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Weekly Wrap-up ~ Where in the World is the Taulman Family?

It's been a while, huh?

That's because Journey Homeschool hit the road a couple of weeks ago for some learning, fun, and relaxation. We put in a full week before we left primarily wrapping up some World War II studies in anticipation of our trip. We had books to read and videos to watch to get us ready. In addition to that we put in one final week of reading, english, and math.

So where have we been?

We hit 9 states in 9 days with our Oklahoma friends Megan, Paige, and Maggie. First we travelled to Atlanta. We spent the first evening enjoying dinner at the Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffle Restaurant indulging in some authentic chicken and waffles and then enjoying the water show and blooming azaleas at Centennial Olympic Park.

The next day the  dreams of my kids came true ... they got to meet Carl Azuz from CNN Student News on the CNN Student News tour. It was such a great opportunity! Carl is exactly the same in person as he is on his daily broadcast. The thing that impressed me the most was his obvious love for educating children through his show. Spectacular!

After the tour we drove by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, childhood home and toured his church Ebenezer Baptist Church.

On the drive from Atlanta to Pensacola, Florida, we took a detour to Selma, Alabama, to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr., across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Then we drove through Live Oak Cemetery and Brown Chapel A.M.E. church where MLK, Jr., spoke and where the bombing occurred that killed the little girls.

Then it was finally time to get to Pensacola for some relaxation.

That relaxation included:

Watching the Blue Angels practice ...

Playing on the rope swing on the bay ...

Climbing the Pensacola Lighthouse ...

Going to the National Naval Aviation Museum ...

Touring Fort Pickens ...

Taking a nice walk through the Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor Marina and Historic Pensacola Village to celebrate Megan's 40th birthday ...

Visiting Joe Patti's to buy fresh shrimp, look at the fishing boats, and eat some beignets ...

And of course we hit the beach ...

At the end of our trip we drove through New Orleans to go to the National WWII Museum. Our entire school year of learning about WWII was in anticipation of this trip to the museum.

Afterward we walked around Jackson Square and the French Quarter and had more beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

We collapsed at our hotel room after dinner and then got up super early the next morning for the drive back to Oklahoma to drop off our friends and then drive on home to Missouri.

We spent the last few days of the week resting and recuperating.

It was an amazing, busy, whirlwind trip with lots of learning and even more fun!

2015-2016 Hours Logged - 944 hours out of 1,000 required hours (283 3/4 hours outside home)

We will have our 1,000 required hours complete by the end of April. Then we will take off the month of May and start our new school year and summer hours in June.


  1. Looks like a fantastic time and great life learning experiences! Love it! Have a wonderful week.


  2. What a great trip! You are such a fun mom! XOXO

  3. Where do you get your energy, Nicole? Don't say "coffee", 'cause I drink that stuff, too and I still need a power nap on most days. ;)

    1. What you don't see written here is the weeks of recuperation it will take! Ha!


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