Advent, Ready or Not!

I’ve been really enjoying this extra little week between Thanksgiving and the First Sunday of Advent.  It’s been kind of nice not to have to dive from one holiday directly into the next, to have a bit of room to recollect and plan.  I’m going to be working through this book with the children this […]

Haircut Day!

All my boys are looking pretty cute, but Penelope is my masterpiece. All I did was trim her bangs, really, but she was highly resistant.  She wanted to keep her ponytail.  And she didn’t want bangs because they look babyish.  So I evened up the raggedy ends, I combed forward the part I thought should […]

Park Day – Again

I think we must have walked at least five miles today, and at a pretty brisk pace, too.  We picked up a chatty guest at one point, and I guess I was moving too fast for him, because he dropped out after about half a mile.  I caught up to him again on the way […]

Homeschool Photography

I’ve decided yet again to do a photography project where you take one photograph every day for a whole year.  Such commitment!  I can raise and care for umpteen children for decades on end, but I have trouble with a photo-a-day project.  {insert eye roll here} Anyway, I have a couple of children who are […]

Hands and Hearts

I took these two for a walk this afternoon.  We’ve been so cooped up and we all needed some fresh air and sunshine.  I think this morning was the coldest one we’ve had yet (26°), but the day was so lovely, I didn’t want us to miss the whole thing.  Henry held my hand the […]

Henry at Nineteen Months

Henry is officially nineteen months old as of yesterday, and he’s just about the most charming person I’ve ever met.  He’s crazy affectionate, but he loves me in odd ways.  He’ll climb up behind me and wrap his arms around me, then turn my head so he can kiss my cheek, for example.  He spent […]

Back in the Saddle + Growing Caterpillars

Hey, y’all!  I tidied up the kitchen!  And some messy corners of the living room!  Of course, the living room was messied again almost immediately, but the kitchen is still clean.  And I’m even menu planning this morning, since Henry so sweetly woke me up at 4:25, and there’s no sense going back to bed […]

In Which We Draw Too Much Attention To Ourselves

As we entered the sanctuary, my eyes scanned the pews, just like always.  Our second-on-the-left pew was still unoccupied, but just in front, I noticed a pair of white-habited nuns.  We slid into our seats and I helped Evie pray with Jesus, then I leaned over and tapped a nun on the shoulder.  “Are you […]

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 […]