Monthly Archives: August 2013

I Didn’t Exactly Mean to Order That Bushel of Peaches…

…but I was a little lazy and forgot to change our order from the week before.  Oops! Several hours and lots of hot water later along with the help of a wonderful neighborhood grandmother (to occupy the children),we have 24 … Continue reading

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Oh Yeah! A Blue Ribbon For Me!

I won!  I’m the official first place winner in the 2013 Maryland State Fair category N-5, “Dolls and Stuffed Animals – Toy or game other than doll or stuffed animal, no wood.” How’s that for a happy smile? Thanks to my … Continue reading

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Assessment Time for Operation Quiet Time

Now that we’re several months into Operation Quiet Time, I figured it’s a good time for a formal assessment. Currently, I give it a C+. Generally speaking, we only manage about 45 minutes of quiet time.  If I’m lucky, those … Continue reading

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Mesmerizing (but screen-free) Activities (for two-year-olds)

Here are a couple favorite activities as of the past couple weeks, guaranteed to keep Ellie thoroughly occupied for at least a half hour, if not longer. 1. Cutting paper I knew that box of scrap paper from teaching would … Continue reading

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I Am An Official Exhibitor At The State Fair!

Inspired by my Aunt Zona, I entered something for the State Fair this year! Although I handed over Maria and Clara’s color books, I kept Violet’s so I could enter it.  Then I promptly forgot to do anything about it … Continue reading

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Why “Eat, Play, Sleep” Doesn’t Work For Me (and our kids)

A fairly common piece of parenting advice for new moms (particularly when their babies are newborns), is that their babies should be on an “Eat, Play, Sleep” schedule.  They should nurse, then have awake time, then fall asleep on their … Continue reading

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What Children Want Most From Their Mom [isn’t necessarily what they should get]

Here I am again, talking about balance.  Here’s my other recent balance post.  Several weeks ago, I started seeing this article linked to in several places.  The author talks about how baking bread is a really soul-nourishing practice for her … Continue reading

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