Monthly Archives August 2011

Window Painting Activity

Today, I unpacked one of the boxes of art supplies and found the paint! I decided it would be a perfect day to make our own window paint and then paint the sliding glass door out to the pool. When I told The Daddy about our plan, he grew quiet a minute and then, in…
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38 Weeks

38 weeks was the last day in my pregnancy with Cora that she was alive.  I woke up that morning (Sunday, April 30th) to get ready for church, and when I stood up, I realized that I could breathe.  Sure enough, looking in the mirror, she had dropped.  I was excited, since it was something…
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Back to school

Today was our first day back to school after a leisurely summer break. A first day of school juggling three elementary students in different grades and a rambunctious toddler goes something like this: I kick everyone out of bed and make them get dressed and assembled for school pictures. An opportunity to torture children with…
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On Being Scared

Over the past several months, I’ve been working to get my body back into shape.  As much as it would love to remain a soft baby-making machine, I had to break the news that it was being permanently laid off due to a factory shut-down.  It took the news hard – so hard that it…
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The Very Hungry Cupcakapillar

Jonah’s birthday was on Monday, and I was a bit nervous about one thing. A couple weeks prior, the whole family was driving in the car. From the back seat, Jonah piped up, “Go to the party store!” Why? We asked him. “It’s Jonah’s berfday! Get party hats and balloons and berfday cake!” Later that…
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Back to School Prep

This week, I’ve been trying to get The Older back into the grove of going to bed at 7:30 pm and doing ‘work.’ In the beginning of summer, I was really good at making sure he read for at least 30 minutes a day and works on second grade worksheets, but when the move came,…
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Recipe – Oven Roasted Corn

Our local farmers market recently changed from Sun Harvest to Sprouts! They are both apart of Henery’s Farmers Market, but Sprouts has now joined forces, and all markets will now be Sprouts. That is exciting news for me, because that will grow the amount of products in store. When I last visited, they had done…
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Shotgun schooling

I’ve been gathering up all the goodies to begin our school year next week and balance the needs of a self-starting (if grouchy) 5th grader, an ADD 3rd grader, a year-ahead-of-schedule kindergartener, and a crazy into-everything 20-monther. Exciting stuff. But you know what has come to me? In all of this curriculum wrestling, I’ve realized…
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Smacksy Sunday Links

Loved this over at Brene Brown’s site this week. I’d like to walk through these rooms. Do you know the phenomenal Jessica Bern? You should. Don’t miss her Listen To Your Mother LA reading, One and Done. Happy Sunday.
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Mark’s tangled words

Mark (10) has a flair for the dramatic.  It is surprising to people who only see him out of the house, as elsewhere he’s shy and reserved.  At school, he’s mostly quiet.  Don’t let that fool you. He’s always thinking, plotting, planning.  When he gets home, I ask…”what did you do today?” “Stuff,”  he replies….
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