Seasons of Joy

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Portfolios turned in, affidavits notarized and filed, and we already have 26 days towards the next school year. Life is good!

Happy First Day of… School?

To be fair, we finished “last year” around mid-April. But yes, we officially started school today with a homeschool “first day of summer” playdate. Tomorrow we start in earnest. Normally we take it easy during the summer, although we never completely take off. This summer we were going to have a detective agency/mystery theme, but with the babies coming, we’re just jumping right into regular school. That way we can take a month or two off when the babies arrive if we need to.

Like waking up from a long, long sleep…

I’m feeling better! Well, mostly. I’m still pretty easily tired and I still have the occasional bad tummy day. And after 4 PM, all bets are off and you’ll probably find me up in bed. But compared to the last 6 weeks, I am practically active!

It’s weird though. I feel sort of like someone who woke up from a coma, albeit a short one. The last menu hanging on the calendar is dated April 19. The calendars stopped being changed back in April as well. I’m slowly sifting through my emails– again, from April– and thank goodness for the ability to renew library books online, or I would be looking at a rather hefty fee.



Sorry for no updates. I am absolutely, positively, mind-numbingly exhausted. I fall asleep at strange times in even stranger places. I am nauseated pretty much 24/7 and my mood could politely be described as Not Nice. In short, I am pregnant with twins.

Babies are doing great and growing like crazy.


I have my first official doctor’s appointment on Tuesday and an ultrasound on Thursday. To be honest, I’ve had an ultrasound about every two weeks, which is way more than I normally would like. But after losing two babies, it’s been a huge comfort to see the babies and know they are growing.

Proud Mama

With apologies to anyone who already saw this on Facebook.
Saturday was Katie Grace’s ballet recital. Sadly, I forgot my camera, but I did get a video of the dress rehearsal.

I am SO happy that Katie Grace is able to attend St. John School of the Arts. They really respect and protect the children’s innocence, and that’s so hard to find nowadays.
Then on Sunday, my wonderful children’s choir sang an arrangement of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee and Michael sang the solo at the early service!

I know he won’t have that beautiful treble voice always!

Thank you!

I would like to thank everyone for your wonderful kind words, both of congratulations for the babies and of advice. I am slowly soaking it all in, but I didn’t want anyone to think I hadn’t read. I’m truly blessed by a wonderful online and real life community. Thank you!

Desperately seeking advice…

You know, I’ve been really struggling with how homeschooling is going to look next year. And since I have so many fabulous homeschoolers in my life, I figure the best thing I can do is put this out there.

As you may know, I am pregnant with twins and due on December 6, 2010. I’ve always gone late and have never had any major issues during pregnancy other than one month of bed rest at the end of my pregnancy with Nicholas, due to high blood pressure, and I am hoping my good health in pregnancies will continue with these babies.


So, you may have noticed that things have been very very quiet around here lately. And my friends, that is because I am pregnant. But that’s not the half of it. No really, literally.

Once upon a time, there was a tree…

And it was greatly loved.

Then one day, along came a mighty wind, and the tree fell crashing down.

Sadly, it landed on the neighbor’s house. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Because it was such a very large tree, it took many helpers to lift it from the house.

In the end, there was nothing to do but close off the street and bring in a crane.

And they lifted the tree right over the houses!

And soon, nothing was left but a big mess.

The Fairies

Fairies are so lovely

With silver wings that shine.

(Lock thumbs and spread hands like wings.)

They flutter through the meadow

And light upon the pine.

(Flutter hands.)

They sweep away the cobwebs

And paint the flowers new.

(Imitate these motions.)

They take a bath in buttercups

(Form buttercup with fingers.)

And wash their hair in dew.

(Touch hair.)

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