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One more time, then I’m done

So, I really don’t want to devote too much time to it but it’s on my mind and this is where I go to express what’s on my mind. You may or may not know that recently my mother-in-law was upset about something she read on my blog. And now, because she’s upset with me, […]

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Mama Podkayne - March 22, 2008 - 2:17 pm

Sometimes the hard thing to do is also the right thing. A lesson that is sometimes painful, but keep strong, friend.

Momo Fali - March 22, 2008 - 4:00 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. Especially, given that Easter is a time for celebration. And, your poor son. It’s a shame. I hope your MIL can somehow redeem herself for his sake. Good luck. Makes me feel really thankful to have great in-laws!

whimsigal - March 22, 2008 - 4:01 pm

Thanks so much. I just got word this morning that now my sister-in-law isn’t coming either.

Thanks for your support.


Mama Podkayne - March 22, 2008 - 4:28 pm

That’s a bugger.

Have a good holiday anyway! May the Easter bunny bring you many Cadbury’s! :)

whimsigal - March 22, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Hey, Momo Fali, I hope so,too.


Joan - March 22, 2008 - 6:56 pm

I’m so sorry. It’s not right to take it out on your son. I blogged about a family situation a few weeks ago that was upsetting. It was on my side of the family. For good or bad, we have limited contact with my husband’s family. I hope your precious son has a great birthday regardless.
Take care,


Stephanie S. - March 22, 2008 - 9:37 pm

I’m sorry, sweetie.
Pretty amazing that family can’t take us when they actually come to KNOW us.
Screw ’em.

Loves and more loves to you and yer three boys.

piscesgrrl - March 24, 2008 - 2:48 am

Aw gee, I hope things get smoothed over somehow, sometime. I find family strife pretty stressful. Which can sometimes turn one into a doormat.

And being a doormat ain’t no fun.

Jill - March 24, 2008 - 3:46 pm

I am sorry you have to be going through this and that she is taking it out on Ryan like she is! I hope it will all get better soon.

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…

Our House Yesterday

I went upstairs to check on the boys in the morning and this is what I found: Are those my boys or a pack of puppies all curled up together? Iain says he wants his own room but after seeing this: I’m just not sure he really does. Uh-oh….who let the dogs out?! Hmmmmmm. I […]

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Madeline - March 15, 2008 - 3:39 pm

Be still my heart… I have pictures of my boys together from several years ago (not this beautifully taken, unfortunately). So precious. Helps with the less loving brotherly moments, doesn’t it?

piscesgrrl - March 15, 2008 - 4:34 pm

I have some precious photos of my boys all tangled up and asleep too, from years past… one even made the annual family calendar. I miss those days! And even though i sleep better now, i miss the family bed too.

Great shots!

Stacie - March 16, 2008 - 1:37 am

Those pictures are priceless!

whimsigal - March 16, 2008 - 2:07 am

Madeline, that is a wonderful point! I will need to look at these and meditate whenever I’m feeling frustrated by sibling squabbles.

PiscesGrrrrl! I miss the family bed as well. Iain slept with us until he was three and Ryan would never sleep with us at all. Now they’re so big that it’s hard to do that. I wish all the time that we had a king size bed.

Thanks so much! I thought the boys looked too sweet to not take a picture of them.


About me, the deeg - March 17, 2008 - 3:48 am

tooooo sweet. Makes me *almost* sad I only had one….afterall, when her hands tire out from the dishes who has to then mop and vacuum–me….haha j/k

whimsigal - March 17, 2008 - 4:07 am

Deeg! LOL

MamaK - March 17, 2008 - 12:46 pm

The toes, Look at the pudgy nibblet toes! Can you tell I love pudgy kid toes?