Monday, July 27, 2015

A little Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School was tons of fun.  The theme was the Jerusalem in the time of Jesus.  I helped out and so did Zippy and my in-laws.  I was especially proud of my nephew who played the shofar to call the children in morning from the playground. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

In what has become an annual tradition here on the blog, here is my Father's Day message to my Dad:

This year I turned 40, so I thought it would be fun to come up with one way my Dad was awesome in each of the decades of my life:

1. He hung my drawings up on the wall in his workplace, when we were separated by an ocean - I was about 4 at the time.

2. He took me with him to work, which involved traveling across country.

3. He dressed up in funny, period clothes, endured a cold day outdoors to give me away at my wedding.

4. He plays blocks, Legos, and puzzles with my kiddos.

Happy Father's Day

Friday, June 12, 2015

He Won!

The Little Dude graduated from preschool (finally), last week.

As part of the celebration they have a Rain Gutter Regatta.  The first year the Little Dude was in the hospital so he couldn't even attend.  Last year he just did not get how to work the boat so did not advance past the first heat.  This year.....

HE WON first place.  Dad was proud, so was this momma.

Friday, May 22, 2015


My week was hijacked by a moment.  That was all it took for the Little Dude to tumble down the last few risers of our staircase.  It didn't swell up and he could wiggle all his joints, so surely the arm was not broken.  He went on with the rest of his day, favoring it a bit but otherwise just fine.  The next morning when he woke up it was swollen and hurt so I took him into the doctor, who immediately sent him for x-rays and sure enough he broke both bones in his forearm.  He got a splint from his pediatrician then a cast from the orthopedic doctor who says he will probably be in a cast for 6 weeks, but needs to see him again for x-rays in 2 weeks to be sure it is healing properly.  Looks like a water free summer for the Little Dude.  Oh and I need to go shopping for more button down shirts.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Weekend Project

This weekend we started a new gardening project.  We lifted the strawberries in gutters attached to the fence.

Little Dude made his own yard work project.  He decided to put some odd rocks around the trees in the back yard.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Wrap Up

This week was Winter Break for us.  The public schools had the week off and so did CC.  It is unusual that everything lines up like that.  But sadly, the week "off" was full of unexpected events and life changing decisions. So here are 5 not so random things from this week.

1. On Monday the kiddo's great-grandfather died.  I was always thankful that they had a relationship with their great-grandpa, I did not know any of my great-grandparents so having him around until Zippy was fourteen was amazing.  He will be missed.

2. On Wednesday, after lots and lots of thought and prayer I finally committed to open a new Classical Conversations campus in my city.  Now this might seem like a lot, but it really just shifts my current workload from a more tutor focus to a more administrative one.  The bonus is now I will not have to drive 45 minutes or an hour to get to a CC campus, woo. 

3. Did you know that I have another blog?  It is called History Magpie and I've been working on it for about 9 months.  I am very proud of how well it is coming along.  The focus of the blog is to equip parents to engage kids with history at home. 

4. Yesterday was our last day of break and I gave Zippy the option of doing a little bit of work to get a jumpstart on this week. She declined, but when I told her I needed help with my Lego Challenge for the History Magpie she jumped right in.  We spent the morning discussing how to build a replica of a Roman Road out of Legos, she wanted a chicken crossing the road.  Sneaky schooling is what I call that.

5. We decided to take the Little Dude from 3 days of preschool to one and start schooling at home with a little more intention.  This decision was primarily driven by financial concerns. We will be looking for other opportunities for the little guy to practice talking.