Convivial Contentment, summer edition

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a picture post. It’s about time. :) I’ve been bad about photo-taking, though, so half these photos are not even mine. That’s ok, because that actually means they’re a lot better than anything I’d have taken. It’s good to have photographers in the family.

Pretty Wedding

My brother was married a couple weeks ago and the reception was in our backyard. It was a fun wedding and a good party and it all went very well – thanks to good friends who can step right in and help get things done!

For example, at one point the mother-of-the-bride dropped off the gorgeous wedding cake on a table in the main thoroughfare of the house the day before the wedding. It’s, uh, been 25 years since she’s had toddlers.

wedding cake disaster waiting to happen

What could go wrong?

Said good friend was there, looked around and said, “So, do your kids want to spend the rest of the day at my house?”

Everybody needs friends like that. Thanks, Kirsti, for all you did!

Happy Campers


What one needs after putting on a wedding is to take 5 young children camping, right? Right.

The kids had a blast. All I can say is that if you must camp, you should definitely do so with 6 other responsible adults who have no children of their own.



That’s my sister – Melanie Thompson, artist – not me. And no, we are not twins.


Funny Fitness

Well, the funniest fitness picture is the one above of my brother-in-law teaching various forms of push-ups to the children. Who knew Ilse could do such a good plank?!

We also finished 4 weeks of swimming lessons for the three older kids. That felt like a marathon!

I probably wouldn’t have gone outside if it hadn’t been for our appointment at the pool, though, so it was good for us all.

While the kids were getting their exercise, I took some myself. After looking at them off and on for two years at least, I finally broke down (peer pressure was involved, I promise!) and got a Fitbit Flex. Costco had them, so the risk was low because a return would be easy. It’s not going to be returned unless it stops working, though. It’s actually a lot of fun to generate stats. :)


Now that every step “counts” – literally – I have definitely been more active all day instead of just a single walk or run a couple times a week. Running up or down the stairs to get something is something I’ll just pop up and do because otherwise I’ll have a stretch on my graph with zero steps! I’ve learned that there’s no way in my normal daily life that I can get 10,000 steps around the house, though, and that’s mildly depressing but good to know.

Turns out my house is laid out too efficiently to be much good for exercise.

But, I have to keep up with (that is, stay no more than 8k steps below!) my friend on the leaderboard, so up I get in the morning and head out the door for a 30-45 minute walk. I had better make it 60 if I’m serious about passing her up. A Fitbit is definitely more fun with friends.

Real Deadlines

enjoy homeschooling

I’ve been writing less here on the blog not only because of these events going on, but also because I’m working on writing that is yet to be published.

Next week we launch Scholé Sisters! I’ve edited and scheduled the first week of content and let me tell you, this is good stuff. I am so excited! Sarah, Brandy, and Pam make an awesome team to work with. We’ve had way too much fun talking rabbit trails over iMessage and Voxer as we’re getting this site up and running. I hope you’ll all come join us in the conversation over there when it “opens.” Every Friday there’ll be a conversation-starter post that we hope will lead to some rich and encouraging discussion. This will be real, in-the-trenches-with-you classical homeschooling: we have our ideals, but we also have our share of rough days and laundry piles. I am so thrilled to be a part of this!

I’ve also turned on the afterburners to wrap up my Simplified Organization project. It started out as a domain purchase and ebook outline over a year ago, and as I worked here and there at writing the ebook, I kept wondering if there was a better way to do it. It seems like ebooks can be helpful and inspiring, but they also easily just sit on the virtual shelf and are difficult to reference in the muddle of trying to do real life. Plus, it was starting to get way too long.

So after poking around online and talking to a few people about it, I realized it made much more sense to make it an online course! My husband the programmer is working on the technical side of it, but the plan right now is to have it be web-based content that’s really easy to navigate and pull up the instructions or inspiration you need to get your home and habits up and humming. I’m really excited about how it’s shaping up, and I’m even more happy that going through all these principles and instructions has forced me to implement it myself much more consistently!

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And that’s good, because next week we start ramping up for a gradual back-to-school season.

Wait, what? I’m going to have to actually do all these plans instead of just writing about them? Drat.

That’s a deadline I’d rather not think about, but the shift back into steady routine is always welcome when it arrives.

3 Responses

  1. kellyinpa
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    Hi Mystie,

    Lovely wedding:) I asked for a FitBit for my birthday earlier this month and it is very motivating, in a strange way:P I was super excited the day I logged over 10,000 and it’s an effort for me to do that on a daily basis. I guess my house must be efficient too because I have to take a morning and evening walk most days to get over 10,000 steps. I cannot express how excited I am about Schole Sisters, cannot. wait.! Your online line course looks very interesting, looking forward to finding out more about it. Have a great Friday!

  2. Gina
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    Looks like some great memories this summer!!

    I, for one, can’t wait for Schole Sisters! It was so exciting to have an email from you all in my inbox today!

  3. Heather :) :) :)
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    I loved reading through the different articles and seeing all the photos, especially of the children having such fun :) :) Also, I really enjoyed the wedding photos ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;) :) :)

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