Monday, October 3, 2016

Miss Priss

What I want to remember about these days:

Sometimes a messy bun is all one can muster on preschool mornings when a girly wakes up with super tangled hair and it would take more time than we've got to comb it all out!  At least it looks adorable on her with that bow!

When you go to pick up the same girly at preschool and she immediately says "I'm hungry!" and you were planning on another errand or two before heading home, you go to Trader Joe's first where you can get a sample of food and drink and the kids can search for Grace the giraffe and you practice good sentence construction to throw some extra education into the day . . . "Where are you going to tell them you found Grace?" . . . "in the herbs?  How about 'Grace was hiding in the herb section."  and then  you also leave with a lollipop for everyone before heading to Lowe's to pick up tile for the bathroom remodel.  

These are good, sweet days!  


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I love his imagination, ingenuity and resourcefulness! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

the day he was finally tall enough for the big slide!

One Tuesday, when David and I were having time by ourselves while Cora was at preschool we had finished our math and reading for the day and I decided to make a spur of the moment trip to Focus on the Family.  We had been listening to their radio theater production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and I wanted David to get to experience the Narnia room there with the wardrobe.

When we walked into the building they told us that unfortunately the slide wasn't open that day because they were short staffed.  We went and enjoyed the Narnia room and a few of the other activity areas.  Right as we were about to leave they came over the PA system and announced that the slide would be open for a short time!  

David had patiently waited as his same age cousin shot up in height ahead of him and was able to ride.  We went to measure him that day and he looked right on the line to me.  I was hoping that the workers thought right on the line was tall enough as well.  

Sure enough we climbed the three flights of stairs and they pronounced him good to go!  He was so excited!  

He went by himself the first time and then I asked if grown-ups are allowed to go too and they said "yes!" so we both went down the second time!  It was a lot of fun!!  

Have you ever visited the Focus on the Family visitor's center?  


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Sunday, September 11, 2016


We had a little family carnival yesterday at one of our favorite parks.  At the end we had a "cake walk" with Andes mint cupcakes and spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese pecan frosting and Honeycrisp apples (for those who were choosing healthy eating) up for grabs.  It was a fun time!  

What did you do this weekend?


Saturday, September 10, 2016


Things I want to remember about this time:

1.  Whatever David and I are doing for school, Cora wants to be in the thick of it.  As he was practicing writing numerals and completing patterns of numbers (counting by twos, evens and odds, even backwards!) she was drawing on the big easel pad.  She would say "one" and draw a line segment, then she would say "two" and draw another line segment connected to the first and she kept on until she had an interesting shape with several sides!  David really wanted her to close the shape by connecting the lines at the opening so finally she did.  

2. I have found a math curriculum that I am really liking so far.  The Critical Thinking Company's Mathematical Reasoning.  So far we have a copy through Inter-Library Loan (love that service!!!) and we are laying a transparency over the student pages for him to complete with a marker so we don't mark in the book.  I am hoping to find a good used copy by the time we have to return this one!

3.  Cora picked out this outfit herself and I love that she is interested in matching!  (although mis-matched outfits can be awfully cute too)  

4.  Hooray for bare piggy toes and messy buns and paint on our ankles from lots of creativity.  

5.  Noticing the brain quest cards in the corner from David's and my after school date to Chick-fil-a to share a 4 piece nugget kids' meal (David is still so jazzed to be able to eat the dairy nuggets - the original breaded ones as opposed to the grilled!)

What is your favorite thing to order at Chick-fil-a?  
Are you sad about the disappearance of the spicy chicken biscuit on their breakfast menu?

Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

gathering in

"Because in the end, the point of home in all its fullness - the point of good meals, full cupboards, or ordered rooms - is not just to provide creaturely comfort or to prove some sort of competence.  The point of home is to be a refuge for the soul, a place where beauty can be encountered, truth told, goodness touched and known.  It's why home needs hush as well as bustle, silence as well as song." ~ Sarah Clarkson, The Life Giving Home

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday morning

These two!  

This was last Saturday morning.  They spread that stack of books around, reading and exploring the printed word all day long in spurts.  

I loved it!  

