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Whether you home-school or not, year-round or not, summer need not be a season of complete educational atrophy. I’d encourage any family to chisel out one hour a day to devote to an interest-led unit study. At the White house, we’ll be learning US geography this summer. State capitols and history, completing a giant United States coloring poster. I’ve Read More →

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Never thought I’d say this, but I want to move to California. Property taxes, real-estate premiums, traffic, crowds, and materialism aside… I’m smitten. And I miss it. We were hosted by remarkably hospitable friends who built their beautiful home on a lemon orchard. Squeee! Taking care to situate their house around the trees versus mow them down to build, most are now Read More →

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Continued from the post about our visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I’m sharing vacation pics from arguably the nerdiest Los Angeles trip in modern history: We patroned the original Renaissance Faire where our new friend braids hair for all the lovely maidens in attendance. Fun was had, colossal roasted turkey legs consumed, and Ye Olde English Read More →

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We’ve just returned home from a glorious week in sunny Los Angeles, our primary aim to visit the brand-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. #nerdalert I’m the only one in the fam who’d previously been to Universal, but that was way back in ’91 when I was Firstborn’s age and Harry Potter was still Read More →

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Firstborn triumphantly completed the Save the Manatee Virtual 5K in a passionate effort to raise awareness and funding for the gentle giants she adores. #proudmama As hinted at previously, she did more than just run: Her event included rollerblading, scootering, skate-boarding, biking, kayaking and running. Now she’s saying she wants to do an Ironman. Please enjoy her race video (36 Read More →

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Last week found me digging through boxes of old photos in search of pictures of my late great-aunt; as a result, I was able to share all kinds of old photographic gems with family members during our brief visit to Oregon for the funeral. Explaining to my twenty year old sister how one used to have to take a roll of film in Read More →

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I’ve just returned home from an impromptu Oregon road-trip, to attend the funeral of my late great-aunt whose children did a terrific job honoring her life. Direct flights a rarity, it takes about the same time to fly as it does to drive, so we saddled up the sexy minivan and the kids hitched a ride in order to yuck it up with their cousins. Read More →