Monthly Archive: August, 2011

Scientific Art

I totally snagged this idea from Pinterest, but it is a perfect fit into our Solid, Liquid and Gas unit study while being an art project at the same time. Double duty! We… Continue reading

Three Cheers for Adult Time

The boys and I are together almost all the time, especially now that we are homeschooling. In a lot of ways, this is great! I know tons of parents who wish they had… Continue reading

Roller Coaster Rider

Before Saturday morning, the only roller coaster I had ever been on was the piddly one at Lake Winnie in North Georgia. Most enthusiasts would hardly call it a coaster, but to me,… Continue reading

Five Things I’ve Learned…

…from the first week of homeschooling: 1. It’s worth starting early so we can be done early. 2. It takes a lot of reminding to treat Mom like Teacher. (“You wouldn’t whine like… Continue reading

I call No Fair

On August 7, I was casually perusing Twitter when I noticed a tweet from a gluten-free blogger whom I follow (glutenfreegirl). She mentioned a woman named Jennie¬†and something about sending her support and… Continue reading

The Best Shade of Orange

It’s that time of year – almost. We’re a week and a half away from the start of Tennessee football, so it was time to show our support. I’ve waited all year to… Continue reading

Two Things

1. To say that Jeremy is excited about starting Cub Scouts would be too casual. He’s really, really, REALLY excited. So much that he wore this outfit every single day last week (hat… Continue reading

First Day of Homeschooling

This is the fifth photo I took of the boys at breakfast in an attempt to catch Jack’s eyes open. Oh well. I blame the flash. I woke the boys up a hair… Continue reading


I kept the boys separated again this morning and some in the afternoon. Upon announcing they could play together, they quickly put on some old Halloween costumes and ran into the woods to… Continue reading

“Today, you don’t have a brother.”

That’s what I told them, and it could be a huge parenting mistake that I’ll regret later, but I’m tired of the bickering. This morning they were at each other’s throats – Jackson… Continue reading

Pancake Failure

The boys were excited when I announced we were having Star Wars pancakes for breakfast instead of the usual boring bowl of cereal. Praise and enthusiasm filled the kitchen! What fun! What spontaneity!¬†Mom,… Continue reading

The Last Week of Summer

After registering the boys with an umbrella school, I whipped out my calendar and began marking down the days we’ll do school and the days we won’t. It’s a loose schedule, no doubt,… Continue reading

Yotel and the Delano Homestead

We were fortunate to have a handful of people to stay with while on our vacation – Lesli and Jimmy, Aunt Debbie and Uncle Bob, and my parents – but while Chuck and… Continue reading

How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Chapter 2

The second part of our trip excluded the boys. Parents, you can imagine why. You never fully appreciate a quiet car ride until your car rides aren’t quiet anymore. Sometimes we didn’t even… Continue reading

How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Chapter 1

I misspoke in the last post. Upon uploading the photos from my camera, I discovered not 463 photographs to sort through but 510. Good grief. Someone should’ve told me to chill out. Naturally,… Continue reading

463 Photos. Here is the first.

I took a crap-ton of pictures on our vacation. Way more than I should have, but sometimes I just can’t control myself. It’ll take a few days to upload, edit and post them,… Continue reading


In the past 12 days, we’ve been to eight states (or is it nine?), visited a dozen historical museums and monuments (from the Museum of American History in Washington DC to Plymouth Rock… Continue reading