270 :: Table Tops

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The day begins with a clear table. By 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon, the top is completely covered with the bits and pieces of homeschooling life. Cleaning it up again before dinner can be a daunting task. But taking a photo of it first seems to help.

268 :: My Loves

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This baby boy —
he is so active.
All day long
he moves.

Even when it’s nap time
or bed time,
he thrashes around
and bends and twists —
not wanting to give in
to stillness
and rest.

This papa —
he is so good at
being quiet
and focused
and still.

But
this papa + this boy
= love.

When I watch them
together
I see how
somehow
they are just right
for one another.

265 :: Autumn Arrives

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Autumn officially begins tomorrow. And today I felt the season shifting. There was a change in the air. The sound of the birds. The scent of the evening garden.

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Ellen wore her baby zucchini in the ergo on our morning walk. “My baby was born without legs or arms,” she informed me. “And it was a little green. But other than that, it is perfectly healthy!”

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Maybe Uncle Chris can help us identify these mystery mushrooms?

One of my favorite parts of our homeschooling mornings is walking together. It’s such a simple thing. Walking outside calms Wallace; it grounds me in the day; and centers me with the girls. We take the same route most days and every morning we notice different details along the way: plants and creatures, mushrooms and moss, flowers and seed heads.

Walking in wild places is the simplest, clearest way for me to remember what is most essential.

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264 :: Buttons

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He love tiny things. And he is usually pretty good about not putting them in his mouth — although we have to watch him closely. Today, for instance, he was playing around with Ellen’s baby zucchini when I saw him moving his mouth around in a funny way. Sure enough, he had gently removed one of the zucchini’s googly eyes and was sucking on it with delight!

262 :: Wake Up, Sister!

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Most mornings baby Wallace opens his eyes well before his sisters do.  I try to tiptoe down the hall and close their door before he wakes them up with his baby chatter . . . but lately he gets very upset if we don’t go into their room so he can have a peek at them.  Their bed is his favorite place, especially when his girls are snuggled in it!  If I put him down on their bed, he climbs up towards their heads and throws himself into the pillows, smiling his fuzzy morning smile.

Week Two Wrap Up

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We finished The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. It was the perfect start to our language arts year.

“Jane Sharp! It is I, Alyce, your apprentice. I have come back. If you do not let me in, I will try again and again. I can do what you tell me and take what you give me, and I know now to try and risk and fail and try again and not give up. I will not go away.”

The door opened. Alyce went in. And the cat followed her.

I hope I can remember Alyce when the going gets tough.

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Thursday evening was a math lesson with Gommy and playtime with Boppa.  The girls treasure this time devoted to Gommy. And Wallace was making us all laugh with his antics.  He has developed such a sense of humor; it cracks me up!

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We finished Lief the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire and so delved into the geography of northern Europe, Island, Greenland, and North America.

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We ended the week with a trail walk in a new spot with our lovely group of homeschool friends.  I loved watching the bigger kids pass the babies back and forth on the way back.

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