This December we aren’t fighting it. We’re throwing in the towel and embracing the Yuletide merriment wholeheartedly. Instead of squeezing festivities in/around the margins of our regularly scheduled programming, and driving ourselves batty in the process, we’ll gearing our STUDIES around the HOLIDAY, all vice-versa like. (My favorite podcaster, Pam, gave me permission!) It’s like a month-long Christmas unit study… the opening act: Saint Nicholas Day Read More →


Have I mentioned I love Christmas? We actually don’t do much with Santa, but you get the idea. Buddy the Elf is my spirit animal. Yesterday I combed the kids’ hair, dressed them in clean, matching clothing, and drove to a field near our home in hopes of snapping a decent pic for this year’s warm holiday greetings– which Minted is graciously printing for Read More →


With Thanksgiving squarely behind us, I can now officially proclaim (without being admonished) that it’s beginning to look a lot like Chriiiiiistmas… It’s the most wonderful (IMO) time of the year! I’ve drafted a rough bucket list for the upcoming holiday season; including, but not limited to the following: Host our 9th annual Gingerbread House decorating party. Obtain tree, trim. Hopefully we’ll Read More →


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, my girls are sharing a bit of gratitude today– specific to homeschooling. Counting one’s blessings is a healthy exercise that never hurt anybody, especially as my pupils have been prone to grumble of late. Firstborn says: We don’t need a pass to go to the bathroom. ((snort!)) Must’ve learned of this from a book. Sometimes we get to Read More →


Another day, another costume… the kids’ latest dress-up opportunity came today, courtesy of Awana. The leaders posed the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and encouraged the kiddos to dress the part. Firstborn still aspires to work with manatees, as a marine biologist/oceanographer. Jacques Cousteau her logical hero, she dressed in Read More →