Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Bit of Beauty

Just a bit of beauty from my morning walk.  This little tree looked very much like one you would see in a fairy tale book illustrated by Tasha Tudor.  Autumn brings so many beautiful surprises like that.


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....





Ultimate Physical Science Experiments: Only Requires basic household items.

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


Motivating the Unmotivated Teen


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

Basil leaves picked.  Pesto Made.  Hurrah!

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

Soccer has begun. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Good, Random, Fun: Basil Bonanza!


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.

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.