Once again, I’m homeschooling the kidlets straight through summer— including a special unit study on US history & geography. Incidentally, as the first states joined the union seeking freedom from the English monarchy, Marie Antoinette was still on the throne in France. Which brings me to Center Sister’s latest obsession… Center Sister’s middle name is Marie, so her Read More →

Business is booming for our wee entrepreneurs who seem to have made a name for themselves in the local pet-sitting market. They wrapped up a gig watching two neighbor kitties last week, then started another caring for two more plus a dog this week. An additional guinea pig was dropped off for boarding last night, Read More →

The kids and I have been delighted by the enthusiastic show of support for their summer US geography project and post-card solicitation. God bless social media for things such as these. This is where we’ll share photos of postcards received, as well as a running list of states we’re still on the hunt for. Thanks again! Thanks to Read More →

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 an hour a day to devote to an interest-led unit study… US geography is on the syllabus in the White house, this summer. State capitols and history, coloring a giant United States poster… I’ve been conspiring for Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →