Friday, March 15, 2013

A new direction

I hate writing this blog. In a lot of ways it feels a bit like punishment but Mark really wants us to have a record of what we have done (and no he doesn't want to write it). So I've been thinking about it and trying to figure out why. Why don't I want to write? I think it's because I'm not really much of a sailor. I sail to travel and not the other way around.

I keep trying to write interesting things about sailing and living on a boat but it really isn't all that interesting to me. I don't want to read about provisioning or fixing things just like I don't want to write about it. A lot has changed in the last year for us. We have MM and now another baby boy on the way. Now that MM is over a year old life with him has started to get really interesting and fun.

While we await baby #2 we are enjoying some time on land and all that comes with classes, swim classes, gym classes, playing, and learning, learning, learning! I don't want to turn into another "mommy" blogger but the fact is that I have far more interest in the people that live on our boat than the boat itself. So don't be surprised if this blog starts to have a lot more about how we are raising kids on the boat rather than the boat.I think I'll have a lot more fun writing about how we are educating our kids than how we are baby proofing. Not to say there won't still be some of that but it won't be my focus. Hopefully I'll have more to write and it'll be more interesting if I'm not so focused on the boat and how I organized the damn thing making for much more interesting reading. I'm not really sure what I'm going to write just yet but I'll be working on it and would love to hear what any of our readers have to say about it.

As for where we are now...

Mark has just left the boat for a few months and and is heading home to meet us while we wait out the last 6.5 weeks until baby #2 arrives. I'm so excited he'll be home in just 31 hours! After almost 7 weeks away from him I'm SOOOOO glad he'll be home soon!!!

MM and I have been having lots of fun with Grandma and in all our land-based activities. Right now I'm really trying to figure out the best way to continue these activities when we get back on the boat. When he starts school the basic curriculum will be laid out for me to follow and I'll just add my own stuff as we go but right now it's a little harder. If we were on land I would definitely continue with his music class but is there a really good at home music course I can do with him? I'm looking and trying to figure out how to continue the wonderful program we are currently enrolled in. We are having lots of fun in gym class and playgrounds aren't to hard to find but is there a set of skills we should be working on with him as he grows. They had him simply hang from the bars the other day and do certain flips. Maybe there is some order to what we should be trying to do with him? As for swimming, the water is never that far away but a warm, salt-free, pool for practicing usually is. I'm not much of a swimmer but I want to make sure that MM is. He NEEDS to be. Living on a boat being able to swim is imperative. Far more so than living in a house, even one with a pool.

A lot of these are questions every first time parent has but simply enrolling is a class is so simple compared to finding good at home curriculum to follow or even more so researching and making it up yourself. So if anyone knows anything about good courses to follow PLEASE let me know!  
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