Cooking With the Boys

Tracy / November 30, 2011

Homeschooling isn’t all about books and essays. Most of the time, the best teaching happens as you go on, about your daily life. Since we began homeschooling (which feels like the beginning of time now!), we have tried to include the children in our day-to-day activities. Some of these things seem so routine, it’s hard to remember to include our…

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July 16, 2011

This has been a long, long week. As we are preparing and starting our new school year, I’m always tweaking this and changing that….it can be a challenge, but honestly, it’s something I look forward to each and every year. We’re working with the littles using Five In A Row. It’s a long-time favorite in our home with our young…

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September 30, 2010

Tracy / September 30, 2010

I *detest* car problems. In 2003, we were hit by another car that totaled our 15 passenger van. Since then, we’ve pretty much been a one car family. Generally, this doesn’t cause too many issues. Paul works an awful lot, but he and I enjoy store trips together each week. (Consider it a purposeful date, LOL!) I’ll tell you, one…

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Mr. B….

Tracy / September 11, 2010

My little boy– how can you not just smile? When we had dinner a few nights back, I looked over to see Ben having popped the sticks out of both corn dogs. He had chopped his up into small pieces and was using the sticks as chopsticks to eat. Little boys are too much fun!

Punishment? Hmmm…

Tracy / September 10, 2010

So one child was found to have taken a piece of gum from his brother’s drawer without asking. I thought it would be a good idea to make him “pay” for this gum by doing work for his older brother….it didn’t work out quite the way I had anticipated. Folding his brother’s film supplies… Does this look like he’s learning…

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August 25, 2010

Tracy / August 25, 2010

Life is just hard sometimes. Last evening, we found these: Ben has been keeping them- a “momento” from his personal chicken. I knew he loved her- his big brothers said that he had been out earlier in the day to place a flower pot with some flowers he had picked where she had died. *sigh* He just seems so young…

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Matthew’s Project

Tracy / August 25, 2010

Matt is always making something with his LEGOS– I caught a pic of his newest helicopter when it landed on the kitchen counter earlier today. (I was cooking lunch, thus the mess! ):

Jacob’s New Pet

Tracy / August 18, 2010

This little guy landed on Jacob’s shoulder while he was outside yesterday: We have a new love for hummingbirds now…my little ones were fascinated! This is one more reason why I love homeschooling…this is where real teaching happens.

When the Chicken is Dirty….

Tracy / August 18, 2010

What else do you do?? I walked into my guest bathroom to find this yesterday: *sigh* Boys. Boys. Boys. What more is there to say?? Jacob decided his rooster was dirty and needed a bath. Amazingly, the chicken didn’t peck him. He stayed very still…who knows maybe he enjoyed the whole thing. Jacob was proud afterward– the chicken now smells…

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Jacob and Matthew

My growing boys are stretching their wings– Matthew and Jacob asked to camp in the backyard tonight. I can’t imagine they will sleep well in the heat, but I know that they will have a good time. Boys have such a sense of adventure! It’s hard at times, for a momma to let go and let her sons be men…