rock of exhaustion

Hoo boy. Last week the kids abandoned the local rec center camp they had been attending (where they were swimming a few hours a day in the public pool — and loving it) for a songwriting camp at SoR. I was worried we were going to get some serious backlash. Both kids had asked for…

4th of july photography lesson: exposure

Since Rich was out shooting the Independence Day Parade, he stopped over for a few hours and worked with Béla on exposure — in hopes of him getting some more interesting sparkler photos tonight. Tucker cleared some practice space in the basement. We were very careful. He was definitely getting the idea. They used a…

spreadsheet secrets

July 1 is when the District allows homeschoolers to start counting educational hours. It’s been nice to not have to leap to the spreadsheet every time they read a book or sing “Orange Crush” or pick up their spelling workbook… but tomorrow, I shall start. (Camp counts, believe me.) This weekend they went to a…

“this is the best week ever” (part one)

It really has been especially nice. Both kids keep commenting on how relaxed they feel. Béla has been knitting a lot. Claudia has been spending a lot of time doing dramatic play (I’m so glad she is not perceiving herself as “too old” for this) and they have been spending time with friends. They’ve also…

“school” pictures 2018-19

At the end of our first year of homeschooling, we did a very elaborate photo shoot to commemorate the year. At the end of last year, we just chose two candid pictures that seemed representative of a fairly messy, wild ride year that gave us much courage and freedom, and strengthened our bonds as a…

claudia completes her omo kulu mele season

Without a doubt, this is the performing arts group that means the most to her. (School of Rock is a close second.) I got a few good pictures at the first performance: (That’s the “don’t put a reassuring hand on my shoulder” picture) and, i got the good video. Then it became clear that leaving…

love that library.

Just reading, through a dinner of that summer treat/cheat, Golden Curry (Tuck and I stopped to pick up the Golden Curry at the Vietnamese grocery yesterday and went running to the manager’s office to report a gas leak — and it was just someone cutting up a durian). No TV, no games, no phone, no…