Monthly Archives: March 2008

As Promised

I got a little bit sidetracked yesterday and didn’t post about a drawing that Iain did. We were very surprised when he described the meaning of it to us and I thought I would share it with you. This is Iain’s Generator. Iain says it “holds all things, Pure Evil, Evil, Good, and Balance”. It […]

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Rinnyboo - March 21, 2008 - 1:20 pm

Wow! That drawing (and the concept behind it) is fascinating! Isn’t it amazing to hear and see all the great ideas that our kids come up with? Please tell Iain that I really like his drawing.

Iain and Ryan are both looking so big!


betty75 - March 21, 2008 - 2:04 pm

I love the story behind Iain’s picture. He should have pitched a movie idea about it to Liberstein last night.

MamaK - March 21, 2008 - 2:08 pm

That is one cool drawing. I love his thought on this, amazing what they contemplate. Glad that everyone is doing so well!-K

Jill - March 24, 2008 - 3:43 pm

Jamey loved Iain’s drawing. He was excited to see it because Iain started it while we were there. :)

Unschooling and Other Sundries

A few days ago, I ordered a book that Madeline recommended (i think) called, The Unschooling Unmanual and man, have I been enjoying reading it! After having some wavering doubts about unschooling, this book has been just what the doctor ordered to reassure me that we’re doing the right thing. If you’re interested in picking […]

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Treasia - March 18, 2008 - 8:28 pm

Beautiful pictures of the kids.

whimsigal - March 18, 2008 - 8:35 pm

Thanks Treasia!

MCK Mama - March 19, 2008 - 12:24 am

Yes, your photos as of late are yummy!!! Thanks a million for your most recent action tip. They look like they might be the best fit (for me) yet! I gotta know….which, if any, actions have you been using on your recent photos? Will you share? I love the look of these!!

whimsigal - March 19, 2008 - 12:35 am

Well, you are quite welcome! I came across them quite by accident today and immediately thought of you!

The actions I’ve been using are many! I have an older version of Photoshop so all the actions I have work in that format. I will email you and send you all the links to them though so you can see for yourself.

Oh and one of the beauties of homeschooling which I haven’t taken advantage of yet, is that you can buy software at a greatly reduced rate. Something for you to think about as your kids get a little older!

I will email you tonight or tomorrow.


betty75 - March 19, 2008 - 2:31 am

I love the pics of the girls!!! So cute.

Deeg - March 19, 2008 - 4:05 am

those pictures are great! Girls are always better posers for the camera lol.

wow…sorry to hear that your MIL can’t put aside her issues for the sake of a child. That is just sad. Theres a lesson on how hate can overcloud rational judgment and to never let things bother you so much and bottle up inside you that you don’t live life, eh?

I am jealous that you homeschool. I always wanted to, but had zero support and really didn’t know where to turn. I also had an only child and since I was such a young mother (16 when i had her) there weren’t many children in our lives either…I always worried she would miss out socially…but looking back on it I wish I had done it and was more proactive in finding play groups and such….sigh… hindsight….what a bi*^^

carri - March 19, 2008 - 10:53 am

I’ve been thinking about ordering that book. Sounds like I just need to get to it. Can’t wait to see the drawing!

whimsigal - March 19, 2008 - 11:33 am

Deeg, it is sad and you’re right that there’s a lesson there. I could stand to learn it myself though as I’m not feeling exactly rational about the whole thing either. If she’s mad at me or my sister, that’s fine. We can take it. I could care less if she came and ignored us. Ryan is the one she’s punishing and that’s just pitiful. Oh well.

In regard to your homeschooling comment. It’s never too late to do it. You should talk to my friend, Carri (the poster after you) about it. There’s a link to her blog Three Plus Two on the left hand side of my blog. Also, go to because I, of course, think Unschooling is THE way to go! lol :)

Thanks for your comment!


whimsigal - March 19, 2008 - 11:36 am


What’s up? I did like the book quite a bit. I have only two complaints about it. It was quite short and much of the material was stuff that I had read on other people’s websites. BUT it’s nice to have it all in one handy reference and the small size makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.



Sheri - March 19, 2008 - 3:03 pm

The girls are adorable. Not too mention Cheep Cheep and Pink Pie. Funny how girls will sit and pose much unlike my little man. LOL.

I am so sorry about Easter and the birthday party. Family, the source of joy and perpetual sorrow.

Deeg - March 20, 2008 - 1:08 am

Whimsigal-I have a feeling if things don’t start changing here soon with my kiddo I may just reconsider the entire homeschooling thing lol. I will check out Carri’s blog…my daughter is actually a very good student. She is in the GATE program here and gets straight A’s. Thats the problem though-no matter what they do at school I don’t think she is challenged enough which in turn makes her quite bored and therefor she is starting to get into trouble…sigh
and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment :)

dharmamama - March 20, 2008 - 4:44 pm

Sad about your MIL. If it were me, I wouldn’t say anything unless Ryan asked, then just be matter-of-fact. It’s not a drama unless you make it a drama, KWIM?