What books are you enjoying right now?  With your kids or without?

My kids are loving the Miss Nelson books.
I just finished Mere Motherhood by Cindy Collins - a very good read.  
Starting Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

homeschooling together

We have a new opportunity within our homeschooling routine this year.  Cora is going to our sweet preschool that we love two mornings a week.  That means that David and I get some one on one time.  For this first time we drove home from taking Cora and dropped off all of our bags at our neighborhood coffee shop where Daddy was already working.  

Then we drove the last mile home, got out of the car and onto our bikes and got a mile ride in back to the coffee shop.  Getting some exercise in and fresh air and sunshine and letting David do something he loves more than most anything else right now, riding his bike!

David and I shared a chocolately peanut buttery oatmeal treat and then dug into math and reading with a fun game and some reading of the Box Car Children thrown in too.  

It was a big morning and David really did great at keeping with it!  It was a long morning for me too!  This teaching stuff is exhausting but I wouldn't trade it at all.  

I really enjoyed all three of us being there together!

Fried egg word practice!  

Funny boy!  

Have you and yours started back to school?


Friday, May 6, 2016

around here lately . . .

Just wanting to capture some memories of life right now . . . 

We got to go to David's art show at his one day a week school and see his interpretation of Georgia O'Keefe's work.  

Cora built a giant tower!  

David has been very interested in cooking and "plating" food creatively lately.  He wanted this dinner to be in rows.  

I got to teach David's Bible class one Sunday morning and we played a "dart board" game to review with velcro wrapped ping pong balls.  

These key lime mini cakes were pretty tempting at Costco but I passed them up.

I did make rosemary rice krispie treats for a girls' night!  

They were super yummy!  

Keeping my house picked up has felt like a battle lately.  After a morning of "resetting" I snapped this picture to capture the moment.  

As we did our music lesson the other day "Baby" decided to play along.  :)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

this is pretty fun

photo credit:  Adrian

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

pink shoes

firmly in the "do it myself" phase . . . 

dyeing eggs 2016 edition

On Good Friday Nana came over to visit so I decided to seize the moment of having another adult around to do our egg dyeing!  

Unfortunately ALL of our pictures with Nana in them are out of focus but I had to include ONE to show she was here!!  In this photo she is teaching David just like she once taught me about dipping an egg in different colors on either end to make a tri-color egg (white in the middle).  

For whatever reason our egg boiling and dying did not go all that well.  The kids had fun but the eggs weren't all the way cooked (as we found out when two fell on the floor) the dye colors came out really wonky, etc.  

After dyeing eggs traditionally, I decided to try out an idea I'd seen online.  Volcano egg dyeing!  

Cora is pouring her baking soda into her bowl herself.  

Mixing up some baking soda paint.  

After you paint your egg with the baking soda "paint" you pour vinegar over it!  

It was exciting and way less messy than the other way and also turned out some pretty and unique eggs!  I would definitely do it this way again.  

Do you have any egg dyeing traditions?  

Is there anyone reading who has never dyed eggs?


Monday, March 28, 2016


There was a little pre-dinner creative session at our house recently resulting in these two lovely pieces (one Cora's and one David's) now hung in our dining room "gallery".  

I am pretty much in love with this funky paper person!

Also, you might notice the days of creation in the top left of the photo.  We spent a week learning the days of creation using fun ideas found here.  It was a huge hit with the kids!


Saturday, March 26, 2016


“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool."  Isaiah 1:18

photo taken this morning 7:17 a.m. Easter weekend

“The others cast themselves down upon the fragrant grass, but Frodo stood awhile still lost in wonder. It seemed to him that he had stepped through a high window that looked on a vanished world. A light was upon it for which his language had no name. All that he saw was shapely, but the shapes seemed at once clear cut, as if they had been first conceived and drawn at the uncovering of his eyes, and ancient as if they had endured for ever. He saw no colour but those he knew, gold and white and blue and green, but they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them and made for them names new and wonderful. In winter here no heart could mourn for summer or for spring. No blemish or sickness or deformity could be seen in anything that grew upon the earth. On the land of L√≥rien, there was no stain.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring