Smithically Speaking: Episode 4 ~ Homeschooling High school Part 3

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Episode 4 of Smithically Speaking continues with the series about preparing to homeschool for the high school years.  I know I’m not the first to do this, but it’s the first time we’re hitting this milestone.  But I’m not the only homeschool parent who has doubts and fears along with being confident in our homeschool lives. In today’s episode we hear from other parents what their fears and confidences are. After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople Socks Rocks (my 13-year-old son who is also my producer)…read more

Smithically Speaking: Episode 3 ~ Homeschooling High School Part 2

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Welcome to Episode 3 of Smithically Speaking, a podcast of stories about everyday people, where you can walk around in someone else’s shoes for a while. We continue our current series following my family as we dive into the high school years outside the four walls of a traditional school.  Today, I get to introduce you to my son, Rowan and we learn a little about what his interests are, and we begin to talk about how his skills and interests can guide our plans for his high school years….read more

Friday Favorites…

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Fridays are what keeps us going every week.  Especially during February.  And maybe January.  Okay, maybe even March. Fridays usher in the weekend…where we can do what we want to do ALL DAY LONG.  Unless we are driving to soccer, futsal, shopping, youth group, garage sales, rehearsals…what have you.  But we love weekends because nothing hangs over our heads. We watched Get Out this week and just loved it.  Creepy and thrilling AND humorous.  In a very intelligent manner.  In other words, this isn’t Scary Movie. The boys and I…read more

…and the living is easy

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it has been the longest and the shortest summer. it was the shortest because we were super busy with two shows (the boys’ kid show at the local community theatre and our shakespeare in the park which was stretched over three weekends through the end of august), and soccer starting in JULY (after ending in june). and august was COLD (highs in the lows 70s, down into the 50s at night) so we barely used the pool and ended up closing it before september! it was the longest because hello…read more

sideline parents

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I first blogged about our boys starting soccer NINE whole years ago in this post from 2008. We had tried t-ball and it didn’t really “stick.” Soccer has since become the constant in our autumns and springs…every year there is a need for new cleats, different styles of shin guards, and the latest fad in soccer balls. These past nine years, I’ve been a quiet, yet supportive sideline soccer mom. But last weekend, that changed. Soccer is a contact sport.  Pretty much any sport is (well, not t-ball!), but contact in soccer…read more

what we’re loving right now

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Thai Curry Chicken Meatballs  These are our favorite!  I make this twice a month and it lasts for leftover lunches, served over perfect jasmine rice (in the Instant Pot!). I usually use a full pound of lean ground chicken or turkey and full-fat coconut milk for a well-rounded, real food meal.  It perfectly satisfies that Thai food craving I get (pretty much on a daily basis!). Search Party (TBS)  This is the television show that for some crazy reason nobody seems to be talking about.  It’s brilliant.  20-minute episodes that…read more

my, how things have changed

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i’ve lost my blogging voice.  and while that’s not a bad thing, it’s a lonely, boring place to be. i can’t pinpoint when i lost it – definitely a few years ago when facebook and instagram took over my daily accounting.  and then i think fear took over. fear of saying the wrong thing; of unintentionally hurting someone because of something i wrote.  and now…after not blogging for forever, i want to write again.  but what do i write? when i started blogging, we had babies.  only two of them…but…read more

antique comfort

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Kenny and I have always loved antiques.  When we were dating, one of our favorite things to do was drive out of the city into a country setting and find antique stores and browse for hours.  The first thing we ever bought was a sterling silver candelabra in Bedford, Pa. When we were looking at engagement rings, we looked strictly at antique diamonds and settings, and we both wear antique rings as our wedding bands.  On our honeymoon in Deep Creek, Maryland, we bought our antique china closet, and our fifth christmas…read more

get your Hygge on

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  January and February are my least favorite months of the year.  After months of cozy evenings snuggled up with tea, hot chocolate, blankets, books, Christmas music, and movies…the cold air has turned bitter and there is nothing to look forward to but the warm sun that won’t return for at least another four months. At least in our neck of the woods. This is the time of year that Kenny and I start talking about our garden.  What veggies and flowers we’ll be planting in what location of the…read more


a day in the (still) life

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I am not a visual artist. I can’t sketch or draw, my water colors blend into a big blob of brown….but oh how i love watching the boys, unhindered, paint whatever is in their heart. so i choose to join them this year.  instead of setting them up with paints and then leaving the room to start on lunch or dinner, i’m sitting down and getting my paint on, too. i may not share my masterpieces with you…but sharing them with the boys is enough joy. what are you digging…read more