Sweet and Sour Weekend

At the last-minute, we decided to head to the ocean for a few days. We packed up the dogs and family and headed our Subaru to a rental property that we enjoy. We traveled about three hours which is really the farthest we go these days. An impatient kid and a geriatric terrier limits our … Continue reading

I Was Learning

I did something this weekend that was just for me. Actually, I’m hoping that it will help my family too…but I did this for me. For twenty-plus years, I’ve shared the importance of life-long learning to children. I’ve told my students to challenge themselves and keep gaining information. Everyone says this, but do they do … Continue reading

Science Stretch

I have a recent picture of my son as the background for my phone. He has the sweetest smile and calmness in his eyes. There’s a contentment that took a long time to return. He doesn’t show this side of him all the ┬átime or with everyone. When I see it, it confirms that we’re … Continue reading

Slowly and Carefully

Last week was a crazy week. It was filled with gluten and sugar and record-breaking heat. It was wrapped up in birthday presents and race car birthday parties and more than usual video gaming. It was surrounded with friends and relatives and irregular schedules and way more “yes” than “no” and… And because of all … Continue reading

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