Contagious Conviviality: A Good, Full Life

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Another week, another look at the little ordinary moments that fill up the time but are easy to overlook and discount. But it’s these little things that make a good, full life.   Pretty ~ Pretty Command Center Redo ~   One of the tools I recommend setting up in Simplified Organization is a “command center.” After finishing the chapter and putting together a new command center pinterest board for … Read More

Convivial Contentment, Everyday

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ This week we’re doing light school as we prepare for beginning our full load and a new term next week! Because it was a shortened term already and then we were sick for a week of it, I didn’t take it all the way off. We’ll have Friday off for a long weekend break, but begin next week with a full school schedule. These last couple weeks have given me … Read More

Convivial Contentment: School time again

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in ordinary life ~ After a sick week, it’s good to be getting back into our school routines which hadn’t even had a chance to get normal again. September is nearly here, though, so then it will get really real and really normal. Actually, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to jeans-and-tshirt-and-sandals weather again after an exceptionally hot summer.  Pretty ~Pretty Curls ~   Too darling, if I do say so myself. … Read More

Convivial Contentment: First Day of School Edition

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ It is our first week back to school!   Pretty ~Pretty Clipboards ~   I love the “fresh and new” of a new school year – especially new lists. Happy ~ Happy Students ~ “Happy” might be taking it a bit too far, but for the most part I do think everyone is more pleased to have direction and productive and constructive things to do. It sure does fill up … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Summer Livin’

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ We start school next week, so easy summer living is drawing to a close for us. Hans returns from a week-long build-your-own-shelter & cook-everything-over-your-campfire camp today, so we’ll be spending the weekend washing his laundry, hearing his stories, and transitioning him back to normal life. It could possibly be a rough Monday, but I am definitely at the “what we all need is a steady routine!” phase of the summer. … Read More

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 … Read More

Five Tips for Making Room: Extras are Riches

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Today’s post in the Planning with the Scholé Sisters series is from Brandy on how to fit in the extras, and why they are necessary. I think that, culturally, we are finally moving away from the conception that the so-called “Three R’s” are what a good, solid, simple education should look like. I’m glad because, taken alone, the Three R’s are about as boring and utilitarian as you can get. When I think of my own life as a student … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Summer Learning

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We have finished out our 2013-2014 school year! Time to celebrate! And we did, of course, with pizza and root beer floats with the good friends with whom we shared our lessons and experiences this year. It’s been a great year, really. The baby took reliable naps and was barely toddling for most of it. About halfway through I started getting a full night’s sleep. By scheduling a good portion of our work with friends, I was a lot more … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Spring Fever

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The family (read: every non-day-job-daylight-hour for Matt with the rest of us pitching in here and there) has been and will be busy with yard work of all kinds this spring. We’re going to be hosting my brother’s wedding reception in late June, so we have a crazy amount of yard work to do. That seems like a great reason to end the school year early, doesn’t it? Can we? Can we? Please? Pretty Day We took 30 minutes of … Read More

Convivial Contentment: When a Week Doesn’t Go as Planned

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Last week was our break week from school. During break week I try to do extra housekeeping, extra little projects like switching out the kids’ clothes for the season change, tidy up our school areas, and maybe get in a little extra writing or planning. The week started out well. I boxed up the winter gear and had piles and piles of clothes in my bedroom: clothes for storage, clothes for kids to try on, clothes to pass on, clothes … Read More

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