Category Archives: Family & Home Life

All about what is going on in our crazy house.

Cooking with Fractions

I was chatting with a homeschooling friend a few days ago about how we try to interest our children in the subjects that we were least happy with (okay, we hated) when we were in school. She mentioned that her daughter … Continue reading

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Goops and How to Be Them: Teaching Manners

Do you know  Project Gutenberg? Project Gutenberg is an online library of digital books that have been published and are now digitized by volunteers. This library contains true treasures, such as Pilgrim’s Progress, Treasure Island, and the Burgess Animal Book. … Continue reading

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Wagon Loads of Hay

Declan follows me outside nearly every day to help with the animals. He especially enjoys using his wagon to carry hay or water to Renoir (Pierre AuGOAT Renoir).   It’s not an easy trip, but he has made it twice … Continue reading

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Learning to Ride a Bike

Declan has graduated from training wheels and trikes to a “big kid” bike. He pedals down the driveway…

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Mud-licious and Puddle-wonderful

She came in with a wide open mouth and a tongue covered in mud.  She wasn’t crying, but smiling.

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The First Tooth Fairy Visit

  Bella lost her first tooth Sunday evening… with Danny’s help. It had been loose for a very long time. She talked all day, every day about having him pull it after supper; however, after supper, she would promptly vanish … Continue reading

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Spoonfuls of Sugar

In the time it took for me to walk upstairs, change Nikolai’s diaper, and come back down, Charlie went from normal morning grouches to over-the-top craziness. While fixing breakfast, I discovered the source of her attitude change. That white bowl … Continue reading

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Squeaking and Creaking

Imagine: the baby is finally asleep. Mommy is attempting to ever so quietly slip back into bed with heavy eyes and weary limbs while repeating, “Please stay asleep. Please stay asleep. Please stay asleep…”

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Stuffed Butternut Squash: Failure with a Recipe

I went to bed excited about my plans for breakfast. Our neighbor had given us a bag full of personal sized butternut squash, and I was going to wow my kids by stuffing them. Everything I had read equated butternut … Continue reading

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Homemade Catalina French Dressing: Recipe

When I wrote about how to stretch out the meat in Taco Salad, I mentioned my homemade dressing. I found this recipe in a 1961 cookbook under the title “Janet Spencer’s Oil Dressing.” A quick glance at the ingredients made … Continue reading

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