2021 School Year

I diligently took end of school year photos and then completely forgot to post them. Now it's tricky to look back when we are already six weeks into our new year, but I'll do my best! Much of the 2021 school year felt off kilter because my youngest son had many appointments at Texas Children's…

2020 School Year in Review

We made it! Even though we already homeschooled pre-pandemic, it was a challenging year due to all the changes in our routines and habits. First term, post-spring break, we missed our library and Community Bible Study. Going to distance education for my private school job gobbled up all my time for a few weeks, but…

October’s Bright Blue Weather

Farewell, October. It's been lovely. Onward to Thanksgiving and the end of our homeschool year and Christmas! October's Bright Blue Weatherby  Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) O suns and skies and clouds of June,         And flowers of June together,     Ye cannot rival for one hour         October's bright blue weather;  …

13th Anniversary

Today, Jason and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. I've added the last few years to the bottom of the post. 2007 - Wedding! and move to College Court 2008 - Nigeria 2009 - Zuzu and move to Redstone Apartment 2010 2011- Eliza 2012 - Miri 2013 - Move to our house 2014 - Purchase…

Kids Bowl Free 2020

This is the sixth year we've done Kids Bowl Free with a family pass. Photos from our first year are in this post. I tell the kids this is our PE for summer school, and it's not optional. The previous years were an investment in training the kids on bowling etiquette and sharing our love…

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…