Category Archives: school

This is What Happens When I Don’t Blog About Ellie’s Language Acquisition for Five Months

A couple years ago, I said that I wanted to blog about Ellie’s language acquisition as it happened.  I’m particularly fascinated by this because one of my favorite classes in grad school was about the theories of language learning.  We … Continue reading

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First Day of School, 2013-2014

Nik started school a week ago Monday.  Ellie refused to be in the “first day of school” picture but Mark happily participated! 🙂

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10 Years!

Ten years ago today, I stepped off of a plane, having just flown through the night and day and across the country.  My good friend from college and new roommate, Kristen, picked me up at the airport and we drove … Continue reading

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KIOS: Parenting, Part 12: Homeschooling

This post is part of my series, “Kickin’ It Old Skool: Why and How We Are Old-Fashioned” or KIOS for short.  If you’re new to the series, please read my disclaimer before continuing on.  I’m keeping a table of contents … Continue reading

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Lots and Lots and Lots of Guests

This past weekend was a fun but hectic one for us.  We hosted Nik’s tennis team on Saturday night for the annual team dinner/Four On The Couch tournament.  We made Chipotle-style black bean and rice burritos and WAY overestimated the … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour

Back in June, I went to three ESOL picnics in one week, at all three of the middle schools that I taught in, in my five years of teaching.  I went to them in chronological order, starting with my first … Continue reading

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No More School!

No more books! No more students, dirty looks! School is out for the summer and so we celebrated with a delicious dinner:  lamb breast, slow roasted in the oven (they’re ribs and are SO good – our favorit cut of … Continue reading

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A spring luncheon menu

Hosting a lunch in the spring is tricky when you also want to serve seasonal food.  There’s just not much growing yet.   This was the seasonal menu that we came up with for Ellie’s little baptism celebration: hummus spanikopita homemade … Continue reading

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Landscaping/Yardwork update (and a revelation)

The Update I have added a page to our blog entitled “Landscaping the Castle”.  We live on two streets with royal names so we like to call our house the Castle.  And now we’re trying to get all our landscaping … Continue reading

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Ellie’s destiny

As some but probably not all of Salmon and Souvlaki’s readers may know, my husband LOVES tennis.  He coaches tennis at the high school where he works as well as plays it, watches it, and talks about it.  Sadly, I’ve … Continue reading

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