Sterling turned eight years old today. It is hard to believe and strange all at the same time. My dear boy is growing up. We got him a wood burner. A handheld tool to burn a pattern into wood, he had a fabulous time with it all afternoon. I’ll try to get a photo of […]
If you ever wake up without a voice, have seven kids to tend to, four to homeschool, your husband is out of town, and your nearly three year old son decides to put lanolin in his hair in lieu of hair gel, take note. Blue Dawn dish soap washes it out. It’ll take several tries, […]
Where’s Waldo? Blaine? Blaine got home from work the other day and headed off to who knows what project he’d chosen for the evening. With a long list, you never quite know. The next thing I heard was the chainsaw. I went outside to see this. Blaine’s in there somewhere, perched in the tree, […]
TOS Review: Mango Languages
For the past six weeks or so, three of my older children and I have been using Mango Languages and their Homeschool Curriculum for teaching languages as part of the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. For ages 6 to adult, I chose to do this review with Sterling, 6, Eden, 9, and Liberty, 10. Mango offers […]
5 days out: goodbye, routine. Hello, padded room.
Life is just a little bit crazy right now. Blaine went back to work today, and Ellie met the pediatrician and got checked out. She’s doing fabulously, had gotten down to 9 lbs. 1 oz. but was at 9 lbs. 2 oz. today so we’re climbing again. Her heart sounds perfect, she’s not jaundiced, and […]
My work is not done.
Pierce still wears a diaper to bed. All of his sisters except Charlotte regularly pitch in and put his (cloth) diaper on. Tonight, Sterling offered to help Pierce get ready for bed. Sterling headed to the place that I keep pull-ups reserved specifically for co-op. He grabbed one. I reminded Sterling that those are NOT […]
I got a recliner. After many pregnancies wishing for one, and many newborns without a rocking chair, I’m thrilled with my craigslist find – it matches the couch. Problem: The kids really like my new recliner too. (Sorry about the photo. It was impossible to get a good shot. The coat hooks are on the […]
Shopping battles, missing ribs, and toy invasions.
Life has become mere endurance. At 32 weeks pregnant, I’m miserable beyond words. I. Hurt. Everywhere. But, baby kicks and rolls and from all appearances is doing fabulously. I was warned by my midwife to expect this one to be bigger than all my others, since he/she is already larger than most. My heaviest was […]
I never imagined this.
These days are hard. School seems to drag on forever, co-op has become a stress like no other and keeps me awake at night, it’s all I can do to keep up with the house somewhat and laundry, Pierce is tearing the house apart as fast as I can put it back together and refusing […]
Pierce threw two new rolls of toilet paper into the toilet. Someone left the toothpaste, uncapped, on the bathroom rug. Charlotte stepped on it. The rug’s in the washing machine. Fourth load for today. I took the kids grocery shopping at two stores and to the library. A random man asked me when I was […]
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