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How to handle winter break as a new homeschooler

In come the flurry of new homeschooler questions about “how to handle winter break”… Well, the answer is the same to just about every other question you’ve asked so far. Can you guess?

It depends and we all probably do it differently and many of us change year to year. But here are some things to consider… Continue reading How to handle winter break as a new homeschooler


Love to all of the mothers of the world…

Earlier in the week, I selfishly dictated to my family that I didn’t want any recognition of Mother’s Day.  It was an expression of pain that I wasn’t able to keep to myself and I am deeply ashamed and remorseful for it.  Especially since my sweet girl has such profound feelings around mommies and such a deep, strange need to have every occasion memorialized.  As far as I have come, I still falter.  And the miracle of motherhood is that my children love me anyway… Continue reading Love to all of the mothers of the world…

How we’re handling “the elf” this year… (days 1 & 2)

Well, we managed to successfully migrate off of the “Elf as Santa’s spy” thing a few years ago but then we were at a bit of a loss for what the Elf, Simon’s, purpose was.  In the last few years, we’ve come up with some good ideas and I like this year’s the best…

Continue reading How we’re handling “the elf” this year… (days 1 & 2)

Into the New Year


Just popping on to wish all of you a Happy New Year.  Our family wishes you all things bright and beautiful in 2016.  Here we are on Christmas Eve at one of the cleanest and best lit rest stops we’ve ever experienced on a road trip (Post Oak Rest Area on Interstate 57 in Salem, IL in case you’re wondering–and those are my antlers 😉 ).  We look forward to sharing our year with you!  ❤ (from left to right) BigGuy, Mama, Girly & Papa/Husbeau

Christmas Morning

Well, we managed to land in our garage at home at about 11:45pm Christmas Eve.  Papa was up until about 4am putting out the already-wrapped gifts and trying to fight the effects of the coffee he drank to keep him up while driving.

The children were up promptly at 6am and it went a little something like this… Continue reading Christmas Morning

Day 24: Remember those who have passed

I should have looked ahead when, on Day 1, I decided to change the “activity” to “Remembrance” because here we are on Day 24 and it is a long-held traditional day of remembrance in many ethnicities and cultures and in many ways.

I don’t think we can remember too much.  So I will keep it here as well.  Generally, we light candles on this day for those who have passed.  Papa’s family used to have a rather overwhelming 7-course dinner of mostly seafood for many years on Christmas Eve and in remembrance of that, I usually find him some octopus salad to eat with our own dinner.

This year, we will be hoping to make it home to our beds before midnight.  We won’t rush, but we will try our best.

Let me know how you usually spend Christmas Eve or Nochabuena or whatever your family calls this day.  In fact, let me know what you call this day!

Day 23: Cleaning day

There are mostly Nordic, Iceland and Scottish traditions around cleaning at this time–either right before Christmas or right before New Year’s.  I chose right before Christmas, and we would be spending the day cleaning so that we could enjoy it for Christmas.  It’s supposed to be a cleaning of all things–including the body and mind.

Normally, all of my other holiday preparations are already done and this day is purposefully left open for cleaning a bit deeper than usual.  It doesn’t matter to me that we won’t have company for the holiday–this is for me and my family.  We all relax better in the uncluttered and unkempt.  If I’ve fallen off track with meditating, I will do that.  I’m likely to also take a bath and if I feel the need (and can find a place that’s open!) get a haircut.  It’s a day to get the laundry caught up and put away, too.

This year, this day will be spent seeing a medical specialist for BigGuy, and so cleaning will have to wait.  The appointment will be several hours long and hopefully it won’t include drawing blood because that’s never fun for my BigGuy.

Do a little extra cleaning for yourself today.  Maybe just one room that you get all the way down to dusting the baseboards.  Let me know how you feel sitting in that room later.  ❤

Day 21: Children’s Day

Some years, today is swapped with the 22nd and this would be the Winter Solstice (or “Yule”).  But this year the Solstice falls on the 22nd and so today is Children’s Day.  This is really more a Shambala Buddhist custom that often includes giving gifts to children.  After all, Christmas Day is not a holiday for them.  Here is a good account of how one American Buddhist parent recalls Children’s Day growing up.

In our house… Continue reading Day 21: Children’s Day