Ice skating and other new, joyous things

The one-year mastectomy anniversary came and went, and my annual health exam and labs (so far) passed in pretty good standing. My ANA titer was elevated, indicating autoimmune activity of some kind, or worst-case scenario, an early indicator of metastasis. My other lab results were good, though (some were their best ever), so the hope... Continue Reading →

Summer is (almost) here!

Spring came and went, and summer vacation is here. Here in Minnesota, the temps reached 91 degrees Fahrenheit today, which certainly made it feel like summer. Earlier this week the girls and I visited the scultpure garden (photo below). That day also happened to be my 41st birthday. A short while back, Alan surprised us... Continue Reading →

November

November is almost done and here are some things I'd like to remember: Both girls are playing guitar and enjoying their lessons with their teacher, Will King, who has been teaching Mia since she was eight years old and is truly the best teacher we we could ask for.  Mia has been playing piano and... Continue Reading →

October

We have had a beautiful October here in Minnesota with mild temperatures, just enough rain, and fall colors that will spill into November.  We even had our first snowfall. Our homeschooling has settled into its own rhythm, which involves far less structure and direction than originally planned for.  This is good. It is ok.  We're... Continue Reading →

Finger knitting

Today, Anna learned finger knitting.  After watching a video about it, she finger knitted on her own for 2 hours while I slept.  The end product is a long scarf/ rope/ belt thing that she is very proud of.  Next, she will create a beanie cap, also with finger knitting. Anna seems to be good... Continue Reading →

A day at the goat farm

Today we went on a wonderful homeschool field trip to Poplar Hill goat farm. It was a true learning experience that was so much fun and basically unforgettable. We've been drinking Poplar Hill goat milk for years, so when I learned that the farm offers tours to the public, it only made sense to make... Continue Reading →

Day at the zoo!

Alan and I took the afternoon off and went to the zoo as a family.  It was so much fun! The zoo was quiet and nearly felt like a ghost town.  Around 4:45 PM, we noticed there was absolutely no one in sight, not even workers.  We were enjoying having the place to ourselves and... Continue Reading →

Stillness, sleep, and homeschooling

Almost two weeks of homeschool are under our belts.  Mia, Anna and I are happy and content with how it has gone so far. Mia says her favorite aspects of homeschooling so far have been the freedom, nature walks, and the sleep (she has slept roughly 12 hours per night, sometimes waking up at noon).... Continue Reading →

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