Another landmark moment. Cooter finished reading "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" a couple of weeks ago. Our deal is read it, and then you get to watch it. He had to wait to watch the movie until his big sister Aub came home from college Friday afternoon. He was ready to hit… Continue reading Never Doubt the Power of the Moments
Some days our homeschooling goes beautifully. We are on our game, learning all the things, and we stay focused, on track, and we get through everything that we need to do in a timely manner. Then we are able to move on to other things that we really enjoy. Or nap. Naps are good too.… Continue reading The One About Vocabulary and Book Burning
The world has lost another beautiful soul. Tonight I give thanks for this talented actor whose portrayal of Severus Snape as written by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter novels taught some, reminded others, that there is more to people than what meets the eye. Professor Snape reaffirmed for us the truth in Mary Lou… Continue reading Always
Despite this week having a lot of hard bits in it, we had a major win for the Zoo Crew. Cooter, who two years ago was in first grade and barely able to read Old Hat, New Hat, finished the fourth Harry Potter book. All 752 pages. He's been working away at it for a… Continue reading Parenting with Ambiguity, Or I Might Have Messed Up Today–Still Not Sure
Last week Cooter hit another milestone. He has been reading this same book off and on for a couple of months. A little bit at the time, minus the several days in there when he thought he had lost the book. (I believe it was found in his abandoned "Indiana Jones" backpack.) Cooter finished reading… Continue reading If You Need a Timeturner…..
Today has been one of those days that almost seem surreal. A grey, cold day. Winter is hanging on. In the air and in our hearts. It has been a culmination of light and darkness. Joy and strife. For quite some time, my little guy has been working away at reading "Harry Potter and the… Continue reading Cooter and the Polyjuice Potion
I huddle in the back of the cold room and lift the lid of the wooden chest in the corner, in the bottom right there is the faded cardboard box I lift it out and gently take the lid off the tissue paper is just as I remember a bit more yellowed, some disintegrating… Continue reading the parts of me that never were
News from around the water cooler (or, you know, the kitchen sink): I spent the ENTIRE trip home from seeing Mess Cat at Blackberry Flats this evening being interrogated--no, I don't mean just questioned--by Cooter about the lineage of Lucious Malfoy, his wife, and the Longbottoms. (No, I don't mean Draco and Neville.) For those of… Continue reading The Zoo Crew Report
Mama Confession #939. Y'all, I showed out today. Pitched one more fit. Even slammed a door. And I'm so sorry. But I'm not sorry for what followed. Today my littles were out playing with their friends, and is wont to happen with the under 10 crowd, as well as the over 9, under 25, 24-99 and… Continue reading Snarkiness, a Mama Fit, and What Came Next
Yes, tomorrow, May 25th, is Towel Day. I know, hard to believe it's here again, right? Okay, I had no idea until just recently that Towel Day is such a thing. But it must be pretty cool. After all, my friend Baddest Mother Ever is the one who told me about it here. It is… Continue reading Towel Day is Tomorrow-Do You Have Your Towel Ready?