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A Week, Briefly (Jan 10, 2022)

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 Wonderfully enough, we had a relatively boring week.  Beowulf did have a 2 hour breakdown on Thursday morning that undid our school day (a hard moment), and Grandma came over for a visit on Friday (a fun moment), but other than that, we did school, took care of babies, went to church activities, and took care of home. Santa brought us some more magnetic tiles to add to our collections, and the kids are making the most of them. I love Sugar Bear's face as she feels the paint going on her little feet! Li'l K was more into the project than Sugar Bear. Dancing with scarves was a big hit one day . . . but playing with the scarves afterward was even more fun. The Munchkin has begun to ask to "do school" each day.  He's so proud of each new accomplishment! In spite of his breakdown, Beowulf finished a school book this week! We finished A Lion to Guard Us , and we're continuing to read Mr. Revere and I .  We're also making slow progress through The Golden Goblet

A Week, Briefly (Jan 3, 2022)

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 This week the pics are all about Lola.   This is what she did instead of chores one morning.  She's a brand-new 7 year old, and the drawing she did is amazing!  Done with her non-dominant hand!!!  I couldn't even be (too) annoyed that she'd been ignoring her chores.  Her Northern Finch is hanging on our gallery wall, and I hope she'll do more sketches like this! She did it!  She finished the entire book!  She's faking stoicism here, but she was super proud of herself, and all of us are proud of her!  She's now working on Language Lessons for a Living Education 1 in order to review and build on the skills she's worked on here. I excused her from all written work seeing as it's her writing hand that's in a cast, but she loves her math games and begged to play a few of them this week.  She's becoming more and more adept at using her left hand.  In non-Lola-related news, we kept losing our read alouds. We were working on Tales from Ancient Egypt w

From Christmas to the New Year

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 The plan was to just jump back into our usual school routine. The reality is that we all got quite sick, and we lounged around a lot, trying to get well. All of the babies except The Munchkin (the oldest) got RSV at some point.  Some of them stayed home with their families; some of them came to our house every day just the same.  They are all on the mend, now. New Christmas loot kept everyone interested and busy all day every day. And the weather swung from 70-ish degrees and sunny to single digits and snowy!  Kids rode bikes, played basketball, played in the woods with their new walkie talkies, climbed trees, and went sledding--from shirtsleeves to snow pants--all in the space of a single week. On Christmas Eve we managed a trip to the park (Dad handled this!), cookie decorating, going to The Giving Machines, and our family Christmas pageant. We were privileged to donate a beehive, a goat, and some chickens to families worldwide.  And we were able to share some food and shelter with

Two Weeks in December

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 It's Christmas Eve morning as I write.  We've got a full day ahead of us including caring for babies (yes, 4 of them are coming over today!), wrapping presents, baking and decorating cookies, picking up the teen car from the shop (someone tried to steal the catalytic converter!), possibly meeting my parents at the Giving Machine downtown, and cleaning up in preparation for Christmas Day. I don't think we can do it all.     We've kept up with school through most of the month.  We're in a working routine, and I don't like breaking working routines!  Yesterday was our first day off from school, and that will continue today.  My best guess is that we'll return to our school schedule on Monday in order to provide everyone with a sense of normalcy and comfort. The kids are generally doing well.   We did have an incident of traumatic proportions when Beowulf got angry at Lola and pushed her down and stomped on her. Both radius and ulna are slightly chipped.   Yes