Center Sister turned ten last week. In keeping with family custom, she celebrated with a long-anticipated trip with Daddy to a mystery destination. We call it a Lowry Ten, after our friends who started the same tradition with their kids a year before us. Just like Firstborn’s trip two years ago, Husband & I selected the secret location by giving special consideration Read More →

Continuing along with Hopkins Homeschool & A Net in Time, we are blogging through the alphabet and on the letter V this week. Hasn’t every homeschool family built a model volcano that erupts baking soda and vinegar? I’m pretty sure it’s a requisite rite of passage. Little known fact about me: I love volcanos. It’s a fascination fueled by Read More →

Last week I referenced the classic 1980’s comedy The Burbs, in regards to our Radical Ranch Remodel, but this week I’ve got another timeless Tom Hanks film foremost on my mind: Perhaps it’s the Realtor in me, but I just adore this film– along with the Chevy Chase classic, ‘Funny Farm,’ which details the most over-the-top home-staging-to-sell scheme in the Read More →

I’m blogging through the alphabet with A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool. This week we’re on the letter T… in our homeschool T is for Travel. (addt’l alphabet posts: D, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S) “Travel is the enemy of prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, Read More →

You might have guessed at it, but I’m a fan of folklore, fairy-tales, mythical magical whimsy, and all things imaginative… Unicorns, mermaids, wizards, hobbits, and fairies are fixtures of our home. Accordingly, the girls and I were delighted to introduce Little Man (and my youngest niece) to a real life Enchanted Forest of wonderment this week. A fixture Read More →

I’m blogging through the alphabet with A Net in Time & Hopkins Homeschool, and this week S is for Suburbia. One of the greatest perks of homeschooling is the geographical flexibility– one can do school from virtually any kind of home, and it seems we’ve pretty much tried them all. Despite the occasional changes of scenery, homeschooling together as a family remains a Read More →

Quality time is my primary love language, so for Mother’s Day last weekend Husband whisked us merfolk off to the seashore for an adventurous family field trip. Incredibly, it was our first time to the coast since moving back to the Pacific Northwest a month and a half ago– save for the Puget Sound in Seattle on Husband’s birthday. Exploring Read More →