Do I look swollen to you?

The longer this day wears on, the more my body hurts.  It usually takes me about 24 hours for soreness to kick from strenuous exercise (or a bike wreck), and my 24 hours are most definitely up! My knee has a huge knot, my arm and leg are swollen, shoulder hurts, back, knees, pretty much everything but my head, which proves …

The longest (and most dangerous) day ever

Ever have one of those days where you did so much that at the end of it you could hardly believe it was still the same day?!? Yeah, that was my day. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast, school with the girls, Jim running in and out trying to manage his job plus our building project and odds and ends. I ran …

Life with Penelope the Pug

I guess I should talk about  my dog since the fam said last night’s subject was a little on the heavy side! We got Penelope the pug “for the kids” about 10 years ago and she has loved me ever since.  If I go up the stairs, she goes up the stairs.  If I go to the bathroom, she sits outside the door.  If …

Wait, where did the last 20 years go?

Life is full of excitement and “firsts” with teenagers/young adults.  Today we took our son, Nolan, to college for his first taste of dorm life.  His younger sisters have told him they’re going to miss him so much when he’s gone. Life is like some kind of electrically charged atmosphere when the three of them are together, playing “got-you-last” all through the …

Suede jumpers and other homeschool preconceived notions

Some people maintain the mindset that homeschoolers are an enigma, wearing suede jumpers, geeking out over science projects, and getting their kicks on singing Kumbayaa around the family fireplace at night. I guess maybe this could be said of a few, but my kids aren’t among them (and neither am I). No, I don’t wear suede jumpers and my kids …

Make the bed as soon as you get up, shower – optional

My mom always told me, “Make your bed first thing when you get up, that way you don’t have to come back to it later”.  Every time I actually do that, I think of her saying that.  I wish she’d have taught me to go directly to the shower after that and get myself presentable, because these homeschool days are …

Long Wednesday

Jim is out of town with work for the fourth week straight (home on weekends). 5:00 AM and I’m wide awake – what is UP with that?  I don’t even have to get up that early! I started the coffee IV drip and went with it. (He usually makes the coffee – I know, I’m spoiled!) The school day was going …