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Christmas Coveting

The Backstory {in the following true story, the names have been changed and faces hidden to protect the innocent} It happened the first day they went outside to play after Christmas.    They came in with cold chapped faces and forlorn little hearts. “Mom (in a pitiful, woe-is-me little voice),  guess what such-and-such got for […] Read more…

Ringing in the New Year

How do you get your children to: 1. Sing for you on New Year’s Day 2. Make ‘2010’ with their bodies in the cold windy chill…. 3. Join in a collaborative effort to do the dishes 4. And with only a small amount of tomfoolery? Answer: You feed them large amounts of pasta and bread […] Read more…

Christmas Break Shenanigans

Patty and I took our kids to Market Square yesterday for ice skating. The girls and I had so much fun and truly enjoyed their company. I’m not sure she and I would ever run out of things to talk about . We are two peas in a pod—from our mutual love of indian food […] Read more…

Christmas Brunch 2009

We gathered to eat and open a few goodies with my extended family. Oh what fun! taylor and corey and their loot that scream and horrible face was brought to you by a creme brulee flame torch american girl heaven and Marcus’ love for the cheese balls seemed out of proportion to the quality of […] Read more…

Things I learned while Christmas Crafting

1. There’s hardly anything more endearing than pictures of little ones crafting. The actual real life crafting is a little more stressful than the photos reveal.2. When 75% of your crafts involve straight pins, there will very likely be screams of pain…..and 8,765 straight pins on your floor.3. There’s hardly anything more endearing than pictures […] Read more…

Saturday Ramblings

I started a bookclub two years ago in an attempt to continue my own education as I simultaneously teach my little ones. We loosely follow the reading list laid out by Susan Wise Bauer in her book The Well-Educated Mind. The reading list is divided into genres and is composed of a sampling of the […] Read more…

What I love about homeschooling: edition 1

1. Going on field trips with 2 of the most well-behaved and fun-loving girls I know. (The Kingsport Ballet performs the Nutcracker—great performance) 2. The spontaneous holding of hands that still occurs, even at ages 7 and 9.3. Teaching the girls how to absolutely enjoy an afternoon in an antique store. (it helps when they […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Replayed

We gathered around the table and prayed a Thanksgiving litany–written by Pastor Bill Cwirla.The food was served buffet style—-and if I do say so myself—it was pretty yummy!Some of the crew (my brother was sick this year and we missed him dearly—-he always does the dishes!)Let the feasting begin!The ‘teens and tweens’ table and their […] Read more…