Money Well Spent

Donuts, Arthur, and a car showroom.  How could that be bad, right? It wasn’t.  It was a great day of homeschool at the Honda dealer.  Where they serve free donuts, have a flatscreen TV, and let you use a small table and whiteboard in a playroom for kids. Sweet. We got more done in three [Read More...]

Bad Mommy

Yesterday, Zach peed on the floor in his room. That’s right.  He peed on the floor.  Apparently, Ezra and a friend were pretending to pee on the floor and everyone was laughing.  So Zach thought it would be especially funny if he actually peed.  Have I mentioned that he is working really hard to figure [Read More...]

Study Groups

Just got home from my second homeschool study group of the week.  Tonight was for people using Charlotte Mason’s principles.  Monday was for people who wanted to learn how to teach writing.  (And by people, of course, I mean mothers.  Jeff is homeschooling the boys for 9 hours a week, but you won’t catch him [Read More...]


“Kevin, you are so debonaire.” This was Zach’s response to a joke that Kevin told at dinner last night.  Kevin, who works as an Americorps volunteer at our church, is very, very funny and not what I would immediately call debonaire.  So I described what debonaire was and asked, “Does that sound like Kevin?” “No.” [Read More...]

Silly Americans

“Chinese people are great, Momma.  And we are just silly.” Ezra announced earlier this year that he is going to go to college in China and then live in Argentina, so I wasn’t entirely surprised to hear of his admiration for the Chinese.  But I was surprised to hear him call Americans silly. “Why are [Read More...]

Everyone Needs a Christina

Today when Christina walked in, she saw Ezra sitting upside down on the couch.  In his underwear.  Zach was under the coffee table. Using it for leg presses.  Where was I? Sitting between them talking about oracle bones from ancient China like it was the most normal thing in the world. Well, that’s not exactly [Read More...]

Random Sunday Thoughts

Chili’s in the pot, Jeff is in NH, and the boys are staging intergallactic battles. Time for three random thoughts. Many people (relative to the small numbers who read this site) have asked for pictures.  I will start posting pics this week, beginning with the salt and flour maps. Isn’t whipped cream just amazing?  I [Read More...]

Salt and Flour Maps

I always had the best salt and flour maps.  So did my sisters.  And not just a little better than the other kids.  Our salt and flour maps were the Harvard of relief maps compared to the community college crap my classmates tried to pass off. Everyone else carried theirs in on little pieces of [Read More...]


“What did you have for breakfast this morning?  Did you have a bunch of syrup?!!” “What time did you get up?  Were you two up talking all night?!!” I was on the warpath this morning, trying to figure out why the kids were behaving so badly.  Was it sugar?  Lack of sleep? Oh wait.  I [Read More...]

Day of the Dead

Today, November 2, is known as Day of the Dead in Mexico.  It coincides with the Catholic holiday, All Soul’s Day.  It’s a day of celebration in Mexico and is celebrated by many Mexican Americans as well. Last year, our boys went to a Spanish bilingual school.  Each year, they celebrated Day of the Dead, [Read More...]