What’s the Deal with Goody Bags?

Photo: The boys were given a few Tinker Crates for Christmas. We built one together two weeks ago during the half-day. This was the vacuum chamber kit, and we made marshmallows expand and shrink and that was a lot of fun. I was very skeptical at first, but I have to say that we had…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Good Work

Photo: The Brothers Ursine decided to take it upon themselves to decorate the play fort. They found their chalk in the barn and decided to go crazy. We haven’t gotten rain in forever, so I was worried the chalk would just stay there forever. But the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate are going to end up…

Big Little Rewards

Photo: Thinking about all of the women in my sons’ lives, I’m the most unique for all of the reasons you can think of. That uniqueness does not go unnoticed, but it often goes without a lot of comment, though we’ve talked about skin color plenty of times. To see how my six year-old sees…

Economy of Boyhood

Photo: From a Betty Crocker cookbook from 1980. That looks… well, how does that look, Dear Reader? Delicious? Certainly, uh… festive… right?   My in-laws came up to help The Husband with the boys while I was on retreat. My father-in-law brought with him 5 cookbooks from his mother’s home. She no longer needs them and…

The Yellow Child Blues

Photo: Black-eyed peas for luck, collard greens for money, pork to honor the ancestors. This is a bowl of pure Southern goodness, all courtesy of my slow cooker! I would usually eat this combination at New Years (you are supposed to eat these things New Years Eve to bring good fortune in the new year),…

[Quiet Thoughts] Mommy's Book of Morals

Photo: Major’s first elementary school field trip ever was, of course, to an apple orchard. There is nothing more New England than an orchard and, I must say, this is probably my favorite orchard ever. Not wanting to show other people’s children on the interwebs, this is the only one I can show from my…

Kindergarten Diffusion

Photo: Whoops! I haven’t taken any pictures this week! So, here! Have another of the awesome fire pit. To be clear, the fire pit is so awesome that it deserves another appearance on the blog. But still… I should probably take some pictures between now and Quiet Thoughts.   There were many lovely things about…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Way He Walks

Photo: Major learned E Chord today for no other reason than his teacher thinking he’s cool. He was supposed to learn G7 chord this week, which is did, but that was after having fun and learning E. Sharing this picture because there is so much love in the child’s eyes, a reverence for this thing that he loves…

This is Why We Came Here

  Photo: Ursa Major’s first “self-portrait” has many surprising features! The Husband and I were amazing by how much artwork Major has done!   Our most excellent and amazing neighbors came over so that we could do Back to School night together. I don’t know why, but they had it scheduled for 6pm which is, like, prime…

[Quiet Thoughts] Try Again Next Week

Photo: Who has the time to take new pictures in new settings!? Not this woman, Dear Reader!   Here is what I learned this week: It’s likely that I will have less time to myself during the school year than I had during the summer. That’s if this week is any indication of how it’s gonna…