Apparently I’m Too Happy To Blog

I’m not really sure what to do with this blog anymore. If you haven’t noticed, the bulk of my writing over the last few years has essentially been hilarious complaining. Well maybe not hilarious… maybe more like slightly amusing and I’m flattering myself. A friend told me once that nobody gave a shit about the…

Funschool Sunday

What we’ve been doing instead of school these past couple weeks. 1. Learned the difference between the skeletons of birds that can fly and birds that can’t. What makes flight possible? 2. Aquarium 3-4. Zoo 5&15. Circus skills 6. Learned about the solar system through art. 7. Learned about crab life cycles, eco systems, how…

Hello, My Name Is Jen, and I Am An Old Lady

This morning started out like any other morning. I got up, started the coffee, went to the bathroom… but then, as I was washing my hands, I saw it. One bright silver hair mixed into my otherwise pitch black unruly mane. Just sitting there… staring at me. All silver and beautiful and very very much…

The Beach is Only 1.5 Hours Away

So seriously… why don’t we go more? An hour and a half… that’s it. And we’ve been there only twice since we moved here how many months ago. (In my defense, David has been gone on work trips at least half that time and two kids at the beach by myself isn’t something I’m up…

Being Single is OK, Being Cliche is Dumb

Dear Single People, Quit bitching about Valentine’s Day. Yep, I went there, I did. And yes, I’m well aware that I have no right to be telling you this seeing as how I haven’t been single on the big V Day since high school… but not having the qualifications to tell someone what to do…

Why I’m Not Allowed Near Art Supplies

I was talking to a friend a few days ago who told me she can’t leave art supplies out because then her kids get into them unsupervised and there is always giant messes and she just can’t handle it. I was like, yep, I hear ya. I can’t leave art supplies laying around within people’s…

Funschool Sunday

What’s been going on in our little corner of the homeschooling universe. 1. Collections 2. Sculpting 3. MagnaTiles and Light tables 4. Face painting 5. Being a veterinarian 6. Learning about circuits 7. Learning about vogue-ing 8. Learning about air pressure 9. Learning about aerodynamics 10. Learning about electrical currents 11. Building 12. Clay 13-14….

Ashes in my Pine Tree

This morning my doorbell rang and I found an old woman on my porch who announced herself with the phrase “Good morning, I’m about to ask you the strangest question you’ll be asked all day.” Just for the record, if you’re trying to spark my interest that intro is a pretty damn good way to…

Conversations With My Children: Marriage

Verona: “What happens if I want to marry someone but they don’t want to marry me?” Me: “Well you won’t have to deal with that for a long time because you an’t get married until you’re a grown up but if that would happen you’d have a couple options. If they loved you and wanted to be…

Christmas, Simplicity, and Inlaws

By far the most difficult thing to get used to about being part of David’s family has been Christmas. I come from a very simple (in the good ways) Mennonite family. Christmas at our house was a highly religious occasion, but also a time of quiet lazy days where we spent lots of time together….

Marriage: Things They Don’t Warn You About

The other day I touched on the things nobody warns you about before you have kids… so here’s the follow up. Thing’s nobody warns you about before you get married. 1. Communication is Key. Just kidding, people TOTALLY tell you that before you get married, they tell you that ad nauseam. What they DON’T tell…

Funschool Sunday

What we’ve been doing instead of going to school. 1-2: Learning to spell (Finn) and write (Verona) their names (V is signing Christmas cards.) 3: Building gingerbread houses at the library. 4: Verona is obsessed with Go Fish. 5: We’ve been learning about jazz and swing… subsequently we’ve been listening to a ton of Django…