Current Convivialities

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Another week! Because I’ll be doing the 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers in October, I won’t be doing these update posts again until November, when we will hopefully have a little baby! Then it will be weekly baby pictures, which are always fun. For the mommy, anyway. :) Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Well, I continue to be remiss in taking random photos along the way, but I did remember to snap one of Ilse & Knox. Ilse … Read More

Currently Convivial

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life We’ve had a good week, with a quiet, restful Labor Day weekend. The local schools are all back in session now, so we get the excitement once again of the school bus stopping in front of our house during breakfast and the selfish pleasure of having the park crowds & grocery store traffic back down to a sane level. Being able to hit the stores at a quiet 9-10am, when only the moms of … Read More

Currently Convivial

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Last week was fair week, so we took off Wednesday and had a grand time at the county fair. The kids got to climb all through a fire engine, watch all sorts of animals both at the petting zoo and in the 4H buildings, claim candy and trinkets from booths, eat elephant ears, and – through the sponsorship of my parents – ride their first rides. We had a good time, the kids were … Read More

Convivial Contentment

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Knox likes to think of himself as one of the boys, so he is always in people’s business – or in their shoes. In fact, I am having to change the way I refer to my groups of children. For years now I have referred to Hans and Jaeger together as “the boys.” So the other day I called, “Boys! Would you please run this over to the neighbor’s house for me?” They love … Read More

Convivial Contentment

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life I’m losing steam around here, and I’m only 26 weeks! I didn’t really take any pictures again this week. Sigh. But I do have a photo of a yummy, super-easy dinner I made: The post with “recipe” and narrative will be up at Simple Pantry Cooking next week! You can make sure you won’t miss it by signing up to get Simple Pantry Cooking posts in your inbox! We’re so close to having Simplified … Read More

Current Convivialities

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Real life: This week I didn’t take any pictures but the one below, even though there were ample opportunities. Matt decided the children needed a wading pool, so that has been a fun new thing around here this week. Also, the older two boys are taking tennis lessons from 8:30-9:30 every morning, so we actually have to have our act together straight away. I suppose I could try to claim that I’ve been living … Read More

Current Convivialities

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Anyone else familiar with math sheets that look like this? And who is disheartened by how long math takes? I guess I could just check off the drawing box as happening concurrently with math — except that I don’t really check boxes, because I have zero motivation for keeping unnecessary paperwork. And unnecessary paperwork is really all the preschooler’s work is, but she loves it. She had a little math envy, looking over at … Read More

Current Convivialities

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Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life The two older boys got to go camping over the weekend with my parents. They had a great time, of course, particularly the geocaching with my dad. Well, that and eating six s’mores each, and, I see from the picture, getting their own cans of Mountain Dew. :) Academics Accomplished [For new readers: We school year-round, and are particularly working at getting a good start on the year now because I’m due to deliver … Read More

Convivialities

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Thursday again and June is nearly over! We haven’t even had much warm weather yet, bizarrely. 80 has been an infrequently occurring high. July might just come as a shock. My tomatoes are waiting for it eagerly, but while the cooler weather holds, my peas are producing an abundant crop! Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Our life has been a bowl of cherries this last week. Yup. Our cherry tree produced a bountiful crop! You know what, though? That … Read More

Capturing Convivial Contentment

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This was our second week on our new school year plan. We had two weeks off after state-mandatory testing, and we are all actually relieved to be back to structured living after several months of first-trimester-induced flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants. Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Well, as far as real life goes, the excitement of [last] week was the ceiling cracking open! I heard a strange noise, went around investigating, and ended up at the game closet, where I found this: We … Read More

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