Life may not be boring, but I can write about it only so much, or I'm going to bore you. I mean, how many times do you want to read that the eight-year-old beat me at Star Wars Monopoly? (And I swear I'm not letting him win.) Or that the eleven-year-old played Mozart's Fantasia for the thousandth time, or that I am still a failure at cooking, and you couldn't eat off my floors, but all the laundry gets done, and the dishes are washed three times a day.
As I always say, summer has a mind of its own, and this year has been no exception. August, especially, has been full, mostly of good things. The boys' birthdays are both in August, so this keeps me busy most of the month, and we usually take time off around their birthdays so that I … Continue reading August
Being is the great explainer. ~ Henry David Thoreau When I tell people that I'm a homeschool mom, I'm sure most people think that I teach my boys everyday. But the truth is, they have been teaching me. They are the teachers, and I'm the pupil. They have taught me that you can be happy, … Continue reading What My Kids Have Taught Me
Due to several reasons, we had not been getting out for regular day hikes as much as we used to, and this made me sad. But last week we woke up, the weather was good, the time was right, and we decided at the last minute to go to the mountains for the day. (We never … Continue reading Thoughts on Photographs and the Last Ten Years
When I was young and traveling somewhere by car with my dad -- and I think my Aunt Carolyn said this once too -- I would ask, "Where are we?" and he would answer, "Right along here." When I thought about writing something today this seemed like the perfect title for this post because quite frankly, I don't have any … Continue reading Right Along Here
There are times I get super busy such as when family visits or all our play dates and appointments get clumped into one week. No matter how much I try to spread out our activities, I go through periods of non-stop excitement and then the welcome reprieve of being at home for a few days … Continue reading Homeschooling Is My Compass
I sometimes ask myself this question. There is no reward in blogging except for the infrequent but kind remarks left in the comments. There is even less reward in writing a newspaper column. (I will comment no further on that.) Sometimes I get tired of writing about myself because I wonder who really cares? There are … Continue reading Why Do I Blog?
This little guy will sigh and ask, "How much more does he have to play?" Older brother used to have more time to play, and quite honestly, he still has lots of time to play, but that doesn't make it any easier for a six-year-old to wait patiently through an hour (sometimes hour+!) of piano playing twice … Continue reading Waiting for Brother
This morning was the first morning that was warm enough for us to sit on the porch and do lessons. I love sitting on the front porch, but it's tricky doing our lessons out here because it's hard to keep the boys focused. They are ready to jump out of their seats and go play in the … Continue reading A Little Bit of Wildness
I made some minor changes to my blog. First of all, I switched to a new template, though it’s very similar to what I had before. But it opens up the menu and side margin a little, which I like. I also changed my tagline to “at the heart of homeschooling.” I did this partly … Continue reading At the Heart of Homeschooling