Sixteen Years

Sixteen years. Sixteen years we've been heading to the canyon, to the same spot, for fall photos. That could mean a lot of things but mostly what comes to mind is, "We should have this down by now!" And by this I mean the choosing of the outfits,...

And So It Begins

We've made it an entire month into the school year and I still don't know what I'm doing.  I imagined when we started this crazy gig 10 years ago that at this point I'd have it down.  Homeschool would be a finely tuned machine. *snort!* *GASP!*...


Last week I had an appointment out of the house. The receptionist greeted me in her usual cheery manner and inquired about Gus. “Is he still being a good boy?” I don’t remember how I answered but I’m sure it was vague and mentioned something about sleep. I do know I...

Body Builder

  I distinctly remember in elementary school hearing my mom and her friends discussing how birth had made them lose all sense of modesty.  I also distinctly remember thinking, "Ew." And now here we are, with all sorts of things being seen (and unable to be unseen, I'm...


Snippets of conversations from the last week regarding names: "Does it sound pretentious?" -Jac "Yes. Yes it does." - Me "I kind of feel like this might be our last shot so we have to make it count." - Jac "I think I'm okay with being 'those' people with the zany...

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The Change

Spring has arrived! Tess is planting plants, Lu learned to ride a pedal bike, Philip's allergies are in full swing and poplar buds are sticking to everything. It's glorious! Finally. This winter . . . it was a long one. A really, really looooooong one. So much bleak...

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Elephants Never Forget

Anyone else spend a good deal of time watching animal documentaries as a kid? Anyone? I guess it was to be expected what with our antenna tv and PBS being one of the handful of channels we received. It should also be expected that these shows always stressed me out. ...

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First Class Sass

  Penny . . . Penny, Penny, Penny. Just when we think they can't get any more willful or stubborn or demanding, they prove us wrong. What is in store for us with Octavius?!  As the seventh, Pen doesn't have any trouble holding her own with this crowd.  She thinks she...

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As I trekked up the stairs into Cathedral this last Sunday, ** **an aside: I have a great love for Mt. Everest and love to dream about seeing it someday.  That's downgraded from 'summitting' because 1. My family's name for me growing up was Asthma Girl so . . . 2. The...

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