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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

~ 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

~ 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

~ 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

~ 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

Latin winners, funny fridges, two-year-olds, and books

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ And we have Headventure Land membership winners! Cathy S. and Crystal B. have won year-long access to Classical Academic Press’ Headventure Land review games and videos! I had a great time writing a Latin-themed week. In “How We Homeschool Latin” I wrote about how we take our time through the material so we know it rather than simply pass through the workbooks, and I also wrote about the “Free Latin … Read More

Why break weeks aren’t wasted weeks

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Last week was a break week in our year-round homeschool schedule, and it was great! It is so easy to slip into thinking that down time or vacation time is time that doesn’t “count” for anything. We say to ourselves: “I have 36 weeks of school and 16 weeks off in a year.” Then think to ourselves that those 16 weeks are not profitable for learning – they don’t “count,” … Read More

Outsourcing dinner duties

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ When I was 11, my mom had twins. Already interested in cooking, I eagerly took once-a-week dinner duties. I could make spaghetti, macaroni and cheese (from boxes) with tuna and peas, and hamburger helper. My grandma was an extreme couponer before it was a thing, so she kept our pantry stocked with boxes and mixes, and I appreciated being able to grab something, follow the 3 steps, and put dinner … Read More

Break week is a-comin’

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ The bleak winter term is almost over and we soon get to take the most-appreciated break week of the year: a week off in February. The end of our sixth week is always when I most love our year-round schedule. Looking forward to a whole week off keeps me going that fifth week and I can postpone things, knowing I have a week to catch up coming soon.   Pretty … Read More

Circle Time Moments

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there are five children spanning 8 years to coordinate. Well, no. I’m on my fifth two-year-old, I know better: Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there’s a two-year-old in the house. Yes. Yes, I believe that’s the truth. Two-year-olds bring life to the house, giggles to the family, and attention to the present moment. Because if … Read More

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