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Zoology 101

I’m blogging through the alphabet with A Net in Time & Hopkins Homeschool… this week we’ve made it to the letter Z! Obviously in our house Z is for Zoology. a /

Mermaiding in Oahu

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

Movin’ On Up

This will be brief as we’re in the throes of unpacking, reeling from yet another loss in the family, and since today also happens to be a special mermaid’s tenth birthday… By God’s

Home Sweet Money Pit

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

Enchanted Forest

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,

J is for Journaling

Blogging through the alphabet with fellow homeschoolers online has become a wonderfully introspective exercise that’s helped identify my mission & aim in educating my kiddos here at home. This week we’re on

Westward Ho!

How’s the move going, you ask? I’m not really ready to talk about it, actually. Allow me instead to answer you in a series of memes… Ghosts of Relocations Past (related

Lovelies Lately

The bulk of our collective mental bandwidth of late has been preoccupied with our impending move back to the Pacific Northwest. The appraisal and inspection have been completed, and we’re starting to box

2017 Oscar Picks

The Oscars are tonight, the Oscars are tonight! I don’t even care how trivial it truly is, I love me some Academy Awards. Actually, we just love movies, in general. The girls and

Nana Montana

Spring Break came early in the White house, this year, when Nana flew in for an impromptu visit. Homeschooling perk #792: We shelved our studies (save for reading & writing– nana only

Be Mine

We had a wonderfully simple and homespun Saint Valentine’s Day celebration this year. The kiddos sent out fun, right-brained Valentines to a few of their pen-pals, and received some back in return. My mom

D is for Dress-up

This week I’m jumping aboard A Net in Time & Hopkins Homeschool’s fun blog party. These teacher/mamas are blogging through the alphabet, and when the letter D rolled around I knew it was time to

The Winter’s Tale

What does it look like to homeschool in Montana during Winter? This week’s wrap-up resembles a bona fide Winter Wonderland. A picture is worth a thousand words, for posterity’s sake; and inasmuch… That’s pretty much our

Optimist Eternal

Our hearts are saddened anew as yesterday our beloved, vivacious Grandpapa stepped confidently and courageously into eternity with a peace that surpasses all understanding. This fresh grief feels compounded by the still-raw loss of

Christmas Digest

Behold: 2016’s Christmas jammies, our family’s decades-long take on the popular tradition is to gift them to the kiddos each Christmas Eve. Happy birthday, Jesus! First time for everything… we’ve never

Bon Voyage, Grandma

Handsome Husband put me on a plane to Oregon over the weekend– despite the inflated holiday rates, overbooked flights, and weather delays, so I wouldn’t miss Grandma Norah’s funeral. He

A Christmas (Baking) Miracle

Three ingredients, Friends. Just three ingredients, and eight minutes at 350′, and even the Scroogiest of Ebenezers can resemble a real-life Betty Crocker. I jest… kinda. You might recall I’m not a

Gift Guide for Schmucks

Already done with your Christmas shopping? Boast not. No matter how early I start my shopping each year, I still have last minute gifts to purchase. This is what it looks like when I shop.

Yule-School vol. 1

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

When I Grow Up…

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

Tardy Throwbacks & Friday Feels

I won’t elaborate presently, but suffice it to say I’m feeling pretty blue of late. Throwback quote, circa 3 years ago: “Showed our girls the infamous bathtub-falls-through-the-ceiling-scene from The Money Pit

Mock United Nations

Would you believe we cooked up another excuse to don costumes this week? squeeee! Today we hosted a casual international celebration with a few fellow homeschooling families. Each student gave a report on a foreign country of their

A Homespun Halloween

Seeing as how we are unabashedly fanatical about dressup, our kiddos had more costumes changes this Halloween than Will Ferrell on a Saturday night in the 1990’s. Some pics of our very

#TBT: Halloween Edition

I’m sorry, it’s true: I love Halloween. Judge if you must, but I’m not particularly bothered by the unsolicited opinions of others, anymore. I don’t care for the dark, scary, evil stuff, nor the questionable backstory, BUT… I

Then & Now

Today’s Thursday, so naturally I’m throwing it back on the bliggity-blog yet again. According to my Timehop app, October’s the month to visit Oregon. Not this October, however; seeing as how