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For the past year, David and I have been house hunting. We love our little home, but we desire a different layout, a different town, and c...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Oh How Time Flies!

Happy Birthday to our Sweet Pickle! Our world is funnier, squishier, and much more entertaining with you as part of our family. Keep growing little one. We love you a bushel and a peck!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Around Our Home

A glimpse as to what is being said and learned around our home...

"Leia milked her first cow!" - Inspired by Lego mini figures and listening to On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was also accompanied by a duel between a black dragon and a green dragon and observed by ostriches with very good hearing, a taun-taun, a snow monster, and other assorted Lego characters. Oh, and a pair of oxen named Star and Bright- thanks again Laura.

"NO! I want Isabelle!! She's mine!" - An argument between two sisters regarding who could play with the puppies Isabelle and Stocking. Both girls wanted both puppies. Both girls were yelling and screetching at the top of their lungs. The kicker is that "Isabelle" and "Stocking" are imaginary. Yes, this does happen more often than one might expect. Yes, it is awkward. Yes, I am quite amazed at the vividness of their collective imaginations. No, we are not getting puppies or any other living animal for that matter!

"Gemini. I need Gemini time." - While my daughters enjoy learning about space, this is not an indication that they are advanced learners. We have a baby carrier called a "Gemini". Pickle has ridden in it since she was quite small. She also quite enjoys putting her baby doll in the kid sized version.

"No. Dat not right." - Pickle will say this for everything. You can say something "please put your shoes away." Or she'll ask you to draw a picture of Luke Skywalker and disagree with the shape of circle you've drawn for his head. Sometimes she mutters it as she's changing her Baby Dear's outfit. Regardless of when it is said, she expresses it with such confidence and decisiveness one is sometimes left floundering at being told off by such a small sprite!

During a recent nap time, Pickle would not settle down. Eventually, I went up to see if my presence could help her fall asleep. I found this:

Out of her blanket, she had constructed a baby carrier for her teddy bear all by herself. Maybe she will be our little engineer?

Meanwhile, Sweet Potato snagged a McGuffey Reader that I had brought home from my parents for planning school next year. She was upstairs reading away. Next thing I know, she's standing by me saying, "Mama, I can read the Roman numerals." By golly she could! I asked how she had learned that "X" equals ten and "I" equals one and "V" equals five, etc. "Oh Mama," came the reply, "there is a table in the front that shows you. I used it to learn them, silly." She is the daughter of two librarians no doubt about it!

Never a dull moment in our home and I wouldn't change it for the world! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Give Your Child the World!

As a book lover, there is nothing like receiving a book right after it is published! It is with a full heart that I awaited the arrival of Jamie Martin's Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time. I've followed her for several years on Simple Homeschool and SteadyMom. She has been a quiet, practical, yet strong and consistent voice for me in moments of overwhelm, doubt in mothering and homeschooling, and a fellow encourager of good books. If I ever have the pleasure of meeting her, I'm sure we would hit if off- even if we just sat next to each other reading.

Earlier this week, her book was born. Five years in the making and dreaming and it's here in my hands! However, this isn't just a book to grace my shelves. No, way! This book is going to help me bring the world to my daughters. It's home will likely be the library bag so I can grab great stories while visiting our fantastically amazing library! It's absolutely going to provide hours of discovery and inspire countless conversations and trips (real and imaginary).

If you want to travel but can only afford an armchair...
If you want to enrich your family with understanding various cultures...
If you desire to raise children who view others as precious people not stereotypes...
If you love literature and need recommendations for your kiddos...

Grab your pin money and get this book. You will be so very glad you did. Equally as important, you and your children will have their worldview enlarged and nurtured. Happy travels!