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Virginia Bound

Tomorrow we’re heading up to Charlottesville, VA with Sean. He’s got to go up for business and we’re just going along to keep him company. I’m taking my camera and my computer so hopefully I’ll have something interesting to post while we’re there! Other things going on here…Marin loaned me Sandra Dodd’s book, Moving A […]

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Stephanie - October 25, 2007 - 2:23 pm

How fun. All of it! (well, maybe not the getting hurt part.)
Have a great time in Virginia, too!

kalurah - October 25, 2007 - 5:49 pm

how old is Ryan? my six year old is in K and still struggles with reading. she has improved though!
Iain sounds like my four year old boy, he loves to draw and if he draws something “incorrectly” in his eyes, he rips the paper and walks off. I just hope this attitude doesn’t carry into the school days when homework comes into play.
Oh. I know something you can post about while you’re away.
I just tagged you! and mine was quite lengthy, so HOLD ON!

Silvia - October 26, 2007 - 2:17 am

Hey–we’re really, really close to Charlottesville! Found your blog through Laura’s, btw. Did you come for a day trip or are you still here?

whimsigal - October 27, 2007 - 12:23 am


Ryan is 5 and Iain is 8. Iain still struggles with reading too but is really coming into his own. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that we don’t have to keep us with the joneses so to speak. When Iain was in school there was so much pressure and he hated it. When we brought him home, he came to reading naturally…when he was ready for it…with no pressure from us.

Ryan just does it. Don’t know how because I haven’t purposely sat down to teach it to him, he just does it.

Iain and your son do seem to have a need for perfection in common. He gets so frustrated when he doesn’t do something right straight out of the gate. It’s hard but I just let him get upset and later he will usually try again with results that he’s happier with, too.

Rinnyboo - October 28, 2007 - 2:06 am

I’m glad you like the book!

It is fun to read like you said. I like the layout since it is all essays so you can read one at a sitting or read the whole thing. Since she has included stuff from the 90s to 2005 you can see how she has changed over the years.

whimsigal - October 28, 2007 - 4:22 am

Marin, I think that’s my favorite thing, seeing her thought process over time. It makes me feel better about any stumbles I’ve made along the way.

She really seems like a cool person.



I wish I had a nice camera. After visiting my favorite blogs, Happy and Free, Pioneer Woman, and SouleMama, the desire to have a better camera has become incredibly potent. I NEED it. Well, not really, but it would be so nice to have a nicer camera to capture pics of my kids. Not that […]

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Stephanie - July 14, 2007 - 4:12 am

A great post!
Er… and not just because you said something nice about my blog! :)
Hope you’re well, friend, and thanks for making me miss my camera so much! (just teasing)
But it’s killing me to not take pictures for OLM.
Hopefully soon!

whimsigal - July 14, 2007 - 4:32 am

I hope you get to take some soon, too! I really enjoy your photos. Although it will increase the pressure on my hubby for a new camera. Ours is 2 mp and makes me feel like I’m using a Disc camera. Remember those??

Stephanie - July 14, 2007 - 7:35 am

Ha! No.
I went from film to my last one.
I want to learn to sew, too. And knit. And take beautiful pictures. And sketch. And paint. And be always well behaved….

whimsigal - July 14, 2007 - 2:03 pm

Having goals is a beautiful thing! It always seems like there’s not enough time to accomplish them all. That’s ok though. It’s fun to at least try!