Friday, September 23, 2016

Seven dream Home School Catalogue Covers

When I was a new home schooler around eighteen years ago, I would get these homeschool curriculum catalogues in the mail.  I LOVED home school curriculum catalogues...they brought me to a happy place as I slowly turned the pages to see all the possibilities.  I used to especially enjoy the pictures on the covers.  A lovely dining room with a china cabinet in the background, two well dressed children dutifully doing their school with a plate of cookies on the table and a mom in a great outfit with earrings and matching necklace smiling behind them.  Ahhhh!  Euphoria ensued.
  But as the years went on and I found that home schooling seven children for many years is sometimes a thing of the trenches,  is not for the faint of heart, and most days does not involve anything remotely approaching cookies and earrings,  I began to amuse myself one day.  What would WE put on the front of a home school catalogue?  Hmmmm.  Here are some of our ideas....

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Ultimate Physical Science Experiments: Only Requires basic household items.

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The Creative Scholarships Issue:  The Duct Tape College Scholarship Prom Dress



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Motivating the Unmotivated Teen

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Dancing Child: Omelette King!!!

In which Dancing Child creates a delicious omelette before my very eyes, with a flourish of his one handed egg cracking skills.  He makes an amazing omelette and has enough personality to star in his own cooking show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Oh, these kids o mine


One of my old high school drama kids is now halfway through college.  She spent some time with us in the park at the end of the summer and took these fun photos.  It's the little things that are so precious to me.  All my kids getting older and yet still staying the same as they always were. 






Their version of Abbey Road.




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Good, Random, Fun: Beginnings of fall

Good
Basil leaves picked.  Pesto Made.  Hurrah!
 





Random
I found a great home for my theater company with rehearsal space and a stage!! 






Fun
Soccer has begun. 
 
 








Sunday, August 14, 2016

Good, Random, Fun: Basil Bonanza!

Good

Thoughtful Child grew a bunch of basil on our upstairs porch this summer.  Here is the beautiful crop!!   Needless to say, we all have visions of pesto dancing in our heads.





Fun
Had a very fun morning experiencing a photo shoot with the Lovely Daughter.  She is graduating from college this year and is beginning to put together her theater portfolio for future auditions in the coming year.  We had such fun.  Hair, make-up, different kinds of shoots.  It was a real art form!  Here she is getting ready. 



 
Random fun fact
Did you know it is rare for anyone to be able to arch one eyebrow on command....the photographer was impressed that she could do this whenever she wanted.  We have a lot of one brow-ers in the family it seems. Who knew they were a bunch of rare birds.
 

This just in as we speak
A double rainbow right outside the door.  Creative child caught it just in time.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ten On Tuesday: Brought to you by the letter D

Joining up with Carole today:

Ten on Tuesday
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Today, we are asked to describe ourselves with ten different adjectives using the first letter of our name.  Hmmmm.....so, here goes.

1.  DARING:  In all things concerning recipes, launching out with ideas and plans.  I can honestly say that I have never been hampered by a fear of failure in trying an adventure like starting a theater company or other such ventures.  However, this daring does not translate to rollercoasters, heights, or sports where I might fall to my death.  Some of my kids have that kind of daring....mine is more of the, well, cerebral type.
2.  DEAR:  This is the greeting of choice for me when I drive up to the Starbucks window, or when my order is taken by the waiters at restaurants. Oh, and by the librarian...as in, "what can I get you, Dear?"    I have always had a secret wish to be that mysterious, long legged femme fatal who no one would ever dream of calling dear..........but being 5' 1, with a round face and glasses? That just isn't going to happen.  So, I'll just OWN it and be a DEAR.
3. DICKENSON:  Because I love all her poetry and find my soul's voice there often.
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4. DEDICATED:  To educating my children, to art, to music, to theater.  Not, however, to having the best lawn on the block....I appreciate a manicured lawn, but there isn't much dedication to make it happen outside my front door, alas.  
5. DAFFODILS:  Because I prefer wild flowers to hot house flowers.  Give me a daisy before a rose any day. 
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6.  DELIGHTED:   I love to have the time, the energy, and attention to delight properly in things.  Paintings, poetry, nature. 
7.  DUSTY:  as in I don't mind dust.  I hate clutter, but I don't mind dust.
8.   DANCING:  I love to cut a rug!
9.  DELVE:  I like digging for meaing.  I love Theology, Philosophy and Literature.  I love that feeling of discovering a particularly beautiful metaphor, turn of phrase, or a clear, well expressed idea.  And the delving is part of the final reward.  This delving also translates into book fairs, old book stores, etc....where the books with the treasures are found. 
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10.  DUSK:  my favorite time of day when all the work is done and the smell of dinner is wafting out the window and I step outside on the porch to enjoy the last rays of the sun going down.