Posts Tagged ‘Emma’

Some things never change

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Some things never change.

You know how Facebook reminds you of old status updates with those Time Hop photo memories?

Generally speaking, they make me feel a little sad because old pictures of the kids just seem to punctuate how fast they’re growing up now that they’re teenagers.

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The View From Up Here August 2016

The grapes are beautiful over the arbor right at this very moment.

August is a second spring and girl you know it’s true. Sorry – I’ve been mashing thoughts and lyrics together all day.
In the garden, most of the herbs are bolting.
Speaking of bolting, I’m just a little over a month away from having the four kids head back to school. They know it’s almost time for it, too. We’re at peak laissez-faire mode at our house. Any semblance of a bedtime has been completely shot to hell.

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May 2016

Blooming Korean Pink Lilac Tree

ay 2016 is starting out in the nicest way possible – with temps in the 60s and 70s; and even a hint of 80’s for the first Saturday of the month. Sadly, April ended on a cold and chilly note – but newsflash: the winter coats are officially washed and packed away and I’m not…

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Pesto Trained and Certified baby.

Pesto Certified Harvesting Basil

It’s been downright chilly this week – but that hasn’t stopped the plants from growing. Everything is growing like gang-busters – including the lettuce and basil in the kitchen garden. It rained almost the entire day yesterday and I wanted to make pesto spaghetti for supper. The cold and the rain made it the perfect time to…

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Starting the Kitchen Garden 2016

After looking at the 10-day forecast with 60s for highs and 40s for lows, I decided to start planting my kitchen garden today. First up – Sweet Basil.   I always fill two large rolling planter boxes with Sweet Basil.   I like to start with buying three full flats so I can start making pesto batches…

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Front Porch Spring Fiesta

The front porch at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 is a perfect example of botanical interest that is packed into every single room.   The floral patterns in the porch are bright and playful– And the room is packed with inspiration. Let’s unpack this room a bit and I’ll show you my favorite elements. The paint…

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Sonny’s Back Home

Basketball tournament weekends are so dang hectic for us that we have started taking Sonny to Puptown for the entire weekend so he can get the proper amount (which is HEAPS) of attention and not stay home alone. Emma and I finally got around to picking him up around lunchtime today. As per usual, he jumped right…

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Smilla’s Room

I immediately thought of the Danish book Smilla’s Sense of Snow when I walked into this bedroom. The polka dots… Such a cute idea – and soooooooo easy. All they are – really! – is just peel and stick decals.  So simple. Can’t get any easier than that. Don’t like the placement – just move…

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Time for Cards? Try Sevens

Emma Will reaction

Sevens is a great card game. It’s fast-paced. It’s easy to learn and it’s a great option for 3-8 players. The tide can turn quickly – with losers becoming winners in just a few hands.

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Dad’s Chair

Phil's Chair

Happy Thursday everyone. Just when I was thinking about how different things are these days… I realized some things seem to keep up no matter what. Case in point: Our kids are growing up in a house with “Dad’s Chair“. The Good Old Days Dad’s chair was part of both sides of our family. In Worthington,…

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October 2013 Photo Stream

Fall Door Swag

Every month, I make one last sweep through my photos on my Mac. Most of my photos get organized into events – birthdays, gardens, date nights, etc. All the leftover photos remain in the Photo Stream for that month. Here’s a look at some of the photos from the October 2013 Photo Stream.

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The Ultimate Prep Checklist for Parent Teacher Conferences

Emma and Will First Day of School at Parnassus Preparatory 2013

Happy Friday!

Today is a big day – it’s Parent-Teacher Conference Day!

They can sneak up on you faster than Daylight Savings… those darn Parent-Teacher Conferences. After 12 years of good, bad, and ugly – I’m sharing my Ultimate Prep Checklist for Parent Teacher Conferences.
I’ve found that if I don’t take a few moments to collect my thoughts, the whole experience can be a real let-down.

So l put together what I call The Ultimate Prep Checklist for Parent Teacher Conferences. It’s what I do with my kids and I’ve found that it really helps me to maximize the 10 minutes I have face-to-face with the teacher.

This is the process I’ve honed with my older kids at Parnassus (School of Logic 5th – 8th Grade), I meet with them together to discuss each subject and teacher.

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