“If we only had more time” is a familiar phrase to most of us. It doesn’t seem to matter in what regard, we’re always wishing we had more. Time is a funny thing. You can’t buy it, find it, or make it. We can, however, make More Time for Us. Welcome to our journey.
Roadschooling is proving to be a mix of highs and lows for Jason and I as parents/teachers. Some days, the kiddos are up early ready to get their math lessons done before breakfast (and sometimes before mom even gets up!). Some days however, are filled with opposition, tears and drama, which are not easy to deal with, even with parent help, encouraging words, and patience (which does have a limit!). We have had more than a few instances of “let’s put it away, get some fresh air, and work on it this afternoon.” This is usually met with grumbles, and yes sometimes more tears, but usually gives the kiddos (and us too) a much-needed break.
We are fortunate to have this time to focus on the academic needs of JUST 2 tweenagers. Our teacher to student ratio is the best it can possibly be. As parents and teachers, sometimes we struggle to balance out what they should be working on academically with work, traveling days and opportunities we can’t pass up (usually sightseeing, hands-on learning, hiking, etc.). We do our best though, and mostly feel like what we are bringing to their education while on this journey is grade-appropriate, individualized to the best of our ability, and will help them grow into more compassionate and understanding people.
It may seem odd, but thinking about visiting the Salt Flats was an early inspiration for this trip. Places such as the Grand Canyon seem, well… grand enough to spend a week or two of your limited vacation seeing. But the Salt Flats? Someplace I’ve always wanted to visit, but yet not high enough on the list to burn vacation and travel expenses on.
Since our adventure found us in Utah a second time, a stop at the Bonneville Salt Flats was in the cards. It was a couple hour drive from Salt Lake City, but the stop here would fall in line with moving into Nevada to visit Great Basin National Park afterwards. We missed stopping here en route to Colorado in September, and we weren’t about to let that happen yet again! 🙂
It’s been another little bit since we’ve last posted. Funny how time flies, even when you’re purposefully trying to slow things down!
I’m happy to report that despite this lapse in time away from our blogging, we’ve been quite busy exploring some truly GREAT parts of our nation’s scenic West.