Summer is for school, camping, and organizing – and reading, always

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ This is our fifth week back-to-school, and although we’ve had rocky days, sick days, long days, and vacation days, overall the plans for this year seem to fit where we’re at. What a relief that is to see that your plans are actually going to work!   Pretty ~Pretty morning time ~ Morning time really is the best part of our homeschooling day. Pam is getting ready to launch her … Read More

Moments in a real homeschool life

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Week 3 of school is almost over. So far, so good! Our books are great, our lists seem to work well, Morning Time is going well. We’ve had a summer cold take a couple of us out for a day here and there. So our five-day-a-week plan has been executed as a four-day-a-week plan last week (nothing happened Friday) and this week (very little happened Wednesday). But I’m still happy … Read More

What do we eat in the summer, again?

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~ Capturing the context of contentment – in my kitchen. ~ We’re having a straight week of over-100-degree weather, and although this makes me not want to cook, it doesn’t make anyone around here not want to eat. Silly people. I always go through a dinner-fixing crisis when the first heat wave strikes. I know I have meals I’ve done for times like this, because they do happen every year, but what are they again?! Unfortunately, my daughter and I … Read More

Pulling together food for a family

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Another week and more food has been served to the natives, keeping them happy and healthy and strong. Mission: accomplished.   Pretty ~Pretty Veggie-Filled Breakfasts ~ Vegetables at breakfast seems to be a good idea, a way to get more nutrition into my day and start the day off strong. Here are a few of my attempts thus far. Happy ~ Happy Children Bakers ~ What better summer break afternoon … Read More

A week at the beach

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If you’ve tried to sign up for email updates on the sidebar in the last three months, it has not worked. The error is fixed now, so try again and you’ll be in! Sorry about that! ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ After wrapping up our school year with testing and poetry at the park, we took a full week to vacation on the Oregon coast at Pacific City.   Pretty ~Pretty View ~ This was … Read More

Testing, testing, 1 2 3

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ We’re done with our school year! And there was great rejoicing. Now it’s time to clean and organize the entire house and plan the next school year. Our next term will begin late June or early July – I haven’t nailed that down firmly yet. But for now the weather is gorgeous and we get to succumb to our spring fever and let go of the book work for a … Read More

Homemade food, week after week

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Another week, another 21 meals prepared, served, and cleaned up. Not too shabby when you look at a week that way, now, is it?   Pretty ~Pretty Pleased ~ These are my kitchen helpers, growing up fast, and now pleased to be the ones in charge of dinner some days. With Simplified Dinners for New Cooks, they can get dinner on the table all by themselves, start to finish, and … Read More

Real Family Dinners

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Getting dinner on the table to feed your family after a long day can sometimes feel like an overwhelming impossibility. But a healthy, wholesome meal doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even a lot of planning ahead. Here are some of the meals I’ve served up recently for our homeschooling family of 7.  Pretty ~Pretty Fresh Vegetables ~ As the weather gets warmer, I’ve resigned myself to … Read More

In and out and over a week

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Instagram photos again this week! It’s so much easier and simpler to pull out and snap a candid shot with my iPod Touch rather than have the camera handy (and then the cord to get the photos off the camera).   Pretty ~Pretty Heels ~ This stylin’ little mama came strolling her baby through the kitchen the other day. She loves the click-click-click of my heels. Happy ~ Happy Circle … Read More

Photos of dinner are all I have

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ I looked over the photos I have taken in the last week and realized I pretty much only have pictures of dinners. I joined Instagram awhile back and seem mostly compelled to share real life food scenes. So, please bear with the Instagram shots and follow me there if you end up wanting more. Pretty ~ Pretty Salad ~ This was Wednesday’s dinner, paired with chicken. It is whole wheat spaghetti … Read More

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