Revisiting Choice Time

  I’ve had a little help lately when I’ve tried to use our whiteboard for school. As our school year has wound down and there were things accomplished and not accomplished, I have again begun to think about Choice Time. Choice Time was an essential part of how I “did school” with my two older […]

Family Birding for Beginners (Updated!)

This post was first published in 2012.  We’ve discovered new equipment and resources, but mostly, all of the advice remains the same.  My oldest daughter — who just turned 17 somehow — is now evaluating colleges based on whether or not she will be able to bird while she’s in school.  But it all started […]

Montessori with Toddler Twins in 2007

In 2007, I was thinking a lot about little people.  When this post was written, I had a four year old, two eighteen month olds, and I was pregnant with #6, who would be born in August before the twins turned two.  And all these little people needed something to do with their days — […]

Three Year Olds at Work… in 2006 and today

In October of 2006 when this post was originally published, my twins had just turned one and the rest of us had spent a year learning that we could do much more than we ever thought possible.  I remember the first morning I asked my nine year old to make breakfast for himself, his six […]

Ten Years of Blogging

My 10 Year Blogaversary came and went quietly this February while I was taking care of a new baby.  I started blogging because I wanted to learn how to write essays, if you can believe that, and because I also wanted to keep track of our homeschooling life.  But probably mostly it was because I […]

Ordinary Days: Finding Normal Again

I started writing this on Leap Day, 2/29.  The thunderstorms have come and gone, leaving a fair amount of mud for the boys to use for whatever purpose boys like to use mud. Outside my window: It’s spring. High clouds are moving in this afternoon after two blue and clear days in the 60’s. Thunderstorms in […]

Welcome, Abigail Therese!

Abby in the hospital, 3 days old We’ve had our little Abigail Therese with us now for two weeks. I went into the hospital for my scheduled C-section just in the very first stages of labor and she was born at 7:59 AM, February 5 — 7 lbs 11 oz, 20 inches long, with a […]

Still Here… but not for long

My C-section is scheduled for this Friday, February 5, and the first phase of our kitchen remodel is just wrapping up this week.  January was a busy month! So… in other words… this is an odds and ends post.  To let you know, gentle reader, that I have not in fact disappeared into the ether.  […]

Getting Myself Organized: How I Learned to Use a Planner

My 2015 Erin Condren planner, personalized with a quote from St. Padre Pio. Here I have to make an admission: I love reading planner posts.  I love picking up planners in the store and flipping through their clean, tidily ordered pages.  I love looking at planners online.  But it has only been in the last […]

Getting Started on Our Kitchen Remodel

Or, A Long and Sordid Story in Which Nothing Much Happens Until Finally It Does. I mentioned in one of my last posts that we might finally be moving on our kitchen remodel.  When I sat down to write this post, I was thoroughly demoralized because it had turned out that we weren’t actually moving […]