Henry at Seventeen Months

Seventeen months!  I don’t know exactly how we survived all those months before, but we did, and here we are. Henry walks a bit of a line between clingy and curious.  He hates to get left behind.  If he gets left behind, he turns into a little demon baby.  He screeches and claws and alternately […]

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 […]