You do take wonderful pictures! Of course, you’ve got great subjects! :)

Maria - March 21, 2008 - 12:08 am

Beautiful pics of those girls! So sweet…

Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Last night we celebrated Corned Beef and Cabbage Day, otherwise known as St. Patty’s Day. My husband’s family is Irish Catholic and every year, my mother-in-law throws a huge party for her family and closest friends and cooks about 30lbs of corned beef. It’s always delicious. This year’s party was stressful on a couple of […]

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Mama Podkayne - March 16, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Ah. School, work, home. I feel you there.

I did that. I help my students do that. Now my husband is doing that in the midst of a major re-org where the pressure is on him to get it all done in less time with a baby on the way.

I tell my students to do what I did. (I worked 40 hrs, did school full time, and then had a baby. That time dynamic didn’t last, btw.): Make a calendar. Schedule out daily times. Try and shift homework to after kid sleep hours or down time at work (unless you’ll get fired). Stick to that, and try (if full time) to over schedule it so you can work ahead to compensate when life interferes (it will).

I cut TV out if I’m behind. I would also get up an hour earlier in the day if I needed since that made me less tired than staying up late.

But seriously, writing out where time is spent helps most of my students.

:) Now if only I could get my OWN DH to follow my wisdom…..

whimsigal - March 16, 2008 - 4:19 pm

LOL After “kid sleep hours”? What are those? The kids are sometimes still up when we go to bed!

Seriously though, you make some good point about carving out time and Sean knows he needs to do that. He has said he was going to and then just didn’t stick to it. Now he doesn’t have much choice though.

I’m going to pass your wisdom along to him, although I suspect he’ll get as much of a chuckle out of “kids sleep hours” as I did. :)

Thanks, MP!


Stacie - March 16, 2008 - 8:42 pm

Sorry you didn’t have the best day! At least you get to go home to your own quiet house.

whimsigal - March 16, 2008 - 8:49 pm

Girlfriend, I have never been happier to walk across the threshold to my house! I don’t mean to make it seem like it was a bad time because it wasn’t BAD, just not quite as fun as parties in the past.

About me, the deeg - March 17, 2008 - 3:46 am

oh i am so jealous…I don’t know anyone who is celebrating st pattys day this year..can you believe that?!?! Oh ok I guess I could….but im in the same boat as your hubs-trying to juggle a million and one things on a schedule that only allows for one hundred haha. And btw, I don’t know who the man with the backwards cap and facial hair is, but yum teehee

whimsigal - March 17, 2008 - 4:05 am

So the hot dude is my 21 year old brother-in-law. He’s a senior at Appalachian state and I think he’s single. ;)

Oh and he’s one of the sweetest people I know. Have I mentioned that besides making the best corned beef, my MIL also raised four of the best men I know??

Wow, you don’t know anyone at all who’s celebrating it? I guess it’s hard with it being on a Monday.

About me, the deeg - March 17, 2008 - 4:47 am

lol yeah, i think that just may be the problem. The only people I know that “celebrate” it do so with green beer and thats about it…

sigh…21…he’s just a youngin…thats trouble, and boy would my friends love him…maybe he should take a roadtrip to california hahahaha

whimsigal - March 17, 2008 - 11:55 am

Well, I will certainly share your comments with him! LOL

piscesgrrl - March 18, 2008 - 3:58 am

My hackles are raised a bit at the whole “MIL’s husband said something to him” thing. Grrr… back away from the children, mister…

Sorry it wasn’t as fun as usual. Ah, family. So great, so difficult.

Happy St. Pat’s to Ye!

whimsigal - March 18, 2008 - 12:05 pm

You know what Laura? Apparently, my MIL read my blog and is mad at me now and is boycotting Ryan’s birthday this weekend. Isn’t that nice?

Hope you had a good St. Patty’s Day!

KMDuff - March 18, 2008 - 8:03 pm

MIL boycotting the party makes NO sense. Sorry to hear about it.

I like the cute cookies at the top of the post. We didn’t do anything for St Patty’s day this year. :(

I don’t know if I’ve ever had corned beef! Hmmm…

whimsigal - March 18, 2008 - 8:12 pm

Well, if you haven’t had corned beef, you should give it a try! My mother doesn’t like it at all but I think it’s tasty. It’s one of those things where you either love it or hate it.

I don’t think her skipping the party makes sense either. She can be mad at me all she wants but she’s really only hurting herself by not coming to her grandson’s birthday party. It’s sad, really.