Thanksgiving–Lead Up

I pretty much was done with work on Friday last week, but I decided to offer some optional field trips to my students. On Saturday, it was so cold, but Gilbert and Patrick went to an outdoor woodworking class anyway. They had fun, and Patrick said it was a good experience for Gilbert to work… Continue reading Thanksgiving–Lead Up


Days Off

Last week was Election Day and Parent Teacher Conference day. The kids also had a gloriously warm weekend before it turned off super cold this week. The last soccer game was November 5th, and Seamus’s team ended with a win, which made everyone happy. Then, he and Gilbert went to decorate for 4-H achievement night.… Continue reading Days Off


This weekend was homecoming at my university, and I took Harlan and his buddy to be helpers. All the other kids had games, but then Gilbert’s got residual-rained out. Porter woke up Sunday with a bad sore throat, so he laid on the couch all day Sunday. Seamus, Gilbert, and Harlan went to the batting… Continue reading Homecoming

The Grind

I was going to write a happy and upbeat post about the kids going back to school, but it turns out they weren’t actually that excited about it. Everyone is fine, but transition from summer has made a lot of them kind of grumpy and needing more sleep. However, Gilbert finally switched from Spanish into… Continue reading The Grind

August–No Posts

Wow. I didn’t post at all in August. I think that’s the first time since I started my blog that I haven’t posted in a month. August was hot and special. The first bit of August was consumed with getting home, unpacking, and working on some of the things we had neglected. Seamus and Gilbert… Continue reading August–No Posts

Cincinnati–Day One

We arrived in Cincinnati in not the best moods, as everyone was tired and a little cranky. Unfortunately, food didn’t help! We went to Skyline Chili for dinner. Seamus and Patrick loved their food, but they were out of the vegetarian option, so I had a baked potato, which was actually really good. Porter and… Continue reading Cincinnati–Day One