Five things that made me smile today

After yesterday’s crabby post, I thought I’d put my energy into something happy.

1. Katie Grace spent an hour in the attic helping me sort through clothes. At the end of it she sighed and said, “Mama, I love spending time with you… even when we’re working.”

2. This twirly skirt tutorial that I swear I’m going to make for my twirly girl.

3. Green Mom Find‘s linking to this eco-conscious online consignment shop, The Conscious Child.

4. Chip finally made my copies for the MOMYS preschool activity swap I’m doing. I think they were due three days ago though.


Thank you!

I’ve been remiss in my thankfulness lately, and wanted to give three shout-outs. I, who rarely win things, have won three gievaways in the past month!

First of all, I won two Preserve recycled toothbrushes over at Gruppie Girl. My daughter claimed the kid one and I’m loving the grown-up one. Thank you!

Love2Learn had all sorts of giveaways and I was blessed enough to win a copy of Secret Angels Four from Bethlehem Books. That’s getting tucked away for Michael on a rainy day! I am very excited about this company, and am thinking of ordering the Happy Little Family books for a read aloud. Thank you!


I’m a lemming.

I’m succombing to internet peer pressure,


2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I don’t remember, but I’m sure it’s been in the last week.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Mostly. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and it gets messy.


5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Four of them (so far!)


7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Um, yeah, just a bit.

Chatter, Daily Life, Daniel

Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.

Truer words were never spoken, Mr. Twain.

Daniel has been miserable today. To replace the RSV/brochiolitis, he now has a snotty runny nose. I think he bopped his eye with a wooden toy, because it was all purplish today. His nails need clipped (OK, that makes me miserable, not him). AND he’s getting at least one new tooth. He just got a new tooth! How many new teeth does an eight-month-old need?!?!?

Despite it all, it was a pretty good day. It was our last “relaxed” day before we get back to work again. The kids wrote resolutions in their journals. Michael resolved to “learn more science,” which I thought was great.


Today we were one of those homeschool families that travels en masse from store to store on Daddy’s day off. I was even wearing my denim skirt.

The camera is still missing, If I don’t find it this weekend, we’ll order a new one. I’m really hoping it’s hiding in the Christmas tree stand or some other odd place and will turn up as an Epiphany surprise.

Right now, I have a naked baby on my lap. He’s not happy. And so, good night!


I lost my camera

I wanted to post pictures of our nature table.

And of the play corner I made in the schoolroom/dining room.

And of before and after I rearranged the art supplies and pantry.

And of my favorite Christmas gifts.

And of the baby, because he is looking particularly sweet today.

But I can’t, because I lost the camera.

Chatter, Michael

Sigh. I feel like we are continually starting over.

Michael is back home for school and, God willing, will stay home. Third grade was less than satisfactory.

I’ve been MIA because first my husband lost the cable that connects our camera to our computer, and then we’ve just been crazy getting ready for Michael to come home.

Anyway, we’ll hopefully be back on track soon. The plan is to sort of “deschool” in December and work on finding our groove, and having a pretty decent rhythm going by January.


We’re still here…

I don’t know why I didn’t blog for two weeks. Lots going on, plus I’m a little embarrassed that I still haven’t figured out how to reply to comments. But we’re still here. I’ll post our “Quality of Numbers” rhymes this week, as well as some info from the Butterfly Unit Study we’re wrapping up. This week we’re going to do a Middle Lesson with origami and other paper folding, and work on some scissors work as well. I’ve been poring over the Rainbow Resources catalog, because we’re pretty sure we’re going to bring Michael home around Thanksgiving break. Well, I’m sure. Chip is less convinced.