first day of school, 2011

Posted by in family, family fun, homeschooling

i wish i could bottle the excitement and enthusiasm of our first days back to school. we would all need a good dose of today’s optimism come february. and then again at the end of march. our first full days back to school are so exciting…a new schedule, new workbooks, new stories, new pencils. even the boys get giddy over it all! we’re kicking off school Charlotte Mason style by taking advantage of the weather and Nature Studying until it’s too cold to be outside for longer than 10 minutes….read more


rode hard, put away wet

Posted by in health, running

I ran my first official “race” yesterday. My shoes were so much prettier before yesterday’s obstacle course the race coordinator’s called a “trail run.” I had great support from my husband (who placed in his age group!), and great stamina support from my running buddy, Courtney, who didn’t leave me behind (and she could have, several times!). The race was a 4.1 trail run – completely different than what I was training to do. I was running on a track – no roots, no rocky bits, no stream crossings, or…read more


starting school…

Posted by in family fun, seasons, Uncategorized

…but not for two weeks yet! i’m so glad that we’re still in full summer mode here because i would be completely distracted if i had to “do school” right now. i’m considering a very organic, easy-going start to school in a few weeks’ time, when i can finally put summer behind me and “get excited” about falling temperatures, feeling stuck inside, and non-grilled food for 6 months. we are nearly ready with all of our curriculum, but actual planning has fallen by the wayside as our busy summer has…read more


still a blogger!

Posted by in family fun, seasons

i swear…i really am still a blogger! …it’s just that summer keeps us busy and less contemplative. okay, so i’m still contemplative, but i’m doing blog posts in my head, and not on my laptop while the temperatures soar well above 80 (heaven!)… i hope you are having a great summer like we are: endless days of swimming, sunning, reading, playing, swimming, playing, friending, swimming, sleeping-in, swimming, playing, traveling, swimming, grilling…and…SWIMMING! ¬†we’re enjoying time with great friends, i’m reading some great books, and i’m enjoying pushing the envelope of my…read more