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

posted in: journal 5

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

Capturing Contentment: Garden Edition!

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Pretty With my birthday money last year I got myself a cute pair of purple gardening boots at Target! I’m enjoying them. Happy Strawberries: my favorite part of the garden. Grass got into the bed (and the strawberries got into the grass), but the strawberries are still going strong and have blossoms and green baby strawberries forming! I had enough to satisfy everyone’s appetite, serve to company multiple times, and still freeze a couple bags last year, the first year … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Keep the Plan, Make a Plan

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Pretty After being enamored with my 15-year-old youngest sister’s new bangs, Ilse requested bangs of her own. Since I am slightly disappointed during this current heavy-bangs trend that I can’t have bangs (I have a cowlick right at my forehead), I happily obliged her. She calls them bang-bongs. Knox ran around the house in circles yelling, “Bang! Bang! Bang!” apparently demonstrating that he, too, has bangs. Happy An after-dinner, after-bedtime clean kitchen: It’s not show-worthy clean — there are still … Read More

Capturing Contentment while I #keeptheplan

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This post contains updates about my April Keep the Plan challenge. It’s not too late to join in! Pretty My Easter children! Happy I’ve been doing it, despite having sickies in the house! I committed to my three basic things to do first thing in the morning, and I’ve done them before checking my email — a pretty big step for me! :) Funny Egg coloring at my mom’s house! Real The night before Easter:

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