Student Profile: Alyssum Pylar

Student Profile: Alyssum Pylar

1. What makes your family unique to other families you know?

Well, I’d have to say that what makes my family unique is the fact that we truly enjoy each others’ company, find pleasure in the simple things of life, and are always ready for a good laugh.

Of course, it might not be this way, had my parents decided against homeschooling me, and later, my younger sisters. Looking back, I firmly believe that homeschooling has brought my family closer — to each other, and to God.

2. What is an average homeschooling day with Seton like for you?

For me, every new school year brings different schedules, different experiences, and different courses (of course!). However, the most ideal school day starts at 7:00 a.m.

After breakfast, first things come first: my family and I pray the rosary together before starting school. I prefer to begin with slightly easier subjects or subjects which interest me (such as English) to get them out of the way before I tackle more formidable adversaries (such as Math).

At 12:30, my sisters and I break for lunch, which I usually pitch in to prepare. After we eat, we have some time to refresh ourselves with exercise and leisure activities before we get back to work.

By 4:00, most of us are done for the day — but if I’m absolutely determined to finish up something, I’ll work until I’m summoned to dinner.

On Wednesdays, we attend Mass and our homeschool co-op, and afterwards, we visit the elderly residents of a local nursing home with our Legion of Mary group.

3. What’s something you have done that you really enjoyed doing?

I really enjoyed taking a family road trip up north to Mackinac Island, situated between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, where the waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan merge. It’s my favorite vacation spot — so beautifully scenic and quaint in the warmer months. Fun

Fact: there are no vehicles or motorcycles allowed on the island!

My family and I had a great time horseback riding, bicycling around the perimeter of the island, eating tons of ice cream, and touring historic lighthouses and other buildings.

4. What are your hobbies and interests?

In my free time, I enjoy watercolor painting outdoors, drawing, baking, and writing. There is hardly ever a time when I’m not involved in some sort of creative, crafty project — from painting bookshelves to making fabric flower hair clips.

I also LOVE to read (and read and read)! I am a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Louisa May Alcott, and Mark Twain, among other authors.

5. What are some things you do as a family and on your own that you particularly enjoy?

In my family, every season means a different pastime: hunting for turkeys in the spring, visiting the beach in the summer, hunting for deer in the fall, and ice-fishing in the winter.

Additionally, I like to write plays about the saints for my sisters and friends to act out. I always prefer to narrate rather than to act, though.

6. What do you hope to do in the future?

Soon, I hope to join the adult choir in my parish. When I graduate, I’m considering majoring in English and possibly tutoring and/or teaching an art class at my homeschool co-op.

Since I can’t see much farther down the road with certainty, I plan to let God lead me the rest of the way.

18 Comments

  1. Elodie Pierlot

    This is awesome! I love your name by the way, Alyssum! :)

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    • Alyssum Pylar

      Thank you, Elodie!
      I like your name too. :)
      I also liked your article, “6 Ways To Be A Heroic Teenager”! Very cool.

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      • Elodie Pierlot

        Thank you! And great, that’s good to know that you think that of my article! :)

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  2. Amelia Coleman

    Awesome! Loved reading this!

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    • Alyssum Pylar

      Thanks, Amelia! ;)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        Do you live in/near Wisconsin? Just because you go to Mackinac Island, so I thought maybe??

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        • Alyssum Pylar

          I actually live in Michigan in the metro Detroit area. St. Clair Shores to be exact — so it’s quite a drive “up north”, as we Michiganders call it, to Mackinac. But it’s a lot closer for us than it is for those who live out of state.

          Wait — don’t you live in Wisconsin? You’re only a lake away! :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            Oh cool! And yeah!

  3. Emily McKinnon

    This is fantastic, Alyssum! Wow, I can’t believe that you do ice-fishing! That is so cool! Do you really like it? I love fishing up on the lakes on the Mountains. Also, so neat that you like doing crafty projects! I love doing little DIY projects here and there with my little sister! What sorts of crafty projects do you like to do? Have you ever tried crocheting? And, may I add: your name is //gorgeous//!!! I love it! Once again, great post, and God Bless! :D

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    • Alyssum Pylar

      Thanks, Emily! :)
      Yes, I do like ice-fishing! The season usually starts in January and goes through February because the temperature has to be consistently cold enough to freeze the water of Lake St. Clair (where we usually fish). The best time to go is when the ice can hold pickup trucks miles from shore!
      Well, as far as crafts go, I mostly like projects having to do with colorful paper, hot glue, and glitter — partially because those items are plentiful in my house. I make all kinds of stuff — , homemade cards, dollhouses for my sisters out of cardboard boxes, little stuffed animals, etc. My latest projects have been making lots of pretty bookmarks and flower clips to sell.
      I have TRIED crocheting before, but never got into it. I do sew a little, though. :)

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      • Emily McKinnon

        Oh, wow! That sounds like so much fun!! :) We’ve(my family) considered trying ice-fishing, but the thought of how cold it’ll be up in the mountains always made us back down. ;)

        That’s so cool! I actually recently went to Jo~Ann’s(craft store) and came back with a huge stack of scrapbook paper. :P So neat that you like making homemade cards and all that! I //love// making homemade cards! And bookmarks! And envelopes! And, just about anything, haha! ;)

        Oh, you did? Nice! I actually do a //lot// of crocheting. :) I crochet baby blankets for each addition to the family(nieces & nephews). <3 Oh, I love to sew too, though! I'm actually in the process of sewing a quilt for my baby nephew and soon-to-be niece! :D What do you like to sew? :)

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        • Alyssum Pylar

          Cool!
          I like to sew little toys for my sisters — mostly for my youngest sister now.
          Each one has a name and personality of it’s own (and usually a little story to go along with it). There’s Thimble the mouse, Daffodil the rabbit, Poppy the pig, Licorice the cat, and Frostflower Goldenlark the elf girl. LOL!

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          • Emily McKinnon

            That’s so cool!! They sound awesome! I used to do something similar with my siblings/nieces/nephews. I’d crochet the toys though, haha. I used to crochet dog toys too, LOL. For my puppies. :P ;)

  4. Alyssum Pylar

    Oh Emily — I meant to ask you: where do you live?
    You mentioned mountains …

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    • Emily McKinnon

      I live in Colorado, haha. Near the Rocky Mountains. ;) I hike up the mountains when it’s not freezing up there, haha. ;) Have you ever been to CO? :)

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      • Alyssum Pylar

        WOW! Colorado! No, I have never been there before. I’ve only been to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and never out of the country.
        To be honest, I never knew SMB or SWC existed! No, unfortunately. The SWC sounds interesting, though.

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Wow, that’s awesome! I’ve actually been around a lot too, haha. As part of a (now retired) military family, we used to be stationed all over the place. I lived in Germany for a few years too. That was really neat! got the chance to tour Europe on weekends, LOL. ;)

          You didn’t? Well, they’re really neat sites! Where us Setoners can get together and chat! You should check the SWC out! You can find it by typing: setonwritersclub dot net …but, obviously use a real dot, haha. I just know that I can’t actually paste URL’s here, haha. ;) If you join either SMB or SWC (or both), let me know! :D

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Oh, and I meant to ask, do you have SMB(Seton Message Board) or SWC(Seton Writers Club) accounts? :)

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