Our Science Fair Week
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5d ago
Science fair.  Is there an involved parent that doesn't quake a little when they hear those words?  I was going to report with glee that this is the first year we made it through science fair without tears, but one of the brothers made a snarky remark last night when Katie shared, "Mrs. L knew which one was mine without me even telling her!"  :sigh:  Maybe next year can be tear free?  One can only hope.   My theme in the library this week was snow.  I talked about biographies, including Snowflake Bentley with the 6th graders.  So I had to try ou ..read more
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Our Back To School Week
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1w ago
Last week I got one day of work; the kids got two days of school.  All in all, it was a nice, gentle return to our routine.  This week, we're off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. day, so it will be a regular work week for me (Tu-Th) and a 4 day week for the kids.   My first graders loved the BIG book I read to them.  Always fun to shake things up a little.  I pulled a few of these giant books from the school rummage sale last summer.   Even though we're still getting rain off and on (mostly on), I rolled Matilda through my happy place:  the c ..read more
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Happy January!
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2w ago
Every year, after Christmas is over, I take a breath and think, "Okay, what comes next?"  Usually, it dawns on me that Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year is the next thing coming.  Unfortunately, after Christmas is too late to order silks from China and have them arrive here in time.   So instead of lovely silks, we're making do this year with...    A Year of the Bunny t-shirt I made with my Cricut.  I've got a couple blank tees for Valentine's Day, too, I just haven't decided what I want on them yet.   We've been to the library several ti ..read more
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Christmas at Grammy's House
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3w ago
The kids and I went to my mom's house for Christmas Day.   We left 3 hours before we were supposed to arrive, just in case we hit traffic.  But other than one slow down, we did pretty well, so when we were getting close, I realized we'd have time to make a quick stop.   Between Annaliese and Josiah, we lost a baby boy to second trimester miscarriage.  He's buried at the church we were married in.  I hadn't been in town in ages, and it was good to dust off his marker and remember.  Perhaps not the most Christmasy thing to do, but I'm glad I did it.&n ..read more
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Faux Gingerbread House Day and a Special Visitor
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3w ago
I love this tradition.  It's fun to look back over the years and see what interesting creations everyone has made.   I went pretty simple this year.  The roof tiles are chocolate melts left over from the year that Josiah made Sam chocolate crayons for Christmas.  The windows are Mike & Ikes.  And there's a bunny for each family member, including spouses and grandkids.  Three rows of bunnies.  Lots of bunnies.   Hannah's structure collapsed, so she added an attacking army pillaging and plundering.  And cannonballs.   ..read more
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Christmas at Our House
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3w ago
Due to Paul's work schedule, we had our home Christmas on Friday instead of Sunday.   Jack's boss gave him snacks for Christmas.  The way to every teen boy's heart.   Hey, look, it's that blanket again.  Everyone wants to feel how soft it is.   Grumman found his present.  It's the pink one with the gingerbread men on it.   Katie's new backpack and lunch bag.  (Hannah got a Starry Night lunch bag that I bought after our Van Gogh experience.)   Having Christmas a couple days early meant that Miss M could join u ..read more
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Our Pre Christmas Week-ish
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3w ago
Without the structure that school puts into our routine, I have no idea what day it is, or what I'm supposed to be doing.  I keep thinking every tomorrow must be Sunday, because every day feels like Saturday.  Pretty sure this covers about 2 weeks.  Ish.   You know you're a book person when a storm knocks the power out, and you grab a lantern to read in bed.  As a side note, we've had this lantern for more than 7 years, and it's been to camp several times, and only needed new batteries once or twice.   Katie performing hand chimes at church.  ..read more
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Christmas Crafts in the Library
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1M ago
I was asked if I could have the students make ornaments to sell at the Christmas program as a fundraiser.  This was a little intimidating at first, because it's hard to get a child-produced ornament with sale worthy quality.  But I'm pretty happy with how things turned out.   I dug into my grandmother's button box for one of the options.   With the button snowflakes, I made the first one, then I had Katie make one, to see if any issues cropped up before I tried it in the library with small children.  I learned that a grown up should be in charge of ..read more
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Since Thanksgiving
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1M ago
Still playing catch up with all the pictures I've taken and life I haven't posted about.   Since we had our Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Thursday turned into a game day.   Jack beat me at both Battleship and Connect 4.  I'm not sure I like this phase of life.   The traditional post Thanksgiving Turkey Enchilada Casserole, with one "no olives" piece in honor of Eli, who always had me leave olives off his part.  Gosh, I miss my kids!   And then just like that, we slam into the Holidaze.  The tree is up at church, and since it matched Ka ..read more
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Thanksgiving
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1M ago
There's really not many pictures for the holiday this year.  Paul worked Thanksgiving Day, so we had our big meal on Wednesday.   I did a new turkey cooking method this year.  It involved throwing some veggies in the cavity, pouring in 2 cups of boiling water, putting the lid on, and parking it in a HOT oven.  After an hour, you turn the oven off, but you don't touch it.  I was a little nervous the closer we got to the meal, so I turned the oven on low when I was in there doing the final cooking.  The finished turkey meat was falling off the bones, but it ..read more
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