2015-2016 in Review: What Worked

Most of us (except for Katydid, who just finished her last class) have been on summer break for a couple of weeks now.  It wasn’t that we actually came to the end of work; instead, I just declared it was time for a break.  This hasn’t been the worst year, academics-wise, that we could have […]

Learning in Review: Week 6 and 7

Weeks 6 and 7 (the two weeks before Halloween week) were been busy ones — in a good way, and in a not so good way, too.   I am seriously contemplating going to a 6 weeks on/1 week off year-round calendar next year.  I’m not sure how to make that work around high school students […]

Learning in Review 2015-16: Weeks 3, 4, and 5, in which I try to cover the basics

Some years time seems to go by quickly.  Second trimesters tend to do that, too.  The good news is that some of that second trimester energy has finally kicked in for me, and I have been able to tackle some of the problem areas in the house which have gotten out of control over the […]

My First Podcast… and a Morning Time update

A little shameless self promotion this morning… I recently had the privilege of talking to Pam at Ed Snapshots about how we have Morning Time with our larger than average family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect about recording a podcast but it was a lot of fun! You can find the podcast here: YMB#5: […]

First week of the new school year… sort of

I’m trying to fix an issue with Feedly, which doesn’t seem to be updating my feed.  So if some of you see this twice, I apologize. I keep pushing back the beginning of our school year.  First I was hoping to do some work with the boys in July and August when it was hot […]

Sunday Evening Book Post: Roses, Housekeeping, and the Internet

Last week I said that I was going to try to write a regular “Sunday Afternoon Book Post,” but let’s be realistic; there’s no way I’ll ever get it posted in the afternoon! So instead, how about a “Sunday Evening Book Post”? I only finished one book this week, and it was really too small to be […]

Sunday Afternoon Book Post on a Monday

I didn’t quite get this post finished on Sunday, but let’s pretend I did. At the end of 2014, I had the best intentions to write about every book that I read like Faith does on her blog — if not here, then at least on Goodreads. But then I got the flu, and so […]

My Year in Books 2014

Merry Christmas! I hope your Christmas morning was happy.  I’m always glad that the Catholic Church splits Advent and Christmas into different liturgical seasons.  Advent always wears me out, but Christmas I enjoy.  We’re going to be traveling to see my mom and dad this weekend, so our Christmas celebrating isn’t quite done.  I’ll post […]

In which St. Francis de Sales Tells Me I Don’t Have to Live Up to Impossible Ideals

I’ve mentioned before that I always feel frantic and frazzled when I’m the one who’s trying to orchestrate most of the kids’ “curriculum”.  We all do better with some structure, but too much and we’re all exhausted and frustrated by the effort of trying to maintain it.  In the past, I’ve felt guilty hovering about […]

Mini Habits

I borrowed Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results from the Kindle library a few weeks ago on a hat tip from Cindy Rollins’ blog before she deleted it.  It was short and free, which were powerful recommendations anyway, but it also spoke to my lazy, little side.  The basic premise is this: meeting big goals […]