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happiest ninth birthday, sawyer cole!

Posted by in family, family fun

sawyer’s birth was the shortest of the three boys. he was born much in the same ways that he tackles his days today: quickly, fiercely, and with purpose. kenny, one-year old rowan, and i were dining at an indian restaurant with friends when i was having contractions that were 10 minutes apart. i was ready to have this baby (only 3 days away from my due date), so i ordered Mateer Paneer extra spicy. within 9 hours, sawyer was born! sawyer, you take on each day with gusto. you are…read more

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friday stream of conscience…

Posted by in homekeeping, homeschooling

we’ve been going at full speed all week long. i feel a bit like a drill sergeant at times keeping the boys just one little step ahead of our full schedule this year. i need someone to keep me ahead of the schedule too, but nobody applied for the job, so i’m on my own. this morning is friday, and i’m dragging. i’m feeling the need for a recharge of my batteries. i snapped at the boys because they can’t keep their room clean and they keep dragging dirt in…read more

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the “i hate camping” guide to camping. comfortably.

Posted by in family, family fun, food

i think i need to write this book. i’m not the world’s easiest camper. and i never jump at the opportunity to “go camping.” ┬áso when kenny said to me two weeks ago, “how about instead of a few days at ocean city, we go camping on labor day weekend instead!” i wasn’t exactly excited. but then we registered at the campground where our friends were going to be. and then we told the boys (their excitement WAY outdid my excitement!), and then kenny brought home fun camping things like…read more

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