Friday, November 22, 2013

Preschool Thanksgiving Feast

At last, it was Bean's turn to host the family at the Thanksgiving Feast. As we sang "Turkey in the Straw," I reflected that this was my fourth Feast. Love it. 



Monday, November 18, 2013

Schooly Shenanigans

Trips down the block to the park at Lunch Recess. The sandy volleyball court makes a wonderful sandbox!

Playing outside in the snow after lessons are done. Our back yard has just enough of a hill for littles to go sledding.

It was the teacher who built a tower out of math blocks! Silly.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another Date Night In

This is how we do date night:

1. A documentary about Hildegard von Bingen
2. Wine and nachos
3. Kids in bed, chores done.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


We had a birthday party in pajamas, because we'd just returned from Karate class and changed out of our gis.

When we went shopping with the birthday money from the grandmas, Curly chose two Breyer horses.

Not to be left out, Abi got some "half birthday" money to spend, and she got a pretty doll.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Resting Hair

I took Abi's hair out this week to give it a couple of good washes and let it rest from being so tightly braided. We've all enjoyed her hair being down. So fun!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tafach! Qonjo!

Ethiopian feast tonight: Injera (sourdough flatbread), Shiro Wat (red lentil stew), Doro Wat (spicy chicken stew), Tibs (beef and onion stir fry), Eyb (crumbled white cheese) and some Tej (honey mead) to go with.

 And our Ethiopian princess!

Do you know what Ethiopians do with the leftovers? Mix them all together and call it "fit-fit" :) Yum!

Then, a not-so-Ethiopian dessert.




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Snapshot: Fever

Curly and Mister both opted for bed, and both have a low-grade fever. Guess we're not through with the yucks yet around here. 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gears in His Mind Turning in Strange Ways

"Mommy, it's twelve hours since I finished my The Knight At Dawn book last night. I read it all in one night, and now it's exactly twelve hours later because it's 8:18."

My goodness, I love this weird kid!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Traditional Hot Chocolate

 On the first day that we go out and play in the snow, we have a family tradition that Mommy makes hot chocolate for everyone when they come back in. Today was that day, even though the snow only ended up reaching a depth of about 1/2 inch!

Quiet Week

Last week, I was sick all week. Sinus pain, coughing, not sleeping. I felt miserable, and the pressures of all the stuff I do in a week overwhelmed me and crushed me into a sad little ball of goo. I pleaded for Hubby to help, and he graciously used some of his precious sick leave to stay home and homeschool the crew several different mornings.

This week, I'm feeling better, and happy to be back in the saddle.The weather decided that winter has come, and it's been dumping snow upon us.

It's lovely, but chilly!

Hubby spent several evenings hacking the ancient braille embosser that I scored on ebay. He wrote about it on his programming blog, so I don't need to go into detail here.

Suffice it to say last night, he got it working, and handed me one of my recent blog posts, printed in perfect Grade 2 Braille. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement, since this will be such a useful tool for years to come.

Last weekend, Hubby and I organized our shed, and I found a bunch of toys from Grandma's house, including the Pooh bears that were mine when I was little. Abi and Bean claimed them immediately and have been having a ball with them.

This picture has so many important elements in our life right now, I have to laugh that they can all fit into one image.

My Happy Light. Winter is here.

School. Homeschool is my number one primary job. I feel like I did when I taught public school full time, except this time I'm able to solve problems without all the administrative red tape and I can give each of my four students the time and attention needed to succeed and thrive. That feels great!

Curly's new horse Webkinz. The kids all earned a new Webkinz for learning their times tables in school. Combined with birthday money, they have each increased their collections significantly.

Heater. Curly's Raynaud's Syndrome makes her miserable in the winter unless we proactively keep her warm during the days. None of the other kids are bothered; they just put on a sweatshirt.

The days go along, one after the next. We do school in the mornings. In the afternoons, the kids play and I do pick-up lessons with whoever needs them. Abi has her Braille lessons, and Bean still usually takes a nap, although I've been allowing him to skip here and there in return for good behavior, especially at Preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the weekends, we generally rest and do chores, and the kids play board games or watch Netflix. It's not an exciting existence, but it's a cozy, comfortable, family-filled one.