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a “summer” weekend in april

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we were blessed with amazing weather this weekend. beginning on thursday, we had sunny days and temperatures in the 60s and 70s.  we were able to plant the rest of our “spring” garden (onions, potatoes, peas, and rhubarb), do some mini-spring cleaning inside and outside, but most importantly, pretend it was the dog days of summer and planned a cookout on the (local) beach. after a morning of baking (strawberry pancakes for breakfast, strawberry bread, and chocolate chip cookies), we packed up our cooler and picnic basket full of baked…read more

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gone…no more…kaput…sad.

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not just one, but both of my sewing machines died this week. and just when i really got the sewing bug. i’ve been focusing on knitting and organizing over the colder months, and it never seemed enticing to sit in the cold guest room (where the sewing nook is) and sew when i could curl up under a blanket and knit or watch tv, or begin my love of cheesy british mystery-novels. but now, i want to sew. i have boy’s pants and quilts and dolls and placemat-napkin sets and curtains all itching to be…read more

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the good husbandman

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kenny has finally entered the blogging world with his new gardening journal. follow him at the good husbandman. the blog has pictures and journal keeping of his seedlings, plantings, vegetable and fruit gardens, and flower beds that dot our landscape.

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an april “mud party”

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it reached 70 degrees yesterday. that gave the boys an excuse to get the hose and buckets out, strip down to their shorts and barefeet and make a huge mud puddle in the driveway. rowan told me this morning that they were “painting the garage brown with mud.” i guess i have some damage control to do today. fortunately, it’s sunny and warmer today and tomorrow. unfortunately, all three boys woke up with colds.

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new toys!

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first of all…thank you, heather and bonnie, for volunteering your husbands and their drywall/plastering work. we’ll be in touch! we were gifted recently with some really fun new additions to our classroom. they’re actually not really used for school time, but they’re fun to have, and we’ve all been enjoying them! this LARGE chalkboard we mounted on a big blank wall in our kitchen. it’s perfect – the three boys can stand (on chairs or stools) and draw for very long periods of time – i usually encourage drawing time…read more

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who is it? it’s the plumber…i’ve come to fix the sink!

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everytime a conversation about a plumber begins, i can’t help but think of the cartoon (sesame street? electric company?) about the parrot and the plumber. the parrot is inside saying “Who is it?” when the plumber knocks on the door but never actually answers the door…and the plumber has to answer over and over “It’s the plumber…I’ve come to fix the sink!” getting angrier and angrier when the door isn’t answered. am I the only one who remembers that? anyone? anyone? here is our downstairs hallway ceiling, after the discovered…read more

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easter highlights

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we spent the weekend with kenny’s brother steven, and his family (peg, his wife and their kids hannah and shane). we had a fantastic time dodging rain drops on good friday, running around all day with remote control airplanes and kites on saturday (getting said plane stuck in a tree on sunday afternoon), and spending Easter Sunday with the united methodists in the morning, and the sunshine in the afternoon. all the while, our oven broke friday morning (kenny and steven fixed it) and our bathroom began to leak through…read more

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school’s out for summer!

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or spring! i updated our schooling blog with our current school status. we’re DONE!

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