Who knew?

Several times this week, I heard myself telling someone that I love homeschooling.  If you’ve been reading this blog since we began last September, you’re probably surprised to hear this. Not as surprised as I am to say it.  Six weeks ago, I wrote that I actually like homeschooling.  Now I’m here to say that [Read More...]

Not Right At All

After hearing us talk today about the tornadoes that swept through the South yesterday, the boys wanted to see video of a tornado.  Jeff pulled up a montage from The Times.  After a few minutes, Ezra, who looked disappointed, said, “I want to see screaming, and people running for their lives.” I gasped and shouted, [Read More...]


Got up with the flu this morning.  But I had to drag myself out of bed because Jeff had jury duty, the house cleaners were coming, and the house was cyclone-struck disaster. I started in our bedroom, where I rolled up the sleeping bag and camp mats that had been out since Zach and Ezra [Read More...]


Yesterday, I told the boys that one of their friends ran a mile – which was all they needed to hear.  Today they both ran a mile for the first time. As part of our vigorous exercise program, they have been running once a week, working toward the goal of running a mile before the [Read More...]

It’s Nice To Be Known

Sometimes the boys say the sweetest things. On the way home from his social skills group today, Zach showed me a book he made about his feelings.  When he showed me a page about feeling nervous around new people, I said, “Yeah.  I know it’s kind of hard for you to go to a house [Read More...]


What is it about a man in uniform? So sexy. At least that’s what I thought.  Until I saw Jeff, after working hard to obtain the rank, raise his right hand, make the oath, and receive his badge.  Maybe it was that he was becoming a Junior Ranger at Redwood National Park.  Maybe it was [Read More...]

Early to Bed

I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.  What parent doesn’t? Tonight, for the first time, the boys and I went out to drink beer, sing drinking songs, and eat peanuts at the local pub. So what if it was root beer, and the songs were from the 18th century, and the pub [Read More...]