A Day of Snowed-In Fun

This past week we had a lot of snow.  In fact, there was so much snow that we got snowed in.  My Sweetie graciously takes care of the snow blowing when he’s in town, but he was on the road during this storm.

 

While the boys and I were a bit disappointed to cancel a brunch-date with a dear friend, it felt nice for the weather to declare a day of rest on our behalf.… Continue reading

Hosting a Sustainable Gathering: How to Throw a Zero-Waste Party

This is the time of year when many people host an array of holiday gatherings for family, friends, and colleagues.  It can be a lot of fun, but it can also result in a lot of waste.

 

Not only is there paper waste from gift wrapping that gets immediately discarded (you can find more sustainable package decorating suggestions HERE), but people frequently use disposable goods in order to lessen the work involved with hosting a party.  … Continue reading

A Circle of Caring

A Circle of Caring
A delicious meal brought to us by a caring friend.

Last week was a tough week for us.  I mourned the death of my mother-in-law.  A friend’s dog nipped my 3-year-old, who then needed an emergency tetanus shot.  A wasp got under my son’s shirt and stung him 8 times before I managed to flush it out.  I missed my husband while he was out of town (big things always feel more difficult when we’re apart). … Continue reading

Through the Eyes of a Child: Waiting Can be an Adventure

Through the Eyes of a Child: Waiting Can be an AdventureThrough the eyes of a child, everything is magic and full of fun.  Even waiting in a parking lot.

 

As we waiting for a friend who was running late, my boys had a great time exploring a dirt and weed filled parking-lot island.  They took what could have been 20 minutes of simply waiting (or lots of complaining), and turned it into an outdoor adventure.… Continue reading

Creekside Chamber Music

creekside-chamber-musicWith the school year just beginning, people seem to be especially curious about how and why our family homeschools.  Questions regarding our motives, our practices, our most- and least-favorite parts of homeschooling, and more seem to come daily.

 

In an effort to answer some of these questions, I decided to put up periodic pieces that give a peek into our homeschooling lives. … Continue reading

Taking a Short Break

Taking a Short BreakIt’s always good to know when to take a break.  Over the last week or so, several factors have come together to let me know that this is the time.

 

Last week my computer died.  One morning it was working fine.  The next time I went to turn it on, it simply wouldn’t start.  It suffered from a major hardware failure, and was completely done.… Continue reading