The Magical Fourth

Although I hate what it does to my dogs, there’s something magical about the Fourth of July. There was that year when we were new to the neighborhood and didn’t know that our front porch would be the best view to a fantastic show. I remember the 4th where I sat in the future nursery … Continue reading

Five Days Until Ten

It might be strange, but I refuse to say that my son is ten years old. He is nine; however, mathematically speaking…he’s probably 9.95. What’s the big deal about ten?! It’s just another birthday, right? Nope. It’s the first of the double digits for the rest of his life. He’ll never be one digit again. … Continue reading

Cautiously Optimistic

I thought long and hard before I hit “publish” on this one because typically, posts like this end up biting me in the behind! I’m crossing my fingers, knocking on wood, and throwing salt over my shoulder but the truth is…things are feeling good today. My son and I had a very grown up discussion … Continue reading

Dude? School in the Summer?!

For some time now, my son has enjoyed playing video games with internet friends. One particular friend usually comes on-line to play around 3:00 our time which is 6:00 his time. This week, we were surprised to see him online around 1:00 our time. When my son asked how he could be online, I heard … Continue reading

It’s Too Hot!

We just concluded our first hot weekend of the summer…well, not officially summer-but it had all the makings of a real summer weekend. Unlike many sun seekers, we avoid the sun when it gets past 78 degrees. Instead of heading to the river or the water park, we crank up our AC and stay inside, … Continue reading

Reflection of a Homeschooler

As the school year ends for most families, I see more and more homeschooling families sharing what they plan to add or change for their next year’s work. Several said that they reflected with their children about the good, the bad & the boring so they could make improvements and raise the interest level in … Continue reading

High Tech Support

For the last couple of years, we have been looking for coaches, teachers, mentors for my son. This desire increased when we started our homeschooling journey. Many people are too busy to mentor. They are hard to locate and once you find them, it’s hard to have carry through. It’s a bit like that commercial … Continue reading


While many families headed to campsites or mountain retreats, we decided to stay close to home this weekend. We learned about the meaning ¬†of Memorial Day and watched a documentary about the history of guns and their impact on various wars. We researched the proper way to dispose of a tattered American flag and found … Continue reading

Summer School

With Memorial Day Weekend just days away, families can see the end of school finish line in the not so far off distance. They are counting the number of “get ups” until they won’t have to wake early and immediately begin the morning dress, breakfast, run out the door race. They are celebrating the end … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Monday

So for all the mothers out there, I hope yesterday (Mother’s Day) was just what you wanted. After reviewing Facebook and Twitter, it seemed like a fantastic day of brunches, hikes, wine, gardening…whatever the honorary lady desired. In our own house, there was an abundance of cooperation and quick responses to our requests. Lots of … Continue reading