day 199: best monday ever

Well — after one of the shorter morning standoffs, folks were really getting work done and took a break to admire Marble’s Halloween costume — Mrs. Bates. Tucker reported this morning that around 5am (when Tucker went to bed… ) the cat had decided to add to her physical maladies and had choked on a…

day 198: no, YOU’RE breathtaking!

“You’re pretty amazing. I have to say it sometimes,” Claude just told me. “I’ll pretend it was a joke,” I said. “No,” she said. “Treasure it.” After a week of: being unable to get her to change a t-shirt for 72 hours; having to ask TEN times in a day for her to do her…

day 197

I remember being given the first Harry Potter novel as a Christmas gift when it came out — by one of THE worst gift-givers in my life — and how ANGRY they were later when I reported I just didn’t think it was very good. Who would read this when they could read Roald Dahl?…

day 196: i’ve been waiting for this to come for MONTHS

Was it two years ago that we couldn’t find an Advent calendar anywhere… and ended up making one with family photos? The kids LOVED it. Tante Juls also sent us very delicate paper lantern calendars from Germany so we ended up with more than usual that year. I think I found this for sale in…

day 195: béla makes korean food for dinner (and for credit)

With his Korean Paleo cookbook in hand, he made THE best food I have had in weeks. Sweet and sour Korean-style wings which went so fast I wanted to cry. A carmelized sweet potato dish, but using Japanese or Korean sweet potatoes — not yams — not as sweet at all. Tucker ran around all…

day 193

Yesterday was tiring and very worthwhile. Using T4L is the most independently I have ever seen them work.

day 192: i AM an iconoclast, i bought my daughter treggings.

And I told her so. “What the HELL are treggings?” she asked, to which I had no real answer, other than I had hoped she would react like that. Well, treggings are a thing and we are on the cutting edge as usual. I also found a site that sells “pre-loved” button-down flannels, in sets…

day 191: sundays. they’re sundays.

You can call it an old wives’ tale but you may wanna do so from a safe distance: guess what mother and daughter have synchronized their cycles? I don’t know what inspired her to start this drawing but she wasn’t interested in finishing it. I liked it. I am happy that I am provided with…

day 190: WE FINISHED THE HADRIAN’S WALL CHALLENGE

Just shortly after midnight! We had talked lately and noted that Claudia had refused many of our “invitations” to join us on our walks. When we looked at the numbers, she had not been much of a team player, and had not added much to our impending success. Considering we were all getting medals, it…

day 189: vote early and often, but not yet

There will be a link available on October 1st where you can vote for just the creativity aspect of the derby cars made for the DaVinci Derby. Here’s what the entry you should vote for looks like: Nello was well chuffed. This was a really hard week to get used to the new curriculum, which…