Happy 4th Birthday, Cy!

Cy's my strong man. He loves taking care of his little brother. He's enjoying "school." I panicked a bit around Dan's due date and wanted a little help getting organized to play with Cy daily. I know that it doesn't take much to help him feel connected before school with the girls, but I was…

Doughnut Day

Jason and Zuzu made homemade doughnuts for National Doughnut Day +1. The girls remembered the Homer Price story about a doughnut machine run amok, so Zuzu and Eliza tag team read the story aloud. It's in the books Homer Price and Make Way for McCloskey.

Dan’s Birth Story

When we reached the end of Tuesday, April 2, everyone kept saying--with slight disbelief--that nothing could have possibly gone better. I thought about doing a moment-by-moment account, but then I realized that I really want to focus on three things that went especially well. But first, this delightful birth was possible in large part because…

2018 Word for the Year

While driving about Texas yesterday, Jason and I reflected on the past year. He's not future-oriented, so instead of asking him to come up with a word for 2019, I asked him what single word he would use to describe 2018. His word: Stable. I immediately thought of this verse art I have at home.…

First Grade in Photos!

For comparison, here are some of our first day of school photos. Notice the lack of glasses and front teeth! We started school in June to get ahead since Baby Shutt was due in October. Back-to-school photos in August. Here's everything we did this year! We spread school out from June of last year to this…

Entropy

If you’ve been discouraged with the continual upkeep required, just know that the problem is not necessarily you or your system; the problem is entropy and it’s just a fact of life. Mystie, Simplified Organization  This is what my laundry room looks today. It will never look exactly like this again--some days it will be tidier,…

Science-y Things

My girl, Zuzu, loves all things science-y (her word). She "reads" our encyclopedias, loves listening to Usborne Children's Encyclopedia, and watching the Magic School Bus. I've been learning about elementary science since posting my questions here, and neither of us were content with science being such a book/screen experience. I've been slowly implementing ideas from Ambleside's science curriculum.…

Spring Semester Hopes

This week, I’m going to be figuring out how to reboot Core A (Bible, history/geography, and read-alouds) and keep going successfully with the 3Rs. I also want to make sure that my own Bible time and reading don’t get crowded out. Since Cy is not sleeping through the night, I’m not signing up for waking…

Midsemester Check-In

Jason took the girls out to chop wood, so I had some time Saturday to put away Christmas presents and organize our school bins for Monday. I’m so excited about getting back into a routine! I have no idea how Cy will affect our rhythm, but I know we need one. We started Sonlight Core…

Breastfeeding Story

With Zuzu, breastfeeding was traumatic for about 6 weeks, but with Eliza and Miri, it was easy after I remembered what I learned with Zu. I expected feeding Cy to be a walk in the park. You know what they say about expectations... Breastfeeding was so much more complicated that I think it needs to be…