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    Graduation Day

      The third Saturday in June was a beautiful day for a backyard graduation. The late afternoon sun filtering through the trees made a lovely setting for the girl graduate in her pink cap and gown. (She was the only graduate in her “class” so she got to choose the color.) Her teacher (me)… and her “principal” (her dad)… made…

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    Nature Journaling

    March is such a funny month in regards to weather. One day it is snowy and cold, and then next day is sunny and warm with snow-melt puddles everywhere. Best of all, spring has officially arrived! I’ve been rejoicing in the tulip leaves I see poking up through the soft ground, and the tiny green buds appearing on the trees…

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    Families Writing

    My mother saved a few of my school papers, as all mothers do, I suppose. It’s interesting to see my little-girl handwriting, but to be perfectly honest, spelling lists and mimeographed worksheets are kind of boring to look it. My mother also saved letters. Boxes and boxes of letters. Now those are fascinating to me. They give a glimpse into relationships and…

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    Timberdoodle games

    Timberdoodle is my favorite homeschool company for fun supplements and thinking games and activities. A few weeks ago Timberdoodle had a contest/promotional running on Facebook. They were giving away all kinds of goodies. I didn’t enter every drawing because we already own some of the products, and some were more for younger kids… but there were several giveaways I was definitely…

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    Wits and Wagers Game – review

    My family is somewhat picky when it comes to table games we enjoy. More accurately, Lyle and I are picky. The kids enjoy a wide variety of games, but especially ones they can get us to play with them. Which, admittedly, aren’t that many. We are more apt to play games around the picnic table when we’re camping, but we…

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    Fort Walla Walla field trip

    Yesterday we drove down to visit the Fort Walla Walla museum. My “neighbor” blogger, Katey @ Crazy Homeschool Mama, posted about their visit to the museum a few days. It looked so interesting, and since Walla Walla is only about 3 hours away we thought it would be a fun day trip for the family before Lyle and I take…

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    Headed to Seattle

    It’s time for my third homeschool conference this spring. This one is in the Seattle area, and I always look forward to the springtime drive over the Cascades. Everything is so fresh and newly green, but there is probably still plenty of snow in the mountains. It’s been my experience that spring comes a little earlier to the western side…

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    Homeschool Celebrities

    It was another exhausting-but-fun weekend at the Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference. I enjoyed visiting with old friends and meeting new ones… and giving away goodies and sharing encouragement and advice. I even got to meet a couple of minor “celebrities”! My friend, Susan Marlow, author of the Circle C Adventure books for kids had the booth across from mine. We…

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    Our weekend in Colorado

    It’s been an exhausting but productive weekend at the Loveland, Colorado homeschool convention. My feet ache and my throat is scratchy from talking so much, but as always I find it so rewarding to visit with other homeschool parents about Sonlight! My older daughter worked with me in the booth today. She especially enjoys the little ones who come through…