Sing Through the Sting

Tonight I had a mom-isode (that's mom episode) which I will now sear into your consciences. You're welcome in advance. Last weekend, my friend and I planned a playdate for today (Thursday) which requires a bit of preparation because we live an hour apart. Admittedly the visit was more for me to hang with my … Continue reading Sing Through the Sting

Birthdays and Identity

My oldest turned 5 years old today. That is hard to believe. The same kid who's pregnancy had me in fits of excitement, fear, joy, depression-- pretty much all the emotions-- and whose delivery lasted 32 hours is now a 5 year old kid, half my height and reading... I struggled with becoming a mom, … Continue reading Birthdays and Identity

Life with 4 under 5: A Day in the Life in Pictures

Bobby pin in my coffee... Baby snugs 😍 School time! Even homeschooling moms have "problem students..." Out. Like a log. Quiet time reflections Good afternoon, Captain Crazy Hair McPantslessness Keto bread win! Yay dinner! Bed time! ...kind of...

Haakaa Pump Review

Guys- if you are a breastfeeding mama, you NEED a Haakaa pump in your life. As a mom who always struggles to maintain milk supply, I have an overflowing freezer stash of milk, all because of the Haakaa's passive let down collection. By catching letdown milk as I nurse baby, I have amassed over 40oz … Continue reading Haakaa Pump Review

Sometimes the Bacon gets Burned

So it's been 2 weeks and change since we brought home our 4th baby. There's been a lot of crying, from me as well as the kids. I can say I haven't had a lot of depression, but my level of anxiety is through the proverbial roof. Even the should-be-fun moments have me fraught with … Continue reading Sometimes the Bacon gets Burned

Homestead Update

Family Well, my Ingrid is 9 days old. Just like peas-porridge-in-the-pot. We are settling in to "new normal." Settling never feels peaceful to me. Settling is transition, and transition for us means chaos. And by chaos, I mostly mean a lot of toddler whining and crying and managing behavior. Fortunately, I've had family and good … Continue reading Homestead Update

Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

I don't ever wanna hear another complaint from public school teachers about a "problem student" Having worked in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and pre-K, the challenges there just don't even stack up to the challenges of home educating your own children. 1) I bet public school teachers have never had their entire … Continue reading Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

Some days, I'm on my game from the minute my feet hit the floor. Other days, the kids throw dirt in eachother's sweaty hair, effectively making a mud helmet, need baths before lunch, and then Mama kinda gives up around 4:30pm and decides to order pizza for dinner and watch Winnie the Pooh while she … Continue reading Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

Living Your Seasons Well

I have a to-do list that never seems to progress to a to-done list. On my docket for this week is kitchen deep clean, dishes, laundry (always laundry, but my husband folded at least 4 baskets full this weekend!!) and dusting. I'm not particularly fond of dusting, but my son loves it, and it desperately … Continue reading Living Your Seasons Well