Mother’s Day portraits

I did real-camera photos of the kids last Friday. In the clothes they had been wearing to play outside. After dinner. And after painting. I wanted to take advantage of the light and the mostly-good moods. I wanted good pictures of their normal… normality, I guess.  (That first picture was from when I was verifying…

more about the chicks… and Wild Henny

I think out blog posts in my head and then later I think maybe I already actually posted.  Nope. I guess it’s good brain exercise? Or not? I’m not sure. And the question marks look weird on my phone, so now I’m – this is maybe a completely new font, in my WordPress app, and…

wild explorers

We had a sort of review day today so that I can sign off on the kids’ assignments for our first month of Wild Explorers Club.            We packed our adventure pack, stopped by Mimsy and Appy’s to grab our walking sticks (and let them know we were going into the woods). Then we…

chick photo shoot

We keep the chickens in a galvanized tin tub. I line it with packing paper (like newspaper without the ink) and add a heavy layer of pine shavings. I keep their food on a paper plate that gets tossed every time I change the pine and paper, and their water in a pint jar that…

chick update

Sooooooo, the chickens.  Bad news first: Padmé died. Good news: Everychicken else is fine. More good news: Brennan talked me into changing Rey’s name from Rey to Padmé, and it looks like the name is not actually unlucky.  I’ve been researching to see what these girls actually are, specifically, and have got the possible breeds…

we bought chicks

Chicken chicks. Real chickens. They’re in my house right now. Peeping and eating and drinking and climbing on each other and sleeping and pooping – in a tin tub in a corner.            

saturday was warm

We tried adventure. Annie was the only kid who wanted to adventure with me. Her idea of adventure and my idea of adventure don’t always overlap, though. She ended up on an adventure with DadDad. I took pictures of plants, largely underwhelmed with my results. I’ve been on the lookout for Project Island (and thinking…

no school this week

I have big plans for this week. It’s an off-week for school. I’m going to do some sitting on the couch and reading and playing. And then we’re going to do some fun projects. And be glad it’s not cold outside. Well, one day it will be cold. But other than that…   I’m so…

helena the owl

So. I made an owl for Annie for Christmas.   I, um, cheated. I looked at a felt puppet tutorial and decided there was no freaking way I could make such tidy and adorable puppets. But I couldn’t get it off my mind! So I started looking at types of felt. After six (seven?) months…

giving thanks

I knew Thanksgiving would be hard. We’ve passed around a virus or series of viruses, so Jonathan stayed home with the middle two while I brought Ann and Quinn to visit my family. I didn’t get any pictures AT ALL, but that’s just how it goes when you try to be more deliberate about spending…