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first day of fall, 2012

Posted by in seasons

fall has always been my favorite season, even as summer has been moving up in the ranks quickly. i love crisp weather, flannel sheets, the smell of campfire in the air, and the obvious gorgeous colors on the trees. this is how we rang in the first day of fall this year: pumpkin cookies – i added a candy corn on top of each cookie (i love candy corn. and peeps. yes, i have very childish taste in candy). gingerbread pancakes for the boys before they took off for soccer. and gingersnap…read more

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sawyer’s 8!

Posted by in family, family fun

the older they get, the more they amaze me! sawyer was always so much his own kid (21 months): our middle boy: the peacemaker, rule-keeper, dare-devil, energetic sawyer cole…we love every little bit of you! (he’s also a great LEGO engineer, is showing promise in acting, and still loves tickling the ivories on the piano…..)

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the interview

Posted by in homeschooling

the reporter and i: we sat on the deck and chatted for about 45 minutes before the photographer showed up. the boys had been in the pool when the reporter arrived, so i suggested we talk on the deck so i could still keep an eye on the boys swimming. because even though they’re great swimmers, i still need to keep an eye close by, or my ears open for all three of their voices while they swim. it was a gorgeous afternoon – sunny and high 80s, no humidity…read more

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interview

Posted by in homeschooling

the local newspaper is coming to my house tomorrow with a photographer to interview me about homeschooling. i’m a bit of a nervous wreck: the house is in shambles because the homeschool room is under construction. what if i say something totally stupid that doesn’t reflect our heart for homeschooling?  what if the boys say their teacher is mean and there’s way too much homework? i haven’t given much thought to what i’m going to say because unlike big politicians or celebrities, i don’t have an advanced copy of the…read more

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first week of school, 2012

Posted by in homeschooling

we started a week early with lots of review, and playing games that reminded them of what they learned last year. i was pleased to see that the didn’t need much refresher. we’ve been going out for lunch on the first day of school for as long as i can remember. this picture is from this year’s first day lunch outing. but last monday, august 27th was our official first day of school!  i have two boys now, that i’m responsible for reporting to the local school district and i wanted…read more

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