A Bad Haircut

This post is actually about TWO bad haircuts. One of them I actually had a hand in myself – but I’m getting ahead of the story.  It all starts with our Great Pyrenees puppy, Cloud Bear. There’s a spot of cool weather now, but just last week it was hot, really hot.  There were some…

Kids Love Junk

        Clothilde yells, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” while wearing ear protection. If you’ve ever visited our house, you will know something about us – we have junk.  Lots of junk. I don’t necessarily like junk.  Actually, if I had things my way, there wouldn’t be a scrap of junk and someone else…

Back To Homeschool

We started homeschooling again last week.  It is nice to be back to fall structure rather than the loose, unplanned summer days.  I realized we actually do homeschool year-round, but with different styles.  Very structured schooling in Fall and Spring, unschooling in Summer.  It seems to work well that way.  Beginning of summer, the children…

Chalk Paintings

An artistic friend of mine has recently been making beautiful chalk paintings of flowers.  We used to do a lot of chalk drawing on our tiny blackboard for home school, but I have abandoned that, largely because there is no paper-trail of work that way to show that we have done something other than bake…

Sick Days and Baking

  Note: The two cake pictures were from the “Dad Bake-A-Thon”, and you can’t really expect anything to be put away or the table to look clean. We have been so, so sick.  The kind of sick that strikes you down and crushes you so you can’t move.  Clothilde spent four days lying in bed,…

The Patisserie

We have had the best summer crafty project going lately – in the summer I always like to have something fun to work on that we didn’t get time for during the rest of the year.  Summer here is like the deep winter of other climes.  The weather and bugs make you want to lethargically…

Florida Folk Festival 2016

We spent Saturday and Sunday at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs.  It turned out to be a beautiful weekend, and one of the best festivals we’ve attended in all these years. Ethan first attended the FFF when he was about seven weeks old, and our children have been there every year except last…

Homeschooling At The End

It’s the end of the school year – and the end of our home school year.  Some families home school all year round, but we usually take a break during the summer, for several reasons.  First of all, it gives me a break, and a chance to do some planning and research for next year. …

Spring Break

We are taking a “spring break” this week, along with the regular schools.  It’s far too hard to try to interest anyone in math when the neighborhood kids are squirting each other with squirt guns, or playing a high-energy football game in the front yard. It also gives us a chance to do some fun…

A Short Holiday, and Thoughts On Homeschooling

  We took a break from homeschool last week.  I’m so glad we did!  My big kids were tired and cranky from camping at the Earthskills gathering with my mom, and Clothilde had her sprained ankle (she is getting better everyday – still not walking, but she can stand up with out help now). In…

Arrow of Light

This week has been SO busy!  I kept meaning to write, but then not being able to.  Tuesday was Mirin’s Arrow of Light ceremony with cub scouts, and I had offered to bake a cake for it.  And then last Friday Clothilde jumped down from the monkey bars at a park – not even a…

The Hoggetown Medieval Faire 2016

Last week we took advantage of the Medieval Faire’s cheap school-day rates.  I was hesitant, because we almost went with some friends last year, and ended up not going, and then it was in the paper that some 15-year-old girl was attacked and raped by a convict who was working at one of the greasy…