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Woo! Happy New Year!

At the end of 2008, my husband took two weeks off from work to spend time with us during the holidays and it was wonderful. It was life changing! Not only were we able to reconnect as a family but Sean and I really kicked some ass and got some projects done around the house. […]

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Stephanie - January 6, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Eric doesn’t even know where dishes go in this house.
He’ll just invent somewhere new every time!
(Though, amazingly -as I often point out to him- he knows right where to find it when he’s looking for it!!

Happy, Happy New Year!!

Chrissy - January 6, 2009 - 2:22 pm

That is great! I had been purging before the holidays, but I feel like I need to do it all over again.

Happy New year :)

joan - January 6, 2009 - 2:31 pm

I feel your joy having the love of unclutter that I do. Smart with Ryan. I might try that with Catherine. My son is a real slob but he will clean it up if told. I believe Catherine on the other hand gets so overwhelmed at the thought of what she has to do it paralyzes her. I’ve found if her room has gotten too out of hand, it helps if we tackle it together – that way I can keep her on track. I wish our master bathroom was finished. Quite challenging when we had guests last weekend.

mamak - January 6, 2009 - 5:41 pm

You and me are on the same track. Doesn’t it feel swell! Keep on!-K

Carri - January 6, 2009 - 8:39 pm

I love when I say something kind of smart ass and the kids take me up on it. Happy New Year!

Kez - January 14, 2009 - 10:25 pm

A very belated happy new year to you too!!

What Do You Do?

I’m beginning to feel like Ebenezer Scrooge. The words, “bah humbug” are floating around in my head and I don’t like it! Christmas has in the past been one of my favorite holidays, not because I receive presents but because of all the camaraderie that revolved around the holiday. When Sean and I were first […]

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Chrissy - December 29, 2008 - 2:42 pm

You have a very pretty house!

I am sorry that your holiday was stressful. We also do the appetizers on Christmas Eve, but we do them at lunch time. Dinner is always lasagna.

whimsigal - December 29, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Thanks, Chrissy! It wasn’t too stressful really, only a little. :)

Funny that you guys have lasagna, I wanted to have spaghetti!!

joan - December 29, 2008 - 5:42 pm

I had the best Christmas Eve in a long time just David and the kids. Christmas day brunch went well. My brother was sick so our day after Christmas events were canceled since Mom can’t be around sick people. David’s brother & one of his sons came and spent the weekend- different but okay. Not sure of our New Year’s Eve plans. It’s our anniversary. We usually go away but I don’t think it’s an option this year.
I hope 2009 is a good year for you and your family.

whimsigal - December 29, 2008 - 6:00 pm

Joan, I hope the same for you! Your anniversary is on New Year’s Eve?! That is way awesome!!! Nothing wrong with spending your anniversary at home. I love to prepare something special at home on our anniversary and then snuggle up on the sofa and watch something romantic.

I can’t believe your anniversary is on New Year’s Eve. What a great date to choose!

Cate - December 30, 2008 - 4:02 am

Hi there Evie,

so glad that you posted – have been missing you!

We always have “interesting” Christmases too – this year’s began with my hubby having a horrible 40 min manipulative, guilt laden lecture from his father after we rang to say “Merry Christmas”. “Why do we bother”? is usually the discussion following these calls.

Anyhow, do hope that you all have a very happy New Year & we totally relate to the paper crowns at the table. Christmas is not Christmas without crowns from the crackers at the table downunder!

C x

Carri - December 30, 2008 - 10:55 am

It sounds like your Christmas turned out wonderful. I love the photos. Our Christmas was fantastic this year. Slow and peaceful because I refused to let myself stress about anything. It worked too.

We are headed out of town tomorrow to spend New Year’s with some great friends. Should be tons of fun. Your night in sounds wonderful too. Happy New Year!

Marin - January 5, 2009 - 5:06 pm

Happy new year! I love the pjs. Ian has the same ones…. :)

Doing Things A Little it Differently

Ever since we made the decision to homeschool, our lives have been in a constant state of change. It’s a necessary component to parenting in general, flexibility I mean. After two and a half years though, it seems as though we have perhaps been too flexible and now we’re starting to rein things in just […]

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Vanderbilt Wife - December 16, 2008 - 10:19 am

Has Iain read any of the Time Warp Trio books? They are hilarious and goofy and also teach some history. :)

Chrissy - December 16, 2008 - 11:56 am

I saw those books yesterday! I should of picked it up. Instead I got Charlie Bone and the Shadow for Dragon. I will have to look into it.

I love the pictures by the way. They are great. I cannot wait until I get my camera..only a couple more months. LOL

I think that we all suffer from homeschool doubts this time of year. I think that it is the whole new year and things. I have been thinking that I might need to get a firmer routine into place with my children as well. We have bedtimes set, but I want to start reading to my children again. We use to all pile up in my bed and read for almost an hour before bed. The kids loved it. I loved listening to dh read to the children. Of course they were all toddler and preschoolers at the time. Now I think that it would be a little hard for all 5 of us to climb on the bed now. LOL.

Jill - December 16, 2008 - 8:13 pm

I ordered Jamey Book 1 last night to give him for Christmas. He needs a good, entertaining book to read.
So cool about the boys finding the things they are enjoying and love the pictures. :)
I have been having the homeschool doubts a lot lately myself and I think Chrissy is right, it is the time of year. We’ll have to get together again soon, here or there is okay with us!

Carri - December 17, 2008 - 12:23 pm

Both of those movies are great!

I like to read more than one book at a time too. I think I’ll look for those math books. They sound very interesting.

mamak - December 18, 2008 - 8:24 am

Hey you!
Loved the photos. The doubts do creep up. Always. But they motivate you to try new things, like a routine which inspires good habits, which lead to happy days, and Mama finding again that all is well. It’s about constantly tweaking. Baby steps. We are always changing things up here. Then again, our kids are always changing, as is the needs that go with their new place. I have no advice, but I am so with you! Good to see your post this morning. It really made my cup of coffee. :>)-K

Stephanie - December 18, 2008 - 10:26 am

The photos are beautiful!
I’m with K. Questioning the Routine (Doubting) is excellent motivation.
That’s usually about the time I “rotate” things, or go downstairs looking with new eyes at our supplies.
Then the ideas just start flowing, and of course the babes get excited themselves, and come up with fabulous ideas as well. And the momentum sustains us for a few weeks, usually.
Did that yesterday, in fact.
All it took was “What would you guys like to do?” and then we started looking around for inspiration.
I also loved K’s “Mama finding again that All Is Well.”
Important stuff, that.

Like everyone says, the doubts are normal.
Know that everyone has them, and that we all get stuck sometimes.
And don’t forget to take care of the Boys’ Mama!