Soapy Waxy Stuff

I had a request to do soap carving again, so I got a pack of Ivory soap bars and let the boys make a humongous mess with dull knives and various carving implements. Ian carved a couch and I got as far as a robot head before I realized I’d been abandoned with a mountain…

Exploring Comics, Culture & History

Today is another organically-unfolding home school day. We started off the day reading some books. The last book we looked at was a comic. After reading the comic, we started discussing the elements of a comic, the teamwork of artists, writers and editors, and the planning stages of a comic. Next, we learned how to…

We’re Official

Yesterday (or was it Sunday?), we started our first day of *official* First Grade home school. Sunday, I submitted our online Declaration of Intent. I’ve had some apprehension about the start of school, being so torn between not wanting to do “school at home” and feeling pressured to stick to some standard objectives. Allow me…

Dewy Slide or Don’t We

I’ve had a blast observing the boys today, in spite of it feeling a little hectic. We had enough time to do the morning routine at a steady, but fairly leisurely pace, before going to an appointment. I was on track for an on-time departure by the time I had the boys dressed…in their shorts…

Isaac

This morning, I threw myself a full-blown pity party. I may be of the species that bleeds for a week and doesn’t die, but it doesn’t feel very heroic sometimes. Tack on the letdown of my handsome guy returning to work after a long Christmas vacation, and I think we’re all sitting home not feeling…

Hello 2013

If this post smells like Lysol, it’s because I’m hiding in the bathroom. Isaac is feeling a little assertive this morning about getting his “special time” with mom. Lately, when someone offends his sensibility, he considers it an automatic ticket to some Special Time. This morning, before we were out of bed, he was telling Elijah…

Brother Feud

Like having our then 4-year-old happily spending the night at a friend’s house (a very trusted family friend), we’ve recently had a sooner-than-expected, but cute conversation in our house of fellas. We hadn’t anticipated our 4- and 5-year-old boys to be “feuding” over a lady quite yet. We shall call her “Belle.” Isaac had once…

Knight in Shining…Sunburn?

Here’s our 5 year old, having lost his first tooth on Oct 22 while we were in Florida. It involved an apple, and he was a bit shaken afterwards, being the first loss and all, but the Florida tooth fairy apparently pays high dollar. I guess this means he’s really really not a baby any…

The Milky Way and Other Sweet Stuff

I have a house full of hams. I’d do well to set aside my attempts at sweet pictures and just enjoy the the little goobers that come out with the camera. Here the boys are so excited to be celebrating dad’s birthday. They can’t wait to help him open his presents. It was, otherwise, a…

One-Eyed, One-Hand Crying Little-People Feeder

I’m starting the year off with a bang. Friday night, I put my contacts in a case and discovered my saline bottle was empty. I grabbed an open bottle from under the sink thinking it was fairly fresh and squirted some in my case. Saturday morning, I discovered the painful way that the saline expired three years…