Using Our Land Part I

When we bought our home and 33+ acres last fall I had a bazillion ideas and anticipated having them all done super quick. I’ve realized how unrealistic that is. Moving to upstate NY in November meant nearly everything outside couldn’t be touched until April/May (essentially right now). Honestly, many of the projects won’t be actualizedContinue reading “Using Our Land Part I”

Why Not Say “Yes?”

So often I tell my kids no and later realize there was really no reason for that response. Sometimes you just need to say “yes,” if only to get yourself out of the “no” mindset. Can I tattoo my stomach? Can we paint your toe nails? Can we watch TV? Can I wear my pantsContinue reading “Why Not Say “Yes?””

Homeschool Trip #2: Philly

We are 2/2 on homeschool trips accompanied by winter storms. That has not helped my attempts at turning the kids into travel seekers. The trip to Philly was fun (minus the kids fussing about the cold). We were able to get in family time, museums, historical sites, and food. The Franklin Institute on our firstContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #2: Philly”

Snapshot Sunday #6

It must be some serious concentration if the tongue comes out! Thanks Starbucks for the umpteenth vacation save…you never know when you’re going to need a place with a nice, temperature controlled place to sit that also serves sugar in a cup to keep your kids (and you) sane for just a few more blocks.Continue reading “Snapshot Sunday #6”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed

I love being a mom. AND… Slaptating and being a tool seem to be natural occurrences during parenthood—for me and for my children. Also for the puppy. Everyone spends time wanting to slap people and being a tool, it just happens. Sometimes it happens simultaneously. That’s fun. My capacity for annoying behaviors has been outContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed”

Homeschool Trip #1: Boston

We’ve traveled a handful of times this school year, though much less than I hoped because of COVID. This past weekend was our first trip made with the primary purpose of reinforcing our homeschool lessons. Emma is a voracious reader. That has made most subject we’ve discussed—whether her choosing or mine—pretty simple because I canContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #1: Boston”

Oki the Pup

We got a puppy! I’ve promised Emma we could get a dog since she could talk, but we had to wait until we settled somewhere. Full disclosure, I am not an animal person. I’ve never wanted a pet. I’ve never been super fond of other people’s pets. That is, until I met my sister’s dog,Continue reading “Oki the Pup”

Homeschool, shmomeschool!

My mom homeschooled all five of my siblings for at least a few years. It came up regarding me a few times…I vividly remember threatening that I would move in with my dad if I was pulled out of public school 😆 I loved school. When I had my first daughter I swore she wouldContinue reading “Homeschool, shmomeschool!”