8 is great!

more of our magical weekend of celebrating quinn’s 8th birthday…

we invited our chosen family and also actual family (the pancakes!) to a dragon party. we were blessed with gorgeous weather (the breeze was a little chilly, but the sun was magnificent!) so i was up at 6 am popping up the canopy and setting . . . → Read More: 8 is great!

the sideburns have been tampered with

it took me a whole week to notice that my favorite sideburns have been tampered with for the good of community theatre. at first i was shocked, i mean i have not exactly made it a secret that i like looking at my fellow, and that i think he has a handsome face, where his . . . → Read More: the sideburns have been tampered with

2012; whole lotta love

my word for 2012 is whole. the nice thing about wholeness is that it doesn’t end when this year fades into the next; if anything it just gets better with age. i didn’t actually write much specifically about my word for the year, but on the other hand, i was writing about it every time . . . → Read More: 2012; whole lotta love

ornithology of gratitude

friday found me sandwiched squarely in the center of a kitchen full of women, two of whom are older than me (the three of us singing along in four part harmony to arlo, doing our part to end war) and two of whom are younger than me (an attentive young mother who parents by instinct . . . → Read More: ornithology of gratitude

attitude adjustment

tuesday morning after rich left for work i made tea and read the rolling stone article about bob dylan, and waited for the stroke of 8 so i could call the unemployment office without the 75 minute hold time. the way my adrenalin was pumping was like waiting for concert tickets to go on sale. . . . → Read More: attitude adjustment

some days

i grieve that little pieces of each blessedly unique day get lost in the way one day follows another. one night i might go upstairs to check on my sleeping son, to find him asleep in his star wars undies, having kicked off all his blankets in the toasty upstairs of the wood heated house, . . . → Read More: some days

boy wonder

“kinn! kinn!” were the first words out of the baby pancake’s mouth when she saw me this weekend. “kinn” was spending the weekend with his dad, but he was definitely missed by the rest of the pancakes. we basically ate and ate, and then ate some more. the next baby pancake will be arriving any . . . → Read More: boy wonder

~this moment~ pancakes reunited


we had a lovely trip to visit baby pancake (and family) last weekend!

~a friday ritual~

photos capturing a moment from the week.

a simple, special moment.

a moment i want to pause, savor and remember.

other posts you may enjoy:~around . . . → Read More: ~this moment~ pancakes reunited

a month of unschool ~ dino driven learning

~this month of unschool was brought to you by the letters e, a, d, x, s, h, c…….. mama has been busy drawing dinosaurs by popular demand, and quinn has been coloring them in as fast as she can draw them up. we’ve been having fun finding dinosaurs whose . . . → Read More: a month of unschool ~ dino driven learning

~quinn’s forty-second month~ blackberry blueberry peaches

~written november 2018~

the blog was up and running, and a few posts are already sprinkled throughout this time period chronicling our daily life. we had started to define our educational approach as unschooling: exploring, playing, following our interests and passions, trusting an intact love of learning to lead the . . . → Read More: ~quinn’s forty-second month~ blackberry blueberry peaches