Monthly Archives: June 2008

Still developing my photo skills

Since picking up photography as a hobby last year and even deciding recently to go into it professionally, I still work almost every day at honing my skills. It’s really wild at the age of 36 of have stumbled across something I’m this passionate about. It begs the question, what else is in store? Anyway, […]

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Vanderbilt Wife - June 27, 2008 - 12:27 pm

The picture of Ryan is insanely gorgeous! How far away do you live again? How much would I have to pay you to come to Nashville and take pictures of my little one? LOL.

I am a sucker for good photography, I suppose. We drove over 2 hours to have someone wonderful take our engagement pictures (and paid for her to come to Richmond from Maryland for our wedding). if you’re interested!

whimsigal - June 27, 2008 - 4:30 pm

Thanks, V-Dub!! :)

Both photos are actually Iain, I know it’s hard to tell in the bottom, and they are often mistaken for twins, believe it or not!! I’m in Greensboro which is 7 hours away from you. I just checked. LOL

Thanks for the link to that website! I save photographers sites in my bookmarks because I love looking at other people’s work. I would be So flattered and honored to take the pictures of your baby! I wish you weren’t so far away!!!


Vanderbilt Wife - June 28, 2008 - 11:43 am

Maybe someday we’ll be closer. My DH has one more year of school and then we’re going to try to move back to the East Coast. All our parents live in Philadelphia and we’d love to be closer to them.

whimsigal - June 28, 2008 - 11:55 am

Hey! We’re going to Philly next week! I will wave to your parents when we’re on the road. LOL

Chrissy - June 30, 2008 - 10:32 pm

I absolutely adore that last picture! IS the dog a german shorthaired pointer? We had one. We had to find him a new home due to my boys’ allergies. I still miss him everyday.

whimsigal - June 30, 2008 - 10:40 pm

Thank you! She is a GSP! We totally love her. Even when she tears things up.

He uttered the dreaded words today

No, not shit, or damn, or hell. Those words I can take. No, today Ryan said, “I want to go to school, Momma.” Of course, my first instinct is to cry because I must be doing something wrong for him to want to leave me and go to that place but then, a couple of […]

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Laura - June 26, 2008 - 10:22 pm

I think you handled it well!

I remember once Brady said he might be missing out on things at school. We talked about how when you make a choice to do something, there’s always somthing else you miss out on. So you choose the one you want most. When he realized all the homeschooling things he’d miss out on by going to school, he decided against it.

Cate - June 27, 2008 - 2:02 am

Hi there Evie! Welcome to WordPress, I’m just “next door”!

I also think you handled things well with your boy. “Structure” is not always a dirty word. It doesn’t have to stifle creativity or spontanaity if applied with a bit of wisdom, and not allowed to become “rules”.

Enjoy this new and interesting part of your homeschooling journey!

Cheers from cold, wet Auckland,

Kim - June 27, 2008 - 5:06 pm

My daughter likes a more structured day as well. It floats her boat, and she likes to be busy. Remember you are the facilitator, follow his lead. He said he wants it like this, so try it! He may change again. Marlin is always structure for a month, off for a month, and then needing it again. I just follow! Good job!-Kim

Joan - June 27, 2008 - 9:11 pm

I think it is healthy for him to ask about school. Wouldn’t you rather Ryan discuss it with you than keeping the idea to himself? It’s normal for kids to question why things are being done and the alternatives.
My son was cracking on my older mini van. I told him I could go to work full time and we could get a lot of nice things. He looked very happy until I went on to say if that was the case I’m not sure he could get to football practice each morning this summer and he would have to watch his sister at home during the day.
Yes, you did well with that issue.

allyall - June 27, 2008 - 9:58 pm

You didn’t respond negatively, you didn’t say “that’s not gonna happen bub”, you looked and listened for his concerns and addressed the choices and possibilities. Sounds like it went pretty well. With all the school propaganda in the TV and books available to kids, it is gonna happen. Its a great time to discuss choices and options and it sounds like he wants structure for a while.

whimsigal - June 27, 2008 - 10:11 pm


I certainly didn’t meant to imply that I was unhappy with ryan talking to me about school. I was, very poorly apparently, trying to be a little tongue in cheek when I said I wanted to cry at the question. I’m absolutely glad he asked about it and hope he continues to do so with other issues in his life!

Thanks for thinking I did well with it! :)

thanks to Laura, Cate, and Kim, too!! You guys all had really great responses as well!!


Chrissy - June 30, 2008 - 10:36 pm

I think that you did great! My oldest asked to go to school once, he wanted to eat lunch out of a lunch box. So we bought him one when they went on clearance. We used it for all of our field trips and on days that we just wanted to have a picnic. He loved it.

Keep up the good work!!

childsplay - July 1, 2008 - 2:38 am

You did great!

Naturalist remembers school and doesn’t ever ask to go back. But Golfer doesn’t remember and every 6 months or so he’ll ask about school like Ryan. When I talked it out, he said he wanted to ‘be the first kid to raise his hand to get a question right.’ So, I incorporated a lot of trivial pursuit type games into our day, and he loves it.

I also use that as an indication that he’s ready to do more ‘structured’ things, like classes at the Zoo, Science Museum, community center, etc.

I love the things he asked to do. :)

Our Science Experiment Yesterday

For his birthday, Iain got a science kit from my MIL. It was a safe choice because the kids likes making “potions” and such so I promised him that we’d do something from it yesterday morning. After looking through the book that came with the kit, Iain selected an experiment that involved burning a candle […]

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