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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

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


Husband’s folks made the trek out from Oregon this past week, and we were blessed with some quality Grandparent time. Together we broke bread and rocked out to oldies, watched movies and cuddled, soaked in hot springs

Throwback Thursday

I’m going to start sharing throwbacks here each Thursday, because… why not? I’m the boss of this here blog and am feeling particularly nostalgic after unearthing these pics from six

Personality Test

This’ll be brief, since my mom, sister, and three darling nieces are currently visiting from Oregon. Tonight round the dinner table the adults howled with laughter collab-ing on the fun #threefictionalcharacters

Class In Session

September is inarguably synonymous with back to school– even for homeschoolers who teach/learn year-round. In that spirit, iHomeschool Network is continuing their fun blog hop through the end of the

Fallish Days

In Montana fall flies by in a flash, my favorite season. Nature throws itself into a vibrant last-ditch display, a colorful crescendo before the quiet winter. Families make a fervent push to get out and do ALL THE THINGS,

Harvest Moon

I nearly forgot that the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is tonight… I’ve previously shared the hows and whys of this traditionally Asian custom, as our family joins others around the world in simple observance of the harvest at the first full

Old School

Little Man had a wonderful first day of pre-kindergarten, no surprise to any who know him. Though only attending once weekly, it’s still a big deal for this homeschooling mommy. (I shared our

Course Correction

I recently shared our back to school #squadgoals in participation with a blog-hop over at iHomeschool Network. Home-educating parents were encouraged to share their curriculum plans for the year, and I was eager to

Lip Service

Laundry is finally caught up from our recent whirlwind road-trip to Oregon. Little Man had his annual visit with the team of cleft specialists in Portland, as well as a surgical revision of his lip.

Mermaid Shoppe

Mermaids, mermaids, mermaids… anyone who’s met her knows that Center Sister identifies as a mermaid. We find her mer-mania an adorable and innocent pursuit, and appreciate her active imagination. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

Operation: Drink More Water

There I was, minding my own business, when Bestie Kelsey went and posted this passive-aggressive helpful article on excessive sugar consumption on her wellness blog… Color me convicted. I admit it: I have a