Family homeschooling, thrush, and successful homemade pizza

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1. homeschooling successes

Miriam can find Waldo. All credit to her, and to Grandma who introduced Miri to the Where’s Waldo book. Last night she also had much success with the Highlights version of this game, and seems to finally be old enough for some of the stories and activities in the magazine. Bodie’s teaching addition and subtraction, and we’re also learning about color patterns using these big blocky lego things.

2. thrush

We’ve got it, or at least James does. I hear it’s really hard to get rid of? How bad is this going to get folks? So far, we’re all fine, James is taking medicine and I’ll eat some extra yogurt or something.

3. family time outside

flag outdoor spring playhouse toddler
and some good ol’ fashioned patriotism
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Annunciations about enunciation, 7 quick takes


Moving. Moving, moving, moving. Everything is quiet around the blog because I’m in a pregnant flurry of many loads of laundry and packing. We’re moving Nov. 1, to a house that is so many kinds of perfect.

I am a little sad to leave our apartment; it’s been our home for a few wonderful years, and though it only has one bathroom and requires that I walk down an outdoor flight of stairs with toddler everytime I want to go somewhere, it has been a great home.


friends children toddlers farm oh the simple joys

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24 weeks pregnant, and no take out this week!

7 Quick Takes is hosted by This Ain’t The Lyceum. I have only recently joined 7 quick takes, my first post was two weeks ago and it was… Handling annoyances with grace, and dreaming of home birth, 7 quick takes . Here are mine for this week:

  1. Meeting Gail Carson Levine.

    We did that! She was very nice, and her book (amazon affiliate link) Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite young adult fiction novels.

    gail carson levine author ella enchanted book fair princeton reading children young adult oh the simple joys

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What’s for supper? Oh, just carbs and cheese.

As always, thank you to Simcha Fisher for hosting What’s For Supper? on her blog. I’d love to hear what you had for supper this week, even if it involved ramen and hot dogs, like some of our previous weeks.

Last Friday:

In continuing efforts to use up the random items in my cabinets we had ground beef + onions sauteed, then simmered in gravy and served with mashed potatoes and frozen peas. It was delicious, if a little odd and cowboy-ish. Next time I’ll probably add mushrooms to up the veggie content.


Italian style pork chops, which may or may not actually be Italian. I take thin cut boneless pork chops, dip them in egg, cover them in bread crumbs, and saute them in a pan. I boil pasta, add marinara sauce, then put it in a baking dish and throw the pork chops and some more marinara on top. Add mozzerella cheese or parm if you like, I guess then it would sort of be like Pork Chop Parmesan. Which Bodie thought was weird, so I didn’t add cheese.

Like Kendra, I usually don’t make two dinners, but I make a few exceptions, and one of these is if I am pregnant and do not feel up for eating what everyone else is. So Bodie and Miri enjoyed Italian pork chops, and I had a sandwich. All of us ate the leftovers for lunch on Monday too, so none was wasted. Except for the pork chop that I dropped on the floor. We won’t talk about that one. Note to self: keep kitchen floors tidier.

italian pork chops spaghetti recipe dinner marinara parmesan oh the simple joys
Italian Pork Chops from the night before I went into labor
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What’s for supper? Or dinner in our house… weekly meals

what's for supper meal planning week family food recipes oh the simple joys

I’m doing this thing backwards because who the heck can remember what they ate all week otherwise? Also, I have to announce, Miriam is currently eating liverwurst for lunch. She will eat pretty much anything, and liverwurst is delicious, but I don’t know many two year olds who like it.

Once again, thank you to Simcha Fisher for the endlessly amusing “What’s For Supper” link up series.

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