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Friday, July 19, 2013

Parental Fail

I invited friends to visit today. We were all going to the pool. Four kids plus my three. What a day we were going to have. Problem was, the pool was closed for a swim meet. BUMMER!

I don't think any of the kids were as disappointed as I was. They emptied the tank in the bank yard and filled it up with clean, cool water. They played tag (even at 15, 16, and 17 they are playing tag!) They ate cookies and popcorn and played cards. I think they also played some basketball. I don't know all the details, as we moms went to the local antique mall and then for a smoothie at the coffee shop.

It wasn't a swim day, but it was a good day.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Glimpses of a Moment in Time

Whole family is in the kitchen/dining room. This so rarely happens these days (except when we are actually eating). Usually someone is gone from the house... hiding out in a bedroom... just elsewhere.

Evie is pulling monster cookies out of the oven. I am finishing the last spoonful of cookie dough that she has allowed. (She cut me off. "That's your last spoonful, Mom.")

Maddie is talking to herself in Chinese. "I'm cracking myself up," she laughs when I ask, "What?"

Kaman is playing a computer game beside me at the kitchen table.

Hubby is throwing in a load of laundry, feeding the dogs, wiping the counter by the sink... He has just rearranged the market tomatoes into neat little rows.


Monday, July 15, 2013

When you worry about the amount of time they spend playing video games...

My son, age 12, was headed up the stairs this evening to bed. Suddenly he stopped and turned around. This is what he told me:

I was playing Portal 2 and I thought, I would really like to know the real world equivalent of all the science stuff they were doing. First I thought I would go on one of the YouTube channels I watch and ask them to do a video on the science of Portal 2. Then I thought, why don't I look it up and make that video myself. 
Of my three kids, my son's interests are the farthest from my own. I don't always understand what it is he is talking about and I'm not always 100% on board with the way he fills his days. After all these years, I am still amazed sometimes by how hard I have to work at "seeing" what the kids are doing.

It is unfortunate the number of times I have found myself thinking things like, "But he really is just spending hours and hours playing video games." I have to remind myself that I spend hours and hours doing my thing, as well. Sometimes I make myself take notes just to prove myself wrong. Today, for instance,


  • He got up early (5AM!) and took a two mile walk with us at the track.
  • He and his dad came up with a business idea to allow people to virtually travel the world.
  • He counted the money and sorted all the paperwork for last Saturday's farmers market.
  • He practiced Italian.
  • He shared a TED video with me that he found entertaining. 
  • He helped the girls clean at the office (watered plants, washed windows, vacuumed)
  • He helped me take the recyclables in.
  • He spent time reading from at least 3 different books that I saw. Two were fiction and one was a non-fiction book about being an entreprenuer.)
  • He folded laundry.
  • He read the newspaper (at least the comics).

Friday, March 26, 2010

10 Movie Ratings

  1. Yes Man - good, not enough dare devil actions
  2. Serenity - too emotional, not enough funny comments
  3. Tin Man - good display of story, not enough back story
  4. Ice Age 1 - terrific with undetailed action wounds
  5. Ice Age 2 - nice mix of emotional setting
  6. Ice Age 3 - good imaginative use of story line
  7. Wimbledon - a classic hero movie
  8. Shrek 1 - funny, exciting use of animated character
  9. Shrek 2 - fine display of magical possibility
  10. Shrek 3 - repeated far-fetched story line

Friday, February 19, 2010

How many times has this site seen a face lift?

Not that we expect anyone is still paying attention, but once upon a time this was home (one of, anyway) to Kansas Area Homeschool Network. I started KAHN a number of years ago to help link unschoolers and homeschoolers of less traditional paths across the state of Kansas. It was an effort at creating a community of support and I think it succeeded. At the very least, I know many more families today that homeschool in a wide variety of ways. We have made friends (or at least acquaintances) in Wichita, Kansas City, Dodge City, and of course Lawrence (LAHN) and Topeka (TAHN), where KAHN grew its roots.

Anyway, the kids and I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog together, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to put this one to good use since perhaps a few people still have it bookmarked and there is still some good stuff here for those who want to take the time to browse the archives.

I honestly don't know what is to become of it, but here we are... embarking on yet another adventure together.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

44 Presidents



Thanks, Rebecca, for the link.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

L.E.A.R.N.

Word is that Kansas City area homeschool support group L.E.A.R.N. is active again and they are planning an UnProm.

Visit their website for more information.

L.E.A.R.N. Mission Statement

L.E.A.R.N. is an organization formed to provide secular support for homeschooling families.

L.E.A.R.N. supports families with a wide variety of ideologies regarding education, parenting, culture, and religion.


Membership in L.E.A.R.N. indicates a respect for other individuals, regardless of age.


Membership in L.E.A.R.N. indicates a willingness to be respectful of other member's beliefs or lifestyles that may not reflect your own.