264 :: Buttons


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!


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


259 :: Morning Conversations


Stay in your jammies, little one
and play
while we talk.

It is hard to say goodbye
when we don’t know when
our next conversation
in person
will be.

So we prolong our visit
by taking
just a few more photos
and sharing
just a few more thoughts.

258 :: The Point



I love that you can see Jenny’s smile even as she is taking a photo of these very wiggly children in the midst of a huge sand dune!

Jenny is a joyful photographer and her joy is contagious. It is so much fun to be photographed by her and to photograph next to her.