Gratitude

I am grateful for dear friends who support me!

I am grateful for my husband’s support in homeschooling, as I hear that so many fathers are against it…

I am grateful for a movie night to escape reality and a tough situatin with my husbands job…

I am grateful that my electric bill didn’t go sky high with all the AC we’ve been using..

I am grateful the great sleep I got last night, the sleep app said I got 100% sleep quality…

There are many shades of Orange, 

Today I chose to go with Coral for my day of bowling…

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A great casual look for my fun day of bowling….

My Just Fab tote has my bowling shoes in it…

Can’t believe I just typed that… I have my own bowling shoes…

Such a funny turn of events…

All due to homeschooling my youngest….

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I love this top by St. John’s Bay that I’ve had for many years and never tire of..

In fact I have a navy blue version as well.

This top has an elastic neckline which make it perfect for an off the shoulder look . 

I am not much for faux tucking, but think it works here..

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I had a lot of fun bowling today and really love that the manager now knows me and we are working together to find other homeschool kids to try to form some leagues for the the Fall… 

Next week we many go two days, which you won’t hear me complain about..

It’s fun time with my 18 year old  and 14 year old sons…

I can’t believe that a month from today, I will be moving my Nicholas into his dorm…I am so not ready to have just one child home….

Dear Readers what kind of fun activities do you enjoy doing with your family???

I love your comments and appreciate you taking time out of your day to visit my blog!

Gratitude

I am grateful for the comraderie of another homeschooling mom on bowling days…

I am grateful for the laughter between me and my guys…

I am grateful my niece had a wonderful turn out for her memorial service for her dogs.

I am grateful my two youngest went with me to the memorial service.

I am grateful that God blessed me with amazing children and that we are in a stage of life of seeing the pay off of our hard work as three are now adults and making wonderful decisions in their lives…

 

I came up with this title to make reference to the print of my top,

however after seeing this outfit, I think perhaps it is more appropriate as 

a reference for me to get rid of this skirt…  or save it for wearing with tights…

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It’s been four weeks since I broke my toe and I am daring to wear wedges for the first time !

It actually felt wonderful to not have to wear flats…

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I love an off the shoulder top…

My 14 year old photographer however did not like seeing his mother this way..

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I am really motivated to get back to the self tannerf!  

Top, skirt and purse are all thrifted from Goodwill…

I like the nautical vibe with the mix of the anchor print top and the striped bag..

Dear Readers, I love the shape and color of this skirt and noticed it has a five inch hem,

so taking a seam ripper and trying to salvage it tonight… Wish me luck..

Gratitude

I am grateful that I got my photos done early today, as terrible rain and thunderstorms rolled in during my normal time slot..

I am grateful that I slept in today, since my migraine kept me up late last night..

I am grateful that today I seem to have broken the three day saga of migraines…

I am grateful for making plans with my friend for Thursday night.

I am grateful  my husband is handling chaos at work with wisdom and grace.  

I am not big on wearing shorts, but these white ones hit at the right length…

I’ve been very bad at keeping up with the self tanner….

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This hat is bigger than most hats in my wardrobe, but it was part of the new goods from Target that 

arrived at Goodwill for just $4 , worth the fun impact it has…

Unfortunately , with the winds of the day, it didn’t work well…

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A nice windswept look…

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This look was perfect for a casual day that went by too fast….

Shorts by Worthington

Tank by Old Navy

Hoodie by Arizona Jean Co (ebay) 

Purse- Nine West

Sandals- Lanesboro (BJ’s ) 

Dear Readers,  Do you like to wear shorts for Summer?  If so what Length inseam do you prefer?  

I think this is my sweetspot lenght at 5 inches…

Gratitude

I am grateful that I kicked my migraine first thing this morning (it began late yesterday and too late to take Excedrin without having me up all night…)

I am grateful that I was able to complete the testing for homeschooling my son, as we waited really late this year….

I am grateful that when interrrupted by and important call, that my son continued with the test on his own,  love signs of maturity!

I am grateful that my husband had a successful day at work and sounded happy when we talked. 

I am grateful for leftovers and not having to cook tonight….

I am grateful for plans to  hang with my friend later this week…

I am posting this around 11 am because I just woke up… so I am grateful for SLEEP! 

Orange is  a color that I love and looks to be going strong 

as a continued trend for this

Fall…

Linking up with Visible Monday

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I decided to do all orange featured looks for this week…

What better way than to begin with my favorite boho thrifted skirt…

Thanks to my participation in the Get Your Pretty on Summer Challenge, 

I purchased this Aztec top from Amazon (now sold out)

Speaking of which the next challenge up is a work wear one for anyone interested…

It’s a great deal for about $20…

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Our storms recently left scatterd branches everywhere as visible in this photo…

I wasn’t sure about pairing this cropped voluminiuos top over the volume on the skirt,

but in seeing the photos, I think it worked out ..

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I think adding the purse, sunglasses and shoes all in white helped to break up all the orange….

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This is the photo my budding 14 year old  photographer worked so hard to capture of the Supermoon last night… The auto adjust on my camera made it difficult to get this without a very steady hand… we could have gotten a tripod, but before we could he succeeded after several attempts..  I think one of his electives as he begins high school should be a photography class… 

Trend Alert

- August People Stylewatch reported that a trend upcoming for Fall is matching your shoes with your purse again…

Something that has been a no-no for awhile…

They did mention doing so in great colors or in patterns like snakeskin…

Gratitude

I am grateful to Cyndi Spivey for featuring my on her blog and for all her followers who came to my site and liked it enough to look around and even begin following me…

I am grateful for my husband pitching in to make dinner tonight, since my sinuses are a mess and causing vertigo..

I am grateful to my youngest sons (18 &14) for going grocery shopping for me today..

I am grateful that my daughter had today off as that doesn’t happen too much on Sundays..

I am grateful to my sister-in-law and our insightful conversations...

I am grateful that my sister-in -law’s latest medical issue was a cyst and not cancer…

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