Making Music

When I was in fourth grade, my school offered me the opportunity to join the band.  I remember there was a special assembly where someone presented all the instruments available.  I remember one of my classmates asking if you had to have long arms to play the trombone.  He called her up on stage to […]

Planning Inertia

Usually, I love planning our educational years.  I actually get going in April and May, before we’re even finished with our current year!  But for some reason, this year, I can’t get motivated.  This will be Meg’s senior year, and I guess she’s all mapped out.  That girl knows what she wants.  (Also, she got […]

Evie’s Spider Rescue Service

Links are affiliate links! And the books are really great. They are charming, well-illustrated, fact-filled, and just all around delightful. We love them! However, they do have certain side effects… “I’m coming downstairs!” Evie called. “I have a spider!” “What do you mean you have a spider?” I asked, trying to act casual. “I have […]

Story Purgatory

I have officially survived my first story hour in, oh, forever. Generally speaking, I’m pretty sure story hour is purgatory. It drives me crazy the way the librarian adds so much commentary to the story that she might as well not even be reading the book. My practical personality dislikes the pointless activities. And rude […]

A Recipe for Donuts

This recipe makes 12 donuts, just enough for a pan, but there are enough crumbs and icing to make up to eighteen.  Eighteen is how many donuts I need, so those measurements are in parentheses at the end of the line.  I didn’t want you to have to buy an odd pan, though! And twelve […]

The Reason for Summer School

I do not like to give up homeschooling just because it’s summer.  You’d think I’d be looking forward to a little vacation, but I don’t!  Here’s the thing: I am – and always have been – head over heels in love with my children.  I am!  It’s why I wanted to homeschool them in the […]

My Mom’s Italian Meatballs

Although both of my parents could cook, my mother is the one who taught me how.  She never really cared for cooking, I think, and she was happy to train us children up to take over dinner duty now and again for her.  (Can’t blame her, there!) She taught me how to read recipes and […]

Dollars and Sense

An old post resurrected. I don’t think I ever quite finished the tale of our money woes. No matter; I’ll get to that later. It ended happily enough and it doesn’t matter to this post except to provide a little background as to why we feel the way we do about kids and allowance. You […]