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Sometimes, it’s hard to make sensible and responsible decisions, especially when you have a credit card staring at you, taunting you. Typically, we plan three or four small trips during the summer. We seem partial to fancy hotels with scenic views, beautiful pools and luxurious sheets. Unfortunately for us, those things come at a price … Continue reading

Over Share Much?

During these hot summer days, I perform an important morning ritual. It is the traditional opening of the windows. They are thrown open while many others are just waking with the hopes of inviting a breeze inside; before long, these same windows are closed tightly and shades drawn. Open windows with sunshine, traded for a … Continue reading

With The Arrival of August

Tomorrow, we turn the page on the calendar again. We say goodbye to July and hello to August. I don’t think that I’m alone in saying that there is a feeling of anxiety that goes with this switch. Things are about to get real, people. All the newspaper and television ads shout that it’s “Back … Continue reading

End of July Thoughts

For the last couple of years, the end of July has been a particularly stressful time. You might be surprised to hear that, I mean…it’s summer. I often experience a panic about the summer days that have already past with few thing marked off my summer bucket list; no campfire yet, no s’mores yet, no tackling the … Continue reading

If You Can’t Take the Heat…

Finally!!! I woke up this morning and I felt the cool breeze through the window. Hello, old friend. In reality, this feeling has been absent for several days; however, it seems as though it has been as long as I can remember. To say out loud that I wish for cooler temperatures, even rain if … Continue reading

Roaming School-Aquarium Style

As a homeschooling family, we look for fun places to visit that are also educational.  Our recent trip to the Seattle Aquarium was one of those places!  Here are a few pictures of what we saw…

It’s Too Damn Hot

Currently we are experiencing a heat wave.  While many people love the hot temperatures, my family avoids them. Dont get me wrong, I am a big fan of the sun, not the heat.  I prefer the temperature to stay below 73 degrees. When we have several days in a row that hover above 80 degrees, my house … Continue reading

Leisurely or Just Long?

As a full-time teacher, I look forward to the idea of summer. In my head, the season brings long, leisurely days filled with picnics, playing in the water, and campfires with roasting marshmallows when the sun goes down. In reality, summer days are long, but not always in a good way. Now that we are … Continue reading

Feelings, Whoa Whoa Whoa

With the first week of summer vacation almost under my belt, I have experienced a few important “Ah Ha” moments that I should have seen coming. First of all, summer is not like that old Country Time Lemonade commercial. At least not in my house! So far, my days haven’t been carefree, picnic having, tire … Continue reading

Push It Real Good

I’m sure there are people in my real life and “out there” that question our homeschooling decision. I mean, taking a child out of school mid-year might seem extreme, I get it.  Actually, it was extreme…extremely needed. How are you helping him by avoiding school? How will he socialize with others? How can he develop … Continue reading