Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Meme

Mama Podkayne over at My Total Perspective Vortex tagged me and now I need to complete a meme where I tell you 6 things that I have never written about myself before. That’s tough! 1. When I was younger I seemed to be a magnet for any perv in the area. At age 9, I […]

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Joan - July 30, 2008 - 7:44 am

I’m not doing the meme but I’ll add: I was flashed a $100 bill by an old man one night while driving with a friend downtown when Commerce St was known for that. We were there b/c we were curious.
We didn’t want to know the sex of our kids. I had it wrong both times.
11 cars! I’ve had 4 in 28 years. I average holding onto them 7 years. I’ve had my current car the longest.

whimsigal - July 30, 2008 - 1:32 pm

You’ve only had 4 cars in 28 years? Wow, that’s impressive! And I remember trying to check out Commerce St as well, but nothing was going on when we went!

Chrissy - July 31, 2008 - 3:21 pm

It is a good thing that you alerted security!

I am only on my 4th car that I have actually owned.I have only been driving for 17 years so I still have time to catch up :)


We’re experimenting here. New blog names, new routines, new diets. Lots of changes ’round here. You know that I’ve been feeling tormented almost by what to “do” with ourselves during the day. After my hysterectomy, things really slowed down and just never seemed to get back on track which caused me to look towards other […]

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allyall - July 28, 2008 - 1:06 pm

:) I like the new title! :)

Did you look at Thomas Jefferson Ed? I’m interested in it compared to this Moore method. As my kids get older, we may use it more, I figure with the age they are at, unschooling works as a label to explain things to people.

Congrats on opening the etsy store!

Joan - July 28, 2008 - 1:43 pm

I’m no expert but that sounds promising. Keep us updated.

whimsigal - July 28, 2008 - 4:42 pm

I googled it after I read your comment and may try and find a copy of the book. It seemed interesting as well!

Joan, will do. Today has gone really well so far. I’m going to have them help with dinner tonight so we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for y’alls support!


Beth Curley - July 28, 2008 - 4:47 pm

I love the new title. It sounds like you’re channeling your inner Montel Jordan.

I think the new routine sounds great. Everyone needs a little structure in their lives and you let the boys lead you there. Good luck and it sounds like the boys are doing great. They’re just growing up too fast!!!!

Kez - July 28, 2008 - 5:39 pm

I’ll have to do a search on Dr Moore – that sounds almost where we are at, but we could do with a bit more focus in our learning.

Good luck with it :)

Cate - July 28, 2008 - 7:24 pm

Hi there Evie,

love the new title, and I’ve always considered any homeschooling an evolving journey – what fits this year, may not the next, so you just keep tweaking to suit your family. Sounds like a great plan for your gang!

Mamak - July 28, 2008 - 10:18 pm

We, too, are trying new things this year. Change is good! How did I, in all research, miss Dr. Moore. I am interested in reading about it. Just who is this dude? Sounds like you had a fufilling day. I need to let the kids help a bit more with food. It’s just fun ad they feel so proud. I like your blog makeover too! Keep us posted.

Carri - July 29, 2008 - 8:24 am

Dr. Moore is awesome! Reading some of his works back when we first started on our homeschooling journey really helped me to let go of some of the expectations I had for Caleb. Especially when it came to reading. Both he and Catelynn really began reading during their 10th year. I am so grateful for finding some of Dr. Moore’s books when I did so that I could be patient enough to let my kids develop those skills on their own time table.

As to routines, ours changes with the seasons. Sometimes even monthly. Catelynn and Chloe thrive on routine. Caleb thrives on independence, course he’s 15. We try to routinely look at what is working and what isn’t. I post our routines on the fridge and off we go. I think I need the routine probably more than anybody really.

Chrissy - July 31, 2008 - 3:29 pm

I will have to read some more on Dr. Moore. Ya know, I just thought of something..their pediatrician is Dr. Moore. LOL! Ok to get back on track… I have never started school until my kids were 7 or even 8. It just depends on the child. My 9yr is just now getting calm enough to sit down.

I love your new name and yes I thought the same thing as Beth. That song is now stuck in my head!

Your routine sounds great. I can never get my oldest to read aloud. I cherish the times that he does. He has a great reading voice, when he slows down.

We are going to be starting a new routine this year. I have started my own homeschool support group. I have also added swim lessons & a chess & checker club.

Stephanie - August 1, 2008 - 11:19 pm

Oh my goodness – who on Earth is Montel Jordan? DOn’t you mean David Bowie???
Am I showing my age???

Tweaking and experimenting and reorganizing is fun. Actually — it’s finding a groove that’s the best part.


whimsigal - August 2, 2008 - 8:54 am

LOL Steph!! You’re right that David Bowie wrote a song where he sang Ch-ch-changes and that’s exactly what I had in mind for the title of the post. What the other folks are referring to is the new title of the blog which was a popular song in the 90’s by Montel Jordan. LOL You’re so funny. I’m pretty sure we’re quite close in age! You probably just have more mature and classy taste than me. :)

You’re so right. Finding the groove is good. We’re not there yet but we are getting closer! I’m sure it will continue to change over the years, too.

thanks for making me smile this morning!


Stephanie - August 2, 2008 - 10:29 pm

lol – when I saw that, I was thinking… does she mean Michael Jordan? Or Montel Williams???



Iain and I had an interesting conversation tonight about his heroes. Frankly, I was surprised to hear that he had anyone he would put into that category besides someone of the “superhero” variety. Would you like to know who they are? Well here you go. 1. Mario – you know this guy. Short, mustachioed plumber […]

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Jill - July 25, 2008 - 5:07 pm

That is so cool! Jason has a nice website. What he is doing is what my hubby is in school to do so I loved looking at his stuff!

Marin - July 28, 2008 - 9:59 am

Hey! You changed your name! I like the banner. Now I am going to be singing, “This is how we do it…” all day. :)

whimsigal - July 28, 2008 - 10:21 am

Hey Jill, I didn’t realize that your husband was going to school for that! That’s really cool!

Hey Marin! Yeah, I’m playing around with different names and trying to see which one I like. I won’t lie, Montell Jordan’s song was in my head when I picked “This Is How We Do It”!!!

brandy - July 30, 2008 - 8:17 pm

hey, evie! jason torchinsky went to chapel hill & wrote for the dth while i was there – i looked forward to his column EVERY week. he was frickin’ hilarious….. that’s so cool :-)

whimsigal - July 30, 2008 - 9:12 pm

Brandy!!!!! I’m so glad you came by here! Wow, what a small world that you know him, too! I really loved him in high school and can only imagine I would think he’s even cooler and funnier now.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!