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blogging

Posted by in bees, family, family fun, farm, friends, gardening, homeschooling

it’s been so long since last i blogged that i actually forgot my login password. january was my last post, and it’s been the longest time between posts, ever. i’m always thinking of blog posts, always churning ideas around in my head, but never sitting down to write. this was a particularly long and tiring winter. this spring has been unusually wet and cold. memorial day weekend marked the beginning of the longest stretch of warm weather, and it started out with a cold frost. i guess i could fill…read more

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from the director’s chair…

Posted by in faith, family, family fun

it’s been a wild and crazy past few months for our family, but why would we want anything less than that? we’ve been living and breathing theater since september when kenny started working on another production, and moreso when we announced auditions for our production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol through a newly formed theater group we started, hobnob theatre co. production week at the theater was so intense, so tiring, so exhilarating, i wanted to post my thoughts and photos of it all before i forget. we loaded…read more

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sawyer’s 8!

Posted by in family, family fun

the older they get, the more they amaze me! sawyer was always so much his own kid (21 months): our middle boy: the peacemaker, rule-keeper, dare-devil, energetic sawyer cole…we love every little bit of you! (he’s also a great LEGO engineer, is showing promise in acting, and still loves tickling the ivories on the piano…..)

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“how do you…?” choosing your homeschool curriculum

Posted by in family fun, homeschooling

it’s the beginning of the school year (hooray!) and i am finding myself asked this question quite a bit at this time of year: it’s a great question, and i remember asking it myself before we embarked on this wonderful ride that homeschooling is. How do you know what to use to teach your children?  Does the school send you their textbooks? one of the most daunting tasks of a first-time homeschooler is choosing curriculum for your child. the public school does not give out their grade text books and lesson…read more

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game night and chocolate-peanut butter

Posted by in family fun, food, friends

i’ve already blogged about our fabulous day in the city last saturday, but i haven’t yet told you about the fun evening we had the night before. the marquiss clan invited us over for dinner and game night friday night. we then spent the night since they’re only a few minutes from downtown where we could breakfast-and-museum on saturday. after a fantastic grilled steak and veggie with salad dinner they served, we spent the evening watching a play that our kids performed, passed out cookies for their dessert and then…read more

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happy camping

Posted by in family, family fun

our family of five enjoyed survived our first camping overnight this past weekend! the last time kenny and i camped was when sawyer had just turned 1, and rowan was 2. that was much easier, and from what i remember, we were serenated by screech owls all night long. the older boys had a cub scout overnight this past weekend, and i decided at the last minute to join them (since other families were camping, and it wasn’t just a scout camping night). we arrived friday evening around 6:00 and…read more

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once upon a time….

Posted by in family, family fun

…there was a girl who liked to be on stage. but not until she was about 16 years old, and only when she didn’t have to sing. in front of people. because that was one of her worst fears: that she would be forced to sing in front of somebody else. so she acted and did shows like Our Town and The Crucible…then onto Electra, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Three Sisters. Then Lysistrata (and is still heart-broken over not getting a role in Dancing at Lughnasa). Finally, she graduated college…read more

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a country drive

Posted by in earthkeeping, family, family fun, farm

what a great weekend to have no plans!  we’ve been running constantly since christmas break with every single weekend being full of plans. this weekend has been open on the calendar and i’ve been fiercely protecting it so that it wouldn’t fill up with plans. last night, as we were all falling asleep kenny and i noted how nice it was going to be to have TWO FULL DAYS of no plans. so this morning, we all slept in (yep, until 7:15!!!) and made pancakes and (turkey) bacon and eggs….read more

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serendipity

Posted by in family fun, friends

A few weeks ago, kenny forwarded me an email with this story of a family and their miracle baby boy. His email read, “Liz, This is incredble…I taught these kids when I taught in Hagerstown, MD!” and it took me a minute to realize he was referring to the parents in the story.  Kenny was a high school English and Grammar teacher right out of college for three years before he moved to Pittsburgh and started his current career in software. When he saw the story, he realized that this was…read more

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A pinning party!

Posted by in crafty, family fun, homeschooling

Recently, I opened a “Pins I’ve tried” board at Pinterest. I usually add comments on whether or not the pin worked. I’ve tried several of the activities/recipes/ideas that I’ve “pinned” so far, but this week’s blog post reflects those that I have done in relation to our homeschool lessons. Pin SUCCESS! This was GREAT fun experiement: faux lava lamp.  The boys and I took it to a friends’ house and we were able to do it with the boys in her house as well. My favorite part was hearing the…read more

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