Camp Ideas to Improve Homeschooling

We just got back from a weekend at St. Vincent de Paul Family Camp.  It was bliss in many ways I didn’t expect, but the most exciting things I experienced connect to homeschooling in a Not-Very-Julyish way.  Let me ‘splain. 1) Be enthusiastic.  My mom has been a youth minister for most of my life. […]

Bright: Theme Thursday

What I really wanted to do for the theme of “Bright” this week was to take one of those really cool night photos that leaves the lens open for a long time and captures swirls of color from passing cars, etc.  (What a technical sentence, I know.)  Alas, life was… life, and by the time […]


I spent the better part of last week completely unplugged and away from the computer.  Don’t feel sorry for me, though.     No running water other than the creek. No phones, iPads, or computers. Thinsulite = beds Sleeping bags = blankets Tent = home   But it didn’t matter one bit, because: a) It […]

Summer Lovin’, Had Me a Blast

~1~ It’s been a whirlwind 13 days since flying in from South Korea.  Family, friends, swimming, a borrowed house that rivals an expensive vacation home, and AH-MAZE-ing weather.  It’s been increible.  (That’s Spanish for ‘stupendous’.) I don’t know about you, but we’ve been going-going-going, morning, noon, and night.  Swimming, sign language camp, friends and family […]

Water: Theme Thursday

Why, hello there!  How have you been?  I’ve been in the depths of nightmarish jet lag, at the heights of California poolside bliss, and everywhere in between this past week.  But this post is about Water, not Whining, so I’ll have to save that for another moment. Water Reunions Family Friends Joy That’s what “water” […]

Typhoon Bolaven

I come from earthquake country.  This is not to brag.  I detest earthquakes.  If I never feel another one, it will be fine by me. But it is one of two reasons why I had a hard time getting “in the mood” for Typhoon Bolaven. When an earthquake comes, you either have an emergency kit, […]

7 Quick Takes: Happy Blog-iversary!

I’ve never done one of these Quick Takes.  I read them like crazy at all my favorite blogs, but I haven’t really wanted to try it myself.  Until today, when I have so stinking much to tell you people that either I write 7 separate blog entries (yikes on bikes) or I try this Quick […]

Fitness, Pain, and a Virtual 5K

I don’t much like to talk about fitness stuff on my blog.  Mostly that’s because it is either, a) totally depressing to me, or (much less often) 2) feels like I am bragging.  (There was that one post in March where I mentioned I lost 2 lbs. by eating every single meal out at Korean […]

Twisted Up Inside

If you are looking for something funny, or even something that has been spell-checked, click away now.  This is a hurried post, written in the last moments before we head to the airport to go back to South Korea. ********************************************************* Sometimes I question my sanity.  (Hey, now.  Be nice.  I’m allowed to question it, you […]

Uppers and Downers: Parenting Through Jet Lag

Why, hello there! It sure has been awhile, hasn’t it? The last time we chatted, I was preparing for a big trip. I was excited and anxious. I was in Korea.  Now I am on my big vacation. I am relaxed and happy. I am in California. What a difference a couple weeks make, right? […]